With many of the top high schoolers either representing their country in FIBA 17U World Championships or at the Nike Global Challenge, it was a quiet week in terms of actual recruiting news but an exciting one on the court.
Starting in Dubai, Team USA concluded their impressive tournament run with a 99-92 victory in the championship game against a talented Australian squad. Throughout the tournament, Team USA outclassed the rest of field, averaging more than 100 points per game and shooting better than 51 percent from the field.
As we covered last week, Duke had three high-priority 2016 targets on display in Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles and Tyus Battle. Tatum averaged 11.3 points per game on 46.4 percent shooting. Giles averaged nearly 11 points on 59.3 percent shooting along with six boards.
Battle did not have as strong a tournament, as he averaged less than four points. The two-standout stars for Team USA, however, were the talented duo of Diamond Stone and the tournament MVP Malik Newman... Read more