Prized basketball recruit Myles Turner, who will play at the University of Texas next season, helped key a Team USA 18-and-under victory Sunday over the team from Argentina in the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championships in Colorado Springs.
Turner, the only incoming Big 12 player on the Team USA U18 roster, contributed four points, but added four blocked shots in 14 minutes of action as Team USA cruised to a 118-64 victory over Argentina. It was Team USA’s third consecutive win in the FIBA Americas Under-18 Championships, all by 50 or more points.
Team USA destroyed Uruguay 156-58 on Friday night and followed that with a 100-46 win over Mexico on Saturday.
Team USA completed Pool B play with a perfect record and will face the Dominican Republic on Monday night.
Turner, a top-five national recruit from Dallas, was heavily recruited. Among the college teams highly interested in securing his services was the Kansas Jayhawks, who were interested in replacing departed seven-foot center Joel Embiid. After an intense recruiting war, the former seven-foot star of Trinity High School, chose to play his college ball for his home state Longhorns of Texas.
Turner leads Team USA in the under-18 FIBA Americas Championships with 12 total blocks in three games. He has had four blocks in each of the three games. His best game was the 156-58 opening-game win over Uruguay. Turner scores 14 points on six-of-eight shooting to go along with his four blocks. He had just three points in the win over Mexico.