Team USA’s U18 team wrapped up their U18 Americas tournament with a gold medal and a dominant performance from one of the best players on the team.
Incoming Villanova freshman Cam Whitmore led the United States to victory in a wild game. Whitmore is ranked as the top small forward in the 2022 class, third in the state of Maryland, and finished the year in the top 15, according to 247sports.com.
Going into the halftime break, Whitmore had 23 points on his own while the entire Brazilian team had 22. He would finish with a game-high 30 points overall to lead the USA to a dominant win, claiming the gold medal as the Yanks went 6-0 in the tournament while allowing no more than 65 points throughout the tournament.
Whitmore himself had an excellent tournament, averaging 18.7 points on 63 percent shooting from the field. Whitmore also took him tournament MVP honors as a result.
His 30-point effort was the most ever scored by a USA player in a gold medal game. Whitmore punctuated the tournament with a monstrous baseline dunk. The incoming freshman also posted a ridiculous put-back slam, impressing everyone in attendance and watching online as he jumped to the heavens to grab the ball.
Whitmore will be attending Villanova this fall alongside Mark Armstrong, his teammate on Team USA and fellow future Wildcat. Coach Kyle Neptune, who spent the previous season at Fordham, will look to make good use of his star freshman, given the performance he just had. He’ll only make Neptune’s adjustment to the Big East easier and keep Villanova in contention for the Big East crown.