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    Per GoZags.com:
    SPOKANE, Wash. – Senior Kyle Wiltjer and sophomore Domantas Sabonis will attend the inaugural Nike Basketball Academy on June 26-30 at the Santa Monica Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif.

    The Bulldog pair make up two of just 20 invitees that event organizers identified as the “top-20 college athletes in the country.” The camp is a shift for Nike from three skills academies to one, which allows the best players in the country in both high school and college to compete against the best competition. They’ll receive direction from NBA stars and legends including LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis.

    A 6-10 forward, Wiltjer burst onto the scene this season after transferring from Kentucky and sitting out 2013-14 as a redshirt. He led the team with 16.8 points per game and shot a team-best .466 from behind the arc while making 68 three-pointers. He led the team in scoring 18 times and had a team-high 30 games with double-digit points, including 11 with more than 20. He also had a team season-high of 45 points at Pacific on Feb. 19. Wiltjer became the seventh Zag to earn the WCC Newcomer of the Year Award and was named a USBWA Second Team All-American among a laundry list of honors.

    Sabonis led the team in rebounding as a freshman at 7.1 per game, earning All-WCC Second Team, All-WCC Freshman Team and NCAA South Regional All-Tournament Team honors along the way. He averaged 9.7 points per game and shot a team-best .668 from the field. Sabonis collected four double-doubles and scored in double figures 20 times overall in his rookie campaign.

    Gonzaga is coming off a school-record 35-3 season accompanied by a record 22-game win streak, WCC regular season and tournament titles, and a trip to the Elite Eight.
    I'm a little bit confused about where Domas is with the Lithuanian National Team, especially with the U20. He hasn't been in the box score from the two games played at the Turkey tournament yesterday and today, and I've seen no explanation why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZagNative View Post
    Per GoZags.com:


    I'm a little bit confused about where Domas is with the Lithuanian National Team, especially with the U20. He hasn't been in the box score from the two games played at the Turkey tournament yesterday and today, and I've seen no explanation why.
    Do you have a list of the 20 players that have been invited? I would bet GU is the only team with 2 players.

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    Wow, imagine our frontcourt if Kyle and Domas get that chemistry and familiarity. November is only 128 days away! Can our young backcourt distribute and defend? I think YES!
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    Coming off the bench for the Lithuanian National Team or receiving direct input at a camp from LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis? Yeah, I bet he's not on any box score...

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    http://www.slamonline.com/college-hs...FjwFou2pdfT.97



    UConn has 3 players going -- 2 will be counselors

    "Rising sophomore Daniel Hamilton (Los Angeles, Calif.) is one of just 20 college players nationally to be invited to participate in the inaugural Nike Basketball Academy to be held June 26-29 in Santa Monica. Also, rising junior Amida Brimah (Accra, Ghana) and incoming freshman Jalen Adams (Roxbury, Mass.) will serve as counselors and part of the college contingent of players at the sixth annual adidas Nations, held on July 30-Aug. 3, in Long Beach. "

    http://m.uconnhuskies.com/m/sports/m...062315aac.html

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    How does Uconn have three when you just pointed out one? Lol

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    Looking at their article --it looks like only 1 attending the Nike camp and the other 2 are going to the adidas camp--so disregard.

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    Twitter:
    Kyle Wiltjer ‏@kwiltj

    LA bound with my bro @Dsabonis11 ✈️

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZagaZags View Post
    Do you have a list of the 20 players that have been invited? I would bet GU is the only team with 2 players.
    My first reaction would be that Kentucky & Duke would split the other 18.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TexasZagFan View Post
    My first reaction would be that Kentucky & Duke would split the other 18.
    This post is for March Madness seeding purposes only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sittingon50 View Post
    That's the McD game you're thinking of.

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    Rest of the invitees:


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    Wow, Domas' wingspan is pretty meh. This is very surprising knowing how good of a rebounder he is. I mean, it was obvious he didn't have freakishly long arms, but I was somehow hoping his wingspan had 2-3 inches on his height. He's doing pretty good with his gradual weight gain though.

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    Interesting list. Some of those are...unexpected. Were the LSU signees the only incoming freshmen that were eligible to be invited or is that a coincidence? Simmons was the #1 ranked recruit by many but Blakeney certainly wasn't considered the next best recruit by anybody, probably not rated as the top at his position by anybody either. Kinda weird. Also while it's nice to see a couple Arizona guys there, one is a career role player and the other is a juco transfer coming off a redshirt year that hasn't played a second of D1 hoops yet. Would've thought incoming freshman Allonzo Trier would be more likely to get invited to something like this than either Tarczewski or Allen. Also Justin Jackson from North Carolina, but no Marcus Paige? Really? And a couple of those players I've honestly never heard of before. Wonder what the criteria for an invite was?

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    Mike Schmitz ‏@Mike_Schmitz · 9h9 hours ago
    Kyle Wiltjer getting buckets. Spot threes, mid post turnarounds. Looks to have added a little bit of weight as well.

    Dinos Trigonis ‏@trigonis30 · 3h3 hours ago
    College players standing out so far @ Nike Academy include Isaiah Taylor, Ben Simmons, Tyrone Wallace, Kris Dunn, Kyle Wiltjer

    Rob Dauster ‏@RobDauster · 3h3 hours ago
    A team with Paul George and Demarcus Cousins just got bear 7-0 at the scrimmages here. Wiltjer, Hield, Brogdon, Damian Jones, Payton Jr.

    Seth Greenberg ‏@SethOnHoops · 4h4 hours ago
    Utah's Jakob Poeltl and Gonzaga's Domantis Sabonis impressive in the evening scrimmages at the @nikebasketball Academy.

    Sam Meyerkopf ‏@HoopLikeDrazen · 3h3 hours ago
    Domantas Sabonis goes full court defense, rips the ball from DeMarcus Cousins and drops a bounce pass for a score!

    Mike Schmitz ‏@Mike_Schmitz · 4h4 hours ago
    Evening session big man skills group: Poeltl, Jones, Tarczewski, Long, Niang, Sabonis, and Wiltjer

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    both will be in the NBA

    wiltjer late 2nd rd, maybe UDFA

    sabonis borderline lotto

    sabonis will be a 10/7 guy by the time he's 22, fan favorite, wiltjer will hold on a team as a 3pt specialist/SF type i.e. poor man's Korver

    book it

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    Quote Originally Posted by raise the zag View Post
    both will be in the NBA

    wiltjer late 2nd rd, maybe UDFA

    sabonis borderline lotto

    sabonis will be a 10/7 guy by the time he's 22, fan favorite, wiltjer will hold on a team as a 3pt specialist/SF type i.e. poor man's Korver

    book it

    Low expectations. Ok on KW but the Bonus is a lotto if he stays 3. Imagine him on the Spurs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzdelmar View Post
    Low expectations. Ok on KW but the Bonus is a lotto if he stays 3. Imagine him on the Spurs?
    Screw the spurs. He needs to travel a little bit further north and play for Dallas. I wish Dallas kept Olynyk
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    Quote Originally Posted by gonzagafan62 View Post
    Screw the spurs. He needs to travel a little bit further north and play for Dallas. I wish Dallas kept Olynyk
    But he's a Spurian player.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzdelmar View Post
    But he's a Spurian player.
    I'm wondering whether he's a better prospect than Kyle Anderson. That guy might become one of the main players on the Spurs in the near future.

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    Sam Meyerkopf ‏@HoopLikeDrazen · Jun 27
    In 5v5 Kyle Wiltjer just hit in a row a pick n pop 3, pick n pop baseline J and a turnaround J in the post. All swishes. Such a soft touch.

    NBADraft.net ‏@nbadraftnet · Jun 27
    Kyle Wiltjer hasn't missed a shot yet. #NikeBasketballAcademy

    NBADraft.net ‏@nbadraftnet · 21h21 hours ago
    Breaking news: Kyle Wiltjer missed a shot, 2 in a row.... Still the best shooter in the building #NikeBasketballAcademy

    NBADraft.net ‏@nbadraftnet · Jun 27
    Domantas Sabonis shooting it very well in drills, as expected. #NikeBasketballAcademy

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    Mike Schmitz ‏@Mike_Schmitz · 18m18 minutes ago
    Tons of stars here. LeBron, Durant, D'Angelo Russell, Boogie, DeRozan, Stanley Johnson and more.

    Mike Schmitz ‏@Mike_Schmitz · 4m4 minutes ago
    Kyle Wiltjer is easily one of the best offensive players here. Not just hitting spot threes. Step backs. Straight line drives. Mid post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zagdawg View Post
    NBADraft.net ‏@nbadraftnet · Jun 27
    Domantas Sabonis shooting it very well in drills, as expected. #NikeBasketballAcademy


    Wiltjer; Easily the best offensive player....
    When does the season start, again?

    Sabonis is shooting it well "as expected"? "Expected" might be a little strong there. "As hoped" might be a little more accurate.
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    Miles Simon ‏@milessimon · 1h1 hour ago
    Kyle wiltjer lighting it up from nba range in the night session at nike basketball academy

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    People seem somewhat surprised bout wiltjer all over social media, esp NBA writers, analysts, etc. Why?

    Wiltjer would be a weapon for any team. One of the best shooting forwards I've ever seen -- past or present.

    He'd be an all-star in summer league, then again, Ammo was the leading scorer of summer league and all these team camp things...

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