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Diallo Leads Team USA in Scoring (again) After Americans Shake Off Slow

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It was an ugly start, but Team USA’s first game at the FIBA U19 World Cup ended beautifully.  The Americans defeated Iran 108-48 with Kentucky Wildcats leading the way.

Even though they played two friendlies in Egypt prior to their opening game of the tournament, Team USA looked lost to start the game.  There were turnovers, whistles and bricks everywhere.  For most of the first quarter it was a 4-0 game.  I don’t know what John Calipari said, but things changed once the team emerged from the locker room at halftime.

Hamidou Diallo and P.J. Washington had seven points in the first 2:30 of the second half and the Americans were off and running.  Diallo had a team-high 17 points and 4 rebounds, with almost all of it coming in the second half.  Washington added 13 points and 4 rebounds.  One of the two has led Team USA in scoring every time the team has kept stats.

Even though Diallo led the team in scoring, the best player on the floor for Team USA was Cameron Reddish, a top target for John Calipari in the 2018 class.  A 6’8″ power forward, he spent a lot of time on the perimeter as a wing.  It worked well.  Reddish had 14 points and didn’t miss a three-pointer, sinking all three attempts.  Immanuel Quickley added 6 points, Romeo Langford had 5 and Louis King scored 9 points.

More to come from Cairo.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

4 Comments for Diallo Leads Team USA in Scoring (again) After Americans Shake Off Slow

    2:12 pm July 1, 2017 Permalink

    We expect consistent performances from the UK guys since they are older players on the team.Cam Reddish is nice, he is the total package, but Coach Cal needs to offer Louis King ASAP, MY GOODNESS is that kid oozing with talent. He rebounds, he shoots, he handles the ball like a guard. I DO NOT CARE WHAT THE RANKINGS SAY. He is one of the best players in the country from the 2018 class. TOP 10 for sure! Maybe even higher than that. He is REALLY good

  2. A_Blue_Wildcat
    3:41 pm July 1, 2017 Permalink

    I really don’t see how Cam Reddish isn’t the number one player in 2018, dude has the most complete skill set matched with athletic ability at 6’8″ of any player I’ve seen in a long time. I’d take him over Bagley or Bol for at least the short term.

  3. a21CATSfan
    3:45 pm July 1, 2017 Permalink

    dUKe recruited Kevin Knox as their typical stretch-four, and I believe Cal won him over by treating him as a guard. I really hope Knox kills it this year and shows Cam Reddish the same path to Kentucky. Quickley, Reddish, King (Cal has been in contact with him for a while, just no offer)and Zion Williamson or Marvin Bagley would round out a nice returning bunch for 18-19. CATS

  4. Corder
    11:14 pm July 1, 2017 Permalink

    I havent been too impressed with Romeo Langford to be honest. He has some decent skills but doesn’t do one thing great and in this class there are a lot of better players even ranked lower then him that seem better all around players then him.