Five things we learned from the Nike Hoop Summit
Jalen Brunson is going to make Josh Hart and Dylan Ennis very happy.
Brunson, a guard from Stevenson (Lincolnshire, Ill.) who is headed to Villanova next year, did an excellent job of penetrating the World Select Team’s forest of bigs, then dishing out to shooters. Hart and Ennis, two of Villanova’s top returning outside shooters, will benefit from Brunson’s ability to drive and see the floor in traffic.
Skal Labissiere has improved his offensive skill set
Labissiere, a Haitian-born player headed to Kentucky next year, didn’t hurt himself in the eyes of scouts with his play Saturday. He led all players with six blocks, was second on his team with 21 points and showed a versatility of shots. His hustle also put him in the right position for rebounds and second-chance points.
“We played together as a team and didn’t try to do a lot of one-on-ones, took care of the ball at the end, shot free throws and got a win,” Labissiere said. “I just need to work on my defense and my rebounding.”
If Tyus Jones stays at Duke, Luke Kennard will blossom next fall
Luke Kennard, a Franklin, Ohio, guard who is headed to Duke, was the U.S. Team’s leading scorer with 22 points. That was less of a surprise than the way Kennard got his points. Besides his usual number of outside shots, he had enough athletic plays to raise a few eyebrows. Still, it’s his outside shooting that Duke is counting on and playing with Jones next year will mean he will get the ball in a good position to score. That’s provided Jones doesn’t head to the NBA like his good friend Jahlil Okafor.
Brandon Ingram can be a good defensive stopper
The U.S. squad got back into the game when it put Ingram at the No. 4 spot and the Kinston, N.C. player’s length caused the World Select guards problems. He had 12 points, but his contributions on defense were more important.
Zhou Qi will be more than a great scrabble word — eventually
The 7-2 player from China obviously needs to add strength and weight (he’s listed at 209 pounds), but had two blocks in 12 minutes and during his week of practice, showed a nice outside shot and a good passing touch. Saturday, he was frequently muscled out of the paint, but as he gets stronger, he will be more than a project.