The 27th Albert Schweitzer Tournament tips off in two weeks in Mannheim, Germany. The tournament, considered an unofficial youth world championship for the under-18 age group, is well attended by scouts and fans—upwards of 30,000 spectators are expected over the course of the event. NetScouts Basketball will be covering the event and scouting the international teams.
The United States has won the most titles (10) but has not won it since 1996. Notable tourney alums include Magic Johnson, Vince Carter, Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki, and Tony Parker.
Teams from Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine and the USA will participate.
The USA team has been placed in Group C and will square off against Chile in their opening game on April 19. Also in the group are teams from Ukraine and France. The championship is slated for Saturday, April 26.
The eleven man U-18 USA squad features seven players who have committed to colleges. 6-9 Tim Delaney (Pitman, NJ – Villanova), 6-7 wing Ethan Happ (Taylor Ridge, IL – Wisconsin), guards Mike Williams (Brooklyn, NY – Rutgers) and Shavar Newkirk (Bronx, NY – St. Joseph’s), 6-5 forward Scott Lindsey (Oak Park, IL – Northwestern), Austin White (East Orange, NJ – High Point) and 6-11 Kory Kuenstling (Dunkerton, IA – Drake). 6-9 unsigned 2015 post Elijah Burns (Troy, NY / Blair) will draw scouts attention and Salt Lake City (UT) standout Brock Miller is an accomplished combo guard. Seattle-area guard Connor O’Hearn, Livingston, NJ guard Kahlil Garnes, and Cazenovia, NY wing Ross Gerber round out the squad.
Our friend from Kimball Union (NH) Academy, Mike Olson is the head coach of the team. He will be assisted by Blair (NJ) Academy coach Joe Mantegna, Erik Olson, who is head coach of FSu Academy in Iceland and Vermont Tech head coach Chris Leazier.
While most of the 16 teams in the field operate as junior national teams, the US squad will meet for the first time at the JFK terminal in New York. How fast the team gels will likely determine how much success the team can find. One thing is certain however, the AST boasts talent and tradition—and the US Select team will have its hands full in attempting to secure that elusive 11th title.
We’ll be keeping you posted as the event gets underway.
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