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2006 USA Junior National Select Team

IXth Annual Nike Hoop Summit -- 2006

  • Date:
    Feb 8, 2014

Memphis, Tennessee • April 8, 2006


USA 6-4 guard Wayne Ellington put on a show in the first half of the 2006 Nike Hoop Summit that was held April 8 at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn., scoring 21 of his game high and USA record tying 31 points as the USA rolled to a 109-91 victory. With the victory, the USA's fifth consecutive in the series, the United States expanded its overall advantage in the annual contest to 7-2.

Ellington's 31 point showing, which came on 11-16 shooting overall and 5-of-6 accuracy from 3-point range, tied the previous high scoring mark for a USA Team member in the Nike Hoop Summit, tying Tyler Hansbrough in 2005 and Casey Jacobsen in 1999. The U.S. also set a Hoop Summit record for most points scored, surpassing the 107 record established in 1999, and for most field goals made with 39 which bested the mark of 38 set in 2004 and 2005.

"The focus of the game was to play quality defense," remarked USA and Lake Clifton High School (Baltimore, Md.) head coach Herman Harried. "We knew this World Select Team had shooters and would execute, so our focus was not to leave anybody open and the guys did a pretty good job of doing that."

Said Ellington, "I just got in a zone. I knocked down my first one and it felt good, so I knew I had a few more coming. I got hot and coaches kept calling plays for me - I was wide open and kept knocking them down"

Harried was impressed. "Anyone who watched the game - it speaks for itself. We ran some sets for Wayne and he finished them for us. I had no idea Wayne could shoot that well," added Harried.

Nine of the USA's 10 players scored, including five in double digits. The USA victorious cause was also aided by 6-10 Kevin Durant who finished with 20 points and seven rebounds, Tywon Lawson contributed 17 points and U.S. best six assists, while Ellington's Episcopal Academy teammate Gerald Henderson Jr. accounted for 13 points, and Memphis' own Thaddeus Young added11 points.

The Nike Hoop Summit is the country's premiere annual basketball game featuring America's top senior boy high school players taking on a World Select Team comprised of the world's top players who are 19-years-old or younger.

Making just one of its first five shots, the USA fell behind early 12-4. However, the U.S. found its shooting touch and battled back and the two teams fought for control the rest of the opening quarter. After the first 10 minutes were completed, the World Select Team held a one point advantage, 26-25.

Ellington, who had five points in the game's first 10 minutes, got the hot shooting hand and the U.S. team repeatedly went to him. With the U.S. leading 37-34 with 5:31 left in the second quarter, Ellington drained four consecutive 3-pointers as the American squad jetted out ahead 51-36 with 3:20 left. Episcopal Academy teammate Henderson added 12 first half points on flawless 5-of-5 shooting.

The U.S. made 22-of-32 shots (.688 percentage) overall in the game's first 20 minutes, including a sizzling 7-of-12 (58.3 percent) from 3-points. The World Team managed to make 18-of-37 (48.6) of its shots, including 4-of-7 (.571) from 3-point.

The World Select Team cut the USA's advantage to 60-49 following a Dragan Labovic (Serbia & Montenegro) 3-pointer with 8:45 remaining in the third quarter, but the U.S., behind five points from Young, went on a 7-2 sprint to grab a 67-51 lead.

Getting seven points from Durant during an 11-5 offensive spurt, the U.S. opened its largest lead of the game moving ahead 78-56 with 3:51 left in the third period.

But the World Team was unwilling to fold and with Great Britain's Dan Clark scoring six points inside, it closed the period riding a 13-2 run that closed the gap to 80-69.

The World Team's hopes of rallying back were ended after the United States scored the first nine points of the final quarter to open an 89-69 advantage. Memphis prep All-American Young got things started with a jumper, Durant added a layup on a pass from Lawson, Ellington added to his point total with a traditional three point play, and the run was capped by a thunderous dunk by Durant that came off a feed from Ellington.

The U.S. cruised in from there to post the 109-91 victory.

The USA finished shooting 49.4 percent (39-79 FGs) from the floor and 45.0 percent (9-20 3pt FGs) from beyond the 3-point line, while the World squad shot 46.5 percent (33-71 FGs) from the field and 40.0 percent from 3-point (6-15 3pt FGs).

The World Team out rebounded the U.S. 40 to 39, but committed 10 more turnovers than the U.S. after being whistled for 25 turnovers compared to 15 for the United States.

The World Team's scoring was led by Milenko Tepic (Serbia & Montenegro) who finished with 16 points, Senegal's 7-0 center Mouhamed Saer Sene recorded 15 points, six rebounds a Nike Hoop Summit record equaling nine blocked shots (tying Kevin Garnett's mark set in 1995). The World also received 13 points from Luigi Datome (Italy) and Labovic, and the 6-10 Clark grabbed a game best 10 rebounds.

The 2006 Nike Hoop Summit was preceded by a preliminary game, the Memphis All-Star Classic, a game that showcased the top prep senior players from the Memphis area. Austin Peay-bound Wes Channel from Ridgeway High School scored a team-high 17 points and was one of six players in double figures as the Black defeated the Red, 92-71, for a second straight year. The Black took a narrow 37-34 halftime lead and outscored the Red 28-15 in the third quarter in the runaway victory. Jeremy Williams (Hamilton H.S.) and University of Memphis recruit Willie Kemp (Bolivar Central) each had 13 points for the Black. Jay Watkins (Hamilton H.S), who is headed to San Francisco, had a game-high 19 points for the Red Team.

2006 USA BASKETBALL MEN'S JUNIOR NATIONAL SELECT TEAM ROSTER

NAME POS HGT WGT AGE HIGH SCHOOL/ HOMETOWN/ COLLEGE CHOICE
Kevin Durant F 6-10 210 17 Montrose Christian / Suitland, MD / *Texas
Wayne Ellington G 6-4 180 18 Episcopal Academy / Wynnewood, PA / *North Carolina
Paul Harris G 6-5 225 19 Notre Dame Prep (MA)/ Niagara Falls, NY / *Syracuse
Spencer Hawes C 7-0 230 17 Seattle Prep / Seattle, WA / *Washington
Gerald Henderson Jr. G 6-5 205 18 Episcopal Academy / Blue bell, PA / *Duke
Tywon Lawson G 6-0 188 18 Oak Hill Academy (VA)/ Clinton, MA / *North Carolina
Vernon Macklin F 6-9 215 19 Hargrave Military Academy / Portsmouth, VA / *Georgetown
Jon Scheyer G 6-5 170 18 Glennbrook North H.S. / Northbrook, IL / *Duke
Brandan Wright F 6-10 201 18 Brentwood Academy / Nashville, TN / *North Carolina
Thaddeus Young F 6-8 200 17 Mitchell H.S. / Memphis, TN / *Georgia Tech
Head Coach: Herman Harried, Lake Clifton High School (Baltimore, MD)
Assistant Coach: Pat Fitterer, Eisenhower High School (Yakima, WA)
Athletic Trainer: Carlos Dowell, Campbell Clinic (Memphis, TN)

*Indicates college where the player signed a National Letter of Intent

2006 Nike Hoop Summit Box Score

 World Select Team
                  REBOUNDS              
NO NAME   FGM FGA 3PM 3PA FT FTA OFF DEF TOT PF TP A TO BLK ST MIN
8 Luigi Datome * 4 11 3 4 2 2 1 1 2 2 13 2 1 0 1 23
12 Rafael Hettsheimeir * 3 4 0 0 2 3 1 4 5 2 8 2 1 0 0 14
14 Mouhamed Saer Sene * 6 8 0 0 3 4 3 3 6 3 15 0 2 9 1 27
6 Patrick Mills * 2 10 0 3 4 4 1 1 2 3 8 6 1 0 1 21
7 Igor Milosevic * 2 5 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 3 5 1 6 1 0 19
5 Artur Urazmanov   1 4 0 2 0 2 0 2 2 2 2 5 1 0 1 19
9 Marvell Waithe   2 5 1 2 0 2 1 2 3 0 5 0 2 0 1 8
10 Ji Zhi   0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 8
11 Draga Labovic   3 7 1 2 6 6 0 3 3 2 13 0 2 0 1 14
13 Dan Clark   3 8 0 1 0 2 4 6 10 2 6 0 4 0 2 19
15 Milenko Tepic   7 7 0 0 2 3 1 2 3 2 16 4 1 1 0 27
TEAM           1 1 2 2
TOTALS   33 71 6 15 19 29 14 26 40 22 91 20 25 11 8 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 18-37 .486 2nd Half: 15-34 .441 Game: .465 DEADBALL
REBOUNDS:
6, 2
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 4- 7 .571 2nd Half: 2- 8 .250 Game: .400
F Throw % 1st Half: 4- 8 .500 2nd Half: 15-21 .714 Game: .655

USA Junior National Select Team
                REBOUNDS              
NO NAME   FGM FGA 3PM 3PA FTM FTA OFF DEF TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN
9 Thaddeus Young * 5 11 1 3 0 0 1 2 3 3 11 1 3 2 1 19
10 Kevin Durant * 7 15 2 5 4 4 1 6 7 2 20 1 1 1 0 22
12 Brandan Wright * 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 1 2 0 1 2 0 23
4 Tywon Lawson * 4 6 1 3 8 8 1 1 2 3 17 6 1 0 2 23
6 Wayne Ellington * 11 16 5 6 4 5 0 3 3 2 31 3 2 0 3 25
5 Jon Scheyer   0 4 0 2 1 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 1 12
7 Gerald Henderson Jr.   5 9 0 0 3 5 1 2 3 1 13 2 2 3 2 19
8 Paul Harris   2 6 0 1 2 4 2 5 7 1 6 6 3 1 1 24
11 Vernon Macklin   0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 1 1 0 1 16
13 Spencer Hawes   4 7 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 3 8 1 0 0 0 17
TEAM   3 4 7 0
TOTALS   39 79 9 20 22 28 12 27 39 20 109 21 15 9 11 200

FG% 1st Half: 22-32 .688 2nd Half: 17-47 .362 Game .494 DEADBALL
REBOUNDS:
6,1
3-Pt. FG% 1s tHalf: 7-12 .583 2nd Half: 2- 8 .250 Game: .450
F Throw % 1st Half 7- 9 .778 2nd Half: 15-19 .789 Game .786
OFFICIALS: Terry Moore, Jeff Nichols, Jorge Vazquez
 
TECHNICAL FOULS:
World SelectTeam - none
USA Junior National Select Team - none
 
ATTENDANCE: 4,025

SCORE BY PERIODS: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th TOTAL
World Select Team 26 18 25 22 91
USA Junior National Select Team 25 33 22 29 109

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