The FIBA U-19 World Cup has been a popular event for Purdue’s best young players to take part in. Caleb Swanigan in 2015, Carsen Edwards in 2017, and Trevion Williams in 2019 are notable alumni of the event. This year Purdue gets to double its pleasure as it has two members on Team USA in Jaden Ivey and Caleb Furst.
The 2021 USA Men's U19 World Cup Team roster is set— USABJNT (@usabjnt) June 25, 2021
The 12-member squad will go for gold at the 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup from July 3-11 in Latvia.
Harrison Ingram is another familiar name for Purdue fans, as he strongly considered coming to West Lafayette.
They could be joined by a third teammate, but said teammate could be headed to a level above. Zach Edey is currently in Canada preparing to be part of their national team, but it is a question of which national team. Team Canada announced it roster cutdown for the senior national team that will take part in Olympic qualifying, and Edey made the first cut to 19:
Canada Basketball has announced an updated 19-man roster ahead of next week’s Olympic qualifying tournament in Victoria. The roster will be trimmed to 12 bodies later this week before the tournament begins on June 29.
An initial roster of 21 players was announced on May 27, but Monday’s announcement features a number of changes. Most notably, NBA stars Dillon Brooks, Brandon Clarke, Tristan Thompson, Khem Birch, Kelly Olynyk and Oshae Brissett are no longer participating. Kyle Alexander of Spain’s Fuenlabrada is also no longer with the team.
Alabama’s Charles Bediako, Purdue’s Zach Edey, Owen Klassen of France’s Boulazac Basket Dordogne, Arizona’s Bennedict Mathurin and Isiaha Mike of Germany’s Niners Chemnitz have been added to the roster.
Canada will be competing against China, Czech Republic, Greece, Turkey and Uruguay in the qualifying tournament with the winner advancing to next month’s Tokyo Olympics. Since the Olympic qualifying tournament is going to happen at the same time as the U-19 World Cup Edey can’t do both, but I am betting he is a shoe-in to make the U-19 team if he does not make the senior national team.
Here is the Team USA and Canada schedule for the Group Stage:
Canada vs. Lithuania 8am ET
USA vs. Turkey 10:30am ET
Canada vs. Japan 5am ET
USA vs. Mali 1:30pm ET
Canada vs. Senegal 5am ET
USA vs. Australia 1:30pm
Canada Group A vs. Group B (Puerto Rico, Iran, Serbia, Latvia) Round of 16
USA Group D vs. Group C (Argentina, France, South Korea, Spain) Round of 16
Quarterfinals (Earliest possible meeting for Canada vs. USA)
Team USA is the favorite here, so they should make quite the run. They won in 2015 and 2019 and took the bronze with Carsen in 2017. The championship would be at Noon on July 11.
As far as streaming options, I believe the 2019 event was available via YouTube Live, but I will post it as it comes available.