RIGA (FIBA U19 World Championship) – The draw for the FIBA U19 World Championship for Men was held in Riga on Thursday, ahead of this summer’s tournament, scheduled to take place in Latvia between 30 June and 10 July.
The 16 teams, hailing from all five of FIBA’s Continental Zones, were divided into four groups of four teams for the first group stage, which will consist of a standard round-robin, to be played 30 June - 2 July in the cities of Liepaja and Valmiera.
Group A (Valmiera): Brazil, Poland, Russia, Tunisia
Group B (Valmiera): Argentina, Australia, Chinese Taipei, Latvia
Group C (Liepaja): Canada, Croatia, Lithuania, Korea
Group D (Liepaja): China, Egypt, Serbia, USA
The three top placed teams from each group will qualify to a second group stage, consisting of two groups of six which runs 4-6 July. During the second group stage, each team will face the three new teams in their group.
The top four teams from the second group stage advance to the quarter-finals, which are scheduled for Friday 8 July. The semi-finals will be played on Saturday 9 July and the finals on Sunday 10 July.
All second group stage and knock-out round games will take place at the “Arena Riga”.
The USA will be defending the gold medal they won in Auckland, New Zealand in 2009, where they went the entire Championship undefeated. They overcame Greece in the final, while Croatia beat Australia in the bronze medal game.
Past editions of the FIBA U19 World Championship have seen a number of international stars in the making, including Andrew Bogut (2003), Linas Kleiza (2003), Andrei Kirilenko (1999), Pau Gasol (1999), Vincent Carter (1995), Wang Zhizhi (1995), Dejan Bodiroga (1991) and Steve Nash (1991).
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