At the Nike Global Challenge, hosted by Nike EYB, two guards made it their business to certify their games as the best. The class of 2017 five-star performers inked another page in their impactful summer basketball play.
Trae Young took advantage of the opportunity to match up against two top guards from the class of 2016 in Xavier Simpson and Charlie Moore, when the USA West squared off against USA Midwest. Young was definitely up for the challenge when presented with the quickness of Simpson and defensive discipline of Moore. Trae Young’s method of attacking the basket shows his confidence and concept of keeping constant pressure on the opposing defense. While his ability to shoot the long range three-pointer is up to the standards that college scouts prefer, Young regularly chose the 14 foot jumper that he is deadly accurate at shooting. What did college coaches find out about Trae Young during the Nike Global Challenge? That he approaches the game with a make something happen attitude and does just that.
Whichever division one program Gary Trent Jr. decides to be a part of, that program will gain a complete player in a very short list of players who can do it all. Trent’s awareness on defense keeps even the most meticulous of coaches interested in his games. It was interesting to hear some of the NBA scouts comment to each other how useful it is to have a rebounding guard, who also has the presence of mind to stick with the forgotten fundamentals of boxing out. Trent Jr. came into the tournament known as one of the nation’s top scorers, but he would leave as possibly the nation’s top defender. While he stood out as a defensive juggernaut, Trent Jr.’s scoring ability is as natural as any big name in the tournament. Offensively, he is a legitimate ball handling guard and is able to mix it up in the paint when challenged. As a native of Minnesota and B1G conference territory, fans have to wonder if this young talent will take his abilities down to the SEC where Kentucky is now on his recruiting trail.
As both Young and Trent Jr. leave the Chicagoland area and the Nike Global Challenge, onlookers are left with two verified blue chippers. Look for both players to continue to dominate their positions as summer high school basketball comes to a close in August.