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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.

POSTERIZED: Kansas commit Kelly Oubre dunks on Mike Moser at Nike Hoop Summit practice

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Kansas commit Kelly Oubre is one of the better wings in the 2014 class and the bouncy southpaw is currently in Portland for this weekend’s Nike Hoop Summit after playing in the McDonald’s All-American Game last week.

On Friday, Oubre had a dunk during a Team USA scrimmage that got Twitter buzzing as the 6-foot-7 Texas native took a pass from Duke commit Tyus Jones — off of a steal — and powered home an impressive finish over former Oregon forward Mike Moser. Moser was among a group of former college players scrimmaging against Team USA this week as they prepare to face the World Team on Saturday.

Oubre, the No. 12 prospect in’s 2014 national rankings, is certainly capable of highlight-reel dunks and should have his fair share of opportunities to posterize defenders next season in Lawrence.

(H/T: CityLeagueHoopsTV)

World Team coasts to victory in Nike Hoop Summit

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With three of the last four Nike Hoop Summit contests being decided by single digits, Saturday’s matchup between the USA Select and World teams didn’t look to be one that would get out of hand.

But thanks to the superior rebounding and ball movement of the World Team there wasn’t much suspense in Portland, as the World won 112-98 at the Rose Garden.

Andrew Wiggins was the most notable name on the World roster and he certainly had an impact, accounting for 17 points, nine rebounds and four assists on the evening. Wiggins is down to four schools, with Florida State, Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina still jockeying for his services.

But the biggest star may have been French forward Livio Jean-Charles, who tallied 27 points on 10-of-13 shooting along with 13 rebounds.

As a team the World out-rebounded the USA 50-35, and with guards Wiggins, Dennis Schroeder (Germany) and Dante Exum (Australia) leading the way Roy Rana’s team assisted on 24 of its 38 made baskets.

“That was a really good game for the World Team, and probably the most impressive thing is the way we’ve shared the ball from the very first practice,” said Rana following the win.

“I thought there was great chemistry, kids just phenomenal to coach. Like I told them in the locker room, certainly going to be one of my more memorable coaching experiences, just because of the quality of the kids that we’ve had here this week.”

By comparison the USA Select team accounted for just 15 assists on 37 made field goals, with guards Kasey Hill (five) and Andrew Harrison (four) the only players to record multiple assists.

Jabari Parker, who will attend Duke next season, led the Americans with 23 points and Kentucky commits Andrew Harrison and Julius Randle added 19 apiece. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who will attend Arizona, scored 17 points off the bench.

As a result of the victory the World team has won consecutive games in the Nike Hoop Summit for the first time in the history of the event. The question going forward is whether or not 2014 prospect Karl Towns Jr. (Kentucky commitment) can help carry the torch for the World team in next year’s event.

Raphielle also writes for the NBE Basketball Report and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

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, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_