Duke Targets Compete at Global Challenge

In the opening round of the 2009 Nike Global Challenge, several Blue Devil recruiting targets took to the floor earning additional exposure and International experience. Players such as Harrison Barnes, Kyrie Irving, Quincy Miller, and several others were in action. TDD runs down the day one performances.

Harrison Barnes: (USA Midwest): The 6'8 Barnes started at small forward and logged a team high 30 minutes (out of a possible 40). Barnes was aggressive on the offensive end, hoisting 18 shots and making seven of them including two-of-six from the perimeter to finish with a game high 20 points. In addition, the nation's top rising senior added seven rebounds, one block, and a steal.

Despite Barnes' performance, the Midwest team squandered a seven point lead after the first quarter - getting outscored 26-11 in the second. Despite rallying the rest of the night, the team would come up short, losing 66-65.

Ray McCallum: (Midwest): Joining Barnes on the Midwest roster is Michigan point guard prospect Ray McCallum. Starting at the lead guard position and logging 28 minutes, McCallum finished the night with four points (2-of-7 from the field; 0-of-3 from the perimeter), three assists, and three rebounds.

Kyrie Irving: (USA East): Perhaps Duke's top point guard target in the class of 2010, Irving put on a show for the East team. Despite not starting, Irving came off the bench as the sixth man to log 22 minutes. In that time the New Jersey prospect was electric on the offensive end of the floor, scoring 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting overall and 3-of-4 from the perimeter. In addition, Irving handed out four assists an recorded an amazing nine steals while hauling in two rebounds.

Irving's energy off the bench coupled with the East team's depth, lead the team to extend a four point first quarter lead to 17 at half. The lead would swell to 38 after three quarters before the team coasted to a 133-93 victory over the All-Asia team.

Roscoe Smith: (East): Another Duke target of note joined Irving on the roster for the East team. Roscoe Smith started at the small forward position and put up an impressive line of 12 points, seven rebounds, and three assists in 23 minutes of action. Smith shot 6-of-10 from the field, showing off an efficient midrange, and slashing attack. Aside from missing all three of his perimeter attempts, Smith missed just one two point field goal attempt.

Quincy Miller: (USA West/South): One of the younger targets Duke fans need to keep an eye on in this competition is Quincy Miller. The 6'7 small forward, playing for a hybrid West/South team USA, started against Brazil at the power forward position. There he logged 17 minutes, but struggled to find his rhythm against the South Americans - going just 1-of-5 from the field to finsh with three points, three rebounds, and two blocks.

It was that kind of night for the Americans, who fell behind early and trailed by 12 at the half. Brazil would put the game out of reach in the third quarter behind stifling defense and an efficient attack that yielded a 24-10 scoring advantage to leave the game at 62-36 after three quarters. Despite a much quicker paced fourth period, the Americans would continue to lose ground, and the game ended 92-62 in favor of the visitors.

Austin Rivers: (West/South): The Florida point guard commit embodied the struggles of his team in the opening round. Starting in the backcourt, Rivers missed all six of his field goal attempts; both of his free throws, and played just 17 minutes- finishing with 0 points, 0 rebounds, 0 assists, and one turnover.

The Global Challenge returns to action on Saturday with Team Midwest facing Serbia; Team West/South facing All-Asia; and Team East facing Brazil.


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