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  Wednesday, March 1, 2006

San Antonio To Host FIBA Americas U18 Championship
By Jonathan Givony

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USA href=/profile//> Basketball href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> San href=/profile//> Antonio href=/profile//> Sports href=/profile//> Foundation href=/profile//> announced href=/profile//> today href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> join href=/profile//> forces href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> host href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 2006 href=/profile//> FIBA href=/profile//> Americas href=/profile//> U18 href=/profile//> Championship href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Men href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> held href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> Greehey href=/profile//> Arena href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> campus href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> St. href=/profile//> Mary's href=/profile//> University href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> San href=/profile//> Antonio, href=/profile//> Texas, href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> June href=/profile//> 28-July href=/profile//> 2.

The href=/profile//> 2006 href=/profile//> FIBA href=/profile//> Americas href=/profile//> U18 href=/profile//> Championship href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> feature href=/profile//> eight href=/profile//> national href=/profile//> teams, href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> athletes href=/profile//> born href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> Jan. href=/profile//> 1, href=/profile//> 1988, href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> eligible. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> four href=/profile//> finishing href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> earn href=/profile//> qualifying href=/profile//> berths href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 2007 href=/profile//> FIBA href=/profile//> U19 href=/profile//> World href=/profile//> Championship href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Men href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> slated href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> held href=/profile//> July href=/profile//> 7-22 href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Malaysia.

Teams href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> addition href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> United href=/profile//> States href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> participate href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> U18 href=/profile//> tournament href=/profile//> include, href=/profile//> Argentina, href=/profile//> Bahamas, href=/profile//> Brazil, href=/profile//> Canada, href=/profile//> Dominican href=/profile//> Republic, href=/profile//> Puerto href=/profile//> Rico href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Uruguay. href=/profile//>

Tickets href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> now href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> sale href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 2006 href=/profile//> FIBA href=/profile//> Americas href=/profile//> U18 href=/profile//> Championship href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Men. href=/profile//> June href=/profile//> 28-30 href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> July href=/profile//> 1 href=/profile//> all-session, href=/profile//> single href=/profile//> day, href=/profile//> general href=/profile//> admission href=/profile//> passes href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> $5 href=/profile//> each, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> reserved href=/profile//> seating href=/profile//> passes href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> available href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> $10. href=/profile//> All href=/profile//> tickets href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> July href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> finals href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> $10. href=/profile//> For href=/profile//> tickets href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> information href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> corporate href=/profile//> ticket href=/profile//> packages, href=/profile//> call href=/profile//> 210-820-2100, href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> online href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> www.SanAntonioSports.org.

The href=/profile//> tournament href=/profile//> format href=/profile//> calls href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> eight href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> divided href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> later href=/profile//> date href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> preliminary href=/profile//> round href=/profile//> groups href=/profile//> consisting href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> four href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> each. href=/profile//> Preliminary href=/profile//> round href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> held href=/profile//> June href=/profile//> 28, href=/profile//> 29 href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 30, href=/profile//> each href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> plays href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> its href=/profile//> preliminary href=/profile//> group. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> finishing href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> each href=/profile//> preliminary href=/profile//> round href=/profile//> group href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> then href=/profile//> advance href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Saturday, href=/profile//> July href=/profile//> 1, href=/profile//> medal href=/profile//> round href=/profile//> semifinals href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> 1st-4th href=/profile//> places. href=/profile//> Teams href=/profile//> placed href=/profile//> third href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> fourth href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> each href=/profile//> preliminary href=/profile//> round href=/profile//> group href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> advance href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> consolation href=/profile//> semifinals href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> 5th-8th href=/profile//> places. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> FIBA href=/profile//> Americas href=/profile//> U18 href=/profile//> Championship href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Men href=/profile//> gold href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> bronze href=/profile//> medal href=/profile//> games, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 5th/6th href=/profile//> place href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 7th/8th href=/profile//> place href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> conducted href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> Sunday, href=/profile//> July href=/profile//> 2.

"USA href=/profile//> Basketball href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> extremely href=/profile//> excited href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> able href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> San href=/profile//> Antonio href=/profile//> Sports href=/profile//> Foundation href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> host href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> event, href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> held href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> United href=/profile//> States," href=/profile//> said href=/profile//> Jim href=/profile//> Tooley, href=/profile//> executive href=/profile//> director href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> Basketball. href=/profile//> "Not href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> tournament href=/profile//> feature href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> FIBA href=/profile//> Americas href=/profile//> zone's href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> U18 href=/profile//> men's href=/profile//> national href=/profile//> teams, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> showcase href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> United href=/profile//> States href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> Argentina, href=/profile//> Bahamas, href=/profile//> Brazil, href=/profile//> Canada, href=/profile//> Dominican href=/profile//> Republic, href=/profile//> Puerto href=/profile//> Rico href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Uruguay."

"We're href=/profile//> honored href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> chosen href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> U.S. href=/profile//> city href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> host href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> prestigious href=/profile//> tournament," href=/profile//> said href=/profile//> Dr. href=/profile//> Susan href=/profile//> Blackwood, href=/profile//> executive href=/profile//> director href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> San href=/profile//> Antonio href=/profile//> Sports href=/profile//> Foundation. href=/profile//> "We href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> selected href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> host href=/profile//> five href=/profile//> NCAA href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> championships, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> event href=/profile//> gives href=/profile//> us href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> unique href=/profile//> opportunity href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> showcase href=/profile//> San href=/profile//> Antonio href=/profile//> before href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> international href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> world. href=/profile//> We href=/profile//> look href=/profile//> forward href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> delivering href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> wonderful href=/profile//> experience href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> these href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> athletes href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> coaches, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> same href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> giving href=/profile//> San href=/profile//> Antonians href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> ages href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> chance href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> enjoy href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> fun, href=/profile//> affordable href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> inspiring href=/profile//> international href=/profile//> sporting href=/profile//> event."

Originally href=/profile//> known href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> FIBA href=/profile//> Americas href=/profile//> Junior href=/profile//> World href=/profile//> Championship href=/profile//> Qualifier, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> tournament href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> held href=/profile//> every href=/profile//> four href=/profile//> years href=/profile//> since href=/profile//> 1990. href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> men's href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> boast href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> sensational href=/profile//> 25-1 href=/profile//> overall href=/profile//> record href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> U18/junior href=/profile//> qualifiers href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> gold href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 1990, href=/profile//> 1994 href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 1998, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> capturing href=/profile//> bronze href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> recently href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 2002. href=/profile//>
Sites href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> prior href=/profile//> FIBA href=/profile//> Americas href=/profile//> U18 href=/profile//> Championships href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Men href=/profile//> include href=/profile//> Isle href=/profile//> del href=/profile//> Margarita, href=/profile//> Venezuela href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 2002; href=/profile//> Puerto href=/profile//> Plata, href=/profile//> Dominican href=/profile//> Republic href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 1998; href=/profile//> Santa href=/profile//> Rosa, href=/profile//> Argentina href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 1994; href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Montevideo, href=/profile//> Uruguay href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 1990.

Some href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> represented href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> United href=/profile//> States href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> past href=/profile//> U18 href=/profile//> tournaments href=/profile//> include href=/profile//> Shareef href=/profile//> Abdur-Rahim href=/profile//> (1994), href=/profile//> Carmelo href=/profile//> Anthony href=/profile//> (2002), href=/profile//> Chris href=/profile//> Bosh href=/profile//> (2002), href=/profile//> Dee href=/profile//> Brown href=/profile//> (2002), href=/profile//> Nick href=/profile//> Collison href=/profile//> (1998), href=/profile//> Grant href=/profile//> Hill href=/profile//> (1990), href=/profile//> Allan href=/profile//> Houston href=/profile//> (1990), href=/profile//> Andre href=/profile//> Iguodala href=/profile//> (2002), href=/profile//> Stephon href=/profile//> Marbury href=/profile//> (1994), href=/profile//> Mike href=/profile//> Miller href=/profile//> (1998), href=/profile//> Quentin href=/profile//> Richardson href=/profile//> (1998), href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Deron href=/profile//> Williams href=/profile//> (2002).

Notable href=/profile//> members href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> national href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> competed href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> U18 href=/profile//> Championship href=/profile//> include href=/profile//> Andre href=/profile//> Barbosa href=/profile//> (Brazil) href=/profile//> 1994; href=/profile//> Jose href=/profile//> Barea href=/profile//> (Puerto href=/profile//> Rico) href=/profile//> 2002; href=/profile//> Todd href=/profile//> MacCulloch href=/profile//> (Canada) href=/profile//> 1994; href=/profile//> Jamal href=/profile//> Magloire href=/profile//> (Canada) href=/profile//> 1994; href=/profile//> Peter href=/profile//> Ramos href=/profile//> (Puerto href=/profile//> Rico) href=/profile//> 2002; href=/profile//> Luis href=/profile//> Scola href=/profile//> (Argentina) href=/profile//> 1998; href=/profile//> Tiago href=/profile//> Splitter href=/profile//> (Brazil) href=/profile//> 2002;
and href=/profile//> Jesse href=/profile//> Young href=/profile//> (Canada) href=/profile//> 1998. href=/profile//>

USA href=/profile//> Basketball href=/profile//> plans href=/profile//> call href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> trials href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> U18 href=/profile//> Team href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> held href=/profile//> June href=/profile//> 16-18 href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> San href=/profile//> Antonio href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> approximately href=/profile//> 30 href=/profile//> U.S. href=/profile//> hopefuls href=/profile//> participating. href=/profile//> Following href=/profile//> selection href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> finalists href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> squad, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Americans href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> continue href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> train href=/profile//> June href=/profile//> 19-27 href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> San href=/profile//> Antonio. href=/profile//> Selection href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> U18 href=/profile//> Team href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> made href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> Basketball href=/profile//> Men's href=/profile//> Collegiate href=/profile//> Committee, href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> chaired href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Syracuse href=/profile//> University href=/profile//> (N.Y.) href=/profile//> head href=/profile//> coach href=/profile//> Jim href=/profile//> Boeheim.

The href=/profile//> awarding href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 2006FIBA href=/profile//> Americas href=/profile//> U18 href=/profile//> Championship href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Men href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> Basketball href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> San href=/profile//> Antonio href=/profile//> marks href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> event href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> hosted href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> United href=/profile//> States. href=/profile//> Other href=/profile//> major href=/profile//> international href=/profile//> events href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> Basketball href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> hosted href=/profile//> include href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 2002 href=/profile//> FIBA href=/profile//> Men's href=/profile//> World href=/profile//> Championship href=/profile//> (Indianapolis, href=/profile//> Ind.); href=/profile//> 1992 href=/profile//> FIBA href=/profile//> Americas href=/profile//> Tournament href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Americas href=/profile//> / href=/profile//> Olympic href=/profile//> Qualifier href=/profile//> (Portland, href=/profile//> Ore.); href=/profile//> 1985 href=/profile//> FIBA href=/profile//> Women's href=/profile//> Junior href=/profile//> World href=/profile//> Championship href=/profile//> (Colorado href=/profile//> Springs, href=/profile//> Colo.); href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> COPABA href=/profile//> Women's href=/profile//> Junior href=/profile//> World href=/profile//> Championship href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 1977 href=/profile//> (Squaw href=/profile//> Valley, href=/profile//> Calif.).


 
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