Philippine Youth Team bracketed with defending champion USA in the FIBA U-17 World Championship for Men

THE Philippine Youth Team landed in the same group as defending champion United States in the Fiba U-17 World Championship for Men, which held its official draw in Dubai early Thursday morning (Manila time).
The youth team of coach Jamike Jarin had been bracketed with the Americans, Greece, and Angola in Group A.

Group B meanwhile, is composed of Japan, France, Canada, and Australia, runner-up to the Americans during the last staging of the meet held in Lithuania two years ago.
Puerto Rico, the host country, Italy, and Spain make up Group C, while Group D is comprised of Argentina, China, Serbia, and Egypt.
The meet will be held from August 8-16 at the Al Ahli Arena & Al Wasl Arena in Dubai.
Ismail Al Gargawi, President of the UAE Basketball Association, said: "This is a first for basketball and a first for the UAE in hosting and participating in one of FIBA's World Championships.
"I'm delighted that we and our partners can help showcase basketball to the nation and increase the interest and participation in our great sport.
"We are looking forward to hosting our friends from FIBA and our other distinguished guests from around the world and showing them all that Dubai has to offer."
The Philippines earned a berth in the biennial meet following its stunning runner-up finish behind China during the FIBA-Asia U17 Championship held last year in Tehran, Iran.
The youth team is spearheaded by Mike Nieto, Andres Desiderio, Jose Mendoza, among others.
The inaugural FIBA U17 World Championship was staged in Hamburg, Germany in 2010. The second edition took placetwo years later in Kaunas, Lithuania.
The USA have won both editions to date, which featured the 12 best national teams in the world from across FIBA's five continental zones on both occasions.
The success and interest in the first two U17s was so high that, starting in 2014, the tournament will consist of a 16-team field - the same competition format as the FIBA U19 World Championship.
The FIBA U17 World Championship for Men came into being following the success of its "older brother", the FIBA U19 World Championship for Men, which made its debut in 1979.
Both U17 and U19 Men's tournaments - and their women's equivalents - cater to the growing potential and popularity of youth competitions and ensure that every generation of global basketball talent gets the chance to compete at the highest international level.
--- with reports from

Philippines roster at the 2013 FIBA Asia Under-16 Championship:[2]
Philippines Under-16 National Basketball Team roster
Pos.#NameAge - DOBHt.ClubClub nat.
G4Dario, Diego Miguel16 – January 6, 1997ft 6.921875 in (1.7 m)UP Integrated SchoolPhilippines
G5Nieto, Joseph Matthew16 – May 31, 1997ft 0.828125 in (1.85 m)Ateneo de Manila UniversityPhilippines
G6Navarro, Lorenzo Fernando16 – May 30, 1997ft 8.109375 in (1.73 m)San Sebastian College - RecoletosPhilippines
C7Nieto, Michael Joseph (c)16 – May 31, 1997ft 2.015625 in (1.88 m)Ateneo de Manila UniversityPhilippines
F8Panlilio, Emmanuel Mikel16 – September 21, 1997ft 10.859375 in (1.8 m)International School ManilaPhilippines
F9Padilla, Arnie Christian16 – July 31, 1997ft 0.828125 in (1.85 m)Ateneo de Manila UniversityPhilippines
G10Mendoza, Jose Lorenzo15 – January 31, 1998ft 8.890625 in (1.75 m)Ateneo de Manila UniversityPhilippines
F11Desiderio, Andres Paul16 – February 2, 1997ft 0.828125 in (1.85 m)University of the PhilippinesPhilippines
G12Go, Jose IV16 – January 16, 1997ft 0.046875 in (1.83 m)Hope Christian High SchoolPhilippines
C13Abadeza, Carlo16 – March 19, 1997ft 2.796875 in (1.9 m)La Salle Green HillsPhilippines
C14Escoto, Richard16 – March 21, 1997ft 6.34375 in (1.99 m)Far Eastern University – Nicanor Reyes Educational FoundationPhilippines
F15Dela Cruz, Michael Louise16 – April 8, 1997ft 0.046875 in (1.83 m)La Salle Green HillsPhilippines
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Philippine Youth Team bracketed with defending champion USA in the FIBA U-17 World Championship for Men Philippine Youth Team bracketed with defending champion USA in the FIBA U-17 World Championship for Men Reviewed by Jay-R Bayon-on on 2/13/2014 Rating: 5

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