ORLANDO, FL: Teams gathered at ESPN Wide World of Sports, Tuesday, for the beginning of pool play at the Jr. NBA World Championship.
A number of current and former pros stopped by to take in the action from the first day of games. Brook Lopez continued his support of the boys and girls teams from India.
Mamadou N’Daiye stopped by and spoke to the China and Africa & Middle East Boys following their first game early in the day.
Bo Outlaw and Jennifer Azzi took in the action courtside for much of the day, and continually cheered on teams from the sidelines.
Skylar Diggins-Smith talked to her team, the Midwest Girls following their second win on the day. They finished with a perfect 2-0 record fueled by Nevaeh Foster who averaged 23 points per game.
A number of teams joined the Midwest Girls with 2-0 records at the end of the day. Jarace Walker of the Mid-Atlantic Boys, Hannah Stines of the West Girls, and Tess Heal of the Asia Pacific Girls all led their teams to two wins on the day.
The best defensive effort of the day came from the Southeast Girls’ Ashlyn Watkins. Watkins racked up 16 blocks over the course of two games, and leads all players.
The most impressive individual performance on the day was that of Gaston Santiago Arce of the South America Boys. In his team’s only game, a close 44-39 win over Europe, he racked up 15 points and 18 rebounds while shooting 70% from the floor.
Arce and the South America Boys pick back up with the first game of pool play tomorrow at 11:45AM against Asia Pacific. A full schedule for the tournament, as well as scores and stats can be found here.