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USA Basketball wins 2016 FIBA Americas U18

Markelle Fultz (Kelly Kline/Under Armour)
Markelle Fultz (Kelly Kline/Under Armour)

On Saturday, the United States U18 team won the 2016 FIBA Americas gold medal over Canada, winning the title game in Valdivia, Chile 99-84.

Washington signee Markelle Fultz, stood out in the championship by scoring 23 points, grabbing 5 rebounds and dishing 5 assists in the final game. For his efforts, Fultz named Most Valuable Player of the event.

In winning the game, the United States captured their fourth consecutive gold medal in FIBA Americas U18 play.

Other notable elite recruits starred for United States in their run to gold. Recent 2017 Washington commit Michael Porter of Nathan Hale (WA) lit up the championship game, with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Fellow 2017 recruit P.J. Washington was also tough in the paint against Canada, coming away with 19 points on 7 for 8 shooting from the field.

Bouncy wing Hamidou Diallo netted 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds, while fellow 2017 prospect point guard Matt Coleman had 7 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in a terrific backcourt effort.

Virginia Tech pledge Nickeil Alexander-Walker poured in 25 points in the defeat for Canada.

USA Basketball’s efforts were helmed by Texas head coach Shaka Smart. Future Texas big man Jarrett Allen was also huge for USA Basketball throughout the event, adding 10 points and 9 rebounds each game.

About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and Hoopniks.com. He founded Hoopniks.com in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's HighSchoolHoop.com, and NBCSports.com, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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