WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Day 2 action at the Nike Global Challenge was intense Friday as pool play concluded and teams battled for their spots on the final day, which concludes with the championship game on Saturday.
Playing with FIBA international rules in this event has been fun to watch, such as guys reaching for the ball when it's over the cylinder. There is also a 24-second shot clock, which has been fantastic because it has added an element that is sorely lacking in the U.S. high school game. In addition, the 3-point line is farther out at 22 feet, 1 inch, so when guys are nailing 3s, it shows they are really good shooters.
Here’s a look at five players who stood out on Day 2 at the Global Challenge, including No. 1 point guard Tyus Jones, ESPN 100 shooting guard Devin Booker, Duke recruit Grayson Allen and a pair of standouts from the Pan-Africa team. There is a full lineup of games Saturday, with the championship contest pitting USA South vs. USA West. We’ll have lessons learned from the entire event on Monday.