ESPN2 To Televise 2015 Nike Hoop Summit
The 18th annual Nike Hoop Summit, featuring 11 of the best U.S. high school seniors taking on a World Select Team comprised of top international players who are 19 years old or younger, will be broadcast live on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. EDT on Saturday, April 11 from the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.
Handling play-by-play for ESPN will be Mike Couzens, and Paul Biancardi and Fran Fraschilla will fill the role of analysts for the broadcast.
Since the first Nike Hoop Summit was held in 1995, every game has been nationally televised. The USA, which will be looking for a second-consecutive win in 2015, owns a 12-5 overall record in the Nike Hoop Summit.
“We are excited to once again partner with ESPN and bring the Nike Hoop Summit to a national television audience,” said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director. “This event is a unique opportunity for basketball fan to see the best young players in the game, and I know this year will be just as competitive and thrilling as the past 17 Nike Hoop Summits have been.”
The 2015 USA Junior National Select Team roster for the Nike Hoop Summit features 11 of ESPN’s top 23 ranked prep seniors and includes: 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.); Brandon Ingram (Kinston H.S./Kinston, N.C.); 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 USA with assistant coach L.J. Goolsby (K.C. Run GMC, Kansas).
The 2015 World Select Team features the class of 2015 No. 1 ranked player in Ben Simmons (Montverde Academy, FL/Australia), and Jamal Murray (Orangeville Prep/Canada), who will return for a second Nike Hoop Summit appearance, having scored 10 points to go with 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the 2014 game. Rounding out the World Team roster are Nedim Buza (OKK Spars Sarajevo/Bosnia & Herzegovina), Cheick Diallo (Our Savior New American H.S., NY/Mali), Skal Labissiere (Reach Your Dream Preparatory Academy, TN/Haiti), Thon Maker (Orangeville Prep, Ontario/Australia), Federico Mussini (Reggio Emilia/Italy), George de Paula (Pinheiros/Brazil), Stefan Peno (FC Barcelona, Spain/Serbia), Zhou Qi (Xinjiang Flying Tigers/China) and Tai Wynyard (Rangitoto College/New Zealand). For a fifth-consecutive year, the World Team will be led by Canada’s Roy Rana, with Marin Sedlacek of Serbia serving as the assistant coach for a 15th-straight year.
Tickets for the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit are on sale, 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.