As part of the World Basketball Festival, the Nike Global Challenge will be held in the nations capital this year (moving on from Oregon, where it had been held for quite a while). Though a few big names will not be in attendance (Jabari Parker/Julius Randle/Jahlil Okafor all are not on the docket), their will be many an intriguing domestic/international prospect. Their will be teams from the USA from the East, West and Midwest, facing off against teams from Lithuania, China, Puerto Rico, Brazil and Canada.
Here are the rosters with some familiar names from the USA teams and Canada:
C Beejay Anya, DeMatha DC (Class of 2013)
PG Anthony "Cat" Barber, Hampton VA (2013)
PF Austin Colbert, Hotchkiss CT (2013)
SF Kuran Iverson, Northwest Catholic CT (2013)
SG Jaquan Lyle, Evansville IN (2014)
SF Theo Pinson, Wesleyan Christian NC (2014)
PG Shane Rector, St. Raymond's NY (2013)
PF Kyle Washington, Hotchkiss CT (from MN) (2013)
SG Kameron Williams, Mt. St. Joseph MD (2013)
SF Troy Williams, Oak Hill VA (2013)
PG Stevie Clark, Douglas OK (2013)
SG Keith Frazier, Kimball TX (2013)
SF Justin Jackson, Home Christian Youth Academy TX (2014)
PG Parker Jackson-Cartwright, Loyola CA (2014)
PF Torren Jones, Basha AZ (2013, competed in this event as a sophomore as well)
PF Marcus Lee, Deer Valley CA (2013, PF/C combo, rising prospect)
C Kennedy Meeks, West Charlotte NC (2013)
SG Wayne Selden, Tilton MA (2013, moved back to his original class from 2014)
SG Sindarius Thornwell, Oak Hill (from SC) (2013)
PG Nigel Williams-Goss, Findlay (from Happy Valley, OR) (2013, coming off a very impressive LeBron Skills Academy where he led his team to the championship. Has been at Findlay since his freshman year in HS)
PG Wesley Clark, Romulus MI (2013, had a very strong LeBron Skills Academy)
PG Billy Garrett, Morgan Park IL (2013) (DePaul commit)
SG JaJuan Johnson, Southwind TN (2013)
SF Nick King, East TN (2013)
C Moses Kingsley, Huntington Prep (from MS) (2013)
PF Marc Loving, St. John's OH (2013) (Ohio State commit)
PF Bobby Portis, Hall AR (2013) (Arkansas commit)
PG Duane Wilson, Dominican WI (2013) (Marquette commit)
SF James Young, Troy MI (2013)
C Matthew Atewe, 6'9 (2013)
PF Chris Egi, 6'8 (2014? Maybe 2015)
PG Tyler Ennis 6'2 (2013, Last year's Gatorade New Jersey Player of the Year)
PF Trey Lyles, 6'9 (2014) (Indiana commit)
SF Marial Shayok, 6'5 (2014)
SG Duane Notice, 6'2 (2013)
SG Xavier Rathan-Mayes, 6'3 (ish) (2013)
SF Denzell Taylor, 6'7 (2013)
PF Isaiah Watkins, 6'8 (2013)
SF Andrew Wiggins, 6'7 (2014, for now)
PG Kevin Zabo, 6'1 (2014)
Coach: Roy Rana (Winning coach of the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit, head coach of Ryerson University)
Last year's championship game was between the USA Midwest and Canada. Looks like that could be a possible match-up again. I know Brazil did indeed beat Canada in the U18 Qualifiers (both countries did qualify for the U19 World Championships next year), so they could be a team to look out for as well.
Last year's Tournament MVP was Jabari Parker of USA Midwest (though Archie Goodwin led the way against Canada in the Final with Parker in foul trouble) and the International MVP was Andrew Wiggins (who got Parker in foul trouble and outscored him 18-9 in the Final game). I remember Aaron Gordon playing very well also, think he is still out with injuries. Well, just wanted to give everyone a heads up that this was starting today. I know the Oregonian provided live streaming of the final games, will post information if anyone in DC will be doing the same thing.
How much are the tickets this?
Though they are on a first come, first serve basis and limited. The games are at:
July 13/14: Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA. Address to type in GPS: 3900 W. Braddock Rd. Alexandria, VA 22302
July 15: Washington D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C., Address to type in GPS: 2001 East Capitol Street Southeast, Washington, DC 20003
Would be cool if you got a chance to go, know that Tyler got the chance last year and saw some good basketball. Have always caught the live stream as I have never been in town when the games were going on. Though, I will say, just something I have caught, maybe try not to make broad statements about the players lacking of ability. Think you could give much better analysis and can break it down much better than just saying that they are fat or they suck. Not that you do that all of the time, just seems like you are much too bitter for someone your age, lol.
Damn that is right down the street, thanks for the heads up
Already got my hook up and will be there
Is it also true the dream team will be in dc on Monday vs. Brazil
wooooooo its free? im probably 20ish minutes away i have to check this out
After beating USA East 101-96 in OT:
As I expected, looks like we might be in for a USA Midwest/Canada re-match in the Finals on Sunday, as both teams are the only remaining 2-0 squads. With Canada having one more game against China and USA Midwest having one more against Puerto Rico, both teams that have been drubbed by teams each has defeated, seems likely that their will be a showdown.
Andrew Wiggins had 23 points and 7 rebounds, Xavier Rathan-Mayes scored 21 and Trey Lyles finished with 15 points with 11 boards. USA East was led by Theo Pinson with 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Troy Williams (who reportedly once went up to Andrew Wiggins and called him overrated) scored 12. Williams had a mammoth first game against China with 27, including this monster throw down:
As far as Canada's other game, they squeaked out a win over Brazil. Wiggins was held to 12 points (3-10 FG including 0-5 from 3) and 7 boards. In fact, Andrew has missed his first 9 treys through the 2 games. This is not indicative of his outside shooting, he can make these shots, just something he can and will continue to work on. Trey Lyles had 27 and 11, making his two game averages 21 and 11. Trey definitely is a prospect to watch and was a crucial pick-up for Canada Basketball.
Word is that a ton of top notch D1 head coaches have been in attendance. Reportedly, John Calipari, Roy Williams and Rick Pitino have been checking out the action, among other schools. Some standouts have been James Young, Nick King, JaJuan Johnson and Wesley Clark for USA Midwest with Nigel Williams-Goss, Marcus Lee (who according to a Twitter report, had Nate James of Duke checking him out) and Wayne Selden looking good for USA West.
Shang Gao, a wing for China, is averaging 32 ppg in 2 losses. Leonardo Demetrio of Brazil is averaging 15.5 and 11. He is a 6'9 center, who was overshadowed by Lucas Dias Silva in the U18 Americas. Dias Silva only went for 3 and 5 against Canada, with a nice double double against China to come back. Will be more to come, would love to hear a breakdown from someone lucky enough to attend.
yea i was there for the china/brasil usa east/ canada games.. a few stand out players to me that i got to see better:
Andrew Wiggins has fallen in love with his jumper, whether its a spin fade, dribble pull up or catch and shoot three.. he loves it, even though it wasn't falling.. He was getting double teamed on the drive but i wouldve liked to see him try n finish through contact more.. dude is a HIGH FLYER...juss a few casual dunks and 1 layup drive where he slapped damn near the top of the square on it and it was evident to see how high he gets.
Troy Williams is a hack lmao, he was in foul trouble the whole game but when he was in he was effective driving the ball.
Anthony Barber was trying to do to much, but its evident that he has nasty handles and is quick with the ball. There were times when it seemed he had the ball for atleast 20 seconds of the shotclock.. he's good though
Theo Pinson was probably usa east best player on the court today.. defensively (guarding wiggins) and offensively.. he had a great game.. probably only made 2 mistakes the whole... should be interesting watching him in the future.
Canada guard #7.. forgot dudes name but hes a jumpshooter.. it was wet early.... died.. and came back.. was probably the vocal leader of this team.. had a nice lil game
China forward #12 was lookin ayt... he mixed a few people for some good finishes
Yeah my boy Nate is here. He's s outing a couple of players
also for anyone wondering theres probably like 40 coaches that were here including john calipari. i didnt see roy tho