The USA U16 made a clean sweep to it’s fifth consecutive gold medal in the biennial event, which was first held in 2009. During the tournament, they showed poise, teamwork and an exceptionally high level of skill and talent. You’d think with so much talent, games would look like a sloppy all star game, but it was far from that. With sound coaching and leadership from the coaching staff led by Don Showalter, USA played a style of basketball that may rival high level D1. All games were won by high margins and in many games there were over 5 players in double digit points. Additionally, USA U16 men’s teams have scored 100 or more points in 20 of 25 games all-time at the competition.
While Canada had a good showing, they found themselves in a whole early in the game that was just about impossible to climb out of.
Vern Casey Jr was named tournament MVP (University School/Southwest Ranches, Fla.) and led the USA with 19 points, five rebounds and four assists; Jalen Green (San Joaquin Memorial H.S./Fresno, Calif.) De’Vion Harmon (John Guyer H.S./Corinth, Texas) and Jeremy Roach (Paul VI Catholic H.S./Leesburg, Va.) each added 13 points; Zion Harmon (Bowling Green H.S./Bowling Green, Ky.) scored 12 points and dished out six assists; and Scottie Barnes (Cardinal Newman H.S./Welllington, Fla.) contributed 10 points.
Congratulations team USA