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You are here: Home Boys Basketball Menu / Archives Boys Basketball News Team USA looks to overcome injuries at 21st Nike Hoop Summit

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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

 

 

Team USA - Player Profiles

GUARDS

 

Darius Garland, 6'2, 170, 18-yrs-old (Brentwood Academy/Brentwood, Tenn.) - Vanderbilt

Super quick point guard with outstanding ball handling skills and great court vision.  Garland was effective getting into the lane and showed the ability to hit the mid-range pull-up jumper and finish acrobatically at the rim.  Garland reminds me of a bigger version of former Kentucky and current Phoenix Suns point guard Tyler Ulis.

 

Tyler Herro, 6'4, 180, 18-yrs-old (Whitnall H.S./Greenfield, Wis.) - Kentucky

Herro is a pure shooter with unlimited range who will make an immediate impact for the Wildcats next year.  Herro struggles to create shots for himself, but did handle the ball effectively when asked to play point guard.

 

Tre Jones, 6'2, 170, 18-yrs-old (Apple Valley H.S./Apple Valley, Minn.). - Duke

Jones is the consummate point guard, who does all the little things the coach wants.  He’s not a super athlete or blessed with great size, but Jones makes up for it with a high basketball IQ and solid fundamentals.  He is almost an exact replica of his brother Tyus, current Minnesota Timberwolves guard.

 

Quentin Grimes, 6'4, 204, 17-yrs-old (College Park H.S./The Woodlands, Tex.) - Kansas

Grimes is a prototypical college 2-guard with excellent size, strength and elite athleticism.  His jumper is picture perfect and he has great range, effortless from 23 feet. Grimes was very effective putting the ball on the floor and was able to hit pull-up jumpers and finish taking it to the rim.

 

FORWARDS

 

Cameron Reddish, 6'7, 200, 18-yrs-old (Westtown School/Norristown, Pa.) - Duke

Reddish was the most impressive player for Team USA on day 1 of practice at the Trail Blazers Practice Facility.  Reddish handles the ball like a guard, has tremendous range on his sweet jumper and finishes at the rim with a flourish.  Reddish coasts on occasion and runs on auto-pilot.

 

Keldon Johnson, 6'7, 225, 18-yrs-old (Oak Hill Academy/Sterling, Va.) - Kentucky

Johnson shot on a basket on a side court during practice and did not participate in drills with the rest of Team USA.  Johnson is a game time decision, but not probable to play on Friday night.

 

Darius Bazley, 6'9, 200, 17-yrs-old (Princeton H.S./Cincinnati, Ohio) - NBA G-League

Bazley was impressive, with his long frame, excellent ball handling skills, shooting ability and overall athleticism standing out on a court full of studs.  A lanky lefty, Bazley gets good elevation on his jumper and has solid form and follow through. One of Team USA’s youngest players, Bazley has plenty of upside and will probably be a lottery pick in the 2019 NBA draft.  

 

Jordan Brown, 6'10, 194, 18-yrs-old (Prolific Prep, Roseville, Calif.) - Unsigned

Brown is so thin that he doesn’t look 6’10, but moves extremely well and is very well coordinated.  Brown showed a variety of post moves, utilizing great body control to finish with both hands.

 

Cole Swider, 6'8, 203, 18-yrs-old (St. Andrews School, Providence, R.I.) - Villanova

A late addition to Team USA, Swider did not arrive until Thursday.  Swider was impressive during the short stint I saw him on Thursday evening, making a couple long 3-pointers while showing great athleticism.

 

CENTERS

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Bol Bol, 7'2, 220, 18-yrs-old (Findlay College Prep, Nev./Olathe, Kan.) - University of Oregon

Bol, pictured above, like his father Manute, an NBA legend, towers over everybody on the court.  Bol has a very slight frame and gets bumped around by some of the bigger bodies, but he is a major factor on both ends of the court.  Bol a much more well-rounded game than his father, with excellent rebounding, passing and shot blocking skills. Bol has great hands and easily scooped up rebounds just off the rim.  Bol puts back offensive rebounds nonchalantly and blocks or alters shots at will. He seemed to labor up the court when sprinting but does have nimble feet in the lane. Bol jumps out of position on shot fakes and will get into foul trouble if he doesn’t learn to stay grounded.  Bol’s development for the for Dana Altman at the University of Oregon will be interesting to watch next season, as he and Kenny Wooten should be a scary good defensive tandem.  Unfortunately, Duck fans will only get to see Bol for one season before he heads to the NBA.

 

David McCormack, 6'10, 259, 18-yrs-old (Oak Hill Academy/Norfolk, Va.) - Kansas

McCormack is an imposing physical presence with a variety of post moves and good shooting ability out ot 15-feet.  I love the way McCormack hustles and works hard on both ends of the court. He will make an immediate impact in the Big-12 for the Jayhawks next season.  It will be fun to watch McCormack and Bol battle inside with World Team youngsters Charles Bassey, Kofi Cockburn and N’Faly Dante.  You can read all about the World Team practice report here.

 

Romeo Langford (New Albany H.S./New Albany, Ind. - Unsigned), Zion Williamson (Spartanburg Day School/Spartanburg, S.C. - Duke) and Louis King (Hudson Catholic H.S./Columbus, N.J. - Oregon), are all attending the 2018 Nike Hoop Summit as members of the U.S. team but are unable to participate due to various injuries.  Anfernee Simons (IMG Academy, Altamonte Springs, Fla.), was originally named to the team but pulled out of the event.  Simons, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound Point Guard, is projected as a 1st-round NBA draft pick in this years draft by NBADraft.net.

 

 

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