Bayless impressive at Hoops Summit

After a solid McDonald's All-American game. Future Wildcat Jerryd Bayless had a very good showing at the Nike Hoops Summit in Memphis. Bayless scored 15 points as Team USA downed the International team 100-80.

Bayless was second on the team in scoring with 15 points, trailing future Pac-10 foe O.J. Mayo who had 20. Bayless was 5-10 from the field and made 1-3 three pointers. He had two rebounds and an assist in 20 minutes.

With several other versatile guards on the team he played a variety of positions, but did handle some point guard duties. He only had the one assist, but did show a propensity to drive and dish and could have had a few more assists had his teammates made a few long jumpers.

Bayless has good range. He made the lone three pointer, but also knocked down a very long two. He is also more than willing to put the ball on the floor and attack the hoop. He made a couple of lay-ins and also drew four fouls.

He was at his best on the break. His windmill dunk was probably the best of the day and he added a one-handed slam late.

Defensively, he has good footwork and works very hard. On several occasions he wound up matched up against bigger, inside players and did pick up a couple fouls, but on the perimeter he was solid. He has enough technique and quickness that he can pick up his man at mid-court and maintain tough defense. Play like that will go a long way into helping the Wildcats extend their defensive pressure out past the three-point line.

He has a nice handle, but did have a few bobbles. We also saw that a couple of times during the McDonald's game. He also missed three of his seven foul shots. He did not necessarily prove he could play 35 minutes at the point for the Wildcats next season, but did show enough point guard skills to prove he is more than just a shooting guard.

He is very quick, looking like he was quicker than most of the international guards in the game.


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