Louisville goals help Team USA win gold at FIBA ​​17 U World Cup

USA Basketball U17 capped off the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup game by winning their sixth straight gold medal by beating host Spain 79-67 on Sunday in Malaga, Spain.

2025 forward Cooper Flagg was among the highlights for the Americans, nearly recording a triple-double with 10 points, 17 rebounds and 8 steals. The 6-foot-7 prospect also had four blocks in the win.

Flagg’s 17 rebounds set a new FIBA ​​record, surpassing the previous mark of 16 set by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. In seven games, Flagg averaged 9.3 points and 10.0 rebounds. He also averaged 2.9 blocks per game.

Michigan State point guard Jeremy Fears led Team USA with a game-high 17 points.

DJ Wagner, the No. 2 Category 23 prospect on the 247Sports Rankings, finished with six points, two rebounds, four assists and a steal in the victory. Wagner, starting in all seven games for Team USA in FIBA ​​competition, connected in 3 of 12 from the floor in 22 minutes of action.

Wagner averaged 9.0 points and 3.1 rebounds during the tournament.

2024 five-star prospect Karter Knox, who landed an offer at Louisville in late May, had five points and three rebounds in the championship game. He averaged 10.6 points and 4.4 rebounds in the event.

Team USA was forced to come from behind in the title match. Spain took the first quarter by seven points and led by five at halftime. The United States opened the second half with a bang, outscoring Spain by 16 points in the third quarter to propel them to victory.

Louisville assistants Nolan Smith and Danny Manning both spent several days in Spain watching Wagner and fellow UofL targets Karter Knox and Cooper Flagg.

Wagner told Cardinal Authority in a recent interview that he was honored to play for Team USA.

“Oh man, it’s definitely a blessing and an honor,” Wagner told Cardinal Authority on Saturday afternoon. “It’s a blessing for me to be able to play on this team and be part of it with all these guys, playing for Team USA. . . . It’s definitely a huge accomplishment for me.

“Just being part of the team, coming to training camp and playing here and (in Spain) is so important to me.”

Wagner had previously attended U.S. National Junior Basketball Team minicamps, but this is the first time he has been on the teams for the competition. And according to USA Basketball, his father – Dajuan Wagner Sr. – who played in Memphis for John Calipari and then played in the NBA participated in the 1998 Youth Development Festival but never competed in a team competition. FIBA during his time.

“Honestly, it’s something that really helps prepare me for the next level,” Wagner said. “Competition and training, I hope, God willing if I go to the next level and where I want to get to, it will be something that will allow me to adapt more easily to that. It’s the best competition I could play against there.

“You just have to be around other players and see how they play and the international game.”

Team USA remains undefeated in the FIBA ​​U17 game. The United States is now 43-0 all-time in the event.

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