PORTLAND (Nike Hoop Summit) – The World Select Team collected back-to-back wins in the Nike Hoop Summit for the first time by beating the United States team 112-98 Saturday evening with Livio Jean-Charles and Dennis Schröder leading the way for the international squad.
Jean-Charles collected a game-high 27 points as well as 13 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks while Schröder of Germany had 18 points, 6 assists and 2 rebounds. Canadian
Andrew Wiggins, expected to be the number one pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, added 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists.
“Obviously, I’m very pleased with the result. That was a really good game for the World Team and probably the most impressive thing is the way we’ve shared the ball from the very first practice,” said World Team head coach Roy Rana of Canada.
“Everyone on this team had an impact at some point and time during the week. They were phenomenal. Every single guy played well, and made a contribution. It was a great team from top to bottom.”
The victory at the Rose Garden in Portland follows the World Team’s 84-75 win last season to improve the World’s record in this event to 5-11 overall. And the internationals were finally able to repeat the title.
“It means a lot. First time it’s ever been done. Means even more because I have a Canadian coach that I’ve been with throughout three, four, five years. So it’s a special thing that we both can cherish, and again, blessed opportunity that we’re here and being able to play amongst the best,” said Wiggins, who collected 20 points, 7 rebounds and blocks in the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit.
“We want to give the World Team all the credit. They played a very good game, and are one of the most talented, if not the most talented, World Teams that we’ve had at the Hoop Summit. They played good pretty much start to finish,” said USA head coach Mike Jones.
“We had a couple runs and we cut it close, but we just didn’t have enough to get over the hump.”
The World Team led 23-21 after one quarter and Rana’s men increased the lead to 47-31 midway in the second quarter with the World leading 52-43 at the break.
The Americans increased the defensive pressure to get back to within 64-62. But the World Team, which out-rebounded the Americans 50-35, scored a quick three baskets to increase the lead back to 73-64 late in the third.
The lead was 74-66 after three quarters and the World Team increased the lead to 18 points – 89-71 – with about six minutes leftin the fourth quarter.
Dante Exum, who was an All-Tournament Team member at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship, scored 16 points while Mouhammadou Jaiteh of France added 6 points and 9 rebounds.
The USA team was paced by Jabari Parker with 22 points and 7 rebounds while Julius Randle and Andrew Harrison both scored 19 points with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson adding 17 points.
The Nike Hoop Summit is the leading international exhibition pitting the best U19 players in the world against the United States. Many of the best in the NBA have played in this game including Kevin Durant, Kevin Garnett, Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Parker, Derrick Rose, Anthony Davis, Nicolas Batum, Monta Ellis, Rudy Gay, Kyrie Irving, Joe Johnson, Kevin Love, Andrea Bargnani, Enes Kanter and John Wall.
As of January 2013, 68 former USA players and 17 former World team members were active in the NBA. Nineteen past U.S. players and six former World team athletes are currently playing at the collegiate level.
The top three picks in the 2012 NBA Draft were former USA Nike Hoop Summit players - Anthony Davis at No. 1, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at No. 2 and Bradley Beal at No. 3. Six past Summit players have been top overall picks in NBA drafts and 46 have been selected in the top 10.