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April 14th, 2014
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?
#7 Connecticut vs. #1 Florida
A few weeks ago the fourth and last of the Nike Junior International Tournament qualification tournaments took place (Rome, L’Hospitalet and Kaunas the other venues). The winner was the home team of Red Star which dominated all the other teams with its full court zone press defense and deep roster. The final game against INSEP was the most challenging for the Serbians, due to the superior athleticism of the French players. Here is a list of the top prospects from the competition.
NBADraft.net: What made playing for Larry Brown at SMU was so appealing to you?
Emmanuel Mudiay: Well first of all I prayed about it and that’s where Jesus was leading me too, it’s also home. To me he’s the greatest coach of all time along with Phil Jackson and he’s the only coach to win an NCAA and NBA championship. Why not get coached by one of the greatest coaches ever?