Jan. 16, 2014
The 2013 United States Men's U19 National Team was named USA Basketball's Team of the Year Thursday. Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes was a key member of the U.S. squad, which won gold at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic, last summer.
Stokes started all nine games for the unbeaten U19 team and averaged 7.2 points and 4.6 rebounds in 12.7 minutes per game. The Memphis, Tenn., native also grabbed 2.1 offensive rebounds per game and totaled six steals.
The Americans' opened preliminary play with impressive victories over Ivory Coast (88-29), China (113-57) and Russia (115-47).
In the second round, the U.S. drubbed Brazil 91-66, routed Australia 94-51 and persevered past Serbia 71-62. Dropping Canada 109-67 in the quarterfinals, the USA handed Lithuania a 100-60 loss in the semis and then dominated the second half of its gold-medal game against Serbia to earn an 82-68 win.
Among the 16-team field, the USA led the tournament in 12 different statistical categories, including scoring (95.9 ppg.), scoring defense (56.3 ppg.), scoring margin (+39.6), field-goal percentage (.518), field-goal percentage defense (.353), rebounds (48.8), rebounding defense (29.2), rebounding margin (+19.6), steals (122) and assist-turnover ratio (1.2).
The U.S. team also produced tournament single-game highs for points (115) and field-goals made (46) vs. Russia June 29, field-goal percentage (.595) vs. Lithuania July 3 and steals (23) and turnovers forced (32) against China June 28.
The 2013 squad set five U.S. men's U19 competition records in an event that dates back to 1979. This past summer's team set highs for points (863), rebounds (439), field-goals made (355), field-goals attempted (685) and rebounds per game (48.8).
For more information about the 2013 USA Basketball Men's U19 National Team, visit http://www.usab.com/mens/u19/
This year's announcement marks the 18th time USA Basketball has presented the Team of the Year Award, which first was earned in 1996 by the historic USA Women's National/Olympic Team.
The honor also has been earned by the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Men's and Women's Olympic Teams; the 2011 USA Women's U19 World Championship Team; the 2010 USA Men's and Women's FIBA World Championship Teams; the 2009 USA Men's U19 World Championship Team; the 2007 USA Men's Senior National Team and USA Women's National Team; the 2006 Men's Senior National Team; the 2005 USA Women's FIBA U19 World Championship Team; 2000 and 2004 USA Women's Senior National/Olympic teams; the 2003 USA World Championship for Young Women Team; the 1998 and 2002 USA Women's World Championship squads; the 2001 USA World Championship For Young Men Team; 1999 USA Men's Tournament of the Americas Team; and the 1997 USA Women's Junior World Championship Team.