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18th Annual Nike Hoop Summit Set For April 11 At The Moda Center In Portland, Oregon

  • Date:
    Jan 30, 2015

The 2015 Nike Hoop Summit will be played at 12 p.m. (PST) on Saturday, April 11 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.

The Nike Hoop Summit is the country's premier annual basketball game for U.S. high school senior boys and features the USA Basketball Junior National Select Team taking on a World Select Team comprised of elite international players who are 19 years old or younger.

Tickets for the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit are on sale now, and reserved courtside seats are $35 and $50, and lower bowl tickets start at just $10. Group tickets are available for as low as $4. Service charges apply. Tickets are available through the Rose Quarter Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at HSUM2015Tix.

“We are very excited for another thrilling and competitive edition of the Nike Hoop Summit in 2015,” said USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director Jim Tooley. “Watching the USA’s best, young talent against the top players from around the world not only makes for a great game, but it is a chance to see future college and NBA stars. Portland and the Moda Center have been an outstanding home for this game, and we look forward to a great atmosphere again this year."

The 2015 USA Basketball Junior National Select Team roster will be chosen by the USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team Committee and will be announced in February. The 2015 World Select Team roster will be announced in March.

The USA Junior National Select Team will consist of 11 U.S. high school seniors, while the World Select Team will consist of 11 players 19 years old or younger from FIBA's five geographic zones, including FIBA Africa, FIBA Americas, FIBA Asia, FIBA Europe and FIBA Oceania, with the approved sanctioning of FIBA, the governing body of international basketball.

USA Basketball teams have compiled a 12-5 overall advantage in the series, including an 84-73 win in 2014 that saw Justise Winslow (Duke University/Houston, Texas) lead the USA with 16 points. The World Select Team claimed back-to-back wins in 2012 and 2013, as well as victories in 1996, 1998 and 2009.

Some of the game’s past highlights include: 10 rebounds by perennial NBA All-Star Kevin Garnett in a U.S. win in the first Hoop Summit in 1995; 33 points from Dirk Nowitzki to help the World Team to a win in 1998; 20 points and seven assists from 2000 World Team member Tony Parker; and 35 points from Shabazz Muhammad in 2012.

The Nike Hoop Summit has been held annually since 1995, with the exception of a three-year hiatus from 2001-2003. In 1998 (San Antonio, Texas), 1999 (Tampa, Fla.), 2000 (Indianapolis, Ind.) and 2004 (San Antonio), the game was played in the city hosting the men's NCAA Final Four. From 2005-2007 the game was staged in Memphis, Tennessee. Since 2008, the Nike Hoop Summit has been played in Portland and while there has recorded the four largest crowds in the event’s 17-year history.

An incredible 165 former USA and World Select Team members have been drafted by NBA teams, including 14 players in the 2014 NBA Draft and 11 players in 2013. World Team alumni Andrew Wiggins went No. 1 in 2014, while another international player, Anthony Bennett, went No. 1 in 2013. Since the first Nike Hoop Summit in 1995, eight Hoop Summit alumni have been chosen No. 1 in the NBA Draft, including the past five No. 1 picks.

All told, 55 players have been selected among the first 10 draftees. The first three draft picks were former Nike Hoop Summit players in 2014 (Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embid), in 2012 (Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Bradley Beal) and in 2008 (Derrick Rose, Michael Beasley and O.J. Mayo).

Five Nike Hoop Summit players have gone on to earn NBA Rookie of the Year, including Kyrie Irving (2012), Tyreke Evans (2010), Rose (2009), Kevin Durant (2008) and Elton Brand, who shared the honor in 2000.

As of Dec. 5, 2014, a remarkable 68 former U.S. players and 26 former World team members were active in the NBA.

Some of the most notable past U.S. team members in the NBA include: Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors); Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); Elton Brand (Atlanta Hawks); DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Kevin Garnett (Brooklyn Nets); Rudy Gay (Sacramento Kings); Drew Gordon (Philadelphia 76ers); Tyler Hansbrough (Toronto Raptors); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Joe Johnson (Brooklyn Nets); Ty Lawson (Denver Nuggets); Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers); Shabazz Muhammad (Minnesota Timberwolves); Nerlens Noel (Philadelphia 76ers); Jabari Parker (Milwaukee Bucks); Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn Nets); Julius Randle (Los Angeles Lakers); Zach Randolph (Memphis Grizzlies); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); and John Wall (Washington Wizards).

Notable World Team Hoop Summit alumni now playing for NBA teams include: Andrea Bargnani (New York Knicks); Nicolas Batum (Portland Trail Blazers); Omri Casspi (Sacramento Kings); Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers); Evan Fournier (Orlando Magic); Serge Ibaka (Oklahoma City Thunder); Enes Kanter (Utah Jazz); Patty Mills (San Antonio Spurs); Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks); Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs); Dennis Schröder (Atlanta Hawks); Luis Scola (Indiana Pacers); Tristan Thompson (Cleveland Cavaliers); and Andrew Wiggins (Minnesota Timberwolves).

Additionally, 32 former Hoop Summit players are currently competing on the collegiate level, including 23 U.S. players and nine World Team athletes.

Duke features five alumni in Quinn Cook, Tyus Jones, Jahlil Okafor, Rasheed Sulaimon and Justise Winslow; Arizona has three in Rondaé Hollis-Jefferson, Stanley Johnson and Kaleb Tarczewski; Kansas has Cliff Alexander and Kelly Oubre; Kentucky boasts of Aaron Harrison and Andrew Harrison; North Carolina features Joel Berry II and Theo Pinson; Arkansas has Bobby Portis; Florida has Kasey Hill; Indiana features James Blackmon Jr.; Michigan State has Gary Harris; Notre Dame lists Demetrius Jackson; Pittsburgh features James Robinson; Syracuse has Rakeem Christmas; Stanford lists Reid Travis; Texas features Myles Turner; and UCLA has Tony Parker.

World Team alumni playing at an American college or university include: Przemsylaw Karnowski, Kevin Pangos and Kyle Wiltjer at Gonzaga; Duje Dukan at Wisconsin; Brandone Francis at Florida; Devoe Joseph at Oregon; Trey Lyles at Kentucky; Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk at Kansas; and Patson Siame at Loyola Marymount.

USA Basketball

Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA Basketball, chaired by Jerry Colangelo, 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 U.S. 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 competitions, as well as for some national competitions, and for the development of youth basketball initiatives that address player development, coach education and safety.

USA Basketball men’s and women’s teams between 2012-14 compiled a spectacular 122-4 win-loss record in FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions, the World University Games and the Nike Hoop Summit, and posted a 65-8 win-loss record in official FIBA and FIBA Americas 3x3 competitions.

USA teams are the current men’s and women’s champions in the Olympics; men’s FIBA World Cup and women’s FIBA World Championship; men’s and women’s FIBA U19 and U17 World Championships; men’s and women’s U18 and U16 FIBA Americas Championships; the Nike Hoop Summit; the FIBA 3x3 Women’s World Championship; the FIBA 3x3 Women’s U18 World Championship and the women’s Youth Olympic Games. USA Basketball currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA’s world-ranking categories, including combined, men’s, women’s, boys and girls.

For further information, connect with USA Basketball on facebook/usabasketball, twitter/usabasketball, youtube/usab, plus.google/+usabasketball and instagram.com/usabasketball.

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