TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Two University of Arizona men’s basketball players were a part of the 2004 USA Basketball World Championship for Young Men Qualifying Team that captured the gold medal Sunday in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Hassan Adams and Mustafa Shakur helped the United States to a 5-0 record in the World Championship for Young Men Qualifying Tournament following Sunday’s 97-86 win over Puerto Rico. En route to the gold medal game Team USA defeated Venezuela, 20-0 (forfeit), on July 28; Brazil, 87-64, on July 29; Puerto Rico, 92-79, on July 30; and Canada, 86-63, on July 31.
Adams, a 6-foot-4, 201-pound, forward from Los Angeles, Calif., averaged 10.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and a team-leading 2.5 steals per game during the tournament. He shot 47.4 percent (18-of-38) from the floor, 60 percent (6-of-10) from the free throw line and added three blocked shots. Adams scored in double figures in three games, including a high of 15 points on July 29 vs. Brazil.
Shakur, a 6-foot-3, 178-pound guard from Philadelphia, Pa., averaged 3.0 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game during the tournament. He shot 66.7 percent (2-of-3) from the floor, 100 percent (8-of-8) from the free throw line and added two steals. Shakur best effort came July 29 vs. Brazil in which he tallied six points, two rebounds and two assists.
The 12-member squad, coached by Kelvin Sampson of the University of Oklahoma, last won the gold medal in this qualifying tournament in 1996.