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A decade on: Dantas, Stewart, Ndour and other U19 stars from 2011

Temps de lecture : 4 mn đź•—

DEBRECEN (Hungary) – The upcoming FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup 2021 will be a strong indicator of the stars of the future, so we decided to roll back the clock ten years to see how the 2011 stars have got on.

The USA won this tournament back a decade ago in Chile, in what was then the event’s ninth edition. Here is a look at some of the standout players:

Damiris DANTAS – Brazil

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CENTER

Birth date: November 17, 1992 (28 years old)

Statistics in 2011: 20.9 PTS, 12.6 REB, 1.4 AST

THEN: The MVP. Dantas was instrumental in leading Brazil to their first-ever podium at the event as they finished third in Puerto Montt. Having already played for the Senior team at the FIBA Women’s World Cup 2010, Dantas led the 2011 tournament in scoring and rebounding as a standout performer. She would then go on to win the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup later that year.

NOW: Dantas was drafted by Minnesota in the first round of the 2012 WNBA Draft.  After a spell with Atlanta Dream,  she returned to the franchise in 2019 where she still plays. The center represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics and last played at the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2020 in Bourges, France where she put up a heady 18.8 points and 8.3 rebounds. It wasn’t enough for Brazil, though, as the country missed out on the current Olympic Games.

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Breanna STEWART – USA

POWER FORWARD

Birth date: August 27, 1994 (26 years old)

Statistics in 2011: 11.2 PTS, 7.3 REB, 1.7 BLK

THEN: Stewart was the second-youngest player on the USA roster in 2011, but still had a major say in their title triumph having still been at high school at the time. The versatile forward led the team in points, rebounding and blocks and was joined in the All-Star Five lineup by teammate Ariel Massengale, who moved onto the sidelines and is now the assistant coach at SIU Edwardsville.

NOW: ‘Stewie’ has won it all. A two-time World Cup champion (MVP in 2018), Olympic champion, two-time WNBA champion (both times Finals MVP), EuroLeague champion (Final Four MVP in 2021), the list of accolades for Stewart goes on. The 26-year-old is currently chasing another Gold medal at the Olympics having helped Team USA ease into the Quarter-Finals in Tokyo.

Astou NDOUR – Spain

CENTER

Birth date: August 22, 1994 (26 years old)

Statistics in 2011: 12.1 PTS / 9.1 REB / 1.6 BLK

THEN: Born in Dakar, Senegal, Ndour became a Spanish citizen in 2011  and almost averaged a double-double in Chile. The 1994-born center produced a double-double twice against Australia with Spain but eventually came up short in the Final against the USA. Joining Ndour for their run to second place at the U19s were current senior internationals Laura Gil and Queralt Casas.

NOW: Ndour was vying with Sancho Little for the single naturalized spot allowed on the senior team, with Ndour making her senior debut at FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2015. Four years later, she would  earn tournament MVP honors in leading Spain to the title. She also helped her team to an Olympic medal and a World Cup podium. At the Tokyo Olympics, Ndour is currently averaging a double-double as Spain has progressed through the group phase without suffering a defeat.

Bria HARTLEY – USA

SHOOTING GUARD

Birth date: September 30, 1992 (28 years old)

Statistics in 2011: 11.1 PTS, 3.1 REB, 3.2 AST

THEN: Hartley was the second-leading scorer – behind Stewart – in helping lead USA to the title in Chile. The guard had completed her freshman year at UConn and started strong with 18 points in an opening win against Japan, followed up by a tournament-best 20 points coming at a critical stage in the Americans’ Semi-Final victory over Brazil. Hartley and her USA teammates would go on to secure the top step on the 2011 U19 women’s podium.

NOW: From red, white and blue to ‘Les Bleues’ as Hartley opted to represent France at senior level, making her debut in 2018. Hartley went on to compete at FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2019 as France claimed another silver medal and helped her side advance to Tokyo with 11.3 points and 4.7 assists at the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2020 in Bourges, but would miss this summer’s major tournaments due to injury.

Rui MACHIDA –

POINT GUARD

Birth date: March 8, 1993 (28 years old)

Statistics in 2011: 12.3 PTS / 7.0 REB / 6.2 AST

THEN: The playmaker averaged 6.2 assists per game to lead the tournament in Chile. It was an all-round display from Machida in 2011 as Japan finished in seventh place following a Quarter-Finals loss to Australia. Machida had 22 points and 11 rebounds in that defeat. She also handed out 11 assists on two occasions in the tournament, having come close to recording a triple-double on both outings.

NOW: At her home Olympics, Machida’s 12.3 assists per game average leads the Tokyo tournament. Machida tied the Olympics record for most assists in a game with 15 and has helped Japan on their way through to the Quarter-Finals. The 28-year-old has enjoyed international success at the senior level with three consecutive FIBA Women’s Cup titles.

Bec ALLEN – Australia

SMALL FORWARD

Birth date: November 6, 1992 (28 years old)

Statistics in 2011: 8.3 PTS / 7.1 REB / 1.5 AST

THEN: Australia were led by Tayla Roberts in scoring and rebounding at the U19 event in 2011, but Allen made her mark at both ends of the floor and the progression has been vast in the decade hence. The Gems made it to the Semi-Finals before successive defeats saw them miss out of a medal though Allen did her part,  netting a team-high of 16 points in the loss against Brazil to finish in fourth place.

NOW: Allen has become a key figure for the Opals – a debut came at the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2014 as Australia earned bronze before following up with a silver medal four years later and now amongst the last eight in Tokyo. The Victoria native has played in the WNBA with New York Liberty, whilst also playing in Europe with Valencia. With the latter, she helped the Spanish side win the EuroCup Women title in 2021.


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