Nike Hoop Summit: Andrew Wiggins leads World over Shabazz Muhammad, USA

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In a spring full of all-star games, the rosters in Saturday night’s Nike Hoop Summit may have looked like one, but the stakes were a lot higher than any post-season walk-through.

Native Canadian and 2014 Huntington Prep (WV) forward Andrew Wiggins scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the World Select Team to an 84-75 win over Team USA at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore.

Undeclared senior Shabazz Muhammad, who is currently considering Kentucky, UCLA, and Duke, scored 35 points on 12-for-27 shooting, setting the Nike Hoop Summit single-game scoring record.

The United States got off to a slow start in the first half, falling behind by as many 18 points, but battled back to take a 75-74 lead with 3:20 to play in the 4th quarter.

The World Select Team then went on a 10-0 to close the game, including a rainbow three-pointer by Findlay Prep (Nev.) forward Anthony Bennett that proved to be the dagger. Bennett is a Top 10 prospect in the class of 2012

As is many times the criticism of American competition playing in international games, the United States struggled early with chemistry and settled into a one-on-one style game with poor shot selection and a lack of offensive rebounding.

The US was outrebounded 57-34 on the game and allowed 21 offensive boards.

Seven-foot center Wang Zhelin of China was the most impressive interior force for the World team, scoring 19 points on 8-for-11 shooting and grabbing eight rebounds.

The World used a steady gameplan of a match-up zone on the defensive end, which neutralized the stockpile of American athleticism and forced the US to shoot from the outside.

In other statlines of note, UCLA-bound guard Kyle Anderson had 12 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists, while Michigan State-bound guard Gary Harris had eight points and four rebounds.

This is the fourth loss ever by the United States in the Nike Hoop Summit in 15 years of competition.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

VIDEO: Zion Williamson vs. LaMelo Ball highlights

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It was the most anticipated matchup of the summer.

Zion Williamson vs. LaMelo Ball.

People were turned away at the door – and LeBron James reportedly came and went – as the gym reached capacity for SC Supreme’s 104-92 victory over the Big Ballers. That’s Williamson over Ball (LaMelo and LaVar).

The game was mostly spectacle, and you can see it’s top moments right here.

 

VIDEO: Zion Williamson’s coach is holding a sleeping baby

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LaMelo Ball vs. Zion Williamson was insane, but it wasn’t quite crazy enough to wake up the sleeping toddler that Williamson’s coach is holding in his arms:

This is peak AAU basketball.

It will never be more AAU than that.

PHOTOS: Zion Williamson, LaMelo Ball showdown was, of course, insane

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In a showcase game in the adidas Uprising event in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, LaMelo Ball — the youngest member of the Big Baller Brand — faced off with Zion Williamson, who is a force on youtube and a highlight machine.

The crowd was insane for the game:

According to a report from ESPN, there were even concerns about whether or not the game would actually be allowed to be played; the police and fire marshall considered shutting the event down.

Williamson, of course, put on a show in warmups:

At the time of this posting, there were more than 60,000 people watching a livestream of the game on BallIsLife’s facebook page:

(UPDATE: It’s now over 70,000)

Puerto Rico Tip Off bracket revealed

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The bracket of the 2017 Puerto Rico Tip off was revealed Wednesday, setting up a showdown between a 2016 Final Four participant and the 2016 Big 12 tournament champion.

South Carolina and Iowa State headline the event, which will be played Nov. 16-19, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

The Gamecocks are on the top half of the bracket, opening against Illinois State while the Cyclones are on the bottom half, squaring off against Appalachian State.

Boise State vs. UTEP is the other top-half quarterfinal while Tulsa vs. Western Michigan is the other.

The championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip Off on Sunday, Nov. 19.

VIDEO: Michigan State’s Miles Bridges is dunking again

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Just what you wanted to see, a video of former Michigan State star Denzel Valentine throwing an alley-oop off the glass to current Michigan State star Miles Bridges in a Pro-Am in Michigan: