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USA Pulls Away Late For 84-73 Win In 17th Annual Nike Hoop Summit

With the game tied at 61-all heading into the final 10 minutes, the USA Junior National Select Team outscored the World Select Team 23-11 in the final period to secure an  84-73 win in the 2014 Nike Hoop Summit on Saturday at the Moda Center in Portland. Ore.

While the USA was led by 16 points from forward Justise Winslow (St. John’s School/Houston, Texas) off of the bench, who also grabbed six rebounds, forward Kelly Oubre (Findlay Prep, Nev./Fort Bend, Texas) finished with 14 points, as did center Jahlil Okafor (Whitney Young H.S./Chicago, Ill.), who added 10 rebounds to finish with a double-double.

USA guard Tyus Jones (Apple Valley H.S./Apple Valley, Minn.), who dished out a game-high six assists, scored 10 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter and secured a crucial steal, his fifth of the game, with 1:43 remaining in the contest to help propel the USA to a win.

“I’ve been around Tyus since his sophomore year of high school, the summer before his sophomore year, and it was just a pleasure to see,” said USA head coach Mike Jones(DeMatha Catholic H.S., Md.) of Jones’ fourth quarter dominance. “It was incredible how he literally took the game over. He was very poised. He didn’t turn the ball over, and he made us run what we needed to run, whether it was him getting a basket or him making us get the ball inside to the big guys and letting them finish. Obviously, the last couple minutes, him being able to drive and get a couple layups, it was just special to see. The steal he had coming out of the timeout was a huge play. Definitely, we were trying to seize momentum and that definitely took it for us. That was probably the play of the game.”

The Nike Hoop Summit is an annual basketball game played under international rules that features the USA Men’s Junior National Select Team, comprised of the top high school boy senior players, playing against a World Select Team, comprised of top players 19 years old or younger from around the world. With the win, the USA improves its series advantage to 12-5 after losing to the World Team in 2012 and 2013.

“I think it was a great game,” Jones said. “Both teams played extremely well. Our team just wanted to focus on getting the job done no matter what it took, and that’s what we did. The World Team definitely made us earn it, but each and every one of the guys in the locker room gave it their all so we’re all happy with it.”

The game was tied three times in the first few minutes before the World Team got back-to-back 3-pointers from Canada guard Jamal Murray (Athlete Institute, Canada) to help compile a 16-8 lead at 2:44. The USA responded with a basket from Winslow before five points from Theo Pinson (Wesleyan Christian Academy/Greensboro, N.C.) helped cut the World Team’s advantage to five points 18-13 at the first quarter break.

“It was a very competitive game,” said Okafor. “All of my teammates, we were all in the locker room extremely happy. We realize that [USA] lost the last two years here in this game, so it’s a great feeling for us to be a part of this, to be able to put USA back on top.”

The international squad put five points on the board to start the second period to grab its largest lead of the game, 22-13, at 9:12. After trading points, Oubre hit the USA’s first 3-pointer at 7:35, which kicked off four more U.S. points to cut the lead to 24-22 at 6:46. While the World Team put up two points from the line, the USA raced to seven points of its own to go up 29-26 with 5:39 left before halftime.

Though the World Team battled back to pull within three points, 41-38, in the last minute of the first half, Winslow sank a shot from just past half court at the buzzer to head to the locker room with the USA leading 44-38.

“I think their half-court shot was a little bit impactful,” said World Team head coach Roy Rana (Canada). “Honestly, it was kind of a sloppy game. It wasn’t a real clean game. We found a little bit of rhythm in the third, and we lost it late in the game, but that’s to be expected with such a short prep time and kids coming from all over the world and different challenges. We had our chances, there’s no question. We have to feel good about the fact that we were competitive, but in the end they had better possessions down the stretch.”

The USA struck first in the third quarter and built a 54-43 lead at 7:04 after Cliff Alexander (Curie Metropolitan H.S./Chicago, Ill.) had a huge block on the defensive end that led to a fast break score from Oubre. The World Team called a timeout, however, and proceeded to chip away at the USA lead. Outscoring the red, white and blue 18-7 in the third quarter’s final 6:40, a 3-pointer from World Team forward James Metecan Birsen(Fenerbache Ülker/Turkey) tied the game at 61-61 with 10 minutes left to play.

After the World Team hit one of two free throws to lead 62-61 at 9:48 in the fourth, the USA reeled off nine straight points, including four from Reid Travis (DeLaSalle H.S./Minneapolis, Minn.), to force a World Team timeout at 6:23 with the USA up 70-62. Scoring out of the break, the internationals came within four points, 71-67, at 3:45, but Jones scored a driving layup followed by a putback from Okafor to put the USA up 75-67 at 2:50.

With less than two minutes to play and the USA up by seven points, 77-70, the World Team’s hopes were still alive coming out of a timeout at 1:43. Instead, Jones stole the inbounds pass and scored a layup, one of three U.S. steals in the stanza, to put the USA up 79-70 at 1:40.

From there, the World Team managed just three points from the free throw line, as the USA scored five points to secure the 84-73 win.

Emmanuel Mudiay (Prime Prep Academy, Texas/Democratic Republic of Congo) led all scorers with 20 points. Murray contributed 10 points and five assists and Trey Lyles (Arsenal Technical H.S., Ind./Canada) finished with nine points and 11 rebounds.

“We came up short, they had a good game plan,” Mudiay said. “They executed towards the end. A couple minor mistakes, I honestly feel like the game was my fault, but they came out stronger than we did in the second half.”

Overall, the USA was outrebounded by the World Team 43-36 but benefitted from 30 points off the bench to the World Team’s 24.  The USA also outscored the World squad 32-24 in the paint and forced 21 turnovers.

April 12, 2014 USA Team Measurements

 

These measurements were taken at the Trailblazers practice facility during the 2014 Nike Hoop Summit.

*All height measurements done in shoes.

James Blackmon

Height: 6’3

Weight: 184

Wingspan: 6’8.5

Reach: 8’4

Theo Pinson

Height: 6’6

Weight: 188

Wingspan: 6’11

Reach: 8’7.5

Stanley Johnson

Height: 6’7

Weight: 237

Wingspan: 6’11

Reach: 8’7.5

Kelly Oubre

Height: 6’6.5

Weight: 204

Wingspan: 7’2

Reach: 8’8

Myles Turner

Height: 6’11.5

Weight: 242

Wingspan: 7’3.75

Reach: 9’1.5

Jahlil Okafor

Height: 6’10.75

Weight: 272

Wingspan: 7’5

Reach: 9’2.5

Travis Reid

Height: 6’8

Weight: 241

Wingspan: 7’0

Reach: 8’8.5

Tyus Jones

Height: 6’1.25

Weight: 184

Wingspan: 6’3

Reach: 7’10.5

Justice Winslow

Height: 6’6

Weight: 222

Wingspan: 6’10

Reach: 8’7

Joel Berry

Height: 6’0.25

Weight: 185

Wingspan: 6’3.25

Reach: 7’8

Cliff Alexander

Height: 6’8

Weight: 251

Wingspan: 7’3.5

Reach: 9’0

 

2014 World Select Team Announced For 17th Annual Nike Hoop Summit

 

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. (March 31, 2014) – The 10-member World Select Team, featuring four players who play for U.S. high schools, was announced today for the 2014 Nike Hoop Summit, the premier annual basketball game featuring many of the world’s leading basketball players age 19 years old or younger. The 17th annual Nike Hoop Summit will take place at 4 p.m. (PDT) on Saturday, April 12 at the Moda Center, in Portland, Ore.

The annual game, which sees the World Select Team take on the USA Basketball Junior National Select Team, which is comprised of elite American high school seniors, has been staged on 16 previous occasions and has given an extraordinary number of talented players the chance to showcase their abilities. As of 2013, an incredible 151 Hoop Summit alumni have been drafted into the NBA.

The World Team, which will be seeking to record an unprecedented third straight victory in the series after beating the USA in 2012 (84-75) and in 2013 (112-98) in front of a crowd of 6,265 and a national television audience, has unveiled a strong roster for the 2014 Hoop Summit, including one player returning from last year’s victorious squad.

Center Karl Towns, Jr. (St Joseph High School, N.J./Dominican Republic) returns for his second Nike Hoop Summit appearance, having scored seven points to go with four rebounds and four assists in the 2013 victory.

The World Team has named two other centers to its 2014 roster – Clint Capela (ES Chalon-sur-Saone/Switzerland) and Trey Lyles (Arsenal Technical H.S., Ind./Canada).

The team also features forwards – Damien Inglis (Chorale de Roanne Basket/France), James Metecan Birsen (Fenerbache Ulker/Turkey) and Nikola Jokic (Mega Vizura/Serbia).

The global squad is completed by guards Emmanuel Mudiay (Prime Prep Academy, Texas/Democratic Republic of Congo), Brandone Francis (Arlington Country Day School, Fla./Dominican Republic), Jamal Murray (Athlete Institute/Canada) and Gao Shang (Guangdong Southern Tigers/China).

Towns will be one of the most experienced players at the Nike Hoop Summit thanks to an international career that has seen him play for the Dominican Republic in the 2012 Olympic qualifying tournament at the age of 16. Towns’ country finished fourth in the competition, just missing out on a place in the London Olympic Games by one spot. Towns currently is playing his senior year at St. Joseph High School in New Jersey and has committed to play at the University of Kentucky in 2014-15 having been recruited by John Calipari, his coach on the Dominican Republic national team.

Capela plays for Chalon in France Pro A, the highest level of basketball in that country, where he is averaging 8.7 points and 6.6 rebounds. In 2013, Capela played for the senior Switzerland national team in the European Championship qualifying tournament, averaging 12.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.5 blocks over eight games.

Canada’s Lyles enjoyed an outstanding FIBA U19 World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic, in 2013, finishing third overall in scoring (20.6 points per game) and fifth in rebounds (10.0 per game) over seven games. One year earlier, he was a key part of the Canadian team that won bronze at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Brazil. Currently at Arsenal Technical School in Indianapolis, Ind., Lyles has committed to play at Kentucky next season.

A forward from Roanne in France’s Pro A League, Inglis is averaging 5.3 points and 3.6 rebounds in 21 games this season. His vast international experience with France includes a strong showing at last summer’s U18 European Championship in which he averaged 11.8 points and 7.4 rebounds.

From the European powerhouse club of Fenerbache in Turkey, Birsen has played five games this season in the EuroLeague, the highest level of basketball in Europe, averaging more than eight minutes a game. He is averaging 4.7 points and 2.4 rebounds in 15 games in the Turkish Basketball League this season and also has a wealth of international success behind him. The forward won a gold medal at the U18 European Championship last summer, averaging 11.6 points and 7.8 rebounds.

Jokic also was a medal winner in international play in 2013, as part of the Serbia U19 team that won silver at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Prague. The forward averaged 7.1 points and 5.0 rebounds in eight games. A key member of the Mega Vizura club in Serbia’s A League, Jokic also has experience playing for the team in the Adriatic League, one of Europe’s leading international club tournaments.

At the guard position, Mudiay is from The Democratic Republic of Congo and currently is at Prime Prep Academy in Dallas, Texas. He has committed to play at Southern Methodist University next season.

Also based in the United States, Francis is the second player from the Dominican Republic on the 2014 World roster, and he currently is playing at Arlington Country Day School in Jacksonville, Fla. Having been a standout player with the Dominican Republic U17 team in 2011, he made his debut for the full national team in 2013, playing 20 minutes in a 74-67 defeat against Argentina. Francis has committed to the University of Florida for 2014-15.

The second Canadian on the team and a member of the high school class of 2016, Murray was International MVP of the 2013 Jordan Brand Classic Game with 24 points, seven rebounds and two steals. His display at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Uruguay last year was noteworthy as he helped Canada win the bronze medal, averaging 17.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game.

China’s Gao Shang was a Chinese League (CBA) champion with his club team, the Guangdong Southern Tigers, in 2013 and remains a key member of the team this season. In international play, Gao has won a gold medal at FIBA Asia Championships at U16 and U18 levels, and he made his mark at the FIBA U19 World Championship last year. Gao finished fifth in tournament scoring with 18.8 points per game and added 5.9 rebounds per game.

The World Team at the 2014 Nike Hoop Summit will be led by fourth-year coach Roy Rana (Canada), who currently has a 2-1 record in the series and, in 2013, became the first coach in Hoop Summit history to lead his team to back-to-back victories. Rana is an eight-year veteran of Canadian national team basketball and was appointed head coach of Canada’s Junior National Team in 2012, leading them to bronze medal in the FIBA Americas  U18 Championship in Brazil and sixth place in last summer’s  U19 World Championship in Prague. Rana led Canada to bronze at the inaugural FIBA  U17 World Championship in Germany in 2010, the latest in a long list of international honors, which also includes two bronze medals and three silvers with Canada at the Nike Global Challenge from 2006-12.

Rana again will be assisted by Serbia’s Marin Sedlacek, who is making his 14th Hoop Summit appearance.

“I am once again honored and humbled to coach the top international prospects on the planet,” Rana said. “Coaching the World Team in the Nike Hoop Summit holds a special place in my coaching life because of its powerful life changing impact on those that are privileged enough to be part of the most important global youth basketball event.”

The United States holds an 11-5 advantage in the Nike Hoop Summit. Apart from the victories in 2012 and 2013, the other three World Team victories came in 1996 in Charlotte, N.C., by a 104-96 margin; in 1998 in San Antonio, Texas, when, famously, Dirk Nowitzki recorded 33 points and 14 rebounds in a 104-99 victory; and in 2009 by a 97-89 margin in Portland.

“The Nike Hoop Summit brings together some of the top basketball talent in the world, and this year’s athletes are superb,” said Lynn Merritt, vice president of Nike global basketball sports marketing. “The 2014 World Team features players from eight countries and five continents. I’m excited to see the next Kevin Durant or Dirk Nowitzki make an impact, just like those Nike Hoop Summit alumni did.”

As of January 2014, 19 former World team members were active in the NBA, including: Andrea Bargnani (New York Knicks); Nicolas Batum (Portland Trail Blazers); Anthony Bennett (Cleveland Cavaliers); Bismack Biyombo (Charlotte Bobcats); Omri Casspi (Houston Rockets); Evan Fournier (Denver Nuggets); Serge Ibaka (Oklahoma City Thunder); Cory Joseph (San Antonio Spurs); Enes Kanter (Utah Jazz); Sergey Karasev (Cavaliers); Patrick Mills (San Antonio Spurs); Donatas Motiejunas (Rockets); Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks); Tony Parker (Spurs); Vladimir Radmanovic (Atlanta Hawks); Luis Scola (Indiana Pacers); Kevin Seraphin (Washington Wizards); Dennis Schröder (Hawks); and Tristan Thompson (Cavaliers).

Tickets for the 17th annual Nike Hoop Summit are on sale, with reserved courtside seats for $25 and $50 and general admission tickets $5 in advance and $10 on game day. Tickets are available through the Rose Quarter Ticket Office, by calling 877-789-ROSE (7673) or by visiting www.rosequarter.com/nikehoopsummit

 

 

Reid Travis Added To USA Junior National Select Team For 2014 Nike Hoop Summit

– U.S. Roster Now At 11 Players For April 12 Showdown Against The World Select Team –

 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 27, 2014) – The 2014 USA Junior National Select Team roster grew to include 11 players today as USA Basketball announced the addition of 6-foot-7 center Reid Travis out of DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis, Minn.

“I was definitely excited when I got the call to join the team for the Nike Hoop Summit,” Travis said. “When I went to Colorado for mini-camp in the fall, it was up in the air whether I had a shot or not, so when I finally got the call that affirmed that I was going to be a part of USA Basketball, I was just excited because of everything that comes with.

“It means a lot to me to be able to represent my country in an event like this, and to be able to represent my community and my school. Being able to put the U-S-A across my chest for the first time I think is going to be a big deal for me. It’s going to be a nice moment in my life.”

Reid and his USA Junior National Select Team teammates will take on the World Select Team in the 17th annual Nike Hoop Summit at 4 p.m. (PDT) on April 12 at the Moda Center in Portland, Ore. The Nike Hoop Summit is the country’s premier annual basketball game for high-school-age boys, and it features America’s top seniors playing against a World Select Team comprised of elite, international players age 19 years old or younger.

“We are so excited to add a player of Reid’s caliber to our team,” said USA head coach Mike Jones (DeMatha Catholic H.S., Md.). “He is a true warrior and will add toughness and depth. As we begin our preparation, Reid will allow us flexibility as an additional player and with his versatility.”

Though playing on his first USA Basketball national team, Travis participated in this past October’s USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team mini-camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

This past summer, Travis helped lead his AAU team, Howard Pulley, which also included USA teammate Tyus Jones (Apple Valley H.S./Apple Valley, Minn.), to the 2013 AAU Super Showcase championship in Orlando, Fla., and he finished with 27 points and seven rebounds in the championship game.

He suffered a stress fracture in his foot at the end of the summer, however, and he missed the first nine games of his senior season at DeLaSalle.

Since returning to his school’s lineup, Travis is averaging 18.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game for DeLaSalle, which is 20-3 on the season and in the hunt for a third-straight Minnesota Class 3A state title.

Also suiting up alongside Travis and Tyus Jones in the 2014 Nike Hoop Summit will be: Cliff Alexander (Curie Metropolitan H.S./Chicago, Ill.); Joel Berry II (Lake Highland Prep School/Apopka, Fla.); James Blackmon, Jr. (Marian H.S./Fort Wayne, Ind.); Stanley Johnson (Mater Dei H.S./Fullerton, Calif.); Jahlil Okafor (Whitney Young H.S./Chicago, Ill.); Kelly Oubre (Findlay Prep, Nev./Fort Bend, Texas); Theo Pinson (Wesleyan Christian Academy/Greensboro, N.C.); Myles Turner (Trinity H.S./Bedford, Texas); and Justise Winslow (St. John’s School/Houston, Texas). Assisting Jones on the USA sideline will be Cory Alexander (Team Takeover AAU, D.C.).

Tickets for the 17th annual Nike Hoop Summit are on sale, with reserved courtside seats for $25 and $50 and general admission tickets $5 in advance and $10 on game day. Tickets are available through the Rose Quarter Ticket Office, by calling 877-789-ROSE (7673) or by visiting www.rosequarter.com/nikehoopsummit.

Ten of the 11 players have signed a National Letter of Intent for the 2014-15 NCAA season. Jones, Okafor and Winslow will play at Duke University; Alexander and Oubre signed with the University of Kansas; Berry and Pinson will head to the University of North Carolina; Blackmon signed with Indiana University; Johnson will play at the University of Arizona and Travis signed with Stanford University. Turner remains undecided.

The 2014 McDonald’s All-American Game will feature all 11 players on April 2 in Chicago. Suiting up for the East Team will be Alexander, Blackmon, Jr., Jones, Pinson, Turner and Winslow, while playing for the West Team will be Berry, Johnson, Okafor, Oubre and Travis.

All 11 players rank among the top 40 boys basketball players in the Class of 2014. While five are ranked among the top nine across three different scouting sites, Okafor is the No. 1 player on all three lists.

ESPNU ranks Turner second, Alexander third, Jones fourth, Johnson seventh, Pinson 10th, Oubre 11th, Winslow 15th, Berry 16th, Blackmon 19th and Travis 25th. Scout.com has Turner second, Jones fourth, Alexander fifth, Oubre sixth, Johnson seventh, Winslow 10th, Berry 21st, Pinson 27th, Blackmon 33th  and Travis 40th. Finally, Rivals.com ranks Johnson third, Alexander fourth, Jones fifth, Turner sixth, Winslow ninth, Oubre 12th, Pinson 19th, Blackmon 23th, Berry 25th and Travis 40th.

Six players listed on the Naismith Boy’s High School Player of the Year Early Season Watch List that was released on Dec. 16, 2013, including Alexander, Johnson, Jones, Okafor, Oubre and Turner.

In the most recent USA Today Super 25 rankings (as of Feb. 18), five players had helped their schools list among the top 25 in the nation. Johnson and Mater Dei were No. 1 national ranking, Alexander and Curie Metropolitan were second, Oubre and Findlay Prep were 10th, Okafor and Whitney Young were 16th and Jones and Apple Valley were 23rd.

Despite their underclassman status, three players were Gatorade State Players of the Year following the 2012-13 high school basketball season, including Berry (Florida), Jones (Minnesota) and Winslow (Texas).

The 2013-16 USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team Committee selected the 2014 USA Junior National Select Team roster. Chaired by Sean Ford, the USA Basketball Men’s National Team Director, the committee also includes AAU appointees Rich Gray and Boo Williams; National Federation of High Schools representatives Herman Harried and John Olive; and athlete representatives Chauncey Billups (2010 FIBA World Championship gold medalist and a member of three USA Basketball teams) and Gerry McNamara (2005 World University Games Team).

The 2014 World Select Team, which is expected to be announced in March, will consist of 10 to 11 players age 19 years old or younger from FIBA’s five geographic zones: FIBA Africa, FIBA Americas, FIBA Asia, FIBA Europe and FIBA Oceania, with the approved sanctioning of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), the world governing body of international basketball.

 

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Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball, chaired by Jerry Colangelo, is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men’s and women’s basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA-sponsored international competitions, as well as for some national competitions.

During the 2009-12 quadrennium, 1,273 male and female players and 235 coaches participated in USA Basketball, including USA Basketball teams and trials, and USA Basketball 3×3 FIBA championships.

USA Basketball men’s and women’s teams between 2009-12 compiled an impressive 262-35 win-loss record in FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions, the Pan American Games, the World University Games, the Nike Hoop Summit and in exhibition games.

USA teams are the current men’s and women’s champions in the Olympics; men’s and women’s FIBA World Championships (Basketball World Cup); men’s and women’s FIBA U19 and U17 World Championships; men’s and women’s U18 and U16 FIBA Americas Championships; the FIBA 3×3 Women’s World Championship; and the FIBA 3×3 Women’s U18 World Championship. USA Basketball currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA’s world-ranking categories, including combined, men’s, women’s, boys and girls.

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2014 USA Junior National Select Team Loaded With Talent, Gold-Medal Winners For 2014 Nike Hoop Summit

 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 20, 2014) – Highlighted by six players who have won gold medals with USA Basketball teams in FIBA and/or FIBA Americas competitions, USA Basketball today announced the 10-member roster for the 2014 USA Junior National Select Team that will take on a World Select Team in the 2014 Nike Hoop Summit on April 12 at the Moda Center in Portland, Ore.

The Nike Hoop Summit is the country’s premier annual basketball game for high-school-age boys, and it features America’s top seniors playing against a World Select Team comprised of elite, international players age 19 years old or younger.

The USA will be led at the 17th annual game by its most experienced roster yet as it looks to capture a win after losses in 2012 and 2013. Overall, the United States owns an 11-5 series advantage.

Headlined by Jahlil Okafor (Whitney Young H.S./Chicago, Ill.), a three-time gold medalist and MVP of the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship, the 2014 USA Junior National Select Team roster also includes two-time gold medal winners Stanley Johnson (Mater Dei H.S./Fullerton, Calif.), Tyus Jones (Apple Valley H.S./Apple Valley, Minn.) and Justise Winslow (St. John’s School/Houston, Texas); as well as Joel Berry II (Lake Highland Prep School/Apopka, Fla.) and Theo Pinson (Wesleyan Christian Academy/Greensboro, N.C.), who each own one international gold medal.

Rounding out the roster are Cliff Alexander (Curie Metropolitan H.S./Chicago, Ill.), who suited up for USA Basketball as a member of the 2013 USA 3×3 U18 World Championship Team; James Blackmon, Jr. (Marian H.S./Fort Wayne, Ind.), who trained with USA Basketball as a member of the 2011-12 Developmental National Team; and Kelly Oubre (Findlay Prep, Nev./Fort Bend, Texas) and Myles Turner (Trinity H.S./Bedford, Texas), who each took part in the 2013 USA Basketball Developmental National Team mini-camp this past October.

Tickets for the 17th annual Nike Hoop Summit are on sale, with reserved courtside seats for $25 and $50 and general admission tickets $5 in advance and $10 on game day. Tickets are available through the Rose Quarter Ticket Office, by calling 877-789-ROSE (7673) or by visiting http://www.rosequarter.com.

Leading the USA will be heralded high school mentor Mike Jones (DeMatha Catholic H.S., Md.), who not only headed the 2013 USA Junior National Select Team and was an assistant coach for the 2012 USA Junior National Select Team, but who also was an assistant coach for the 2012 USA U17 World Championship Team, the 2011 USA U16 National Team and the East Team in the 2004 Youth Development Festival.

“We all are excited about this opportunity,” Jones said. “USA Basketball has once again assembled the best of the best from around the country. More than half of this team has international experience, and the others bring an intensity and fire to our team. We want to represent USA Basketball and our country as well as we possibly can. This is a blessing, and we all want to take advantage of it.

“We also know that our opponents will be the best coaches and players from around the world,” Jones continued. “We must meet the challenge of a team that will be well prepared and one that is full of talented and experienced players. Recent history adds to the game’s interest and ensures that the USA will be focused and will play with heart and effort to make USA Basketball and America proud.”

As he was in 2013, Jones will be assisted by former NBA player and University of Virginia star Cory Alexander (Boo Williams AAU, Va.), who played on three USA Basketball teams. Alexander earned gold with the USA at the 1993 FIBA U21 World Championship, silver at the 1992 FIBA Americas U20 Championship and bronze with the South Team at the 1991 U.S. Olympic Festival.

Okafor collected his third gold medal this past summer at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship, and Winslow joined him on that team as the USA rolled up a 9-0 record. Okafor averaged 10.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per game and was selected to the five-member All-FIBA U19 World Championship Team.

Okafor and Winslow also were USA teammates in 2012, and were joined by Berry, Johnson and Jones on the U.S. team that won gold at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship.

In 2011, Johnson, Jones, Okafor and Pinson were members of the USA team that won gold at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship.

Alexander is the only player with international 3×3 experience, and his 3×3 team placed ninth with USA Basketball at the 2013 FIBA 3×3 U18 World Championship and first with a 7-0 record at the 2013 FIBA Americas 3×3 U18 Championship. Alexander and his teammates earned the right to represent the USA by winning the 2013 USA Basketball 3×3 U18 National Championship.

While Blackmon, Oubre and Turner will play on their first USA Basketball national team, they all have participated in at least one USA Basketball training camp.

Nine of the 10 players have signed a National Letter of Intent for the 2014-15 NCAA season. Jones, Okafor and Winslow will play at Duke; Alexander and Oubre signed with Kansas; Berry and Pinson will head to North Carolina; Blackmon signed with Indiana; and Johnson will play at Arizona. Turner remains undecided.

All 10 players rank among the top 33 boys basketball players in the Class of 2014. While five are ranked among the top nine across three different scouting sites, Okafor is the No. 1 player on all three lists.

ESPNU ranks Turner second, Alexander third, Jones fourth, Oubre 10th, Pinson 13th, Winslow 14th, Berry 15th and Blackmon 19th Scout.com has Turner second, Jones fourth, Alexander fifth, Oubre sixth, Johnson seventh, Winslow 10th, Berry 21st, Pinson 27th and Blackmon 33rd. Finally, Rivals.com ranks Johnson third, Alexander fourth, Jones fifth, Turner sixth, Winslow ninth, Oubre 12th, Pinson 19th, Blackmon 23rd and Berry 25th.

Six players listed on the Naismith Boy’s High School Player of the Year Early Season Watch List that was released on Dec. 16, 2013, including Alexander, Johnson, Jones, Okafor, Oubre and Turner.

In the most recent USA Today Super 25 rankings (as of Jan. 14), Johnson had helped Mater Dei to a No. 2 national ranking, Alexander and his Curie Metropolitan team listed seventh and Oubre had helped Findlay Prep to a 17th place ranking. Also earning mentions were Okafor and Whitney Young at 33rd and Jones and Apple Valley at 35th.

Despite their underclassman status, three players were Gatorade State Players of the Year following the 2012-13 high school basketball season, including Berry (Florida), Jones (Minnesota) and Winslow (Texas).

The 2013-16 USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team Committee selected the 2014 USA Junior National Select Team roster. Chaired by Sean Ford, the USA Basketball Men’s National Team Director, the committee also includes AAU appointees Rich Gray and Boo Williams; National Federation of High Schools representatives Herman Harried and John Olive; and athlete representatives Chauncey Billups (2010 FIBA World Championship gold medalist and a member of three USA Basketball Teams) and Gerry McNamara (2005 World University Games Team).

The 2014 World Select Team, which is expected to be announced in March, will consist of 10 to 11 players age 19 years old or younger from FIBA’s five geographic zones: FIBA Africa, FIBA Americas, FIBA Asia, FIBA Europe and FIBA Oceania, with the approved sanctioning of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), the world governing body of international basketball.

2014 Nike Hoop Summit Set For Portland's Moda Center On April 12

 

Jan. 15, 2014 • Colorado Springs, Colo.

USA Basketball, Nike, the Portland Trail Blazers and Portland Arena Management today announced that the 2014 Nike Hoop Summit will return to the Moda Center in Portland, Ore., and be held Saturday, April 12. The Nike Hoop Summit has been staged yearly in Portland since 2008 and while there has recorded the four largest crowds in the event’s 16-year history.

Tickets for the 17th annual Nike Hoop Summit will go on sale at 10 a.m. (PST) on Friday, Jan. 17, with reserved courtside seats for $25 and $50 and general admission tickets $5 in advance and $10 on game day. Tickets will be available through the Rose Quarter Ticket Office, by calling 877-789-ROSE (7673) or by visiting www.rosequarter.com.

The Nike Hoop Summit, the country’s premier annual basketball game for high-school-age boys, features America’s top seniors playing against a World Select Team comprised of elite international players age 19 years old or younger.

“Portland has been a great home for the Nike Hoop Summit, and we look forward to another chance to stage the event at the Moda Center in 2014,” said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director. “This game is very competitive every year, and both rosters will be loaded with talent once again. I know basketball fans will be treated to a fantastic showing.”

“We consider it an honor to have the Nike Hoop Summit return to Portland. It’s become a great tradition that rewards the passionate basketball fan base in our region,” said Chris McGowan, president & CEO of the Portland Trail Blazers and Moda Center. “It’s really enjoyable to see so many Nike Hoop Summit alums playing in the NBA, including our own Nicolas Batum, Meyers Leonard and Will Barton. We are all excited to see this year’s crop of talent playing in the Moda Center.”

“Each year the Nike Hoop Summit showcases some of the best basketball talent on the planet,” said Lynn Merritt, V.P. of Nike Global Basketball Sports Marketing. “We’re excited to be a part of basketball’s continued global expansion.”

The USA will be looking to earn a win in 2014 after having fallen to the World Select Team in 2012 and 2013 – marking the first time the World Team has recorded consecutive wins.

Held annually from 1995-2000, the Nike Hoop Summit was resumed in 2004 after a three-year hiatus. The game was held in the city hosting the men’s NCAA Final Four in 1998 (San Antonio, Texas), 1999 (Tampa, Fla.), 2000 (Indianapolis, Ind.) and 2004 (San Antonio, Texas), In 2005-2007 the game was staged at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn.

The 2014 USA Basketball Junior National Select Team roster will be selected by the USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team Committee and is expected to be announced later in January, with the 2014 World Select Team to follow in March.

The USA Junior National Select Team is expected to consist of 10 to 11 players, a head coach and an assistant coach, while the World Select Team will consist of 11 players age 19 years old or younger 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.

Nike Hoop Summit History
The premiere event for high-school-age players, an incredible 151 former USA and World Select Team members have been drafted by NBA teams, including 11 players in the 2013 NBA Draft. World Team alumnus Anthony Bennett, who led the international squad to a Nike Hoop Summit win in 2012, went No. 1 to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2013, followed by five more international players and five U.S. alumni.

Since the first Nike Hoop Summit in 1995, seven Hoop Summit alumni have been chosen No. 1 in the NBA Draft, including the past four No. 1 picks, and all told, 48 players have been selected among the first 10 draftees.

In 2012, the first three picks were former U.S. Nike Hoop Summit players, including Anthony Davis at No. 1 by the New Orleans Pelicans, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at No. 2 by the Charlotte Bobcats and Bradley Beal at No. 3 by the Washington Wizards.

That same thing occurred in the 2008 NBA Draft, with Hoop Summit veterans going one, two three in Derrick Rose at No. 1 by the Chicago Bulls, Michael Beasley at No. 2 by the Miami Heat and O.J. Mayo at No. 3 by Minnesota Timberwolves.

Five players have gone on to earn NBA Rookie of the Year, including Kyrie Irving (2012), Tyreke Evans (2010), Derrick Rose (2009), Kevin Durant (2008) and Elton Brand, who shared the honor in 2000.

As of January 2014, 67 former U.S. players and 19 former World team members were active in the NBA.

Past U.S. team members include: Al-Farouq Aminu (New Orleans Pelicans); Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors); Will Barton (Portland Trail Blazers); Shane Battier (Miami Heat); Jerryd Bayless (Boston Celtics); Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); Michael Beasley (Heat); Avery Bradley (Celtics); Elton Brand (Atlanta Hawks); Reggie Bullock (Los Angeles Clippers); Nick Collison (Oklahoma City Thunder); DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Anthony Davis (Pelicans); Ed Davis (Memphis Grizzlies); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Mike Dunleavy (Chicago Bulls); Kevin Durant (Thunder); Wayne Ellington (Dallas Mavericks); Monta Ellis (Mavericks); Tyreke Evans (Pelicans); Kevin Garnett (Brooklyn Nets); Rudy Gay (Kings); Archie Goodwin (Phoenix Suns); Tyler Hansbrough (Raptors); Al Harrington (Wizards); Tobias Harris (Orlando Magic); Spencer Hawes (Philadelphia 76ers); Gerald Henderson, Jr. (Bobcats); Xavier Henry (Los Angeles Lakers); John Henson (Milwaukee Bucks); Kirk Hinrich (Bulls); Jrue Holiday (Pelicans); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Antawn Jamison (Clippers); Al Jefferson (Bobcats); Joe Johnson (Nets); Terrance Jones (Houston Rockets); Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Bobcats); Brandon Knight (Bucks); Ty Lawson (Denver Nuggets); Meyers Leonard (Trail Blazers); Rashard Lewis (Heat); Kevin Love (Timberwolves); Kendall Marshall (Lakers); O.J. Mayo (Bucks); Greg Monroe (Detroit Pistons); Nerlens Noel (76ers); Jermaine O’Neal (Warriors); Patrick Patterson (Raptors); Mason Plumlee (Nets); Zach Randolph (Grizzlies); Austin Rivers (Pelicans); Derrick Rose (Bulls); Brandon Rush (Utah Jazz); Kyle Singler (Pistons); J.R. Smith (New York Knicks); Josh Smith (Pistons); Jared Sullinger (Celtics); Marquis Teague (Bulls); Sebastian Telfair (Raptors); John Wall (Wizards); Martell Webster (Wizards); Louis Williams (Hawks); Brandan Wright (Mavericks); Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest, Knicks); Tony Wroten (76ers); and Thaddeus Young (76ers).

World Hoop Summit alumni now playing for NBA teams include: Andrea Bargnani (Knicks); Nicolas Batum (Trail Blazers); Anthony Bennett (Cavaliers); Bismack Biyombo (Bobcats); Omri Casspi (Rockets); Evan Fournier (Nuggets); Serge Ibaka (Thunder); Cory Joseph (San Antonio Spurs); Enes Kanter (Jazz); Sergey Karasev (Cavaliers); Patrick Mills (Spurs); Donatas Motiejunas (Rockets); Dirk Nowitzki (Mavericks); Tony Parker (Spurs); Vladimir Radmanovic (Hawks); Luis Scola (Pacers); Kevin Seraphin (Wizards); Dennis Schröder (Hawks); and Tristan Thompson (Cavaliers).

Additionally, 31 former Hoop Summit players are currently competing on the collegiate level, including 23 U.S. players and eight World Team athletes.

Three schools have three U.S. players apiece, including Duke (Quinn Cook, Jabari Parker and Rasheed Sulaimon), Kentucky (Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison and Julius Randle) and Arizona (Aaron Gordon, Rondaé Hollis-Jefferson and Kaleb Tarczewski). North Carolina (James McAdoo and Leslie McDonald), UCLA (Kyle Anderson and Tony Parker) and Florida (Kasey Hill and Patric Young) have two players each, and other schools with U.S. alumni include: Arkansas (Bobby Portis), Indiana (Noah Vonleh), Michigan (Mitch McGary), Michigan State (Gary Harris), Notre Dame (Demetrius Jackson); Oregon (Mike Moser); Pittsburgh (James Robinson) and Syracuse (Rakeem Christmas).

World Team alumni playing at an American college or university include: Przemyslaw Karnowski, Kevin Pangos and Kyle Wiltjer at Gonzaga; Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins at Kansas; Duje Dukan at Wisconsin; Robert Loe at Saint Louis University; and Patson Siame at Loyola Marymount University.