If it wasn’t already a consensus, it is now: Andrew Wiggins is the best high school basketball player in the country.
The native-Canadian led CIA Bounce to the Peach Jam title game a week after leading Team Canada to the final at the Nike Global Challenge. But in summer basketball, the wins and losses matter less than what you do on the floor, and what Wiggins can do on a basketball court is unmatched nationally.
The Class of 2014 forward is one of the best athletes in the class. He’s got length on his 6-foot-7 frame and he not only can score in a variety of ways — attacking the rim, transition, beyond the arc, mid-range pull-ups, in the post — but he’s a terrific defender as well.
At this point, most people believe that Wiggins is a better prospect — and a better player — than Chicago’s Jabari Parker, a member of the Class of 2013. (Believe it or not, Wiggins, who is technically a year behind Parker, is actually older than him. There is speculation that Wiggins will reclassify to 2013.) While a toe-injury kept Parker out of the Peach Jam — and prevented a matchup between the nation’s two best high school players — observers did get a classic matchup out of Wiggins and Julius Randle, who is making a push for the title of top prospect in the Class of 2013:
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Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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: