CIA Bounce (9-0) is the lone undefeated team left in Nike EYBL

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Session 2 of the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League took place this weekend at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton, Virginia, with many of the nation’s best college coaches taking in the action.

A league that matches the 40 best Nike-sponsored AAU programs, Nike EYBL featured some of the top talents in the country.

And when the dust settled at the end of Session 2 just one program could claim to still be undefeated: CIA Bounce.

Mike George’s program from Canada moved to 9-0 in Nike EYBL play with five wins in Hampton, with their 76-71 win over Mokan Elite being the lone victory by single digits.

CIA Bounce’s most talented player is none other than 2014 prospect Andrew Wiggins, who according to some may be the best prep player regardless of class.

An extremely versatile player, Wiggins also played a big role in the World team’s win over the US in the Nike Hoop Summit early this month.

Wiggins scored 20 in the win over Mokan Elite (MO), but he isn’t the only player who has caught the eye of analysts and coaches alike.

“Arguably, I’d say he’s the best player in high school basketball right now,” said his AAU coach, Tony McIntyre. “He can do what he wants out there.”

2013 guards Tyler Ennis and Xavier Rathan-Mayes are also highly sought-after prospects, with both showing off the skills that have left so many impressed.

Ennis, who scored 20 in CIA Bounce’s win over NJ Playaz on Sunday, plays his high school basketball at St. Benedict’s Prep in New Jersey and ranks among the top point guards in his class.

Rathan-Mayes, who accounted for 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists in a win over The Family (MI), plays his high school ball alongside Wiggins at Huntington Prep in West Virginia and is more aggressive in looking to score than Ennis.

CIA Bounce won’t lack for challengers in the next two sessions before the 24-team playoffs at the Peach Jam in mid-July either.

Four teams are tied with 8-1 marks in Division C, and just a game behind them in Division D is 8-1 Meanstreets (Illinois).

But the squad from Canada is off to a good start heading into Session 3, which takes place in Dallas from May 11-13.

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at CollegeHoops.net and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

No. 14 Cal goes 0-2 in Las Vegas Invitational

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After midnight on the east coast on Thanksgiving, No. 14 Cal blew a 15 point second half lead against San Diego State, allowing the Aztecs to use a 30-6 run to put away the game and advance to the final of the Las Vegas Invitational. That’s the same San Diego State team had scored 43 points in a loss to Arkansas-Little Rock last week.

Not 24 hours later, the Golden Bears were shredded defensively by the Richmond Spiders, losing 94-90 in the consolation game of a four-team tournament they were considered to be the heavy favorite in.

It’s a disappointing two-game stretch for Cal, who entered the season as a Pac-12 favorite and had looked the part for the first four games of the season.

And the issue appears to be on the defensive end of the floor.

Richmond is a good Atlantic 10 team. Terry Allen and Marshall Wood are high-major big men, Shawn’Dre Jones is a jitterbug at the point and Chris Mooney runs a Princeton-esque system that is very difficult to prepare for without a day in-between games. So it’s not really surprising that the Spiders gave Cal a fight.

But 94 points?

On the heels of giving up 44 points in the second half against the offensively-challenged Aztecs?

That’s a problem, one that I’m sure that Cuonzo Martin is going to address this week in practice. Martin has managed to put together a roster that is build for small-ball, with four talented perimeter players surrounding a first round pick in the post. But that’s not the style that he’s known for. Martin played his college ball at Purdue in the Gene Keady days. He cut his teeth as a head coach at Missouri State in the Missouri Valley. His team’s at Tennessee were known for being tough and physical defensively.

That’s how Martin coaches, which is part of the reason Cal had such hype entering the year.

The talents of Tyrone Wallace, Jaylen Brown, Ivan Rabb, Jabari Bird and Jordan Mathews on a team with a coach that gets teams to defend the way Martin does? It’s no surprise that pundits would be optimistic.

But as of now, they have some work to do defensively if they want to live up to that hype.

Tyler Ulis injured as No. 1 Kentucky beats South Florida

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MIAMI (AP) Jamal Murray had 21 points and No. 1 Kentucky scored the final 15 points of the first half on the way to beating South Florida 84-63 in the HoopHall Miami Invitational on Friday.

Skal Labissiere added 17 points for the Wildcats (6-0), who led by as many as 31. Charles Matthews scored 11 points and Isaiah Briscoe finished with seven assists for Kentucky, now a winner of 37 consecutive regular-season games and 39 in a row against unranked opponents.

Chris Perry scored 14 points for USF (1-5), which has lost 18 consecutive games against teams ranked in the Top 25. Jaleel Cousins added 12 points on 5-for-6 shooting, and Jahmal McMurray scored 11 points for the Bulls.

Kentucky played the second half without starting guard Tyler Ulis, who departed with a right elbow injury after getting hurt while fighting for a ball loose on the floor.

Kentucky announced after the game that the injury was a hyperextension of the elbow and that he will be day-to-day.

The Bulls were within 27-21 with 6 minutes left in the first half after McMurray banked in a 3-pointer only a few feet away from where John Calipari was standing, and the look of anguish on the Kentucky coach’s face was clear.

It didn’t last long.

The Wildcats scored on seven of their next nine possessions and the game was over by halftime, Kentucky going into the break with a 42-21 lead.

It was a reunion for plenty of people on both benches. Calipari squared off with his former assistant Orlando Antigua, now in his second year leading USF. Antigua’s staff includes another former Calipari assistant in Rod Strickland, plus former Kentucky basketball staff members Mike Malone and Dominic Lombardi.

So the staffs have plenty of familiarity. On the court, there was plenty of disparity. Kentucky finished with a commanding 23-6 edge in points off turnovers and finished with 16 assists to the Bulls’ six.