The World Under 19 Championships are under way in Prague, Czech Republic, and so far, the United States’ entry has looked downright dominant. After three games, they have scored 318 points and allowed only 133.
The biggest players for the United States so far have been the two high schoolers, Justice Winslow and Jahlil Okafor. Winslow especially has dazzled with his ability to do a little bit of everything on the court.
In their first game, the USA played against the Ivory Coast and asbolutely demolished them 88-29. Winslow led the team in scoring with 14 points and also pulled down seven boards and added two assists. Okafor chipped in with 10 points, four rebounds and block. Oklahoma’s marquee point guard, Marcus Smart did not play many minutes due to his recovering from an injury but he still had time to collect five points and an impressive five steals.
The second game was just as much of a blowout as they handled China, 113-57. Winslow showed his ultimate versatility in the game scoring another 14 points and grabbing another seven rebounds but also adding five assists and two steals. He also had a fabulous alley oop pass that was captured in the video below.
In the China game, Smart played a little bit more and scored 11 points and collected another five steals, showing his amazing ability to play the passing lanes and anticipate passes that have yet to be released. Another standout from the China game was Aaron Gordon who will play for the Arizona Wildcats in 2013. The power forward dominated with his size and sheer force and scored a team high 17 points and also had a double double with 11 rebounds. He also showed great ability defensively by blocking two shots and stealing another two. Okafor played a well rounded game against the Chinese by chipping in 11 points and grabbing eight rebounds.
The Russians were the next victims of team USA. They were eviscerated 115-47. The game was mostly a team effort with no one player truly standing out. Okafor had his best game of the tournament so far with 15 points and seven rebounds. Winslow had himself another all around game with 10 points, eight rebounds, three assists a steal and a block.
For Winslow and Okafor, the only two players on the roster with a year left of high school, this is great experience. They get to play with some of the best players in their age bracket and they also get to show their talent to all of the scouts that go check out these events for young talent. Though neither are exactly lacking in choices for scholarship offers, showing how talented they really are on a day to day basis is only helping their case for the future. This is especially true considering that they are the two youngest players on the roster and are leading the way for team USA.
Team USA’s next game will be July 1st when Brazil tries to stop the US domination that has happened so far during this tournament.