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World beats USA 112-98 as Future Cats Shine

The Nike Hoops summit has introduced us to guys like Enes Kanter and Anthony Davis over the past few years and tonight we got a glimpse of the future once again. The final all-star game for several of our soon-to-be boys in blue took place tonight in Portland and the Cats didn’t disappoint. The World won for the second year in a row behind the play of Wiggins and some Frenchmen but who really cares about who won an all-star game? The question everybody wants to know: How’d our guys do?

The first Cat to do major work for USA was the  the big guy on the block Julius Randle. Randle finished with 18 points several of which came off of Andrew Harrison assists. It’s going to be a blast to watch those two connect time and again next year and it’s just going to be unfair for those poor teams that have Kentucky on the schedule. Randle may be ranked 3rd according to ESPN but he has shown during this all star season that the gap between him and Wiggins has been shrinking. If Randle continues to play this way is it too far-fetched to say he could be player of the year next season?

Not to be completely outdone by Randle Andrew Harrison finished with 17 points and was dishing out dimes all night. Andrew showed why he is the best point guard in the nation and will be just what Cal ordered after a rough year at the 1 spot. Aaron Harrison was relegated to the bench for most of the game. USA could have used some three-point shooting as they trailed by double digits for much of the game so who knows why the 2-guard didn’t see much action. Still it was a solid showing for our guys representing the USA.

As for the World squad the future of Kentucky basketball , Karl Towns, finished with just seven points all in the first half. He also showcased some nice passing ability as he finished with four assists. Karl wasn’t on the floor a ton but that is just what happens when you should technically be a sophomore in high school and have to play behind a bunch of guys who will be on the stage for the final time. Next year will be Town’s year to shine but he certainly proved he’s capable of going up against the best players in the world in tonight’s game.

Towns’ best play of the night came from a feed from top senior in the nation, Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins finished with 17 points, 9 boards, and 4 assists. If he decides to join Randle and Andrew you can just forget about playing the games next year. UK will be too good. The coaches will all make final pitches to Wiggins starting Monday. Hopefully his decision will come some time shortly after.

Watching our future stars over the past month has been a fun preview of what’s to come but can someone just fast forward us to October? The revenge tour can’t get started soon enough.

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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58 Comments for World beats USA 112-98 as Future Cats Shine



  1. Jus Sayin
    9:48 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    It bothers me that the twins and Randle keep coming out on the losing end of these games…



  2. cauts
    9:49 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    1.. it bothers me that you’re a sissy bitch



  3. CardinalsSuck
    9:50 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    2–lol nice.



  4. 1
    9:51 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    1 it bothers me that they alow douchebags to post in the comment section.



  5. dang
    9:52 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    Jabari will fit rite in with duke and will take over the main position of ball hogs next year.



  6. Reel Talk
    10:09 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    Has anyone else noticed that Aaron Harrison has not hit one 3 pointer in these three all star games. He’s 0 for 11. Not a good sign, I don’t care if these games don’t matter. he has the rep as a shooter.



  7. Tim Kathlina
    10:10 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    Julius Randle is the best player in the class. Andrew Wiggins is a Kentucky lock. I have watched Andrew many times and he defers to his team mates unless called upon to do otherwise. He will have to be the man at FSU OR KU, which is not his comfort zone right now. Roy doesn’t like one and done players to be one and done players, he holds them back. That leaves John C. and Kentucky as the best option for Andrew. He can show flashes of brilliance, while coasting to 14 points and 5 boards per game and still go #1 in the draft, just ahead of Julius Randle at #2.



  8. L1C4
    10:12 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    BBN is the most dislusional fan base in America.



  9. mashburnfan1
    10:15 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    People need to stop saying UK is a lock for a title, no need to play the games etc. Even if we get Wiggins both Michigan and Michigan State will be very good next year with great coaches that will have their teams playing great come March. UNC will be good and so will Duke. Nothing is a lock as Duke found out in last years tourney and we found out this year.



  10. L1C4
    10:16 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    #9, finally a fan that gets it!



  11. 8>3
    10:18 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    8. Please explain, we value your opinion so much. Please Mr. Cardinal tell us why..we want more.. we want more.



  12. L1C4
    10:21 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    #11, see #10.



  13. ha
    10:21 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    8 you think because you won one title in 27 years you can talk shit lol



  14. L1C4
    10:22 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    2013>2012



  15. L1C4
    10:22 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    2013>2012.



  16. ha
    10:23 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    8 your a dumbass you guys say the same shit every year



  17. atl 47
    10:24 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    9 and 10 you are right on why in the hell are we talking this bs. lay back it looks like a great team next yr lets just play it close to the vest



  18. 8>3
    10:26 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    We want more. We want more. We really like it, we want more.



  19. L1C4
    10:26 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    I know you have the #1 class, congratulation. I know you are thinking 40-0 and a title. I know you think that teams should just not even play, because UK will win by 30. Good luck. I predict 35-5 and a lost in the FF.



  20. NCAA 23
    10:27 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    Are the Harrison twins always pouting or is it just me. They are very talented but their body language is awful. I mean man up and play hard like randle does. This was awful to night the USA is talented but they have no fight in them and they are a bunch of babies. And they are all selfish. I was not impressed at all.



  21. mashburnfan1
    10:29 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    L1C4 let us know when your program gets to a level that fans from their main rival spend 90% of their lives on your website. Till then STFU.



  22. L1C4
    10:29 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    #20, careful, get ready for name calling.



  23. 8>3
    10:31 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    Please Mr. Cardinal, what is your next prediction?



  24. L1C4
    10:34 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    My view. Randle is very good. Andrew Harrison, will need time to fit into his role as the PG. Aaron Harrison is not as talent as his brother. Both of the twins can defend, however, I think both takes plays off. I also think Wiggins will go to UK.



  25. keNITucky
    10:48 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    Shhh, dont tell em why they were a package deal.



  26. HereWeGo
    10:51 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    The USA team was not well coached. There seem to be no real plan of how to attack the zone defense.



  27. Rae
    10:53 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    9. Good thing the Big 10 is cursed as far as titles go.

    Serious question, when do we start calling next year “this year” and this year “last year.” Technically 2012-2013 is in the past, but at what point does 2013-2014 become the present? Madness? When the school year starts? Summer?



  28. L1C4
    10:57 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    #26, I agree. The coach of the World team coach a team to win. The USA coach, coached like he was in HS.



  29. HereWeGo
    11:02 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    Wiggins was the most gifted player on the court while Jean-Charles, Schroder and Exum were as athletic as anyone the US had out there. This was not an upset. Play the same game 10 times with the same players and the same coaches and the world team wins at least seven or eight.



  30. derp
    11:09 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    L1C4… you do realize that 2013 was 0-2 vs 2012



  31. HereWeGo
    11:16 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    Exum and Ben Simmons could be Men at Work for Cal and the Cats in the future.



  32. L1C4
    11:21 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    HereWeGo, what did you think of Towns? Is a 4 or should he be a 5.



  33. HereWeGo
    11:35 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    I think he wants to be a 2 or a 3. He possesses superior perimeter skills for a seven footer. He’s definitely more comfortable right now facing the basket so he will play the four. Like Dakari Johnson he has almost no vertical leap.



  34. L1C4
    11:40 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    I didn’t see Wiggins play in HS. I really wanted him to go off in the All- Star games. While he was good, I don’t see the comparison to LaBron.



  35. HereWeGo
    11:53 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve seen Wiggins play about a dozen times. He floats. I’m not talking about in the air which he does. I’m talking about his motor. If I were his dad I would send him to Florida State and make him drink jet fuel for breakfast. He doesn’t have the motor that the highest level players have. Jordan, Kobe, LeBron all have it. If he comes to Kentucky, he will play like he did in every game I’ve seen him play. He’ll turn on the spectacular here and there in portions of a game. If he goes somewhere where he has to be the man maybe he will become one.



  36. HereWeGo
    12:01 am April 21, 2013 Permalink

    This US team needed more perimeter scoring. I knew our coach was an idiot and we were in trouble when he started two point guards. This team could have used James Young and Matt Jones.



  37. bosshog
    12:06 am April 21, 2013 Permalink

    34, LC14, whomever you really are…Could you please get laid, get a hobby, do some volunteer work in the community, or otherwise occupy your time with something other than constantly talking trash here …do realize or care about how pathetic and impotent this makes you look? That is a rhetorical question, of course.



  38. L1C4
    12:09 am April 21, 2013 Permalink

    I live in the DC Baltimore area. The coach of the US team is the HS coach at DeMatha. Lots of talent on the HS team but lots of unhappy parent..



  39. bigbill992001
    1:00 am April 21, 2013 Permalink

    #6-If KW doesnt regain his shot, 3pt. shooting may be our big weakness next yr.



  40. SeaCat
    1:31 am April 21, 2013 Permalink

    39) that hurt!
    Good news is we will be so fast
    we won’t need the three.



  41. Ares
    2:28 am April 21, 2013 Permalink

    Pick UK Andrew Wiggins and win it all. Be the crown jewel in the best class EVER!!!!



  42. msnthrop
    6:46 am April 21, 2013 Permalink

    What is the revenge tour about again? Getting revenge for what exactly….



  43. Jabari Parker
    8:14 am April 21, 2013 Permalink

    “Clearly we would have won if I had gotted 20 more shots.”



  44. Darth Vader
    8:14 am April 21, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t like this “revenge tour” talk. I am thinking, “The Empire Strikes Back”.



  45. deer boss
    8:21 am April 21, 2013 Permalink

    44..How did that one turn out??



  46. Pioneer
    8:41 am April 21, 2013 Permalink

    How about a “Return of the Jedi” ?



  47. Boba Fett
    9:18 am April 21, 2013 Permalink

    45 – One uppity whiner ended up finding out who his daddy was and with his hand chopped off.



  48. rj
    9:40 am April 21, 2013 Permalink

    put jabba the hutt in a turtle neck and it could tom jurich, either that or L1C4’s mother.



  49. Lcat
    11:04 am April 21, 2013 Permalink

    The 2 guys from France are beasts. Do they play semi pro in France/ These guys look too good to be amatures.Would love to recruit these 2 guys.



  50. Otis
    11:11 am April 21, 2013 Permalink

    Any chance that NIT loss to Robert Morris can be vacated?



  51. rj
    12:18 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    it can be vacated the same way pitino vacated karen sypher in 15 seconds. I think tony vanettea needs to get rick to go to body shapes medical with him for a big shot of man juice. I hear L1C4 gives the injections personally.



  52. rj
    12:22 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    L1C4 also takes them,you can tell a wimp like that could go either way.



  53. Otis
    12:53 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    Pitino had better four years than Cal with 1/2 the talent.

    How can Cal go to the NIT and get beat by Robert Morris, with five star players and all those terrible teams in the SEC?



  54. Bill
    3:06 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    53 – Pitino only had half the talent because he couldn’t get the recruits (forgetting he recruited most of the same players and lost out on them?). Very few of the elite players want to play for Pitino, despite his best efforts, such as hiring their former coaches, or in the city of Louisville.

    And you’re conveniently forgetting a loss to Morehead state in the first round three years ago, and a first round loss to Cal the year before that. So, somehow 1 Final Four and 1 National Championship is better than an Elite 8, a Final Four, a National Championship, and an NIT season? Not quite, but keep trying.



  55. Bill
    3:07 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    P.S. – Stop sucking on ESPN’s dong and believing how terrible the SEC is when they constantly overhype crap conferences like the Mountain West and Big 10.



  56. rj
    3:26 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    otis your a dumbass, pitino took 12 years a tardville to be as sucessful as cal, I bet the only ball you have ever bounced was your boyfriends off your chin.



  57. rj
    3:30 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    hey otis have andy and barney put you drunk ass back in the cell your too shit-faced to be walking the streets of mayberry.



  58. Otis
    7:57 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    NIT with Billy Clyde or with Cal is still NIT
    Even the greatest program of all time is not immune to NIT
    I hope the next team has a leader because another slip up will not deep pocket polluters very happy
    Meanwhile Cal will do another bus tour with last year’s trophy