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Tyrese Maxey was glad to just play in gold-medal win

Tyrese Maxey (USA Basketball)

After missing two games with a sprained ankle, Kentucky commit Tyrese Maxey managed to play 12 minutes in USA’s 113-74 win over Canada in the FIBA under 18 championship Saturday.

Maxey went  just 1-for-6 from the field and had only two points and one rebound. Yet he still averaged 8.8 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and .6 assists per game. He shot 48 percent from the field and 29 percent from 3-point range.

It felt great just to be out there with my brothers and have fun. I made a little bit of an impact, and it felt good just to win a gold medal,” Maxey said after the game.

Kansas signee Quintin Grimes was named most valuable player in the event after averaging 14.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. He shot 49 percent from the field and 24 percent from 3-point range.

Kentucky recruiting target Cole Anthony averaged 14.3 points per game and had a team-best 25 assists. He was named to the all-tournament game.

Matthew Hurt, another UK recruiting target, averaged 14 points and 5.3 assists per game. He had a team-high nine blocked shots.

“They played great. They did great this week, and we really needed them to step up, especially yesterday (in the semifinals vs. Argentina),” Maxey said about all-tourney teammates Grimes, Anthony and Coby White.

“We struggled as a team, and Coby and Q (Grimes) and Cole really stepped up for us.”

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