Centennial High School basketball stars Jared McCain and Londynn Jones recently helped American basketball teams win gold medals at the FIBA U18 Championships.
McCain, a guard who recently finished his junior year at Centennial, averaged 11.2 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists in six games to help Team USA win the FIBA Men’s Championship in Tijuana, Mexico.
McCain’s best performance at the tournament came in a pool match against Ecuador. He scored 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting to help the United States to a 123-41 victory. McCain, who is committed to Duke, also scored 17 points in a 92-64 win over Mexico. He finished with five points and five rebounds in the 102-60 championship win over Brazil.
Jones, a recent Centennial graduate heading to UCLA, averaged 7.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.0 assists in six games to help Team USA win the FIBA Women’s Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Jones had 15 points, five rebounds and five steals in the championship game as the United States held on for an 82-77 victory over Canada. She also had 10 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals in an 84-40 semifinal win over Brazil.
EVANS CHOSEN FOR USA U-17 SQUAD
Hillcrest’s Dennis Evans has been selected for the Team USA men’s basketball squad that will compete at the FIBA U17 World Cup in Malaga, Spain. The contest starts on July 2 and ends on July 10.
Evans, a 7-foot-1 center who recently completed his junior year at Hillcrest, is the only Californian on the list. He averaged 11.6 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks per game for the Trojans over the winter. Evans is moving up the 2023 recruiting rankings and already has offers from seven colleges.