Latest International basketball News

East Asia Super League aims high, from startup to Big 3

Nov. 30, 2021 20:53 PM EST

One is the so-called Golden Boy of the Philippines. Another is the first 100 million-yen-a-season basketball player in Japan. The East Asia Super League is set to launch next October featuring some of the region’s biggest domestic clubs. It’s banking on Asia’s...

European prospects eye Australian springboard to NBA

Nov. 30, 2021 10:29 AM EST

There's a new stopover for European prospects who hope their journeys lead to the NBA draft: Australia. The Next Stars program of the National Basketball League has groomed the likes of LaMelo Ball and Josh Giddey and has now added young European players to its ranks for...

USA Basketball falls in World Cup qualifier to Mexico, 97-88

Nov. 29, 2021 23:25 PM EST

CHIHUAHUA, Mexico (AP) — USA Basketball’s road to the 2023 Basketball World Cup got a little tougher on Monday, after the Americans were handed a surprising loss at Mexico in a qualifying game. Orlando Mendez scored 27 points, Gabriel Giron added 19 and Mexico —...

Syria hosts first international basketball tourney in years

Nov. 29, 2021 15:39 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria hosted the first international basketball tournament on its soil in at least two decades Monday, bringing an Asia region World Cup qualifying game to a packed stadium in the capital Damascus. The game with Kazakhstan, which Syria lost 81-71,...

Thomas' late 3 helps US top Cuba 95-90 in Cup qualifying

Nov. 28, 2021 19:55 PM EST

CHIHUAHUA, Mexico (AP) — Isaiah Thomas made sure USA Basketball’s road to the 2023 World Cup didn’t begin with a major upset. Thomas scored 21 points, including a sealing 3-pointer with 13.3 seconds left, and the Americans erased a seven-point deficit in the fourth...

Kazakhstan plays Iran anthem for Syria at FIBA WC qualifiers

Nov. 28, 2021 08:33 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria’s sports federation has complained to basketball's world governing body after Kazakhstan welcomed its team with the Iranian national anthem, instead of the Syrian, to the game at the first leg of Asian qualifiers for World Cup 2023. Syrian...

Offshore tourneys return in college basketball amid COVID-19

Nov. 23, 2021 20:39 PM EST

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Kimani Lawrence and his Arizona State teammates were eager to take everything in as they arrived for a men's college basketball tournament that was among the countless things disrupted amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the past 18 months. ...

Highsmith added to USA Basketball World Cup qualifying team

Nov. 20, 2021 17:00 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Haywood Highsmith was added to USA Basketball's World Cup qualifying roster on Saturday, replacing Orlando Johnson. The team opened training camp on Saturday in Houston, in advance of games later this month in Mexico against Cuba (Nov. 28) and Mexico...

Isaiah Thomas returning to USA Basketball for qualifying

Nov. 19, 2021 13:32 PM EST

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Isaiah Thomas is putting on the red, white and blue again. Thomas was announced Friday as an injury replacement for USA Basketball's team that will open World Cup qualifying play this month in Mexico. The two-time NBA All-Star was added to...

No Bahamas cupcakes: Top women's teams meet in hoops tourney

Nov. 19, 2021 12:55 PM EST

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — There will be a wealth of women's basketball talent in the Bahamas over the next 10 days with seven of the top nine teams in The Associated Press poll playing in a pair of new tournaments on the island. Top-ranked South Carolina and No. 2...