Saturday, April 12, 2008

Incoming Bruin Frosh Help USA To Win Over World

By Bruin Basketball Report

Box Score

Incoming Bruin big man, Drew Gordon scored 15 and grabbed 7 rebounds to help lead the USA Select basketball team to a 98-78 victory over the World Select team at the 11th Annual Nike Hoop Summit held at the Rose Garden in Portland.

Gordon demonstrated the type of athleticism and hustle he will bring to Westwood next season. Gordon added four blocks and seemingly was always around the action in his 18 minutes of play.

The USA roster included four players who are committed to play at UCLA next fall. The group included Gordon and guards Jrue Holiday, Malcolm Lee, and Jerime Anderson. Three of the Bruins, Gordon, Holiday, and Lee were in USA's starting line-up.

The World team managed to stay close for more than a half, thanks largely to an inside presence that featured 7'1 Alexis Ajinca of France and 7'4 Boban Marjanovic of Serbia. They helped to force the Americans to alter a number off inside shots and USA led only 43-42 early in the third quarter.

But the USA team had a quicker group of perimeter players, led by Holiday, Lee, and Anderson, and the Americans used it to their advantage by forcing the internationals into 10 third-quarter turnovers. That defensive play sparked an 11-0 run that gave USA a 54-42 lead with 6:10 left in the third. Holiday led the spurt with a three-pointer and an ally-oop dunk on a lob pass from Tyreke Evans.

"Our big men weren't quite as big as the other team," Drew Gordon said. "We battled hard in the post but the guards definitely stepped it up on offense and on defense to stop their pressure and set up our offense."

"I think our defense was the key to pulling away in the second half, especially our guards," Jrue Holiday said. "We picked up full-court, and applied a lot of pressure up top, trying to distract them and disrupt them."

Holiday finished with 11 points although he missed a number of lay-up opportunities in the first half. Teammate Malcolm Lee scored 3 points in 12 minutes action but his playing time was somewhat limited due to early foul trouble.

Although Jerime Anderson came off the bench for Team USA, he was clearly the best floor general in the game. The offense flowed better when he was at the point, in addition, his defense on the World team guards was stellar. Anderson finished with 4 points, 3 assists, and 3 steals in 15 minutes of action.

"When we play for the USA, it's all about the team," Andreson said. "It's all about playing and trying to get the win. Nobody is trying to get theirs; we're playing as a team. I felt that we did that really well today."



At Apr 12, 2008, 5:57:00 PM, Anonymous jake said...

Very encouraging ... nice to hear.

At Apr 13, 2008, 2:04:00 AM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

Wow...we will be thanking Coach BH next year....
goose bumps....jump ball already....

At Apr 13, 2008, 2:08:00 AM, Anonymous ASK said...

Gordon looked great. I was worried about how his injury would affect him this year. Can't wait to see him in a Bruins jersey swating inside shots into the 3rd row!!!
The 3 incomming guards looked great on the defensive side also. Howland is going to love this class. Anderson really impressed me. Great hands.
Come on November. Get here already.

At Apr 13, 2008, 4:12:00 AM, Anonymous Brew In said...

Great to hear Anderson is a defensive gem!!!

At Apr 13, 2008, 4:46:00 AM, Anonymous jake said...

Side note for future recruits. Has anybody seen Reeves Nelson or Kendall Williams play in person ??? Nelson I've read a little about ... but nothing on Williams.

At Apr 13, 2008, 11:37:00 AM, Anonymous Grrr said...

Agreed, ASK!
Although, Jrue gets most of the hype, Gordon looked the most impressive. I really like his athleticism and nose for rebounds and shot blocking.
Jrue did well also. He definitely is a quick decision maker and can fill up a highlight reel. More than half of the USA squad was composed of these super athletic guards so it was hard for Jrue to stand out.
The UCLA recruits always seemed to be playing hard on defense. Props to Howland for getting the right minded gentlemen for his system!
Also, I really loved how the announcers mentioned how much this new class is begging K-Love to stay so this group can get a championship together. Go Bruins!

At May 20, 2008, 4:33:00 AM, Anonymous Hakan said...

Why did Samardo Samuels play on the world team?

At May 20, 2008, 5:02:00 AM, Anonymous Bruin Basketball Report said...

Samuels was born in Jamaica.


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