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Top 10 plays from the FIBA U19 World Championships

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The USA U19 team captured gold at the FIBA World Championships on Sunday with a 79-71 overtime win over Croatia inside the Heraklion Indoor Sports Arena on the island of Crete in Greece.

It was the first time since 1983 that the USA U19 team captured back-to-back titles at the FIBA World Championships. Jalen Brunson, the incoming Villanova point guard was named MVP while rising high school senior Harry Gile was named to the all-tournament team. Both were included in some of the top plays from the World Championships.

But it was Jayson Tatum’s posterization in the semifinals that wound up being the best play from the global event.

Iowa State’s Georgios Tsalmpouris, Oregon’s Tyler Dorsey help lead Greece in U19 World Championships opener

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While the United States and Canada have teams at the FIBA U19 World Championships chock full of players who either will or already made an impact on the college game, those aren’t the only countries with a college presence on their rosters.

Another of those teams is Greece, whose roster includes Iowa State forward/center Georgios Tsalmpouris and incoming Oregon guard Tyler Dorsey. The Greeks, with the event being played in Crete, opened their tournament schedule with a comfortable 83-55 win over South Korea Saturday morning and both Tsalmpouris and Dorsey managed to score in double figures.

Dorsey, who will join a backcourt that includes graduate student Dylan Ennis, fellow freshman Kendall Small and sophomores Casey Benson and Ahmaad Rorie in Eugene later this summer, finished the game with 11 points (4-for-8 FG), four rebounds and three assists. The 7-foot-1 Tsalmpouris was Greece’s second-leading scorer, as he tallied 12 points, four rebounds and five assists.

Tsalmpouris will be an interesting player to keep tabs on as this tournament rolls on, as new Iowa State head coach Steve Prohm stated earlier this week that whether or not the rising sophomore will return to Ames is “up in the air.” Per the Des Moines Register, this is a situation that’s expected to be resolved within the next month.

Tsalmpouris played in just eight games last season as a true freshman. He admitted missing his family after returning from Greece following the Christmas break.

“I’m still homesick,” he said during a January interview. “I had a great time. Now I miss (home) even more.”

Tsalmpouris isn’t the only 7-footer on the Greece roster whose status could impact a college basketball team in 2015-16 either. Georgios Papagiannis, who last summer signed a contract (amateur deal, thus preserving NCAA eligibility for the time being) with Panathinaikos, is a five-star (Class of 2015) pivot whose versatility has garnered recruiting interest amongst some high-major programs (including Oregon).

The question that needs answering is whether or not he’ll play college basketball or remain in Greece and go the professional route. Papagiannis got his U19 World Championships off to a very good start Saturday, as he accounted for 16 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks, making all eight of his shots from the field.

Prior to signing with Panathinaikos, Papagiannis attended Westtown School in Pennsylvania and played for the Team Takeover grassroots program.

Oregon lands commitment from five-star recruit

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Oregon has landed a commitment from Tyler Dorsey, a five-star guard in the Class of 2015.

The news was first reported by CBSSports.com.

Dorsey was committed to Arizona at one point in time. He’s a scoring guard that wants to be a point guard, but he has a tendency to shoot too much.

“Dorsey operates best with the ball in his hands,” said NBCSports.com recruiting analyst Scott Phillps. “He’s capable of attacking the basket or shooting over smaller guards thanks to his good size for the position. He can play either guard spot, but he’s best suited as a natural scorer.”

The fit with Oregon is perfect. For starters, the Ducks will be losing Joseph Young to graduation, another talented combo-guard that can score in buckets. Head coach Dana Altman needed to find a guy to fill that role, and Dorsey should be a good fit for the offense that Altman runs. He’ll have ample opportunity to get shots and touches.

But the other part of this is that Altman desperately needed to get some recruiting momentum. He’s got enough issues going on with his program as they continue to deal with the sexual assault allegations that cost him three players last spring, and there are questions about whether or not he will be fired for what transpired.

Dorsey was one of the most notable snubs when it comes to the McDonald’s All-American game. He just committed to Nike’s flagship program, which should ensure that he winds up in the Jordan Brand Classic.