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FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup: MVP Cameron Boozer headlines All-Star Five

Cameron Boozer Shines as MVP in Team USA’s Historic U17 World Cup Triumph

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Following Team USA’s historic triumph over Italy in the final, Cameron Boozer was named tournament MVP while starring in the All-Star Five.

Boozer averaged 20.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.7 steals, and 2.0 assists in the United States’ seventh consecutive U17 World Cup title.

The 16-year-old sensation saved arguably his best performance for the final, where he dropped 24 points, 13 rebounds, two assists, and two steals against Italy.

Having nearly averaged a double-double, Boozer was always going to be in the running for individual accolades. Here are the four talents who joined him in the All-Star Five:

AJ Dybantsa, USA

Dybantsa played a vital part in USA’s domination, averaging 14.1 points, 4.1 assists, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.6 steals.

The star guard showed out in the final, displaying his scoring capabilities and his high-pressure defense forced the Italians into several turnovers. He contributed a solid 14 points, four rebounds, and three assists along with a block and a steal on the way to the U17 World Cup crown.

Maikcol Perez, Italy

Italy’s standout star of their impressive run to the final was Maikcol Perez, who left it all out there in a valiant performance against the US.

Perez provided 18 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, and a steal against the eventual winners, and his Italy side managed more points than anyone else against the Americans (88).

The 6’8 forward can be proud of his efforts, as his 14.6 ppg, 8.6 rpg, and 4.3 apg landed him a spot in the All-Star Five alongside the best of the best.

Kaan Onat, Türkiye

The hosts found themselves on the podium for the first time since their second-place finish in 2016 as they claimed the bronze medal on home soil.

Kaan Onat was a standout performer, dropping 32 points on Argentina in the group stage and following it up with 24 against eventual silver medalists Italy. He averaged 18.9 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 4.7 assists in Istanbul to go with his bronze medal and All-Star Five selection.

Oscar Goodman, New Zealand

Semi-finalists New Zealand lost out to the tournament hosts to claim a respectable fourth-place ranking led by Oscar Goodman.

Goodman put up 25 points and eight rebounds in the third-place game, but it wasn’t enough to outdo Türkiye.

The 17-year-old averaged 17.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game, including an outstanding 19-point, 10-rebound double-double showing against Lithuania in the quarterfinals.

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