Jordan Brand: International standouts
Prior to the Regional and National Jordan games, a crop of talented international prospects took the court at Barclays Center on Friday. Among the players that stood out during the game and the two practice sessions this week were Rui Hachimura, Jaylen Hoard, Ikechukwu Obiagu, Njegos Sikiras and Darko Bajo, Hachimura, a 6-foot-7 forward out of Japan, is intriguing on a few fronts. He told Scout on Wednesday that he has a desire to play college basketball, rather than sign a deal to play professionally in Japan. Hachimura had a solid showing in the game, scoring nine points and grabbing five rebounds. Hachimura, who has a strong frame with long arms, hit one mid-range jump shot and had a handful of finishes at the rim. A good athlete, Hachimura appears to be in between forward positions, but is a prospect that could end up at a high major program. Another player that received some buzz at Jordan Brand is Hoard, a 6-foot-8 lengthy power forward. Hoard runs the floor well, has good athleticism and played the game with good energy. Hoard scored a game high 16 points (7-for-10) and added seven rebounds in the game. The best shot blocker in the international game was Obiagu, a 7-foot center who emerged on Scout’s radar in March at the Elite Preview event in Georgia. A terrific rim protector, Obiagu blocked seven shots in the game. He has tremendous length and very good timing. Obiagu is a 2017 prospect out of Decatur (Ga.) Greenforest Christian. While his numbers weren’t eye popping in the actual game, Darko Bajo, a 6-foot-8 forward, was a player that caught our eye. Bajo was aggressive when he got opportunities and looked to face up defenders and attack the basket. He finished with seven points and seven rebounds. Njegos Sikiras was the second highest scorer in the international game with 14 points. He also tallied eight rebounds. He was active on the glass, hunted put back opportunities and knocked down a mid-range fadeaway jump shot.
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