The United States took home the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship gold medal Sunday in Greece, and back in Philadelphia, Villanova head coach Jay Wright must be happy with what he saw.
His prized recruit, the highly sought after Jalen Brunson, led the way for the red, white and blue.
In the United States’ 79-71 overtime win over Croatia to take the title, Brunson totaled 14 points, seven assists, five rebounds, a steal and zero turnovers. Sunday’s performance followed up a 30-point night Saturday in the semifinals against Greece and a 17-point and five-assist game Friday in the quarters against Italy.
For his efforts, the 6-foot-2 point guard was named the tournament’s most valuable player. He was joined on the all-tournament team by Marko Arapovic (Croatia), Tyler Dorsey (Oregon), Harry Giles (undecided) and Furkan Kormaz (Turkey).
The gold medal is the United States’ sixth overall. The team also became the first since 1983 to win in consecutive appearances.