TENTH FIBA AMERICAS U18 CHAMPIONSHIP FOR MEN - 2016
Led by University of Texas head coach Shaka Smart, the USA won by an average of 30.4 points per game and featured the tournament MVP in Markelle Fultz while capturing the USA’s eighth overall and fourth straight men’s U18 gold medal.
2016 USA RESULTS (5-0)
2016 FIBA AMERICAS U18 CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL STANDINGS
The USA’s depth and athleticism were on display in a 103-70 win over Puerto Rico in the first game. Five U.S. players reached double-digit scoring, and the USA recorded 25 assists and 44 fast-break points while forcing Puerto Rico into 26 turnovers. Michael Porter Jr. finished with 20 points; Jarrett Allen had 18 points and eight rebounds; Mohamed Bamba and Fultz each contributed 14 points; and Matt Coleman III tallied 10 points.
Finishing with 35 assists, the USA easily defeated the U.S. Virgin Islands 107-63 on July 20. Porter had nine of his game-high 20 points and the U.S. forced 11 turnovers in the first 10 minutes. P.J. Washington scored 19 points; Fultz finished with 11 points and four assists; Allen collected 10 rebounds to go with seven points and four assists; and Trae Young dished out seven assists.
The USA outscored Chile 20-10 in the fourth quarter to turn what had been a tightly contested game into a 70-50 win on July 21. In front of a packed house in support of the host nation, the USA held Chile to 26.2 percent from the field and just four fast break points, while the U.S. offense tallied 26 points in transition and had 20 assists on 27 made baskets. Fultz had 11 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three blocks; Coleman added 10 points, six rebounds and six assists; and Bamba collected nine rebounds to go with his seven points.
With seven 3-pointers in the third quarter, the USA blew past Brazil 88-48 and into the gold medal game on July 22. By halftime, Allen had scored all 14 of his points, Fultz had dished out seven assists and the USA had forced 19 turnovers out of Brazil. Porter led the USA with 17 points; Young added 11 points; and Fultz finished with 10 points, 11 assists and six steals. Additionally, James Banks tied the USA U18 men’s record for blocked shots with five blocks to go along with his nine rebounds.
With only a two-point lead and 3:57 remaining in the gold medal game, the USA allowed Canada only one more basket while it rallied to 15 points to secure a 99-84 win and claim the gold medal on July 23. Fultz scored 23 points to go with five rebounds and five. Five U.S. players scored in double-digits overall, including P.J. Washington, who added 19 points; Porter, who scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds; Hamidou Diallo, who contributed 14 points; and Allen, who had 10 points and eight rebounds.
The top four finishing teams -- the USA, Canada, Brazil and Puerto Rico -- qualified for the 2017 FIBA U19 World Championship.
2016 USA BASKETBALL MEN’S U18 NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER
|13||Jarrett Allen||F||6-10||220||18||St. Stephen's Episcopal School||Round Rock, TX|
|11||Mohamed Bamba||C||6-11||205||18||Westtown School, PA||New York, NY|
|15||James Banks||C||6-11||230||18||La Lumiere School, IN||Decatur, GA|
|5||Matt Coleman||G||6-2||180||18||Oak Hill Academy||Norfolk, VA|
|8||Hamidou Diallo||G||6-5||175||17||Putnam Science Academy, CT||Corona, NY|
|7||Markelle Fultz||G||6-4||190||18||DeMatha Catholic H.S.||Upper Marlboro, MD|
|6||Quade Green||G||5-11||155||18||Neumann-Goretti H.S.||Philadelphia, PA|
|10||Kevin Huerter||G||6-6||180||17||Shenendehowa Central H.S.||Clifton Park, NY|
|9||Michael Porter Jr.||G/F||6-8||185||18||Father Tolton Catholic H.S.||Columbia, MO|
|12||M.J. Walker||G||6-4||170||18||Jonesboro H.S.||College Park, GA|
|14||P.J. Washington||F||6-8||215||17||Findlay Prep, NV||Frisco, TX|
|4||Trae Young||G||6-2||170||17||Norman North H.S.||Norman, OK|
|HEAD COACH: Shaka Smart, University of Texas|
|ASSISTANT COACH: Kevin Ollie, University of Connecticut|
|ASSISTANT COACH: Mark Turgeon, University of Maryland|
|TEAM PHYSICIAN: Tom Anderson, Cleveland State University|
|ATHLETIC TRAINER: Max Benton, Cleveland State University|
2016 USA BASKETBALL MEN’S U18 NATIONAL TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS
|Porter||5/5||32-60||.533||6-20||.300||9-9||1.000||28/ 5.6||79/ 15.8||12||5||9|
|Fultz||5/5||29-53||.547||6-18||.333||5-5||1.000||20/ 4.0||69/ 13.8||26||3||16|
|Allen||5/5||21-45||.467||0-0||.---||11-25||.440||45/ 9.0||53/ 10.6||7||5||6|
|Washington||5/5||21-34||.618||0-0||.---||8-15||.533||20/ 4.0||50/ 10.0||8||5||9|
|Coleman||5/5||17-32||.531||5-12||.417||0-0||.---||23/ 4.6||39/ 7.8||22||1||8|
|Diallo||5/0||14-31||.452||0-3||.000||10-21||.476||23/ 4.6||38/ 7.6||7||1||3|
|Bamba||5/0||12-24||.500||0-0||.---||11-15||.733||33/ 6.6||35/ 7.0||4||6||1|
|Huerter||5/0||12-30||.400||7-23||.304||3-3||1.000||8/ 1.6||34/ 6.8||6||1||5|
|Young||5/0||7-34||.206||5-21||.238||11-11||1.000||18/ 3.6||30/ 6.0||16||0||4|
|Green||5/0||6-16||.375||3-8||.375||8-10||.800||9/ 1.8||23/ 4.6||13||0||4|
|Banks||4/0||3-11||.273||0-0||.---||3-6||.500||18/ 4.5||9/ 2.3||0||7||0|
|Walker||4/0||3-14||.214||1-6||.167||1-2||.500||7/ 1.8||8/ 2.0||4||0||2|