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It took some doing, but USA Basketball is bringing more gold back stateside. 

After the United States Under-17 National Team won gold at the FIBA World Championship earlier this month, the U18 team followed suit on Saturday evening, capturing gold at the FIBA Americas Championship with a 99-84 win over Canada in Valdivia, Chile. 

Incoming Washington freshman Markelle Fultz was named tournament MVP after leading five players in double-figured with a team-high 23 points on 10-for-16 shooting to go along with five assists and five rebounds for the United States, which finished the tournament a perfect 5-0. Consensus five-star recruit P.J. Washington added 19 on 7-for-8 shooting in the win. 

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Michael Porter Jr. went for 17 points on Friday as the USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team easily defeated Brazil 88-48 in the semifinals of the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Valdivia, Chile.

Trae Young added 11 points; and incoming Washington freshman Markelle Fultz finished with 10 points, 11 assists and six steals.

Porter Jr., who committed to Washington last Friday, has led the Americans in scoring in three of their four games. That follows a 33-point outburst on July 10 when he led MoKan Elite to the Peach Jam championship in front of Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar and the entire staff.

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The 2016 USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team outscored Chile 20-10 in the fourth quarter to turn what had been a tightly contested game into a 70-50 win at the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship on Thursday night in Valdivia, Chile.

Incoming Maryland freshman Kevin Huerter led the way with 14 points, including four 3-pointers during a second-quarter run, while incoming Washington freshman Markelle Fultz added 11 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots;

Uncommitted Class of 2017 guard Matt Coleman added 10 points, six rebounds and six assists; and uncommitted 2017 big man Mohamed Bamba collected nine rebounds to go with his seven points.

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Michael Porter Jr., P.J. Washington and Hamidou Diallo combined for 53 points on Wednesday as the USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team easily defeated the U.S. Virgin Islands 107-63 in the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Valdivia, Chile.

Porter Jr., who committed to Washington last Friday, scored 20 points for the second straight day and now has 73 points in his last three official games -- including a 33-point outburst on July 10 when he led MoKan Elite to the Peach Jam championship in front of Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar and the entire staff.

Washington added 19 points and Diallo had 14. Both players are uncommitted in the Class of 2017.

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Newly-minted Washington commit Michael Porter Jr. went for 20 points and 5 rebounds to lead the USA to a 103-70 rout of Puerto Rico in the first game for both teams at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Valdivia, Chile.

The 6-foot-9 Porter Jr. committed to Washington on Friday on the eve of the team's trip to Chile. His father, Michael Porter Sr., is an assistant coach and head coach Lorenzo Romar is his Godfather.

Incoming Texas freshman Jarrett Allen (St. Stephen's Episcopal School/Round Rock, Texas) had 18 points and eight rebounds; Mohamed Bamba (Westtown School/New York, N.Y.) and Washington freshman Markelle Fultz (DeMatha Catholic H.S./Upper Marlboro, Md.) each contributed 14 points; and Matt Coleman III (Oak Hill Academy/Norfolk, Va.) tallied 10 points.

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Before the USA Basketball U18 team heads off to the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Chile, they are training in Houston in front of NBA scouts.

One scout told SNY.tv that Markelle Fultz, Mohamed Bamba, Michael Porter Jr., and Kevin Huerter have impressed so far.

The 6-foot-5 Fultz is currently projected as the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by DraftExpress.com.

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On Tuesday evening, Matt Coleman wasn't certain he would make the 12-man roster for the USA Basketball U18 team.

After all, three Class of 2017 point guards were in the mix for the final 12 spots in Coleman, Quade Green and Trae Young.

"We're going at it, man, we're all competing to get on that 12-man roster," Coleman, a 6-foot-2 floor general from Oak Hill Academy (VA) told me by phone Tuesday before the cuts were made. "We'll see how it goes [Tuesday night]."

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USA Basketball on Tuesday night announced the 12-man roster for the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Valdivia, Chile July 13-17.

The cuts included Miles Bridges, Brandon McCoy, John Petty, Lonnie Walker, Kris Wilkes and Cassius Winston.

 

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NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- Mohamed Bamba and Quade Green wore long looks of dejection on their faces as they trudged to their airplane on Sunday evening for their flight home from the Peach Jam.

The PSA Cardinals duo had just taken a 93-65 beating at the hands of Michael Porter Jr. and MoKan Elite in the Peach Jam championship game televised on ESPNU. It was the last time Bamba and Green will play for the New York-based AAU team.

But there wasn't much time to mope, either.

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P.J. Washington, a 6-foot-8 forward from Henderson (NV) Findlay Prep, made the first cut for the USA U18 National Team and is hoping to be one of the 12 finalists chosen for the FIBA Americas U18 Championship July 19-23 in Valdivia, Chile.

"I'm just trying my hardest to make the team," Washington told SNY.tv by phone from Colorado Springs, Colo. "It would mean the world to me because I've been looking up to playing USA ever since I first started playing. It was one of my goals and I feel like that would be a great accomplishment."

Washington is one of 12 uncommitted players among the 18 remaining.

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Quade Green is off to a great start in the summer heading into his senior season.

The 6-foot point guard from Neumann-Goretti High School and the PSA Cardinals on Thursday made the first cut for the USA Basketball U18 team.

Later this month, he is tentatively planning to visit both Duke (June 21-22) and Kentucky (June 29-30), his high school coach Carl Arrigale told SNY.tv.

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USA Basketball made their first round of cuts Thursday for the Men's U18 National Team. Ultimately, USA Basketball will name a 12-member team that will compete in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship July 19-23 in Valdivia, Chile.

Among those cut were St. John's signee Shamorie Ponds, Duke signee Javin DeLaurier and 2017 wing Jordan Tucker of White Plains (N.Y.) Archbishop Stepinac.

The 18 players who made the cut included:

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Kris Wilkes has an eventful summer on his hands.

The 6-foot-7 small forward from Indianapolis (IN) North Central is currently at the USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team training camp in Colorado Springs., Co., where he hopes to make the final 12-member team that will compete in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship July 19-23 in Valdivia, Chile.

He will also compete at the Steph Curry SC30 Select Camp later this summer as well as on the Under Armour circuit with the Indy Hoosiers.

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Jordan Tucker received a late invitation to the USA Basketball U18 training camp in Colorado Springs, Co., and now finds himself competing against a loaded field.

"It's hard to get touches here, you just gotta play hard," the 6-foot-7 Class of 2017 wing from White Plains (N.Y.) Archbishop Stepinac told SNY.tv by phone Wednesday night. "Guards [are dominating] and the big men get their dunks, you know how that goes. You just gotta knock down open shots, which I haven't been doing so far."

The finalists for the U18 team are set to be announced Thursday.

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