Haliburton named to U.S. U19 FIBA World Cup 12-man roster


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Haliburton led all players in assists per game and assist-to-turnover ratio at the U19 FIBA World Cup.

Jack Shover

Iowa State’s Tyrese Haliburton will be bound for Greece and the 2019 U19 FIBA World Cup on Monday after he was selected to the team’s 12-man final roster Thursday.

Haliburton joins a team coached by Kansas State’s Bruce Weber and made up of a mix of high school and collegiate players.

While at Illinois, Weber was named the AP Coach of the Year for the 2004-05 season and this past season at Kansas State his team finished 25-9 and tied for first place in the Big 12 regular season with Texas Tech.

Kira Lewis Jr., Isaac Likekele, Reggie Perry and Trevion Williams were all the collegiate players named finalists with Haliburton, with every single player making the 12-man roster.

From the high school class of 2020, Halliburton will be joined by five-star recruits Scottie Barnes, Cade Cunningham, Jalen Green, Evan Mobley, Jalen Suggs and Ziaire Williams.

The only player entering college to make the roster is Villanova commit and five-star recruit Jeremiah Robinson-Earl.

While the team leaves Monday, play at the World Cup does not begin until June 29 with play continuing until July 7.

At the last U19 World Cup in 2017, the U.S. finished third in Egypt after capturing the gold medal in the two previous World Cups in 2013 and 2015.

During the cup, the U.S. fell to Canada in the semifinals 99-87. The Canadian team was led by likely top-three NBA draft pick R.J. Barrett, who scored 38 points in the game. Lindell Wigginton was also featured on the Canadian team.

The U.S. then beat Spain 96-72 to capture the bronze medal, and Canada beat Italy 79-60 to win gold.

This World Cup, the U.S. U19 team will look to capture gold for the tenth time as a country.