Who were the Top Performers from each team in the AmeriCup 2022?
RECIFE (Brazil) - The FIBA AmeriCup has come to an end with Argentina being crowned champions after defeating hosts Brazil. Now that the event is over, let's take a look back at each team's top performer.
Gabriel Deck was named as the tournament MVP, but who were the players that stood out as MVPs for their own respective teams?
Gabriel Deck (ARG)
21.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists on 64.9 percent shooting from the field, 40 percent from three-point, 86.2 percent from the free-throw line
The MVP was the best player all tournament and a big reason why Argentina went on to win the title. Deck scored a tournament-high 30 points in the Semi-Finals against USA and at least 20 points in four of the team's six games. He finished as the tournament's leader in efficiency and points per game and also made what turned out to be the game-winning layup in the Final.
Yago Santos (BRA)
11.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists per game on 43.8 percent from the field, 94.4 percent from the free-throw line
Santos was consistent for Brazil throughout the entire AmeriCup, as he scored in double figures in all but one game, grabbed at least 3 rebounds in four of six games and dished out at least 2 assists in five out of six games, earning a spot in the All-Star Five. The 23-year-old will be Brazil's point guard for years to come.
Dalano Banton (CAN)
15.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.2 steals per game on 40.2 percent shooting from the field
Banton impressed with his ability to do it all for Canada as seen from his per-game averages. He kicked off his first AmeriCup with a 20-point, 11-rebound double-double against Brazil in the first group play game and led Canada to a fourth-place finish, also making the All-Star Five.
Jaime Echenique (COL)
16.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 1.0 steal, 1.0 block per game on 47.4 percent shooting from the field, 85.7 percent shooting from the free-throw line
Echenique impressed in his debut for Colombia, recording a 17-point, 11-rebound double-double in a win over Uruguay. This was Colombia's first-ever win at the AmeriCup in their second appearance in the tournament. His 17.3 efficiency rating was the third highest in the tournament.
Angel Delgado (DOM)
13.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steal per game on 48.5 percent shooting from the field
Delgado was a force on the inside and on the glass per usual when he suits up for Dominican Republic and was one of the best big men in the AmeriCup. His 9.5 rebounds per game led the tournament.
Fabian Jaimes (MEX)
13.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.5 steals per game on 54.8 percent shooting from the field
Jaimes recorded two double-doubles for Mexico, with one of them coming in the upset win over USA. He should be one of Mexico's key players for the foreseeable future.
Eric Romero (PAN)
10.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.0 steal per game on 50.0 percent shooting from the field
Romero was a nice complement to guard Trevor Gaskins, as the two were Panama's only players to average double figure scoring. Panama is trying to jumpstart a new era for their National Team, and the 23-year-old Romero looks to be a main part of it.
Ismael Romero (PUR)
12.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steal per game on 61.8 percent shooting from the field
Romero finished as the tournament's second leading rebounder and imposed his physical play on both ends of the floor. His best game came against Virgin Islands where he finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds.
Joaquin Rodriguez (URU)
13.7 points, 2.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.7 steals per game on 50.0 percent shooting from the field, 43.8 percent shooting from three-point
Uruguay was without top National Team players Bruno Fitipaldo and Jayson Granger which opened the door for younger players like Rodriguez to take on more of a featured role, and he rose to the occasion. The 23-year-old led Uruguay in efficiency, points per game and assists per game, and was able to eclipse the 20-point mark in a loss against Canada. In that game, he finished with 21 points, 2 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals while shooting 8-of-11 from the field and 4-of-5 from three-point.
Norris Cole (USA)
13.7 points, 1.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.2 steals per game on 53.4 percent shooting from the field, 46.9 percent shooting from three-point
Cole made the AmeriCup All-Star Five and was both a playmaker and shot maker for USA, setting up his teammates and creating shots for himself. He knocked down a game-winner in the Quarter-Finals against Puerto Rico to help keep USA alive in the tournament and was a driving force in USA finishing in Third Place with a bronze medal.
Jose Ascanio (VEN)
13.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists per game on 52.8 percent shooting from the field
Ascanio had a breakout performance in this year's AmeriCup, finishing as Venezuela's leader in efficiency and points per game. He was also second on the team in rebounds per game. The 26-year-old found success scoring from both the inside and outside, as he shot 76.5 percent from two-point and was also able to step outside and show off his range, knocking down some threes as well.
Amir Nesbitt (ISV)
13.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.3 steals per game on 44.7 percent shooting from the field
Nesbitt made his impact felt in Virgin Islands final group play game against Puerto Rico, almost leading them to a comeback win. The 21-year-old finished with 26 points (10 in the fourth quarter), 5 rebounds and 5 assists on 11-of-18 shooting from the field and 4-of-10 from three-point. He has the opportunity and potential to be a key member for Virgin Islands in future tournaments in the Americas.