With Arizona head coach Sean Miller at the helm, the USA will look to defend its 2013 U19 World Championship gold medal at this year’s event, which is slated for June 27-July 5 in Heraklion, Crete, Greece. UA men’s basketball athletic trainer Justin Kokoskie is also set to serve in the same position for the USA U19 World Championship Team this summer.
“The thing that we like a lot is the fact that we have eight players of the 12 that have competed and won a gold medal, several have won multiple gold medals,” Miller said.
“We have a lot of versatility in our lineup, we have players that can play more than one position and I think playing pressure basketball like we want to play defensively and offensively, that we have the depth, athleticism and quickness, and also some shooting that will really allow us to play a style that we can be successful at.”
Trier helped the USA qualify for the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship by compiling a 5-0 record and winning gold at the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. He started all five games for the U.S., averaging 12.6 points and shooting 62.1 percent from the floor for a team that also featured Miller on the bench as an assistant coach and former UA star Stanley Johnson as the tournament MVP.
Trier also suited up for the United States at the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit in Portland.
The 21st McDonald’s All-American in UA history and the co-MVP of the 2015 Jordan Brand Classic, Trier was one of five finalists for the 2015 Naismith Boys High School Player of the Year trophy. He averaged 26.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game as a senior at Findlay Prep, leading the team to a semifinal appearance at the Dick’s Sporting Good High School Nationals.
The U.S. has captured a record five FIBA U19 World Championship gold medals and three silver medals in 11 editions of the event, which was first held in 1979.
As defending U19 champions, the USA has an opportunity to win consecutive FIBA U19 World Championships for just the second time in the competition’s history, having done so in 1979 and 1983 (when the event was held every four years).
The United States’ U19 gold-medal effort in 2013 featured former UA standout and 2014 NBA lottery pick Aaron Gordon, who claimed tournament MVP honors after averaging 16.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per contest.