CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Men's basketball incoming freshman Justin Bassey will compete on the international stage for Thailand at the 2016 FIBA Asia U18 Championship.
The tournament, being held in Tehran, Iran from July 22-31, will feature 12 teams split into two groups. Bassey, whose Taiwanese team was assigned to Group A, will face China, Chinese Taipei, Philippines, India, and Iraq in group competition. Group B will include Iran, Korea, Japan, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, and Lebanon. Of the six teams in each group, four will advance to the quarter-finals with the remainder of the tournament being played in a knockout format.
The top three finishers from this tournament will go on to represent Asia at the 2017 FIBA U19 World Championship. As the championships are organized every other year, teams qualified for this year's tournament based on their performance from the 2014 FIBA Asia U18 Championship.
Bassey was a four-year letterwinner at Colorado Academy in Denver, Colorado, where he was recognized as the All-State Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016. Bassey was named to the All-Colorado team as a junior and senior, and was a three-time All-State first team pick (2013, 2014, 2015). He graduated as Colorado Academy's all-time leading scorer with 2,159 career points.
Bassey joins the list of Harvard basketball student-athletes that have represented their country as members of the national program. Chris Egi, Corey Johnson, and Weisner Perez competed in the FIBA U19 World Championships last year. Egi and Johnson, both representing Team Canada, helped their national team to a fifth-place finish, the highest ever for Canada. Perez, meanwhile finished 13th with the Dominican Republic in its first appearance since 1983.