Eastern-bound forward has second-most 3-pointers in helping Australia to the medal round of FIBA U19 World Championships in Prague
Future Eastern Washington University men’s basketball player Felix Von Hofe averaged nearly 10 points per game and had the second-most 3-pointers made in the entire tournament in leading Australia to a 4-5 record at the recently-concluded International Basketball Federation (FIBA) U19 World Championships at Prague, Czech Republic.
The 6-foot-5 Von Hofe (pronounced Hoff) is from Melbourne and helped lead Australia to a 3-3 record in pool play. Australia then registered an 87-76 victory in the first round of the medal round against Spain. After a 63-58 loss to Serbia in which he made four 3-pointers and finished with 12 points, he scored 16 with four more triples in a 106-100 overtime loss to Lithuania in the Bronze Medal game on July 7.
In nine games in the tournament, Von Hofe averaged 23.8 minutes, 9.4 points and 2.8 rebounds while making a team-leading 24-of-63 3-point shots for 38 percent. His 24 treys in the tournament ranked only behind the 44 of a player from China.
Von Hofe scored in double figures five times, including a 17-point effort in a 94-51 loss to eventual champion USA when he made 5-of-9 3-pointers. He had 16 points with four triples in a tournament-opening 90-46 win over Senegal on June 27. And although he made four 3-pointers to finish with 12 points against China on July 1, China had a player make nine in an 88-79 victory.
Australia’s Dane Pineau averaged 11.8 points per game. He is bound for St. Mary’s College, a team the Eagles play Dec. 8 in Moraga, Calif.
Aaron Gordon from the United States was the MVP of the tournament. He is headed for Arizona.