CFTV: Tyrese Haliburton on winning gold with USA Basketball

Tyrese Haliburton returned to Ames earlier this week with gold medal in hand.

The Cyclones’ sophomore point guard was one of the standouts of USA Basketball u19 team’s run to the title at the u19 FIBA World Cup in Greece last week. The Oshkosh, Wis. native was named to the All-Tournament team after averaging 7.9 points per game while dishing 48 assists to just seven turnovers in seven games.

“Just getting to play with different players and against different players,” Haliburton said of the experience. “In the States, there’s just a lot more athletic dudes. There, they’re more fundamentally sound and things like that. Just playing different players. It was a really cool experience for me.”

Haliburton, who will attend the Nike Basketball Academy in San Diego next month before the Cyclones embark on their foreign trip to Italy on August 10, entered the tournament already high on many NBA Draft experts’ boards. He left with even more people singing his praise.

Don’t expect the added exposure to faze him though.

“I guess that’s cool, too. That stuff doesn’t really matter to me,” Haliburton said. “As long as the people at Iowa State know who I am then I don’t really care.”

By the way, he said the gold medal is currently hanging in his bedroom in Ames, but after he gets a chance to show it to his friends, it will be headed back to Oshkosh for safe keeping.

Check out more of what Haliburton had to say about his trip to Greece in the YouTube video above.

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.

Recent Posts