Cole Swider Added to U.S. Roster for 2018 Nike Hoop Summit
Six-foot-8 forward Cole Swider (St. Andrew’s School/Providence, R.I.) today was added to the USA Junior National Select Team that will take on the World Select Team in the 2018 Nike Hoop Summit at 10 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 13, at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.
Previously named USA team member Zion Williamson (Spartanburg Day School/Spartanburg, S.C.) is unable to play due to injury.
Swider, who has signed a National Letter of Intent with Villanova, averaged 31.4 ppg. to help St. Andrew's to a 25-7 record and the NEPSAC AA championship game. For his career at St. Andrews, he scored 2,905 points. Most recently at the 2018 Jordan Brand Classic, Swider recorded 17 points and four rebounds in 16 minutes of action.
The Nike Hoop Summit is an annual basketball game that pits the best U.S. high school senior boys against top international players from around the world who are 19 years old or younger in a one-game showdown.
Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com, the Rose Quarter Box Office or by calling 800-745-3000. Courtside seats are $50 and $75, while lower bowl seating starts at $10. Applicable service charges apply.
The 2018 USA Junior National Select Team also features: Darius Bazley (Princeton H.S./Cincinnati, Ohio); Bol Bol (Findlay College Prep, Nev./Olathe, Kan.); Jordan Brown (Prolific Prep/Roseville, Calif.); Darius Garland (Brentwood Academy/Brentwood, Tenn.); Quentin Grimes (College Park H.S./The Woodlands, Texas); Tyler Herro (Whitnall H.S./Greenfield, Wis.); Keldon Johnson (Oak Hill Academy/Sterling, Va.); Tre Jones (Apple Valley H.S./Apple Valley, Minn.); Romeo Langford (New Albany H.S./New Albany, Ind.); David McCormack (Oak Hill Academy/Norfolk, Va.); Cameron Reddish (Westtown School/Norristown, Pa.). Additionally, Louis King (Hudson Catholic H.S./Columbus, N.J.) will attend the 2018 Nike Hoop Summit as a member of the U.S. team but is unable to participate due to injury.
The USA will be led by DeMatha Catholic High School (Md.) head coach Mike Jones, with Herman Harried of Lake Clifton High School in Baltimore serving as the USA’s assistant coach.
The 2018 Hoop Summit World Team features RJ Barrett (Canada); Charles Bassey (Nigeria); Leandro Bolmaro (Argentina); Ignas Brazdeikis (Canada); Kofi Cockburn (Jamaica); N’Faly Dante (Mali); Yago Dos Santos (Brazil); Josh Green (Australia); Jaylen Hoard (France); Andrew Nembhard, (Canada); Bathiste Tchouaffe (France); and Kevin Zhang (China). Daniel Oturu (Nigeria) was injured during the week and will not play.
The World Team is directed by Canadian Roy Rana, and he again will be assisted by Serbia's Marin Sedlacek.
USA Basketball teams, winners of the past two Nike Hoop Summits, have compiled a 14-6 overall advantage in the Nike Hoop Summit.
An incredible 203 former members of the USA or World Select Team have been drafted by NBA teams, including 13 players in the 2017 NBA Draft. And, 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 are currently competing on the collegiate level, including 23 U.S. players and 13 World Team athletes.