DUBAI– Almost every NBA franchise and every major shoe company had scouts at the FIBA U17 World championship competition here. The San Antonio Spurs, which has used international players to build the foundation for their NBA championship teams, actually had three in attendance to watch the stars of the future who will be visible on every draft board within the next two or three years.
USA Basketball won this age group tournament for a third consecutive time, defeating Australia, 99-92, in the gold medal game. But their stars had to share the spotlight with several internationals. With that in mind, here are 10 of the young guns– in no particular order– who participated in the tournament that scouts should keep an eye on.