During last night’s Nike Hoop Summit, it was a pair of Kentucky targets that shined the most: Andrew Wiggins and Shabazz Muhammad.
Andrew Wiggins, a 2014 SF from Canada, scored 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in the World Select Team’s 84-75 win over Team USA last night in the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Oregon.
The 6-7 Wiggins “flashed an NBA-level jab step, a smooth stroke from beyond the arc and phenomenal athleticism in slashing to the basket” in last night’s win, according to Adam Zagoria. And before you ask, yes, the Cats are high on his list, along with Florida State, where both of his parents went to school. The ‘Noles may have the legacy card, but one thing they don’t have? A National Championship. Wiggins told Zagoria he watched the Cats’ championship win on Monday and was very impressed:
“Yeah, great atmosphere, something I would love to be in,” Wiggins said.
As for where he might fit in playing for John Calipari, Wiggins said, “It’s a fast-paced game. They have a lot of scorers on their team and I think I would be a good fit.”
Also impressive was Shabazz Muhammad, who broke Enes Kanter’s all-time Nike Hoop Summit scoring record with 35 points, plus nine rebounds and two assists. When asked about his record-setting night, Muhammad had this to say:
“I wasn’t really aware of (the scoring record). I just thought my shot was going in tonight. I thought we really played well in the second half with the rotations on defense. If we would have done that in the first half, we would have come closer to winning the game.”
As for the other Kentucky targets, Anthony Bennett finished had seven points and eleven rebounds and Nerlens Noel put up five points and grabbed four rebounds. Noel’s stats may not seem impressive on paper, but he also had four blocks and three steals, all in 25 minutes. Archie Goodwin, currently the only UK signee on either roster, scored seven points and pulled down two rebounds.
In case you don’t have it marked on your calendar, Muhammad and Noel will announce their decisions on Wednesday, April 11th, and Bennett is set to decide in early May.