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June 20, 2012
Three incoming ACC freshmen were among seven players scoring in double figures as the USA defeated Argentina 107-72 Tuesday afternoon in the semifinals of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Sao Sebastiáo dos Paraiso, Brazil.
Rasheed Sulaimon (Duke) had 14 points and four rebounds in the victory, Rodney Purvis (NC State) had 11 points and handed out four assists and Jake Layman (Maryland) totaled 10 points while pulling down four rebounds. With the win, the USA improved to 4-0 in the competition and will play in Wednesday’s gold medal game against host Brazil, which advanced after handing Canada its first loss of the tournament yesterday by a 66-62 margin.
Jake Layman (Maryland), a 6-7 forward from King Phillip Regional High School in Wrentham, Mass., is averaging 9.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game and is shooting .583 (14-24) from the floor.
Rodney Purvis (NC State), a 6-4 combo guard from the Upper Room Christian Academy in Raleigh, N.C., is averaging 7.8 points, 2.8 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game.
Rasheed Sulaimon (Duke), a 6-3 guard out of Strake Jesuit College Prep in Houston, Texas, is averaging 10.5 points and 3.8 rebounds per game and is shooting .531 (17-32) 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