Jalen Brunson was immense once again for the United States as they defeated Croatia 79-71 in overtime to capture gold at the FIBA World Championship on Sunday. Brunson finished with a team-high 14 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds in a team leading 40+ minutes. The effort was enough to name Brunson the Tournament MVP.
Brunson was joined by Harry Giles, Tyler Dorsey (Greece/Oregon), Furkan Korkmaz (Turkey) and Marko Arapovic (Croatia) on the All-Tournament Team.
Giles and Jayson Tatum, two of the most coveted prospects in the 2016 class, played well down the stretch for the USA as well. Giles struggled from the field all day (4-20 FG) but made some huge shots when it counted after the US lost Josh Jackson to fouls.
Georgetown's L.J. Peak and Providence coach Ed Cooley were also a part of the United States outfit to take home gold for the Big East.
The title is the second straight for the United States U19 program, giving it back-to-back titles for the first time since 1983. The Americans have won 18 straight games in the competition. The gold medal is the second straight for Jalen Brunson as well. He also won the U18 championship last summer.