Blue Devils lead Team USA at Hoop Summit

The Duke bound trio of Jahlil OKafor, Tyus Jones, and Justise Winslow combined to lead Team USA over the World Team at the 17th annual Nike Hoop Summit.

Justise Winslow scored a team high 16 points and grabbed six rebounds, while future teammates Jahlil Okafor (14 points, 10 rebounds) and Tyus Jones (13 points, five steals, and six assists) also reached double figures to help Team USA to a 84-73 victory.

The win by the Americans broke a two year losing streak, and ran the series record to 12-5.

Early on it was Winslow taking charge as the 6'6 Houston product scored 12 first half points including a three pointer at the buzzer to give Team USA a 44-38 halftime advantage. At the end of the game, however, it was all about Jones, who scored 10 of his 13 in the final quarter.

"I've been around Tyus since his sophomore year of high school, the summer before his sophomore year, and it was just a pleasure to see," said USA head coach Mike Jones. "It was incredible how he literally took the game over. He was very poised. He didn't turn the ball over and he made us run what we needed to run, whether it was him getting a basket or him making us get the ball inside to the big guys and letting them finish."

Jones credited his ability to take over the game during crunch time to his extensive experience playing in the Team USA setting.

"Over the years of just playing the game, learning from my mistakes – I've played a lot of games of basketball so I've had a lot of different situations throughout my career, so it's just a feel and I'm really just trying to take what the defense gives me."

After taking part in the annual McDonald's All-American Game in Chicago last week, the three Blue Devil commits will once again join the fourth member of the class, Florida's Grayson Allen next week in Brooklyn for the Jordan Brand Classic. Jones, Okafor, and Allen will compete on the East team, while Winslow will be on the West squad.


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