Pair of Cougar Men Lead USA to First FIBA U19 Title since 1991
July 13, 2009
Auckland, New Zealand - Washington State's Klay Thompson and DeAngelo Casto helped the United States U19 National Team capture its first U19 FIBA World Championship since 1991, defeating Greece, 88-80, in the gold medal game on Sunday. The Americans also went a perfect 9-0 over the 10-day event.
Casto (Spokane, Wash.) and Thompson (Ladrea Ranch, Calif.) were both named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team in 2008-09. Thompson played in all nine games of the tournament, starting in six games. He averaged 7.8 points per game, while also contributing 4.4 rebounds per game. He also shot 47.2 percent from the floor, while also shooting a blistering 51.6 percent from three-point range.
Casto was a starter in two games and played in four, averaging 6.3 ppg and 3.3 rebounds per game. He shot 71.4 percent from the floor. Casto missed some action because of a sore knee and was day-to-day during the last part of the tournament.
The Americans averaged a 22.2-point margin of victory, easily defeating Iran (106-55), France (71-55), Egypt (112-55), Greece (85-69), before pulling out a close contest with Lithuania (76-69). The U.S. went on to defeat Canada (93-73), Croatia (81-77) and had a rematch with Greece for the gold medal (88-80).
For more information on the FIBA U19 World Championship and USA Basketball, visit www.usabasketball.com.