Mathiang stands out for Australian team

University of Louisville junior center Mangok Mathiang led the World University Games competition in rebounding, averaging 10.3 rebounds a contest while playing for Australia. Mathiang will be a captain of the U of L team next season.

Captain Mangok had a great showing for the Australian National Team.

Mangok Mathiang, a junior and team captain of the University of Louisville basketball team, helped Australia to a 10th-place finish and a 5-3 record in the World University Games.

While starting all eight games, Mathiang led the 23-team tournament in rebounding, tied for eighth in scoring and finished with five double-doubles in the international tournament. He averaged 13.5 points and 10.3 rebounds a game.

In the eight games, Mathiang shot 56.1 percent from the field and had seven blocked shots.

During the final game on Monday, Mathiang had 16 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots as Australia lost to Serbia 81-72.

As a sophomore, Mathiang averaged 2.6 points and 4.7 rebounds, while finishing sixth in the ACC with 46 blocked shots. He hit the game-winning jumper on Senior Day as Louisville upset then No. 2 Virginia.

U of L coach Rick Pitino told Cardinal Authority last week that he was "very pleased" with the progress of Mathiang, noting the international competition "is going to be great for his game."

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