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Nike Hoop Summit - World Team - Practice Report

 

 

Jaylen Hoard, Andrew Nembhard Impressive During Scrimmages

 

 

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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.”

 

 

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WORLD TEAM ROSTER - 2018 - Player Profiles

GUARDS

RJ Barrett, 6’7, SF, Canada, 17-yrs-old, Montverde Academy (Fla.), Duke University.

Barrett played for the World Team in the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit, garnering nine points, two rebounds and two assists.  Barrett is the consensus #1 ranked player in the class of 2018 and projected as the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA draft by ESPN and NBAdraft.net.

Barrett was not present for the first two practices and when he finally took the court for the third practice you could tell he was a few steps behind his teammates.  Barrett had 3 turnovers in the first five minutes of the scrimmage and missed most of his shots, including a couple airballs. He did settle down, making a couple long 3-pointers and showed off his ball handling skills and versatility.  It is worth mentioning that the players guarding Barrett during the scrimmage (Tchouaffe/Hoard) are very good and were playing extremely hard. The way these guys were battling against each other in practice tells me that Team USA will have its hands full on Friday night.  Overall, I would say that most of the 130+ in attendance were more impressed with the play of Hoard, Green, Nembhard, Dante and Bassey than they were of Barrett.

 

Andrew Nembhard, 6’4, PG, Canada, 18-yrs-old, Montverde Academy (Fla.), U. of Florida.

Nembhard is an excellent shooter from outside and a creative finisher around the rim.  Nembhard is also a superb passer, crafty with great court vision and plays with a pace that throws the defense out of rhythm.  He’s got a solid frame - a prototypical NBA point guard body. Nembhard was impressive during the scrimmages, playing at a fast pace, scoring and distributing the ball.

 

Leandro Bolmaro, 6’6.5, 182, 6’8 Wingspan, Shooting Guard, Argentina, 17-yrs-old, Weber Bahia Estudiantes in Argentina. Earlier this year, Bolmaro was selected to the All-Star team at the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp in Los Angeles.

Bolmaro is a shooter that has great range, a high-release point and good follow through, although he has a slight frame and struggled to play at a fast pace.  Bolmaro needs to work on his ball handling skills, but showed good athleticism and I’m sure he will fill out his frame over the next few years. As one of the youngest players at the Nike Hoop Summit, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Leandro back in Portland next year.

 

Bathiste Tchouaffe, 6’6, 203, 6’8 Wingspan, Combo Guard, France, 19-yrs-old, Nanterre 92 (France).   As team captain, he led France to a gold medal finish at the FIBA Europe U18 Championship in 2016.

Tchouaffe is a solid guard in all facets of the game, but probably lacks the elite athleticism to succeed in the NBA.  You can tell his experience in his demeanor and skill set. He is an excellent ball handler, passer, defender and his jumper is smooth with perfect form.  Tchouaffe is super, a player that does all the little things right, smart and is a true team-first player.

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Tchouaffe, driving against Bolmaro (right) and Green (left) in a World Team scrimmage at the Trail Blazers Practice Facility. All Photos by USA Basketball.

 

Yago Dos Santos, 5’10.5, 160, 5’9.5 Wingspan, Point Guard, Brazil, 19-yrs-old, Club Atletico Paulistano (Brazil).  Dos Santos has recently has been starting as point guard for Brazil's senior national team.

Dos Santos has been the most consistent player on the court in practice each day.  He has a great motor, a high energy guy that never gets tired. He is strong and quick with excellent ball handling and passing skills.  Sometimes his penetration leads to trouble, as he gets too deep and becomes lost amongst the trees. His tight shot pocket and quick release allow him to get a shot off off whenever he wants.  He made everything out to 20 feet, but lacks range to shoot from deeper. Dos Santos was a pit bull on defense during the scrimmages, hounding the opposing point guards relentlessly.

 

Josh Green, 6’5.5, 199, 6’10 Wingspan, Shooting Guard, Australia, 17-yrs-old, IMG Academy, (Fla.), 2019, Undecided.

Big-Time athlete that was probably the most impressive leaper on the team.  Showed a variety of acrobatic, high-flying windmill jams during warmups with his 6’10 wingspan surely helping out.  Looked inexperienced at times in transition and struggles with consistency on his jump shot. He needs to tighten up his ball handling, as his athleticism masks a very high dribble and slow change of direction.  Green had excellent scrimmages scoring in a variety of ways.

 

FORWARDS

 

Jaylen Hoard 6’8, 225, 7’1 Wingspan, Forward, France, 19-yrs-old, Wesleyan Christian Academy (NC), headed to Wake Forest University.

Hoard is a big, physical forward and his wingspan of 7’1” proves that he has a frame to build on.  He shoots effortlessly with good form and rhythm from deep. He has a high release and soft touch, but sometimes struggles with consistency.  He moved very well on both ends in full court scrimmages and made it look easy finishing around the basket. It will be must see TV next year during ACC play when Hoard and Wake Forest match up with Barrett and Duke.  I believe Hoard has the most upside of anyone on the World Team roster.

 

Kevin Zhang, 6’8.5, 216, 6’9.75 Wingspan, SF, China, 19-yrs-old, Montverde Academy (Fla.), 2018, Undecided.

A pure shooter with good form and great range.  Zhang has flashes of great athleticism, but struggles off the dribble and creating shots for himself.  Zhang can get up and finish at the rim with authority and shows good body control.

 

Ignas Brazdeikis, 6’7, 223, 6’8.75 Wingspan, Forward, Lithuanian-born from Canada, Orangeville Prep, Ontario, headed to the University of Michigan.

Brazdeikis (pictured below in warmups) is an excellent spot up shooter with great range.  This big, athletic lefty loves to shoot and shoot and shoot.  Brazdeikis showed some good hops in the lane and finished at the rim impressively. He struggled handling the ball and needs to work on his right hand, he’s very left-hand dominant.

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CENTERS

Charles Bassey, 6’10.5, 234, 7’3 Wingspan, Center, Nigeria, 17-yrs-old, ASPIRE Basketball Academy (TX), 2019, Undecided.  He is ranked No. 3 by ESPN and RIVALS for the 2019 draft class.

Bassey is a physical specimen with a NBA-ready body.  He has the second-biggest wingspan (7’3) and is tied with Dante for the highest standing reach (9’2.5) on the World Team.  In addition to super strong hands, he has a soft touch out to 15-feet and nimble feet in the paint. Solid jump shot with excellent wrist snap and follow through, which makes him an excellent free throw shooter.  Bassey showed a variety of post moves and was able to shot fake and dribble drive effectively after facing up. He got tired towards the end of practice and sometimes overreacts to fouls and getting hit - and he gets fouled and hit basically every play.

 

N'Faly Dante, 6’11, 242, 7’5 Wingspan, Center, Mali, Sunrise Christian Academy (KS), Undecided (2020). Dante, at 16-yrs-old is the youngest member of the World Team this year.  ESPN's #9-ranked and RIVALS #10-ranked member of the 2020 class, Dante is a 6-foot-11 center who currently resides Wichita, Kansas.

Dante, below, is the biggest player on the World Team in height (6'11), weight (242) and wingspan (7'5).  He has an easy going demeanor and plays hard while having fun on the court. Dante was active on both ends and was excellent at going after and getting the ball on rebounds.  He is a good finisher and has a monster frame that absorbs contact. Dante held his own against Bassey, even outplaying him at times during the scrimmages. Dante has a hitch at the top of the release on his jumper and struggles to maintain consistency on free throw jumpers.

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Daniel Oturu, 6’9, 222, 7’2 Wingspan, Center, Nigeria, 18-yrs-old, Cretin-Derham Hall, MN, U of Minnesota. Ranked the No. 6 center in his class by ESPN, Oturu is headed to the University of Minnesota. Oturu is in Portland, but is not participating due to a shoulder injury.

 

Kofi Cockburn, 6’10, 222, Center, Jamaica, 18-yrs-old, Christ the King HS, NY, Undecided (2019).  Cockburn was a late addition to the World Team at the Nike Hoop Summit, replacing the injured Oturu.  

 

 

 All photos provided by USA Basketball.

Nike Hoop Summit Measurements (height measured in shoes).

---provided by USA Basketball on April 10, 2018---

 

 

 

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