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June 2024
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Acuff Jr. named MVP; Carbuccia, Brown, Beckford and Kropp complete the All-Star 5

BUENOS AIRES (Argentina) – Point guard Darius Acuff Jr. was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the FIBA U18 AmeriCup 2024 after leading United States to another gold medal in the category.

The 17-year-old was instrumental in guiding his country in their 110-70 win over host country Argentina, finishing with 26 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds and 3 steals (37 efficiency) in the final played at Estadio Obras Sanitarias in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The 6’2 lead guard had a dream week for the undefeated American cause, averaging 17.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 0.8 steals across six games. He shot 46.7 from the field (42/90).

This was the rest of the the All-Star 5:

Christopher Brown (United States)

Brown scored 6 points with 9 assists and 2 steals in 24 minutes of action in the final for the gold-medal winners.

The 6’2 guard rounded out a great week, averaging 10.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 5.2 assists (the second-best mark in the event). He shot 42.3 percent from the field, 35.3 percent from long distance and 66.7 percent at the charity stripe for the undefeated American squad.

Tyler Kropp (Argentina)

Kropp paced an Argentinian squad that started slow (losing their first 2 games against USA and Brazil) but recovered to make it all the way to the final.

The 6’8 power forward was second in the tournament in points (22.0) and first in rebounds (11.3) while shooting 45.8 percent from the floor, 60 percent from beyond the arc and 77.6 at the line as he guided his country to a silver-medal finish.

Tristan Beckford (Canada)

Beckford scored 16 points in the 3rd place game and helped Canada win the bronze medal and qualify to the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2025.

The small forward had averages of 13 points, 7.3 rebounds and a steal across 6 games, shooting 44.4 percent from the field.

Danny Carbuccia (Dominican Republic)

Carbuccia was his country’s most consistent player throughout the week despite scoring just 6 points in the 3rd-place game on Sunday.

The 6’1 point guard averaged led the tournament with 6.0 assists and 3.2 steals per game while also producing 14.8 points and 2.5 rebounds for a squad that also qualified to next year’s World Cup.

Moseley, Márquez shine in All-Second Team

The All-Second Team of the tournament featured another crop of excellent performers.

Daniel Jacobsen (United States) led the tournament with 3.2 blocks per game while averaging 9.2 points and 7 rebounds and shooting 64.7 percent in just over 16 minutes per game.

Josiah Moseley (Belize) didn’t play on Sunday but still finished as the tournament’s leading scorer at 24.2 point per game across 5 contests. He also averaged 8.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks for the Central American country that notched a historic win against Brazil in the Group Stage.

Jeiminson Márquez (Venezuela) was second in scoring at 22 points per game, while also contributing 7.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists. He shot 55.7 percent from the field across 5 games.

Felipe Minzer (Argentina) helped lead his country win silver after producing 12.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.7 steals.

Nolan Junior Kemm (Brazil) averaged 11.2 points and 4.7 rebounds for 5th-place Brazil.