Onuaku’s USA U19 Team Shares 2015 Basketball Team Of The Year Honor
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – Louisville sophomore forward/center Chinanu Onuaku won a gold medal as a member of the 2015 USA Basketball Men’s U19 FIBA World Championship Team in July. Today that team and the women’s U19 team were named as co-recipients of the 2015 USA Basketball Team of the Year Award in recognition of their undefeated, gold-medal performances.
“These two USA U19 teams represented the United States with tremendous sportsmanship and teamwork on their way to gold medals, “ said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director. “The FIBA U19 World Championships are extremely competitive tournaments that feature the best talent from around the world, including young professional players. The USA U19 teams played truly impressive basketball, and we are proud to celebrate their golden achievements.”
In seven games during the event played June 27-July 5 in Heraklion, Crete, Greece, Onuaku started six games and averaged 4.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, hit 13-of-20 field goals (.650) and added 10 steals and a team-high 12 blocked shots while averaging 16 minutes a game for the deep USA squad, coached by Arizona’s Sean Miller. Onuaku’s 1.7 blocked shots were the sixth-most in the 16-team event.
Onuaku totaled six points, eight rebounds and a team-high four blocked shots in 28 minutes in the USA’s 79-71 overtime victory over Croatia, claiming its second straight U19 World Championship, the first USA back-to-back titles in the event since 1983. Onuaku’s four blocks tied the U.S. single-game record. Former UofL forward Montrezl Harrell was a member of the 2013 gold medal winning USA U19 team.
This year marks the 20th time USA Basketball has presented its Team of the Year award, which first was earned in 1996 by the historic USA Women’s Olympic/National Team.
In the preliminary round, the USA men beat Iran 83-53, Croatia 103-81 and Egypt 92-50. The USA downed Argentina 93-45 in the round of 16, Italy 86-65 in the quarterfinals, host Greece 82-76 in the semifinals and Croatia in the gold medal game.
The USA led the 16-team field in seven team statistical categories, including scoring margin, points per game (88.3), total points (618), field goal percentage (.486), blocks per game (6.4), steals per game (13.0) and efficiency (107.9).
Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA Basketball, chaired by Jerry Colangelo, is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men’s and women’s basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA-sponsored international competitions, as well as for some national competitions, and for the development of youth basketball initiatives that address player development, coach education and safety.
USA Basketball men’s and women’s teams between 2012-15 compiled a spectacular 151-6 win-loss record in FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions, the World University Games and the Nike Hoop Summit, and posted a 92-15 win-loss record in official FIBA and FIBA Americas 3x3 competitions.
USA teams are the current men’s and women’s champions in the Olympics; men’s FIBA World Cup and women’s FIBA World Championship; men’s and women’s FIBA U19 and U17 World Championships; men’s and women’s U18 FIBA Americas Championships; men’s U16 FIBA Americas Championship; the FIBA 3x3 Women’s World Championship; and the women’s Youth Olympic Games. USA Basketball currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA’s world-ranking categories, including combined, men’s, women’s, boys and girls.
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Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku To Participate in USA Basketball Training Camp
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado - University of Louisville sophomore forward/center Chinanu Onuaku is among 24 players who have accepted invitations to participate in the 2015 USA Basketball Men's U19 World Championship Team training camp that will be staged June 12-26 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The training camp will be utilized to select the 12-member roster for the 2015 USA Basketball Men's U19 World Championship Team. The USA will look to defend the USA's 2013 U19 gold at the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship that will be held June 27-July 5 in Heraklion, Crete, Greece. Athletes eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens who are 19 years old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1996). Former UofL forward Montrezl Harrell was a member of the 2013 gold medal winning team.
The 6-10, 230-pound Onuaku from Lanham, Md., started 26 games as a freshman in helping the Cardinals post a 27-9 record last season, reaching the final eight teams in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in the last eight years. An All-ACC Academic team selection, Onuaku averaged 3.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and was ninth in the ACC with 42 blocked shots last season.
"It should be looked upon as a tremendous honor to be selected to tryout for this team, because the competition is so strong," said Jim Boeheim Syracuse Hall of Fame head coach and chair of the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee, which is responsible for selecting players and coaches for the team. "Our committee does a great job identifying players who will represent our country in international competition. We know that even in the training camp, the competition will be fierce."
The returning gold medalists include: Isaiah Briscoe (Roselle Catholic H.S./Union, N.J.); Jalen Brunson (Stevenson H.S./Lincolnshire, Ill.); Terrance Ferguson (Homeschooled/Flower Mound, Texas); Harry Giles (Wesleyan Christian Academy/Winston-Salem, N.C.); Josh Jackson (Prolific Prep, Calif./Southfield, Mich.); Diamond Stone (Dominican H.S./Milwaukee, Wis.); Caleb Swanigan (Homestead H.S./Fort Wayne, Ind.); Jayson Tatum (Chaminade College Prep/St. Louis, Mo.); Allonzo Trier (Findlay Prep, Nev./Seattle, Wash.); and Seventh Woods (Hammond School/Columbia, S.C.).
Also attending camp will be: Tyus Battle (St. Bernard's School/Edison, N.J.); Justin Bibbs (Virginia Tech/Dayton, Ohio); Brekkott Chapman (Utah/Roy, Utah); Vince Edwards (Purdue/Middletown, Ohio); Jawun Evans (Kimball H.S./Dallas, Texas); Riley LaChance (Vanderbilt/Brookfield, Wis.); T.J. Leaf (Foothills Christian H.S./Lakeside, Calif.); Silas Melson (Gonzaga/Portland, Ore.); Malik Monk (Bentonville H.S./Lepanto, Ark.); Eric Paschall (Villanova/Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.); L.J. Peak (Georgetown/Gaffney, S.C.); Malik Pope (San Diego State/Sacramento, Calif.); and Thomas Welsh (UCLA/Redondo Beach, Calif.).
Coaching the 2015 USA Basketball Men's U19 World Championship Team will be head coach Sean Miller (Arizona) and assistants Ed Cooley (Providence) and Archie Miller (Dayton).
Training camp will begin on the evening of June 13, followed by two practices each day. Finalists for the team are expected to be announced on June 15, and the roster will be selected prior to the team's departure for Greece.
In addition to Boeheim the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee includes: NCAA appointees Bob McKillop (Davidson), Matt Painter (Purdue) and Lorenzo Romar (Washington); and athlete representative Curtis Sumpter, who won a gold medal with USA Basketball at the 2004 FIBA Americas U20 Championship and a bronze medal at the 2011 Pan American Games.
Wildcats Unveil Formidable Non-Conference 2015-16 Schedule
Wildcats will play 10 teams that advanced to the postseason in 2014-15, including national champion Duke
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Seventh-year head coach John Calipari demands the gold standard in every aspect of the Kentucky men’s basketball program. The Wildcats’ 2015-16 schedule will once again meet that demand as Calipari announced a 13-game non-conference schedule on Thursday that features 10 games against teams who advanced to the postseason a season ago.
That list includes national champion Duke in the third game of the season at the Champions Classic in the United Center in Chicago on Nov. 17. In all, the Wildcats will take on six NCAA Tournament squads, two NIT participants and two teams that advanced to at least the quarterfinals of theCollegeInsider.com Tournament. The average final RPI of the teams comes in at 105, with five teams in the all-important top 50 of the RPI.
“Putting a schedule together, especially one like this, is fun,” Calipari said. “Having to play those games is a different story. To understate it, this will obviously be a challenging schedule for a young team like ours, which lost more than 85 percent of its scoring and nearly 80 percent of its rebounding. We’re excited for the challenge.”
In addition to Duke, the Wildcats will also take on powerhouses such as UCLA, Ohio State, Kansas and the annual rivalry game with Louisville. Along the way, UK will make marquee stops in the aforementioned United Center, Brooklyn at the Barclays Center, and Miami in the Heat’s American Airlines Arena. Furthermore, the schedule features road trips to storied buildings such as Kansas’ Allen Fieldhouse and the first-ever meeting against the Bruins in Pauley Pavilion.
The schedule includes eight home games highlighted by dates with Louisville and Arizona State. The Sun Devils and newly hired head coach Bobby Hurley, who directed his former team Buffalo to one of the more exciting games against the Cats in 2014, will come to town on Dec. 12. The matchup with the Sun Devils begins a three-week stretch against power five conference opponents, followed by Ohio State in Brooklyn on Dec. 19 and the annual matchup with Louisville on Dec. 26 in Rupp Arena in a series in which the Cats have taken six of the last seven meetings.
The season kicks off with home games on back-to-back days for the first time since Dec. 6-7, 2008. UK will open the year against America East champion Albany on Nov. 13 before hosting NJIT the following day. The Highlanders are a CollegeInsider.com semifinalist and a team that upset Michigan in Ann Arbor a season ago.
The Wildcats will venture to Chicago for the Duke contest before returning home to host Wright State (Nov. 20) and Boston (Nov. 24) for the second consecutive season. A matchup with Illinois State concludes the month of November, while UK will have three home games in the month of December beginning with the second consecutive meeting against EKU on Dec. 9.
UK’s 2015 Southeastern Conference schedule will feature nine home games and nine away games, which will be announced at a later date. It’s the fourth straight year the SEC will feature an 18-game schedule.
Big Blue Madness, the Blue-White Scrimmage, exhibition contests, and complete game times and TV information will be released at a later date.
A complete team-by-team breakdown of UK’s non-conference foes is below:
ALBANY (Rupp Arena, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015)
Kentucky and Albany will meet for the first time in program history on Nov. 13, 2015 in Rupp Arena in the season-opening game. Albany is coming off its third consecutive American East Championship and NCAA Tournament berth. The Great Danes were a No. 14 seed in the NCAA Tournament after earning an automatic bid on a game-winning shot in the league’s championship game. This game will be a part of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Classic.
The Great Danes were 24-9 overall in 2014-15 under the direction of Will Brown. Brown has guided Albany to five NCAA Tournament berths in his 14 years as head coach. The No. 14 seed was the highest in the five tournament berths under Brown. The 2015 American East Coach of the Year owns the most league championships of any American East coach and is 5-0 in conference tournament championship games. The Great Danes will return two of their top three scorers from last season in Peter Hooley (13.7) and Evan Singletary (13.0).
NJIT (Rupp Arena, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015)
NJIT will mark the second first-time opponent for the Wildcats to open the season when the Highlanders visit Rupp Arena on Nov. 14. NJIT is coming off a 21-12 overall record in 2014-15, which included an upset at No. 17 Michigan. The Highlanders participated in the CollegeInsider.comPostseason Tournament and advanced to the semifinals before falling to Northern Arizona, 68-61. This game will also be a part of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Classic.
The Highlanders are coached by Jim Engles, who has been with the program since 2008-09 and helped the school to the Great West Conference championship in 2013. Damon Lynn and Tim Coleman highlight the returning players. Lynn was the team’s leading scorer at 17.5 points per game, while Coleman was one of four Highlanders to average double-figure scoring in 2014-15.
DUKE (United Center, Chicago, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015)
Kentucky will take on the reigning national champions in Duke at the Champions Classic in the United Center in Chicago on Nov. 17. It will mark the 21st meeting between the two bluebloods and the first since a neutral-site meeting during the 2012-13 season in Atlanta. The Wildcats own an 11-9 overall record in the series, but the Blue Devils have won each of the previous three meetings.
Duke is coached by Mike Krzyzewski, who has garnered more than 1,000 career wins and four national titles. The Blue Devils will be paced by returning players Grayson Allen, Amile Jefferson and Matt Jones, who all played more than 20 minutes in the national title game.
WRIGHT STATE (Rupp Arena, Friday, Nov. 20, 2015)
The Wildcats will take on Wright State in Rupp Arena on Nov. 20. It will mark the fourth game in the series and the first since 1999. Kentucky is 3-0 all-time in the series with two of the three previous meetings taking place in Lexington.
The Raiders are coming off an 11-20 overall season under the direction of sixth-year head coach Billy Donlon. Donlon was named the Horizon League Coach of the Year in 2013 after the Raiders were picked to finish last, took the third seed in the league tournament and finished the season at 23-13, tying the school record for Division I wins and advancing to the semifinals of the College Basketball Invitational. Wright State returns its leading scorer in senior forward J.T. Yoho, who averaged 15.6 points and 6.4 rebounds as a junior.
BOSTON (Rupp Arena, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015)
Kentucky will entertain Boston for the second-consecutive season and the third time under Calipari onNov. 24. UK is 4-0 all-time against the Terriers, which includes an 89-65 victory a season ago. Junior Dominque Hawkins had a career-high seven points in the win, including a highlight-reel alley-oop dunk in the second half. This will be the third game as part of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Classic.
The Terriers are led by fifth-year head coach Joe Jones. Jones has guided Boston to a pair of postseason appearances and a regular-season Patriot League championship in 2014. The Terriers will return leading-scorer Cedric Hankerson (15.9) as well as John Papale, who shared team most valuable player honors with Hankerson. Papale averaged 9.2 points and dished out a team-high 102 assists a season ago.
SOUTH FLORIDA (American Airlines Arena, Miami, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015)
Kentucky will travel to Miami to participate in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Classic at the American Airlines Arena on Nov. 27. UK’s opponent will be South Florida under the direction of former assistant coach Orlando Antigua. It will mark the first meeting between the two schools, as well as the first meeting between Antigua and his mentor in Calipari. Antigua spent six seasons as an assistant under Calipari including the first five years at Kentucky and one more at Memphis.
Antigua led the Bulls to a 9-23 record in his debut season in South Beach. The Bulls have nine returning players off of that roster, including Chris Perry who was second in scoring a season ago at 10.8 points per game.
ILLINOIS STATE (Rupp Arena, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015)
UK will meet its third first-time opponent of the season in Illinois State on Nov. 30 in Rupp Arena. The Redbirds earned a 22-13 record in 2014-15, advancing to the second round of the NIT after falling short in the championship game of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. The Redbirds upset No. 8 Wichita State during their MVC Tournament run, and ISU has beaten at least one top-25 team in each of its last four seasons.
The Redbirds are led by fourth-year head coach and former Illinois State star Dan Muller. In his first three seasons as head coach, Muller has upset three top-25 ranked teams and is the only coach in program history to achieve that feat. Senior guard DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell highlights the returners for Illinois State after ranking second on the team with 12.8 points per game in 2014-15.
UCLA (Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015)
Kentucky and UCLA signed a two-year home-and-home series in December of 2014 set to begin onDec. 3, 2015 in Pauley Pavilion on the campus of UCLA. It will mark the Wildcats first visit to UCLA's storied facility. UCLA will return the trip on Dec. 3, 2016 in what will be the first matchup of the two bluebloods in Rupp Arena history.
The Wildcats own an all-time record of 7-4 against the Bruins, which includes an 83-44 win in 2014-15 at the United Center in Chicago. UK’s Tyler Ulis scored seven points and dished out six assists in that meeting. UCLA went 22-14 overall a season ago and advanced to the Sweet 16 in each of the two seasons under the direction of head coach Steve Alford. The Bruins will be led by junior guard Bryce Alford who averaged 15.4 points per game as a sophomore.
EASTERN KENTUCKY (Rupp Arena, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015)
UK will take on EKU for the second consecutive season in Rupp Arena on Dec. 9. The Wildcats are 11-0 all-time against the Colonels with all but one meeting coming in Lexington. UK claimed an 82-49 victory a season ago. Kentucky’s Marcus Lee scored a season-high 10 points in the victory to help lead the way for the Cats.
Eastern Kentucky went 21-12 this past season and made its third straight appearance in a postseason tournament. Eastern finished first in the Ohio Valley Conference East Division and the Colonels have finished in the top three in the conference each of the last three seasons. First-year Eastern Kentucky head coach Dan McHale is a Kentucky graduate, and the former men’s basketball manager will face his alma matter for the first time this season. The Colonels have 10 returning players from its 2014-15 roster.
ARIZONA STATE (Rupp Arena, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015)
Kentucky is set to host Arizona State under the direction of first-year head coach Bobby Hurley onDec. 12 in Rupp Arena. The Wildcats own an all-time record of 3-0 against the Sun Devils with the last meeting coming in 2003 in Maui, Hawaii. The teams have met just once before in Lexington in a 94-68 win during the 1991-92 season.
Hurley takes over the Sun Devils program after leading Buffalo to its first-ever Mid-American Conference title and NCAA Tournament berth. His 42 wins at Buffalo were the most ever for a head coach through their first two seasons, including a record-tying 23 wins in 2014-15. Hurley’s Bulls lost to the Wildcats in Rupp Arena, 71-52, in 2014-15. Arizona State earned an 18-16 overall record a season ago.
OHIO STATE (Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y., Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015)
Ohio State and Kentucky will meet in the second annual CBS Sports Classic in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Dec. 19. UK owns an 11-8 all-time mark against the Buckeyes with the last meeting coming in 2011 during the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats knocked off the No. 1 seeded-Buckeyes in that meeting to advance to its second consecutive Elite Eight and eventually its first Final Four under Calipari.
The Buckeyes were 24-11 overall in 2014-15 before falling to No. 1 seed Arizona in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Ohio State lost its top two returning scorers from a season ago, but head coach Thad Matta is a proven winner who has led the Buckeyes to nine NCAA Tournament berths and an NIT championship as he enters his 12th year as head coach of the program.
LOUISVILLE (Rupp Arena, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015)
The Wildcats will host instate rival Louisville on Dec. 26 in Rupp Arena. UK is 33-15 all-time against the Cardinals and has won seven of the last eight meetings in the series, including two wins in the NCAA Tournament. Kentucky and Louisville met for the first time as top-five ranked teams and unbeatens in 2014-15 and UK prevailed in the Yum! Center by a 58-50 score. Ulis enjoyed the best game of his young career with a career-high 14 points and two assists.
Louisville went 27-9 a season ago and advanced to the Elite Eight before falling to Michigan State. Rick Pitino’s top four leading scorers will not be among roster members in 2015-16 but reinforcements are on the way with a highly touted recruiting class. Pitino will enter his 16th year with the Cardinals’ program and has led them to 12 NCAA Tournaments, including the 2013 NCAA title.
KANSAS (Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016)
The two winningest schools in NCAA Division I history will meet during the 2015-16 season when Kentucky plays Kansas as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Jan. 30. The Wildcats will visit Lawrence, Kan., for their first trip to Allen Fieldhouse since 2006 and just their second since the 1989-1990 season. Kentucky is 22-6 all-time against the Jayhawks, which includes last season’s 72-40 win at the Champions Classic in Indianapolis. Returning Wildcats Hawkins, Alex Poythress, Ulis and Derek Willis combined for 17 points, 13 rebounds, six blocks and three steals in that victory.
The Jayhawks were 27-9 overall in 2014-15 and advanced to their 26th consecutive NCAA Tournament after winning their 12th consecutive Big 12 title under 13th-year head coach Bill Self. Leading scorer Perry Ellis (13.8) will pace the returning players in 2015-16.
HERM EDWARDS YOU PLAY TO WIN THE GAME
FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE A
DEN DET CLE JAX
DAL INDY PITT OAK
SEA NYG MIN NYJ
SF CHI KC CAR
ATL WASH TB BUFF
BAL NO STL AZ
NE CIN TN SD
GB HOU PHIL MIA
RESULTS WEEK 1
Renfro 19 Taylor 2
Rabaut -10 Lavon 10
Valvano 35 Cook 6
Walden -13 Ford -13 (tie)
Rabaut 7 Valvano -24
Renfro 6 Cook 16
Lavon 21 Ford 3
Taylor 5 Walden 6
Ford 21 Taylor 27
Cook 21 Lavon -35
Valvano 7 Renfro 27
Walden -31 Rabaut -14
7 v 5. 8 v 4. 2 v 3. 6 v 1
FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE B
SEA CLE PIT JAX
DEN DAL CHI BUF
ATL INDY STL OAK
GB TB SD NYJ
NO WASH MIN TENN
SF CINC AZ PHIL
NE HOU KC MIA
NYG BAL DET CAR
RESULTS WEEK 1
Stoff -15 Crane 30
Martin 1 Gruner -17
Spalding =10 DeGrella 31
Marsh =10 Leezer 0
Spalding 19 Martin 13
DeGrella 10 Stoff 8
Gruner -14 Leezer -19
Crane 18 Marsh -17
Leezer -26 Crane 57
DeGrella 9 Gruner -10
Spalding 0 Stoff 15
Marsh 13 Martin -8
7 v 5. 8 v 4. 2 v 3. 6 v 1
FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE C
SF CIN DET OAK
DEN NO CHI JAX
SEA INDY WASH CAR
BUF MIA NYJ KC
ATL NYG AZ TB
BAL HOU SD TN
GB PIT CLE STL
NE DAL PHI MIN
RESULTS WEEK 1
Flaherty 13 Fetcher 31
Finley 3 Schifano -3
Shelton 14 Kietzman -28
Pierce -14 McBride -12
Finley 4 Shelton 2
Flaherty -20 Kietzman 0
Schifano -1 McBride 17
Fetcher 21 Pierce -7
McBride 3 Fetcher 57
Kietzman -17 Schifano 34
Shelton 4 Flaherty -9
Pierce -66 Finley 41
7 v 5. 8 v 4. 2 v 3. 6 v 1
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