30 June, 2018
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69 Aljosa Jankovic (BIH)
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Who is the only player in U17 World Cup history to record a triple-double?

SANTA FE (FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup 2018) - Over the course of the first four FIBA U17 Basketball World Cups, only one player has recorded a triple-double. And that name might surprise some.

Here is a run-down of Aljosa Jankovic's triple-double for Bosnia & Herzegovina in 2016, as well as some of the close calls in U17 World Cup history and some players who could maybe achieve the feat in the 2018 edition.

Jankovic’s great game came in the Classification 9-12 in Zaragoza and he collected 15 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists to go with 5 steals against Dominican Republic on June 30, 2016.

The small forward did not enter the game until 1:36 minutes left in the first quarter and ended up playing 30 minutes. Jankovic's stats against the Dominicans topped all of the individual performances he had until then in the tournament, as his previous best marks were 7 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. Jankovic averaged 7.1 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists for the event.

Jankovic did what others before them could not. Here are some of the closest calls:

Lee Jong Hyun of Korea had 11 points, 9 rebounds and 9 blocks against Spain in 2010.

Czech Republic's Radovan Kouril collected 13 points, 12 assists and 7 rebounds against China in 2012.

China's Qi Zhou picked up 21 points, 10 rebounds and 8 blocks against Canada in 2012.

Egypt's Ahmed Khalaf amassed 26 points, 12 rebounds and 8 blocks against Lithuania in 2016.

And in the 2018 edition, Puerto Rico's Andre Curbelo collected 20 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists against Turkey and had 18 points, 12 assists and 7 rebounds against China.

So, who could register the second triple-double in U17 World Cup history maybe in Santa Fe?

Well, besides Curbelo maybe doing it, France's Killian Hayes has already had 16 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds against Croatia. His teammate Theo Maledon picked up 5 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists versus New Zealand.

Jovan Kljajic of Montenegro collected 15 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists against Egypt. And Mali's Siriman Kanoute has already had games of 37 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists; and 17 points, 5 assists and 6 steals.