Noah Vonleh Ready To Battle In 2013 Nike Hoop Summit
Portland, Ore. • April 19, 2013
Saturday's 16th annual Nike Hoop Summit at the Rose Garden in Porltand, Ore., will be a rematch of sorts for one U.S. player --a 6-8 forward from Haverhill, Mass., Noah Vonleh. Back in January 2013, Vonleh and New Hampton School faced off against World Team star and Canadian Andrew Wiggins and Huntington Prep during the Hoophall Classic, and while Wiggins got the win in that contest, Vonleh said he is confident Saturday's game will produce a different result.
The 2013 Nike Hoop Summit will feature 10 of the top U.S. high-school seniors facing off of a World Select Team comprised of elite, 19-and-unders from all around the World. The game will be televised live by ESPN2 (7 p.m. EDT).
"I got the call to join the USA Nike Hoop Summit Team after the Huntington Prep game against Andrew Wiggins," Vonleh said. "When I found out the news, I was really happy and couldn't wait to get out here.
"There are a couple of the guys on the World Team that I've heard of -- Wiggins, of course, Dante Exum, Karl Towns, Jr. and Joel Embiid. They are going to be a pretty good team."
In fact, Wiggins is returning in 2013 after helping the 2012 World Team to an 84-75 win and recording 20 points, seven boards and a World Team record-tying six 3-point attempts.
While Vonleh is giving the World Team it's due respect, he also said he has complete confidence in his U.S. teammates.
"We are practicing hard and getting ready for the game," Vonleh said of the USA Team. "I think we will go out there and play hard and beat the World Team."
The 18-year-old Indiana University bound prospect will don his first U-S-A jersey in the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit, but he certainly is not new to elite-level basketball. Vonleh was named a 2013 McDonald's All-American, where he was joined by all nine of his U.S. teammates, and was selected to play in the Jordan Brand Classic, along with eight U.S. team members.
"I knew a lot of them before the all-star games," Vonleh said of his USA Junior National teammates. "It's great getting one last chance to play with them before I head off to college.
"It's a great experience. I'm happy to be out here, getting to play with a lot of the top players and representing my country."
The USA has just two days and a total of four practices to prepare, while the World Team has practiced for an entire week, but Vonleh said it doesn't take much time to understand what he needs to do on Saturday.
"I hope to play hard, have fun and make one of my last high school events the best one yet."
See for yourself who gets the better of the match-up and get your tickets now.