Albert Schweitzer Tournament

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France vs. USA, at the 2010 Albert Schweitzer Tournament.

The Albert Schweitzer Tournament (AST) is an international basketball competition that is played between junior youth national basketball teams. It takes place every 2 years in Mannheim, Germany, and is contested between teams from 16 different countries. The tournament is internationally recognized and considered as an unofficial youth world championship, for the Under-18 age group. The organizers of the tournament are the German Basketball Federation and the city of Mannheim. The tournament is named after Albert Schweitzer.

History[edit]

The first Albert Schweitzer Tournament took place in December of 1958. It was contested between eight teams, and won by Belgium. Hans-Joachim Babies, and the German basketball pioneer, Hermann Niebuhr, asked the theologian and physician, Albert Schweitzer, if they could use his namesake for the name of the tournament. After the second tournament in 1960, there was a break in play until 1966. From that point onwards, a two-year tournament cycle was established. The 1991 tournament was canceled, due to the Gulf War. Since 1994, the tournament has been held during even-numbered years.[1]

The USA has won the most titles, winning ten. The USA is followed by Italy and Yugoslavia, which have both won three titles. The record attendance was 28,763 spectators.

Tournament champions[edit]

By nation[edit]

Country
Championships
United States USA
10
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
3
Italy Italy
3
Spain Spain
2
Greece Greece
2
Belgium Belgium
2
Australia Australia
1
France France
1
Turkey Turkey
1
Poland Poland
1

Future stars[edit]

The tournament is an important event for professional basketball scouts from around the world. Over the years, many players that have played at the tournament, have gone on to become well-known pro players, both in the NBA, and the Euroleague.[4]

Some of the NBA players that have played at the AST, include:

In addition to that, other well-known players from the top European professional leagues have also played at the tournament. Such as:

Some of the top international players, in the Under-18 age group, that have played at the AST in recent years, include:

Tournament MVPs[edit]

Year MVP
1998
Australia David Andersen
2000
United States Eddie Griffin
2002
2004
Turkey Ersan İlyasova
2006
France Nicolas Batum
2008
Greece Nikos Pappas
2010
Australia Mitch Creek
2012
Serbia Nikola Radičević

References[edit]

  1. ^ AST-basketball.de It all started in December 1958.
  2. ^ AST-basketball.de Turnierergebnisse (German).
  3. ^ Schoenen-dunk.de Australien triumphiert verdient (German).
  4. ^ AST-basketball.de Magic Johnson was a part of AST in 1975.

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