Thomas Lyte are humbled to continue their partnership with designers Radiant Studios and FIBA as the Makers of the AmeriCup Trophy. This brand new and pioneering trophy was revealed to the world of basketball in May 2017. This trophy will be uplifted by one winner every four years who will proclaim themselves as the undisputed champion of the Americas.
Standing at 60cms tall, it has been handcrafted from sterling silver and features a 24ct gold plated band. This band connects all the new trophies crafted for FIBA this year together, and stands as the only matching feature between them. This modern ingenious design has been uniquely crafted to create the effect of a levitating basketball. It took in excess of 70 hours for our expert silversmiths to create this levitating effect through the processes of spinning, plating and polishing. All of these processes were carried out by hand to ensure that traditional craft techniques survive.
The FIBA AmeriCup 2017 will open with a Group Phase consisting of three groups of four teams each to be played in a round-robin format. The winning team from each group will advance to the final stage of the competition, along with Argentina who will automatically qualify as main organiser of the competition.
This year the tournament will be hosted by three countries for the group stages, Colombia will host Group A, Argentina for Group B and finally Uruguay for Group C. The competition will draw to a close when the top scorers of each group will battle it out on the 2nd and 3rd September 2017 in Córdoba, Argentina.