NGC Saturday stars

7 Aug

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

It was an interesting day at the Nike Global Challenge on Saturday. There were three blowouts, one great match-up and 10 guys that stood out.

Top players from Saturday:

  1. Jabari Parker (2013) – Simply outstanding. Parker was hitting shots with defenders in his face from NBA range. It was a pretty sight to behold. He reminded me of Kevin Durant during his separation from the rest of the pack at the Boo Williams event in 2005. Parker was brilliant.
  2. Andrew Wiggins (2014) – You could argue that Wiggins had the best day at the office on Saturday. He took over the game in a good battle between his Canada team and USA East. Wiggins was hitting shots, attacking the rim, defending all over the floor and owning the moment. Great future for this young guy.
  3. Archie Goodwin (2012) – Lost in the shuffle of Parker’s game was the production of Goodwin. He was scoring, driving, slashing and challenging. Goodwin did his best work going to the rim. He scored on all of his attempts inside the paint en route to a 23 point day.
  4. Julius Randle (2013) – Whoa, what a physical presence. The rising junior plays with every ounce of his 240-pound frame. Randle scores with great force at the rim and doesn’t allow defenders to try and defend him in the paint. He challenges people to guard him.
  5. Sim Bhullar (2012) – Some giants don’t know how to use their size. Bhullar showed that he does on Saturday. Canada did a nice job of throwing the ball over the zone and Bhullar caught it high, played it high and scored it high. He understands what his strength is and plays to it. Bhullar, an Xavier commit, proved his value against a team that couldn’t do much against his size and natural strength.
  6. Tyler Ennis (2013) – Well, hello, sleeper. I must admit, I’ve never head of him prior to this event. The Canadian point guard did a masterful job of running his team’s offense and was the best point guard of the day. The St. Benedict’s (N.J.) guard scored, passed, defended and lead very well.
  7. Omar Calhoun (2012) – The UConn commit will score a lot of points in college. Bet on that. Calhoun reminded me a lot of Javaris Crittenton. Translation: good size, quick, athletic, questionable shot taker, sometimes on his own page but naturally talented.
  8. Brice Johnson (2012) – What a first impression. Johnson came out strong out of the gates and scored on Bhullar three of the first five possessions of the game. He was motivated for the challenge, clearly. Johnson was the only player that had success scoring on Bhullar in the low block.
  9. Danuel House (2012) – What a good looking prospect. He’s long, athletic, a scorer and full of raw ability. House has all the tools to be a great player at the next two levels.
  10. Daniel Ochefu (2012) – A lot of the attention will go to the flashy players and that’s fine. But if you watched closely, the future Villanova center did all the right things from his center position. He didn’t do anything he’s not qualified to do. A monster on the glass, too.

In other news…here is my report for CatsPause.com on the 247Sports.com network. Be sure to check InsideCarolina.com for my report there, too.

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