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World Select Team Announced For 2017 Nike Hoop Summit

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (March 15, 2017) – The 12-member World Select Team for the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit will feature many of the world’s leading basketball players age 19 years old or younger.

The 20th annual Hoop Summit will take place at 7 p.m. (PDT) on Friday, April 7 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.

Tickets for the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit are on sale now. Lower bowl seating starts at just $10, and courtside seats are $50 and $75. Applicable service charges apply. Tickets will be available at http://bit.ly/HoopSummitTix, the Rose Quarter Box Office or by calling 800-745-3000.

The annual game pits the World Select Team against the USA Basketball Junior National Select Team, which is composed of elite, American high school players. The World Team is chasing its fourth victory in the last six games. They beat the USA 84-75 in 2012, 112-98 a year later and 103-101 in 2015 before the hosts responded by beating the World Team 101-67 last year. Overall, the USA holds a 13-6 advantage in the annual game.

Beyond the Hoop Summit’s innate prestige, participation in the game is seen as a step towards professional play. As of December 2016, a remarkable 70 former U.S. players and 38 former World Team members were active in the NBA, nearly one-quarter of the entire league, and a total of 199 Hoop Summit alumni have been drafted professionally.

The World Team guards include Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (6-foot-5, Hamilton Heights Christian Academy, Tenn./Canada), Lindell Wigginton (6-foot-1, Oak Hill Academy, Va./Canada), Nickeil Alexander-Walker (6-foot-5, Hamilton Heights Christian Academy, Tenn./Canada) and Angus Glover (6-foot-4, Illawara Hawks/Australia).

Canada’s Gilgeous-Alexander averaged 7.8 points and 5.4 assists for his country at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship this past summer and has committed to play at Kentucky in 2017-18. His countryman Wigginton has committed to play at Iowa State next season. Wigginton averaged 14.0 points, playing alongside Gilgeous-Alexander, at the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Chile as Canada won the silver medal.

Alexander-Walker is the third guard from that Canadian U18 team to be selected to the World Team. He led the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in scoring with 17.4 points, as Canada lost to the USA in the gold medal game. He has committed to play at Virginia Tech next season.

Australia’s Glover plays for Illawarra Hawks in Australia’s NBL and has a wealth of international experience, having most recently represented his country at the FIBA Oceania U18 Championship this past year. He signed a National Letter of Intent at Saint Mary’s College.

The World Team also named five forwards to its 2017 roster: Tadas Sedekerskis (6-foot-7, Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz, Spain/Lithuania), R.J. Barrett (6-foot-6, Montverde Academy, Fla./Canada), Kostja Mushidi (6-foot-5, BC Mega Leks, Serbia/Germany), Borisa Simanic (6-foot-11, Crvena Zvezda/Serbia) and Isaiah Hartenstein (6-foot-11, Zalgiris Kaunas, Lithuania/Germany).

Sedekerskis plays for the storied Baskonia team in Spain’s ACB and also has gained valuable experience in the Euroleague competition this season. The Lithuanian averaged 14.5 points and 10.2 rebounds for his country as they won a silver medal at last summer’s FIBA Europe U18 Championship.

Canadian Barrett enjoyed a successful performance at the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship in Spain, where he averaged 18.4 points.

Mushidi, a German who plays for BC Mega Leks in the top division of Serbian basketball, has played extensive minutes for his club in the European Basketball Champions League, and he averaged 14.7 points for his country at last summer’s FIBA Europe U18 Championship.

Simanic, a Serbian, plays in that country for the famous Crvena Zvezda team where he has gained experience in the Euroleague, as well as averaging 9.3 points and 5.5 rebounds for Serbia in last summer’s FIBA Europe U18 Championship.

Hartenstein is a German forward who plays in Lithuania for the renowned Zalgiris Kaunas team and is another player on the World Team to have played in the Euroleague this season. In international basketball, Hartenstein was a teammate of Mushidi’s at last summer’s FIBA Europe U18 Championship, where he averaged 14.7 points and 9.5 rebounds.

The global squad is completed by centers Felipe Dos Anjos (7-foot-2, Oviedo, Spain/Brazil), Nick Richards (6-foot-11, The Patrick School, N.J./Jamaica) and Ikechukwu Obiagu (7-foot, Greenforest Christian Academy, Ga./Nigeria).

Brazilian Dos Anjos has been under contract to the Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid since the 2012-13 season and currently is on loan with the Oviedo club in the LEB Gold, the second level of Spanish professional basketball, where he is averaging 9.0 points and 6.5 rebounds.

Richards, who will be representing Jamaica at Hoop Summit, is at The Patrick High School in New Jersey, and has committed to play at Kentucky next season. He also has been selected to play in the 2017 McDonald’s All-American Game.

Finally, Obiagu, a high school senior at Greenforest Christian Academy in Georgia, has verbally committed to Florida State for the 2017-18 season.

The World Team at 2017 Nike Hoop Summit will be led by seven-year coach Roy Rana, who currently has a 3-3 record in the series and in 2013 became the first coach in Hoop Summit history to lead the World Team to back-to-back victories.

Rana, a 12-year veteran of the Canada Men’s National Basketball Team, was appointed head coach of Canada’s Junior Men’s National Team in 2012, leading the squad to a bronze medal in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Brazil and a bronze medal at the inaugural FIBA U17 World Championship in Germany in 2010. His long list of international honors also includes two bronze medals and three silver medals with Canada at the Nike Global Challenge from 2006-12. In 2015, Rana led Canada to a best-ever, fifth-place finish at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Crete, Greece, and last summer Rana guided Canada to silver at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship.

Rana has coached four number-one NBA Draft picks and has more than 25 alumni from the Hoop Summit and Canadian National Team program now playing in the NBA.

He again will be assisted by Serbia's Marin Sedlacek, who is making his 17th Hoop Summit appearance.

In addition to victories in 2012, 2013 and 2015, the World Team triumphed in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina, by a 104-96 margin; in 1998 in San Antonio, Texas, when Dirk Nowitzki famously recorded 33 points and 14 rebounds in a 104-99 victory; and in 2009 by a 97-89 margin in Portland.

World Hoop Summit alumni playing for NBA teams (as of Dec. 7, 2016) included: Alexis Ajinca (Pelicans); Nicolas Batum (Hornets); Anthony Bennett (Nets); Davis Bertans (San Antonio Spurs); Bismack Biyombo (Orlando Magic); Clint Capela (Houston Rockets); Omri Casspi (Kings); Cheick Diallo (Pelicans); Joel Embiid (76ers); Dante Exum (Utah Jazz); Evan Fournier (Magic); Serge Ibaka (Magic); Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets); Cory Joseph (Raptors); Enes Kanter (Oklahoma City Thunder); Skal Labissiere (Kings); Trey Lyles (Jazz); Thon Maker (Bucks); Boban Marjanovic (Pistons); Patrick Mills (Spurs); Nikola Mirotic (Rockets); Donatas Motiejunas (Rockets); Emmanuel Mudiay (Nuggets); Jamal Murray (Nuggets); Raul Neto (Jazz); Lucas Riva Nogueira (Raptors); Dirk Nowitzki (Mavericks); Tony Parker (Spurs); Sergio Rodriguez (76ers); Dario Saric (76ers); Dennis Schröder (Atlanta Hawks); Luis Scola (Nets); Kevin Seraphin (Pacers); Ben Simmons (76ers); Tristan Thompson (Cavaliers); Karl-Anthony Towns Jr. (Timberwolves); Andrew Wiggins (Timberwolves); and Kyle Wiltjer (Rockets).

Eleven Gold Medalists Headline USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Select Team For 20th Annual Nike Hoop Summit

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (Feb. 27, 2017) – The USA Junior National Select Team for the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit will be led by 11 players who have won at least one gold medal in international competition and three athletes who have earned two international gold medals.

The 2017 USA Junior National Select Team, which features U.S. high school senior boys, will take on a World Select Team that is comprised of top international players who are 19 years old or younger in the 20th annual Nike Hoop Summit at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 7 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.

Named to the USA Nike Hoop Summit Team were Wendell Carter Jr. (Pace Academy/Fairburn, Ga.), Kevin Knox II (Tampa Catholic H.S./Riverview, Fla.) and Gary Trent Jr. (Prolific Prep Academy, Calif./Burnsville, Minn.), who teamed up to capture gold medals at the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship.

Also selected to the team after collecting gold medals at the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship were: Troy Brown Jr. (Centennial H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.), Jaren Jackson Jr. (La Lumiere School/Carmel, Ind.) and Collin Sexton (Pebblebrook H.S./Mableton, Ga.); while Jarred Vanderbilt (Victory Prep Academy/Houston, Texas) collected gold at the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.

Further rounding out the USA team and its gold medalists are Mohamed Bamba (Westtown School, Pa./New York, N.Y.), Quade Green (Neumann-Goretti H.S./Philadelphia, Pa.), Michael Porter Jr. (Nathan Hale H.S./Seattle, Wash.) and M.J. Walker (Jonesboro H.S./Riverdale, Ga.), who helped lead the USA to a first-place finish at the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship and a berth into the 2017 FIBA U19 World Championship.

The 12-man roster is finalized with the selection of Trevon Duval (IMG Academy, Fla./New Castle, Del.), a three-time USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team October minicamp participant.

Tickets for the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit are now on sale. Lower bowl seating starts at just $10, and courtside seats are $50 and $75. Applicable service charges apply. Tickets will be available at Ticketmaster.com, the Rose Quarter Box Office or by calling 800-745-3000.

“First of all, it’s a tremendous honor to be a part of USA Basketball,” said USA head coach Miles Simon (California Supreme AAU), who previously aided the USA to gold medals at the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship and was a court coach at the 2015 and 2016 October minicamps. “It is a continuation of my two-year journey with the U16 and U17 teams and getting to continue that with this class of players. I’m looking forward to having a lot of fun and trying to make it the best experience possible for the players during their week in Portland.

“We have a lot of strengths,” Simon said of the team. “We are very athletic. I think we are an unselfish group. We could be really good defensively. Scoring should not be a problem for this team with the amount of talent on the roster. I think this team will really enjoy being with each other and playing for each other.”

Simon will be assisted by Mike Jones (DeMatha Catholic H.S., Md.), who was 1-1 as the head coach of the USA Junior National Select Team in 2013 and 2014 and was an assistant coach at the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit. Jones also helped lead USA teams to gold medals as an assistant for the 2012 and 2016 USA U17 World Championship Teams and the 2011 USA U16 National Team; he was a court coach at the 2014, 2015 and 2016 October minicamps; and he was an assistant for the East Team at the 2004 USA Basketball Youth Development Festival.

Trent earned MVP honors at the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, while Sexton was the MVP at the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship and Carter joined him on the all-tournament team.

Seven of the 12 players have signed a National Letter of Intent for the 2017-18 NCAA season, including Brown (Oregon), Carter and Trent (Duke), Green (Kentucky), Jackson (Michigan State), Porter (Washington) and Sexton (Alabama). Additionally, Vanderbilt verbally committed to the University of Kentucky.

According to the 2017 ESPN 100, Porter is the No. 1 player in the class of 2017, followed by Carter (third), Duval (fourth), Bamba (fifth), Knox (seventh), Trent (eighth), Sexton (10th), Jackson (16th), Brown (17th), Walker (19th), Green (22nd) and Vanderbilt (23rd).

All 12 players were listed on the Naismith Trophy High School Boy’s Preseason Watch List, while 11 made the Naismith High School Boys Midseason Team, including Bamba, Brown, Carter, Duval, Green, Jackson, Knox, Porter, Sexton, Trent and Walker. Named as 2017 Naismith High School Boys Player of the Year finalists were: Bamba, Carter, Duval and Porter.

Despite being an underclassman, Trent (Minnesota) earned 2016 Gatorade State Player of the Year recognition.

The 2017 USA Junior National Team was selected by the 2013-16 USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team Committee, which includes committee chair Sean Ford (USA Basketball Men’s National Team Director); AAU appointees Rich Gray (St. Louis Eagles AAU, Mo.) and Boo Williams (Boo Williams, Va.); NFHS appointees Herman Harried (Lake Clifton H.S., Md.) and John Olive (Torrey Pines H.S., Calif.); at large-representative Evan Daniels (Scout.com); and athlete representatives Chauncey Billups (2010 FIBA World Cup gold medalist and a member of three USA Basketball teams) and Gerry McNamara (2005 USA World University Games Team).

The 2017 World Select Team is expected to be announced in March.

USA Basketball teams have compiled a 13-6 overall advantage in the series and are 3-3 versus the World squad in the past six games. Most recently, the USA recorded the largest margin of victory in event history with a 101-67 win in 2016 that saw Terrance Ferguson finish as the USA’s leading scorer with 21 points and a U.S. Nike Hoop Summit record seven 3-pointers made.

An incredible 199 former USA and World Select Team members have been drafted by NBA teams, including 11 players in the 2016 NBA Draft and 13 alumni in 2015. In fact, the past seven No. 1 picks have been former Hoop Summit participants.




Twentieth-Annual Nike Hoop Summit Set For April 7 At Portland’s Moda Center

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (Feb. 22, 2017) – The 20th-annual Nike Hoop Summit will return to Portland, Oregon, for a 10th-straight year and will be played at 7 p.m. (PST) on Friday, April 7 at the Moda Center. Tickets for the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit will go on sale Saturday, Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. (PST). Lower bowl seating starts at just $10, and courtside seats are $50 and $75. Applicable service charges apply. Tickets will be available at Ticketmaster.com, the Rose Quarter Box Office or by calling 800-745-3000.

The Nike Hoop Summit is an annual basketball game that features the USA Basketball Junior National Select Team, which features the best U.S. high school senior boys, taking on the World Select Team, which is comprised of elite, international players who are 19 years old or younger.

“Basketball fans in the Portland area have supported and enjoyed this game for the past nine years, and we know that the 10th year in Portland and the 20th Nike Hoop Summit overall will be another exciting and competitive game that showcases the brightest rising basketball talents,” said USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director Jim Tooley.

The 2017 USA Basketball Junior National Select Team roster will be chosen by the USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team Committee and announced in February. The 2017 World Select Team roster will be announced in March and will include top players from FIBA's five geographic zones (FIBA Africa, FIBA Americas, FIBA Asia, FIBA Europe and FIBA Oceania), with the approved sanctioning of FIBA, the governing body of international basketball.

USA Basketball teams have compiled a 13-6 overall advantage in the series and are 3-3 versus the World squad in the past six games. Most recently, the USA recorded the largest margin of victory in event history with a 101-67 win in 2016 that saw Terrance Ferguson finish as the USA’s leading scorer with 21 points and a U.S. Nike Hoop Summit record seven 3-pointers made. In 2015, 30 points from Jamal Murray helped the World Team capture an exciting 103-101 win that saw Luke Kennard score 22 points for the USA.

Some of game’s top highlights include: an almost triple-double of 10 points, 10 rebounds and nine blocked shots by perennial NBA All-Star Kevin Garnett in a U.S. win in the first Hoop Summit in 1995; 33 points by Dirk Nowitzki, which help the World Team to a win in 1998; 20 points and seven assists by 2000 World Team member and French guard Tony Parker; and a USA team record 35 points by USA guard Shabazz Muhammad in 2012.

The Nike Hoop Summit has been held annually since 1995, with the exception of a three-year hiatus in 2001-2003. The game was played in the city hosting the men's NCAA Final Four in 1998 and 2004 in San Antonio, Texas; 1999 in Tampa, Florida; and 2000 in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 2005, 2006 and 2007 the game was staged in Memphis, Tennessee, and since 2008, the Nike Hoop Summit has been played in Portland – where it has recorded the four largest crowds in event history.

An incredible 199 former USA and World Select Team members have been drafted by NBA teams, including 11 players in the 2016 NBA Draft and 13 alumni in 2015.

In fact, the past seven No. 1 NBA Draft picks have been Hoop Summit alumni, including Ben Simmons (Australia) in 2016, Karl-Anthony Towns (Dominican Republic) in 2015, Andrew Wiggins (Canada) in 2014, Anthony Bennett (Canada) in 2013, Anthony Davis in 2012, Kyrie Irving in 2011 and John Wall in 2010.

Overall, 10 of the game’s alumni have been chosen at No. 1, and 65 players have been selected among the first 10 picks.

Seven players have gone on to earn NBA Rookie of the Year, including Towns (2016), Wiggins (2015), Irving (2012), Tyreke Evans (2010), Rose (2009), Kevin Durant (2008) and Elton Brand (2000-shared).

As of Dec. 7, 2016, a remarkable 70 former U.S. players and 38 former World team members were active in the NBA.

Some of the notable U.S. alumni in the NBA include: Harrison Barnes (Dallas Mavericks); Beal (Washington Wizards); DeMarcus Cousins (New Orleans Pelicans); Davis (Pelicans); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Durant (Golden State Warriors); Rudy Gay (Kings); Rondaé Hollis-Jefferson (Brooklyn Nets); Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Stanley Johnson (Detroit Pistons); Terrance Jones (Pelicans); Tyus Jones (Minnesota Timberwolves); Kidd-Gilchrist (Charlotte Hornets); Kevin Love (Cavaliers); Jahlil Okafor (Philadelphia 76ers); Parker (Milwaukee Bucks); Mason Plumlee (Denver Nuggets); Julius Randle (Los Angeles Lakers); Rose (New York Knicks); J.R. Smith (Cavaliers); Jared Sullinger (Raptors); Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers); Noah Vonleh (Portland Trail Blazers); Wall (Washington Wizards); and Justise Winslow (Miami Heat).

World Hoop Summit alumni now playing for NBA teams include: Alexis Ajinca (Pelicans); Nicolas Batum (Hornets); Davis Bertans (San Antonio Spurs); Bismack Biyombo (Orlando Magic); Clint Capela (Houston Rockets); Omri Casspi (Pelicans); Cheick Diallo (Pelicans); Embiid (76ers); Dante Exum (Utah Jazz); Evan Fournier (Magic); Serge Ibaka (Raptors); Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets); Cory Joseph (Raptors); Enes Kanter (Oklahoma City Thunder); Skal Labissiere (Kings); Trey Lyles (Jazz); Thon Maker (Bucks); Boban Marjanovic (Pistons); Patrick Mills (Spurs); Nikola Mirotic (Bulls); Donatas Motiejunas (Pelicans); Emmanuel Mudiay (Nuggets); Jamal Murray (Nuggets); Raul Neto (Jazz); Lucas Riva Nogueira (Raptors); Dirk Nowitzki (Mavericks); Tony Parker (Spurs); Sergio Rodriguez (76ers); Dario Saric (76ers); Dennis Schröder (Atlanta Hawks); Luis Scola (Nets); Kevin Seraphin (Pacers); Simmons (76ers); Tristan Thompson (Cavaliers); Towns (Timberwolves); Wiggins (Timberwolves); and Kyle Wiltjer (Rockets).

Additionally, 31 former Hoop Summit players are currently competing on the collegiate level, including 25 U.S. players and six World Team athletes.

Playing at Duke are U.S. alumni Marques Bolden, Harry Giles, Frank Jackson, Chase Jeter, Luke Kennard and Jayson Tatum. The USA’s Isaiah Briscoe, De’Aaron Fox and Wenyen Gabriel are teamed up with former World Team member Tai Wynyard at Kentucky. Kansas lists U.S. alumni Josh Jackson and Malik Newman alongside World Team alumni Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and Udoka Azubuike. Arizona currently lists former U.S. team member Allonzo Trier and is expecting to have World Team alumni DeAndre Ayton join the team in 2017-18.

Other U.S. alumni in the NCAA are: Joel Berry II and Theo Pinson at North Carolina; Jarrett Allen (Texas); James Blackmon Jr. (Indiana); Jalen Brunson (Villanova); Markelle Fultz (Washington); Kasey Hill (Florida); Jonathan Isaac (Florida State); Joshua Langford (Michigan State); Payton Pritchard (Oregon); Ivan Rabb (California); Caleb Swanigan (Purdue); and Reid Travis (Stanford).

Other World Team alumni at U.S. colleges include: Brandone Francis (Texas Tech); Justin Jackson (Maryland); and Przemsylaw Karnowski (Gonzaga).

Additionally, Kostas Antetokounmpo is in the midst of a red-shirt year at Dayton, and Harry Froling will play at Marquette in 2017-18.

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