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.