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Behind the strong guard play of Kentucky-bound bulldozing PG Isaiah Briscoe and undecided scoring guard Malik Newman, the US Team took care of the PDX Ex-Legends quite handily, winning all four quarters by a combined score of 107-65.
The US Team rolled through the first three quarters but almost fell to the PDX-Ex Legends in the fourth until the heroics of Allonzo Trier, who converted a four-point play from the top of the key to give them a 16-15 lead with 4.4 seconds to go.
Despite the lackadaisical fourth-quarter effort, head coach Eric Flannery's squad coasted past the PDX Ex-Legends thanks to its strong guard play, which is expected to be one of its biggest advantages against the World Select Team in the Nike Hoop Summit game on Saturday.
Briscoe isn't an elite athlete, however, and struggled staying in front of Prichard, whose shot wasn't falling from deep but played with toughness on both ends and showed aggressiveness attacking the rim and distributing in the half court.
Briscoe may be better suited defending shooting guards at the college level as he's strong and long enough (6' 9 wingspan) to hold his own but lacks elite lateral quickness needed to stay in front of speedy point guards. Despite his average quickness on the defensive end, Briscoe's physical tools and tremendous feel for the game certainly stood out to NBA scouts and executives.
The Jackson, Mississippi product was most effective as a scorer, as he wasn't relied on much as a distributor in the half court. Newman told us he sees himself as a point guard at the next level, and did make a nice pick and roll feed to Ivan Rabb early in the game, but will most likely be used as a scorer for the US Team.
Kennard proved he still has room to improve his ability to pull up off the bounce or get to the rim in a straight line, but the Franklin, Ohio native does a lot of really impressive little things that, combined with his shooting stroke, should make him a very productive player for Duke next season.
Kennard makes the simple play offensive, sees the floor and finds cutters on the move, shows impressive anticipation in the passing lanes and keeps plays alive on the glass despite his fairly thin body and poor wingspan, things that should make him a Cameron Crazies fan favorite.
Trier rounded out the US Team's strong perimeter play by attacking the rim relentlessly in transition and slashing in the half court. Trier knocked down a couple of spot triples as well, which carried over from an impressive shooting display in the early afternoon session.
Team USA's big man group of Chase Jeter, Ivan Rabb, Stephen Zimmerman and Caleb Swanigan did some nice things as finishers in the paint, but struggled at times on the interior defensively, especially on the glass. Jeter, Rabb, Zimmerman and Swanigan will have their hands full with the World Select Team's crop of long and athletic frontcourt.
Flannery's team gave the PDX Ex-Legends different zone looks, throwing a 1-1-3 zone at them in the half court and breaking out its diamond, trapping zone in the back court. The US Team was able to speed up the PDX Ex-Legends, a major emphasis against the World Select Team on Saturday. On the flip side, the PDX Ex-Legends played a 2-3 zone for stretches. Team USA still has room to improve its zone attack, as they looked a bit stagnant Thursday night.
But overall the Team USA turned in a fairly impressive performance against a group of much older, albeit less talented players. They did it without highly-touted, uncommitted recruit Jaylen Brown as well, who didn't play due to a sore hip flexor. With a healthy Brown and the rest of Team USA's versatile guards and wings, the World Select Team will have quite the challenge on the perimeter come Saturday afternoon.