Frank Jackson Added To USA Basketball Junior National Select Team For 19th Annual Nike Hoop Summit
A 6-foot-4 guard from Lone Peak High School in Alpine, Utah, Frank Jackson today was named to the 2016 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Select Team that will face off against the World Select Team in the 2016 Nike Hoop Summit at 12 p.m. (PST / 3 p.m., EST) on April 9 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.
Previously announced as a USA team member, Edrice Adebayo (High Point Christian H.S./High Point, N.C.) recently notified USA Basketball that he will be unable to participate.
The Nike Hoop Summit is an annual basketball game for top U.S. high school senior boys that features the USA Basketball Junior National Select Team against a World Select Team that is comprised of elite international players who are 19 years old or younger.
Frank Jackson, who currently lists sixth on the state of Utah’s all-time boys basketball scoring list with 2,024 points (as of March 2, 2016), contributed 22 points to help his team to a 79-66 win in an opening game of the Utah 5A state tournament on March 2. Jackson, ESPN's tenth ranked player in the class of 2016, has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend and play basketball at Duke University in 2016-17, and he finished the 2015-16 regular season averaging 27.8 points per game, which is the best 5A/4A scoring average in Utah since the 1999-00 season.
Frank Jackson’s first USA Basketball experience was at the 2015 USA Men’s Junior National Team October minicamp this past fall.
He joins three-time USA Basketball gold medalists Terrance Ferguson (Advanced Prep International/Dallas, Texas), Josh Jackson (Prolific Prep Academy, Calif./Southfield, Mich.) and Jayson Tatum (Chaminade College Prep/St. Louis, Mo.) on the USA Junior National Select Team, along with Portland-area guard Payton Pritchard (West Linn H.S./West Linn, Ore.), who was a member of the 2015 USA Basketball 3x3 U18 World Championship Team; and fellow USA Basketball training camp veterans Jarrett Allen (Saint Stephen’s Episcopal H.S./Austin, Texas), Marques Bolden (De Soto H.S./Dallas, Texas), De’Aaron Fox (Cypress Lakes H.S./Katy, Texas), Markelle Fultz (DeMatha Catholic H.S./Upper Marlboro, Md.), Jonathan Isaac (IMG Academy/Naples, Fla.) and Joshua Langford (Madison Academy/Huntsville, Ala.); as well as USA Basketball newcomer Wenyen Gabriel (Wilbraham and Monson/Manchester, N.H.).
Goolsby will be assisted by Eric Flannery (St. Edward H.S., Ohio). The duo return after serving as the USA coaching staff for the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit and as gold-medal winning USA assistant coaches at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship. Additionally, three-time USA gold medalist Harry Giles (Forest Trail Academy/Winston-Salem, N.C.), who is injured and unable to play, will attend the event as an honorary USA team captain.
Tickets for the 2016 Nike Hoop Summit are on sale now. Lower bowl seating starts at just $10, and courtside seats are $35 and $50. Service charges apply. Tickets are available at bit.ly/nikehoopsummit, the Rose Quarter Box Office or by calling 800-745-3000.
The 2016 World Select Team roster will be announced in March and is expected to include 11 or 12 of the best, young basketball players from FIBA's five geographic zones (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 12-6 overall advantage in the series. Most recently, 30 points from Jamal Murray (Kentucky/Canada) helped the World Team capture an exciting 103-101 win that saw Luke Kennard (Duke/Franklin, OH) score 22 points for the USA. In 2014, the USA won 84-73 as Justise Winslow (Duke/Houston, Texas) lead the USA with 16 points.
An incredible 178 former USA and World Select Team members have been drafted by NBA teams, including 13 alumni in the 2015 NBA Draft and 14 players in the 2014 NBA Draft, and as of Oct. 21, 2015, a remarkable 78 former U.S. players and 33 former World team members were active in the NBA.
Additionally, 31 former Hoop Summit players currently are competing on the collegiate level, including 20 U.S. players and 11 World Team athletes.
The USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team Committee is responsible for selecting the players and coaches. The committee is chaired by Sean Ford (USA Basketball Men’s National Team Director) and includes: AAU appointees Rich Gray (St. Louis Eagles AAU, Mo.) and Boo Williams (Boo Williams, Va.); NFHS appointees Herman Harried (Lake Clifton H.S., Md.) and John Olive (Torrey Pines H.S., Calif.); at large-representative Evan Daniels (Scout.com); and athlete representatives Chauncey Billups (2010 FIBA World Cup gold medalist and a member of three USA Basketball teams) and Gerry McNamara (2005 USA World University Games Team).