The 2018 Nike Hoop Summit game was loaded with top 20 talent. Rj Barrett, Bol Bol, Andrew Nembhard, Josh Green, Tre Jones, Cam Reddish, just to name a few. With those names brought NBA scouts, GM's, National Media, and just about everyone in the basketball community out to Portland, Oregon this week for the Nike Hoop Summit.
Amongst media outlets, scouts, writers, and reporters who covered the practice sessions throughout the week, the overall opinion was that the World Team would beat the US team for a multitude of reasons. By the time Friday rolled around, we were all considerably confident that this would play out the way it did.
In the first quarter both teams looked to get comfortable shooting the ball in an arena setting, throwing up some airballs and missing what would normally be routine shots for them.
It was close throughout but in the second half the tale of the tape was the US just went into a stretch where they couldn't buy a basket. This was common all week during scrimmages for them as there would be 4-5 minute periods where they would not score during practice scrimmages against mediocre talent.
World Team remained consistent and with an RJ dunk and a couple of 3's, the US didn't have enough fire power to bounce back leading to Worlds' double-digit win over the United States.