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Friday / July 12.
  • Koa Peat, Cam Boozer lead USA to 7th straight FIBA U17 World Cup gold medal

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    While European players dominated the top of last month’s NBA Draft, the U.S. continues to dominate basketball at the youth levels.

    Led by Koa Peat‘s 26 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Cam Boozer’s 24 points, 13 rebounds and 2 steals, the U.S. U17 team obliterated Italy, 129-88, to win the FIBA U17 World Cup final in Istanbul, Turkey. Boozer was named the World Cup Most Valuable Player.

    A.J. Dybantsa, the No. 1 player in the Class of 2025, scored 14 points, Tyran Stokes went for 17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals and Brandon McCoy added 13 points, 4 assists, 3 steals and 2 rebounds .

    With former Duke and NBA standout Carlos Boozer on hand to support his sons, the U.S. won its seventh straight gold medal in the event and improved to 51-0 all time. Italy secured its first ever medal in the FIBA U17 World Cup, finishing with the silver.

    The U.S. cruised into the final with a 145-65 rout of New Zealand in the semifinals.

    The Americans led 73-36 at the half when Boozer had 20 points and 5 rebounds, Peat had 15 points, 6 boards and 4 assists and Dybantsa had 14.

    The 6-foot-8 Peat out of Perry (AZ) High won his third gold medal as he is being pursued by a Who’s Who of colleges. He has a Top 10 of North Carolina, Texas, Michigan, Kentucky, Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, Baylor, Houston and Duke.

    The 6-9 Boozer out of Christopher Columbus (FL) is being courted by Duke, his father’s alma mater, Miami, North Carolina, Michigan, Florida and Arkansas.

    The Women’s FIBA U17 World Cup begins Thursday in Mexico.

    FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup 2024 Final Standings

    1. USA
    2. Italy
    3. Türkiye
    4. New Zealand
    5. Lithuania
    6. Puerto Rico
    7. Spain
    8. Canada
    9. France
    10. Argentina
    11. Germany
    12. Egypt
    13. China
    14. Guinea
    15. Australia
    16. Philippines

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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.

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