Not playing on USA Under 17 team motivated Jarred Vanderbilt in Nike Hoop Summit

Jarred Vanderbilt

Kentucky commit Jarred Vanderbilt had 19 points, 10 rebounds and three assists for Team USA in its 98-87 win over the World Team in the Nike Hoop Summit Friday.

JARRED VANDERBILT (Victory Prep Academy/Houston, TX)
On tonight’s game:
I want to thank USA basketball for allowing me to have this opportunity. We played a great team, and I credit my team for not taking them lightly. We took it to them. They have some great guys, great talent, but we stuck together. We played hard, and I’m just proud of my guys.

On not playing on last year’s USA U17 World Championship Team:
It motivated me a lot. I felt like I had a chip on my shoulder, considering that I didn’t get to play last (summer). Just being able to step back on the court with USA Basketball across my chest is a great feeling. It’s a very prestigious game, and I’m just thankful to be here.

USA Head Coach MILES SIMON

On tonight’s game:
First thing, the World Team gave us a heck of a game, and congrats to them. They competed, and they gave us everything that we could handle. That’s a very talented team that they presented against us this year, and we give them a lot of credit for how well they played tonight. And then for our guys, our guys were great. In a short amount of time to bring these 12 players together, 11 of them could play tonight, Quade Green was out with a concussion. I told the guys in the locker room how well they bonded this week. The chemistry was good. They were very unselfish. It was a very focused group, and they came in and played with a lot of intensity and a ton of toughness. Not an easy thing to do, putting together a team and playing as well as they did in such a short amount of time. So, a big credit to our guys and all of our staff.

MICHAEL PORTER JR. (Nathan Hale H.S./Seattle, WA)
On tonight’s game:
I would just like to thank USA basketball, first off. It was a great experience, and that wasn’t an easy win. We knew from the beginning that it was going to be difficult. Every day in practice we went hard, we were focused and I’m just proud of the team for the way they came out. Shout out to my guy (Jarred Vanderbilt) – MVP. So yeah, it was great experience.

On what it means to play in a game like this:
It’s a great honor just to see your name next to all these great players. All 12 of these players were McDonald’s All-Americans, so you know you’re really playing with the best. It was an honor to be selected, and I had a great time.

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