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United States U18 team clinches spot in next year’s U19 World Championships

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Sunday’s action represented the final day of pool play at the U18 FIBA Americas Championships in Colorado Springs, with the United States U18 team taking on an Argentina squad that was also 2-0 in pool play. Yet while there was no separation in the records there was in the skill level, with Billy Donovan’s team reaching the 100-point mark for the third consecutive game as they rolled to a 118-64 victory.

As a result of the victory the United States has now locked up a spot in next summer’s U19 World Championships.

2015 five-star point guard Jalen Brunson led six Americans in double figures with 16 points, and as a team the United States shot 54% from the field. The United States scored 62 of its 118 points in the paint, and they also converted 16 Argentina turnovers into 27 points. They never trailed Sunday, with a 16-2 run in the middle of the first quarter establishing a margin that proved to be too much for Argentina to overcome.

Joining Brunson in double figures were Syracuse signee Tyler Lydon (14 points; 12 in the first half), Duke signee Justise Winslow (13), 2015 five-star guard Allonzo Trier (13), 2015 five-star¬†forward Jaylen Brown (ten) and 2015 Duke commit Luke Kennard (ten). Kennard and Winslow also led a balanced effort on the glass with nine and eight rebounds, respectively, and Texas signee Myles Turner accounted for four of the team’s ten blocked shots.

Also of note for the United States was their improvement in the turnover department. After committing 15 turnovers in their 100-46 win over Mexico on Saturday, the Americans committed just eight against Argentina and assisted on 21 of their 45 made field goals. Brunson (six assists) and Duke signee Tyus Jones (nine) combined for 15 of those assists, committing just one turnover apiece.

Next up for the United States is a semifinal matchup with the Dominican Republic on Monday evening, with Canada and Argentina meeting in the first semifinal. The Dominican Republic went 2-1 in Group A, with their lone defeat being a 79-67 result against Canada.

VIDEO: North Carolina ball boy makes three straight halfcourt shots

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During North Carolina’s blowout win over N.C. State on Jan. 8, the Tar Heels weren’t the only ones in the building who were feeling it.

As it turns out, North Carolina ball boy Asher Lucas was the hottest shooter of anyone in the building that night.

During halftime of that Jan. 8 game, Lucas nailed three consecutive halfcourt shots, as his father, Adam Lucas, a North Carolina columnist, released the video this week to YouTube. The video quickly went viral as Asher’s unreal streak of shots was all over TV and the Internet.

The Tar Heels have been struggling to find consistent perimeter shooting for the last few seasons, so maybe they need to start scouting Asher for a future roster spot.

 

VIDEO: Milwaukee wins on Brock Stull buzzer-beater

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Milwaukee picked up a Horizon League win on Friday night as guard Brock Stull knocked in a buzzer-beater to topple Cleveland State.

Stull only had four points on the night as he played 30 minutes and finished with five assists and six rebounds.

Oregon’s Dillon Brooks is ‘in a walking boot’, status still unclear

EUGENE, OR - DECEMBER 11: Dillon Brooks #24 of the Oregon Ducks shoots the ball over Ar'Mond Davis #22 of the Alabama Crimson Tide during the first half of the game at Matthew Knight Arena on December 11, 2016 in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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Oregon released a statement on Friday afternoon that said star forward Dillon Brooks had seen doctors and was in a walking boot, but gave no further update on his condition.

Brooks suffered what the program termed a “lower leg injury” on Thursday night against Cal. The injury was to his left leg – on replay, it looked like he rolled his ankle – which is concerning because his left foot is the foot that he injured over the summer, which caused him to miss the first three games of the season.

“He’ll be evaluated in the next couple of days and see where he’s at,” head coach Dana Altman said after Thursday’s game.

Allonzo Trier cleared to play vs. UCLA

Arizona head coach Sean Miller talks with guard Allonzo Trier (11) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Northwestern State in Tucson, Ariz., Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015. (Mamta Popat/Arizona Daily Star via AP)  ALL LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; PAC-12 OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT; GREEN VALLEY NEWS OUT
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Allonzo Trier’s most recent drug test came back negative, meaning that the leading returning scorer for the Wildcats will be eligible to play on Saturday when Arizona plays a visit to UCLA.

Trier had been suspended for the first 19 games of the season following a positive test for a performance-enhancing drug. He appealed to the NCAA and actually won, claiming that he unknowingly ingested the substance after someone he trusted gave him a product to help him recover from a car accident during the offseason.

The NCAA’s stipulation, however, was that he could not play until the PED had cleared his system.

Trier averaged 14.8 points last season for Arizona. He’ll join a back court that already includes Kadeem Allen, Rawle Alkins and Kobi Simmons, as well as Kadeem Allen and Parker Jackson-Cartwright. Along with Lauri Markkanen, who has the look of a lottery pick, Trier was expected to be Arizona’s best player this season. While he has not been allowed to play this year, Trier has been practicing and traveling with the team. It may take him a while to work his way back into game shape and into the flow of the team, but it won’t be because he’s rusty.

The Wildcats are currently 17-2 on the year and 6-0 in the Pac-12. They play No. 3 UCLA in Pauley Pavilion on Saturday. The Bruins are a game out of first place in the conference standings.

Myles Davis leaves Xavier program

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Myles Davis announced in a post on twitter on Friday evening that he will be leaving the Xavier basketball team.

“I would like to thank everyone and Xavier for allowing me to get my degree but my family and I have decided that it is time for me to move on from Xavier and start a new chapter in my life,” Davis wrote in the statement. “Wish my teammates the best of luck the rest of the season.”

Davis averaged 10.8 points and 4.1 assists while shooting 38.1 percent from three as a junior in 2015-16, and his skill set would have filled a void that the Musketeers are currently missing on their roster.

But he was suspended for the first 15 games of the regular season following a pair of incidents involving an ex-girlfriend over the summer, and since being reinstated to the team just three games ago, Davis has averaged 11 minutes, scored just two points and shot 0-for-8 from the field and 0-for-6 from three.