Mexico national basketball team

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Mexico Mexico
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FIBA ranking 19 Steady
Joined FIBA 1936
FIBA zone FIBA Americas
National federation Asociación Deportiva Mexicana de Básquetbol
Coach Sergio Valdeolmillos
Nickname(s) 12 Guerreros
Olympic Games
Appearances 7
Medals Bronze medal.svg Bronze: (1936)
FIBA World Cup
Appearances 5
Medals None
FIBA AmeriCup
Appearances 14
Medals Gold medal america.svg Gold: (2013)
Bronze medal.svg Bronze: (2017)
Uniforms
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The Mexico national basketball team (Selección de baloncesto de México) participates in men's international basketball competitions. The governing body of the team is the Asociación Deportiva Mexicana de Básquetbol (ADEMEBA).

In 2013, Mexico won the FIBA AmeriCup, its greatest accomplishment so far.

History[edit]

Fans of Team Mexico at the 2014 Basketball World Cup
Team Mexico celebrating a victory.

Until the late 1960s, team Mexico was a major force at the world stage. The team won the bronze medal at the 1936 Summer Olympics, finished 4th at the 1948 event and 5th in 1968.

At the FIBA Americas Championship 2009 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mexico finished 7th, ahead of Panama, Venezuela and the United States Virgin Islands.[1]

On individual performances, Gustavo Ayon finished among the tournament's top performers in steals (3rd), blocks (3rd) and minutes per game (9th).[2]

Both Eduardo Nájera and Earl Watson expressed their interest in representing Mexico internationally.[3][4] However, neither received permission by their NBA teams to participate at the FIBA Americas Championship 2009 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.[5]

"La Edad de Oro" (2013-Present)[edit]

Mexico took part in the FIBA Americas Championship 2013 to replace Panama, who were disqualified. To the surprise of many they beat hosts Venezuela in their opening game and advanced to the second round with wins over Paraguay and the Dominican Republic. They later finished top of the eight-team second round group and a semi-final win over heavy favourites Argentina saw them through to the final.

On 11 September 2013, they beat Puerto Rico 91-83 in the Gold medal game to win the FIBA Americas Championship.[6] Inside player Gustavo Ayon was voted as the tournament's Most Valuable Player.

2014 Basketball World Cup[edit]

The surprising gold medal at the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship secured Mexico a spot at the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain. This marked the first qualification to the Basketball World Cup in 40 years.[7]

At the 2014 FIBA World Cup, the Mexicans won two of their five preliminary round games against Korea and Angola which earned them a playoff spot for the first time in their history. They would, however, come unstuck against eventual champions USA.

Especially noteworthy was Mexico’s 3 point field goal percentage, which was one of the highest among all the teams at the event.[8]

2015 FIBA Americas Championship[edit]

Due to Mexico's strong performances of late, the country gained the right to host the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship.

Medals[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

  • Med 3.png 1936

Pan American Games[edit]

  • Med 2.png 1967 1991 2011
  • Med 3.png 1983

Centrobasket[edit]

  • Med 1.png 1965 1975 2014
  • Med 2.png 1991 2001 2016
  • Med 3.png 1987 2003

FIBA AmeriCup[edit]

  • Med 1.png 2013

FIBA COCABA Championship[edit]

  • Med 1.png 2006 2007 2009 2013

Competitive record[edit]

Summer Olympics[edit]

Year Position Tournament Host
1936 3 Bronze medal.svg Basketball at the 1936 Summer Olympics Berlin, Germany
1948 4 Basketball at the 1948 Summer Olympics London, United Kingdom
1952 9 Basketball at the 1952 Summer Olympics Helsinki, Finland
1960 12 Basketball at the 1960 Summer Olympics Rome, Italy
1964 12 Basketball at the 1964 Summer Olympics Tokyo, Japan
1968 5 Basketball at the 1968 Summer Olympics Mexico City, Mexico
1976 10 Basketball at the 1976 Summer Olympics Montreal, Canada
2020 To be determined Basketball at the 2020 Summer Olympics Tokyo, Japan

FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament[edit]

Year Position Pld W L
Japan 1964 1st place 9 8 1
Germany 1972 4th place No data
Canada 1976 3rd place No data
Italy 2016 4th place 3 1 2

FIBA World Cup[edit]

Members of the 2014 Team Mexico, which reached the World Cup's playoffs for the first time.
Year Position Tournament Host
1959 13 1959 FIBA World Championship Chile
1963 9 1963 FIBA World Championship Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1967 8 1967 FIBA World Championship Uruguay
1974 9 1974 FIBA World Championship Puerto Rico
2014 14 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup Spain
2019 To Be Determined 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup China

FIBA AmeriCup[edit]

Year Position Tournament Host
1980 5 1980 Tournament of the Americas San Juan, Puerto Rico
1984 5 1984 Tournament of the Americas São Paulo, Brazil
1988 6 1988 Tournament of the Americas Montevideo, Uruguay
1989 9 1989 Tournament of the Americas Mexico City, Mexico
1992 7 1992 Tournament of the Americas Portland, United States
1993 1993 Tournament of the Americas San Juan, Puerto Rico
1995 1995 Tournament of the Americas Tucumán, Argentina
1997 10 1997 FIBA Americas Championship Montevideo, Uruguay
1999 1999 FIBA Americas Championship San Juan, Puerto Rico
2001 9 2001 FIBA Americas Championship Neuquén, Argentina
2003 6 2003 FIBA Americas Championship San Juan, Puerto Rico
2005 10 2005 FIBA Americas Championship Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
2007 7 2007 FIBA Americas Championship Las Vegas, United States
2009 7 2009 FIBA Americas Championship San Juan, Puerto Rico
2011 2011 FIBA Americas Championship Mar del Plata, Argentina
2013 1 Gold medal with cup.svg 2013 FIBA Americas Championship Caracas, Venezuela
2015 4 2015 FIBA Americas Championship Mexico City, Mexico
2017 3 Bronze medal with cup.svg 2017 FIBA Americas Championship Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay

Pan American Games[edit]

  • 1951: 8th place
  • 1955: 4th place
  • 1959: 4th place
  • 1963: 7th place
  • 1967: Silver medal Med 2.png (Mexico finished second only to Team USA.)[9]
  • 1971: 4th place
  • 1975: 4th place
  • 1979: 8th place
  • 1983: Bronze medal Med 3.png (This competition was memorable for Mexico taking a 20–4 lead against a Team USA squadron that featured Michael Jordan, Chris Mullin, Sam Perkins, Michael Cage, Ed Pinckney, Mark Price, and Wayman Tisdale. Team USA later came back for an 11-point win: 74–63. Team USA won the Gold, Brazil won the Silver, and Mexico beat Canada for the Bronze medal.)[10]
  • 1987: 4th place
  • 1991: Silver medal Med 2.png (Mexico finished ahead of a Team USA squadron that featured Grant Hill, Christian Laettner, Thomas Hill, Walt Williams, Clarence Weatherspoon, Tracey Murray, Jimmy Jackson, Terry Dehere, Adam Keefe, Eric Montross, and Tony Bennett. Puerto Rico won the Gold, Mexico won the Silver, and Team USA won the Bronze medal.)[11]
  • 1995: 5th place
  • 1999: Did not participate
  • 2003: 5th place
  • 2007: Did not participate
  • 2011: Silver medal Med 2.png (Mexico beat Team USA 71–55 in their semifinal game and lost to Puerto Rico 74–72 in the Gold Medal game.)[12]
  • 2015: 8th place
  • 2019: To be determined

Centrobasket – Central American Championships[edit]

Román Martínez and Marco Ramos helped Mexico secure the gold medal at the 2014 Centrobasket
  • 1965 Gold Medal Med 1.png
  • 1967 4th place
  • 1975 Gold Medal Med 1.png
  • 1987 Bronze Medal Med 3.png
  • 1989 4th place
  • 1991 Silver Medal Med 2.png
  • 1997 4th place
  • 2001 Silver Medal Med 2.png
  • 2003 Bronze Medal Med 3.png[13]
  • 2004 4th place
  • 2006 4th place
  • 2008 5th place (Coach Nolan Richardson)
  • 2010 6th place
  • 2014 Gold Medal Med 1.png
  • 2016 Silver Medal Med 2.png

FIBA COCABA Championship[edit]

  • 2006: Champions Med 1.png[14]
  • 2007: Champions Med 1.png[15]
  • 2009: Champions Med 1.png[16] (Coach: Nolan Richardson)
  • 2013: Champions Med 1.png[16]
  • 2015 4th place

William Jones Cup[edit]

  • 1990: Champions Med 1.png (2nd place = Poland, 3rd place = USA)

Central American and Caribbean Games[edit]

  • 2010: Silver medal Med 2.png
  • 2014: 5th place

FIBA Stanković Continental Champions' Cup[edit]

  • 2015: Silver medal Med 2.png

Team[edit]

Current roster[edit]

The roster for the 2017 FIBA AmeriCup.[17]

Mexico men's national basketball team – 2017 AmeriCup roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age – Date of birth Ht. Club Ctr.
G 4 Willis, Diego 18 – (1999-05-11)11 May 1999 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) Tenerife Academy Spain
PF 5 Ávalos, Irwin 26 – (1991-06-12)12 June 1991 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Santos de San Luis Mexico
PG 6 Dawud, Idris 26 – (1991-06-12)12 June 1991 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Centauros Mexico
PG 7 Gutiérrez, Jorge 28 – (1988-12-27)27 December 1988 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Trento Italy
F/C 8 Garibay, Edgar 27 – (1990-03-05)5 March 1990 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) Guaiqueríes Venezuela
SG 9 Cruz, Francisco 27 – (1989-10-03)3 October 1989 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Fuenlabrada Spain
PG 10 Girón, Gabriel 29 – (1988-02-27)27 February 1988 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Fuerza Regia Mexico
G 11 Pérez, Alex 24 – (1993-01-01)1 January 1993 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) BK VEF Rīga Latvia
PF 12 Hernández, Héctor 30 – (1985-06-15)15 June 1985 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) Vaqueros de Bayamón Puerto Rico
C 13 Benítez, Fernando 28 – (1989-08-06)6 August 1989 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) Panteras Mexico
C 14 Mata, Lorenzo 31 – (1986-02-27)27 February 1986 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Toros Mexico
C 15 Gutiérrez, Israel 24 – (1993-01-15)15 January 1993 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Argentino de Junín Argentina
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Spain Ramón Diaz
  • Mexico Javier Ceniceros
  • Mexico Mateo Rubio
Legend
  • Club – describes current
    or most recent club
  • Age – describes age
    on August 25, 2017

Former players[edit]

Mexico men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age – Date of birth Ht. Club
F Alonzo, Noé 31 – (1983-12-28)28 December 1983 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Halcones de Xalapa Mexico
SF Anderson, Juan 22 – (1993-04-10)10 April 1993 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Marquette Golden Eagles United States
PG Angley, Brody 35 – (1980-01-30)30 January 1980 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Bucaneros de La Guaira Venezuela
C Ayón, Gustavo (C) 30 – (1985-04-01)1 April 1985 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) Real Madrid Baloncesto Spain
G/F Cruz, Francisco 25 – (1989-10-03)3 October 1989 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) BK VEF Rīga Latvia
F/C Garibay, Edgar 25 – (1990-03-05)5 March 1990 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) Nauticos de Mazatlan Mexico
SG Girón, Gabriel 27 – (1988-02-27)27 February 1988 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Fuerza Regia Mexico
F Glynn, Jordan 26 – (1989-06-26)26 June 1989 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Cangrejeros de Santurce Puerto Rico
SF González, Jesús 29 – (1986-07-14)14 July 1986 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) Halcones Rojos Veracruz Mexico
C Gutiérrez, Israel 22 – (1993-01-15)15 January 1993 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Caballeros de Culiacán Mexico
PG Gutiérrez, Jorge 26 – (1988-12-27)27 December 1988 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Milwaukee Bucks United States
SG Harris, Jovan 34 – (1981-02-20)20 February 1981 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Halcones de Xalapa Mexico
PF Hernández, Héctor 30 – (1985-06-15)15 June 1985 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) Pioneros de Quintana Roo Mexico
PF Lopez, Jesus Hiram 31 – (1983-12-18)18 December 1983 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) Rayos de Hermosillo Mexico
SF Martínez, Román 27 – (1988-03-05)5 March 1988 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Soles de Mexicali Mexico
F/C Mata, Lorenzo 29 – (1986-02-27)27 February 1986 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Atenienses de Manatí Puerto Rico
PG Meza, Pedro 29 – (1985-10-15)15 October 1985 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) Caballeros de Culiacán Mexico
C Parada, Adam 33 – (1981-10-21)21 October 1981 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) Halcones de Xalapa Mexico
PG Perez, Alex 22 – (1993-01-01)1 January 1993 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Bucaneros de La Guaira Venezuela
F Ramos, Marco 28 – (1987-02-26)26 February 1987 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Halcones Rojos Veracruz Mexico
PF Rangel, Ivan 22 – (1992-10-11)11 October 1992 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) Oklahoma Wesleyan Eagles United States
PG Stoll, Paul 29 – (1985-12-14)14 December 1985 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Halcones Rojos Veracruz Mexico
SG Toussaint, Carlos 23 – (1991-10-24)24 October 1991 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Pioneros de Los Mochis Mexico
F/C Zamora, Rodrigo Adrián 28 – (1986-10-28)28 October 1986 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Halcones Rojos Veracruz Mexico
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Spain Ramón Diaz
  • Mexico Javier Ceniceros
  • Mexico Mateo Rubio
Legend
  • Club – describes current
    or most recent club
  • Age – describes age
    on 30 August 2015

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Inactive
C Israel Gutiérrez Gustavo Ayón Adam Parada Edgar Garibay
PF Héctor Hernández Adrián Zamora Lorenzo Mata Jesus Hiram López
SF Francisco Cruz Juan Anderson Marco Ramos Román Martínez
SG Orlando Méndez Gabriel Girón Jesus González Jovan Harris
PG Jorge Gutiérrez Pedro Meza Paul Stoll Carlos Toussaint

Head coach position[edit]

Past team rosters[edit]

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1936 Olympic Games: finished 3rd among 21 teams (Bronze Medal Team) Med 3.png

Jesus Olmos, Alfonso Rojo, Carlos Borja, Silvio Hernandez, Rodolfo Choperena, Jose Pamplona, Andres Gomez, Greer Skousen, Raul Fernandez, Victor Borja, Luis Ignacio de la Vega, Francisco Martinez

1948 Olympic Games: finished 4th among 23 teams

Hector Guerrero, Jose de la Cruz Cabrera, Jorge Cardiel, Emilio Lopez, Ignacio Romo, Rodolfo Diaz, Angel Acuna, Isaac Alfaro, Jose Rojas Herrera, Jorge Gudino, Francisco Galindo, Alberto Bienvenu, Josue Neri, Fernando Rojas Herrera

1952 Olympic Games: finished 9th among 23 teams

Hector Guerrero, Jose de la Cruz Cabrera, Jorge Cardiel, Jose Rojas Herera, Carlos Jose Bru Villarreal, Emilio Lopez, Jose Pioquinto Soto Villanueva, Fernando Rojas Herrera, Sergio Olguin Fierro, Ruben Almanza Garcia, Rolando Rubalcava Pena, Jose Meneses Luna, Filiberto Manzo Hernandez

1959 World Championship: finished 13th among 13 teams

Carlos Quintanar, Hector Aizpuro, Edmundo Marquez, Arturo Escalera, Felipe Manzo, Armando Herrera, Daniel Cuevas, Ignacio Chavira, Jaime Rodriguez, Jose Maria Lozano, Hugo Orozco, Jorge Renteria, (Coach: Agustin Garcia)

1960 Olympic Games: finished 12th among 16 teams

Carlos Quintanar, Guillermo "Billy" Wagner, Hector Aizpuro, Armando Herrera, Gayle "Chato" Bluth, Jose Maria Lozano, Ignacio Chavira, Urbano Zea, Eulalio Avila, Cesar Herrera, Guillermo Torres, Alberto Almanza (Coach: Enrique "Kiki" Romero)

1963 World Championship: finished 9th among 13 teams

Carlos Quintanar, Manuel Raga, Carlos Vega, Guillermo Torres, Ricardo Pontvianne, Urbano Zea, Humberto Camero, Luis Enrique Grajeda, Mario Pena, Rafael Heredia, Jaime Castillo, Ruben Izaguirre (Coach: Pedro Barba Ramos)

1964 Olympic Games: finished 12th among 16 teams

Carlos Quintanar, Manuel Raga, Luis Enrique Grajeda, Ricardo Pontvianne, Mario Pena, Armando Herrera, Eulalio Avila, Alberto Almanza, Rafael Heredia, Miguel Arellano (Coach: Agustin Garcia Arreola)

1967 World Championship: finished 8th among 13 teams

Carlos Quintanar, Manuel Raga, Arturo Guerrero, Ricardo Pontvianne, Rafael Heredia, Eulalio Avila, Raul Palma, Antonio Ayala, Alejandro Guzman, Miguel Arellano, Fernando Tiscareno, Ricardo Monreal (Coach: Lester Lane)

1968 Olympic Games: finished 5th among 16 teams

Carlos Quintanar, Manuel Raga, Arturo Guerrero, Ricardo Pontvianne, Luis Enrique Grajeda, Rafael Heredia, Antonio Ayala, Alejandro Guzman, John Hatch, Miguel Arellano, Oscar Asiain, Fernando Tiscareno (Coach: Lester Lane)

1974 World Championship: finished 9th among 14 teams

Manuel Raga, Ricardo Pontvianne, Arturo Guerrero, Raul Palma, Antonio Ayala, Jesus Garcia, Ricardo Monreal, Guillermo Marquez, Jesus Alvarado, Manuel Saenz, Gustavo Hernandez, Oscar Asiain (Coach: Pedro Barba Ramos)

1976 Olympic Games: finished 10th among 12 teams

Manuel Raga, Arturo Guerrero, Antonio Ayala, Manuel Saenz, Jesus Garcia, Samuel Campis, Hector Rodriguez, Gabriel Nava, Ruben Alcala, Jorge Flores, Rafael Palomar, Anastasio Reyes (Coach: Carlos Jose Bru)

2013 FIBA Americas: finished 1st among 10 teams (Gold Medal Team) Med 1.png

Jorge Gutierrez, Orlando Mendez, Román Martínez, Hector Hernandez, Gustavo Ayón, Paul Stoll, Jovan Harris, Noe Alonso, Fernando Benitez, Lorenzo Mata, Pedro Meza, Jesus Gonzalez (Coach: Ramón Diaz)

2014 Centrobasket Championships: finished 1st among 10 teams (Gold Medal Team) Med 1.png

Jorge Gutierrez, Román Martínez, Hector Hernandez, Gustavo Ayón, Paul Stoll, Noe Alonso, Pedro Meza, Francisco Cruz, Marco Ramos, Gabriel Giron, Rodrigo Zamora, Adam Parada

2014 FIBA World Cup: finished 14th among 24 teams

Jorge Gutierrez, Román Martínez, Hector Hernandez, Gustavo Ayón, Paul Stoll, Orlando Méndez-Valdez, Pedro Meza, Francisco Cruz, Marco Ramos, Israel Gutiérrez, Rodrigo Zamora, Adam Parada (Coach: Sergio Valdeolmillos)

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Manufacturer[edit]

2015: Under Armour

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2015: mainbit

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