The World Select Team had their fourth practice on Wednesday morning following a 40 minute scrimmage session on Tuesday night. The sole practice of the day for the World Team started with drills stressing transition defense. Although the focus was on defense Andrew Wiggins and Sergey Karasev continued to shoot the ball very well during drills.
After about 30 minutes of drills the team split into two units and began scrimmaging. German playmaker Dennis Schroder had his best performance thus far in Portland and was virtually unstoppable in the open court. Schroder is extremely quick off the dribble and has great vision once he gets past his defender. Mouhammadou Jaiteh scored the ball very well in the scrimmage. Most of the 6’11 post player’s buckets came on put back lay ups and quick shots in the lane. Jaiteh has shown that he has great hands and a soft touch around the rim.
Sergey Karasev has been as consistent as any player on the World Team. The 2013 NBA Draft prospect continued to pass the ball extremely well throughout the scrimmage. Karasev is known as a great shooter but during the Wednesday morning session he scored the ball on a series of backdoor cuts and transition lay ups. Kentucky commit Karl Towns was active on the boards and scored the ball when opportunities presented themselves.
Kansas recruit Joel Embiid looked more comfortable on the third day of practice. The 7 footer knocked down a three in Wednesday’s scrimmage and used a series of spin moves in the post to create scoring opportunities on the offensive end. Livio Jean-Charles has been quietly putting together one of the top performances for the World Team. The 6’9 forward made several nice passes and continued to impress on both sides of the ball.