PTL Recap & Aaron White USA Hoops Update

The Prime Time League was back in action on Sunday after taking one night off on July 4th. It was Josh Oglesby’s first action of the year and Devyn Marble is getting into the swing of things. First, the tweetcap:

Tom Kakert snapped this pic of Mike Gesell:

Peter Jok keeps scoring points. He is now averaging 29.4 points per game in five games, up from 28.5 last week. As you can see from Brendan Stiles’ tweet above, Jok scored 33 points on 14-19 shoot from the floor. Mike Gesell goes off for a nice 24 point, 16 assist night.

I have always tried to temper my enthusiasm during the ‘PTL Season’, but given the anticipation for this basketball season, it’s hard to do even following it all through updates. Peter Jok’s adjustment to the PTL has been beyond what I expected. Mike Gesell had a good summer last year and Aaron White turned heads during his first PTL summer, but it’s been a while since a rookie was as consistent in the box score as Jok has been…I don’t remember what Tyler Smith’s stats were, but Josh may be the most intriguing prospect since Smith, to me.

Gesell and Adam Woodbury played to my expectation last year, while Anthony Clemmons was better than I expected. Smith was really good as a freshman and while I don’t expect that level of play from Jok, my expectation has increased. I can see him clocking 15 minutes per game this year and scoring six points per game or so. Also, Stiles has a great recap of the day that was in the PTL linked here.

WHITE IMPRESSIVE IN USA WIN

Aaron White scored 16 points and had four rebounds as the USA won its opening game of the World University Games, helping to knock off the United Arab Emirates 140-46. Not a typo; 140-46. You can check out the box score here, but White was the second leading scorer despite being eighth on the team in shots attempted. He was 5-6 from the floor, including 2-3 from beyond the arc. You can check out White’s ongoing blog at this link. Team USA beat the Czech Republic 96-53 early Monday morning. White had two points and three rebounds in 14 minutes of action.

Here is the game write up from USA Basketball:

The 2013 USA Basketball Men’s World University Games Team (1-0) opened its play in the 2013 World University Games with a record-setting 140-46 win over United Arab Emirates (0-1) that saw three players record double-doubles and a total of nine U.S. players reach double-digit scoring on Sunday evening at Basket Hall 1 in Kazan, Russia.

Led by a USA Men’s World University Games single-game record 13 assists from Yogi Ferrell (Indiana/Indianapolis, Ind.), who also finished with 15 points and four steals, the Americans established three U.S. single-game team records in the lopsided win, including 36 assists, 70 rebounds and 39 attempted 3-pointers.

Jumping to a 14-3 lead in the first 3:37, the USA forced 22 turnovers overall and had control throughout the game.

“One of the great joys of coaching is playing 40 minutes, and these guys gave us that joy tonight because we played consistently from start to finish,” said USA head coach Bob McKillop (Davidson College). “We started fast, we finished strong.”

Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati/Yonkers, N.Y.) led the USA with 18 points; Aaron White (Iowa/Strongsville, Ohio) had 16 points; while Doug McDermott (Creighton/Ames, Iowa) and Will Sheehey (Indiana/Stuart, Fla.) added 15 apiece; Spencer Dinwiddie (Colorado/Woodland Hills, Calif.) contributed 11 points to go with his eight assists; and Treveon Graham (VCU/Temple Hills, Md.) scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

Tallying double-doubles along with Ferrell were Cory Jefferson (Baylor/ Killeen, Texas) with 14 points and 11 boards and Alex Kirk (New Mexico/Los Alamos, N.M.) with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

“Everyone on this team can score, and that’s an advantage,” Kilpatrick said. “We have the best players in the USA as of right now, and it was good to come down here with these guys and play this game. Everyone on this team plays the game the right way. When you’ve got guys that share the ball this well, then it’s very special.”

The USA took an 18-point, 24-6 lead in the first quarter after a Graham put-back at 4:23. From there, however, United Arab Emirates (UAE) managed for a few minutes to nearly keep pace with the USA to close the quarter 10-11, and the scoreboard read 35-16 at the end of the first period.

After a bucket from UAE to start the second stanza, a score from Jefferson at 9:02 was the beginning of the USA’s largest run of the game, a 15-0 spurt that included four points apiece from Dinwiddie and White, and the USA led 50-18 with a White free throw at 6:39. The red, white and blue limited UAE to just two field goals and one made free throw for the remainder of the first half, while it put up 19 more points to lead 69-23 at halftime.

The USA continued to push the pace, and the third quarter featured a crowd-pleasing display of dunks, including a behind-the-back assist from Luke Hancock (Louisville/ Roanoke, Va.) to Graham, while White recorded three of the USA’s final four scores of the period with two alley-oop dunks. The last one at 20.5 broke the triple-digit mark for the USA, which led 100-34 heading into the final quarter.

“We know what the goal is, and we want gold,” Jefferson said. “It wasn’t just playing a team, it was playing a game of basketball to get our team ready and get in the right step. We played well.”

In its highest-scoring period of the game, the USA put up 40 points in the last 10 minutes, including 12 and 11 points, respectively from Indiana teammates Ferrell and Sheehey. UAE managed just 12 points in the quarter, and the USA cruised in for the 140-46 win.

UAE saw Saleh Zuwayed Khalifa finish with 14 points for his side.

Also today in the USA’s Group D, Finland (1-0) beat Chile (0-1) 71-52 and Lithuania (1-0) topped Norway (0-1) 94-71. In Group A, Estonia (1-0) edged Germany (0-1) 65-59, Russia (1-0) easily downed Oman (0-1) 117-24 and South Korea (1-0) survived Ukraine (0-1) 100-98. In Group B, Mexico (1-0) won against Japan (0-1) 83-71, Romania (1-0) beat Philippines (0-1) 106-58 and Serbia (1-0) topped Mongolia (0-1) 110-56. Finally, Group C saw Brazil (1-0) record a 107-65 win over China (0-1), Australia (1-0) beat Czech Republic (0-1) 85-57 and Canada (1-0) defeat Sweden (0-1) 84-69.

The USA will continue preliminary round play against Czech Republic at 1 p.m. (times listed are local; Kazan, Russia, is +8 hours from EDT) on July 8; followed by Sweden at 9 p.m. on July 10; Australia at 6:30 p.m. on July 11; and Canada at 1 p.m. on July 12.

Following the preliminary round, the first and second-placed teams in each of the four pools advance to the medal quarterfinals on July 14 to compete for first through eighth places; while the remaining teams will play out for ninth to 24th places. The semifinals will be played on July 15, and the finals will be contested on July 16.

Assisting McKillop on the USA sideline are John Beilein of the University of Michigan and Frank Martin of the University of South Carolina.

The USA is looking for its first gold medal at the World University Games men’s basketball competition since 2005, and currently holds a 139-9 all-time record in World University Games play

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