The U.S. had no trouble with Canada at all as it turned out, winning the FIBA Americas U18 title 113-79.
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Duke-bound Luke Kennard celebrated his 18th birthday with 10 points and four boards.
But Justise Winslow scored 20 points and grabbed 10 boards. Tyus Jones added seven points and five assists in 25 minutes.
So yes the Americans won gold. Canada though is going to make noise for years to come. Why?
Simple. Tremendous talent and players who are training in the American way.
In this tournament, Billy Donovan followed the template laid out by Jerry Colangelo and Coach K: get versatile players who can manage their egos and use the deep athleticism to fuel a relentless defense.
No one has been able to figure it out, but the Canadians may have the best shot.
Consider the talent in the system: Andrew Wiggins, Brady Heslip, Cory Joseph, Tristan Thompson, Myck Kabongo, Anthony Bennett, Samuel Dalembert, Kelly Olynk, Rob Sacre, Tyler Ennis, Nik Stauskas, Sim Bhullar, Dwight Powell and Melvin Ejim.
Outside of the U.S., that's about as talented a core as anyone in the world has, and it's a group which understands full well what the U.S. is doing.