Jeremy Lamb failed the nation.
It was a muggy July day in Riga, Latvia last summer when Croatia upset the United States of America in the FIBA U19 World Championship. UConn guard Jeremy Lamb, who had a game-high 25 points, had a chance to even the score for America in the closing seconds but his floater was off the mark to end the game. The second-round pool play loss was the USA National Team’s first in six games.
America was led by NCAA stars like Lamb, Joe Jackson of Memphis, Florida’s Patric Young, Creighton’s Doug McDermott, and Tim Hardaway Jr. from Michigan.
Croatia’s roster featured Croatian household names (assuming Croatian households follow U19 basketball) like Toni Katic, Boris Barac, and Mislav Brzoja.
Now, Brzoja, who scored nine points and dished three assists on the home of the brave, is on UK’s big board as a potential option at guard for next season. He’ll visit Lexington today, not one year removed from that catastrophic day in Latvia.
And we’re ok with that because he is good and Kentucky could use another guard.
We forgive you, Mislav.