Sunday, August 21, 2016

Stars Shine at UA Next Experience

Jaden Springer and Cashius McNeilly MVPs
With the beautiful Manhattan skyline in the background, 25 of the nation’s top freshman put their talent on display in front of New York City fans and media at Under Armour’s UA Next Experience All-Star Game on Saturday.  Despite the fact that both rosters were loaded with elite talent, there were a few players’ who’s standout performances separated them from their peers. In terms of the final outcome, a Cashius McNeilly-led Team Select defeated Team Pursuit 79-68.  McNeilly (6’4/Toronto, CA) shot 6 of 10 field goals to lead all scorers with 15 points in 13 minutes of play. Behind McNeilly in scoring was big Hunter Dickerson (7’0/Hyattsville, MD) who dropped 14 points and grabbed 3 rebounds. Noah Taitz (6/2/Henderson, NV) came on late in the second half to score an efficient 12 points on 5 of 6 shots. AJ Hoggard (6’2/Radnor, PA) just missed scoring in double figures, finishing with 9 points on 4 of 7 field goals and a game-high 5 assists. Elijah Taylor (6’7/Philadelphia, PA) only scored 4 points, but he hauled in 7 rebounds.

T. Williams, H. Dickson, AJ Hoggard & L.Ware
 Team Pursuit was led in scoring by Terrence Williams (6’7/Clinton, MD), who finished with a team-high 13 points on 6-8 field goals in 16 minutes of play.  Behind him in scoring was Jaden Springer (6’3/Charlotte, NC), with 8 points and a game-high 9 rebounds.  Jeremy Roach (6’2/Leesburg, VA) was the only other player to finish in double figures with 12 points on 6 of 9 field goals.  Lance Ware (6’8/Burlington, NJ) logged in 15 minutes, finishing with 8 points, 4 rebounds and 3 blocks.  Akeem Odusipe (6’9/Knoxville, TN), and athletic freak, was the second leading rebounder with 8. For their efforts, McNeilly and Springer both received MVP honors.  The UA Next Experience was a fitting end to the 2016 travel season and Under Armour’s slate of events.  Moreover, by most accounts, the debut of the UA Next Combine Series platform was a total success and will be even more highly anticipated in 2017! Below is a link to Saturday’s photo gallery.

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