OU sophomore DeAngelo Alexander averaged 11.9 points and 6.4 rebounds per game to help the USA Junior World Championship Team to a 7-1 record and fifth-place finish in Thessaloniki, Greece. Australia, the only team that beat the U.S. squad, won the 16-team FIBA Junior World Championship that concluded Sunday.
Alexander shot .514 from the field, .458 (11-for-24) from three-point territory and .667 (12-for-18) from the foul line in 21.3 minutes of action per game. The 6-4 guard started in six of the teams eight contests. His scoring average was the teams third highest while his rebounding average ranked second on the squad. Those figures likely would have been higher had Alexander not sustained a sprained ankle versus Slovenia in the teams second-to-last game (he played only eight minutes).
Michigan States Paul Davis was the U.S.s leading scorer (17.7 ppg) and rebounder (8.7 rpg).
From Midwest City, Okla., Alexander had 23 points and nine rebounds against Puerto Rico on July 14 and recorded 20 points and nine boards versus China on July 11. His 11 boards against Puerto Rico yesterday were a team high.
In addition to Alexander and Davis, the U.S. squad consisted of Maurice Ager (Michigan State), Daniel Brown (Illinois), Graham Brown (Michigan), David Burgess (Woodbridge [Calif.] High School), Ryan Hollins (UCLA), Kevin Pittsnogle (West Virginia), J.J. Redick (Duke), Mustafa Shakur (Philadelphia [Pa.] Friends Central), C.J. Watson (Tennessee) and Deron Williams (Illinois).
University of Oregon head coach Ernie Kent was the head mentor of the 2003 USA junior squad, and was assisted by Dennis Felton of the University of Georgia and Ray Harper of Kentucky Wesleyan College.