Global Challenge: Day Two Rundown

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The players seemed more aggressive and into it on day two of the Global Challenge. Avery Bradley stood out once again, helping his team win their semi-finals game, while Harrison Barnes led his team to the championship with a 22-point effort.

The first game of the day put USA Team #3 up against Puerto Rico on the losers side of the bracket. The USA squad pulled off a relatively easy 14-point win, behind a balanced offensive attack. Four guys were in double figures, while three (Jereme Richmond, Milton Jennings and Mike Moser) finished with 11 points in the 86-72 win.

On the championship side of the bracket, USA Team #1 took on Canada in what looked like a game that would come down to the wire. However, late in the third quarter the Americans stepped it up on the defensive end and started hitting threes on the opposite end. In crunch time it was Alex Oriahki that dominated the game inside, as he recorded a double-double, while Harrison Barnes scored a game high 22 points and proved to be the best offensive threat the USA team had to offer.

There was some anticipation for the nightcap as Serbia took on the USA Team #2. The lead changed hands a number of time, before a tussle took place in front of the Americans bench, which led to ejections of the Serbia starting big man and Jordan Hamilton. Following the altercation, the Serbs seemed a little rattled and USA closed out a close win, due to Avery Bradley's ability to score and defend, and Abdul Gaddy's savvy and ability to find open teammates.

With a pair of USA teams winning this sets of a championship game between USA Team #1, which had been led by Barnes, Oriahki and DeMarcus Cousins, and USA Team #2, which has relied on John Henson, Hamilton and Bradley.

Avery Bradley, SG, USA Team #2 – If it wasn't for Bradley, the Serbian squad will probably be in the finals. With Jordan Hamilton ejected from the game, Bradley had to step in and fill the role of scorer and he did that with no problem, as he dropped in 24 points. His mid-range game was impressive, but he also knocked down a handful of three-pointers. Like yesterday he had the dunk of the day, when he threw down a vicious one handed dunk on a 7-footer from Serbia. It takes a lot to win over your peers, but Bradley did that and seemed to be the talk of the event Saturday night.

Abdul Gaddy, PG, USA Team #2 – Bradley's AAU teammate, Gaddy, had it working in the second half of their game against Serbia. His feel and understanding of the game is what makes him a special lead guard. He knows when to make the right passes and sets up his teammates with open looks. With that said, he's still a capable scorer with range on his jumper. Down the stretch against Serbia, he hit a number of timely three-pointers, including one from 24-feet.

Daniel Orton, C, USA Team #3 – The biggest thing that stood out about Orton on day two of the Global Challenge was his passing ability. Whether he's at the top of the key making passes into the post, or he's on the block passing to cutters, his passes are crisp and on the money. Already known as a guy that can score with his back to the basket, the 6-foot-10 big man showed a face up game, when he buried 12-footer and even stepped behind the three-pointer line and knocked down a triple. He finished with nine points and five assists in just 16 minutes of action.

Milton Jennings, PF, USA Team #3 – Despite not even playing half of the game (17 minutes), Jennings managed to impress us with his versatility, skill set and jump shot. He tied for a game high with 11 points and was 5-for-8 from field. Going forward strength, especially in his lower body, is something that Jennings could work on, but he does seem more aggressive and focused on the defensive end.

Mike Moser, PF, USA Team #3 – A long, versatile forward, Moser runs the floor well and showed nice touch around the basket. He was active on the glass, as he managed to get a few put backs. The form of his jump shot looks solid and he has range out to 22-feet. Moser went 5-for-11 from the field on his way to 11 points in the win.

Royce White, PF, USA Team #1 – In the first half, White brought the heat scoring at will on the block and off baseline drives. His best move of the day was a baseline drive where he spun and finished with his off hand over a defender. He's also a consistent shooter, with range out to 22-feet. He finished with 14 points and seven rebounds in the win.

Alex Oriakhi, PF, USA Team #1 – Oriahki knows his role and he plays it well. The 6-foot-9 big man has a strong frame and he uses it to his advantage in the paint. He's a capable shooter out to 18-feet, but where he does majority of his work is on the block. He uses both hands well around the rim and is a force on the glass. He finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds.

Harrison Barnes, SF, USA Team #1 – It seems like nearly every event we've seen him this summer, we've given Barnes some ink. Just like the times before, his play on day two at the Global Challenge certainly earned it. The 6-foot-6 wing glides to the basket and once he's there he adjusts so well. To go with his smooth drives, he's equipped with a text book jump shot that seems to always find the bottom of the net. For the game he was 9-for-14 from the field and finished with 22 points and eight rebounds.

Phil Pressey, PG, USA Team #1 – Clearly among the top passers in the high school ranks, Pressey had his court vision and passing ability on full display against Canada. The 5-foot-8 lead man is a true set up guy that knows how to get his teammates open looks. Although he often times drives a little too deep, he's crafty and has a sweet teardrop floater in the arsenal.

For the first time since Dwon Clifton took a job at Baylor, John Wall spoke to a group of media members. The 6-foot-3 guard said he'd like to take some official visits. He mentioned Oklahoma State, Kansas, Kentucky and Memphis. He even said one of his peers had recently been talking to him about Texas.

As far as Baylor goes, Wall made it clear that they are in the mix. When asked about the hiring of his former AAU coach, Wall responded, "It might give them a little edge because he helped me out a lot. He's my AAU coach. He talked me through a lot and worked me out and things like that. I feel like all the schools are the same. But he gave them a little bit of an edge."

Orton, who is fresh off visits to Connecticut and Kentucky for their Elite Camps, said he has six schools remaining. He mentioned Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Kentucky and Ohio State.

Michael Gilchrist said Memphis was his "favorite school." To go with Memphis he also mentioned Oregon, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Baylor and New Mexico. He said all of the schools have offered scholarships.

Aaron Dotson is down to LSU, Washington, Louisville, USC and Miami. The Hurricanes are the only school that has set up an official visit. He's headed there on August 26th. The very next weekend he'll either go to Louisville or LSU.

Phil Pressey, who will attend Dallas (Tex.) Episcopal, said he's hoping to cut down his list when he returns from the Global Challenge. He said he's heard from Texas, Baylor, Connecticut, Mississippi, Texas A&M, Texas, Marquette, Kansas, Minnesota and Florida.

Avery Bradley said he doesn't really have a top five. He did say that if he were to put one together, that Texas, UCLA and Kansas would definitely be on it.


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