Agreement To Hold Annual Nike Hoop Summit In Portland's Rose Garden Extended Through 2012
Dec. 8, 2010 • Colorado Springs, Colo.
USA Basketball, Nike and the NBA Portland Trail Blazers today announced that the agreement to hold the annual Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Ore., at the Rose Garden has been extended through 2012. The Nike Hoop Summit has been held at the Rose Garden in Portland since 2008.
Additionally, it was announced that the 2011 Nike Hoop Summit will be played on Saturday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m. (PDT). The game will again be distributed nationally by Fox Sports Net and its regional affiliates.
"We are very pleased to be able to return the Nike Hoop Summit in 2011 and 2012 to Portland and the Rose Garden," said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball Executive Director/CEO. "Portland has been a fantastic home for the Nike Hoop Summit the past three years, and we hope to build on the game's popularity moving forward. This game, while featuring the world's top young basketball talents, has proven to be incredibly competitive and exciting every year. We hope the Portland community will continue to demonstrate its love of basketball by coming out to Nike Hoop Summit and watching the future stars of the NCAA and NBA."
Tickets for the 14th annual Nike Hoop Summit are now on sale, with reserved courtside seats priced $25 and $50 and all other general admission tickets $6 in advance and $10 on game day. Tickets can be purchased 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 elite, young athletes playing against a World Select Team comprised of top international players 19-years-old or younger.
"USA Basketball and the Trail Blazers have been tremendous Nike partners helping to take the Hoop Summit to unprecedented heights the past few years," said Lynn Merritt, V.P. of Nike Global Basketball Sports Marketing. "We are thrilled to bring the world's best young talent to Portland the next two years and look forward to watching them compete in basketball's premier international youth event in our own backyard."
"The Nike Hoop Summit is one of the single best places to watch the next generation of NBA players compete against one another, and we are very excited to be a part of it once again," said Trail Blazers president Larry Miller. "The fact that Portland will host the game for a record fifth consecutive year in 2012 speaks to the great relationship we have with USA Basketball and Nike, and the passion this community has for the game of basketball."
Rallying for a 101-97 comeback victory over the World team in 2010, the USA owns a 10-3 series advantage in the event.
Held annually from 1995-2000, the Nike Hoop Summit was resumed in 2004 after a three year hiatus. In 1998 (San Antonio, Texas), 1999 (Tampa, Fla.), 2000 (Indianapolis, Ind.) and 2004 (San Antonio, Texas), the Nike Hoop Summit was held in the city hosting the men's NCAA Final Four. Between 2005-2007 it was staged at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn.
The 2011 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 in early January, with the 2011 World Select Team announcement to follow in March. The USA Junior National Select Team will consist of 10 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 the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), the world governing body of international basketball.
Nike Hoop Summit History
The premiere event for high-school age players, an incredible 109 former USA and World Select Team members have been drafted by NBA teams, including 10 players in 2010, 11 players in 2009 and 13 players in 2008.
The first selection of the 2010 NBA Draft, by the Washington Wizards,
was John Wall, who participated in the 2009 Nike Hoop Summit, and nine of the
first 19 draft choices in 2010 were Nike Hoop Summit alums, while seven of the
first 20 choices in 2009 were former Nike Hoop Summit players. Additionally,
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, four 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, 36 players have been selected among the first 10 draftees.
Four players from the Nike Hoop Summit have gone on to earn NBA Rookie of the Year honors, including Elton Brand, who shared the honor in 2000, and the past three Rookie of the Year award winners, Tyreke Evans (2009-10), Derrick Rose (2008-09) and Kevin Durant (2007-08).
As of Dec. 1, 2010, 58 former USA players and 17 former World team members were active in the NBA, including rookie sensation Wall (Washington Wizards). Additional American NBA standouts boasting of Hoop Summit experience include: Ron Artest (Los Angeles Lakers); Shane Battier (Houston Rockets); Beasley; Brand (Philadelphia 76ers); Baron Davis (Los Angeles Clippers); Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Monta Ellis (Golden State Warriors); Evans (Sacramento Kings); Kevin Garnett (Boston Celtics); Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies); Tyler Hansbrough (Indiana Pacers); Joe Johnson (Atlanta Hawks); Rashard Lewis (Orlando Magic); Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves); Mayo; Rose; J.R. Smith (Denver Nuggets); Josh Smith (Atlanta Hawks); Martell Webster (Minnesota Timberwolves); Brandan Wright (Golden State Warriors); and Thaddeus Young (Philadelphia 76ers).
World Hoop Summit alums now playing for NBA teams include: Alexis Ajinca (Dallas Mavericks); Andrea Bargnani (Toronto Raptors); Omri Casspi (Sacramento Kings); Dan Gadzuric (Golden State Warriors); Yi Jianlian (Washington Wizards); Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks); Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs); Vladimir Radmanovic (Golden State Warriors); Luis Scola (Houston Rockets); and Darius Songaila (Philadelphia 76ers).
Additionally, 33 former Hoop Summit players are currently competing
on the collegiate level, including 23 past U.S. players and nine former World
North Carolina tops the list with five current members having played in the Nike Hoop Summit -- Harrison Barnes (2010), Reggie Bullock (2010), John Henson (2009), Kendall Marshall (2010) and Leslie McDonald (2009); while four members of the Duke University Blue Devils are Hoop Summit alums - Kyrie Irving (2010), Mason Plumlee (2009), Kyle Singler (2007) and Nolan Smith (2007). Four schools have two representatives, including Florida -- Vernon Macklin (2006) and Patric Young (2010), Kentucky -- Terrence Jones (2010) and Brandan Knight (2010), Tennessee -- Scotty Hopson (2008) and Tobias Harris (2010), and UCLA -- Jerime Anderson (2008), Malcolm Lee (2008).
Also playing collegiately are Will Barton (2010) at Memphis, Abdul Gaddy (2009) at Washington, Meyers Leonard (2010) at Illinois, Mike Moser (2009) at UNLV, Renardo Sidney (2009) at Mississippi State and Jared Sullinger (2010) at Ohio State.
World Team alums playing at an American college or university include: Duje Dukan (2010) at Wisconsin; Angel Garcia (2008) at Memphis; Cory Joseph (2010) and Tristan Thompson (2010) at Texas, Devoe Joseph (2008) at Minnesota; Rob Loe (2010) at St. Louis; Emmanuel Negedu (2008) at New Mexico; Torgrim Sommerfeldt at Manhattan College; and Marvell Waithe (2006) at Arkansas.
Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball 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 United States 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 basketball competitions, as well as for some national competitions.
USA Basketball currently ranks No. 1 in all of FIBA's world ranking
categories, including combined, men's, women's, boys and girls rankings.