- Fran Fraschilla, College Basketball
DALLAS -- It's hard to imagine that Kevin Durant, Greg Oden and Spencer Hawes would all be eligible to play for the Under-19 USA Basketball team that will be leaving for the world championships next week. Just imagine how good that team would have been.
But even without those superstars, this U-19 team will be a force in Novi Sad, Serbia.
This team has depth. Head coach Jerry Wainwright has a nice group of experienced rising college sophomores such as Ohio State's David Lighty, Arkansas' Patrick Beverley and Oregon's Tajuan Porter. They will blend with very talented incoming freshman such as Texas A&M's DeAndre Jordan, Syracuse's Donte Greene and Kansas State's Michael Beasley.
The United States has not won the Under-19 World Championships since 1991. But this year's team looks ready for a run to gold, writes Fran Fraschilla.