THE Philippines landed in the same group as defending champion United States in the Fiba U17 World Championship For Men, which held its official draw in Dubai early Thursday morning (Manila time).
The youth team of coach Jamike Jarin had been bracketed with the Americans, Greece, and Angola in Group A.
Group B meanwhile, is composed of Japan, France, Canada, and Australia, runner-up to the Americans during the last staging of the meet held in Lithuania two years ago.
Puerto Rico, the host country, Italy, and Spain make up Group C, while Group D is comprised of Argentina, China, Serbia, and Egypt.
The meet will be held from August 8-16 at the Al Ahli Arena & Al Wasl Arena in Dubai.
The Philippines earned a berth in the biennial meet following its stunning runner-up finish behind China during the FIBA-Asia U17 Championship held last year in Tehran, Iran.
The youth team is spearheaded by Mike Nieto, Andres Desiderio, Jose Mendoza, among others.