Top High School Seniors Named To 2007 USA Nike Hoop Summit Team
Jan. 15, 2007ï¿½ Colorado Springs, Colo.
Selecting a talented roster that features both coaches and seven players possessing prior USA Basketball experience, USA Basketball today announced the coaching staff and 10 players selected for the 2007 USA Basketball Junior National Select Team that will compete in the 10th annual Nike Hoop Summit on April 7 at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn.
Both coaches and seven of the 10 players selected for the USA Team that will compete in the 10th annual Nike Hoop Summit have prior USA Basketball experience, including (top to bottom, left to right): USA head coach Pat Fitterer; Jerryd Bayless, Michael Beasley, Jonny Flynn, Donte' Greene, O.J. Mayo, Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith. (Photos: Scott Kurtz and Ross Davis)
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Named head coach of the 2007 USA Team was state of Washington's renowned prep mentor and Eisenhower High School's (Yakima, Wash.) successful head coach Pat Fitterer. Fitterer served as the assistant coach for last year's victorious USA Hoop Summit Team and was head coach of the USA White Team that captured gold at the 2005 USA Youth Development Festival. Douglas Mitchell (North Central High School, Indianapolis, Ind.), who served as Fitterer's assistant coach on the ï¿½05 USA White Team, and as an assistant for the USA North Team at the 2003 USA Basketball Youth Development Festival, has been tagged Fitterer's assistant coach.
Named to the 2007 USA Basketball Men's Junior National Select Team were high school standouts: Jerryd Bayless (St. Mary's H.S./Phoenix, Az.); Michael Beasley (Notre Dame Prep/Frederick, Md.); Jonny Flynn (Niagara Falls H.S./Niagara Falls, N.Y.); Donte' Greene (Towson Catholic H.S./Baltimore, Md.); Kevin Love (Lake Oswego H.S./Lake Oswego, Ore.); O.J. Mayo (Huntington H.S./ Huntington, W.Va.); Patrick Patterson (Huntington H.S./ Huntington, W.Va.); Derrick Rose (Simeon Vocational/ Chicago, Ill.); Kyle Singler (South Medford H.S./Medford, Ore.); and Nolan Smith (Oak Hill Academy, Va./Upper Marlboro, Md.). The coach and player selections were made by the USA Basketball Men's Junior Development Committee.
The Nike Hoop Summit is the country's premiere annual basketball game and the only game featuring America's top male high school senior players taking on a World Select Team comprised of the world's top players who are 19-years-old or younger. The 2007 Nike Hoop Summit will be played on Saturday, April 7, 3 p.m. (CT), and for the third straight year will be contested at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn. Again in 2007, the Hoop Summit will be preceded by the Memphis All-Star Classic, a game that will showcase the top prep senior players from the Memphis area. The Memphis All-Star Classic game will tip off at 12:30 p.m. (CT). The 2007 Nike Hoop Summit game will be televised nationally by Fox Sports Network.
The World Select Team as well as the players and coaches involved in the Memphis All-Star Classic will be announced at a later date.
'One of the things about bringing Pat Fitterer on board as the USA head coach is our committee felt it was really important to have a coach who has been through the Hoop Summit before because this isn't your typical all-star game, rather it's more about developing a team over a three or four day period to compete at a very high level. We felt it was really important to bring a coach who has been through that. Pat has done a great job coaching in our Youth Development Festival, as a former member of the committee and as an assistant coach last year at the Nike Hoop Summit, so we feel real comfortable with him taking over the reigns,' said Don Showalter (Mid-Prairie High School, Wellman, Iowa), who served as head coach of the USA squad in the 1998 Hoop Summit and is the current chair of the USA Basketball Men's Junior Development Committee.
'Doug (Mitchell) also knows what USA Basketball is all about and he's very familiar with the Hoop Summit and coached with Pat in the 2005 Youth Development Festival. He's going to compliment Pat really well, and we thought it was really a good fit for those two to coach our Hoop Summit team.
'Last year we thought we had a very talented team, and we did. But this year, I think it is probably another level of talent.
'Last year we thought we had a very talented team, and we did. But this year, I think it is probably another level of talent.'
What sets this team apart from the other teams is many of the players played for USA Basketball in the U18 Championship last year, so they know a little bit about the function of USA Basketball and they understand what we're looking for from a team standpoint.
'Over the last few years I think we've probably done a better job of picking players from a standpoint of having the ability to play more than one position. When you play on a national team, I think it's important you have kids that are versatile and who can go out and shoot, and who can really guard people out on the court. I think this group can do that. This group gives us some really nice flexibility to put a team together, and when you only have three or four days, I think that's huge as far as getting the team ready.'
The USA Basketball Men's Junior Development Committee is chaired by Showalter, and also includes AAU appointees William Anderson (head coach, AAU YMOCA Team Memphis, Tenn.), and Rod Seaford (head coach, AAU Charlotte Royal, N.C.); National Federation of State High School Associations appointees Todd Buller (head coach, Pacific Grove High School, Calif.) and Eric Flannery (head coach, St. Edwards High School, Ohio); as well as athlete representatives Kermit Holmes (1999 USA Pan American Games Team and 1997 USA Tournament of the Americas Team) and Jimmy Oliver (1998 USA World Championship Team).
2007 USA Basketball Junior National Select
Team - The Players
Selecting 10 players who list among the nation's top ranked senior prospects, seven of the USA's 10 players boast of previous USA Basketball experience.
Six members of last summer's undefeated and gold medal winning USA U18 National Team will suit up once again for USA Basketball. Bayless, Beasley, Flynn, Greene, Singler and Smith were all key contributors to the ï¿½06 USA U18 team. Beasley led the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 13.8 ppg. and 8.3 rpg., while Bayless and Singler each contributed 11.0 ppg. Smith added 9.0 ppg. and 4.0 rpg., Flynn contributed 8.5 ppg. and a team best 5.3 apg., and Greene averaged 3.0 ppg.
Mayo also brings prior USA experience, having played in the 2005 USA Basketball Men's Youth Development Festival. Carrying the USA Blue team to a 3-1 record and silver medal finish, Mayo, despite being one of four high school sophomores selected for the event, claimed the Festival's top scoring honors, averaging 27.5 ppg., and ranked tied for third in assists (3.75), tops in steals at 6.0 spg. and secured 6.5 rpg. Singler too participated in the ï¿½05 Festival, and while playing for Fitterer's gold medal USA White Team, averaged 14.0 ppg., 3.4 rpg., and shot 47.1 percent from 3-point (8-of-17 3pt FGs).
Nine of the 10 U.S. players have signed national letters of intent with prominent NCAA Division I basketball programs. Flynn and Greene are headed to Syracuse University (N.Y.), while Singler and Smith have signed to attend Duke University (N.C.). Bayless will take his skills to the University of Arizona, Beasley will be off to Kansas State, Love will don the UCLA uniform, Mayo will play at USC, and Rose has been inked by the University of Memphis (Tenn.). Only Patterson remains undecided about his future college home.
Among the players' many accolades, Rivals.com ranked the 10 player among its top 51, including nine in the top 21. Rivals.com ranked the USA team members as follows: Beasley No. 1; Rose No. 3, Singler No. 4, Mayo No. 5, Love No. 7, Bayless No. 10, Greene No. 13, Patterson No. 14, Flynn No. 21, and Smith No. 51
2006 USA Basketball Junior National Select Team - The Coaches
Pat Fitterer, USA Head Coach
'Anytime you are selected to work with USA Basketball, it's a great compliment, and I'm very excited,' USA head mentor Fitterer stated. 'As soon as I heard I had been selected, Doug (Mitchell) was the first person I thought of to help me out. We have worked together before, and it was like we were long lost friends.
'The Hoop Summit is a unique event because you have to opportunity to see so many outstanding players from the USA and throughout the world. It's a place where unknown factors are sometimes discovered, and the people surrounding the event represent the best basketball coaches and basketball minds in the world.
'The 10 players selected are outstanding athletes. Being from the Northwest and having prior USA Basketball experience, I've been fortunate to see several of them play and to coach against them. Let's just say it's more fun to know they are on my team than having to figure out a way to try and stop them.'
Fitterer previously served as an assistant on the victorious 2006 USA Hoop Summit Team, and he was head coach for the USA White Team at the 2005 USA Basketball Youth Development Festival that was held in San Diego, Calif., in conjunction with the U.S. Olympic Committee multi-sport International Sports Invitational. The 2005 White squad, which included 2007 USA Hoop Summit team member Singler, claimed the gold medal. In 2005, facing a field that included two other star-studded USA teams, as well as young national teams from Canada, China, New Zealand and Russia, Fitterer's team finishing 5-0 and won its games by an average of 30.0 ppg.
Fitterer also boasts of USA Basketball experience as a member of the 2001-2004 USA Basketball Men's Cadet and Youth Committee. The committee was responsible for the selection of coaches and players for USA Basketball's Youth Development Festivals between 2001-2004 and for the victorious team that played in the 2004 Nike Hoop Summit.
Fitterer has been coaching high school boys basketball in Washington for 30 years dating back to the 1977-78 season. During that time his squads have compiled an overall 581-174 (through 2005-06) record for a .770 winning percentage. He also has collected 17 league championships, nine district titles and in 19 state tournament appearances, finished among the top 10 a total of 14 times, including the 1988 and 1996 Washington state crowns. A 12-time league Coach of the Year, Fitterer has been honored three times as the Washington Coach of the Year. In 2005 he received the National High School Coaches Contributor award from the National High School Foundation, and in August of 2007, he will be inducted into the Washington State Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.
Fitterer's Eisenhower club is off to a 7-3 record (as of Jan. 11) in
the 2006-07 season.
His best season came in 1995-96 while the head coach at Sehome High School (Bellingham, Wash.). His squad went undefeated for a 30-0 finish, while sweeping the league, district and state tournament titles. Additionally, Sehome capped the 1996 season ranked No. 5 in the nation by USA Today.
In his fourth season as head mentor at Eisenhower, Fitterer has compiled a 58-18 record and .763 winning percentage (through 2005-06), including a 26-4 final mark in 2004-05 when his team finished fourth in the state tournament after capturing both the 2005 league and district titles.
A multi-sport athlete in high school, Fitterer was a 1970 All-America honorable mention in football and earned 1971 all-league honorable mention in basketball. He competed in football at both Yakima Valley Junior College (Wash.) and Central Washington State College, four times earning his school's athlete of the week honors. Additionally, Fitterer, who was inducted into the Central Washington Hall of Fame in 1998, was the district sprint champ in 1973-74 at Central Washington where he recorded a time of 9.5 seconds in the 100 yard dash.
Douglas Mitchell, USA Assistant Coach
Assisting Fitterer is Mitchell, who was an assistant coach for the 2005 USA Basketball Youth Development Festival White Team that earned the gold medal and the 2003 USA North Team that captured the silver medal.
'It's a real honor to work with USA Basketball,' said Mitchell. 'To have the chance to represent my country while working with the best high school seniors from the USA and getting the opportunity to see foreign players as well is very exciting. This is the ultimate for a high school coach.'
An assistant coach for the 2002 and 2003 McDonald's High School All-American games, Mitchell has served Indianapolis' North Central High School for over a decade (1993-94 through present), compiling a 201-106 record (.655 winning percentage) through the 2005-06 season.
After a 20-4 overall finish in 2005-06, Mitchell's squad is off to a 9-1 start (as of Jan. 11) in 2006-07, led by Indiana-bound shooting guard Eric Gordon, rivals.com and scout.com's No. 1 shooting guard in the country.
Mitchell has collected a pair of Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference (MIC) titles (1997, 1999) and five times his teams have advanced to the state sectional (1995, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005). In 1999 his team, led by 1998 USA Junior World Championship Qualifying Team gold medalist Jason Gardner, won the state regional crown, earned the Indiana Class 4A state championship and followed that up with the 1999 Indiana Tournament of Champions title (the Tournament of Champions pits all the state class winners against each other).
For his accomplishments while at North Central, Mitchell has been named the 1999 Indiana Class 4A Coach of the Year by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association and was the MIC Coach of the Year in 1997 and 1999.
Mitchell has seen no less than 40 of his athletes compete in the NCAA and saw four protï¿½gï¿½s compete in the 2003 NCAA Tournament, including Jason Gardner (Arizona), Nick Gardner (Butler), Marcus May (IUPUI) and Josh Murray (IUPUI). He also lists the 2004 Indiana Mr. Basketball A.J. Ratliff, who competes for Indiana University, among his former players.
A three-year letterwinner (1976-77 through 1978-79) at Butler University (Ind.), Mitchell was a team captain as a junior and senior and earned 1978 All-Indiana Collegiate Conference (ICC) first team honors. He helped the Bulldogs to a pair of ICC titles in 1977 and 1978 and paced his 1977-78 squad in free throw percentage (.875) and assists (78 / 3.0 apg.). His free throw accuracy still ranks fifth among Butler's all-time single-season records in that category. Additionally, Mitchell was the recipient of Butler's 1979 Hilton U. Brown Mental Attitude award.
After acting as a high school assistant coach for two years, Mitchell returned to his alma mater, Butler, where he was a six-year assistant (1987-88 through 1992-93). Involved in recruiting and scouting, Mitchell helped the Bulldogs to a pair of NIT appearances (1991, 1992) before accepting the varsity position at North Central.
Nike Hoop Summit History
USA teams have won seven of the previous nine Nike Hoop Summit match-ups, including five consecutive, and the Americans have done so on the shoulders of some outstanding showings by an impressive list of alumni.
The premiere event for high school seniors, 63 former USA and World Select Hoop Summit team members have been drafted by NBA teams, including three members of the 2005 USA team ï¿½ Martell Webster (6th pick by Portland in the 2005 NBA Draft), Monta Ellis (40th pick by Golden State in the 2005 NBA Draft), and Louis Williams (45th pick by Philadelphia in the 2005 NBA Draft), and seven members of the 2004 USA Team ï¿½ Rudy Gay (8th pick by Houston in the 2006 NBA Draft); Sebastian Telfair (13th pick by Portland in the 2005 NBA Draft); Al Jefferson (15th pick by Boston in the 2005 NBA Draft); Josh Smith (17th pick by Atlanta in the 2005 NBA Draft); J.R. Smith (18th pick by New Orleans in the 2005 NBA Draft); Jordan Farmer (26th pick by Los Angeles Lakers in the 2006 NBA Draft); and Daniel Gibson (42nd pick by Cleveland in the 2006 NBA Draft).
As of Jan. 12, 2007, 33 former USA players and nine former World team members play in the NBA.
Some of the American NBA standouts boasting of Hoop Summit experience include Shareef Abdur-Rahim (Sacramento Kings); Ron Artest (Sacramento Kings); Shane Battier (Houston Rockets); Mike Bibby (Sacramento Kings); Elton Brand (Los Angeles Clippers); Nick Collison (Seattle SuperSonics); Baron Davis (Golden State Warriors); Chris Duhon (Chicago Bulls); Mike Dunleavy (Golden State Warriors); Ellis (Golden State Warriors); Farmer (Los Angeles Lakers); Kevin Garnett (Minnesota Timberwolves); Gay (Memphis Grizzlies); Gibson (Cleveland Cavaliers); Al Harrington (Indiana Pacers); Kirk Hinrich (Chicago Bulls); Larry Hughes (Cleveland Cavaliers); Jefferson (Boston Celtics); Jared Jeffries (New York Knicks); Joe Johnson (Atlanta Hawks); Rashard Lewis (Seattle SuperSonics); Stephon Marbury (New York Knicks); Darius Miles (Portland Trail Blazers); Jermaine O'Neal (Indiana Pacers), Zach Randolph (Portland Trail Blazers); Quentin Richardson (New York Knicks); J.R. Smith (Denver Nuggets); Josh Smith (Atlanta Hawks); Stromile Swift (Memphis Grizzlies); Telfair (Portland Trail Blazers); Webster (Portland Trail Blazers); Williams (Philadelphia 76ers).
World Hoop Summit alums now playing for NBA teams include Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks); Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs); Vladimir Radmanovic (Los Angeles Lakers); Dan Gadzuric (Milwaukee Bucks); Darius Songaila (Chicago Bulls); Bostjan Nachbar (New Jersey Nets); Sergio Rodriguez (Portland Trail Blazers); Mouhamed Saer Sene (Seattle SuperSonics); and Marcus Vinicius Viera (New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets).
Other former Hoop Summit players currently competing on the collegiate level include four members of No. 1 ranked North Carolina - Wayne Ellington, Tyler Hansbrough, Tywon Lawson and Brandan Wright; Duke's Gerald Henderson, Greg Paulus and Jon Scheyer; Kansas' sophomore star tandem Brandon Rush and Julian Wright; Washington teammates Spencer Hawes and Jon Brockman; Texas' star frosh Kevin Durant; freshmen Paul Harris at Syracuse, Thaddeus Young at Georgia Tech, Vernon Macklin at Georgetown; Alabama sophomore forward Richard Hendrix; Arizona guard J.P. Prince; Oregon's Malik Hairston, Texas A&M's Joseph Jones, and Indiana's D.J. White.
The USA owns a 7-2 series lead in the Nike Hoop Summit after handing the World squad a 109-91 setback in Memphis last April 8 as Ellington put on a show in the first half and scored 21 of his game high and USA record-tying 31 points in the USA's 109-91 victory. In 2005, the USA rolled to a 106-98 win as Hansbrough scored a record-tying 31 points and added 10 rebounds, while Paulus led the American offense with a USA Hoop Summit record 10 assists. In 2004, the USA upended the World Select Team 99-79 in a game played in San Antonio, Texas. In that contest, Josh Smith led the U.S. offense with 27 points on 12-of-18 shooting, and his 12 made field goals set a new single game USA Hoop Summit record. Telfair recorded a game high seven assists, tying what was at the time the USA Hoop Summit record.
In the 2000 Hoop Summit the USA edged the World Select Team 98-97 in Indianapolis, Ind. In that contest, Randolph accounted for 24 points and eight rebounds, Miles contributed 15 points and eight boards, and it was France's Parker pacing the World squad with 20 points and seven assists. In 1999 in Tampa, Fla., USA guard Casey Jacobsen set a then U.S. team record with 31 points on 6-of-8 shooting from 3-point as the Americans rolled to a 107-95 victory. In 1998, the World Select Team earned a hard-fought 104-99 victory thanks to a Hoop Summit record 33 points and 14 rebounds from future NBA All-Star Nowitzki. Current Indiana Pacers forward Harrington posted 26 points and nine rebounds for the U.S. in the loss.
In the 1997 Hoop Summit, contested in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., future NBA standouts Hughes and Artest posted 20 and 19 points, respectively, as the USA squad battled to a 97-90 triumph. Despite O'Neal finishing with 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots, the World Team claimed a 104-96 win in the 1996 Hoop Summit in Charlotte, N.C. In the inaugural Hoop Summit contest held in Springfield, Mass., the USA won 86-77 as Garnett accumulated 10 points, 10 rebounds and nine blocked shots, and Marbury added 10 points and five assists.
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