Lopez was one of 30 select invitees by USA Basketball earlier this month to attend the 2005 Men's Youth Development Festival and participate in the 2005 International Sports Invitational. Not only did the 6'11" center have the opportunity to practice and play against the best of the best domestically in the 2006 and 2007 classes, but also a chance to match up against some elite international competition.
We present here clips of his games against the New Zealand "Tall Blacks" and Russia squads at the ISI. In these two extensive sets of video, you will see the picture we saw in San Diego that week - which was almost exclusively a defensive one for the Stanford verbal commit. His team's offense was heavily guard-oriented (very few touches for him in scoring position), and Lopez is admittedly not offensively polished. Two of his rare scores in these videos, in fact, come off offensive rebounds. The very last clip against Russia, though, will leave you wondering of the possibilities...
Note: the Russian squad was a veritable forest of trees. Of their active 12 roster attendees, a full seven were 6'9" or taller. Lopez spent much of his time matching up against their premier big man, 7'2" Anatoly Kashirov. In the final clip, where Russia strangely goes to a zone defense, you will see the brief appearance of 7'3" Eduard Lukash. The impact that Lopez had defensively, blocking and altering shots, against such a supersized Russian squad, was immensely impressive.
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#13 (blue jersey) Robin Lopez vs. New Zealand -
#13 (white jersey) Robin Lopez vs. Russia -
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