One year after the United States Select Team managed to end a two-year losing streak at the Nike Hoop Summit, Roy Rana’s World Team won for the third time in the last four years Saturday afternoon in Portland, Oregon. Canadian Jamal Murray, playing in the event for a second consecutive year, scored 30 points to lead the World to a 103-101 win over the United States.
Murray, who’s currently a member of the Class of 2016 but is still considering the possibility of reclassifying to 2015, shot 12-for-23 from the field and also dished out five assists in 27 minutes of action. Also playing well for the World team were two forwards who will be playing in the SEC next season, Skal Labissiere and Ben Simmons.
Labissiere, who has committed to Kentucky, scored 21 points (9-for-16 FG) and grabbed six rebounds. As for Simmons, the top-ranked player in the Class of 2015 who will attend LSU next year flirted with a triple-double, finishing the game with 13 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. The length and athleticism of Simmons, Labissiere, fellow 2015 big man Cheick Diallo (12 points, eight rebounds) and 2016 big Thon Maker (ten rebounds) impacted the United States in the early going as the World team scored the first 14 points of the game.
The United States recovered from the slow start, with Duke commit Luke Kennard leading the way offensively with 22 points on 9-for-18 shooting and five rebounds. Four other players scored in double figures for the United States, with Villanova commit Jalen Brunson (seven assists) and undecided 2015 wing Brandon Ingram scoring 12 apiece, Arizona commit Allonzo Trier adding 11 and undecided 2015 guard Malik Newman ten points.
Kentucky commit Isaiah Briscoe led all players with nine assists while also scoring nine points.