Saturday, August 14, 2010

UCLA 2011 prospects Nick Johnson, Kyle Wiltjer at the 2010 Nike Global Challenge

Not to be outdone by Adidas, the swoosh had their own tournament in Oregon, the 2010 Nike Global Challenge Basketball Tournament.

Nike Global Challenge Recap
By mikeyvthedon
Tue, 08/10/2010 - 12:32pm
By Michael Visenberg

There were a lot of really interesting prospects in Portland at the 2010 Nike Global Challenge that should impact the 2012/2013 drafts, and into the future. I will give some notes about the players I saw and some players that stood out.

The article had observations on several players at the tournament, but I chose to just post a select few. Click here to read full article at

Team USA

Nick Johnson (UCLA 2011 prospect): Has been very impressive this summer, averaged 27 per game for USA West. He is the nephew of the late Hall-of-Famer and former NBA Finals MVP Dennis Johnson. A tweener at 6'3 but one heck of an athlete, and has garnered numerous high major offers. Was at Findlay Prep, but has transferred to a school closer to his home. He is one to watch.

Team Canada

Kevin Pangos: Definitely Canada's leader, has been given the unenviable comparison of being the next Steve Nash. While it is unfortunately a comparison that seems completely unachievable, Pangos none the less impressed me. He can definitely shoot the ball and he has very strong court awareness. A few errant passes when trying to creatively find teammates, but that is only to be expected. Led the tourney in assists at 8.3 and put up 20 and 10 against a French team with strong guard play. Also scored about 10 of those points in the last few minutes of the game to keep Canada ahead for good. Has numerous high major offers and is looking at Gonzaga and UCLA among others. Will continue to play in Canada, but his future is definitely playing high major college ball.

Kyle Wiltjer (UCLA 2011 prospect): Rail thin 6'9 kid from Portland who has Canadian citizenship and has starred for Team Canada over the past few summers. Struggled mightily shooting in this tournament, and while he is very talented, is also very slight. He averaged 22 and 11, but shot very poorly and seemed to settle for shots on the perimeter far too often. Has a great deal of talent, so it warrants him being one of the higher rated players in the class seeing that he is a legit 6'9. But one of the valid criticisms of Wiltjer is, who is he going to guard at the next level? Still one to keep an eye on and has offers from all over. The Pac-10 is thought to have an edge, though Gonzaga could land his services as well.

For more on the 2010 Nike Global Challenge Basketball Tournament, check out official site (link).

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