Latest International basketball News

Georgia Tech hires Nell Fortner to replace MaChelle Joseph

Apr. 9, 2019 12:39 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech hired former Auburn and Purdue coach Nell Fortner on Tuesday to replace MaChelle Joseph as coach. Fortner, 60, also the former WNBA Indiana Fever coach, coached the 2000 U.S. Olympic team to a gold medal. Fortner, who also has worked as a TV analyst for ESPN, has been out of...

Tough calls prove again that sports aren't perfectly fair

Apr. 8, 2019 7:44 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The toilet paper was already flying at Toomer's Corner, the spot where the biggest celebrations go down when Auburn's sports teams win big. Then, the whistle blew. A foul. Three free throws. A comeback win transformed into a devastating loss. And within seconds, the pain and...

Texas Tech, Virginia give NCAA final an international accent

Apr. 8, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The plains of West Texas are a long way from the bustling piazzas and porticos of northern Italy, where Davide Moretti was raised in a soccer culture and basketball was just a niche. NBA fans in Italy can now look to the likes of Danilo Gallinari and his 20-point scoring average for the...

Virginia's Diakite started with Jordan videos in Africa

Apr. 5, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — There were a few things Virginia forward Mamadi Diakite had to do to have a shot in the world of basketball. He had to listen to his dad. He had to stop kicking a ball around in his hometown of Conakry in the West African country of Guinea. And after giving up soccer for a completely...

Alabama HS player Maori Davenport back on basketball court

Apr. 5, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alabama high school player Maori Davenport is back playing with USA Basketball. Davenport drew national attention when she was suspended by the state's high school athletic association for accidently accepting an $857.20 stipend check from USA Basketball for playing with a national...

Toyota robot can't slam dunk but shoots a mean 3-pointer

Apr. 1, 2019 2:27 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — It can't dribble, let alone slam dunk, but Toyota's basketball robot hardly ever misses a free throw or a 3-pointer. The 207-centimeter (six-foot, 10-inch)-tall machine made five of eight 3-point shots in a demonstration in a Tokyo suburb Monday, a ratio its engineers say is worse than usual....

WNBA coaches, GMs tab McCowan for top pick in mock draft

Mar. 29, 2019 2:44 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press polled a panel of WNBA coaches and general managers for a mock draft of the three rounds this spring. Panelists were limited to college seniors and eligible foreign players, and they could not offer a pick for their own team. While last season there was a clear-cut No....

Rui Hachimura's popularity continuing to rise at Gonzaga

Mar. 20, 2019 7:22 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rui Hachimura leaned against a wall inside Las Vegas' Orleans Arena, towering above the boom microphones and cameras being held by the reporters below. The Gonzaga big man patiently answered questions in Japanese for more than 15 minutes from the nearly two dozen reporters, including...

Chinese, Croatian national teams joining NBA Summer League

Mar. 20, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — NBA Summer League is going international this year. The Chinese and Croatian national teams will join all 30 NBA clubs at this year's tournament in Las Vegas, taking place from July 5 through July 15. China sent a team to Summer League in 2007, and Croatia will play in the event for the...

US hoops draws Turkey, Czech Republic, Japan in World Cup

Mar. 16, 2019 11:03 PM EDT

USA Basketball still doesn't know which players will be wearing the red, white and blue this summer in China. Their first three opponents, however, are finally set. The Americans' quest for an unprecedented third consecutive FIBA World Cup championship will start against the Czech Republic, followed by games...