2016 USA Men's U17/U18 Medalists Transitioning Well To Collegiate Hoops
The 2016 USA U18 National Teams, among other junior USA squads, might have been lost in the Olympic hype last summer, but that doesn’t mean the teams didn’t have their fair share of talented athletes and coaches. Both the USA men’s and women’s U18 teams captured gold in Valdivia, Chile, with perfect 5-0 records. Washington freshman Markelle Fultz was tabbed MVP of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men, while Baylor freshman Lauren Cox earned MVP honors in the women’s U18 tournament.
Additionally, Markus Howard and Austin Wiley, who helped the 2016 USA U17 World Championship Team to gold, graduated high school early and are currently competing collegiately.
In 3x3 play, the 2016 USA 3x3 World Championship Team, comprised of Linnae Harper, Alexis Jennings, Natalie Romeo and Chatrice White claimed bronze and the USA 3x3 U18 World Championship Team, featuring current college freshmen Jaelyn Brown and Amber Ramirez, returned home with the silver medal.
Now that the summer has passed and the collegiate season is in full swing, USA Basketball took a look at how the men’s and women’s staff is faring with their respective collegiate programs, as well as how the USA men’s and women’s freshman who are playing for NCAA Division I programs have transitioned to the college level as we head into the holiday break.
Below is our men’s update, and you can find our women's update here.
USA Men's U18 National Team Coaching Staff
USA U18 Men’s National Team head coach Shaka Smart (Texas)
- The Texas Longhorns started the season with a 6-5 record, which includes a pair of three-point losses.
USA U18 Men’s National Team assistant coach Kevin Ollie (Connecticut)
- Posting an even, 5-5 record, the Huskies have one final game before the break, against Auburn, featuring USA U17 gold medalist Austin Wiley, on Friday, Dec. 23.
USA U18 Men’s National Team assistant coach Mark Turgeon (Maryland)
- The Maryland Terrapins started the season on a 7-0 tear and are currently 12-1 heading into the break.
USA Men's U17/U18 National Teams Athletes
Jarrett Allen (Texas)
- Averaged 10.6 ppg. and 9.0 rpg. on the 2016 USA U18 National Team.
- Currently averaging 10.1 ppg., 6.6 rpg. and 1.3 bpg. for the 6-5 Longhorns.
- Posted three double-doubles and has started in all 11 games.
James Banks (Texas)
- Averaged 2.3 ppg. and 4.5 rpg. on the 2016 USA U18 National Team.
- Played in 10 games and is averaging 1.6 ppg., 3.4 rpg. and 1.9 bpg. for the 6-5 Longhorns.
Markelle Fultz (Washington)
- Averaged 13.8 ppg., 4.0 rpg. and a team-leading 5.2 apg. on the 2016 USA U18 National Team, en route to tournament MVP honors.
- Averaging team-highs of 22.4 ppg. and 6.4 apg., to go with 6.6 rpg. for the 6-5 Huskies.
- Ranks 13th among NCAA Division I men’s leaders for points per game and 16th for assists per game.
- Posted career bests of 35 points versus Cal State Fullerton, 14 caroms against TCU and 10 assists versus Western Michigan.
- Washington has one final game prior to the break, at Seattle on Dec. 22.
Markus Howard (Marquette)
- Averaged 11.9 ppg. and 2.6 apg on the 2016 USA U17 World Championship Team.
- Averaging 9.5 ppg., 2.0 rpg. and 2.1 apg., while shooting 95.5 percent (21-22 FTs) from the line and starting seven of 11 games for the 9-3 Golden Eagles.
- Scored career-high of 22 points versus Wisconsin on Dec. 10.
- Sat out Marquette’s Dec. 19 game due to a concussion suffered in practice the prior week.
Kevin Huerter (Maryland)
- Averaged 6.8 ppg. on the 2016 USA U18 National Team.
- Averaging 7.2 ppg., 5.0 rpg. and 1.0 bpg., while starting all 13 games for the 12-1 Terps.
- Posted career-high 14 points versus Saint Peter’s and nine rebounds versus Pitt and has notched one double-double.
Austin Wiley (Auburn)
- Averaged 8.0 ppg. and 6.4 rpg. on the 2016 USA U17 World Championship Team.
- Originally slated to graduate in 2017, Wiley graduated this fall and enrolled in Auburn for the spring semester. In his first game in a Tiger uniform, Wiley contributed nine points, three rebounds and two blocked shots in 15 minutes of action in a 76-74 victory over Mercer on Dec. 18. He followed that up with a start in his second game, a 74-70 victory over Oklahoma on Dec. 21, with six points, three rebounds and a pair of blocked shots.
- Auburn, currently 9-2, has one final game, a contest prior to the break, against 2016 USA U18 National Team assistant coach Kevin Ollie’s Connecticut Huskies in Hartford on Dec. 23.
Check out the gold medal games from bot the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship for Men and the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men below!