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April 23rd, 2014
The halftime violinist afforded spectators a few minutes to rest their eyes, and it was much needed. The action on court for the 13th annual Jordan Brand Classic gave a whole new meaning to fast and furious. If this game didn’t establish new records for shortest time of possession, it had to be close. With athleticism on display (while defense napped) at the Barclays Center, here are player evaluations for the East squad:
The World Team was defeated after winning the past 2 seasons, but had a number of highly intriguing prospects nonetheless. After speaking with a number of NBA scouts, here are thoughts on each of them after watching them in numerous practices, plus the game and quotes on some of the top prospects from World Team coach Roy Rana.
2014 Hoop Summit Box Score
Emmanuel Mudiay PG Congo
While most of the nation’s eyes are on the Jordan Brand Classic this weekend, many of the top 50 high school seniors in America will be participating in the Derby Festival Classic in Louisville, Kentucky. Here are some of the players who stood out on the first day of practice:
Trevon Bluiett SG/SF 6’5 185: Xavier
After losing the last two games, this year’s version of Team USA was the “Redeem Team” in the Nike Hoop Summit. Every player on the team had been part of USA Basketball in some form, either in a Mini Camp, National Team or in the 3x3 competition. The two youngest players on last years U19 World Championships Gold Medal winning team, Justise Winslow and Jahlil Okafor, were arguably the two MVP’s during this seasons Hoop Summit contest.
Hoop Summit Measurements
Roy Rana is back coaching the World Team for the fourth time, with consecutive wins bringing his record to 2-1 in the Nike Hoop Summit. With Marin Sedlacek back in his 14th game as assistant coach, the World is hoping to run their winning streak to three. The roster is younger on the whole than last year, which contained a World roster most consider to be the deepest in game history. This year’s group also contains some intriguing prospects and names that will appear in the next few years of NBA Drafts.
The unbeaten Connecticut and Notre Dame teams hooked up in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship game Tuesday night in Nashville.
Monday night in Arlington, TX, their male counterparts from Connecticut and Kentucky took a combined 18 defeats into their title game.
That speaks heavily to the competitive balance – at least for the 2013-14 season, that is – that is college basketball (of the men’s variety).
Stanley Johnson was one of the most impressive players at the McDonalds All American Practices last week in Chicago and our Wes Hinton was able to catch up with the Arizona signee.
NBADraft.net: What was it about Coach Miller that attracted you to the Arizona program?