Arizona Wildcats freshman Aaron Gordon and USA Basketball's U19 team finished their run through the U19 World Championships in style today.
USA beat Serbia 82-68 in the championship game, while Gordon was named the MVP of the tournament in Prague, Czech Republic. USA won all nine of its games by nine points or more.
Gordon had six points, six rebounds, two blocks and two assists in the final game. He averaged 12.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.0 blocks while coming off the bench during USA's 9-0 run in Prague, Czech Republic.
Gordon posted a four-word reaction on Twitter:
USA WE DID IT!— Aaron Gordon (@_AG_32) July 7, 2013
USA Basketball also posted the following postgame interview with Gordon:
Q: How satisfying was it to have a game like this where the team really had to play well to win?
A: Extremely satisfying because we didn’t just come here and blow out all the competition, it was actually a hard-fought game both times we played Serbia. So, to know that there are other very developed teams out there in the world and know that we’re the most developed, just means a lot, it’s a big step for the USA.
Q: Does winning the gold make all the work you put in all during all the training the team did worthwhile?
A: It makes it completely worth it, completely worth it.
Q: Congratulations on winning the MVP, talk about the honor.
A: I was surprised when I was named all-tournament and once I got all-tournament I though ‘hey maybe I can get MVP too, here’ and then they said my name, I really didn’t even hear them say my name at first I had to ask my teammates. But I’m very honored.
Q: You had couple of critical baskets in the third quarter when the U.S. started to pull away. Do you think pressure started to wear them down?
A: Yeah, they were playing a lot of minutes. We have so much depth that our legs were fresh, we didn’t have to play a lot of guys a ton of minutes, Serbia had to play their main guys a lot of minutes and I think they wore down after a while.