WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Terry Larrier of USA East showed Thursday in the Nike Global Challenge why his stock is rising as quickly he does to the rim. In his team's 101-77 defeat of France, he had 15 points, nine rebounds and four assists.
At 6-8, he's tall enough to play underneath, which he did at times. But he's also a good enough ballhandler and shooter to play on the wing, which makes him a matchup terror at the No. 3 spot. He's ranked No. 38 in the 2014 class by Rivals.com and No. 31 by 247Sports.com.
Though he's from the Bronx, he's been honing his game at the Phelps School in Malvern, Pa.
"It's a small town," said Larrier. "I like it. The school has a good atmosphere."
Larrier's favorite pro athlete is another big man who can handle the wing: Kevin Durant.
"I like his work ethic," Larrier said. "He plays hard. He's skinny. I'm skinny. He's feisty. I like the way he plays and I like the play he carries himself overall."
En fuego: Montverde (Fla.) Academy guard D'Angelo Russell had 30 points to lead USA South to a 103-87 defeat of Pan Africa, missing only six of 19 shots in 25 minutes. … Marion, Ind., guard James Blackmon Jr., who has committed to Indiana, had 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting in USA West's 99-55 defeat of Brazil.
International incidents: France lost both of its games, but one standout for the team was center Mathias Lessort, who had 31 points and 17 rebounds in the two games. Another foreign player who stood out was Canadian Montaque Gill-Caesar, who had 41 points in two games, both losses.