LOUISVILLE, Ky. (News RELEASE) – University of Louisville’s Montrezl Harrell helped lead the U.S. U-19 Men’s World Championship Team to a gold medal this past summer. For the team’s impressive 9-0 record that featured all double-digit wins, USA Basketball announced the squad as its 2013 USA Basketball Team of the Year.
“The 2013 men’s U-19 team played with passion, composure, and discipline, and USA Basketball is proud to recognize its accomplishments,” USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director Jim Tooley said. “Playing in a very challenging world championship, the players and the coaching staff quickly gelled into a team that demonstrated great sportsmanship, dedication, and determination.”
The USA Basketball Board of Directors is responsible for selecting USA Basketball’s annual coach, player and team of the year awards.
Harrell, one of just three players to start all nine games, ranked third on the team in scoring at 10.6 points per game, while shooting 57.5 percent (42-of-73) from the field. He averaged 3.7 rebounds per game, and defensively, totaled a team-high 10 blocks and recorded eight steals.
Earning wins over its nine opponents by an average margin of 39.6 points per game, the U.S.’s slimmest margin of victory during the 2013 FIBA U-19 World Championship, which was played June 27-July 7, was a nine-point win (71-62) against Serbia on July 3.
The Americans, coached by Billy Donovan and assistants Shaka Smart and Tony Bennett, 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. coasted past Brazil 91-66, routed Australia 94-51, and posted a 71-62 win over Serbia. Dropping Canada 109-67 in the quarterfinals, the U.S. handed Lithuania a 100-60 loss in the semifinals and then dominated the second half of its gold-medal game against Serbia to earn an 82-68 win.
The U.S. relied on full-court defensive pressure that forced opponents into 22.0 turnovers per game.
Among the 16-team field, the U.S. led the tournament in 12 different statistical categories, including scoring (95.9 points per game), scoring defense (56.3 points per game), scoring margin (+39.6), field goal percentage (.518), field goal percentage defense (.353), rebounds averaged (48.8), rebound defense (29.2), rebounding margin (+19.6), steals (122), and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2).
The U.S. team also produced tournament single-game highs for points (115) and field goals made (46) versus Russia on June 29, field goal percentage (.595) versus Lithuania on July 3, and steals (23) and turnovers forced (32) against China on June 28. Harrell was 6-of-6 from the field against Russia.
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 averaged (48.8).
USA Basketball Team of the Year
2013 - USA Men’s U19 World Championship Team
2012 - U.S. Men’s & Women’s Olympic/National Teams
2011 - USA Women’s FIBA U19 World Championship Team
2010 - USA Men’s & Women’s FIBA World Championship Teams
2009 - USA Men’s FIBA U19 World Championship Team
2008 - U.S. Men’s & Women’s Olympic Teams
2007 - USA Men’s & Women’s National Teams
2006 - USA Men’s Senior National Team/World Championship Team
2005 - USA Women’s FIBA U19 World Championship Team
2004 - USA Women’s Senior National Team/U.S. Olympic Team
2003 - USA World Championship for Young Women Team
2002 - USA Women’s FIBA World Championship Team
2001 - USA FIBA World Championship for Young Men Team
2000 - USA Women’s Senior National Team/U.S. Olympic Team
1999 - USA Men’s Tournament of the Americas Team
1998 - USA Women’s FIBA World Championship Team
1997 - USA Women’s FIBA Junior World Championship Team
1996 - USA Women’s Senior National Team/U.S. Olympic Team