LSU recruit Mikaylah Williams scores 10 points in FIBA World Cup final, helps U17 U.S. team to gold medal

LSU recruit Mikaylah Williams of Parkway High scored 10 points in Sunday's gold medal game, helping the United States' U17 team past Spain in the FIBA World Cup championship game. PHOTO BY: USA Basketball

The state’s top women’s basketball recruit in the Class of 2023 is a gold medalist for a second time.

Parkway’s Mikaylah Williams, an LSU commitment, was one of five double-figure scorers Sunday that helped the United States to an 84-62 victory over Spain in the gold medal game of the FIBA U17 World Cup.

Williams, a member of the USA’s three-on-three gold medal-winning team in 2021, added another gold medal to her collection with 10 points that included a pair of 3-point baskets. She also grabbed six rebounds and handed out two assists.

Team USA completed a dominating seven-game showing during the U17 World Cup by breaking open a 36-26 game at halftime. Led by the 13 points of tournament MVP JuJu Watkins of Los Angeles, California, who is an uncommitted college prospect, the U.S. outscored Spain 48-36 in the second half to pull away for the victory.

Williams, who committed to LSU on June 24, was part of a balanced scoring effort for a talented team of head coach Sue Phillips. She averaged 18 minutes per game and shot 37% from the floor with 8.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists in seven games.

Williams is the nation’s top-ranked player in the Class of 2023 according to ESPN’s HoopGurlz.com.

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