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    2019 Fiba U19 World Cup will be held from July 20-28 in Bangkok, Thailand.

    http://www.fiba.basketball/world/u19women/2019

    Preliminary round groups:


    2018 U18 qualifying zones winners are China, Germany, Mali and USA. Group A looks rather weak as compared to the others.

    Reigning champ Russia didn't qualify for this year event. Colombia, Germany and Mozambique are new entries.

    Canada has already announced a 12-player roster, mainly including ex U17 WC team members rather than U18's:
    https://www.basketball.ca/en/news-ar...assessement-ca

    USA Basketball has invited 30 players for May 16-19 tryouts:
    https://www.usab.com/news-events/new...-invitees.aspx

    It's a good mix of U18 and U17 pool players who starred in last year's international events.

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    Default USA 30 player wider squad

    Quote Originally Posted by carlo View Post
    2019 Fiba U19 World Cup will be held from July 20-28 in Bangkok, Thailand.

    http://www.fiba.basketball/world/u19women/2019

    Preliminary round groups:


    2018 U18 qualifying zones winners are China, Germany, Mali and USA. Group A looks rather weak as compared to the others.

    Reigning champ Russia didn't qualify for this year event. Colombia, Germany and Mozambique are new entries.

    Canada has already announced a 12-player roster, mainly including ex U17 WC team members rather than U18's:
    https://www.basketball.ca/en/news-ar...assessement-ca

    USA Basketball has invited 30 players for May 16-19 tryouts:
    https://www.usab.com/news-events/new...-invitees.aspx

    It's a good mix of U18 and U17 pool players who starred in last year's international events.
    http://www.fiba.basketball/world/u19...or-a-gold-rush

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    Australia May 5-7 tryouts squad:
    https://australia.basketball/blog/20...-19-world-cup/

    Though finishing just third at the Asia-Pac qualifier, Gems can rely on a large pool players including ex U17 WC team Heal, Palmer, Emma-Nnopu, Scanlon etc.

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    Australia roster narrowed to 17 and final squad to be named in early June.
    https://australia.basketball/blog/20...election-camp/

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    US team named:

    Francesca Belibi (Regis H.S.)
    Aliyah Boston (Worcester Academy, H.S.)
    Cameron Brink (Southridge H.S.)
    Paige Bueckers (Hopkins H.S.)
    Caitlin Clark (Dowling Catholic H.S.)
    Queen Egbo (Baylor U.)
    Naz Hillmon-Baker (Michigan U.)
    Rhyne Howard (U. Kentucky)
    Jordan Nixon (Notre Dame)
    NaLyssa Smith (Baylor U.)
    Celeste Taylor (Long Island Lutheran, H.S.)
    Hailey Van Lith (Cashmere H.S.)

    https://www.usab.com/news-events/new...eam-named.aspx

    Some surprise here, as just three 2018 U18 players have been confirmed and the roster looks more built around U17/16 previous squads. However, 2018 U17 WC All-Five and #1 HS recruit Haley Jones didn't make the cut, while U17 MVP Jordan Horston didn't attend the trials.

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    2-year-old article about Maya McArthur's background. She and her teammate Layla Takehara are the two players born outside (both in USA) on the final japanese roster.

    From US to Japan, Maya Sophia McArthur harbours hoop dreams

    Japan's tryst with having naturalised athletes power their sporting ambitions has on most occasions paid rich dividends. At the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England, Japan had 11 naturalised players in their ranks, who then went on to register a stunning 34-32 win over champions South Africa.

    Though they are powerhouses in basketball, the move to include naturalised players has seen a handful of foreign-born hoopsters of both Japanese and non-Japanese descent trying to make their mark for their adopted Asian nation in both men's and women's events.

    One such player is Maya McArthur, a towering figure among the pacey, skillful bunch of Japanese girls gunning for glory at the FIBA U-16 Women's Asian Championship at the Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium here. Making her debut for Japan, the 5'11" US-born centre was at her rebounding best as they cruised to a 113-36 win over Hong Kong on Monday.

    Maya has dual citizenship, thanks to her Japanese mother and American father Eric McArthur - a former basketball player who plied his trade in the Japanese Basketball League for nearly 16 years and also represented Japan at the 2006 Doha Asian Games.

    "Honestly, I never really thought this would happen," the 16-year-old said. "I've been with the team for about six practice sessions. My dad played for Japan and now here I am. It’s really an honour... I feel so blessed to be here."

    Talent notwithstanding, it was also a stroke of luck that now sees the California-based player making her presence felt in the Japanese squad. Earlier this year, Maya had appeared for trials at the FIBA U-16 Americas Championship and though she found herself among the initial 37 probables, she failed to make the final 18-member US team.

    “I was never exposed to so many talented and gifted players before so it was a good experience to see the kind of competition that there is across the country. It was a bit disappointing to not make the final cut but it was my first time so I was just trying to get as far as I could,” Maya said.

    Later in August, she got a call from Japan senior women’s coach Tom Hovasse saying she was eligible to play for the U-16 squad. “I came for the camp in September and since I can speak fluent Japanese, the initial interaction with the squad was good,” said the junior high student.

    “Some of the slang was a bit iffy for me and at first, it was a bit hard to get the chemistry going because they were shy and I was shy but now we are a close bunch.”

    Like her predecessors, Maya hopes for a transition to the senior Japanese team in the near future, but her focus also remains on a fruitful career in the US. “My ultimate goal is to get to college with a scholarship, hopefully play at a D1 (Division 1) level and win an NCAA tournament. Of course, the dream right now is to win the Asia Cup,” she signed off.

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    Disappointing Canada lost to Latvia for the probable leadership of weak Group A. Argentina edged Mali with a strong 2nd half, but the African girls were terrible at FT and surprisingly lost the battle at rebounding. Mali is risking a lot in its group. A masterful 3rd quarter was enough for US to decide the game with Australia. Expecting anyway much more from both teams. Germany was nailed by Japan's triples in the final minutes, Euro champs are at 50pct without Nyara Sabally. Great individual performances of Reka Dombai and of Billie Massey contributed to Hungary and Belgium valuable wins.

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    Easy win of US (vs Korea) with good shooting display but 29 turnovers are really unacceptable for a team running for the gold. Canada barely survived a late surge of surprising Mozambique, that is so far doing better than the other African team Mali. Solid wins of Australia vs Hungary, of Spain over Japan and of Belgium over a dull Argentina. Colombia led most of the game to a deserved win over Germany, but ex-Euro champs looked just the shadow of the team they were used to be.
    Last edited by carlo; 07-21-2019 at 02:44 PM.

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