USA vs. Canada U17 Quarterfinals: Future of American Basketball Looks Promising

Austin GreenCorrespondent IJuly 6, 2012

Jabari Parker, courtesy of Draft Express
Jabari Parker, courtesy of Draft Express

With their latest dominant performance on the international stage, the United States U17 team proved that the future of American basketball is in good hands.

Led by strong outings from Tyus Jones and Justise Winslow, Team USA cruised past Canada on Friday, winning 113-59 in the quarterfinals of the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championships in Lithuania.

The 54-point win improved their tournament record to 6-0. It was also their sixth straight blowout victory, as they've won every game by at least 22 points, with their margin of victory sitting at a Dream Team-esque 42.8 points per game.

Now, they will take on Spain in Saturday's semifinals. A win will move them one step closer to defending Team USA's 2010 gold medal in the inaugural U17 World Championships. 

This amazing performance from these young men should be highly encouraging to every American basketball lover. While it's great to see the game expand across the globe, it's still nice to know that America produces the top young players in the world.

This current team features a great mix of talent, with six players from the class of 2013 and six from the class of 2014. Jabari Parker, the versatile 6'8" forward who is currently ranked No. 1 in ESPN's 2013 Top 100, headlines the team, but he's not the only future superstar of the group.

This team is loaded with elite talent from top to bottom, with lighting quick guards, incredible three-point shooters and athletic big men all over the court.

Team USA still has some work to do in Lithuania, but regardless of their results from the weekend, it's clear that the future of American basketball is promising.