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2016 Nike Hoop Summit

2016 Nike Hoop Summit: Additional Quotes

  • Date:
    Apr 9, 2016


Opening statement:

“I have to say that we came out today and played very well when you look at the stats sheet. They shot close to 16% from three, had 29 turnovers and our whole motto this week was to come out and be very aggressive from the beginning and I thought that the guys did an excellent job today at that to set the tone early.”

On the mindset when the World Team cut the deficit to eight:

“I think obviously we expected them to make a bit of a run after we jumped out early but the guys battled back and kept that momentum so it was expected.”

TERRANCE FERGUSON (Advanced Prep International, Texas)

Comments on the game:

“It wasn’t all about offense today, our main focus was on defense I mean I think we caused 30+ turnovers on the defensive end so that was unbelievable and that caused most of our points right there. Like I said I got the hot hand and the players were going to feed me so I was shooting it.”

On if he’s had a three point shooting night like this before:

“Oh yes, I just had to put my hand in some ice just to cool it. I came in here and didn’t even want to touch the mic because it might catch on fire.”

On if the game plan was to play though him or if he just got hot:

“It just happened I mean after that second three I felt that is was pretty good so I was like ‘okay I’m feeling it right now.’ Then they kept feeding me so I kept throwing it up, sometimes I would look up at the three as I threw it up and I was like ‘it’s got to go in, it’s going in.’ And that was the plan right there, just keep throwing it up.”

On how far he is from committing to a college:

“I don’t have a due date right now, whenever it happens it happens.”

JAYSON TATUM (Chaminade College Prep, Missouri)

Comments on the game:

“Just to piggyback off of what Terrance said, the mindset was to go in there and play defense and we’re very deep and versatile but Ferg got hot and we just fed off his energy and that got everyone going.”


On what made the USA team so difficult:

“Obviously you have to commend them, they have a pretty unique roster. Very athletic, very long… Certainly that had an impact on the game. We just didn’t look like a very confident team right from the start. I thought we were pretty tentative, as much as it’s compliment to them. The thing that’s disappointing is I don’t think we had our best day and when you turn it over as much as we did it’s hard to win games. Many of them were caused by their pressure and their athleticism, but many of them were unforced as well, so I think that’s the most disappointing piece and think all the guys feel that way. They wish they had been able to put out a better performance.”

On Team USA’s athleticism compared to past years:

“Yeah, I’m not sure if they’re more athletic than the US teams in the past. I think the US team can bring a fantastically athletic team every year. This was a different group, it’s a different year, a different group. They came in with a lot more confidence, they came in with energy right off the start, and they imposed their will on us and we just didn’t respond very well.”

On the impact traveling had on his team:

“Yeah, there’s many many challenges we have in team construction and getting the kids here… unfortunately we had two injuries, which I think really hurt our depth today. Some of these kids have incredible amounts of jet lag when they come in, but we’ve been able to overcome that in the past, so we’re not going to use it as an excuse. But I think it’s a testament to these kids and what they’re able to put themselves through and how much they love the game and how competitive they are to be able to… Edin Atic came in at midnight on Sunday and was on the court on Monday morning for practice, so I don’t know how he does it. But they don’t make any excuses, they’re not saying, ‘hey, can we have some more time to adjust?’. We do our best to try and manage that load during the week, but it’s another additional piece of the challenge that we have, that we’ve got to try to balance our practice load, etc.. We give them the best experience we can, but I admire each and every one of them. They come from a long way, and they don’t complain and they just get on the court and work as hard as they can.”

DEANDRE AYTON (Hillcrest Academy, Arizona / Bahamas)

On today’s game:

“It’s been a great week of practice, the chemistry was pretty well this whole week. But in the game the USA really attacked us. They threw the first punch and we didn’t know how to get together and really execute our plays like we worked on in practice and just keep playing basketball. We broke down and you can see the results, we lost the game.”

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