An injury to Australian Josh Green in his second consecutive appearance at the Nike Hoop Summit compounded his Team World’s woes, as they went down 93-87 to Team USA in a close-fought contest.
The 6’6 shooting guard told Fox Sports’ Olgun Uluc that he dislocated his shoulder in the first quarter, but played out the remainder of the contest – clearly hampered and in some discomfort. Having previously indicated his desire to make the Australian national team for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, his injury setback may have adversely impacted his aspirations.
Nico Mannion from team World led all scorers, dropping 30 points, and was arguably the best on court. The point guard, ranked number 1 in the class of 2019 (247 Sports Composite), was extremely efficient, and had a handful of assists to go with his scoring efforts.
In exciting news for Aussie hoops fans, Mannion will pair with Green at the Arizona Wildcats next season. There’s every chance, if given the right chance to flourish as a backcourt combination, that they could have a significant and immediate impact on the Pac-12 tournament.
For Team USA, Cole Anthony had 25 points, whilst James Wiseman had a 12-point, 10-rebound double double, along with seven blocks. An elite rim protector, Wiseman should bring some starch to the Memphis Tigers roster in the NCAA next season.
Earlier, team World shot to an early lead, before Team USA pegged things back to have it close at quarter time, 21-19. It would be the only break they were led, as they slowly asserted their dominance in the paint to run down and stave off a quick and zippy team World outfit.