2023 Stanford MBB commit Kanaan Carlyle helps USA win gold in Mexico

Earlier this month, the United States Men’s Under-18 Basketball Team won gold at the FIBA ​​U18 Americas Championship in Tijuana, Mexico. 2023 Stanford Men’s Basketball Commitment So Carlyle was on the team and did his part, averaging 4.0 points, 1.8 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 1.0 turnovers and 0.67 blocks per game over 36 .0% shooting from the field, 26.67% shooting from 3 points and 100.0% shooting from the foul line on two attempts. Carlyle also shot 50.0 percent from 2 points on 10 attempts. Carlyle played a total of six games (13:31 minutes per game) and had a +78 over/under total for an average of +13.0 per game.

Team USA went 6-0 during the tournament. In the group stage, they went 3-0. Against the Dominican Republic, they won 116-48. Against Ecuador they won 123-41. Against Puerto Rico, they won 100-55. In the quarterfinals, Team USA defeated Mexico 92-64. In the semifinals, they beat Argentina 98-60. In the gold medal match, they beat Brazil 102-60. It was one-way traffic for Team USA throughout this tournament.

As for Carlyle’s performance, his shooting numbers weren’t the best. Especially from the perimeter. He was decent inside and on a very small sample he made both of his free throws. It seems like his perimeter shot is something he needs to focus on. Ideally, he would have a higher assist number, so ball distribution seems to be something he can improve as well. On the plus side, he didn’t turn the ball around too much, he was active defensively, doing a good job of forcing turnovers and blocking shots. And then on top of that, he had a good plus/minus. The team certainly did better when he was on the pitch.

Basically, the chance to play for Team USA is obviously a huge honor for Carlyle and the fact that he was selected to the team itself is a big deal. Playing in international events like this is always good and it’s an experience that should serve Carlyle well as he heads into his senior year of high school and eventually his freshman year at Stanford.

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