A Golden Experience

After playing Thursday morning with the Arkansas Wings at the Nike Peach Jam, Arkansas 2013 basketball commitment Bobby Portis (6-9, 225) sit down to talk about winning a gold medal and making the all-tournament team at last week's Global Challenge in Washington, D.C.

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - While Arkansas 2013 basketball commit Bobby Portis won't get a chance to make it to London for the Summer Olympics, he did get a taste of what it was like to represent his country last week.

Portis (6-9, 225) – a top 25 player nationally per Scout.com - was named to the all-tournament team and helped his USA Midwest squad to the goal medal at the Global Challenge in Washington, D.C.

"It was a great experience to represent my country and it was great that we wion the gold medal by beating Canada by 14 points," Portis said. "The atmosphere was crazy and everybody was rooting for us and chanting USA, USA and stuff like that."

It was a different story on Thursday as the five-star Portis and his Arkansas Wings AAU squad got pool play underway at the Nike Peach Jam.

It's the championship event of the EYBL season and while it drew a few fans, it was mostly media and college coaches on hand.

Razorback head coach Mike Anderson and assistant Melvin Watkins were two of those on hand as CP3 downed the Wings 76-54.

"We had not played together as a team since California and that was way back in May," Portis said. "It's been a while and we have only been able to practice three or four times.

"I know we are going to get mad over this and come back strong," Portis added. "We are still in this thing to win it." Moses Kingsley led the way for the Wings with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks while Portis – who was double-teammed throughout – had 7 points, 7 rebounds and 1 block.

"That was the not the way I wanted to play – as an individual or as a team," Portis said. "But it was good to see Moses come alive with them all over me."

Portis, who made it very clear that he is absolutely solid to Arkansas, is working hard to convince Kingsley to be a Razorback as well.

"He knows how much we want him to come to Arkansas and he knows how much we work well together and need to play together in college," Portis said. "But I keep reminding him anyway."

Kingsley said Thursday that his top four are Arkansas, Louisville, Florida and North Carolina State in no certain order.

"Moses really got a lot of confidence after going to both the Amare Stoudamire and LeBron Academies," Portis said. "He is down there posting up and making plays now."

Both players took an unofficial visit to Arkansas early in late June.

"We both loved it," Portis said. "We got to play with the current Razorbacks and I think we kind of held our own out there with those guys. Now we just need to join them and help out."

The Wings return to pool play action Thursday night at 6 p.m. EST with a game against the Bluff City Legends.

"We're going to regroup," Portis said. "We'll be fine."


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