Team USA’s biggest test yet in the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup turned into just another blowout for the Americans, this time an 81-59 victory over Germany in the quarterfinals Friday. That sets up a semifinal showdown Saturday between the United States and Canada, which is led by R.J. Barrett, a Kentucky target and the No. 1-ranked recruit in the Class of 2019.
Germany led the United States 37-35 early in the third quarter before UK freshman Hamidou Diallo hammered down a tying tomahawk dunk — a frequent occurrence for him in this tournament — to ignite a 24-4 run that seized control for good. But it wasn’t Diallo or fellow Wildcats freshman P.J. Washington leading the way this time, rather an SEC rival.
Auburn sophomore Austin Wiley was a monster in the paint, powering his way to team-highs of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Diallo and Washington, who both found foul trouble in the first half, had just 11 points between them, their quietest combined contribution yet in the World Cup.
Forward Louis King, a 5-star recruit in the Class of 2018 who came to Egypt hoping to earn a scholarship offer from USA and Kentucky coach John Calipari, had his best game yet: 9 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists off the bench. King’s AAU teammate and 5-star UK target Cam Reddish, who Calipari is working hard to sway from Duke and others, had yet another stat-stuffing game as a starter for USA: 7 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals in 16 minutes.
Friday’s 22-point victory qualifies as a close call by Team USA’s standards after beating Iran, Angola, Italy and Mali by an average margin of 45.5 points to open the tournament. All the while, Calipari insisted that the final three games it would take to win a gold medal would be “wars.”
Meanwhile, in the consolation bracket, 6-foot-10 Kentucky sophomore Tai Wynyard went for 17 points (8 of 11 shooting), 13 rebounds, 3 assists and a block in just 24 minutes of a New Zealand win over Mali on Friday. Through five games, Wynyard has been one of the most productive players in the World Cup: 13.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.6 assists per game.
P.J. Washington stats through 5 games
Hamidou Diallo stats through 5 games
Tai Wynyard stats through 5 games
USA vs Germany highlights
What’s next for Team USA in the 2017 FIBA World Cup?
USA (5-0) will face Canada (4-1) in the FIBA U19 World Cup semifinals at 2:30 p.m. ET Saturday, July 8, in Cairo, Egypt. With a victory, the Americans would advance to the gold medal game Sunday against the winner of the other semifinal between Italy and Spain.
How can I watch Team USA in the 2017 FIBA World Cup?
Live streaming on FIBA’s official channel and on FIBA’s YouTube channel has been disabled in the U.S., starting with Friday’s quarterfinals, so you can only watch Saturday’s semifinals and Sunday’s medal games on ESPN3.com and on the ESPN app.
USA vs Germany box score