White Helps Team USA To Gold Medal At U19 Championships

AUCKLAND, New Zealand – Ole Miss rising sophomore guard Terrico White played a key role in the United States’ run to the 2009 FIBA Under-19 World Championship. Team USA beat Greece 88-80 on Sunday to claim its first gold medal at the event since 1991.

 

White, the 2009 SEC Freshman of the Year, scored nine points with a block and a steal in Sunday’s championship game. Kansas’ Tyshawn Taylor led the Americans with 18 points, while three others scored in double figures. A critical 16-1 U.S. run came at the start of the second quarter and was capped by White’s fastbreak basket and three-pointer.

 

White was instrumental in the U.S. going 9-0 at the tournament. The Memphis native averaged 7.4 points and 2.6 rebounds in nine contests, adding six blocks and four steals.

 

Directed by Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon, the Red, White and Blue recorded a 22.2 margin of victory in the championship and featured a balanced effort throughout the tournament. Taylor led the team with 10.8 points per game, while every played averaged more than four points and 12 minutes played per contest.

 

The significance of a gold medal was not lost on the young Ole Miss star.

 

“It means a lot,” White said. “It means you won a gold medal for your country, and that means a lot to me.”

 

White was joined on the championship squad by a pair of players from Southeastern Conference schools in Darius Miller (Kentucky) and Howard Thompkins (Georgia). Also on the team were DeAngelo Casto (Washington State), Seth Curry (Duke), Ashton Gibbs (Pittsburgh) , Gordon Hayward (Butler), Shelvin Mack (Butler), Arnett Moultrie (UTEP), John Shurna (Northwestern) and Klay Thompson (Washington State). Assistant coaches were collegiate head coaches Chris Lowery of Southern Illinois and Matt Painter of Purdue.

 

White is the latest Rebel in a long tradition of participation with Team USA Basketball. Ansu Sesay was a member of the 1997 U.S. team that won the gold medal at the World University Games in Sicily. Keith Carter won a gold medal with Team USA at the 1998 Goodwill Games in New York. In 2001, Justin Reed was a player and Rod Barnes an assistant coach with the bronze medal-winning squad at the World University Games in Beijing. On the women’s side, Jennifer Gillom won an Olympic gold medal playing with the 1988 U.S. team in Seoul, Peggie Gillom was an assistant coach in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Armintie Price was an alternate for the 2005 World University Games and Carol Ross was an assistant coach for the gold medal-winning U.S. U19 team in 2005.


 

 

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