2012 USA Basketball Men's U17 World Championship Team started off on the right foot by defeating Latvia by a score of 108-72 in an exhibition yesterday. Class of 2013 and future Hoya Stephen Domingo poured in 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds for the red, white and blue. Domingo has been called the best shooter on Team USA thus far.
"It's a completely different atmosphere," said Domingo, who played in his first game for USA Basketball tonight. "The game moves really fast. The international players are really good, we just have to be physical with them. It started off a little slow, but in the second quarter we really got on them. We really got physical in the second quarter."
Playing for Team USA will no doubt help prep Domingo for the faster pace of the college game, and he has already stated he is using the time spent with his teammates as a recruiting tool to get them to join him at Georgetown. One potential future Hoya is Team USA center/forward Jahlil Okafor, who led the team with 26 points and 15 rebounds against Latvia.
After Team USA opens the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship on June 29 against Australia, the U.S. will face the Czech Republic on June 30, Egypt on July 1 and France on July 3 before closing preliminary play against China on July 4. The top four finishing teams from each group will advance to the medal round with the quarterfinals staged on July 6, the semifinals on July 7 and the finals on July 8.