The USA U18 team continues to win handily at the FIBA Americas U18 Tournament, as the Americans advanced to the gold-medal game with a 90-56 Monday night win over the Dominican Republic in the semifinals.
Five players finished in double-figures for Billy Donovan’s ballclub, led by Arizona commit Stanley Johnson’s 15 points and seven rebounds. Duke commit Tyus Jones scored all 14 of his points in the first half, as the point guard showed off his advanced floater game, and he also led the Americans with seven assists.
Allonzo Trier, an uncommitted 2015 prospect, finished with 13 points, while 2015 Duke commit Luke Kennard added 11 points and 2015 uncommitted point guard Jalen Brunson added 10 points.
The American defense suffocated the Dominican Republic for much of the evening as the Dominicans were held to 31 percent shooting from the field and 12 percent three-point shooting. Team USA also forced 21 Dominican turnovers that led to 21 points.
The Dominican Republic was paced by 2015 prospect and forward Weisner Perez, who finished with 11 points off-the-bench. Perez attends Morton High School in the Chicago suburb of Cicero, Illinois and has multiple low-to-mid major scholarship offers.
The American win now sets up a Tuesday night gold-medal game between the Americans and Canada, who defeated Argentina, 91-82 in overtime earlier on Monday evening. The FIBA Americas gold-medal game will begin at 7:30 p.m. EST and be broadcast on the FIBA Americas website and on YouTube.
The Canadians will give Team USA their stiffest competition yet as they feature two Rivals top 100 prospects in the 2015 class in Dillon Brooks and Teki Gill-Caesar. Brooks and Gill-Caesar combined for 53 points in the win over Argentina and won’t back down from the star-studded American team. Canada is also anchored down low by Harvard incoming freshman Chris Egi.
Here is the box score for Team USA for Monday night’s win:
One of the top points guards in the Class of 2017 has trimmed his list of potential collegiate destinations to six.
Trae Young, a consensus top-25 recruit, listed Texas Tech, Kansas, Oklahoma, Washington, Oklahoma State and Kentucky as the schools he is considering as he readies to begin his senior year of high school.
The list of the 6-foot-2 point guard is largely provincial as it includes Oklahoma, whose campus is just minutes away from Young’s Norman North High School, and fellow in-state school Oklahoma. Another pair of Big 12 schools make the list in powerhouse Kansas and the Red Raiders, whose first-year coach, Chris Beard, has spent the bulk of his career working in Texas. Texas Tech is also Young’s father’s alma mater. Washington has been on a role sending its players to the pros and recently received the commitment of top-five 2017 recruit Michael Porter, Jr.
Kentucky, of course, needs no explanation as to its attractiveness to high-level players.
Clemson will get a four-star recruit on campus a year earlier than it expected, though his on-court debut for the Tigers will remain on schedule.
A.J. Oliver, a guard from South Carolina, will enroll early at Clemson and redshirt this upcoming season, he announced via social media Wednesday.
“I woke up this morning and realized that the greatest opportunity for me is to enroll early into Clemson,” he wrote on Twitter. “I will redshirt a year & start my college career early.”
Oliver, whose mother is the head women’s basketball coach at Clemson, was a consensus top-100 player in the class of 2017 who committed to the Tigers last December. Texas Tech and the College of Charleston were involved before his commitment.
A three-star shooting guard, Scott Spencer of Virginia, was previously the only member coach Brad Brownell’s 2016 class. While Oliver’s decision to redshirt will keep him off the court for the 2016-17 season, he’ll have spent a full season in the Tiger program before making his debut in 2017
The cupboard isn’t bare in 2017 for the Tigers due to Oliver’s reclassification because Clemson received a commitment from power forward Malik Williams, a consensus top-150 player, earlier Wednesday.
Kentucky used Calipari-Chaney fight in media training
Kentucky held some media training sessions yesterday, and one of the topics that head coach John Calipari used to make a point was … his blow-up with John Chaney. The moment was captured on SnapChat by a trio of Kentucky newcomers.
You remember that incident. Chaney, then the head coach at Temple, and Cal, who was coaching Atlantic 10 rival UMass at the time, nearly came to blows over the way that Cal handled officials during the game. Before the video below picks up, the two shared this exchange:
“Could I say this to you, please?” Chaney said, before the video above picks up. “You’ve got a good ball club. But what you did with the officials out there is wrong, and I don’t want to be a party to that. You understand?”
Cal responded: “You weren’t out there, Coach. You don’t have any idea.”
Chaney fired back: “You got a game given to you by officials right here with G.W. on three bad calls, O.K.? Then you send your kids out there pushing and shoving. You had the best officiating you could ever get here. And for you to ride them, I don’t want to be a party to that.”