For the first time in a decade, the World University Games gold medal is headed back to the United States.
Kansas, who is representing the USA in Gwangju, South Korea, needed two overtimes to get it done in the final, but they eventually knocked off Germany 84-77 to win the tournament.
The Jayhawks looked exhausted in the final, playing their eighth game in the last 11 days. Wayne Selden led the way with 20 points in the win, hitting a critical, go-ahead three with about a minute left in the second overtime, but he shot 6-for-28 on the afternoon. Perry Ellis added 19 points and 10 boards as well, but he struggled shooting the ball from the field as well. Frank Mason had 16 points and scored on a driving layup at the end of the first overtime to tie the game at 73. He also hit a pair of free throws at the end of regulation to tie the game at 66.
Germany was led by a pair of Ivy Leaguers. Maodo Lo, who plays for Columbia, finished with 16 points while Princeton’s Hans Braase had just six points and six boards.
The pursuit of Jayson Tatum, one of the consensus top three players int he Class of 2016, seems to be winding down.
Tatum, a 6-foot-8 small forward from Saint Louis, will reportedly be making his decision at some point in the next two weeks, during the July’s open period. He is thought to be heavily considering just two schools — Duke and Saint Louis — but he told reporters at Nike’s Peach Jam on Thursday that he has not yet eliminated Kentucky or North Carolina.
That’s terrific news for the three blue bloods, and not just because they have a shot to end up getting one of the nation’s smoothest, most talented wing scorers.
Tatum told Sports Illustrated at the U19 event that there is a “pretty strong possibility” that he ends up playing his college ball with Harry Giles, another one of the consensus top three players in the Class of 2016. Giles added, in that same article, that attending the same school is “most definitely what we talk about”.
Giles has not yet laid out a timetable for when he will be making a decision, but Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina are three schools that he is considering as well.
So hey, Saint Louis, you may want to pick up the phone and give Giles a call. Just sayin’.
USA Basketball announced the 16 finalists for the 2015 Pan-Am games on Wednesday, and that list includes 11 players that will be suiting up for college teams next season:
Ron Baker (Wichita State)
Malcolm Brogdon (Virginia)
Isaiah Cousins (Oklahoma)
Kellen Dunham (Butler)
Nigel Hayes (Wisconsin)
Shawn Long (Louisiana)
Taurean Prince (Baylor)
Kaleb Tarczewski (Arizona)
Melo Trimble (Maryland)
Denzel Valentine (Michigan State)
Fred Van Vleet (Wichita State)
The other five finalists, including where they played professionally last season:
Ryan Hollins (NBA)
Bobby Brown (China)
Keith Langford (Russia)
Anthony Randolph (Russia)
Damien Wilkins (Puerto Rico)
Those 16 finalists will remain in training camp through July 12 in Colorado Springs, with the official roster for the event — which takes place at the end of July in Canada — being announced then. The team is coach by Mark Few (Gonzaga), Tad Boyle (Colorado) and Mike Brown.