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.
The final practice for the USA Junior National Team commenced last night at the Portland Trail Blazers practice facility. USA Basketball did an excellent job of bringing in some really great talent to scrimmage the USA squad. Darius Garland and Quentin Grimes have been great all week, including last night. Two of the less talked about prospects, Darius is headed to Vanderbilt while Quentin is signed with Kansas - they both have had great weeks infront of NBA scouts and GMs here in Portland.
On the opposite side, top 50 recruit Kevin Porter Jr. stole the show last night, offering up some incredible highlights against the US team.
USA Team Roster:
Darius Bazley, Bol Bol, Jordan Brown, Darius Garland, Quentin Grimes, Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson, Tre Jones, Louis King, Romeo Langford, David McCormack, Cam Reddish, Zion Williamson
The last practice for the 2018 Nike Hoop Summit World Team was in front of a gym full of NBA scouts and GM's. Rj Barrett did not disappoint, showing off his full arsenal of dunks and scores. Check him out as he goes off in the teams' scrimmage.
Quentin Grimes is a 2019 guard prospect who has been selected to the Nike Hoop Summit this year. We caught up with him after his impressive performance throughout the teams' scrimmage Wednesday evening. Grimes is headed to the university of Kansas to continue his basketball career and he has a message for fans of KU hoops.
Day 3 at the Nike Hoop Summit for some of the best high school Basketball players in the world. The United States National team looked sharp during practice showing off a full arsenal of dunks, handles, and jumpshots. We were able to capture the entirety of the scrimmage between the squad, check it out!
USA Team Roster:
Darius Bazley, Bol Bol, Jordan Brown, Darius Garland, Quentin Grimes, Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson, Tre Jones, Louis King, Romeo Langford, David McCormack, Cam Reddish, Zion Williamson.
Day 1 here for HoopFocus in Portland, Oregon covering the Nike Hoop Summit. Check out these scrimmage highlights from tonights action. This squad is loaded! World Select Team Roster: 1 Yago Dos Santos 2 Andrew Nembhard 3 Bathiste Tchouaffe 4 Josh Green 5 R.J. Barrett 6 Kevin Zhang 7 Leandro Bolmaro 8 Jaylen Hoard 10 N’Faly Dante 11 Charles Bassey 12 Ignas Brazdeikis 14 Kofi Cockburn & Daniel Oturu.