Washington incoming freshman Tony Wroten Jr. (far right) finished with a game-high five assists while helping the USA Basketball Junior National Select Team roll to a 92-80 victory over the World Select Team in the Nike Hoop Summit on Saturday night at the Rose Garden in Portland.
Wearing a No. 5 jersey, Wroten looked at ease directing the Team USA offense. The 6-foot-5 point guard displayed pin-point passing and would have had 8-9 assists if not for a several missed shots from teammates.
Wroten also added four points and two steals in a game in which Team USA dominated defensively and led by as many as 20 points.
Here’s a look at the box score.
With the win, Team USA improves to 11-3 in the 14-game history of the event.
Defense proved to be the difference, but Duke incoming freshman Austin Davis led Team USA with 20 points while a pair of future Kentucky Wildcats Anthony Davis and Michael Gilchrist each had 16.
Bismack Biyombo, a 6-foot-9, 243-pound forward/center from Congo, starred for the international team and had more than a few NBA scouts salivating. He produced the first triple-double at the Summit with 12 points (5-of-7 from the field), 11 rebounds and a record-high 10 blocks.
“He’s Ben Wallace, basically,” a NBA executive told SI.com’s Ian Thomsen.
This week Wroten was a star in practices, according to NBADraft.net.
Before Saturday’s game, he did an interview (below) with OregonLive.com and talked about a variety of subjects including his thoughts on playing at Washington next season.
Photo credit: AP Photo – Rick Bowmer
SUNDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Do you know Daouda Soumaoro? Neither do I, but according to ESPN.com it seems as if Washington is getting to know the 6-foot-9 native of Mali, Africa. The Huskies are listed among the schools hoping to land the big man for the 2011 class. UW is competing with Colorado and Utah as well as St. John’s.
— Washington senior Matthew Bryan-Amaning concluded the Portsmouth Invitational with a 19-point performance as his team trounced a squad that featured former UW teammate Justin Holiday. Bryan-Amaning played his best game of the three-day tournament. He connected on 6 of 12 shots from the field and 7 of 9 at the line. He also had five rebounds in 29 minutes as a starter.
Holiday also had his best game this week, but still struggled with his shooting. He connected on 4 of 11 shots for nine points in 22 minutes as a reserve.
On Friday DraftExpress.com gave a positive evaluation of Bryan-Amaning and believed Holiday needed a strong finish.
NBADraft.net’s assessment of Bryan-Amaning’s low-post ability will be very familiar to UW fans. The website reports: “His athleticism, length and ability to run the floor were on full display, and he was also able to show some glimpses of his faceup game as well as a fairly soft touch going to his right jump hook. However, if forced to make a counter move and go to his left, his effectiveness becomes reduced dramatically. He seems off-balance when his go-to move is taken away and he does not show the skill or ability to consistently go to his secondary moves.
— Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry tells Jerry Brewer Washington junior Isaiah Thomas will be selected in first round of the NBA draft if “he really commits himself for the next three months.”
— Washington State will unveil a new department-wide brand and identity program Monday. This has been Bill Moos project ever since he was hired as athletic director last year.
According to a release from the school: “During the unveiling, student-athletes from football, men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and baseball will model new uniforms for the 2011-12 year. The uniforms will incorporate new crimson and gray colors along with new lettering and numerals that will be identical across each uniform. A brand and identity standards manual also will be presented that provides guidelines for the appropriate use of logos.”