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Jamal Murray, Skal Labissiere lead World past USA at Nike Hoop Summit

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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.

Team USA roster announced for Nike Hoop Summit

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USA Basketball announced the 11-man roster for the Men’s Junior National Select Team on Monday afternoon. The group will play the World Select Team in the 18th Nike Hoop Summit, which is scheduled for April 11 at the Moda Center in Portland.

The group is comprised entirely of players who won gold medals with USA Basketball with either the U17 or U18 team last summer.

Here’s the roster for Team USA:

Isaiah Briscoe, 6-foot-3, Roselle Catholic High School (Roselle, NJ) — committed to Kentucky
Jaylen Brown, 6-foot-7, Wheeler High School (Marietta, GA) — undecided
Jalen Brunson, 6-foot-1, Adlai E. Stevenson High School (Lincolnshire, IL) — committed to Villanova
Henry Ellenson, 6-foot-10, Rice Lake High School (Rice Lake, WI) — committed to Marquette
Chase Jeter, 6-foot-10, Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas, NV) — committed to Duke
Luke Kennard, 6-foot-5, Franklin High School (Franklin, OH) — committed to Duke
Malik Newman, 6-foot-3, Callaway High School (Jackson, MS) — undecided
Ivan Rabb, 6-foot-10, Bishop O’Dowd High School (Oakland, CA) — undecided
Caleb Swanigan, 6-foot-8, Homestead High School (Fort Wayne, IN) — undecided
Allonzo Trier, 6-foot-4, Findlay Prep (Henderson, NV) — committed to Arizona
Stephen Zimmerman, 7-foot, Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas, NV) — undecided

All 11 members of the team also made the 2015 McDonald’s All-American game last week and most of the team has played together before in some capacity with USA Basketball.

Briscoe, Brown, Brunson, Jeter, Kennard, Trier and Zimmerman helped the USA U18 team win a gold medal at the FIBA Americas U18 Championships in Colorado Springs with a 5-0 record last summer. Ellenson, Newman, Rabb and Swanigan were members of the USA U17 team that also won gold at the FIBA U17 World Championships in Dubai last August.

The group will face the World Select Team, which will consist of 11 players who are 19 years old or younger from FIBA’s five geographic zones. It’s expected that LSU commit Ben Simmons will be on that team and it will be interesting to see if Kentucky commit Skal Labissiere will be on the roster as well after he was ruled ineligible for the McDonald’s All-American game. The World Select Team will be announced in March, according to the Nike Hoop Summit website.

Making this event is a big deal because it’s another week for national scouts and NBA personnel to view these guys at the end of the high school season. The Nike Hoop Summit has sent 165 players into the NBA Draft during its 17-year history and college basketball currently has 32 players who also played in the game. It also never hurts to represent USA Basketball, and with a team full of gold-medal winners, this 2015 group will understand how much that matters.

Team USA currently holds a 12-5 record in the game’s history and Duke freshman Justise Winslow was the MVP of last year’s game.

Duke-bound trio helps lead USA to Nike Hoop Summit victory

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After losing the last two editions of the Nike Hoop Summit, the United States select team entered Saturday’s game at the Moda Center in Portland looking to end that dubious streak. Thanks in part to the play of three players who will all don Duke uniforms next season the United States was able to do so, beating the World Team 84-73.

Justise Winslow scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds off the bench, with fellow Blue Devil signees Tyus Jones (13 points, six assists and five steals) and Jahlil Okafor (14 points, ten rebounds) also scoring in double figures. In total four United States players scored in double figures, with Kansas signee Kelly Oubre scoring 14 points in what was a balanced effort for the team coached by DeMatha High School (Hyattsville, Md.) head coach Mike Jones.

For the World Team two guards led the way offensively, with SMU signee Emmanuel Mudiay (representing the Democratic Republic of Congo) scoring 20 points and Jamal Murray (Canada) adding ten to go along with five assists. But with Kentucky signees Karl Towns Jr. (six points, eight rebounds) and Trey Lyles (nine points, 11 rebounds) in foul trouble for much of the night, Roy Rana’s team lacked the balance they managed to display in the last two editions of this game.