Arizona signee Gordon named MVP at U19 worlds
JUL 07, 2013 11:36p ET
The Americans defeated Serbia 82-68 to win only their third title in the last eight U19 championships.
Gordon, a 6-foot-8 forward who was a five-star recruit, had six points and six rebounds in the championship game.
"I was surprised when I was named all-tournament, and once I got all-tournament, I thought, 'Hey, maybe I can get MVP too here,' and then they said my name," Gordon said. "I really didn’t even hear them say my name at first -- I had to ask my teammates. But I’m very honored."
Gordon, who attended Archbishop Mitty High in San Jose, Calif., averaged a team-high 12.6 points and 6.2 rebounds a game to go along with 2.0 steals a game while shooting 61.2 percent from the field. Team USA finished 9-0.
Team USA and Florida coach Billy Donovan said in a statement, "I feel very, very honored my country asked me to coach this team. I think USA Basketball could have picked a lot of coaches who would have done a wonderful job.
"I thought the thing that changed our team was we had a great group coming back from last year (2012 USA U18 Championship Team) that had some experience, and I think the adding of Nigel (Williams-Goss), Gordon, (Jahlil) Okafor, Justise Winslow, those guys being a little bit younger so to speak, added a different element to our team. It was a special team, and I just feel honored that I could be a part of it."