The FIBA under 19 World Championship took place from June 30th until July 10th in Latvia. There was an abundance of talent present and many internationally players impressed. The first part of this two part recap focuses on Team USA, which surprisingly lost in the quarter finals and finished in 5th place.
Russia upset Team USA and sent them into the consolation bracket. Team USA unfortunately lacked many of the freshmen collegiate stars that were eligible to play in the World Championship (Harrison Barnes, Jared Sullinger, etc.) and never seemed to fully find true cohesiveness on the court.