Akron resident VJ King is a gold-medal winning athlete.
King, a sophomore-to-be at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, helped the United States Under-16 men’s national basketball team win the FIBA Americas U16 championship over the weekend in Maldonado, Uruguay.
USA went 5-0 in the tournament to win its third consecutive title. USA defeated Argentina 94-48 in the gold medal game Saturday. All of the USA’s victories in the title games have come against Argentina (101-87 in 2009 and 101-64 in 2011). USA is 15-0 overall in FIBA Americas U16 play.
King played in all five games and averaged 8.2 points and 5.2 rebounds in 16.4 minutes per game. He made 15-of-33 field goal attempts and 10-of-19 free throw attempts.
USA defeated Mexico (130-31), Argetina (96-72) and Bahamas (121-52) in preliminary round games, and then topped Puerto Rico (93-64) in the semifinal round and Argentina in the final.
American Malik Newman of Callaway High School in Jackson, Miss., earned tournament MVP honors. He finished with nine points, four assists and four steals in the title game, and averaged 16.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists.
Newman was one of six American’s that averaged between 10.0 and 16.2 points. The other five players who averaged double figures in scoring were Diamond Stone, Ivan Rabb, Josh Jackson, Thomas Bryant and Jayson Tatum.