Bassey Leads Thailand at 2016 FIBA Asia U18 Championship

Bassey Leads Thailand at 2016 FIBA Asia U18 Championship

Bassey was the second-leading scorer and rebounder at the 2016 FIBA Asia U18 Championship (photo courtesy FIBA Basketball).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Incoming freshman Justin Bassey recently competed in the 2016 FIBA Asia U18 Championship where he led Thailand in both scoring and rebounding.

Bassey, a 6-5 guard, averaged 21.2 points and 13.8 rebounds over five games, good for the second-highest average in both categories for the entire tournament field. He turned two 30-point performances and three double-doubles, shooting 39.5 percent from the field and 87.9 percent from the line. Despite Bassey's efforts Thailand posted a 1-4 record in group play, including a 74-71 victory over Philippines, and failed to advance to the knockout round.

Bassey's best performance of the tournament came in Thailand's win over Philippines as he scored 34 points, pulled down 21 rebounds, and dished out five assists. The Denver, Colorado, native was especially good when it mattered most, assisting on a 3-pointer to give Thailand a 71-68 lead late before sinking what would prove to be the game-winning shot with 25 seconds remaining for a 73-71 margin.

Bassey was a four-year letterwinner at Colorado Academy where he was recognized as the All-State Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016. Bassey was named to the All-Colorado team as a junior and senior, and was a three-time All-State first team pick (2013, 2014, 2015). He graduated as Colorado Academy's all-time leading scorer with 2,159 career points.

He joins the list of Harvard basketball student-athletes that have represented their country as members of the national program. Chris Egi, Corey Johnson, and Weisner Perez competed in the FIBA U19 World Championships last year. Egi and Johnson, both representing Team Canada, helped their national team to a fifth-place finish, the highest ever for Canada. Perez, meanwhile finished 13th with the Dominican Republic in its first appearance since 1983.