FIBA Americas Rumors
The United States made a stirring rally to erase a 20-point deficit and win the gold-medal game of AmeriCup 2017, but Hawks swingman Nico Brussino performed brilliantly for Argentina in defeat. The 24-year-old scored a game-high 26 points on 8-for-11 shooting from the field, while also adding 6 rebounds and 6 assists. His ability to make baskets from a full step beyond the three-point line and his skill for finding open teammates in position to score kept the United States defense on edge for the full 40 minutes of the top international competition among countries of North and South America.
USA Basketball: FINAL: 🇺🇸 #USABAmeriCup 81, 🇦🇷 Argentina 76. What. A. Win. The USA erases a 20-point second half deficit to claim #AmeriCup2017 gold!
American big man Jameel Warney has been named MVP of the FIBA AmeriCup. The NBA G League alum led Team USA to the final victory against Argentina with 21 points and 7 rebounds. He averaged 12.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in the tournament. FIBA also released the All-AmeriCup First Team: Facundo Campazzo (Argentina). Francisco “Paco” Cruz (Mexico). Nicolás Brussino (Argentina). Darrun Hilliard (USA). Jameel Warney (USA).
Argentina great Luis Scola has been lost for the remainder of the FIBA AmeriCup after suffering a minor calf injury in his team’s 92-86 victory over Canada. Scola, who skipped the team’s opening game Venezuela on Sunday as a precautionary measure following his recovery from a left calf problem, injured the other calf during Monday’s 92-86 win over the Canadians.
Stauskas, who represents Canada internationally, chose not to play with his country this summer after playing in the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship. “With the time commitment, it wasn’t in my best interest to participate,” Stauskas said. “I felt like I had a lot of things to improve on to get to where I want to be as a professional basketball player. It was a tough decision to say no to Team Canada because I see myself playing with them in the future. I just felt like this summer was very important and I had some things to take care of.”
Fellow Blazers assistant David Vanterpool was on Triano’s staff and got to work with Bennett throughout the offseason at the PanAm Games and FIBA Americas Championship. The Philadelphia 76ers are also likely to pursue Bennett. “I think Anthony Bennett’s summer has been absolutely fantastic for us,” Triano told reporters in early September. “He’s engaged in everything that we do on the floor, off the floor, rebounding. We’ve asked him to rebound, and he’s done it on a continuous basis. He runs the floor on a continuous basis. He provides help on the defensive end. He understands our defensive system.”