FIBA U19 World Cup– D1 Roster Notes and Primer

By Kevin Sweeney

In the weeks post-NBA Draft, there isn’t that much pressing news in the college basketball landscape .There are a few names to watch still in the transfer portal, and soon enough we’ll hit International Trip Season. For now though, those of us wanting to get our hoops fix have to look for other options, and luckily the FIBA U19 World Cup provides us with a great way to spend 10 days. With over 50 current, incoming, and future D1 players including several elite prospects all playing, the event will provide perhaps the best look at players of all levels that we’ll get this summer.

After all, two years ago we got our first look at RJ Barrett, Lindell Wigginton, and the rest of a bright young crop of Canadians that stunned Team USA in the Gold Medal Game in Cairo. That tournament also saw the emergence of Rui Hachimura for Japan among its top performances.

I’ve done my best to compile the rosters of every guy of interest to college basketball fans playing in this year’s event. First, the active players and 2019 signees playing in the event:

NAMECOUNTRYCOLLEGECLASS
Francisco CáffaroArgentinaVirginia2018
Francisco FarabelloArgentinaTCU2019
Kody StattmannAustraliaVirginia2018
Kyle BowenAustraliaSaint Mary’s2019
Alex DucasAustraliaSaint Mary’s2019
Tyler RobertsonAustraliaEastern Wash2019
Isaiah LeeAustraliaUC Irvine2019
Josh KunenAustraliaSan Francisco2019
AJ LawsonCanadaSouth Carolina2018
Damion SquireCanadaUC Davis2018
Joel BrownCanadaCalifornia2019
Tyrese SamuelCanadaSeton Hall2019
Jahcobi NeathCanadaWake Forest2019
Jaden BediakoCanadaSanta Clara2019
Michael WangChinaPenn2018
Joel AyayiFranceGonzaga2017
Nicholas EvtimovFranceWestern Carolina2019
Rainer HermanovskisLatviaWilliam & Mary2019
Martynas ArlauskasLithuaniaGonzaga2019
Arnas AdomaviciusLithuaniaUNC-Greensboro2019
Oumar BalloMaliGonzaga2019
Karim CoulibalyMaliPittsburgh2019
Fousseyni DrameMaliSaint Peter’s2019
Hassan DrameMaliSaint Peter’s2019
Flynn CameronNew ZealandDePaul2018
Kruz Perrott-HuntNew ZealandSouth Dakota2019
Max De GeestNew ZealandLong Beach St2019
James MoorsNew ZealandColorado State2019
AJ EduPhilippinesToledo2018
Giovanni SantiagoPuerto RicoKent State2019
Jose PlacerPuerto RicoNorth Florida2018
Filip PetrusevSerbiaGonzaga2018
Tyrese HaliburtonUnited StatesIowa State2018
Isaac LikeleleUnited StatesOklahoma State2018
Reggie PerryUnited StatesMississippi State2018
Kira LewisUnited StatesAlabama2018
Trevion WilliamsUnited StatesPurdue2018
Jeremiah Robinson-EarlUnited StatesVillanova2019

A huge list, loaded with high-major players who will make a significant impact on the college basketball world this season. Seeing the four-man Gonzaga contingent of Petrusev, Arlauskas, Ayayi, and Ballo is exciting, especially given the amount of minutes the Bulldogs have to replace. A pair of potential breakout candidates from the defending national champions in Stattmann and Caffaro are also guys to be excited about. However, a pair of mid-major names from small countries I can’t wait to watch are Michael Wang (China, Penn) and AJ Edu (Toledo, Philippines). Both showed significant promise as freshmen, and now will be thrust into high-usage roles in this event.

I also compiled the 2020 recruits playing in the event from the USA, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Others will likely emerge as college-track options during this event, but as of now, these are the names to know:

FUTURE RECRUITCOUNTRY247 COMPOSITECLASSCOMMITMENT
Jalen GreenUnited States22020
Cade CunninghamUnited States32020
Scottie BarnesUnited States52020
Evan MobleyUnited States12020
Jalen SuggsUnited States122020
Ziaire WilliamsUnited States82020
Josh PrimoCanada542021
Karim ManeCanada1242020
Charles BediakoCanada902021
Keon Ambrose-HyltonCanada802020
Matthew Alexander-MoncrieffeCanada1142020
Andre CurbeloPuerto Rico592020
Victor RosaPuerto Rico1872020
Dyondre DominguezPuerto Rico3242020
Julian StrawtherPuerto Rico512020Gonzaga

As if Gonzaga fans didn’t have enough reasons to tune into this one, 2020 commit Julian Strawther will suit up for Puerto Rico, moving the total of current and future Zags in Greece to 5. Major stock-riser Karim Mane of Canada will have my full attention after a strong spring, and should have the chance for big minutes on a team with questions at lead guard. Speaking of point guards, Andre Curbelo of Puerto Rico is one of the better ones in the 2020 class and will run the team for a young PR squad.

I’ll have plenty of notes from this entire event both on this site and on Twitter. Play gets underway on June 29 and runs through July 7, with all games streamed live on YouTube.com/FIBA.

This page will be updated with any late changes in roster information.

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