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  • Vince Iwuchuk summary from the Nike Hoop Summit last night

    The Hoop Summit is an annual all-star game sponsored by Nike that matches the top high school players in North America, dividing the team by Team USA and the international players for “Team World.”

    Vincent Iwuchukwu started at Center for the international team.

    I was very curious how Vince would show in a game like this, given his underwhelming stint at Montverde Academy and his intermittent play for the SoCal Academy.

    Team USA was loaded up with most of the top players in the 247sports composite rankings: Derek Lively, Kyle Filipowski, Dariq Whitehead (all heading to Duke), Keonte George (Baylor), Nick Smith & Anthony Black (Arkansas), Dillon Mitchell (Texas), Grady Dick (Kansas) and Amari Bailey (UCLA).

    But far and away the best player on the court was Cam Whitmore out of Maryland, who is heading to Villanova. He’s a wing/forward hybrid who can shoot and slash and finish at the basket. He will kill it for Jay Wright.

    Team World didn’t have quite the elite firepower of Team USA, but it did have by far the best lead guard in Jean Montero, who left high school to play for the all but invisible Overtime Elite league. Montero is incredibly fast twitch with a tremendous change of direction and an elite handle. He also was able to execute the pick n roll at a very high level. More on that later. His shot does need some work. But if Montero was playing college ball with this group, I’d easily project him as a Top 10 if not Top 5 overall pick.

    Speaking of the pick n roll… Montero’s ability to execute the p’n’r got Vince several great shots at the rim, which he mostly finished on. Vince scored 7 of Team World’s first 15 points before running into some foul trouble. When he got back it, his team was mainly taking jumpers. Vince finished with 9 points on 4 of 8 shooting from the field.

    Vince is probably at the skill level right now of Boubacar, but probably 4 inches taller, a noticeably wingspan and a slightly better vertical. He’s a work in progress, who will likely end up in the NBA. He was active on defense with a couple steals and a couple blocks.

    Here is the full game from the beginning:
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    Here's Vince's first FG on a pick'n'roll with Jean Montero




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    Here's Vince deflecting Amari Bailey's shot at the rim.
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    Here's Vince dunking with an And-One:
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    Here's Vince grabbing an offensive rebound and putting it back:
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    Here's Vince rejecting Anthony Black on his drive attempt:
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    Here is the box score for the game:
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  • #2
    This is just an excellent breakdown. The Hoops Summit is an awesome event. Great to see Vince fit right in

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    • #3
      Vince looked like he belonged in the game. With Isaiah leaving, SC will likely need Vince to contribute some real minutes next season. Hopefully, Josh and Vince will provide some quality center play. I also envision Kijani banging down low as he definitely has the physical size and strength to get that done. Hopefully we will also see Harrison get meaningful minutes as he can shoot the lights out when given a real chance. Next year could be very interesting. I don't think it would hurt one bit if the staff could come up with a guy through the portal who can really contribute on the offensive end. That guy would need to score and rebound quite well. MJD

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