After two wins and a day off, USA Basketball’s U17 squad looks to wrap up group play with a win when they take on Egypt in their second game in the FIBA U17 World Championship.
Why are we mentioning this here, on your favorite Marquette athletics website/blog/The O.C. recap site? Well, because incoming men’s basketball freshman Markus Howard is on Team USA, that’s why. Even more importantly, FIBA is going to be streaming all of the games on their YouTube channel, and we wanted to give you a chance to watch Howard in action.
Howard had 12 points, two rebounds, and two assists against Turkey, plus a steal as the US picked up the 84-66 win. It wasn't really that close, as Turkey needed to win the fourth quarter 24-16 to bring the final margin under 20.
Sunday’s game starts at 7:15am Central time, and here’s the video, thanks to FIBA enabling embedding of the video streams.
According to this handy dandy roster from USA Basketball, Howard will be wearing #5 for the Baby Nats, but don’t get used to that. He’ll be wearing #0 when he gets to Milwaukee this fall.
While Howard will matriculate at Marquette immediately after finishing up with Team USA, there’s a couple of his teammates that have a chance to follow in his footsteps. Marquette has shown some level of interest in both Carte’Are Gordon (2018 top 100 power forward, wearing #13) and Immanuel Quickley (2018 top 25 point guard, wearing #4), so keep an eye on those guys, too.