Africentric Early College senior Jordan Horston completed a summer excursion overseas with a championship and MVP honors.
On July 29 in Minsk, Belarus, Horston finished with 12 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and six steals to help the USA Basketball women’s U17 team beat France 92-40 in the championship game of the FIBA World Cup.
Horston was named MVP of the tournament, which began July 21.
“It’s just amazing,” she said on USA Basketball’s website. “All this hard work that we put in from the beginning of the month, it finally paid off. To know I got it done with these ladies, it’s just so great.”
On July 28 in a semifinal, Horston shot 9-for-12 from the floor and finished with 18 points, six rebounds and four assists as the U.S. beat Hungary 84-39.
The U.S. finished 7-0 in the event.
“The chemistry with these girls over the past month has gotten so great,” Horston said after the win over Hungary. “Our defense, we just trust each other. It’s good knowing that if I’m going to slide over and help, then somebody is going to help with my player.”
Including her performance in the gold medal game, Horston averaged 10.1 points, seven rebounds and 5.1 assists in the tournament.
The U.S. beat its first six opponents in the World Cup by an average of 47.3 points before dominating France. The U.S. led France 46-28 by halftime.
The FIBA U17 World Cup is held every two years and originated in 2010. The U.S. is 36-1 all-time in the event, also winning gold in 2010, ’12 and ’14 but losing in a semifinal and settling for bronze in 2016.
Horston is a 6-foot guard who has helped Africentric win two Division III state titles. She has offers from a list of colleges that includes Connecticut, Ohio State, Louisville and North Carolina.