Italy beat Spain, 66-63, in the first semifinal. The USA will face Spain in the third-place game at noon ET on Sunday. The Americans hadn’t lost a U19 game since falling to Croatia and Russia in 2011, when Doug McDermott and Tim Hardaway Jr. were on the team. They went a combined 16-0 en route to winning gold in 2013 and ’15. In the quarterfinals, R.J. Barrett led the way with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in a win over France. “He’s had incredible balance playing with other great players in the event, and he demonstrated his ability to fit in with other great players,” Montverde coach Kevin Boyle said. “Then he showed he could step up against the best players in the world. I’ve said all along he’s the No. 1 pick in the draft.” Barrett, who attends Montverde (FL) Academy, is considering reclassifying to 2018 from 2019 and would then be eligible for the 2019 NBA Draft. Arizona, UCLA, USC, Kentucky, Texas, Kansas, UNLV, South Carolina, Illinois, Duke, Oregon and Michigan all reached out to Barrett on June 15 when college coaches could begin calling rising juniors.
Canada celebrating their historic victory over USA in the semi-finals of the FIBA U19 World Championship. Fantastic game. pic.twitter.com/uu2PDRQ4Bj— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) July 8, 2017
“Right now, I don’t know,” Barrett told ZAGSBLOG in June. “Right now I’m still 2019 and I will make a decision in August.”
RJ Barrett can go literally wherever he wants but Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Arizona are among leaders, per sources. pic.twitter.com/MduEhx113e— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) July 8, 2017