Nikola Jokic dominates 2nd World Select Team Scrimmage

Nikola Jokic made his presence felt on the second day of World Select Team practice. The Nike Hoop Summit has long been known as a springboard for international players with scouts from every NBA team in attendance. On Tuesday the 6’11 forward from Serbia had a great showing in front of those very scouts as he put on a shooting display going 4-4 from three point range en route to a 20 point, 9 board performance.

The World Select Team was split into two groups for a 28 minute scrimmage (7 minute quarters, running clock). Below are stats from the game which was won by a score of 41-35 by the white team led by Jokic.

White Team – Nikola Jokic, Clint Capela, Brandone Francis, James Metecan Birsen, and Jamal Murray.
Black Team – Karl Towns, Emmanuel Mudiay, Trey Lyles, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, Gao Shang, and Damien Inglis.

Nikola Jokic – 20 PTS, 8-11 FGs, 4-4 3FGs, 9 rebs, 1 assist, 0-2 FTs, 2 TOs
Karl Towns – 13 PTS, 5-6 FGs, 2 rebs, 1 block, 2 steals, 3-4 FTs, 1 TO
Emmanuel Mudiay – 9 PTS, 4-8 FGs, 1-4 3FGs, 2 rebs, 4 assists, 2 steals, 1 TO
Damien Inglis – 8 PTS, 4-10 FGs, 0-3 3FGs, 3 rebs, 1 assist, 1 TO
Clint Capela – 7 PTS, 3-6 FGs, 7 rebs, 3 assists, 2 blocks, 1-2 FTs, 2 TOs
Jamal Murray – 6 PTS, 2-5 FGs, 2-3 3FGs, 2 rebs, 3 assists, 1 steal, 2 TOs
Brandone Francis – 5 PTS, 2-6 FGs, 1-1 3FGs, 2 rebs, 3 assists, 1 steal, 2 TOs
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk – 3 PTS, 1-2 FGs, 1-2 3FGs, 1 reb, 1 steal
James Metecan Birsen – 3 PTS, 1-5 FGs, 1-3 3FGs, 2 rebs, 1 assist
Trey Lyles – 2 PTS, 1-7 FGs, 0-2 3FGs, 3 rebs, 4 assists, 2 blocks, 1 TO
Gao Shang – 0 PTS, 0-2 FGs, 0-1 3FGs, 1 TO

Scoring by quarter
White Team – 9 14 10 8
Black Team – 8 6 13 8

Stay tuned for results from Wednesday’s World Select Team Scrimmage coming soon.

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NBA Draft prospect Clint Capela shows off athleticism at Nike Hoop Summit

We’ve been watching Clint Capela for years now at Adidas Nations and having seen him extensively for the third time in the last three years, can attest to the substantial growth that he’s made. Developing from prospect into player, Capela showed off his explosive athleticism at the 2014 Nike Hoop Summit practices with his bouncy leaping ability, exhibited by this dunk that he caught in today’s practice.

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Tyler Ulis is Kentucky’s next floor general

Tyler Ulis has long been one of the more productive point guards in the class, but the major questions that centered around him revolved almost exclusively to his height. Dating back to his days in Lima, Ohio when he ran with Mike Duncan’s Ohio Basketball Club, Ulis was always right there amongst the top of his class and four years later, he finds himself there again.

Running with MeanStreets for his last few years on the AAU circuit, Tyler showed a constant path of development. While he grew, he still only found himself at 5-foot-9, but found ways to score on anyone. He learned how to use angles, create space with crafty dribble moves, and finish over the top of the defense. What makes Ulis even more impressive is that his high IQ allows him to know when to shoot it and when to give it up. On the defensive end, Ulis is a hawk on the ball and uses his quick hands to create a number of steals and/or deflections.

While many are already deeming this 18-year old a four year player for the Big Blue Nation, based on his track record, don’t be surprised if he proves everyone wrong yet again.

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7-footer Thomas Welsh shows off massive improvement at McDonald’s All-American Game

7-footer Thomas Welsh has come along a lot in the last year, but we weren’t able to see him since last summer. In what will be his final his school event, he showed the considerable improvement that took him from unranked 18 months ago to consensus top-50 prospect.

For a true 7-footer, Welsh showed off outstanding touch to mid-range on his jumper. He has the chance to be deadly shooting the ball from the high post and was great keeping the ball high once he got it around the rim. Defensively, Welsh used his massive height to hold his own as a shot-blocker, walling up in order to alter even more shots than he rejected.

Naturally, Welsh will need to continue to get stronger if he hopes to maximize his impact for the Bruins. Given Steve Alford’s outstanding track record for getting the most out of his players, this developing big man will have all of the resources that he needs to maximize himself in Westwood.

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2014 Nike Hoop Summit Day One – World Select Team Practice

The 2014 Hoop Summit kicked off today in Portland, Oregon at the Trailblazers practice facility. The World Select Team had their first practice in front of a throng of NBA scouts. Coach Roy Rana had the team running from the second practice started with a 5 on 5 full court, no dribble scrimmage. The World Select Team ran through offensive sets, did individual skill work, and ended the day with a ten minute scrimmage.

Here is a quick look at the World Select Team scrimmage that was broken down into two five minute halves. The score was restarted after each quarter. The teams were as follows:

White Team – Trey Lyles, Nikola Jokic, Brandone Francis, James Metecan Birsen, and Jamal Murray.
Black Team – Karl Towns, Emmanuel Mudiay, Clint Capela, Gao Shang, and Damien Inglis.

Although the score went back to 0-0 after each half the Black Team won the scrimmage 20-11 when the totals from each half were added together. Below are stats from the quick scrimmage.

Karl Towns – 9 PTS, 4-5 FGs, 1-1 3FGs, 4 rebs
Trey Lyles – 5 PTS, 2-4 FGs, 1-1 3FGs, 1 reb
Clint Capela – 4 PTS, 2-3 FGs, 1 steal
Emmanuel Mudiay – 4 PTS, 2-3 FGs, 0-1 3FGs, 1 reb, 1 assist, 2 steals
James Metecan Birsen – 4 PTS, 2-3 FGs, 1 steal
Damien Inglis – 3 PTS, 1-4 FGs, 1-2 3FGs, 3 assists, 1 steal
Jamal Murray – 2 PTS, 1-3 FGs, 0-2, 1 steal
Nikola Jokic – 0 PTS, 0-0 FGs, 2 rebs, 1 block
Gao Shang – 0 PTS, 0-0 FGs, 2 rebs
Brandone Francis – 0 PTS, 0-1 FGs

Once again this was a ten minute scrimmage on the first day of practice. Just a quick look at what’s to come in the 2014 Nike Hoop Summit.

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Kentucky recruits put on a show at 2014 McDonald’s All-American Game

The Kentucky Wildcats have been pulling in the nation’s best recruits over the last few years and things are no different in the class of 2014. Tyler Ulis stole the show with his dazzling point guard play on both ends of the hardwood. Trey Lyles proved why he is going to be such a unique asset, blending his strong inside play with his ability to stretch the defense. A player in a similar mold, 7’1 Karl Towns took the next step in his game athletically, but still remained a viable threat to shoot the ball out to the NBA three point line. Devin Booker wasn’t the flashiest guy in game, but was one of the most productive with his ability to get points on the board.

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2014 NY2LA Swish ‘N Dish Day 1 Top Plays

It’s about that time for AAU to start, and no better place than Milwaukee. The top AAU teams from the Midwest and beyond descend to Brew City for the unofficial AAU kickoff. Chicagoans Jalen Brunson, Charles Matthews, and Glynn Watson put on a show on the perimeter, while 6’11 Henry Ellenson held it down in the post in the opening night of an outstanding weekend of grassroots basketball.

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2014 McDonald’s All-American Game Top Plays

Unlike most recent McDonald’s All-American Games, the 2014 edition brought a high level of intensity and both teams playing more to win than they were for the highlights. Ultimately it was the East who walked away victorious with a narrow 105-102 W. Duke bound Jahlil Okafor took home MVP for the East unit by posting 17 points and 7 rebounds, while Justin Jackson led all scorers with 23 points, enough to win him MVP for the West team.

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Jahlil Okafor dunks on 7-footer at McDonald’s All-American Game practice

Jahlil Okafor isn’t going to be the guy that you see on all of the highlights, but he has the lower body strength and get up to catch you every now and then. During the McDonald’s All-American practices, 7-footer Thomas Welsh was the victim of one of Okafor’s powerful poster dunks.

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James Blackmon Jr dunks on defender at 2014 McDonald’s All-American Game

James Blackmon Jr. has long been known for his ability to get buckets on anyone and while he is not the flashiest guy in the class of 2014, he’s been known to catch a guy off guard a time or two. This happened at the McDonald’s All-American Game practices, where the Indiana recruit caught an unsuspecting 6’8 defender in transition for the play of the day in Monday’s practice session.

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