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Brandon Ingram Named To USA Team For 2015 Nike Hoop Summit

2015-03-31 00:00:54 reggie

 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (March 30, 2015) – Six-foot-9 forward Brandon Ingram (Kinston H.S./Kinston, N.C.) today was named to the 2015 USA Basketball Junior National Select Team that will take on the World Select Team in the 18th annual Nike Hoop Summit at 12 p.m. (PDT) on April 11 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.

Henry Ellenson (Rice Lake H.S./Rice Lake, Wis.), who previously was announced as a member of the 2015 USA Junior National Select Team, has withdrawn after injuring his hand in a state tournament semifinal game on March 21.

The Nike Hoop Summit is a premier annual basketball game that features 11 of the USA’s top high school seniors squaring off 11 of the best basketball players from around the world who are 19 years old or younger.

While Ingram is a newcomer to USA Basketball, he averaged 24.3 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 3.0 blocks and 1.6 steals per game in 2014-15 to help Kinston High School to a 26-4 record and a fourth-straight North Carolina 2A state title. He and his Kinston teammate Darnell Dunn became the first players in NCHSAA history to win four-consecutive state championships.

“My reaction was I was excited,” Ingram said of being named to the USA team for the Nike Hoop Summit. “I know it is a blessing to be in this game. I always wanted to be in this game. Being from Kinston, I saw Reggie Bullock in this game (2010) and him being one of the former players from my high school. I just knew it was a great opportunity for me.”

Ingram joins USA teammates: Isaiah Briscoe (Roselle Catholic/Union, N.J.); Jaylen Brown (Wheeler H.S./Alpharetta, Ga.); Jalen Brunson (Adlai E. Stevenson H.S./Lincolnshire, Ill.); Chase Jeter (Bishop Gorman H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.); Luke Kennard (Franklin H.S./Franklin, Ohio); Malik Newman (Callaway H.S./Jackson, Miss.); Ivan Rabb (Bishop O’Dowd H.S./Oakland, Calif.); Caleb Swanigan (Homestead H.S./Fort Wayne, Ind.); Allonzo Trier (Findlay Prep/Seattle, Wash.); and Stephen Zimmerman (Bishop Gorman H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.). Eric Flannery (St. Edward H.S., Ohio) will lead the team with assistant coach L.J. Goolsby (K.C. Run GMC, Kansas).

The 2015 USA Basketball Junior National Select Team was selected by the USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team Committee, which is chaired in a non-voting role by Sean Ford (USA Basketball Men’s National Team Director) and includes AAU appointees Rich Gray (St. Louis Eagles, Mo.) and Boo Williams (Boo Williams, Va.); NFHS appointees Herman Harried (Lake Clifton H.S., Md.) and John Olive (Torrey Pines H.S., Calif.); 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).

Tickets for the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit are on sale now, and reserved courtside seats are $35 and $50, and lower bowl tickets start at just $10.

Group tickets are available for as low as $4. Service charges apply. Tickets are available through the Rose Quarter Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at usab.com/nikehoopsummit.

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World Select Team Announced For 2015 Nike Hoop Summit

2015-03-11 09:01:05 reggie

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (March 11, 2015) – The 11-member World Select Team roster today was announced for the 18th annual Nike Hoop Summit that will be played at 12 p.m. (PDT) on April 11 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.

The Nike Hoop Summit is a premier annual basketball game that features the world’s best basketball players age 19 years old or younger taking on a USA Basketball Junior National Select Team that is comprised of elite, American high school seniors. An incredible 165 Hoop Summit alumni have been drafted in the NBA, and as of March 10, 2015 90 Hoop Summit alumni were active in the NBA, comprising nearly one-quarter of the entire league.

The 2015 World Team features guard Jamal Murray (Orangeville Prep/Canada), who returns for his second Nike Hoop Summit appearance, having scored 10 points to go with 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the 2014 game, as well as guards Federico Mussini (Reggio Emilia/Italy), George de Paula (Pinheiros/Brasil) and Stefan Peno (FC Barcelona/Serbia).

The team features forwards Nedim Buza (OKK Spars Sarajevo/Bosnia & Herzegovina), Ben Simmons (Montverde Academy, FL/Australia), Cheick Diallo (Our Savior New American H.S., NY/Mali) and Thon Maker (Orangeville Prep, Ontario/Australia).

The global squad is completed with center Tai Wynyard (Rangitoto College/New Zealand) and forward/centers Skal Labissiere (Reach Your Dream Preparatory Academy, TN/Haiti) and Zhou Qi (Xinjiang Flying Tigers/China).

For a fifth-consecutive year, the World Team will be led by Canada’s Roy Rana, with Marin Sedlacek of Serbia serving as the assistant coach for a 15th -straight year.

“It’s an incredible honor to once again be part of Nike Hoop Summit, the most impactful event in global youth basketball,” Rana said. “I am excited to lead a very talented roster from across the globe, and we look forward to another huge challenge versus the USA. Both teams are loaded with the future of professional basketball. It will be a week to remember for all the athletes and for many a life changing experience.”

Murray, currently at Orangeville Prep in Ontario, followed his strong Hoop Summit performance with an even better showing in last summer’s FIBA U17 World Championship in Dubai, where he averaged 16.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists for Canada.

Mussini plays for Reggio Emilia in Serie A, the highest level of professional basketball in his native Italy, where he is averaging 4.3 points in 17.2 minutes per game. He has been even more impressive in the prestigious Eurocup tournament, averaging 8.2 points over his 10 games. For Italy, Mussini enjoyed a standout FIBA Europe U18 Championship in Turkey last year, leading the tournament in scoring with 22.6 points per game and being named to the all-tournament first team.

From Brasil, de Paula has graduated from the junior to the senior team at the E.C. Pinheiros/Sky Sao Paulo club in Brasil’s NBB. He has represented his national team at U17 and U18 levels, playing in last summer’s FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Colorado Springs. Colorado, where he averaged a team-high 13.4 points per game to go with 4.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.0 steals per game..

Peno, a member of the Serbia team that won bronze at last summer’s 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, plays for the prestigious European powerhouse FC Barcelona in Spain’s ACB league. Most of his time this season has been spent with FC Barcelona II, the feeder club of FC Barcelona, but he made his debut for the full senior team in a victory over CAI Zaragoza in December. At the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship, he averaged 10.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.7 steals per game while shooting 41.7 percent form 3-point.

Buza, a forward, played for the full senior Bosnia and Herzegovina national team in 2014, making three appearances against Great Britain and Iceland as his country won their group and qualified for Eurobasket 2015. Buza, who plays his club basketball for OKK Spars Sarajevo, also found time last summer to lead his country to the gold medal in the FIBA Europe U20 Championship Division B tournament.

A forward from Australia, Simmons is currently at Montverde Academy High School in Florida and has committed to play for LSU in the NCAA next season. He was part of the Australian team that won silver at the FIBA U17 World Championships in Lithuania in 2012 and has also played in his homeland for the Bulleen Boomers in the Big V state league. He currently is ranked as the No. 1 high school recruit in the United States by ESPN.

Diallo is another World Team member at high school in the United States, playing at Our Savior New America High School in New York. From Mali, he played for his country at the FIBA Africa U16 Championship in Egypt in 2011. He came to the U.S. two years later and appeared in the 2013 Jordan Brand Classic international game.

At the center position, Wynyard is from Rangitoto College in Auckland but has committed to play in the NCAA in 2015-16 for the University of Kentucky. He played in the New Zealand NBL for the Super City Rangers in 2014 before signing for the New Zealand Breakers, who play in Australia’s NBL, where he has mostly seen time with their junior team.

Like Wynyard, Labissiere has committed to Kentucky and currently is ranked as the No. 3 high school recruit in the United States by ESPN. After moving to the U.S. from his native Haiti in 2010, he located in Memphis, Tennessee, and is currently playing at RYD Prep.

Also at the forward position, Maker is a high school teammate of Murray’s at Orangeville Prep in Ontario. Originally from South Sudan, Maker is now an Australian national and considered an exciting and raw talent, having come to the sport only recently.

Finally, China’s Zhou plays for Xinjiang Flying Tigers in the CBA and is averaging 14.1 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.3 blocks in 31 games for his club this season. At the international level, he was a member of the China team that won gold at the 2014 FIBA Asia U18 Championship, where he averaged 13.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and led the tournament in blocks, with 2.7.

Rana currently has compiled a 2-2 record in the Nike Hoop Summit having become in 2013 the first coach in Hoop Summit history to lead the World Team team to back-to-back victories. Rana is a nine-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 Brasil and sixth place in the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship in Prague.

Rana led Canada to bronze at the inaugural FIBA U17 World Championship in Germany in 2010, and his international honors also include two bronze medals and three silver medals with Canada at the Nike Global Challenge from 2006-12.

The United States holds a 12-5 advantage in the Nike Hoop Summit. In addition to the victories in 2012 and 2013, the other World team wins came in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina, 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, Oregon.

The list of World Team Nike Hoop Summit alumni now playing for NBA teams includes: Alexis Ajinca (New Orleans Pelicans); Andrea Bargnani (New York Knicks); Nicolas Batum (Portland Trail Blazers); Anthony Bennett (Minnesota Timberwolves); Bismack Biyombo (Charlotte Hornets); Clint Capela (Houston Rockets); Omri Casspi (Sacramento Kings); Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers); Dante Exum (Utah Jazz); Evan Fournier (Orlando Magic); Serge Ibaka (Oklahoma Thunder); Damien Inglis (Milwaukee Bucks); Cory Joseph (San Antonio Spurs); Enes Kanter (Oklahoma City Thunder); Sergey Karasev (Brooklyn Nets); Patty Mills (San Antonio Spurs); Nikola Mirotic (Chicago Bulls); Donatas Motiejunas (Houston Rockets); Lucas Riva Nogueira (Toronto Raptors); Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks); Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs); Dennis Schröder (Atlanta Hawks); Luis Scola (Indiana Pacers); Kevin Seraphin (Washington Wizards); Tristan Thompson (Cleveland Cavliers); and Andrew Wiggins (Minnesota Timberwolves).

Tickets for the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit are on sale now, and reserved courtside seats are $35 and $50, and lower bowl tickets start at just $10. Group tickets are available for as low as $4. Service charges apply. Tickets are available through the Rose Quarter Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at usab.com/nikehoopsummit.

 

 

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Eleven Gold Medalists Comprise 2015 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Select Team For 18th Nike Hoop Summit

2015-02-02 10:05:28 reggie

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (Feb. 2, 2015) – Featuring 11 players who won gold medals with USA Basketball in 2014, the 2015 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Select Team that will take on the World Select Team in the 18th Nike Hoop Summit will be the most-experienced U.S. roster ever fielded for the event.

The Nike Hoop Summit, which will be played at 12 p.m. (PST) on Saturday, April 11 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon, is the country’s premier annual basketball game for U.S. high school senior boys and features the USA Junior National Select Team against a World Select Team comprised of elite international players who are 19 years old or younger.

Suiting up for the USA will be: Isaiah Briscoe (Roselle Catholic/Union, N.J.); Jaylen Brown (Wheeler H.S./Alpharetta, Ga.); Jalen Brunson(Adlai E. Stevenson H.S./Lincolnshire, Ill.); Henry Ellenson (Rice Lake H.S./Rice Lake, Wis.); Chase Jeter (Bishop Gorman H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.);Luke Kennard (Franklin H.S./Franklin, Ohio); Malik Newman (Callaway H.S./Jackson, Miss.); Ivan Rabb (Bishop O’Dowd H.S./Oakland, Calif.);Caleb Swanigan (Homestead H.S./Fort Wayne, Ind.); Allonzo Trier (Findlay Prep/Seattle, Wash.); and Stephen Zimmerman (Bishop Gorman H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.).

The team will be led by Eric Flannery (St. Edward H.S., Ohio) with assistant coach L.J. Goolsby (K.C. Run GMC, Kansas). The duo served together as assistant coaches the past two summers for the gold-medal winning 2014 USA U17 World Championship and 2013 USA U16 National teams.

Tickets for the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit are on sale now, and reserved courtside seats are $35 and $50, and lower bowl tickets start at just $10. Group tickets are available for as low as $4. Service charges apply. Tickets are available through the Rose Quarter Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at HSUM2015Tix.

“The talent on this roster is as good as we have seen in the past ten years,” Flannery said. “Since I have been fortunate to work with these guys a few times in the past, I am extremely excited to watch them put those talents on display in the Nike Hoop Summit. We have very talented post players who can handle the ball extremely well and guards that can score in various ways. With this much talent and versatility it gives a coach many different options during the course of a game.

“In order for the USA to be successful versus a very talented World Team, we have to bond together as quickly as possible. As coaches it is our job to find the right combinations, and once that’s established the rest takes care of itself. These are the best players in the world, at their age, going at it for a relatively short period. Anything can happen in that time, however, if we limit our mistakes and utilize our strengths, we have a great chance of winning this game.”

Seven members of the 2015 USA team helped USA Basketball to gold and a 5-0 record at the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Colorado Springs, Colorado, including Briscoe, Brown, Brunson, Jeter, Kennard, Trier and Zimmerman.

The remaining four athletes won gold and collected a 7-0 record at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, including tournament MVP Newman along with Ellenson, Rabb and Swanigan.

In addition to serving as an assistant coach for the past two summers, Flannery also led the USA 3×3 men’s team that played in the 2010 Youth Olympic Games, and he was a member of the USA Basketball Developmental National Team Committee from 2001-12.

Joining Flannery and Goolsby on the 2013 USA U16 National Team were Newman and Rabb, and Newman also earned MVP of the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.

Bringing additional experience from the 2014 USA Junior National Team (JNT) mini-camp this past October are Brown, Brunson, Ellenson, Jeter, Kennard, Swanigan, Trier and Zimmerman.

Ellenson, Jeter, Newman and Rabb took part in the 2013 USA JNT mini-camp; while Briscoe, Ellenson, Newman, Rabb and Zimmerman attending the 2012 JNT mini-camp.

Six players have signed a National Letter of Intent for the 2015-16 NCAA basketball season, including Briscoe (Kentucky), Brunson (Villanova), Ellenson (Marquette), Jeter (Duke), Kennard (Duke) and Trier (Arizona).

In the most recent USA Today Super 25 national rankings (as of Jan. 26, 2015), Trier had helped Findlay Prep to the No. 5 spot; Newman had helped Callaway High School to a No. 7 rank; Rabb and his Bishop O’Dowd team were No. 9; Brown had helped Wheeler High School to No. 13; Kennard and Franklin High School were No. 27; Brunson had helped Stevenson High School to No. 34; Briscoe had helped Roselle Catholic to a No. 37 ranking; and Caleb Swanigan and Homestead High School were No. 45.

All 11 players rank among the top 25 in the class of 2015. ESPNU ranks Brown No. 2, Newman No. 3, Ellenson, No. 4, Rabb No. 5, Swanigan No. 8, Jeter No. 9, Zimmerman No. 10, Briscoe No. 13, Trier No. 17, Brunson No. 23 and Kennard No. 26. Scout.com has Brown No. 1, Rabb No. 5, Ellenson No. 6, Zimmerman No. 7, Swanigan No. 9, Jeter No. 10, Newman No. 11, Trier No. 14, Briscoe No. 15, Brunson No. 16, and Kennard No. 23. Finally, the Rivals150 lists Brown No. 2, Newman No. 3, Rabb No. 7, Jeter No. 8, Briscoe No. 9, Zimmerman No. 10, Trier No. 12, Brunson No. 15, Swanigan No. 16, Ellenson No. 17 and Kennard No. 24.

Featured on the 2014-15 Naismith Boy’s High School Player of the Year watch list were Briscoe, Brown, Ellenson, Jeter, Newman, Rabb, Swanigan, Trier and Zimmerman.

Despite their underclassman status, Brunson (Illinois), Kennard (Ohio), Newman (Mississippi) and Trier (Maryland) earned 2014 Gatorade State Player of the Year honors.

The 2015 USA Basketball Junior National Select Team was selected by the USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team Committee, which is chaired in a non-voting role by Sean Ford (USA Basketball Men’s National Team Director) and includes AAU appointees Rich Gray (St. Louis Eagles, Mo.) and Boo Williams (Boo Williams, Va.); NFHS appointees Herman Harried (Lake Clifton H.S., Md.) and John Olive (Torrey Pines H.S., Calif.); 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 World Select Team will consist of 11 players who are 19 years old or younger from FIBA’s five geographic zones, including 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 12-5 overall advantage in the series, including an 84-73 win in 2014 that saw Justise Winslow (Duke University/Houston, Texas) lead the USA with 16 points. The World Select Team claimed back-to-back wins in 2012 and 2013, as well as victories in 1996, 1998 and 2009.

An incredible 165 former USA and World Select Team members have been drafted by NBA teams, including 14 players in the 2014 NBA Draft and 11 players in 2013, and as of Dec. 5, 2014, a remarkable 68 former U.S. players and 26 former World team members were active in the NBA.

Additionally, 32 former Hoop Summit players are currently competing on the collegiate level, including 23 U.S. players and nine World Team athletes.

 

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18th Annual Nike Hoop Summit Set For April 11 At The Moda Center In Portland, Oregon

2015-01-30 08:39:52 reggie

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 30, 2015) – The 2015 Nike Hoop Summit will be played at 12 p.m. (PST) on Saturday, April 11 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.

The Nike Hoop Summit is the country’s premier annual basketball game for U.S. high school senior boys and features the USA Basketball Junior National Select Team taking on a World Select Team comprised of elite international players who are 19 years old or younger.

Tickets for the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit are on sale now, and reserved courtside seats are $35 and $50, and lower bowl tickets start at just $10. Group tickets are available for as low as $4. Service charges apply. Tickets are available through the Rose Quarter Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at HSUM2015Tix.

“We are very excited for another thrilling and competitive edition of the Nike Hoop Summit in 2015,” said USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director Jim Tooley. “Watching the USA’s best, young talent against the top players from around the world not only makes for a great game, but it is a chance to see future college and NBA stars. Portland and the Moda Center have been an outstanding home for this game, and we look forward to a great atmosphere again this year.”

The 2015 USA Basketball Junior National Select Team roster will be chosen by the USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team Committee and will be announced in February. The 2015 World Select Team roster will be announced in March.

The USA Junior National Select Team will consist of 11 U.S. high school seniors, while the World Select Team will consist of 11 players 19 years old or younger from FIBA’s five geographic zones, including 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 12-5 overall advantage in the series, including an 84-73 win in 2014 that saw Justise Winslow (Duke University/Houston, Texas) lead the USA with 16 points. The World Select Team claimed back-to-back wins in 2012 and 2013, as well as victories in 1996, 1998 and 2009.

Some of the game’s past highlights include: 10 rebounds by perennial NBA All-Star Kevin Garnett in a U.S. win in the first Hoop Summit in 1995; 33 points from Dirk Nowitzki to help the World Team to a win in 1998; 20 points and seven assists from 2000 World Team member Tony Parker; and 35 points from Shabazz Muhammad in 2012.

The Nike Hoop Summit has been held annually since 1995, with the exception of a three-year hiatus from 2001-2003. In 1998 (San Antonio, Texas), 1999 (Tampa, Fla.), 2000 (Indianapolis, Ind.) and 2004 (San Antonio), the game was played in the city hosting the men’s NCAA Final Four. From 2005-2007 the game was staged in Memphis, Tennessee. Since 2008, the Nike Hoop Summit has been played in Portland and while there has recorded the four largest crowds in the event’s 17-year history.

An incredible 165 former USA and World Select Team members have been drafted by NBA teams, including 14 players in the 2014 NBA Draft and 11 players in 2013. World Team alumni Andrew Wiggins went No. 1 in 2014, while another international player, Anthony Bennett, went No. 1 in 2013.

Since the first Nike Hoop Summit in 1995, eight Hoop Summit alumni have been chosen No. 1 in the NBA Draft, including the past five No. 1 picks. All told, 55 players have been selected among the first 10 draftees.

The first three draft picks were former Nike Hoop Summit players in 2014 (Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embid), in 2012 (Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Bradley Beal) and in 2008 (Derrick Rose, Michael Beasley and O.J. Mayo).

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

As of Dec. 5, 2014, a remarkable 68 former U.S. players and 26 former World team members were active in the NBA.

Some of the most notable past U.S. team members in the NBA include: Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors); Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); Elton Brand (Atlanta Hawks); DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Kevin Garnett (Brooklyn Nets); Rudy Gay (Sacramento Kings); Drew Gordon (Philadelphia 76ers); Tyler Hansbrough (Toronto Raptors); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Joe Johnson (Brooklyn Nets); Ty Lawson (Denver Nuggets); Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers); Shabazz Muhammad (Minnesota Timberwolves); Nerlens Noel (Philadelphia 76ers); Jabari Parker (Milwaukee Bucks); Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn Nets); Julius Randle (Los Angeles Lakers); Zach Randolph (Memphis Grizzlies); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); and John Wall (Washington Wizards).

Notable World Team Hoop Summit alumni now playing for NBA teams include: Andrea Bargnani (New York Knicks); Nicolas Batum (Portland Trail Blazers); Omri Casspi (Sacramento Kings); Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers); Evan Fournier (Orlando Magic); Serge Ibaka (Oklahoma City Thunder); Enes Kanter (Utah Jazz); Patty Mills (San Antonio Spurs); Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks); Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs); Dennis Schröder (Atlanta Hawks); Luis Scola (Indiana Pacers); Tristan Thompson (Cleveland Cavaliers); and Andrew Wiggins (Minnesota Timberwolves).

Additionally, 32 former Hoop Summit players are currently competing on the collegiate level, including 23 U.S. players and nine World Team athletes.

Duke features four alumni in Quinn Cook, Tyus Jones, Jahlil Okafor, and Justise Winslow; Arizona has three in Rondaé Hollis-Jefferson, Stanley Johnson and Kaleb Tarczewski; Kansas has Cliff Alexander and Kelly Oubre; Kentucky boasts of Aaron Harrison and Andrew Harrison; North Carolina features Joel Berry II and Theo Pinson; Arkansas has Bobby Portis; Florida has Kasey Hill; Indiana features James Blackmon Jr.; Michigan State has Gary Harris; Notre Dame lists Demetrius Jackson; Pittsburgh features James Robinson; Syracuse has Rakeem Christmas; Stanford lists Reid Travis; Texas features Myles Turner; and UCLA has Tony Parker.

World Team alumni playing at an American college or university include: Przemsylaw Karnowski, Kevin Pangos and Kyle Wiltjer at Gonzaga; Duje Dukan at Wisconsin; Brandone Francis at Florida; Devoe Joseph at Oregon; Trey Lyles at Kentucky; Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk at Kansas; and Patson Siame at Loyola Marymount.

USA Basketball

Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, 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, and for the development of youth basketball initiatives that address player development, coach education and safety.

USA Basketball men’s and women’s teams between 2012-14 compiled a spectacular 122-4 win-loss record in FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions, the World University Games and the Nike Hoop Summit, and posted a 65-8 win-loss record in official FIBA and FIBA Americas 3×3 competitions.

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

Connect with USA Basketball on facebook/usabasketballtwitter/usabasketballyoutube/usabplus.google/+usabasketball andinstagram.com/usabasketball.

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

2014-04-15 13:23:08 reggie

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.

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April 12, 2014 USA Team Measurements

2014-04-12 09:47:33 reggie

 

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

 

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