United States U-19 team rolls to 109-67 win over Canada

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After going 6-0 in the preliminary stages of the Under-19 World Championships, the United Stated took on Canada in quarterfinal action with the winner advancing to the medal round.

Canada was able to hang around for much of the first half thanks to 12 points from Florida State signee Xavier Rathan-Mayes, but the Americans would eventually take command and pull away for the 109-67 victory.

Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart led seven U.S. players in double figures with 14 points, as Billy Donovan’s team once again put together a balanced outing offensively.

Once again the United States made good use of its advantage inside, scoring 62 points in the paint (making 61.4% of their two-pointers) and out-rebounding Canada 51-27 (17 offensive rebounds). Canada certainly could have used Trey Lyles, one of the top big men in the 2014 class, who missed the game due to an ankle injury.

Also reaching double figures for the United State were Michael Frazier, Aaron Gordon, Jahlil Okafor (12 points apiece), Montrezl Harrell (11 points), Elfrid Payton and Mike Tobey (ten points apiece). Okafor, who will be a senior in high school next year, led the way with eight rebounds.

Joining Rathan-Mayes in double figures for Canada were Harvard sophomore forward Agunwa Okolie (13 points) and Syracuse signee Tyler Ennis (11 points).

Next up for the United State is Lithuania, which beat China 89-59 on Friday.

Raphielle can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

Utah lands top-75 center Jayce Johnson

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Utah picked up its center of the future on Monday as four-star center Jayce Johnson pledged to the Runnin’ Utes, a source confirmed to The 7-foot Johnson recently cut his list to Cal, Colorado and Utah with the possibility of reclassifying to the Class of 2015.

Regarded as the No. 67 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Johnson will look to attend Utah in December as a walk-on who will redshirt. While Johnson likely won’t play this season, he does give head coach Larry Krystkowiak another big man to use in practice to go against sophomore center Jakob Poeltl. A solid long-term prospect, Johnson has a good frame to add weight and he’s also skilled finishing with both hands. Utah now has its replacement for Poeltl if he opts to leave for the NBA after the season and he gets an extra semester to work with the program.

Johnson is coming off of his official visit to Utah this weekend as he joins junior college guard Jojo Zamora in the Class of 2016.


PHOTO: South Carolina gets new uniforms

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South Carolina debuted some new uniforms early this week as the school is going with a fresh look and three color ways.

They’re also going to with the “Carolina” branding this season, but I think these new uniforms look pretty cool.