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June 19, 2012
ACC recruits play key roles as USA advances to play Argentina today in the Semifinals of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship
Three incoming ACC freshmen have played key roles as the USA U18 team has advanced to the semifinals of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Sao Sebastiao do Paraiso, Brazil.
The USA team, 3-0 after defeating host Brazil 83-64 on Monday, is the champion of Group A and will square off against Argentina (2-1 in Group B) this afternoon (June 19). Tipoff is set for 5:00 p.m. Group B champion Canada (3-0) will play Brazil (2-1 in Group A).
Jake Layman (Maryland), a 6-7 forward from King Phillip Regional High School in Wrentham, Mass., is averaging 9.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game and is shooting .611 (11-18) from the floor. He was the team's leading scorer with 18 points in the win over Mexico.
Rodney Purvis (NC State), a 6-4 combo guard from the Upper Room Christian Academy in Raleigh, N.C., is averaging 6.7 points, 2.3 assists and 1.7 rebounds per game.
Rasheed Sulaimon, a 6-3 guard out of Strake Jesuit College Prep in Houston, Texas, is averaging 9.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game and is shooting .522 (12-23) from the floor.
The statistics for the 2012 USA U18 basketball team can be accessed on the following link: http://www.usabasketball.com/misc/12_mu18_USA_stats.pdf