Five reach double figures as USA U18 team whips Mexico 110-59

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Unlike Saturday’s debut at the FIBA Americas Championships, which featured Memphis signee Shaq Goodwin going off for 30 points on 12-of-12 shooting, the USA U18 team rode a more balanced offensive effort to a 110-59 win over Mexico.

Maryland signee Jake Layman led the way with 18 points and four other Americans reached double figures as Billy Donovan’s team moved to 2-0 in pool play.

Goodwin and NC State signee Rodney Purvis each scored 13 points, Louisville commit Montrezl Harrell added 12 and 2013 forward Julius Randle finished with 11.

Jesse Arias Sanchez was the lone player to reach double figures for Mexico with 13 points, and as a team they turned the ball over 25 times.

Despite making just four of their twenty-three shot attempts from beyond the arc, Donovan’s squad shot 53.8% from the field thanks to their ability to find quality looks inside.

As a team the Americans shot 68.4% from two against Mexico, and they made 67% of their two-point shots in the 105-42 win over the US Virgin Islands on Saturday.

Goodwin and Harrell led the way on the glass with seven rebounds apiece, and guards James Robinson (Pittsburgh signee) and Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State signee) tallied four assists each while combining for seven steals (four for Smart).

Two areas that the USA will need to improve upon heading into the medal round are foul shooting and turnovers.

The Americans made just 54.1% of their foul shots and turned the ball over 17 times on Sunday, and the same can be said for Saturday’s result as they shot 57% from the charity stripe and turned the ball over 21 times.

Team USA finishes up group play on Monday with Brazil, who is hosting the event, at 6 PM EST. The game can be watched live on the FIBA Americas website (bottom right hand side).

Photo credit: Steven Maikowski/USA Basketball

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Florida Gulf Coast’s Demetris Morant out 3-4 months

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Florida Gulf Coast redshirt junior forward Demetris Morant is expected to miss the next 3-4 months after undergoing surgery last week to repair a stress fracture in his right shin, the school announced on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 4.5 points, 4.4 blocks and 1.3 blocks per game in 33 appearances (18 starts) for the Eagles during the 2014-15 season.

“This is obviously an unfortunate setback for Demetris, but it was a procedure that needed to be done,” Florida Gulf Coast head coach Dooley said in a statement. “We decided it would be best to have it completed now to hopefully get him back for A-Sun play. It’s an opportunity now for other guys to step up in his absence, and I have confidence they’ll get the job done.”

The Eagles have the top frontline in the Atlantic Sun, one that returns Marc-Eddy Norelia and Filip Cvjeticanin, a 3-point shooter who missed all of last season recovering from back surgery. VCU transfer Antravious Simmons becomes eligible in the second semester.

Florida Gulf Coast begins the 2015-16 season on Nov. 14 against Ohio.

Bill Self on Cheick Diallo: ‘It may be a couple of more weeks’

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Cheick Diallo is currently practicing with Kansas, but his eligibility still remains in question.

On Monday, Kansas head coach Bill Self appeared on “The Border Patrol” on WHB-AM 810 and was asked to update the status of his freshman big man.

“He’s been cleared to practice,” Self told hosts Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty. “(His status) is depending on what they find throughout from the information we submit to them whenever we get it all together.

“A lot of people think, ‘Well, why wouldn’t it all be together?’ Well there’s a lot of reasons why. It’s because they told us recently some things that they just wanted. Instead of just throwing it to them piece by piece, they requested we to just submit it all together, so it may be a couple of more weeks before we’re able to submit everything when you’re talking about getting information from schools in Mali and everything like that.

“But we hope in two weeks, maybe three weeks, before we have a definite answer. But right now, Cheick is like everybody else. He’s practicing.”

Diallo, a 6-foot-9 forward from Mali is allowed to practice with the Jayhawks, but has been waiting to be cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center despite enrolling in classes over the summer and earning six credits. Self anticipated this would be a long process, but has remained confident Diallo, the top-5 recruit in Class of 2015, will eventually be cleared to play this season.

For three years, Diallo attended Our Savior New American School in Centereach, New York, which is currently under NCAA review. In September, Pitt freshman Damon Wilson, Diallo’s teammate at OSNA, was cleared to play.

Kansas opens the season on Nov. 13 against Northern Colorado.