The Nike Global Challenge wrapped up on Sunday with USA West defeating USA East, 106-93, in the championship game at Whitney Young Magnet High in Chicago.
Stephen Zimmerman, the 7-foot center is the No. 7 overall player in the Class of 2015, capped off his MVP performance with 24 points off 11 of 14 shooting and 11 boards in the title game. In four games, he averaged 17.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game.
Joining Zimmerman on the Nike Global Challenge All-Tournament team was Jaylen Brown, Jalen Brunson and D.J. Hogg from the Class of 2015 along with Malik Monk and Edrice Adebayo, both rising juniors.
Monk, Brunson and USA Midwest finished third while China settled for a fourth-place finish. Jaylen Brown dropped 30, grabbing 13 rebounds, in a win in the fifth-place game over Canada.
Jaylen Brown and Malik Monk are two of the best prospects in America regardless of graduating class, with Brown rated among the best in the Class of 2015 and Monk having that distinction in the Class of 2016. Both participated in the Nike Global Challenge in Chicago, which wrapped up on Saturday with 2015 big man Stephen Zimmerman taking home MVP honors. Brown and Monk both supplied highlight-worthy dunks, as seen in the video above.
The question for both, especially Brown, is where they’ll play their college basketball. The Georgia native took an unofficial visit to UCLA following adidas Nations on August 5, and among the schools that have offered him are Kansas, Kentucky, Georgia and Georgia Tech. Monk, a native of Bentonville, Arkansas, has more time to make his college decision and multiple high-major programs (including Arkansas) have offered him.
Video credit: Courtside Films
While the United States men’s national team’s scrimmage against Brazil on Saturday is the showcase event in Chicago this week, there’s also the Nike Global Challenge for basketball fans to take in. Featuring some of the top high school-aged players, the Global Challenge is an eight-team event consisting of four American squads and teams representing Brazil, Canada, China and Pan-Africa.
Games began on Wednesday, and Courtside Films put together a highlight reel of some of the opening day’s best plays. Among the players you’ll see in the video above are 2015 small forward Jaylen Brown, 2015 center Daniel Giddens (Ohio State commit; watch his defensive sequence at the 30-second mark) and 2016 shooting guard Malik Monk. Games at the Nike Global Challenge run through Saturday.