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Nike Hoop Summit History Filled With Classic Moments And Rising Stars

  • Date:
    Apr 3, 2017

First held on May 13, 1995, the Nike Hoop Summit immediately separated itself from other high school “all-star” games and was recognized as a compelling  competition that features the very best high school senior players in the United States and the top players from around the world who are 19 years old or younger.

This year’s version of the annual Nike Hoop Summit, which will be played Friday, April 7, at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon, marks the 20th anniversary of the game. Although the USA owns an overall 13-6 series lead, the annual game has for the most part been very competitive. Without a doubt, the Nike Hoop Summit has featured many memorable games and break-out performances by future NBA and international basketball stars.

The Nike Hoop Summit has been held annually since 1995, with the exception of a three-year hiatus in 2001-2003. The game was played in the city hosting the men's NCAA Final Four in 1998 and 2004 in San Antonio; 1999 in Tampa, Florida; and 2000 in Indianapolis. In 2005, 2006 and 2007 the game was staged in Memphis, Tennessee, and since 2008, the Nike Hoop Summit has been played in Portland – where it has recorded the four largest crowds in event history.

In the nine Nike Hoop Summits contested in the City of Roses, the USA holds a slim 5-4 advantage on the World Select Teams.

Among the events’ incredible history, probably the boldest fact is that an incredible 190 former USA and World Select Team members (see for the full listing of players) have been drafted by NBA teams. That total includes 11 players who were selected in the 2016 NBA Draft, while 13 were chosen in 2015. Additionally, the past seven No. 1 Draft picks and 10 overall number one selections have been Hoop Summit participants.

With all the talent that the NHS puts on one floor every year, it shouldn’t be surprising how competitive and memorable the games have been.

In celebration of the 20th anniversary, went through the Hoop Summit history and picked the most memorable notes.

1995 Nike Hoop Summit / USA 86, World 77

The inaugural Nike Hoop Summit set the precedent and was an intriguing matchup that saw the USA fight to an 86-77 victory. The USA Team, coached by high school coaching legend Bob Hurley, was paced by Albert White, who drilled 5-of-7 shots and scored 13 points, while 6-foot-10 future NBAer Jelani McCoy was a perfect 5-of-5 from the field and finished with 11 points, five rebounds and four blocked shots. Six-foot-10 high school phenom Kevin Garnett, who confirmed just prior to the Hoop Summit game that he would make himself available in the NBA Draft and become the first NBA player drafted directly out of high school in 20 years, just missed a rare triple-double after finishing with 10 points, 10 rebounds and nine blocked shots. Future NBA all-star guard Stephon Marbury added 10 points and five assists for the U.S.

1996 Nike Hoop Summit / World 104, USA 96
The fact that the Nike Hoop Summit was a legitimate and  competitive competition was underscored in 1996 when the USA fell 104-96 to the World Select Team in the second annual Hoop Summit at Independence Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. Future NBA All-Star, 6-foot-11 center Jermaine O'Neal, the 1996 South Carolina Player of the Year who announced he would bypass college for the NBA, led the USA with 21 points and game highs of 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots. However, guard Vladimir Bogojevic of Germany led the internationals to the win with a game-high 22 points and added seven rebounds and seven assists, and Yugoslavian center Jovo Stanojevic recorded 14 points.

1997 Nike Hoop Summit / USA 97, World 90
The United States held off several late rallies by the World Team, and after making nine-of-10 free throws in the final 2:51, recorded a 97-90 victory in the third Annual Nike Hoop Summit that was the first event ever held at the Disney Wide World of Sports Fieldhouse in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Future NBAers Larry Hughes and Ron Artest, led the USA with 20 and 19 points, respectively. Artest also recorded a game-best nine rebounds, while the first pick of the 1999 NBA Draft, Elton Brand, added 15 points and seven rebounds. Yugoslavia guard Igor Rakocevic led the World Team's scoring with 17 points.

1998 Nike Hoop Summit / World 104, USA 99
Behind a record 33 points and 14 rebounds from 6-foot-11 German star and future basketball hall of famer Dirk Nowitzki, the World Select Team defeated the USA 104-99 in San Antonio, Texas. Perennial NBA All-Star Nowitzki and 6-foot-9 USA standout Al Harrington, who played 16 seasons in the NBA, helped rewrite the Hoop Summit record book. Harrington's 26 points were at the time the most scored by a U.S. player in the Hoop Summit, and he also established new U.S. records for field goals made (10) and field goals attempted (19). Nowitzki set World Team records for free throws made (19), free throws attempted (23) and tied the team record for steals (3). The USA effort was aided by Harrington's nine rebounds, while Rashard Lewis and JaRon Rush each added 18 points. Australian Matthew Neilsen added 23 points to the winning World Team cause.

1999 Nike Hoop Summit / USA 107, World 95
Southern California prep standout and future Stanford star Casey Jacobsen scored a USA Hoop Summit team record 31 points and made a record 6-of-8 3-point field goals to lead the USA to a 107-95 victory in the fifth annual Hoop Summit at the University of Tampa. USA guard Kevin Gaines scored 20 points, while Jason Williams added 14 points and a game-high seven assists. Macedonia guard Vlado Ilijevski led the World Team with 19 points, Greek standout Antonio Fotsis scored 15 and Canadian Jesse Young added 14 points and eight rebounds.

2000 Nike Hoop Summit / USA 98, World 97
Behind a powerful 24-point (11-of-17 FGs) and eight-rebound showing by the USA's Zach Randolph, the 14th selection of the 2001 NBA Draft and the 2004 NBA Most Improved Player, the Americans fought off the World Team 98-97 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. In addition to Randolph, the USA offense was aided by 15 points and eight rebounds from the third pick in the 2000 NBA draft, Darius Miles; 14 points and six assists from guard Omar Cook; and 11 points, four rebounds and four assists from Marcus Taylor; while Chris Duhon, who would win a NCAA Championship in 2001 while playing for Duke University, finished with nine points and six assists. The World Team was paced by future NBA All-Star Tony Parker's 20 points and seven assists, while future NBAer and 6-foot-11 Nigerian Olumide Oyedeji added 19 points and 13 rebounds. 

2004 Nike Hoop Summit / USA 99, World 79
Oak Hill Academy All-American guard Josh Smith, who would go on to a successful NBA career and win the 2005 NBA Slam Dunk contest, scored a game-high 27 points, and the USA rolled to a convincing 99-79 victory. J.R. Smith, who won a NBA title in 2016 as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, added 17 points in the win, while 2010 USA World Championship gold medalist Rudy Gay and Al Jefferson were credited with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Guard Sebastian Telfair recorded a game-high seven assists, tying the USA Hoop Summit single-game record in the process. Luka Bogdanovic finished with 20 points, while the future sixth pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, Yi JianLian, accounted for seven points and seven rebounds.

2005 Nike Hoop Summit / USA 106, World 98
Behind USA forward Tyler Hansbrough's USA record-tying 31 points on 9-of-14 shooting, the United States posted a 106-98 victory over a World Select Team in the eighth annual Nike Hoop Summit played at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. The star of the night was the 6-foot-9 Hansbrough who went on to become the first player in ACC history to earn All-America first-team and All-ACC first-team honors in each of his four seasons. Playing 25 minutes, in addition to his record-tying 31 points, he tied a USA game record with 10 rebounds, and added three blocked shots, two assists and two steals. His 15-of-18 performance at the charity line also established USA Hoop Summit records for free throws made and attempted. The USA's effort was also aided by Martell Webster's 21 points, Louis Williams finished with 20 points, and guard Monta Ellis tossed in 13 points and added five assists and four steals. Six-foot-4 Lithuanian Martynas Pocius, who was headed to play at Duke, paced the World Team and finished with 20 points, six rebounds and 10 assists.

2006 Nike Hoop Summit / USA 109, World 91
USA 6-foot-4 guard Wayne Ellington, who went on to lead the University of North Carolina to the 2009 National Championship, put on a show in the first half of the 2006 Nike Hoop Summit at the FedExForum, scoring 21 of his game-high and USA record-tying 31 points as the USA rolled to a 109-91 victory over the World Select Team. The USA victorious cause was further aided by future two-time Olympic gold medalist Kevin Durant’s 20 points and seven rebounds. Future NBAers Ty Lawson, with 17 points and a U.S. best six assists, and Gerald Henderson Jr., with 13 points, further helped the U.S. to the win. The World Team's scoring was led by 6-foot-8 Milenko Tepic’s 16 points and Senegal 7-foot-0 center Mouhamed Saer Sene, who was the 10th pick in the 2006 NBA Draft and recorded 15 points, six rebounds and a Nike Hoop Summit World Team record nine blocked shots.

2007 Nike Hoop Summit / USA 100, World 80
The USA dominated defensively and cruised to a convincing 100-80 victory over the World Select Team in the 10th Nike Hoop Summit, which was contested at the FedExForum. The win was the USA’s sixth straight, and it earned the USA an 8-2 advantage in the series. Guard O.J. Mayo, who was the third overall pick of the of the 2008 NBA Draft, scored team-high 20 points, and Jonny Flynn, the number sixth selection in the 2009 Draft, passed for a USA Nike Hoop Summit record-tying 10 assists as the USA squad also set a team mark with 23 assists. 2012 U.S. Olympic gold medalist and UCLA-bound Kevin Love finished with 13 points and eight rebounds before fouling out. The World Select Team was led by a 23-point performance by France’s 6-foot-8 forward Nicolas Batum, who has logged nine seasons in the NBA. Forwards Omri Casspiand and Nemanja Aleksandrov each tallied 14 points, and Aleksandrov led all players with 14 rebounds.

2008 Nike Hoop Summit / USA 98, World 78
Outscoring the World Team 33-20 in the third period, the USA rolled on to a 98-78 victory over the World Select Team in the 11th Nike Hoop Summit, which was held at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon for the first time. In a balanced attack that saw six of the 10 U.S. players score in double digits, 2016 Olympic gold medalist DeMar DeRozan finished with a game-high 17 points; forward Drew Gordon, one of four USA players who went on to play at UCLA in 2008-09, accounted for 15 points and seven rebounds; and future NBAers Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans recorded 13 and 11 points, respectively. French 7-foot-1 center Alexis Ajinca led the World club with 13 points and a game-best nine rebounds.

2009 Nike Hoop Summit / USA 97, World 88 
The USA watched a nine-point lead slip away in the fourth quarter as the World Team rallied to outscore the USA by 17 points in the final stanza to capture a 97-89 win in the 12th annual Nike Hoop Summit at the Rose Garden in Portland. Xavier Henry, who was selected 12th in the 2010 NBA Draft, led all U.S. scorers with 22 points, including 6-of-11 shooting from 3-point, which tied the U.S. Hoop Summit individual game record for both 3-pointers made and attempted. Avery Bradley, who has now played seven seasons with the Boston Celtics, made 10-of-14 shots from the field en route to 21 points, and 2010 number one NBA Draft pick John Wall finished with 13 points, a U.S. Hoop Summit game record 11 assists and tied the steals mark with five. Led by 23 points from Serbian big man Milan Macvan, the World Team’s win ended a seven-game winning streak for the USA. Macvan also collected 14 rebounds to tie a World Team Hoop Summit record, including nine rebounds on the offensive glass.

2010 Nike Hoop Summit / USA 101, World 97
The 2010 USA Junior National Select Team rallied to outscore its World Team opponent 42-23 over the game's final 10:09 to capture an exciting, 101-97 comeback win in the 13th annual Nike Hoop Summit in Portland. 2016 Olympic gold medalist Harrison Barnes and future Ohio State University star Jared Sullinger, who finished as the USA's leading scorers with 27 and 22 points, respectively, combined in the fourth period for 22 points to help the USA erase the deficit. 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic gold medalist Kyrie Irving added 15 points and five assists. The World Team was led by a record-setting performance from Turkish 6-foot-10 center Enes Kanter, the third pick of the 2011 NBA Draft. Kanter finished with 34 points and 13 rebounds. His 13-of-21 shooting from the field set the World Team Nike Hoop Summit record for field goals made and attempted, and his 34 points broke the World Team scoring record of 33 points set by Dirk Nowitzki in 1998.

2011 Nike Hoop Summit / USA 92, World 80
The USA's depth and defense helped it withstand the first triple-double in Nike Hoop Summit history as the Americans rolled to a 92-80 win over the World Select Team in Portland. Four U.S. players scored in double-digits, and all 10 U.S. team members put points on the board. Congo center and the seventh pick of the 2011 NBA Draft, Bismack Biyombo, tallied 12 points, 11 rebounds and a Nike Hoop Summit record 10 blocks for the first triple-double in Nike Hopp Summit history. Biyombo's individual performance, however, was no match for a stellar USA team effort. The USA was led by 20 points from future NBA guard Austin Rivers; a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds from 2012 Olympic gold medalist and NBA All-Star Anthony Davis; 16 points, five rebounds and five blocks from Michael Gilchrist-Kidd; and 12 points and three assists from guard Quinn Cook.

2012 Nike Hoop Summit / World 84, USA 75
Despite a record-setting 35 points from the USA’s Shabazz Muhammad, the 2012 Naismith Prep Player of the Year, the World Select Team captured an 84-75 win in the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit. A trio of double-digit scorers led the World Team. Canada’s Andrew Wiggins, who would be the first overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, tallied 20 points and recorded six attempted 3-pointers to tie the international record. China center Wang Zhelin added 19 points, and Croatia’s Dario Šarić, who represented his country in the 2016 Olympics, scored 13 points to go with 14 rebounds, which tied the World Team high. Muhammad, in addition to setting the event scoring mark, also tied the U.S. record for field goals made (12) and set a new high for field goals attempted (19), while current San Antonio Spurs guard/forward Kyle Anderson grabbed a U.S. record-tying 10 rebounds to go with 12 points and four assists

2013 Nike Hoop Summit / World 112, USA 98
Several second-half rallies that cut into a World Team lead that reached as high as 18 points were not enough as the USA fell to the World squad 112-98 in the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit in Portland. The win marked the first time in the history of the Hoop Summit that the World Team recorded two-straight wins over the USA. Jabari Parker, who was selected with the second overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, led the USA with 22 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks; Julius Randle, the seventh selection of the 2014 NBA Draft, added 19 points and eight rebounds; Andrew Harrison, currently a member of the Memphis Grizzlies, dished out five assists and was 10-of-12 from the line on his way to 19 points; and current Brooklyn Nets forward Rondaé Hollis-Jefferson rounded out the USA’s double-digit scorers with 17 points and six rebounds. German and current Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schröder contributed 18 points and six assists; while Wiggins, playing in his second Nike Hoop Summit, tallied 17 points and nine rebounds; and Australian guard and current Utah Jazz player Dante Exum added 16 points.

2014 Nike Hoop Summit / USA 84, World 73
With the game tied at 61-all heading into the final quarter, the USA outscored the World Select Team 23-11 in the fourth period to secure an 84-73 win in the 2014 Nike Hoop Summit at the Moda Center. The USA victorious effort was led by 16 points from the 10th pick of the 2015 NBA Draft, Justise Winslow off of the bench, who also grabbed six rebounds. Kelly Oubre finished with 14 points, while Jahlil Okafor, the third pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, added 14 points and 10 rebounds to finish with a double-double. Current Minnesota Timberwolves guard Tyus Jones, who dished out a game-high six assists, scored 10 of his 13 points in the fourth and secured a crucial steal, his fifth of the game, with 1:43 remaining to help propel the USA to a win. Current Denver Nuggets teammates Emmanuel Mudiay and Jamal Murray paced the World effort. Mudiay led all scorers with 20 points, while Murray contributed 10 points and five assists and 6-foot-10 Canadian Trey Lyles finished with nine points and 11 rebounds.

2015 Nike Hoop Summit / World 103, USA 101
Trailing by as many as 14 points in the first half, the USA fought its way back to a three-point lead in the fourth quarter but could not contain World Select Team guard Jamal Murray, who led the international squad to a 103-101 win with 30 points in the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit in Portland.  2015-16 Duke teammates Luke Kennard and Brandon Ingram headed the USA effort. Kennard scored 22 points, and Ingram added 12. Jalen Brunson, a member of Villanova University’s 2016 NCAA Championship squad, recorded 12 points and seven assists; Allonzo Trier scored 11; Malik Newman tallied 10 points; and Isaiah Briscoe dished out nine assists to go with nine points. But, it was Murray who stole the spotlight. Playing inhis second straight Nike Hoop Summit, Murray set game records for field goal attempts (23) and 3-point attempts (7) and tied the record for 3-point makes (3). Aussie Ben Simmons, the first pick of the 2016 NBA Draft, finished with 13 points and set a World Team record for assists with nine; Haiti 6-foot-10 center Skal Labissiere scored 21 points, grabbed six rebounds and swatted six USA shots; and 7-foot-1 Thon Maker from South Sudan grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.

2016 Nike Hoop Summit / USA 101, World 67
Rolling to a 101-67 win, the 2016 USA Team recorded its largest margin of victory (34 points) against the World Select Team in Nike Hoop Summit history at the Moda Center in Portland. Terrance Ferguson, who after his senior year in high school opted to play professionally for the Adelaide 36ers of Australia’s National Basketball League, finished as the USA’s leading scorer with 21 points, and he set a U.S. Nike Hoop Summit record for 3s made with seven and tied the U.S. event record for 3-point attempts with 11. Current University of Washington star guard Markelle Fultz, who tallied 11 points and three assists, tied the U.S. record with five steals. Future Duke Blue Devil Jayson Tatum added 14 points; and current University of Oregon Duck guard Payton Pritchard rounded out the USA’s double-digit scorers with 12 points.

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