Preview: 2018 Nike Hoop Summit
In its 21st edition, the 2018 Nike Hoop Summit no doubt will be as competitive and exciting as the first event in 1995, which featured Kevin Garnett and Stephon Marbury; or the USA win in 2017 that featured 19 points and 10 rebounds from 6-foot-9 Kentucky freshman phenom Jarred Vanderbilt and 19 points from University of Missouri freshman Michael Porter Jr.
The annual event features the top U.S. high school seniors taking a World Select Team comprised of the best players from around the world who are 19 years old or younger.
Keys to the Game
Hear from USA head coach Mike Jones on what he thinks will be most important for the U.S. team.
While the all-time record stands at 14-6 in the USA’s favor, the two teams are 3-3 over the past six years and the USA has won the last two meetings.
For a second-straight year, the game will have local ties for University of Oregon fans. Playing in 2018 will be future Oregon duck and 7-foot-2 Bol Bol (Findlay College Prep, Nev./Olathe, Kan.), while his teammate next year Louis King (Hudson Catholic H.S./Columbus, N.J.) is attending the event but is unable to play due to a previous injury.
Last year, Oregon fans got a preview of Troy Brown Jr., who went on to start in all 35 games for Oregon.
The U.S. roster is highlighted by five athletes who have won at least one international medal with USA Basketball, while the World Team features an unusual number of athletes who played high school basketball in the United States with nine such team members.
And while all of the U.S. team members list on the ESPN class of 2018 rankings, the No. 1 athlete belongs to the World Team in R.J. Barrett (Canada).
Seven athletes have scored 30+ points in the game. Check out the highest scorers:
35, Shabazz Muhammad (2012)
34, Enes Kanter, Turkey (2010)
33, Dirk Nowitzki, Germany (1998)
31, Wayne Ellington (2006)
31, Tyler Hansbrough (2005)
31, Casey Jacobsen (1999)
NBA Draft Dominance
An incredible 203 former members of the USA or World Select Team have been drafted by NBA teams (see https://www.usab.com/history/nike-hoop-summit/nike-hoop-summit-alumni-nba-draft-choices.aspx), including the last eight No. 1 NBA draft picks and 13 players in the 2017 NBA Draft.
As of Dec. 12, 2017, a remarkable 72 former U.S. players and 33 former World team members were active in the NBA. Additionally, 36 former Hoop Summit players competed on the collegiate level in 2017-18, including 23 U.S. players and 13 World Team athletes.
Ways to Watch
The 2018 Nike Hoop Summit will be broadcast live on ESPN2 at 10 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 13, from the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. Ted Emrich will handle play-by-play, and Paul Biancardi and Fran Fraschilla will be analysts.
The Nike Hoop Summit also will air live on ESPN Deportes, be available on the ESPN app. and ESPN International will air the game live on their digital platforms in Latin America, Brazil, Caribbean and Pac-Rim and live on their linear TV channels in the Caribbean and Pac-Rim.
Additionally, the game will air live on NBA TV international and will be streamed live outside of the United States on FIBA’s Facebook and YouTube channels.
If you are in the Portland, Oregon, area, tickets are available at the Rose Quarter box office. Courtside seats are $50 and $75, while lower bowl seating starts at $10 (applicable service charges apply).