Brandon Ingram Named To 2015 USA Basketball Junior National Select Team For 18th Annual Nike Hoop Summit
Six-foot-9 forward Brandon Ingram (Kinston H.S./Kinston, N.C.) today was named to the 2015 USA Basketball Junior National Select Team that will take on the World Select Team in the 18th annual Nike Hoop Summit at 12 p.m. (PDT) on April 11 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.
Henry Ellenson (Rice Lake H.S./Rice Lake, Wis.), who previously was announced as a member of the 2015 USA Junior National Select Team, has withdrawn after injuring his hand in a state tournament semifinal game on March 21.
The Nike Hoop Summit is a premier annual basketball game that features 11 of the USA’s top high school seniors squaring off 11 of the best basketball players from around the world who are 19 years old or younger.
While Ingram is a newcomer to USA Basketball, he averaged 24.3 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 3.0 blocks and 1.6 steals per game in 2014-15 to help Kinston High School to a 26-4 record and a fourth-straight North Carolina 2A state title. He and his Kinston teammate Darnell Dunn became the first players in NCHSAA history to win four-consecutive state championships.
“My reaction was I was excited,” Ingram said of being named to the USA team for the Nike Hoop Summit. “I know it is a blessing to be in this game. I always wanted to be in this game. Being from Kinston, I saw Reggie Bullock in this game (2010) and him being one of the former players from my high school. I just knew it was a great opportunity for me.”
Ingram joins USA teammates: Isaiah Briscoe (Roselle Catholic/Union, N.J.); Jaylen Brown (Wheeler H.S./Alpharetta, Ga.); Jalen Brunson (Adlai E. Stevenson H.S./Lincolnshire, Ill.); Chase Jeter (Bishop Gorman H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.); Luke Kennard (Franklin H.S./Franklin, Ohio); Malik Newman (Callaway H.S./Jackson, Miss.); Ivan Rabb (Bishop O’Dowd H.S./Oakland, Calif.); Caleb Swanigan (Homestead H.S./Fort Wayne, Ind.); Allonzo Trier (Findlay Prep/Seattle, Wash.); and Stephen Zimmerman (Bishop Gorman H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.). Eric Flannery (St. Edward H.S., Ohio) will lead the team with assistant coach L.J. Goolsby (K.C. Run GMC, Kansas).
The 2015 USA Basketball Junior National Select Team was selected by the USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team Committee, which is chaired in a non-voting role by Sean Ford (USA Basketball Men’s National Team Director) and includes AAU appointees Rich Gray (St. Louis Eagles, Mo.) and Boo Williams (Boo Williams, Va.); NFHS appointees Herman Harried (Lake Clifton H.S., Md.) and John Olive (Torrey Pines H.S., Calif.); and athlete representatives Chauncey Billups (2010 FIBA World Championship gold medalist and a member of three USA Basketball Teams) and Gerry McNamara (2005 World University Games Team).
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 usab.com/nikehoopsummit.
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 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.