The 2024 FIBA U18 AmeriCup tipped off on Monday in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the competition is loaded with an impressive lineup of Grind Session talent.

Established in 1990, the FIBA Under-18 AmeriCup is the Americas basketball championship for players under 18 years that takes place every two years among national teams of the FIBA Americas zone. This year’s tournament features eight teams, including the United States, Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela.

This year, seven players from the Grind Session are representing their respective national teams:

Derrion Reid (Prolific Prep)

Marial Akuentok (Ft. Erie International)
Justus Haseley (Royal Crown School)
Ramogi Nyagudi (St. John’s DME)
Jaion Pitt (Dream City Christian)

Fernando De Los Santos (Balboa School)

Alejandro Aviles (Dream City Christian)

“This is the most important regional tournament in the America’s continent for youth national teams, as the tournament shows the next generation of FIBA rising stars,” said Grind Session CEO Scott Waldrop. “Each of our boys taking part in AmeriCup are tremendously talented. It’s been fun watching them this past season and I have no doubt they will make us and their respective nations proud over the next week and beyond.”

The group phase of the competition began on Monday, June 3 and will continue through Wednesday, June 5. The quarterfinals are set for Friday, June 7, with the semifinals to be played on Saturday, June 8. The championship game is scheduled for Sunday, June 9.

The top four teams will qualify for the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2025.