Nike Hoop Summit Recap: Team USA beats World 98-87

German forward Kostja Mushidi shined for the World team with 14 points

Michael Porter Jr. flies to the rim at the Nike Hoop Summit | Photo by Austin J. Smith

Michael Porter Jr. and Jarred Vanderbilt each scored 19 points on Friday, leading Team USA to a 98-87 victory over World Select at the 20th annual Nike Hoop Summit in Portland.

Porter and Vanderbilt — who will play for Missouri and Kentucky next season, respectively — starred on a squad loaded with NBA prospects. Their athleticism, length and free throw shooting proved to be the difference against a scrappy World team that cut the lead to 88-84 with under three minutes to play before USA pulled away for good.

Porter repeatedly got to the rim, drawing contact and making 8-of-9 free throws. He shot 5-of-11 from the field, including two highlight-reel dunks in the closing minutes.

Vanderbilt made 8-of-12 shots to go along with 10 rebounds. Michigan State commit Jaren Jackson Jr. was the only other player to post a double-double, finishing with 13 points and 10 boards.

Jackson and his USA teammates dominated the glass, grabbing 20 offensive rebounds compared to just 21 World defensive boards. Despite the disparity, the World team could’ve won the game if they shot better from the free throw line (18/33).

The World team also struggled to handle USA’s press throughout the game, committing 19 turnovers. Many of those led to easy baskets and allowed USA to stretch the lead into double-digits.

However, World Select kept fighting.

German wing Kostja Mushidi led the way with 14 points, including a Hoop Summit World team record of four made 3-pointers (4/7).

Mushidi, who plays for Mega Leks in Serbia, kept the game close in the first quarter, splashing a catch-and-shoot corner 3 on his first touch and a pull-up 3 a couple possessions later. He scored 11 of his 14 in the 1st half.

“My teammates passed me the ball in good situations, I was wide open mostly,” Mushidi said. “After I made my first shot my teammates kept finding me.”

Kostja Mushidi speaks to the media at the post-game press conference | Photo by Austin J. Smith

Mushidi led a balanced World scoring attack that saw six players finish in double figures. Kentucky commits Nick Richards (Jamaica) and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Canada) combined for 23 points, while Lindell Wigginton added 11 and Isaiah Hartenstein and Nickeil Alexander-Walker both scored 10.

Canadian R.J. Barrett, the youngest player in attendance at just 16-years-old, finished with 9.

“The World team gave us a heck of a game and congrats to them,” USA coach Miles Simon said. “They competed and they gave us everything that we could handle. That’s a very talented team that they presented against us this year and we give them a lot of credit for how well they played tonight.”

Simon said that Mushidi and Virginia Tech commit Nickeil Alexander-Walker jumped out to him with their shooting ability.

“They did a great job of keeping them in it and keeping it close. Even when we made a run they had an answer on that end,” Simon said.

While several of the World players looked rattled by USA’s length and athleticism, Mushidi downplayed the intimidation factor.

“To be honest, it’s just a basketball game. Of course the guys are talented, but we’re talented too. We’re not scared,” Mushidi said.

After two of his 3-pointers Mushidi stared down Vanderbilt, who happened to be the defender closing out both times.

“I just wanted to show people who I am. I think they didn’t know at the beginning who I was. When I came in I wanted to make a statement right away,” Mushidi said. “It was all in fun. Nothing bad, you know, no bad feelings. It’s just part of the game for me.”

World team head coach Roy Rana tries to fire up his team during a timeout | Photo by Austin J. Smith

Isaiah Hartenstein, who plays with Mushidi on the German national team and was born in nearby Eugene, had some strong moments as well. Although he missed 5 of his 7 free throw attempts, he was able to impact the game in other ways. He blocked two shots, and Simon said he was impressed with what he saw.

“I’d never seen him in person, but you can tell his skill level’s real high. The step-back jumper that he had, the way he crashes the glass and he can put the ball on the floor with his size,” Simon said.

With the win, Team USA moves to 14-6 all-time in the Hoop Summit. From here, the players will go on to elite universities and professional clubs around the world. Many of them will be selected in the NBA Draft in the coming years, joining 190 Hoop Summit alumni to be drafted.

The last four No. 1 overall draft picks were World team alumni, and seven former Hoop Summit players went on to win NBA Rookie of the Year, including Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Karl Anthony-Towns.

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