The first game of the FIBA U18 Americas Championship kicked off for the United States on Sunday. Usually we wouldn’t pay it any mind, but when a homestate kid and future Illini is repping the red, white and blue, a couple of our guys decided to tune in.
Tournament stats so far: 16 minutes per game, 9.3 points per game (66.6 percent shooting), 4-4 FT, 2.8 A/TO, 2 rebounds per game, 0.3 steals per game
Matt O’Neall:
Impressive defensively. Always picked up ballhandler from full court. Forced five-second call. Started possessions immediately with the 24-second shot clock. Could mesh well with Da’Monte Williams defensively.
Incredibly smooth on offense. Knows when to pick his spots. Doesn’t force anything, but Illini will be lacking talent so he may need to start forcing things when he gets to Champaign.
Elite finisher/layup maker.

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