Summer Hoops Roundup: Terps help teams to perfect record at U19 World Cup

Scott Greene, Publisher
Terrapin Sports Report

USA's Kevin Huerter and Spain's Josh Tomaic each helped their respective countries to wins on Wednesday in the FIBA U19 World Cup, as both teams remained a perfect 4-0 and advanced to Friday's quarterfinals round.

Huerter, who helped USA to gold at last summer's FIBA Americas U18 Championships, scored four points while adding three rebounds, two assists and a steal in a 117-69 win over Mali in the Round of 16. For the tournament, Huerter is averaging 5.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and a team-high 3.5 assists per game.

Tomaic, who redshirted for the Terps this past season, recorded two points and four rebounds in just over nine minutes of action in Spain's 70-50 win over Iran. For the tournament, the 6-foot-9, 220-pounder is averaging 6.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game.

Huerter and Team USA will next face Germany on Friday with a likely matchup versus Canada with five-star point guard Lindell Wigginton and the No. 1 player in the Class of 2019, R.J. Barrett looming in the semifinals.

Tomaic and Spain will face Argentina in the quarterfinals on Friday.

De Sousa dominates at U19 World Cup

One of the Terps' top remaining big man targets, Silvio De Sousa has lived up to his five-star billing playing for Angola out in Cairo, Egypt at the U19 World Cup. Though his team was eliminated by Canada on Wednesday, De Sousa averaged a team-high 17.0 points per game, putting him in a tie for third overall in scoring average with fellow five-star R.J. Barrett of Canada.

Perhaps even more impressive than De Sousa's scoring average was his team-high 11.8 rebounds per game, putting him in a tie for second overall in rebounding average among all tournament participants.

The 6-foot-9, 220-pounder also averaged a team-high 2.3 steals, ranking him fourth among all tournament participants in steals per game, as well as 1.8 assists per game.

De Sousa recorded an 18 point, 18 rebound double-double in his team's tournament opener versus Italy, followed by a second double-double of 13 points and 15 rebounds versus Iran. He also recorded a combined four blocked shots in those two games.

Expect the Terps to be hot on De Sousa's trail throughout the month of July.

Trimble makes Summer League debut

Former Maryland star Melo Trimble finally made his NBA Summer League debut with the Philadelphia 76ers out in Salt Lake City, Utah on Wednesday.

After finding a 'DNP - Coach's Decision' next to his name in the stat sheet on Tuesday night, Trimble saw his first action of the summer in Wednesday night's game versus the hometown Jazz, finishing with three points, three rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in 10 minutes of action.

With No. 1 overall pick and former DeMatha star Markell Fultz starting at point guard and former Kentucky guards Isaiah Briscoe and Aaron Harrison also competing for playing time, Trimble has his work cut out for him.

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