Portland, OR — Charles Bassey is normally the biggest player when he walks into a gym. That wasn’t the case when he lined up for the tip in the Nike Hoop Summit. Even the 6’10” Bassey has to look up at 7’2″ Bol Bol. In addition to being over seven feet tall Bol also has has a 7’6″ wing span. Bol won the tip, but then Bassey won the individual match up and his team won the game.

Bassey enjoyed going up against Bol, “Going up against him was great. I had to be strong against him to match up against him and  just go at him every time.” Bassey finished with 13 points and 17 rebounds in 24:27 minutes of action. Bol had 12 points and 14 rebounds in 28:08.

Charles Bassey in the Nike Hoop Summit. Photo by am Forencich/USA Basketball

World teammates gave Bassey praise after the game. Jaylen Hoard called Bassey, “a key part of this victory.” The number one player in the 2018 class, R.J. Barrett said last year the World team needed more rebounding, this year he said Bassey provided it, “He came in and got 17 rebounds that was really big for us.”

The 17 rebounds was a Nike Hoop Summit record. Breaking the record of 14 which was held by four others including Dirk Nowitski and Daro Saric. Bassey was pleased to get that record specifically, “That’s great because that’s what I do.” Bassey said he works on rebounding in practice and every time he goes to the gym.

Bassey is from Nigeria but now plays prep ball at Aspire Academy in Louisville where he just finished his junior season. World Team Coach Roy Rana seemed excited at the possibly of Bassey playing for the World Team again,“He is a phenomenal talent and he’s young, he has another hoop summit ahead of him.”

If you didn’t know Charles Bassey before this Hoop Summit you know him now. Coach Rana was pleased for Bassey as a player and a person,“He’s just so mature in his game, emotionally very stable, very efficient. I think he really opened a lot of eyes today. I’m really happy for him, he’s a great kid.”

Charles Bassey post Nike Hoop Summit

World Team postgame presser

Coach Roy Rana, RJ Barrett and Jaylen Hoard 

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