The 2017 USA Basketball men’s U-19 World Cup team had just 24 hours after landing in Cairo, Egypt to prepare for its first international competition. Fortunately, the group also had Austin Wiley.
Wiley, who previously helped the U.S. secure a gold medal in Spain during the summer of 2016, was a critical piece in the first competition in Cairo, helping the team notch an 89-66 win over Lithuania on Wednesday.
Wiley was the third leading scorer (15 points) behind P.J. Washington (18 points) and Hamidou Diallo (17 points).
“I thought Austin (Wiley) was terrific and so was Brandon (McCoy),” USA and Kentucky head coach John Calipari said following the friendly.
Auburn’s center came up with a slam dunk to give his squad an early lead, but Lithuania went on a 12-2 run before the U.S. took over in the second half.
Calipari’s group will face France in a friendly on Thursday and practice on Friday before opening preliminary action against Iran on July 1 (11:30 a.m. EDT). The team is also set to face Italy and Angola.
The U.S. is seeking its third straight gold medal.