FIBA? Top Seeds in the Semi’s?

The #1 & #2 Seeds on the same side of the Bracket?: USA over Canada.

Only FIBA could put a wrench in the works this bad.

How in the hell do you put the top 2 seeds on the same side of a bracket? Even Joe Lunardi/Jerry Palm know better than that? So the FIBA U19 semi-finals will outshine tomorrow’s Finals. USA U19 outlasted their Canadian counterparts in an electric game in Latvia – 92-86. USA will play whomever and roll in the finals. Canada will also play whomever and take the bronze. They should have been slated for play in the finals, from opposing brackets. Oh well.

Canada v USA FIBA U19 2021

Andy Katz, Jon Rothstein, and the others will rave on & on about Holmgren, Edey, and the rest. I will concern my comments to the Creighton contingent of Kalkbrenner & Nembhard.

Heading into this game Kalkbrenner was averaging: 6.8ppg /62%, 71.4% FT, 4.7Rpg, 1.3 BLK, on 12.2 minutes.

Nembhard was averaging: 14.2ppg/35.4%, 39.4% 3pt, 77.8% FT, 4.2Rpg, 6.2 Ast, on 30 mpg.

In this game they played above their averages:

Kalk: 10Pts/66.7%, 2-2FT/100%, 4Rbd, 1TO, 2Blk, on 12.27 Minutes

Nemb: 18Pts/31.8%, 37.5% 3Pt, 50% FT, 8Rbd, 6 Ast, 2TO, 2Stl, on 38 Minutes

Both of our guys did themselves proud…playing well as expected, for their respective national teams. These games, as well as the Kaluma/Afrobasket 21 games are giving the Bluejays coaches and contingent excellent insights into the caliber of players we have on board for this and future seasons.

Uganda_Afrobasket 21

Mac and staff have done real good in landing top-tier players for the team and IMHO there will be little, if any, fall off from previous years. These young men are Warriors and will help CU continue to be competitive at the highest levels of collegiate hoops.

Turkish National Team – Bona

As an aside, 2022 recruit Adem Bona was representing Turkey at the FIBA U19 games.

Bona’s Line: 8.8 Ppg/70%, 100% FT, 2.8Rpg, 0.8 Blk, on 15.2 MPG

Well Done to both Ryan’s, Well Done young fellas. Way to represent your countries and Creighton!


Ugandan Rookie comes up Big in Debut!

Silverbacks ride Kaluma’s Performance to Afrobasket 21.

National Team Uganda

Fun discussions here. That is one good reason to enjoy the summer. It will be very entertaining to see how Coach Mandy Juruni addresses this ongoing success. AfroBasket appearances, 2. Is the 3rd trip a charm? Coach had stressed ongoing improvements and an openess for players to make the team since last winter.

Mandy Juruni Credit: John Batanudde

Silverbacks move on to Afrobasket 21…

Uganda moves on to Afrobasket 21 on the back of rookie forward Arthur Kaluma. Kaluma, 18 y/o, is newly joining the national team for his 1st tour. He came off the bench to lead the Silverbacks to victory. Kaluma has been preparatory (HS) schooling in the USA and will debut at the collegiate level with Creighton University @bluejayMBB come November 2021 in the USA. Well done Arthur, well done, indeed!

Team Uganda-Kaluma

As for the Silverbacks, the teams in this group of note were Egypt…#60 worldwide/#6 in Africa and Morocco -#69WW/#7 Africa. Morocco has owned Uganda in recent years. However, the Silverbacks made it 2 in a row after also winning last November.

Arthur, the team rookie, came off the bench to strut his stuff. His talley included: 20 points/5 rebounds/2 steals in his debut. This is the 3rd consecutive AfroBasket tourney for Uganda (showing consistent improvement) under Coach Juruni’s tutelage.

Uganda, with the win, qualifies for Afrobasket 21. The Silverbacks will now join Group D alongside former African champions Senegal, Cameroon, and debutants South Sudan; while Cape Verde join Group A alongside hosts Rwanda, 11-time record African champions Angola, and DR Congo. Group D appears to be the tougher bracket. … asket-slot


Group D
Senegal (#35/#4 Afr)
Cameroon (#65/#7 Afr)
South Sudan (#97/#15 Afr)
Uganda (#98/#16 Afr)

Group A
Angola/33/2 Afr
DR Congo/81/11 Afr
Rwanda/91/13 Afr
Cape Verde/95/14 Afr

Top African Teams:

Ivory Coast/50/5
Cent Afr Rep/78/10