As leading scorer for Team USA in the U-19 World Championships, Arizona high-profile recruit Aaron Gordon is in some elite company.
Eight of the 10 previous leading scorers in the U-19 tournament for Team USA went on to play in the NBA, including the last three who are currently on NBA rosters — Jeremy Lamb (leading scorer in 2011), Tyshawn Taylor (2009) and Patrick Beverley) (2007). Lamb, Taylor and Beverley were all NBA rookies last season.
The only two leading scorers who did not stick in the NBA are former UA power forward Michael Wright in 1999 and Lance Miller in 1991.
Wright, who has played professionally mostly in Turkey, led Team USA with 11.5 points a game in 1999.
Gordon is only the fourth player to lead Team USA in scoring and rebounding average in the U-19 World Championships. The others are Paul Davis in 2003 (17.7 points and 8.7 rebounds), Lionel Simmons in 1987 (15.0 points and 7.0 rebounds) and Kenny Walker in 1999 (19.9 points and 11.0 rebounds).
Gordon will likely come to Tucson when he returns to the U.S. Arizona’s second summer session starts Monday (July 8).
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TEAM USA U-19 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS LEADING SCORERS
|2011||Jeremy Lamb||16.2||UConn||1 year*||Oklahoma City|
|2009||Tyshawn Taylor||10.8||Kansas||1 year*||Brooklyn|
|2007||Patrick Beverley||13.0||Arkansas||1 year*||Houston|
|2003||Paul Davis||17.7||Michigan State||4 years||L.A. Clippers/Washington|
|1995||Stephon Marbury||17.5||Georgia Tech||13 years||Minnesota/N.J./Phoenix/N.Y./Boston|
|1987||Lionel Simmons||15.0||LaSalle||7 years||Sacramento|
|1983||Kenny Walker||19.9||Kentucky||7 years||N.Y Knicks/Washington|
|1979||Eric "Sleepy" Floyd||16.1||Georgetown||12 years||N.J./Golden State/Houston/San Antonio|
* — Still active
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