When Kevin Seraphin beat John Wall, and they both wore No. 11
Kevin Seraphin and John Wall played on opposite sides of the ball when the USA Junior National Select Team faced the World Select Team at the 2009 Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Oregon. And the U.S. lost in a stunner, 97-89, letting a nine point lead slip away in the fourth quarter to boot.
Wall impressed with 13 points, five steals and 11 assists to only three turnovers. But Seraphin, with eight points, nine rebounds and four blocks in 22 minutes, left the Summit with several hailing him as the breakout player.
He’s got a gregarious personality making a lot of friends on the World team despite the fact that his English is very limited. He also has a great on court demeanor as he was an absolute beast in the paint all week in practice and in the game.
–Aran Smith, NBADraft.net
You could see his arm raise several times out of the paint to get the ball far above the rim. He also had several blocked shots coming on help situations or as a second row goalkeeper.
–Christophe Ney, EuropeanProspects.com
Both players sported No. 11, which was also their jersey numbers at respective previous stops in Kentucky and France, but will certainly not be their jersey number in Washington.
Even though Wall didn’t lead his team to victory, he still received a lion’s share of praise after the game. Just ask Bethlehem Shoals:
It is almost impossible to explain how awesome John Wall is. He’s like a more athletic, less selfish, Derrick Rose. Like LeBron if he hadn’t been made in space and was crossed with Chris Paul. Like that column someone wrote during Wade’s championship about how no one saw Jordan coming, either, and the Messiah is supposed to be unexpected and organic. I have absolutely no idea how someone can be both so freakishly dominant and yet so comfortable staying within an offense. Did I mention he has at least five “extra gears,” like a series of increasingly explosive first steps that happen within mere feet of each other?
Check the video below for highlights courtesy of OregonLive.com. Specifically look for:
- 0:52 – Wall Dunk.
- 1:20 – A Seraphin block of Duke’s Mason Plumlee.
- 1:47 – In general sweet moves from Wall.
- 2:34 – Seraphin dunk on DeMarcus Cousins.
- 2:43 – A Seraphin block of Wall on the other end.
- 2:47 – Wall going into Seraphin’s body for a tough shot.
|Nike Hoop Summit: World Team upsets USA, 97-89|
Find more highlights from the game, especially of Wall, here.