The USA Men’s U-19 World Cup team defeated France in a second exhibition game in Cairo, Egypt on Thursday.
Auburn center Austin Wiley helped the US take down the 2017 medal favorite 82-60, adding 9 points and seven rebounds. In a Wednesday win over Lithuania, Wiley poured in 15 points as well.
“I don’t know what our assist-to-turnover ratio was, but I think it was pretty good. We rebounded well. I think our big guys, both (Austin) Wiley and Brandon McCoy, are playing well,” John Calipari USA and University of Kentucky head coach said.
The praise from Calipari is nothing new. Wiley, as well as incoming freshman Chuma Okeke were standouts among the nation’s best players during training camp in Colorado Springs, Colo. This is the second time Wiley has competed internationally. The Hoover, Ala., native, earned gold with the US in Spain in 2016.
“It is very exciting. It was a great experience last year and to do it again this year is a blessing,” Wiley said. “I can’t wait. It’s going to help me because I’m playing against pro level players so it’s going to get me better.”
On Friday the US team will practice and will begin preliminary play against Iran on July 1 (11:30 a.m. EDT). After that, the squad will face off against Angola on July 2 and Italy on July 4. All 16 teams will be seeded after the preliminary round and will advance to the round of 16.
The US is competing for its third consecutive gold medal game.