Team USA Unbeaten
USA Basketball men’s teams rank first in every level.
Not six years ago, it looked like the basketball World had caught up to the US. Not only was Team USA losing on the senior level, it was struggling on the junior level, too. Well, since Jerry Colangelo has taken on the role of overseer of the program, to quote B.I.G, things done changed.
With “continuity” serving as the key word, young, athletic, well-rounded USA teams—from the under-16 team and on up—ran the table this summer, not losing a single game in international play. Here’s some specifics, via a USA Basketball press release:
With its recent gold medal performance at the 2010 FIBA World Championship behind them, USA Basketball men’s teams now rank number one at every FIBA or FIBA Americas competition level and in the process have compiled a sparkling perfect overall win-loss record of 44-0 in the six premiere competitions held since 2009.
Since current USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo was put in charge in 2005 of restructuring USA Basketball Men’s National Team program, the USA men’s national teams have compiled a sensational 49-1 win-loss record in international play and have now won 36 consecutive games. The USA men’s national teams, current defending World and Olympic champions, are 35-1 in FIBA or FIBA Americas competitions and 14-0 in exhibition play since 2006.
The USA’s incredible performances at the national team levels have carried down to the USA Basketball youth programs too. The American men for the first time in international basketball history are currently the reigning champs in every age level competition, including the FIBA U19 and FIBA U17 world championships, and the FIBA Americas U18 and FIBA Americas U16 championships.
“We’ve worked diligently at changing the culture within USA Basketball’s national team. It started by learning to respect the international basketball culture and the other teams; developing a true national team program; and building continuity, character and commitment within the program,” said Colangelo.
“We succeeded in doing those things and have built a national team program that has and currently features many of the best players in the United States. We’ve had 30 different players involved in the four USA national teams that competed in major FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions since 2006 and we have maintained a very high level of competitiveness. We have also had many other younger NBA and collegiate players involved with the national team program through our select teams. So the pipeline is full of talented young players that aspire to represent their country.”
With plenty of young talent on the come up (from Quincy Miller to Kevin Durant), plenty of current talent on the stay up (from LeBron James to Dwight Howard) and plenty of heady veterans guiding them (from the coaches to players like Chauncey Billups), as bright as the present is, the future looks even brighter.