The Nike Hoop Summit will take place on Saturday, April 7 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. The game itself is the most competitive game out of the McDonald’s All American and Jordan game. Coach Ken Boyle (Montverde Academy, Fla.) has already stepped in and put his stamp on the team with his tough coaching.
The World team has been in town since Monday. The USA team arrived Wednesday night and held their first practice Thursday morning at the Nike Campus.
The first practice was intense from the beginning to end. Coach Boyle implemented his tough defensive and offensive strategies. The practice was so intense; it only took a couple of minutes for Coach Boyle to pause practice to let his players know to pick up the pace.
There was really no one that stood out in the first practice but one thing for sure is the Pittsburg commit James Robinson belongs here. Robinson showed good composure at the point.
Some players were winded due to not playing high school ball in the last month but once they got their second wind, things went smoothly for Team USA.
The Second practice was held at the Trailblazers practice facility. The first hour of practice Coach Boyle went hard on the guys making sure they knew the plays he drew up from the first practice.
The last hour of practice Team USA had a scrimmage game against each other. In an intense scrimmage, there were some players that stood out.
Kyle Anderson – The UCLA commit can do it all at 6’8. Slow-mo is the guards nickname. Although it might look like Anderson is moving in slow motion on the court, Anderson displays a basketball IQ that not many players have. The New Jersey native is possibly the most overall player in the class of 2012.
Shabazz Muhammad – Muhammad is the hardest worker on the court that has a motor that doesn’t stop. The undecided senior seems like there is no such thing as a lay-up. Muhammad is a beast and dunks about almost anything. At one point in practice Muhammad dunked the ball so hard that the only thing Kyle Anderson could say was “he’s vicious”.
Archie Goodwin – Big Blue Nation is getting a special player in Goodwin. The Kentucky commit was told by his doctor that he could possibly grow another 3 inches. With a 6’9 wing span, Goodwin is a student of the game. He displayed some good defense as well as offense. Goodwin will be a special player for Kentucky.
Here is some short footage of Coach Boyle doing what he does best.