Both the USA Red squad and White squad cruised to victories in the opening day of the International Sports Invitational in San Diego, Calif. Several players shined for the USA squads, but none stood out more than 2007 prospect Bill Walker.
Walker lead the White squad with 21 points on 10 of 12 shooting in a 112-59 demolishing of China. Clearly overwhelmed by the size and athleticism of the White squad, the Chinese were beaten after Greg Oden and Walker punished them with finishes at the basket on the first two possessions of the game. For the game, the White squad out rebounded China 47-27.
Walker did go 1-for-2 from the three-point line and hit a midrange jumper. His eight other field goals were dunks. Walker also had 6 rebounds and 3 steals, but he did lead the White with 4 turnovers.
Also playing well for the White team was Oden, who finished with 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting, all being either dunks or layups. Oden also had six rebounds and a team high six blocks. Passing the ball well out of the post, he also had three assists. Oden did struggle from the free-throw line, going only 2-for-7.
In only 15 minutes of play, 2007 prospect Kyle Singler scored 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field and 3-of-5 shooting from the arc. Singler was solid in all facets of the game, and he and Scotty Reynolds were the only players on the White squad not to turn the ball over.
Also playing for the White squad are Paul Harris, who had a game-high eight rebounds, Bryce Webster, who also had game-high eight rebounds along with Harris, Darrell Arthur, who scored 11 points, Mike Conley, who logged four assists and 2-of-3 shooting from three-point line, Javaris Crittenton, who scored 10 points and four assists, and Isaiah Dahlman, who scored four points while going 0-for-5 from behind the arc.
The Red squad defeated a scrappy Canadian team 82-64 behind a smothering press which caused Canada to turn the ball over 35 times.
While no players for the Red squad had standout performances, Gerald Henderson lead the Red team with 15 points on 4-of-9 shooting while making all seven of his free throws.
Also showing some savvy on the defensive end was Jon Scheyer, who garnered four steals and five defensive rebounds. Yet Scheyer did struggle on the offensive end, going 0-for-7 from the three-point line.
D.J. Augustin shot 2-of-3 from the arc, but did not grab a rebound, had one steal and one assist to go along with three turnovers in 25 minutes of play.
Leading the way for the Canadian team was Scott Brittain, who scored 15 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field, 3-of-4 from the arc and 4-of-6 from the line. Promising 2009 point guard prospect Junior Cadougan scored 11 points on 4-of-15 shooting and amassed eight turnovers against the Red team's pressure. The only real ball handler for Canada, the young Cadougan played 37 out of the 40 minutes.
In the third game of the opening day, New Zealand fell 78-59 to Russia. The outstanding player of the game was Artur Urazmanov. An entertaining floor general, Urazmanov finished with 18 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals.
All three USA squads will be in action Wednesday evening against the international teams.