USA Basketball No. 1 in New FIBA World Rankings

GENEVA, Switzerland -- Following the 2010 FIBA World Championship for men which concluded last Sunday in Istanbul, Turkey, FIBA, the International Basketball Federation, announced Friday it had launched a completely new world ranking system. The USA currently ranks No. 1 in all categories, including the new youth rankings for boys and girls which have been added in the new world ranking system.

"It is a tribute to the outstanding players and coaches who have been involved in our programs, and a testament to the commitment and hard work they have given" USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director Jim Tooley said. "Not only has USA Basketball been able to attract and involve at all levels the best players and coaches in our country to achieve this unprecedented success on the court, but our teams have represented our nation and the sport of basketball with respect, honor and dignity."

"This is an extraordinary accomplishment for USA Basketball and its men's and women's programs," said USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo. "It really is a remarkable achievement when you think about the United States currently being the men's and women's Olympic champs, the men's world champion, the men's and women's U19 and U17 FIBA world champions, and the men's and women's U18 and U16 FIBA Americas champions."

USA Basketball teams were flawless this past summer. The USA Men's World Championship Team finished 9-0 to claim its USA's first FIBA World Championship title since 1994, the USA Men's U17 Team captured the FIBA U17 World Championship in Germany with an unblemished 8-0 record, and the USA U18 squad collected the FIBA Americas U18 title with a perfect 5-0 mark. On the women's side, the USA women will compete in the upcoming Sept. 23-Oct. 3 FIBA World Championship in the Czech Republic, and have already claimed the FIBA U17 World Championship crown in France with an 8-0 record, and the USA women also won the FIBA Americas U18 Championship with a 5-0 mark.

For the first time ever, the U19 and U17 FIBA World Championships for Boys and Girls as well as all U16 and U18 zone championships weigh in to determine the new FIBA world rankings for Boys and Girls.

The new FIBA world ranking system now includes five categories: Men, Women, Boys, Girls and a Combined World Ranking that takes into account results from all genders and all age categories. The new system makes for a more accurate ranking order of the world's basketball nations.

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