Patric Young Named Final Member Of 2010 USA Nike Hoop Summit Team
March 22, 2010 - Colorado Springs, Colo.
Patric Young, a 6-9 forward out of Providence H.S. in Jacksonville, Fla., has been named the 10th and final member of the 2010 USA Junior National Select Team, USA Basketball today announced. Young and his U.S. teammates will square off against the World Select Team in the 13th annual Nike Hoop Summit at 7:00 p.m. (PDT) on Saturday, April 10 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore.
With eight points, 13 rebounds and seven blocked shots, Young helped lead Providence to a 63-46 win over Tampa Prep on March 6 to capture the Florida 2A state championship and a 31-1 overall record. He averaged 13.0 points, 14.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 4.0 blocked per game in 2009-10.
'Anytime you get to represent your country you should be honored and make sure that you are playing for the right reasons,' Young said. 'It's a blessing that I can do what I am doing now.
'It didn't register in the beginning how exciting this was because I didn't know how big of an accomplishment it was until I talked to my AAU coach,' Young continued. 'He told me how big of a deal it was and how it was different from the McDonald's game. It's not an all-star event.'
The Nike Hoop Summit is the country's premier annual basketball game for high-school age boys and features America's elite, young athletes against a World Select Team comprised of top international players 19-years-old or younger.
Tickets are now on sale, with reserved courtside seats priced $25 and $50 and all other general admission tickets $10. Tickets can be purchased through the Rose Quarter Ticket Office, by calling 877-789-ROSE (7673) or by visiting www.rosequarter.com.
'I think that the 10-man squad that we have is as talented and balanced as it possibly could be in the United States,' said USA head coach Bob Cimmino (Mount Vernon H.S., N.Y.). 'I look forward to seeing if we can get the chemistry to work.
'It will be like what John Wooden used to do - he used to make sure that his team was ready as opposed to scouting a lot,' Cimmino continued. 'So, since we don't have the option of scouting a lot, we are going to make sure that our squad is ready for whatever the World Team can bring.'
Players and coaches for the 2010 USA Junior National Select Team are selected by the USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team Committee, chaired in a non-voting position by Sean Ford, the USA Basketball Men's National Team Director. The committee also includes AAU appointees Ron Crawford and Boo Williams, National Federation of High School appointees Eric Flannery and John Olive and athlete representative Kermit Holmes (1999 USA Pan American Games Team).
2010 USA Junior National Select Team
While all 10 Junior National Select Team members are new to USA Basketball, Harris, Jones and Young also accepted invitations to attend the 2010 USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team training camp June 14-16 at the University of Texas at San Antonio in Texas. The training camp will be used to select the 12-member team that will represent the USA at the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, which will be contested June 26-30 at Bill Greehey Arena at St. Mary's University's in San Antonio.
ight of the 10 USA Junior National Select Team players have signed a National Letter of Intent for 2010-11. Marshall, Barnes and Bullock signed with North Carolina, Barton signed with Memphis, Harris will play at Tennessee, Irving will play at Duke, Sullinger signed with Ohio State and Young will play at Florida. Knight and Jones remain undecided about where they will play college basketball.
hat Atlanta Tipoff Club honored Sullinger as its 2010 Naismith National High School Boys Basketball Player of the Year, while Barnes, Barton, Bullock, Harris, Irving and Knight listed on the Naismith watch list released on Dec. 11.
Aditionally, Barnes was named the 2010 Morgan Wootten Player of the Year, and Harris was named Mr. New York Basketball.
Earning 2010 Gatorade State Player of the Year honors were: Barnes (Iowa), Bullock (North Carolina), Harris (New York), Irving (New Jersey) and Knight (Florida).
Five players have led their teams to prestigious state titles in 2009-10, including Barnes (Iowa 4A); Barton (New England Prep School Athletic Conference Class A and National Prep Championship titles); Bullock (North Carolina 2A); Jones (Oregon 5A); and Young (Florida 2A title).
In 2008-09 seven players led their teams to state championship, including Barnes (Iowa 4A title), Barton (Maryland 3A title, with Lake Clifton), Harris (New York 1A & Federation titles, with Long Island Lutheran), Irving (New Jersey Tournament of Champions & Non-Public Schools titles), Jones (Oregon 5A title), Knight (Florida 3A title) and Sullinger (Ohio D1 title).
Nine USA players were selected to play in the 2010 McDonald's All-American game on March 31 in Columbus, Ohio. Playing for the East Team is Bullock, Harris, Irving, Marshall and Sullinger, while Barnes, Jones, Knight and Young will suit up for the West Team.
Selected to play in the Jordan Brand Classic on April 17 in New York were East Team members Bullock, Irving, Knight and Sullinger, while Barnes, Barton, Harris, Jones and Marshall will compete for the West Team.
All 10 U.S. players are nationally ranked among recruiting sites, including at least four of the top five players for the class of 2010 by Scout.com, Rivals.com and ESPNU. Scout.com lists Barnes as the No. 1 prospect in the class of 2010, followed by Knight at No. 2, Sullinger at No. 3, Irving at No. 5, Barton at No. 8, Harris at No. 9, Bullock at No. 11, Young at No. 18, Jones at No. 20 and Marshall at No. 21. The Rivals 150 Class of 2010 lists Knight as No. 1, Barnes at No. 2, Sullinger at No. 3, Harris at No. 5, Irving at No. 9, Bullock at No. 10 , Barton at No. 11, Jones at No. 13, Young at No. 28 and Marshall at No. 32. ESPNU 100 lists Barnes at No. 1, Sullinger at No. 2, Knight at No. 3, Irving at No. 4, Harris at No. 5, Barton at No. 6, Jones at No. 13, Young at No. 14, Bullock at No. 16 and Marshall at No. 22.
Nike Hoop Summit History
The premiere event for high-school age players, 99 former USA and World Select Team members have been drafted by NBA teams, including 11 players in 2009 and 13 players in the 2008 draft.
Seven of the first 20 NBA Draft choices in 2009 were Nike Hoop Summit participants. Tyreke Evans was selected No. 4, while Jonny Flynn was No. 5, DeMar DeRozan was No. 9, Gerald Henderson was No. 12 and Tyler Hansbrough was chosen No. 13. The top three picks in the 2008 NBA Draft were Hoop Summit alums, including Derrick Rose as the No. 1 pick by Chicago, Michael Beasley at No. 2 by Miami and O.J. Mayo at No. 3 by Minnesota.
Since the first Nike Hoop Summit in 1995, three Hoop Summit alumni have been chosen No. 1 in the NBA Draft, while five have been selected with the No. 2 pick, and all told, 32 players have been selected among the first 10 draftees.
As of December 14, 2009, 53 former USA players and 15 former World team members are active in the NBA. The Trail Blazers' roster alone features four Hoop Summit alumni, including U.S. players Jerryd Bayless and Martell Webster and World Team players Nicolas Batum and Patrick Mills.
Additionally, 28 former Hoop Summit players are currently competing on the collegiate level, including 21 past U.S. players and seven former world team athletes.