History 101: Nike Hoop Summit
Feb. 19, 2008
The summer of 2008 promises to be an exciting season for fans of USA Basketball, itï¿½s an Olympic year after all, and fortunately the action gets started much sooner than August. First up for USA Basketball is the Nike Hoop Summit, the nationï¿½s premiere event for high school seniors.
Before we announce the 2008 location and ticket information, which are all coming very soon, USABasketball.com wanted to share why any basketball fan canï¿½t afford to miss the 2008 Nike Hoop Summit.
In a competition unlike any other, the Hoop Summit pits the USA Junior National Select Team, featuring 10 of Americaï¿½s best male high school seniors, against the World Select Team, a one-time roster comprised of the best 19-and-unders from the rest of the planet. In the 10-game history of the series, the USA Junior National Select Team holds an 8-2 advantage over the World Select Team.
Reason No. 1 to catch the Hoop Summit, how about the all-time rosters? The alumni listing is impressive.USA // World
Among the 222 athletes who have participated in the Hoop Summit, 74 have been drafted by the NBA, thatï¿½s one-third! Recent
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Also drafted in 2007 were Yi Jianlian (6th, Milwaukee Bucks); Brandan Wright (8th, Charlotte Bobcats, traded to Golden State Warriors); Spencer Hawes (10th, Sacramento Kings); Thaddeus Young (12th, Philadelphia 76ers); Julian Wright (13th, New Orleans Hornets); and Petteri Kopenen (30th, Philadelphia 76ers, traded to Portland Trail Blazers).
Curios to see the entire NBA draft listing? Look no further for the complete listing: Nike Hoop Summit Alumni Draft Choices
Of the 74 picks, 52 are currently suited up for an NBA squad (as of February 13, 2008), including 40 former USA players and 12 former World team members. The listing features the likes of Shareef Abdur-Rahim (Sacramento Kings); Shane Battier (Houston Rockets); Mike Bibby (Atlanta Hawks); Elton Brand (Los Angeles Clippers); Baron Davis (Golden State Warriors); Monta Ellis (Golden State Warriors); Jordan Farmar (Los Angeles Lakers); Kevin Garnett (Minnesota Timberwolves); Al Harrington (Indiana Pacers); Kirk Hinrich (Chicago Bulls); Larry Hughes (Cleveland Cavaliers); Al Jefferson (Boston Celtics); Joe Johnson (Atlanta Hawks); Stephon Marbury (New York Knicks); Darius Miles (Portland Trail Blazers); Josh Smith (Atlanta Hawks); Sebastian Telfair (Portland Trail Blazers); and Martell Webster (Portland Trail Blazers).
Highlighting the names of the 12 World Select Team members now playing in the NBA are: Bargnani; Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks); Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs); Vladimir Radmanovic (Los Angeles Lakers); Luis Scola (Houston Rockets); Yi Jianlian (Milwaukee Bucks); and Sergio Rodriguez (Portland Trail Blazers).
Here is a link to the complete listing of all 52 Hoop Summit Alumni active in the NBA
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The 26 names include: Alabama forward Richard Hendrix; Arizona guard Jerryd Bayless; Cincinnati junior Mike Williams; Dukeï¿½s Gerald Henderson, Greg Paulus, Jon Scheyer, Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith; Georgetown freshman Vernon Macklin; Indianaï¿½s D.J. White; Kansas forward Brandon Rush; Michael Beasley of Kansas State; Kentuckyï¿½s Patrick Patterson; Memphis freshman guard Derrick Rose; North Carolina stars Wayne Ellington, Tyler Hansbrough and Tywon Lawson; Oregonï¿½s Malik Hairston; Syracuse Orange Jonny Flynn, Dontï¿½ Greene and Paul Harris; Texas A&Mï¿½s Joe Jones; UCLAï¿½s Kevin Love; USCï¿½s O.J. Mayo; and Washingtonï¿½s Jon Brockman.