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MaxPreps National Sophomore of the Year Malik Newman is shaping up as a potential MVP at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Uruguay.

The United States is two wins away from another gold medal at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship after rolling over Bahamas 121-52 on Thursday.

Callaway (Jackson, Miss.) guard and reigning MaxPreps National Sophomore of the Year Malik Newman once again paced the USA, putting up 26 points on 11 of 13 shooting from the field. The 6-foot-3 star is averaging 22 points per game through three outings at the event and leads all players in that category.

"Malik is the best pure scorer in our class," Newman's teammate and 2015 classmate Daniel Giddens said. "I think being here on the USA (team) really solidified that. Malik can really score at will and that's what he did. He played his game."

The United States – winners of Group A and now 13-0 in FIBA Americas U16 Championship games dating back to 2009 – continues play Friday in Uruguay, meeting the No. 2 team from Group B. That opponent is likely to be the winner of tonight's Chile-Puerto Rico contest.

Canada, also unbeaten in the competition, needs a win over the host country to lock down the other top seed and face Argentina in the semifinals.

Thursday against Bahamas, five other members of USA Basketball's U16 National Team joined Newman in double figures.

Jayson Tatum of Christian Brothers (St. Louis, Mo.) posted 17 points to go along with six rebounds and four steals while the center tandem of Giddens (14 points, 10 rebounds) and Diamond Stone (14 points, 9 rebounds) combined for 28 points and 19 rebounds.

V.J. King of St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron, Ohio) added 11 points and Ivan Rabb of Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, Calif.) contributed 10 to round out the list of double-digit scorers.

Freshman sensation Seventh Woods of Hammond (Columbia, S.C.). handed out a team-high seven assists. Another highly-touted freshman, Harry Giles, sprained his left knee Wednesday against Argentina and is unlikely to return to the floor at the event.

The United States is averaging 115.6 points per game while allowing just 51.3 through three outings in Uruguay. Under head coach Don Showalter, the USA captured gold medals in the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in 2009 and 2011.