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2015 USA Basketball Men's Junior National Select Team

XVIII Annual Nike Hoop Summit -- 2015

  • Date:
    Apr 12, 2015

Portland, Oregon • April 11, 2015


Trailing by as many as 14 points in the first half, the USA Junior National Select Team fought its way back to a three-point lead in the fourth quarter but could not contain the World Select Team’s Jamal Murray (Orangeville Prep/Canada), who led the international squad to a 103-101 win with 30 points in the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit on April 11 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.

“First of all, (it was) a great game,” said USA head coach Eric Flannery (St. Edward H.S., Ohio). “Whenever a game, no matter what level, comes down to the last possession, it shows both teams competing and how much they wanted to win.

“To have the ball in our hands with a chance to tie or win, it says a lot about their effort and their attitude throughout the course of the game. So, I’m just very proud of our guys and our team. I thought both teams showed why they’re the best players in the world, because they executed throughout the course of the game tonight, and both teams hit some big time shots whether around the basket or knocking down threes. I was very impressed with the way both teams played.”

The USA trailed 79-77 to start the fourth quarter, but a pull-up jumper from Luke Kennard (Franklin H.S./Franklin, Ohio), a 3-pointer from Allonzo Trier (Findlay Prep/Seattle, Wash.) and a score from Brandon Ingram (Kinston H.S./Kinston, N.C.) gave the USA an 84-81 advantage at 7:30.

That was the last time the USA would lead in the game as the World Team answered with a 7-0 run to retake an 88-84 lead at 5:50. Though the USA tied the game at 98-all when Kennard stole the ball and made two free throws at 2:22, the USA shot just 1-of-4 from free throw line and 1-of-5 from the field in the final 1:47.

The USA forced a turnover and then pulled to within one point, 102-101, when Kennard slammed home a fast-break  with 13.9 seconds left in the game. Forced to foul, the World Team’s Skal Labissiere (Reach Your Dream Prep Academy, Tenn./Haiti) made one free throw with 12.0 on the clock. Kennard’s shot was blocked and went out of bounds with 2.6 seconds. Inbounding to Trier in the corner, his game winning 3-point attempt at the buzzer was off the mark, and the World Team had the victory.

Kennard led the USA with 22 points; Ingram had 12 points; Jalen Brunson (Adlai E. Stevenson H.S./Lincolnshire, Ill.) added 12 points and seven assists; Trier scored 11; Malik Newman (Callaway H.S./Jackson, Miss.) tallied 10 points; and Isaiah Briscoe (Roselle Catholic H.S./Union, N.J.) dished out nine assists to go with nine points.

“The effort was pretty tremendous for both teams, credit to the World team,” Kennard said. “They have some great guys. It was a battle to the end. We were down 14; we never really got discouraged. We were still all in. We fell at the end, but we gave some good effort today.”

As a team, the internationals set World Team game records for blocked shots (12) and 3-point makes (9), and tied the mark for field goals made (38). Individually, Ben Simmons (Montverde Academy, Fla./Australia), who finished with 13 points, set a World Team record for assists (9); Murray set records for field goal attempts (23) and 3-point attempts (7), and he tied the record for 3-point makes (3). Additionally, Labissiere scored 21 points and swatted six USA shots, and Thon Maker (Orangeville Prep, Canada/Australia) grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.

“It was exciting,” said World Team head coach Roy Rana (Canada) who is now 3-2 all-time in the Nike Hoop Summit as the World team head coach. “Obviously it was very satisfying to win, always. It’s never easy to lose, and I’m just happy we were able to pull out the win tonight.”

With the USA shooting 0-for-6 from the field in the first five minutes with four turnovers, the World Team jumped to 12-0. A score from Kennard ended the streak and was followed by four-straight points apiece from Ingram and  Stephen Zimmerman (Bishop Gorman H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.). The international squad, however, sank five 3-pointers to help it build a 25-18 lead at the first break.

With seven-straight points to open the second , the World Team took its largest lead of the game, 32-18, at 8:16 off of a score from Murray, who had 16 first-half points. From there, though, the USA began to chip away at the deficit. Helped by eight points, including two 3s, from Newman, the USA outscored the World Team 26-16 to head to the halftime locker room trailing by three, 47-44.

At the midway point, the World Team was 6-of-15 from 3-point (.400) and had secured a 20-14 advantage on the boards, with nine of those coming on the offensive glass.

The third quarter saw four lead changes and six tied scores. The USA’s first lead came at 7:52 when Ingram made a basket. More than six minutes later, the game was knotted at 74-74 at 1:02. A 3-pointer from Kennard put the USA up 77-74, but the World Team scored and made a 3 with 2.9 seconds to lead 79-77 at the final break.

Murray heated back up and tallied 10 points in the fourth quarter. That, and nine points from Labissiere helped the World Team overcome 11 points from Kennard and six from Trier in the fourth quarter to secure the 103-101 win.

Overall, the World Team shot 42.9 percent from deep (9-21 3pt FGs) and outrebounded the USA 40-29, which helped it score 26 second-chance points, compared to the USA’s 13 second-chance points.

“First of all, we lost to a very good world team,” Brunson said. “They were really skilled, really long, but I couldn’t be more proud of our effort. On the defensive end, guys not giving up. I’m just really honored to have this opportunity.”

L.J. Goolsby (K.C. Run GMC, Kansas) served as the USA’s assistant coach.

The USA moved to a 12-6 overall series in the Nike Hoop Summit, which first was played in 1995.

2015 USA BASKETBALL MEN'S JUNIOR NATIONAL SELECT TEAM

NO
NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
HIGH SCHOOL /*COLLEGE
HOMETOWN
5 Isaiah Briscoe G 6-3 215 19 Roselle Catholic H.S./*Kentucky Union, NJ
9 Jaylen Brown F 6-6 200 18 Wheeler H.S./*California Alpharetta, GA
4 Jalen Brunson G 6-2 198 18 Stevenson H.S./*Villanova Lincolnshire, IL
6 Brandon Ingram F 6-9 190 17 Kinston H.S./*Duke Kinston, NC
13 Chase Jeter F 6-8 195 17 Bishop Gorman H.S/*Duke Las Vegas, NV
10 Luke Kennard G 6-5 180 19 Franklin H.S./*Duke Franklin, OH
7 Malik Newman G 6-4 185 18 Callaway H.S./*Mississippi State
Jackson, MS
14 Ivan Rabb F 6-8 191 18 Bishop O'Dowd H.S./*California Oakland, CA
12 Caleb Swanigan C 6-9 254 18 Homestead H.S./*Purdue Fort Wayne, IN
8 Allonzo Trier G 6-5 207 19 Findlay Prep, NV/*Arizona Seattle, WA
15 Stephen Zimmerman C 7-0 230 18 Bishop Gorman H.S./*UNLV Las Vegas, NV
USA HEAD COACH: Eric Flannery, St. Edward H.S., Ohio
USA ASSISTANT COACH: L.J. Goolsby, KC Run GMC, Kansas
TEAM DOCTOR: Don Roberts, Portland Trail Blazers
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Andrew Rager, Nike
*Indicates college where the player had signed a National Letter of Intent to play in 2015-16.
- Ages are as of April 11, 2015

 

2015 Nike Hoop Summit Box Score

World Select Team
NO
NAME
MIN
FG
FGA
3P
3PA
FT
FTA
OR
DR
TOT
A
PF
ST
TO
BS
PTS
13
Diallo, Cheick  
16
5
9
0
0
2
2
3
3
6
1
3
0
1
3
12
9
Simmons, Ben  
30
5
10
0
1
3
3
4
5
9
9
3
2
4
0
13
11
Maker, Thon  
14
0
5
0
0
2
4
5
5
10
1
2
0
2
1
2
6
Murray, Jamal  
31
12
23
3
7
3
4
1
1
2
5
1
1
3
0
30
5
de Paula, George  
13
1
2
1
2
0
0
0
1
1
0
2
0
2
0
3
   
12
Labissiere, Skal  
27
9
15
0
1
1
3
4
2
6
0
2
0
2
6
21
8
Buza, Nedim  
13
2
2
2
2
0
0
0
1
1
0
1
1
0
0
6
4
Mussini, Frederico  
20
2
5
2
5
3
3
0
0
0
3
3
0
3
0
9
15
Qi, Zhou
12
0
1
0
0
2
2
1
2
3
1
3
0
1
2
2
14
Wynyard, Tai  
11
1
2
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
2
2
0
1
0
2
7
Peno, Stefan  
13
1
3
1
3
0
0
0
1
1
1
0
0
1
0
3
TOTALS:  
38
77
9
21
18
22
17
23
40
23
22
4
20
12
103
PERCENTAGES:
49.4%
42.9%
81.8%
TM REB: 9
TOT TO: 20 (25 PTS)
 
USA Junior National Select Team
NO
NAME
MIN
FG
FGA
3P
3PA
FT
FTA
OR
DR
TOT
A
PF
ST
TO
BS
PTS
9
Brown, Jaylen  
16
2
9
0
1
4
6
0
2
2
0
0
1
2
0
8
13
Jeter, Chase  
17
1
5
0
1
3
4
3
2
5
0
4
1
0
0
5
14
Rabb, Ivan  
9
1
2
0
0
0
2
1
2
3
0
0
0
0
1
2
7
Newman, Malik  
17
4
8
2
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
2
1
0
10
4
Brunson, Jalen  
20
2
4
0
0
8
8
0
1
1
7
0
0
1
0
12
   
5
Briscoe, Isaiah  
20
3
7
0
0
3
6
0
4
4
9
4
3
2
0
9
15
Zimmerman, Stephen  
17
4
6
0
0
0
0
1
1
2
1
3
2
1
2
8
6
Ingram, Brandon  
26
5
6
0
1
2
2
1
2
3
1
0
1
0
1
12
10
Kennard, Luke  
22
9
18
2
5
2
2
5
0
5
2
1
2
0
0
22
12
Swanigan, Caleb  
12
1
4
0
0
0
0
2
1
3
0
1
0
1
0
2
8
Trier, Allonzo  
23
4
12
2
5
1
1
1
0
1
2
0
2
0
0
11
TOTALS:
36
81
6
17
23
31
14
15
29
22
17
14
8
4
101
PERCENTAGES:
44.4%
35.3%
74.2%
TM REB: 18
TOT TO: 8 (15 PTS)
           

Points in the paint: World 50 (25/45), USA 46 (23/48)
Second chance points: World 26 (11/18), USA 13 (3/12)
Fast break points: World 10 (5/7), USA 13 (5/8)
Biggest lead: World 14, USA 4
Lead changes: 6
Times tied: 8

Score By Periods
1
2
3
4
Total
World
25
22
32
24
103
USA
18
26
33
24
101

Attendance: 5,114

Officials: Jose Carrion (Puerto Rico), Hector Sanchez (USA), Matt Myers (USA)

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