Mason Plumlee, Harrison Barnes big in Team USA Exhibition


Tar Heel alum Harrison Barnes and Duke alum Mason Plumlee both ha a lot to prove coming into Summer Camp for USA Basketball. I do not know how the camp itself went, but both found ways to put the ball into the basket during the Team USA Exhibition game.

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That game pitted the Blue team against the White team in Las Vegas. Most of the biggest name players did not suit up for the game. Chris Paul, Kyrie Irving, and Stephen Curry did not play for either squad. That did not prevent the teams from scoring and scoring a lot for the fans. The White Team defeated the Blue Team by a score of 134-128.

Mason Plumlee saw some minutes for the victorious White team. He did not disappoint either. He was second on his team with twenty points. That was achieved on an impressive ten of twelve shooting. He also had eleven rebounds for a sweet double-double. His hands were active too as he had three steals. Plumlee is trying to build on a case for inclusion that he began last year in Spain. Plumlee has much more competition to look at this time.

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On the Blue team, Harrison Barnes started the game and also scored twenty or more points. Barnes had twenty-one points and was the third leading scorer on his team. Barnes was a respectable eight of sixteen from the field. He was three of eight from beyond the arc. Barnes will be trying to show that he can be a flexible player who can offer multiple roles. Like Plumlee, he has lots of guys ahead of him on the wing.

Coach K has been on record saying that the most talented group will not necessarily to the Olympics, but the group that could offer the most to each other. It may be a while before we can discover if Plumlee or Barnes really helped themselves here.

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