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2014 Nike Hoop Summit: USA Practice Day Three
by: Mike Schmitz
April 12, 2014
After a disappointing performance in Thursday night's scrimmage, Team USA hit the Trail Blazers practice facility floor on Friday morning with a renewed energy.

They practiced with intensity, made shots from the perimeter, pushed the ball in transition, and looked like a team of All-Americans rather than the squad that went 0-for-16 from three and struggled on both ends of the floor less than 24 hours earlier.
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That vigor and offensive potency carried over into Friday night's scrimmage, when they defeated the same team of former college players (plus Oregon sharp-shooter Mike Moser), 89-78, in three 10-minute quarters.

Mike Jones' team certainly wasn't flawless, as they let up defensively and lost the final quarter 38-24. But Team USA undoubtedly took a step in the right direction with Saturday's game against the World Team less than 24 hours away.

They finished with five players in double figures scoring, led by Cliff Alexander and Tyus Jones, who each scored 12 points on 10-of-12 combined shooting. Alexander got them going early, and was perfect from the field on the night on five attempts.

Jones did an excellent job running the show. He got Team USA into its half court sets, made plays for his teammates, pushed the tempo in transition, and provided timely scoring when the team needed a bucket.

While Jones and Alexander were the standouts, it was Team USA's balanced scoring and 3-point shooting that led them to victory. They knocked down 9-of-19 3-pointers (47.4%), spacing the floor for Jones and slasher Theo Pinson (11 points on 4-of-5 shooting) to make plays.

Team USA had five different players knock down at least one 3-pointer, led by James Blackmon, who finished the game with 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting from distance. Myles Turner knocked down a pair of 3-pointers (one in the special situational-based quarter which we did not chart below) to emerge from the semi-slump he's been in this week.

They also played with the sense of togetherness that was expected to personify the team, dishing out 20 assists on 36 made shots.

Jones led the team with five dimes, and Justise Winslow was right behind him with four assists. Winslow stuffed the stat-sheet with 10 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals, and two highlight alley-oop finishes.

Offensively, Team USA took a major step in the right direction, shooting 60% from the field and turning the ball over just 14 times.

On the other end of the floor, Team USA showed flashes of the brand of defense it's hoping to impose on the World Team on Saturday.

Playing a small lineup with Stanley Johnson at center and Kelly Oubre at power forward in the third quarter, Team USA forced the scrimmage squad into back-to-back-to-back turnovers. They pressed in stretches, as the scrimmage team struggled mightily to even get the ball in bounds, and Team USA's elite athleticism shined through.

They also did a solid job making it tough on Moser in the half court. He finished with 30 points (4-of-7 from three), but it took him 24 shots to get there, and he went only 6-of-17 from inside the arc. The Portland local certainly had his share of impressive moments, though, hitting some tough contested jumpers, coming up with one extremely impressive dunk, and showing a solid activity level throughout the evening as he was clearly playing with a real sense of urgency.

Beating the scrimmage squad by 11 points certainly doesn't mean Saturday's game against the World Team will be a cakewalk. But there's no doubt that Team USA took a step in the right direction and has momentum that could carry it to victory against Emmanuel Mudiay, Nikola Jokic, Karl Towns and company.

PLAYER STATS As charted by DraftExpress' Mike Schmitz'
Tyus Jones: 12 points, 5-of-7 FGs, 2-of-2 3FGs, 5 assists, 7 turnovers, 5 steals
Cliff Alexander: 12 points, 5-of-5 FGs, 2-of-4 FTs, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block
Theo Pinson: 11 points, 4-of-5 FGs, 2-of-3 3FGs, 1-of-2 FTs, 2 rebounds,
James Blackmon: 11 points, 4-of-8 FGs, 3-of-5 3FGs, 3 assists, 1 rebound, 1 steal
Justise Winslow: 10 points, 5-of-8 FGs, 0-of-1 3FGs, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals
Jahlil Okafor: 8 points, 4-of-6 FGs, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block
Reid Travis: 7 points, 1-of-5 field goals, 0-of-1 3FGs, 5-of-6 FTs, 3 rebounds
Kelly Oubre: 6 points, 3-of-6 FGs, 0-of-3 3FGs
Stanley Johnson: 5 points, 2-of-5 FGs, 1-of-2 3FGs, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 2 turnovers
Joel Berry: 4 points, 2-of-4 FGs, 0-of-1 3FGs, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 2 turnovers
Myles Turner: 3 points, 1-of-1 3FGs, 2 blocks

Highlight of the Night
Kelly Oubre posterized Moser with a monster left-handed dunk over the outstretched arm of the 6-foot-8 forward.


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Feedback for this article may be sent to Mike.Schmitz2@gmail.com .

 

Mike Moser
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 204 lbs.
Birthday: 11/08/1990
24 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Grant
Previous Team: Lietuvos Rytas , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
6.2 Pts, 2.8 Rebs, 0.6 Asts


Cliff Alexander
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 254 lbs.
Birthday: 11/16/1995
19 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Curie
Current Team: Kansas , Freshman
Positions:
Current: PF/C,
NBA: PF/C,
Possible: PF/C
Quick Stats:
9.0 Pts, 5.3 Rebs, 0.0 Asts


Tyus Jones
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 184 lbs.
Birthday: 05/10/1996
18 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Apple Valley
Current Team: Duke , Freshman
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
9.2 Pts, 2.6 Rebs, 5.0 Asts


Theo Pinson
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 188 lbs.
Birthday: 11/05/1995
19 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Wesleyan Christian
Current Team: North Carolina , Freshman
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
3.7 Pts, 3.0 Rebs, 3.3 Asts


James Blackmon
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 184 lbs.
Birthday: 04/25/1995
19 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Marion
Current Team: Indiana , Freshman
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
20.2 Pts, 4.8 Rebs, 1.0 Asts


Myles Turner
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 11"
Weight: 242 lbs.
Birthday: 03/24/1996
18 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Trinity HS
Current Team: Texas , Freshman
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
8.8 Pts, 6.3 Rebs, 0.8 Asts


Justise Winslow
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 229 lbs.
Birthday: 03/26/1996
18 Years Old
Teams:
High School: St. John
Current Team: Duke , Freshman
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
15.4 Pts, 5.8 Rebs, 2.2 Asts


Stanley Johnson
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 243 lbs.
Birthday: 05/29/1996
18 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Mater Dei
Current Team: Arizona , Freshman
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
12.3 Pts, 5.3 Rebs, 1.5 Asts


Kelly Oubre
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 204 lbs.
Birthday: 12/09/1995
18 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Findlay
Current Team: Kansas , Freshman
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
3.7 Pts, 3.3 Rebs, 1.0 Asts


Emmanuel Mudiay
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 200 lbs.
Birthday: 03/05/1996
18 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Prime Prep
Current Team: Guangdong , Freshman
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
17.7 Pts, 6.0 Rebs, 5.9 Asts


Nikola Jokic
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 11"
Weight: 253 lbs.
Birthday: 02/19/1995
19 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Mega Vizura , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #11 in 2014 Draft
by the Nuggets
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
16.6 Pts, 10.0 Rebs, 4.3 Asts


Karl Towns
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 7' 0"
Weight: 248 lbs.
Birthday: 11/15/1995
19 Years Old
Teams:
High School: St. Joseph
Current Team: Kentucky , Freshman
Positions:
Current: PF/C,
NBA: PF/C,
Possible: PF/C
Quick Stats:
6.4 Pts, 7.0 Rebs, 1.4 Asts


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