USA U17 team brings home the gold
Okafor, Frankamp lead the way
With the London Olympics approaching in August, basketball fans can welcome home a new group of Gold Medal winners, the United States U17 Developmental National team.
The U.S. defeated Australia in the championship round, 95-62. Whitney Young’s (Chicago, Ill.) Jahlil Okafor scored 17 points and pulled down eight rebounds in the Gold Medal win. Okafor, one of the nation’s top recruits in the class of 2014, was named the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship MVP.
Future Kansas Jayhawk Conner Frankamp added 22 points, while teammate Justice Winslow contributed a double-double, 13 points and 11 rebounds. The nation’s prized prospect in 2013, Jabari Parker, missed three previous games in the event due an injury, but bounced back and shot 5-6 from the field en route to a 12-point performance.
His list now includes 10 schools, according to ESPN. Parker is considering BYU, DePaul, Duke, Florida, Georgetown, Kentucky, Michigan State, North Carolina, Kansas and Stanford.
The coaching staff of the USA U17 Developmental National Team was led by head coach Don Showalter and assistants Rich Gray and Mike Jones.
Showalter, the head coach of Iowa City High School, will be a director at the Five-Star National Super Session in New York City, August 24-26.