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July 2, 2008

USA U18 trials: session two

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The USA Basketball U18 Trials included a 30 minute inter-squad scrimmage during session two. The inside-outside punch of Kemba Walker and Kenny Hall controlled the scrimmage.

The Blue squad upended the White squad behind the passing of Walker and the inside scoring and rebounding of Hall.

Blue squad

Kenny Hall (Tennessee commitment)- 10 points on 4-7 shooting, 2-2 from the line, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 turnover

Hall played with a lot of energy and made plays with his athleticism. He battled for rebounds and finished with strength.

Travis Releford (Kansas)- 5 points on 2-2 shooting, 1-1 from the line, 2 rebounds, 1 turnover

Releford had another solid session. He didn't make as many positive plays as he did during the first session, but the efficiency of his play was impressive.

JaMychal Green (Alabama)- 4 points on 2-5 shooting, 4 rebounds, 1 block

When Hall wasn't making plays, Green was picking up the slack in the interior for the Blue squad. At times it was difficult to tell the two apart with their similar size and style of play.

Leslie McDonald (North Carolina commitment)- 4 points on 2-4 shooting, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 turnover

McDonald had a solid outing on the wing for the Blue squad. Once again, he picked up his points in transition.

Ari Stewart- 4 points on 1-3 shooting, 2-2 from the line, 2 rebounds

It was a relatively quiet session for Stewart, but he did attack the rim on his scoring opportunities.

Hollis Thompson (Georgetown commitment)- 4 points on 2-6 shooting, 1 rebound, 1 steal

Thompson has been quiet in the two opening sessions. He appears to be outmatched strength wise at times.

Kemba Walker (Connecticut)- 3 points on 1-3 shooting, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 7 assists and 4 turnovers

Despite just scoring three points, Walker simply has been the most dominant player on the court during the first two sessions. He is certainly the engine that will make this team run. Defensively, he puts extreme pressure on the ball, and offensively, he gets a piece of the paint at will.

Wesley Witherspoon (Memphis)- 3 points on 1-2 shooting, 1-1 from the line, 1 rebound, 1 block

Outside a strong drive to the basket and a defensive stop against Lance Stephenson, Witherspoon had a quite day after a quiet day yesterday.

Travis Wear (North Carolina commitment)- 2 points on 1-4 shooting, 5 rebounds

Wear wasn't an offensive threat during session two, but his hustle for the ball produced a scrimmage high along with Hall of five rebounds.

White squad

Lance Stephenson- 11 points on 5-10 shooting, 1-2 from the line, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 assist, 2 turnovers

Session two started out as poorly as session one for Stephenson, but things started clicking for him after the halfway mark of the scrimmage. Still figuring out how to blend in with the team concept as a wing player here, Stephenson shunned the high degree of difficulty passes and shots and began to just muscle his way to the rim. There aren't many defenders in the country who can stop him when he takes this aggressive, streamlined approach.

Matthew Humphrey (Oregon)- 7 points on 3-8 shooting, 1 assist

Humphrey hasn't always had the best shot selection, but he has proven to be one of the perimeter players here who can manufacture a shot.

Ryan Kelly- 6 points on 3-5 shooting, 4 rebounds, 1 block, 1 turnover

When Kelly wants to score it, he can score it. He hasn't been as aggressive as he could be, but he stood out once again during session two.

David Wear (North Carolina commitment)- 4 points on 2-5 shooting, 2 rebounds

Wear scored on a couple nice looking back to the basket post moves.

Dominic Cheek- 3 points on 1-5 shooting, 0-1 from the line, 2 rebounds, 1 assist

Cheek didn't have the hot hand like he did yesterday. During session two he avoided negative plays, but didn't make a lot of plays either.

Mason Plumlee (Duke commitment)- 2 points on 1-3 shooting, 0-1 from the line, 2 rebounds, 5 blocks, 1 turnover

Plumlee was the scrimmage's most dominant interior defender. Take away a couple questionable calls and he has even more than five blocks. He will certainly be a welcomed addition to Duke's interior play.

Maalik Wayns (Villanova commitment)- 0 points on 0-2 shooting, 1 assist, 3 turnovers

The poor point guard play of Wayns and Lee compared to the strong play of Walker was probably the main difference in this game.

Malcolm Lee (UCLA)- 0 points on 0-3 shooting, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 assist and 3 turnovers

Both Lee and Wayns have struggled to find their rhythm in running the offense.

Reeves Nelson (UCLA commitment)- DNP



 

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