After earning a 98-70 win over Lithuania in the semifinals, Team USA advanced to the gold medal game of the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship. They’ll have a rematch from group play against Turkey as the Americans look to move to 30-0 all time in the U17 tournament’s history.
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 been good for a stat sheet stuffer of a line in previous games in the tournament, but he took a break from that against Lithuania in the semifinals. ‘All’ he did was lead all scorers in the game with 16 points as Team USA slowly pulled away across the middle two quarters to end up with a solid victory.
The gold medal game starts at 2pm Central time, and here’s the video, thanks to FIBA enabling embedding of the video streams.
Sunday’s game is also scheduled to be broadcast on ESPNU, so you can catch it there, and on WatchESPN as well.
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.