For the second time in a matter of weeks, the future of college basketball and the NBA played on the big stage on national TV. The United States were able to hold off the World team in a 98-87 victory at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.
After his stellar performance in last week’s McDonald’s All-American Game, Missouri bound Michael Porter Jr. showed why he is the potential number one pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. The 6-foot-10 point forward finished the game with 19 points while making fans mouths drop after some of his buckets.
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Fear not, Porter wasn’t the only prospect who turned a couple heads. Jarred Vanderbilt, who will be taking his talents to Kentucky next fall, also finished with 19 points to go along with 7 rebounds. After struggling in the McDonald’s game, Vanderbilt was able to reassure Big Blue Nation, NBA Scouts, and college basketball fans around the world that he’ll still be a legitimate threat for Coach Cal and the ‘Cats next year and also whichever NBA team drafts him.
Future Michigan State Spartan F Jaren Jackson also chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds for the USA. A big reason for Jackson’s solid performance was due to the fact the World team decided to play a zone and Jackson got a majority of his points around the rim after cutting in from the short corner.
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After finishing with 11 points and 7 rebounds in the loss, a lot of good was said about Iowa State-bound G Lindell Wigginton. The guard prospect from Canada is a deadeye from the perimeter who also has the ability to finish inside. In shooting drills during practice, Wigginton was on fire from deep and showed off his smooth shooting stroke. He’ll make an impact right away next year in Ames and will be fun to watch him progress under Coach Steve Prohm at Iowa State.
— Vincent M Williams (@VinceCTV) April 8, 2017
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