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Saturday / November 17.
  • USA routs France for U17 World Championship gold medal, Jalen Green wins MVP

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    The USA is bringing home yet another gold medal from an international event.

    The Americans routed France, 95-52, to capture their fifth straight gold medal in the FIBA U17 World Championship. The USA improved to 37-0 all-time in the competition.

    Jalen Green was named MVP of the event after going for 11 points in the final and 25 in a semifinal rout of Canada.

    Isaiah Stewart added 15 points and 9 rebounds in the gold-medal game, De’Vion Harmon had 14 points and Romeo Weems 12.

    “Oh man, it would mean the world, to be honest,” Stewart told me last month what it would mean to win gold. “You’re going to a different country to represent your country and you’re playing to prove you’re best in the world. You’re going to get that gold and bring it back here to the United States, proving to everyone that you are the best in the world.”

    Last month, the USA won the FIBA U18 Americas Championship in St. Catharines, Ontario, so the Americans have now won back-to-back gold medals at the U18 and U17 levels.

    Eight of the 12 players on the team play in the Nike EYBL circuit and will turn around and play in the Peach Jam beginning this week in North Augusta, S.C.

    “I know I’m going to bring everything I have to the table each game,” Stewart said. “And you know Peach Jam always gives everyone a different type of energy so that will be real interesting. I’m looking forward to that, too.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.