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Future Blue Devils and U18 team put on scoring clinic


The future for Duke basketball continues to look better and better. As previously reported, Duke had three of their commits playing for the USA in the FIBA Americas U18 Championships this past weekend in Colorado Springs, Colo. The USA went 3-0 in the preliminary rounds against Uruguay, Mexico and Argentina. They moved on to play the Dominican Republic today.

Luke Kennard, class of 2015, scored a whopping 30 points against Uruguay and averaged 16 points over the weekend, leading the United States. He’s also the best three-point shooter on the team, draining 10 of 21.

Incoming freshman Justise Winslow came in right behind Kennard, averaging 14 points per game over the weekend.

“[Winslow]’s attacking the hoop, knocking down outside shots and just playing a great all-around game,” said Duke incoming freshman Tyus Jones.

Jones had a solid weekend as well, tied for the lead with assists (20) and lead the team with eight steals.

The preliminary round games over the weekend were lopsided.

On Friday, USA beat Uruguay 156-58. 10 different athletes finished with double figures. Despite coming off the bench, Kennard led the team with 30 points on one turnover. He tallied four assists, four steals and two rebounds.  Kennard’s future Duke teammates started. Jones had seven points, four steals and six assists. Winslow had 15 points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal.

(In the videos, Jones is number six, Kennard is number seven and Winslow is number 10.)

On Saturday, USA beat Mexico 100-46. Winslow scored 14 points, collected four assists and seven rebounds. Jones scored four points, tallied five assists and two steals. Kennard scored eight points, one assist and one rebound.

On Sunday, Winslow totaled 13 points, eight rebounds, one assist and one steal in the 118-64 win over Argentina. Kennard scored 10 points, grabbed a game high nine rebounds, and notched one assist and one steal. Jones scored eight points, a game high nine assists, and grabbed two steals.

This level of play is way above what many of these boys are used to.

“We’re college-level coaches,” said U18 and Florida head coach Billy Donovan. “We’re exposing them to college stuff.”

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Tags: 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship Basketball Duke Blue Devils Justise Winslow Luke Kennard Tyus Jones