Duke basketball commit has strong debut for Team USA

Duke basketball commit Jared McCain (James Snook-USA TODAY Sports)
Duke basketball commit Jared McCain (James Snook-USA TODAY Sports) /

Duke basketball commit Jared McCain put together a strong debut for Team USA. 

Jared McCain survived the final cut of the USA Men’s U18 National Team and the Duke basketball commit jetted off to Mexico with his team to compete in the FIBA U18 Americas Championship and did not disappoint in his debut.

McCain got the start in the first game of pool play on Monday night against the Dominican Republic as the Americans rolled to a 116-48 victory.

The future Blue Devil logged just under 20 minutes of basketball and added eight points, three rebounds, and four assists on 4-of-9 shooting from the floor.

Three of his five misses came from beyond the 3-point arc as McCain missed all three of his triples.

Jared McCain did not commit a turnover nor commit a foul and was a team-best +42 in the victory.

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The Centennial High School (Calif.) standout is a four-star guard in the Class of 2023 that is ranked as the No. 24 player in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, in addition to being the No. 2 shooting guard in his class and No. 5 player from the state of California.

McCain will be joining the top ranked recruiting class in Durham next season along side five-star power forward Mackenzie Mgbacko, five-star power forward Sean Stewart, and five-star point guard Caleb Foster.

Future Duke basketball standout looking to win gold medal

Jared McCain will quickly be back on the floor for Team USA as the Americans will face Ecuador on Tuesday, June 7 in the continuation of group stage play in the event.

Ecuador fell to Puerto Rico, 85-64, on Monday afternoon.

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The United States will play Puerto Rico on June 8.

The quarterfinals of the FIBA U18 Americas Championship are scheduled for Friday, June 10 while the semifinals are slated for June 11 and the Gold Medal Game will take place on June 12.

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