Tennessee PG Kennedy Chandler and Team USA Win FIBA World Cup

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    Kennedy Chandler Tennessee USA

    Tennessee Basketball point guard Kennedy Chandler and the Team USA basketball team have finished their undefeated run in the FIBA Basketball World Cup with a victory over France in the Championship game.

    Chandler finished the game with five points, seven rebounds, and one assist.

    Team USA had a dominant run through the FIBA Basketball World Cup, as they finished the tournament with an undefeated record of 7-0. Team USA defeated France in the championship by a score of 83-81.

    In the tournament as a whole, Chandler was one of the most important pieces on the American’s roster. The future Tennessee guard accumulated 54 points in his seven games played.

    In total, Chandler averaged 7.7 points in the tournament. He also added in 2.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game as well.

    Over the span of the seven games, Chandler displayed a range of talent that will translate over to the Tennessee basketball team in 2021.

    The future Tennessee guard continually played with a high-level of intelligence that ultimately caused him to finish fourth on the team in minutes played. Not to mention, Chandler was only in the starting lineup for Team USA once.

    Chandler did have one scary moment in Team USA’s semi-final match up against Canada. The future Volunteer took a hard fall after a two-handed dunk attempt.

    However, Chandler assured fans that he was okay via social media after the game.

    Chandler finished tied for the fifth leading scorer for Team USA overall. He landed behind Louisiana Tech’s Kenny Lofton Jr., Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren, Purdue’s Jaden Ivey, TCU’s Michael Miles, and Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Patrick Baldwin Jr.

    The only SEC player to be represented on the Team USA U19 squad by the SEC was Tennessee guard Kennedy Chandler.

    Overall, Chandler’s pure athleticism was on display all tournament long. The Tennessee guard showed speed, strength, intelligence, and selflessness during the tournament.

    There were a number of key plays that showed this as well. There were times when Chandler would play more of a decoy role, which allowed his teammates to take advantage of mismatches.

    Then there would be times when Chandler would become the conductor of the court. Orchestrating his teammates to find the best offensive opportunities. And of course, there were times when Chandler showed his own offensive talent from all over the court.

    Now that his time with Team USA is done, Kennedy Chandler will now be able to turn his attention to Tennessee.

    The Volunteers five-star point guard will make his debut for the team in 2021. The Tennessee basketball team’s season will tip-off on Tuesday, Nov. 9 against UT Martin at home.

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.