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2014 Nike Global Challenge Statistics

2014 Nike Global Challenge Statistics

This year’s Nike Global Challenge finished today. Schedule and game results can be found at NikeGlobalChallenge.com. Attached is a summary compilation of team and player stats, including traditional and advanced statistics for each player.

Open/Download: 2014 Nike Global Challenge Summary Book

The pace was hot (91 poss / 40 minute game) and 2-point attempts were converted at a strong 53.9% rate, but  we saw some poor outside shooting.

Teams shot sub-30% 3FG% (the U.S. teams had a lower 3FG% than the international teams)  and some big names were among the worst, including Malik Monk (1/19 for 5%) and Antonio Blakeney (3/23 for 13%).

Advanced stat studs include: Noah Dickerson, Stephen Zimmerman, Jalen Brunson, Edrice Adebayo, Tyler Davis, Chris Clarke, Khalea Turner, Esa Ahmad, Omari Spellman and Dedric Lawson.

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Minnesota Standouts Invited to Nike Elite 100 Camp

Minnesota Standouts Invited to Nike Elite 100 Camp
June 13, 2014

Two Minnesota high school standouts are among those invited to the prestigious Nike Elite 100 Camp in St. Louis this weekend.  The group is comprised of approximately two-thirds kids from the 2016 class (rising juniors) and a third from the 2017 class.

Hopkins high school’s Amir Coffey (2016) and Apple Valley’s Gary Trent, Jr. (2017) are the Minnesota representatives at the camp.

See below for a sortable and searchable table of other players invited to the camp. The player information, including height, weight, wingspan and what camp team they’ll be playing with, were provided by Nike (NikeEYB.com).

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EYBL: Spiece Starts 4-0 Behind Spartan-commit Davis

EYBL: Spiece Starts 4-0 Behind Spartan-commit Davis
April 27, 2014

We’ve been big fans of Caleb Swanigan – more on him later – but this weekend belonged to 2015 Michigan State commit Deyonta Davis. The 6’9″ forward was looking to score (29.5% %Shots) and that’s just what he did.

Spiece sits atop Division B after starting the EYBL season with a perfect 4-0 record. We’ll share some statistical information, but first a quick look at the team’s efficiency and four factors:

Team Eff. eFG% TO% OR% FTR
Indy Spiece 109.3 56.0% 25.3% 40.7% 78.4%
Opp 87.1 42.2% 21.4% 27.2% 30.2%

Spiece won three of the four factors handily, but did have issues turning the ball over. 2016 elite Jayson Tatum and his St. Louis Eagles pushed Spiece to the brink, but failed to win (53-52 final; Tatum with 18 points but just 6/17 FG & 35.3% eFG).
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Player / Recruiting Notes – Las Vegas 2013

Late Night Hoops was in Las Vegas for the final evaluation period of the summer. Below are select comments on just a handful of the many players we saw. We have noted Minnesota and Marquette interest for certain players in the comments below.

Jamal Aytes 2013
6’6” F | Dream Vision

In an early Thursday game against Mass Rivals (Kaleb Joseph, Goodluck Okonoboh), Aytes, an unsigned 2013 player, looked like the older player on the floor. He scored inside with strength and facing up from 10-15 feet out; Aytes was rebounding everything in and outside of his area.
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2016 Amir Coffey

2016 Amir Coffey
6’5″ G

LNH Notes:
(7/21/13) Amir injured his leg – reported to be a break/fracture. Will miss the adidas 64 this week, but timing actually isn’t terrible if he can heel up quickly (~6 weeks; no surgery)(end 7/21/13)
(7/20/13) Amir was offered by Minnesota today and the buzz has started to grow some. It’ll continue. He may grow as tall as 6’9″; still very thin and a thin frame – don’t expect him to be a very physical player. But, still a good defender that disrupts plays. We like the progression seen in his ball handling and overall game. Continues to be a guy that can hurt the defense with his passing or shooting. LOVE his passing. Can play 1, 2, or 3. Just needs to keep pushing himself to get better & stronger and good things will continue to happen. There is time for increased aggressiveness, leadership and confidence on the court to come – he’s just a rising sophomore. Excellent looking prospect. Unique. Legit. Playing for the D1 Minnesota 15U team.(end of 7/20/13 notes)

(10/25/12)The first thing that stands out about Amir is his length and how well he uses it. With the ball, he’s able to create passing lanes and make plays that others can’t. On defense, his instincts combined with long arms result in frequent steals and deflections.

He’s a good scorer, but with more consistency and aggressiveness he could become excellent.

Coffey can play off the ball or at point and his ball handling, passing and feel for the game is especially propitious considering he’ll likely wind up standing a solid 6’7”.

I’m very high on the future prospects for Amir and can see him at the college level as a versatile wing and distinguished defender.   Similar to Ellenson, Coffey’s family (father Richard played for the Gophers and his older sisters are excellent basketball players) and other factors should help him along the way.

With Amir now being just a freshman at Minnesota high school basketball powerhouse Hopkins and there being a special class of 2014 in Minnesota, it may be a little while before the masses recognize how good Coffey can be. Nonetheless, we here at LNH are sold and look forward to watching his progression over the next several years.(end of 10/25/12 notes)

+ Hopkins HS (Minn.); D1 Minnesota
+ USA Basketball
+ Father Richard was a fan favorite playing for the Gophers
+ Two older sisters are D-I basketball players
+ June 2013 rankings: Not ranked. We believe he’s easily a top 50 guy, capable of an impressive rise up the rankings over the next few years. Will attract a lot of attention from high majors.
+ LNH has seen in person.

ESPN / Scout / Rivals

[Video]iaelites.com – May 2013:

 

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2016 Wolfgang Novogratz

2016 Wolfgang Novogratz
6’2″ PG

LNH Notes:
(7/21/13)NYC kid who has consistently played up against older competition. Vocal point guard who is an excellent passer. Did well in an expanded scoring role with high school team in 2012-13 and has continued into the 2013 travel season with good performances. Northwestern (offer) and Minnesota are among the schools who have shown early interest.(end 7/21/13)

+ Plays for The City travel team, based in Soho.
+ Family has been the subject of reality TV series – mom and dad are a design team with 7 children (Wolfgang is the oldest). Father founded The City.
+ June 2013 rankings: Not ranked.
+ LNH has seen in person.

ESPN-NA / Scout-NA / Rivals
7/21/13 – LNH: Point Guard & Practice Facility Package Deal?

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2016 Brock Bertram

2016 Brock Bertram
6’9″ C

LNH Notes: (7/21/13) Big low-post man has improved on his finishing. Feed him the ball up high and he’ll deposit it to the bottom of the net, time and time again. Despite his size, Brock gives good effort and hustles down the court where he can finish, including through contact. Capable passer from the low block.

As he expands his offensive arsenal, which is already in good for his age, and improves his quickness, strength and defense, he can become a highly sought after center prospect. His biggest areas of need are ones that generally improve with age and experience, especially for a kid his size. That said, we very much like how Bertram’s future development projects. (end 7/21/13)

+ Plays for Apple Valley HS (Minn.) with 2014 Tyus Jones and D1 Minnesota.
+ June 2013 rankings: Not ranked.
+ Summer of 2013 – playing with D1 Minnesota’s 15U team.
+ LNH has seen in person.

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Recruiting Notes – USA Basketball Mini-Camp for 2015 & 2016 classes [Oct/12]

Earlier this month, LateNightHoops.com attended the USA Basketball Men’s Development National Team mini-camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. There, 44 of the country’s top players from the 2015 and 2016 high school classes were on hand to be introduced to USA Basketball and to be evaluated by the staff, who was led by head coach Don Showalter (Iowa City HS/Iowa City, IA). Coach Showalter has led the USA Developmental National Team to four straight gold medals as head coach from 2009-2012.

If you have questions or comments, including inquiries about other players that attended the camp but are not included in this article, please send us a message via our Contact Us page.

TWIN CITIES & SURROUNDING AREA TALENT
Henry Ellenson
(Rice Lake, WI)
6’9”, 250 | Rice Lake HS | Class of 2015

October 2012 Notes
You may hear Ellenson called a center by some, but that’s selling him short. Physically he looks the part and he can certainly battle on the blocks, but his skill and athletic ability sets him far apart from other kids his size.

Henry is an excellent shooter with plenty of range well past the three-point line, but has also worked on developing his game on the blocks. Over the next few years he should be able to continue adding to his arsenal of offensive weapons, which is a scary thought for teams trying to defend him.

His strength and quickness are not areas of concern, but there is opportunity for him to be elite if these areas progress nicely over the next few years. In college, there is no reason Ellenson can’t be a 3/4 switchable type who can score at multiple levels and defend multiple positions.

Now, at this point in time you wouldn’t have him dribbling the ball all the way up the court on a 3-on-1 fast break, but there’s not a lot I’d give him a red light on doing.

At a minimum, he’s a very good college prospect. With hard work, I can see Henry winding up as a top 10 player in the 2015 class.

Other potential factors such as good coaches, supportive family and older brothers who also play basketball (the oldest brother, Wally, is a freshman at Minnesota and will be able to share his D1 experience and Henry’s father played college ball for Marquette and Wisconsin) all seem to favor the likelihood of success for Henry Ellenson. He’s legit and the sky is the limit.

Amir Coffey (New Hope, MN)
6’3”, 160 | Hopkins HS | 2016

Amir Coffey
2016 Amir Coffey

October 2012 Notes

The first thing that stands out about Amir is his length and how well he uses it. With the ball, he’s able to create passing lanes and make plays that others can’t. On defense, his instincts combined with long arms result in frequent steals and deflections.

He’s a good scorer, but with more consistency and aggressiveness he could become excellent.

Coffey can play off the ball or at point and his ball handling, passing and feel for the game is especially propitious considering he’ll likely wind up standing a solid 6’7”.

I’m very high on the future prospects for Amir and can see him at the college level as a versatile wing and distinguished defender.   Similar to Ellenson, Coffey’s family (father Richard played for the Gophers and his older sisters are excellent basketball players) and other factors should help him along the way.

With Amir now being just a freshman at Minnesota high school basketball powerhouse Hopkins and there being a special class of 2014 in Minnesota, it may be a little while before the masses recognize how good Coffey can be. Nonetheless, we here at LNH are sold and look forward to watching his progression over the next several years.

USA Basketball U16 Mini-camp, Selected October 2012 Notes – Public Version

Diamond Stone (Milwaukee, WI)
6’10”, 252 | Dominican HS | 2015

Stone can be as good as he wants to be. The big man controls space inside, but it’s his hands and seemingly delicate touch when shooting that are most impressive. Elite prospect. Likeable demeanor and court presence, he’s going to be a lot of fun to watch. Great voice too – post-playing career as an on-air talent awaits Mr. Stone.

Guys I Want With Me in a Brawl – Horace Spencer (State: PA/Height: 6’8”/Weight: 210/Class: 2015) and Andrew Fleming (TN/6’4”/185/2015).

Spencer had me worried about his safety – unquestionably willing to sacrifice his body to make a big play. It often looks as if his life depends on denying the opposition’s shot. He’s absolutely a full tilt player with good length. Offensively he’ll clean up the glass and put it back, but has a lot of room for improvement with the ball. However, Spencer’s ability to run the floor, block shots and rebound, as well as his borderline-crazy effort earns his game a ton of respect.

Coming off the bench for M33M this summer, we saw Andrew Fleming at several tournaments across the country providing a spark for his team. Sometimes it was relentless defense or a hustle play to save a ball heading out of bounds. Other times it was a deep three or an aggressive drive the bucket where he was able to absorb contact and finish.

Fleming is a good shooter, big time worker and fearless. In Colorado, we saw more of the same – tireless effort from a very competitive kid.

Jaw Dropper Harry Giles (NC/6’8”/205/2016)

Giles is no longer a slim, wiry young kid. It appears he’ll be able to add a lot of strength by the time he reaches college.  Very athletic, runs the floor well and is everywhere on the court. Would think it may be difficult to get him out of ACC country, but schools should sure try. He’s excellent at this point, but I believe he’ll be ridiculously good in a few years. I’m sold.

Who is That?! – Malik Monk (AR/6’3”/170/2016)

Monk was not a guy I was there to see, but his play dictated that I had to watch him. Time and time again he impressed when finishing at the rim, pulling up for jumpers and passing. His athleticism really stood out on certain plays – had several “woah, he just did that?” moments.

Wise Beyond His YearsJosh Langford (AL/6’5”/200/2016)

Strong all-around player who made smart decisions throughout the weekend. I think he projects more as a 2/3, but I really liked what he did when making decisions with the ball in his hand. Will be interesting to see if he continues to hold an edge in court IQ as time goes on, but right now looks like a guy who you’d want as your team captain.  Tough, strong and smart kid.

Other Selected quick comments:

  • Charles Matthews (IL/6’4”170/2015) – Matthews is 6’4” and a long combo guard who looked great scoring off the dribble. Worked with the point guards at USA basketball mini-camp and has the potential to be a dangerous point guard. May wind up as a wing, but if he becomes a good defender and continues developing his lead guard skills, he could be spectacular. Lots of possibilities for Matthews.
  • Simeon’s “next up” include D.J. Williams (IL/6’7”/186/2015) and Benjamin Coupet (IL/6’6”/180/2016). Both are long wings that can run and score in transition. Two to keep a close on eye.
  • Ivan Rabb (CA/6’8”/191/2015) is legit. Super active and a ton of fun to watch. It’s also obvious he’s having a lot of fun while on the court. Could wind up in conversation of top 5 in his class.
  • The camp’s youngest player Seventh Woods (SC/6’1”/168/2016) is unquestionably a superior athlete. Explosive. Has work to do if he’s going to play point in college, but at a minimum he’ll be one of the most athletic players in his class regardless of position. Head-shaking highlight-maker.
  • Eric Davis (MI/6’3”/161/2015) played a lot of point guard over the weekend, but he’s a combo guard that is always looking to score.  His shot wasn’t consistently dropping this weekend, but he showed no fear in taking the ball to the rim against an impressive collection of lengthy wings and big men who were there to challenge him on defense.  Quite animated and competitive. Lots of Big Ten interest.
  • Josh Jackson (MI/6’6”/175/2016) passes the eye test with his length and athleticism. Sunday morning during a four-on-four fastbreak/transition drill he fired up the entire gym with an impressive two-way display.  First on offense, he drove the lane and slammed home a contested dunk.  Quickly, his team had to turn their attention to defense.   Jackson turned on the jets for a sprint down the length of the floor and leaped high off the ground to block a dunk attempt from behind, drawing cheers from all of the players and setting the tone for the session.Not sold on his jumper, but he was effective slashing to the bucket this weekend.  Length and quickness allows him to come up with blocks, steals and boards in bunches.  Loads of realizable potential; future impact Big Ten player?
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