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RJ Barrett leads World Team over Team USA, 89-76


RJ Barrett scores game-high 20 points for World Team


PORTLAND -  A dominating performance by the World Team in the fourth quarter overshadowed a great game by Oregon-bound center Bol Bol for Team USA, as the World Team won for the 7th time ever in the 21st Nike Hoop Summit at the Moda Center, 89-76.


Consensus No. 1-ranked recruit R.J. Barrett, left, showed he was the best player in the building, leading the World Team with a game-high 20 points, to go along with 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. Class of 2019 Charles Bassey (13 points, 16 rebounds) and Wake Forest-bound Jaylen Hoard (11 points, 15 rebounds) got easy baskets and controlled the boards for the World Team.  






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                                      France's Jaylen Hoard, #8, battles with Team USA's Bol Bol, #9.  Photo by Sam Forencich/USA Basketball.


Team USA went into the final quarter ahead 64-61, but Argentina's Leandro Bolmaro drilled two quick 3-pointers from the left corner and Florida-bound point guard Andrew Nembhard added four points as the World Team jumped ahead 71-68.  They weren’t done.  The Duke-bound Barrett got a steal for a monster breakaway dunk, leading the World Team on a 12-2 run over the next four minutes. Hoard, Bassey and Jamaica's Kofi Cockburn all had dunks during the run and Team USA had no answer.



“Our bench was tremendous,” said World Team head coach Roy Rana.  “They shared the ball and came together well. The willingness to share the ball defined this team.  It’s a real great sign that these guys were able to do that. The professionalism that these young kids showed was amazing.”



Both Barrett and Hoard felt that the week of practices prepared them well for tonights game.  “We tried to transfer what we did at practice to the game and we did that,” said Hoard. “We kept the same intensity from practice and brought it to the game,” added Barrett.



They were all impressed with young Charles Bassey, one of the top rated players in the class of 2019.  “He was a key part of the victory,” said Hoard. “He came in and grabbed 17 rebounds,” said Barrett. “That was a key to limiting their second shots.”  “It is tremendously exciting for a player that young,” added Rana.



Bol Bol had an impressive performance for Team USA, making rebounding look easy, blocking shots at will and showing a variety of moves on offense.  Bol finished with 12 points, 14 rebounds and 6 blocks. Vanderbilt-bound Darius Garland led Team USA with 16 points and 5 assists, making 4 of 7 3-pointers.  Kansas-bound Quentin Grimes added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.



The World Team won the rebounding battle 60-42, including a 21-8 advantage on the offensive glass.  The World Team also won the battles for points in the paint 60-46, points off turnovers 19-7 and fast break points 22-9.  Neither team shot well from behind the 3-point arc.  The World Team was 3 of 17 and Team USA was 6 of 22.






Photos provided by USA Basketball



Team USA looks to overcome injuries at 21st Nike Hoop Summit



Darius Bazley, Cameron Reddish lead Team USA

 Bol Bol 17 MJNT 72TUALATIN - Team USA will be without some of its most talented players when the 21st Nike Hoop Summit starts on Friday night at the Moda Center, but there is no reason to feel sorry for the good old Red, White and Blue.  Led by dynamic talents Cameron Reddish and Darius Bazley, Team USA is filled with blue-chip recruits headed to elite major college programs, including Bol Bol, left, headed to the University of Oregon.  The Nike Hoop Summit is the premier All-Star game in the world for age 19 and under basketball players as the last eight No. 1 overall NBA draft picks played in the Hoop Summit.  You can see the game live on ESPN2 at 7 p.m.


Although Duke recruit Zion Williamson is sitting out with a cast on his right hand, two of his future Blue Devil teammates will try to help Team USA to it’s 15th victory in the series.  Reddish, a 6-foot-7 forward, is a versatile and dynamic scorer and Tre Jones, a 6’2 point guard, is a carbon copy of his older brother Tyus, who helped lead Duke to the 2015 NCAA Championship.  Reddish was the most impressive player on Team USA during scrimmages on day one of practice, showing strong ball handling, passing, shooting and finishing skills.


Bazley, a 6’9 forward from Cincinnati, Ohio, looked like he was headed to Syracuse for college, but has decided to sign with the G-league for one season before making himself eligible for the NBA draft in 2019.  This is Bazley’s first trip to Portland and he’s just soaking everything in.


“Now that I’m here, I’m embracing the moment,” said Bazley.  “It’s really great to be with these guys one last time to be able to compete against some of the best players from around the world, not just the USA.”


Bazley believes that Team USA’s familiarity with each other will bring success in tomorrow’s game.  “We have all played with each other, so it’s been easy,” said Bazley, of his team coming together. “No one is really looking out for themselves, everyone just wants to get the win.”  How important is the win?


“Very important,” said Bazley. “I didn’t fly four hours and do all this preparation to lose a game. I’m gonna be really upset if we lose.  That’s the biggest reason I came out here, to get this win for the USA. That is everybody’s mindset.”


Louis King (6’8 Forward, Oregon) and Romeo Langford (6’5 Guard, Undecided) are also sitting out for Team USA due to injuries.  King is dealing with a torn ACL and Langford must sit out due to concussion protocol.  Keldon Johnson (6’7 Forward, Kentucky) who was limited in practice on Wednesday night, shooting on his own, but not participating in team drills, is also sitting out.  DeMatha Catholic High School (Md.) head coach Mike Jones was selected head coach of the 2018 USA team for the Nike Hoop Summit.


Both Team USA and the World Team held their final practices on Thursday evening in from of a packed house at the Trail Blazers Practice Facility.  The World Team started out sloppy during their scrimmage, but got rolling as the game went along. Andrew Nembhard and Jaylen Hoard were standouts again, while new addition Kofi Cockburn (6’10, 289, Christ the King HS, NY - Jamaica) was hard to miss with his massive frame.  


Team USA faced off against a team of local college/high school players including; Lake Oswego HS Calvin Hermanson, Jefferson HS Tyrone White, Grant HS Bryce Canda, Oregon State Beaver Tres Tinkle, Rainier Beach HS and USC-bound Kevin Porter, University of Portland Philipp Hartwitch and D’Marques Tyson, Portland State Brandon Hollins, Central HS and Western Oregon University Tanner Omlid, and Jaden McDaniels, an unsigned senior at Federal Way HS (Wash.).



Keep reading for profiles on all of Team USA’s players


Nike Hoop Summit - World Team - Practice Report



Jaylen Hoard, Andrew Nembhard Impressive During Scrimmages




TUALATIN - Coach Roy Rana of Canada, is in his 8th stint as World Team head coach at the Nike Hoop Summit, while his assistant coach, Marin Sedlacek of Serbia, has even more experience, in his 18th year.  This week, I was able to watch three 2-hour practices at the Trail Blazers Practice Facility in Tualatin that were open to the media and various NBA and college scouts.


Rana, left, runs the show at practice.  If he doesn’t like what he see during a drill, the whistle blows and everything comes to a halt until he explains what he wants to see, then practice moves on.  Only Yago Dos Santos of Brazil had an interpreter nearby, and only on day one. Rana likes coming to Portland, but enjoys being around the players more than anything else.


“Just getting a chance to be around these really, really special athletes,” said Rana. “They're always great kids. I don’t think people understand how hard it is to get to this level.  Anytime I can be around them it’s a special moment for me.”


You can tell that the players respect and want to impress Rana (maybe they want playing time in a nationally televised game?).  In addition to the experienced coaches, as many as 4 or 5 Nike employees helped to run the drills and even stepped in to play with the players when extra bodies were needed.  The practices were fast paced and intense, with drills done at game speed and lots and lots and lots of shots put up. Rana spoke about the difficulty of having only a few practices with the full team in attendance.


“It’s always tough to try to bring a group together and play for each other and play selflessly in a very short period of time,” said Rana.  “That’s always a challenge, fortunately we have a lot of character with this group, so I don’t think it will be that difficult.”


Rana believes the strength of his team is in the outside shooting and his practices have been geared to get his shooters looks from beyond the 3-point arc.


“I think we have the ability to make shots, we can shoot the three,” said Rana. Asked about his teams biggest weakness.  “I don’t think we have a glaring weakness,” said Rana. “Just, our ability to come together on a short prep time and keep from turning it over.”



Nike Hoop Summit Website 

Keep Reading for: WORLD TEAM ROSTER - 2018 - Player Profiles


21st Nike Hoop Summit Returns to Moda Center


Nike Hoop Summit Features Oregon Duck Recruit Bol Bol 



The 21st edition of the Nike Hoop Summit, featuring a team of top U.S. high school seniors against elite international players age 19-and-under, returns to Portland for an 11th consecutive year.  The Nike Hoop Summit, played at the Moda Center on Friday, April 13th at 7:00 P.M., is one of the premier spots to see a mass of future NBA talent in one game.  Alumni include the past eight number one overall NBA Draft picks and more than 100 active players in the NBA.



Oregon Duck recruits Louis King, 6’5, 204 (Hudson Catholic H.S., Columbus, N.J.) and Bol Bol, 7’1, 225 (Findley Prep, Nev./ Olathe, Kan.) are both on Team USA, but King will not play due to injury according to a USA Basketball press release.  DeMatha Catholic High School (Md.) coach Mike Jones will be Team USA head coach and Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway, Memphis East H.S. (Tenn.) and Herman Harried (Lake Clifton H.S., Baltimore, Md.) are the assistant coaches.


The rest of 2018 Team USA for the Nike Hoop Summit includes one player skipping college and going straight to the G-league, 3 Duke recruits, 2 Kentucky recruits, 2 Kansas recruits, 1 Vanderbilt recruit, 1 NBA draft eligible player and 2 undecided big-time prospects.

Darius Bazley 6’6, 197, G-League (Princeton H.S./Cincinnati, Ohio); Darius Garland 6’1, 175, Vanderbilt (Brentwood Academy/Brentwood, Tenn.); Tyler Herro 6’4, 193, Kentucky (Whitnall H.S./Greenfield, Wis.); Keldon Johnson 6’5, 216, Kentucky (Oak Hill Academy/Sterling, Va.); Tre Jones 6’1, 183, Duke (Apple Valley H.S./Apple Valley, Minn.); Romeo Langford 6’5, 201, Undecided (New Albany H.S./New Albany, Ind.); David McCormack 6’10, 259, Kansas (Oak Hill Academy/Norfolk, Va.);  Cameron Reddish 6’6, 211, Duke (Westtown School/Norristown, Pa.); Anfernee Simons 6’2, 181, NBA Draft Eligible (IMG Academy/Altamonte Springs, Fla.); Quentin Grimes 6’3, 204, Kansas (The Woodlands, TX); Jordan Brown 6’10, 205, Undecided (Roseville, CA); and Zion Williamson 6’5, 270, Duke (Spartanburg Day School/Spartanburg, S.C.).

Editor's Note: Simons has pulled out of the Nike Hoop Summit.  


Duke recruit R.J. Barrett (Montverde Academy, FLA - Canada) headlines World Team Roster.


Tickets link here. ($10 General Admission)



Les Schwab Invitational Observations

Jefferson is clearly the team to beat in Oregon boys high school basketball.


The picture has been getting clearer since last spring, when the Democrats finished strong and may have been the second best team in the 6A tournament. At least, they were the only team to give the champion West Linn Lions a serious challenge.


There were no seniors on that Jefferson team. And this fall they added the one thing they had lacked, a quality big man, by getting Kamaka Hepa, a 6-9 transfer from Alaska, where he was the state’s player of the year as a freshman and sophomore.


But even without him (Hepa injured his ankle in the first game), Jefferson is fearsome. Another year of experience and growth for an entire roster will do that. In the Les Schwab Invitational tournament, the Demos lost only to national powerhouse Gonzaga of Washington, D.C. They beat Churchill 63-61, Grant 59-48 and Clackamas 80-54, that latter a shockingly decisive win over a team that has just beaten West Linn the night before.


Riding high on the crest of four straight state championships and then collecting four transfer stars in the off-season, West Linn would seem to be the state’s most qualified team on paper. But they aren’t there yet. They edged an ordinary Jesuit team 91-90 in the opener, got bombed by Garfield of Seattle in Game 2 and then split a couple of nail-bitters with Clackamas and Grant. The Lions can do it all in stretches, but perhaps they’re enduring the inevitable adjustment period as individual stars learn to play as a team in a new program.


Despite all their better known transfers, their most valuable player may be Braden Olsen, finally getting to start after backing up Payton Pritchard for years.


I’m thinking the Lions will be much stronger by tournament time. Their also adjusting to a new coach. But should also be stronger with Hepa back in the lineup.


19th Nike Hoop Summit returns to Moda Center



West Linn’s Payton Pritchard gets national stage



West Linn vs Sheldon 6A boys title game PPPORTLAND – The 19th Nike Hoop Summit returns to Portland’s Moda Center on Saturday, April 9 at Noon. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2 and features Oregon bound Payton Pritchard from West Linn.  The extraordinary point guard, a 3x state Player of the Year and 4x State Champion, becomes the 7th Oregon prep to be invited to play in the Nike Hoop Summit.  All six previous players went on to successful college/NBA careers, including four that won NCAA titles (Terrance Jones and Kyle Wiltjer at Kentucky and Kyle Singler and Mike Dunleavy Jr. at Duke).


For those that doubt Pritchard’s ability to compete with the best players in the country, he will get his chance in front of a prime time audience as he competes against the best players in the world under the age of 19.  Nike Hoop Summit alumni are a very distinguished group, with five NBA Rookie of the Year awards and nine first overall picks in the NBA draft among the 178 former NHS players to play in the NBA.  Approximately 100 current NBA players played in the Nike Hoop Summit including many of today’s biggest stars; Dirk Nowitzki, Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, Tony Parker, John Wall, Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis and Karl Anthony-Towns.


Payton Pritchard, left in 2014 state title game at the Moda Center, earned his place in Oregon hoops history with four straight 6A state championships and three straight 6A State Player of the Year Awards.




This year Team USA features the No. 2 (Duke-bound 6’7 Jayson Tatum of St. Louis) and No. 3 (undecided 6’7 Josh Jackson of Southfield, Michigan) ranked players in ESPN rankings for the class of 2016.  The World Select Team features the No. 1 ranked player by ESPN in the class of 2017, 7-foot 17-year-old DeAndre Ayton of the Bahamas.



Nike Hoop Summit - Oregon Players


Kyle Wiltjer, 2011, Jesuit HS - Wiltjer is the only Oregon prep to play on the World Select Team, scoring 12 points on 5-15 shooting from the field. Wiltjer managed to grab zero rebounds in 23 minutes as Team USA defeated the World team 92-80.

Terrance Jones, 2010, Jefferson HS – Jones came off the bench to tally 15 points, 4 rebounds and 3 blocks in 23 minutes, including some key plays down the stretch in Team USA’s 101-97 win.  Read all about the 2010 game in the OregonPrepSports.net archives here.

Mike Moser, 2009, Grant HS – Moser saw limited action, garnering 4 rebounds and 2 assists in 9 minutes.  

Kevin Love, 2007, Lake Oswego HS – Love started and had a solid all-around game: 13 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks in 18 minutes.

Kyle Singler, 2007, South Medford HS – Singler was in the starting lineup, finishing with 8 points and 5 rebounds in 16 minutes.

Mike Dunleavy, 1999, Jesuit HS – Although he started, Dunleavy was unimpressive on the stat sheet, hitting one 3-pointer in the game; 3 points and 1 steal in 16 minutes.


WHEN:                                                      Saturday, April 9                       Noon

WHERE:                                           at Moda Center                    Portland, Oregon

BROADCAST LIVE:                                                    on  ESPN 2


Prospects + Pros - the Blazers are running a special (Prospects and Pros for $22) where you can get a ticket for the Nike Hoop Summit (12 p.m.) and the Portland Trail Blazers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (7:30 p.m.) for $22.  It's basically an all-day hoops pass for the Rose Quarter.


For information about the Nike Hoop Summit read more for links


What more do you want?

West Linn won its fourth-straight OSAA boys basketball title, going undefeated against Oregon teams and blowing away second-ranked South Medford in the championship game with a 25-3 lead halfway through the second quarter.


Only Jesuit has won that many championships in a row.


West Linn’s Payton Pritchard is headed for his third straight solo Oregonian Player of the Year award, something not even Kevin Love did (Love shared the honor with Kyle Singler as a senior).


One would assume the Lions and their star must be ranked with the best teams and players of all time in our state.


Not, however, if you read the pundits in The Oregonian and Portland Tribune last month. Coaches and reporters with years of observation seemed to agree that Oregon talent is way down. In their minds, Pritchard and his Lions may only be somewhere in the top 10 when held up against past great teams and players.

Dragons Overcome Obstacles To Make Good Start


The Dallas Dragons finished the first five games of the 2015-16 schedule with their heads (and winning percentage) above water, a better result than might have been expected.


Dallas graduated four starters—and virtually all of its height—from a 13-12 team. Coach Trent Schwartz could call on two 6-6 starters and another 6-6 player off the bench.


This year his center is 6-1, and no starter is taller than 6-2. Opposing postmen lit up the Dragons in their first two contests with 28-point games. Still, the team won one of those games and has made opponents work to score inside.


Mitch Laizure, is a 6-1 post and the team’s second leading scorer, and the other starting post, Jake Ronco, who is 6-0, is out with an injury. Both were football mainstays weighing more than 200 pounds.


“Our posts, though not lengthy, are physical and smart basketball players,” said Schwartz. “We realize that there will be nights where we give up size at the block, but we can compensate with good defensive help.”


Yoda's 2015 Ultimate Elite 8 3A Coos Bay Girls & Boys Preview

IMG 8857-Edit[Editor Note: The following in-depth preview of the 3A girls and boys basketball quarterfinal round is provided courtesy of Benjie Hedgecock (Yoda) as a follow-up to his previous Sweet 16 preview. Please note the locations of Thursday's quarterfinal games. The 3A girls bracket is at Marshfield H.S. while the 3A boys games are at North Bend H.S. The venues remain mixed until Saturday, when all games will be played at Marshfield H.S.

Please join us inside with Yoda's take(and his vast observer’s network) on the 3A boys and for the first time ever the Girls opening round matchups. The OSAA and the 3A fans have enjoyed Coos Bay/North Bend as a venue very much over the first three years and this year should be even more fun as the local South Coast communities open their arms to players and fans alike to continue to make this the “Best State Tourney Location” in Oregon (No offense to Baker City or Pendleton which are also wonderful hosts).


Here’s How the final 8 were ranked by the various Ranking Services…


Final Yoda Observers Ranking Estimated Final Coach Poll OSAA Final Rankings Oregonprepsport.net
(of the teams that remain) (of the teams that remain)   Combined BCS Style
1) Dayton 1) Dayton 1) Dayton 1) Dayton
2) HC 1) HC 2) HC 2) HC
3) Creswell 3) De La Salle 3) De La Salle 3) De La Salle
4) De La Salle 4) Creswell 4) Creswell 4) Creswell
5) Amity 5) Blanchet 7) Amity 5) Salem Academy
6) Blanchet 6) Amity 9) Blanchet 7) Blanchet
7) Salem Academy 7) Salem Academy 10) Salem Academy 8) Amity
8) Nyssa 8) Nyssa 12) Nyssa 10) Nyssa


Final Yoda Observers Ranking Estimated Final Coach Poll OSAA Final Rankings Oregonprepsport.net
(of the teams that remain) (of the teams that remain)   Combined BCS Style
1) Vale 1) Vale 2) Vale 1) Dayton
2) Dayton 2) Salem Academy 3) Dayton 2) Vale
3) Amity 3) Dayton 4) Salem Academy 3) Salem Academy
4) Salem Academy 4) Amity 5) Amity 5) Amity
5) PC 5) PC 9) PC 6) PC
5) PAA 6) PAA 13) PAA 7) St. Mary’s
7) Rainier 7) Rainier 14) St. Mary’s 8) PAA
8) St. Mary’s 8) St. Mary’s 18) Rainier 9) Rainier


Yoda Breaks Down All 8 3A Playoff First Round Games

Friday and Saturday (Portland Adventist Academy vs. Blanchet) nights will determine which 8 teams head to the south coast for the OSAA 3A State Tournament at Marshfield and North Bend High Schools, with 8 first round playoff games.


Yoda breaks down all of them: