USA U18 team dominates Uruguay 156-58 in FIBA Americas opener (VIDEO)

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The USA U18 team opened up play at the FIBA Americas tournament in Colorado Springs on Friday night with a 156-58 drubbing of Uruguay as 10 different players finished in double-figures.

After jumping out to a 44-15 lead after the first quarter, USA kept building the lead from there as they overpowered a helpless Uruguay squad thanks to its depth, athleticism and a very disruptive 1-2-1-1 full-court press.

Duke commit Luke Kennard, a member of the 2015 class, finished with a team-high 30 points in only 22 minutes of play while also adding four assists and four steals. Another future Blue Devil, Justise Winslow, finished with 15 points on the night and class of 2015 point guard Jalen Brunson had the United States’ only double-double with 11 points and 13 assists.

Texas commit Myles Turner added 14 points and eight rebounds for Team USA and class of 2015 members, guard Allonzo Trier and forward Chase Jeter, each added 14 points of their own.

You can see the complete Team USA box score below. The next game for USA is tomorrow night in more pool play action against Mexico at 7:30 p.m. EST.

(USA Basketball)

Julius Randle’s double-double leads USA Basketball U-18 to win gold at FIBA Americas

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The United States came into the tournament as favorites and left as champions.

Facing little resistance throughout the tournament, the USA Basketball U18 team took care of Brazil, 81-56, in the title game to win gold at the 2012 FIBA Americas.

“I told our guys after that they’re the ones that made it all possible,” said USA head coach Billy Donovan in a release. “There was a lot of sacrifice. We had a lot of good players and I think they all understood that they all could probably score more, they all could probably do more, but maybe it wouldn’t be the best thing for our team.

“I was just really proud of the way they sacrificed for one another, they sacrificed for our country and they really wanted to win.”

Uncommitted 2013 prospect Julius Randle led the way for the United States in the championship game, scoring 18 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in the victory.

“I just wanted to lock in and bring energy to the team, bring leadership to the team, and in the second half I just really wanted to focus in and be aggressive on both ends and on the defensive and offensive glass,” Randle said.

In the tournament, the US team averaged 97.2 points per game, with an average margin of victory of 38.6 points.

By finishing in the top four this year, the United States earns an invitation to the U19 championship in 2013, along with Brazil, Canada, and Argentina.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Final USA Basketball U18 roster announced, team set to compete in Brazil


On Saturday night, USA Basketball announced its final roster for the U18 National Team, a group that will compete in the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship from  June 16-20 in Sao Sebastiáo do Paraiso, Brazil.

The roster was cut from 23 players to 14 on Friday, and was trimmed once more Saturday, to get to the final 12 who will represent the United States.

“I think we’ve got some balance, we’ve got some versatility, we can move guys to some different positions. This has been a group that has picked up things pretty well so far so I’m excited about it,” U18 head coach Billy Donovan, also of the Florida Gators, said in a statement. “The thing I’ve been most impressed with since we started is just their attitudes. It seems like we’ve got really good chemistry, they get along real well, they seem to be a cohesive group.”

In order to compete, players must have been born on or after January 1, 1994.

Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes is the only player on the final roster with collegiate experience, having played in 17 games last season for the Volunteers and averaging 9.6 points and 7.4 rebounds.

He was named to the SEC All-Freshman team.

The complete roster is as follows:

Nate Britt, II (Gonzaga H.S., D.C./Upper Marlboro, Md./North Carolina signee)

Sam Dekker (Sheboygan Lutheran H.S./Sheboygan, Wis./Wisconsin signee)

Shaq Goodwin (Southwest DeKalb H.S./Decatur, Ga./Memphis signee)

Jerami Grant(DeMatha Catholic/Bowie, Md./Syracuse signee)

Montrezl Harrell(Hargrave Military Academy/Tarboro, N.C./Louisville signee)

Jake Layman(King Phillip Regional H.S./Wrentham, Mass./Maryland signee)

Rodney Purvis (Upper Room Christian/Raleigh, N.C./NC State signee)

Julius Randle (Prestonwood Christian Academy/ McKinney, Texas/Uncommitted)

James Robinson (DeMatha Catholic H.S./Mitchellville, Md./Pittsburgh signee)

Marcus Smart (Marcus H.S./Flower Mound, Texas/Oklahoma State signee)

Jarnell Stokes (Memphis, Tenn./Tennessee sophomore)

Rasheed Sulaimon (Strake Jesuit College Prep/Houston, Texas/Duke signee)

Uncommitted 2013 forward Austin Nichols and UNC-bound 2012 center Joel James were the last two players to be cut from the roster.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_