U.S. And World Team Announce Roster Changes For 2012 Nike Hoop Summit
USA Will Take On International Squad In 15th Annual Nike Hoop Summit On April 7
Portland, Ore. April 2, 2012
The USA Junior National Select Team and the World Select Team, which will face off in the 15th annual Nike Hoop Summit at 7 p.m. (PDT) on April 7 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore., today announced several roster changes.
Added to the USA team was 63 guard James Robinson (DeMatha Catholic H.S. / Mitchellville, Md.), after Marcus Paige (Linn-Mar H.S. / Marion, Iowa) withdrew due to injury.
The World Team named two Lithuanian players to its squad guard Vytenis Cizauskas (63, Zalgiris Kaunas) and small forward Tauras Jogela (67, Zalgiris Kaunas) after Evan Fournier (66, Union Poitiers Basket 86 / France) and Dmitry Kulagin (66, BC Triumph Lyubertsy / Russia) were unable to participate due to injury.
Tickets for the 15th annual Nike Hoop Summit are now on sale. General admission is $5 in advance and $10 on game day, and reserved courtside seats are $25 and $50. Tickets can be purchased through the Rose Quarter Ticket Office at 877-789-ROSE (7673), by visiting rosequarter.com or at nikehoopsummit.com.
Robinson plays for USA assistant coach Mike Jones at DeMatha Catholic High School in Maryland, where he averaged 19.7ppg. to help his team to a 30-5 record, the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament title and a No. 10 national ranking in the most recent USA Today Super 25.
For the World Teams recent additions, Cizauskas averaged 13.0 ppg., 5.7 rpg., 5.6 apg. and 1.9 spg. for Lithuania in the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship this past summer, helping his team to a 7-2 record and gold medal at the event. On loan from Zalgiris Kaunas to KK Baltai Kaunas for the 2011-12 season, he is averaging 7.5 ppg., 3.7 rpg., 1.9 apg. and 1.1 spg. in 20.3 minutes per game.
Jogela is averaging 13.3 ppg., 6.6 rpg., 1.8 spg. and 1.7 apg. in 27.6 minutes per game playing for Zalgiris-Sabonio in 2011-12 (on loan from Zalgiris Kaunas). In the 2011 FIBA Europe U18 Championship, he averaged 7.1 ppg. and 3.9 rpg. for Lithuania.
The Nike Hoop Summit, which sees America's top senior high school players take on a World Select Team comprised of elite international players age 19-years-old or younger, has been staged on 14 previous occasions and has given an extraordinary number of talented youngsters the chance to showcase their abilities. As of 2011, an incredible 125 Hoop Summit alumni have been drafted into the NBA.
The USA will be led in 2012 by first time USA Basketball head coach Kevin Boyle (Montverde Academy, Fla.).
The World Team will be led by second-year Nike Hoop Summit head coach Roy Rana, who is a six-year veteran of Canadian national team basketball and was appointed head coach of Canadas Junior National Team in 2012. Rana will be assisted by Serbia's Marin Sedlacek, who is making his 12th Hoop Summit appearance.