Omaha Biliew to compete in FIBA U19 World Cup


Tyler Coe

TJ Otzelberger coaches his time after forcing a Baylor timeout early in the second half on Dec. 31, 2022.

Iowa State basketball’s incoming freshman phenom Omaha Biliew earned a spot on the USA U19 Men’s National Team on Friday.

After competing against other top young athletes, Biliew proved he can hang with the best of the best after he finished the five-day training camp with a spot on Team USA’s 12-man roster. He was also among other future Cyclone athletes, as Milan Momcilovic and Jackson Paveletzke also attended the training camp.

Biliew turned heads every step of the way, as he was a top performer throughout the whole training camp. Biliew is expected to be a star when he gets to Iowa State, and some of that star power will be on display as he travels across the world to compete on the national team.

Biliew will join Team USA as it competes at the 2023 FIBA U19 World Cup on June 24-July 2. The World Cup will be held in Debrecen, Hungary.

The 12-man roster also consists of other top prospects and expected future collegiate stars. The head coach for the national team will be Tad Boyle from Colorado. Boyle will be assisted by Oklahoma State’s Mike Boynton Jr. and Boise State’s Leon Rice.

The U.S. will start off with Lebanon, Madagascar and Slovenia in pool play to earn a spot in the final tournament. This will be the first time that the U.S. has faced Lebanon or Madagascar. The U.S. has faced off against Slovenia twice in the past and holds a 2-0 record over them.

Team USA has won three out of the last four World Cups and has eight wins total. Iowa State’s Tyrese Haliburton led the team to a gold medal in the 2019 World Cup and was also part of the U.S. Select Team in 2021.

Biliew will look to follow in Haliburton’s footsteps as his next time to shine is Saturday.