Nike Announces World Team Roster for the 2022 Nike Hoop Summit
*This article was updated April 7, 2022, to reflect that the World Select Team announced Matas Buzelis would not participate in the game after sustaining a minor injury in practice.
The Nike Hoop Summit returns to Moda Center in Portland, Oregon, at 7 p.m. PT on Friday, April 8. The game, featuring top American high school senior boys facing off against international players 19-and-younger, will be contested for the first time since 2019 following a layoff due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tickets for the 22nd Nike Hoop Summit are on sale now by visiting Ticketmaster.com.
The 11-member World Select Team for the 2022 Nike Hoop Summit features many of the world’s leading basketball players age 19 years old or younger. The 2022 World Select Team selected its roster of players from FIBA Africa, FIBA Americas, FIBA Asia, FIBA Europe and FIBA Oceania, with approved sanction of FIBA, the governing body of international basketball. The team will be led by head coach Roy Rana, and assistant coaches Kaleb Canales and Akachi Okugu.
Four of the 12 prospects, as seeded by the ESPN 100, headline the World’s roster, including No. 27 recruit Vincent Iwauchukwu, a 7-foot Nigerian center from San Antonio, Texas, who is committed to attend the University of Southern California in the fall. Joining him on the roster will be No. 36 rated recruit Yohan Traore, a 6-foot-9 French center from Dream City Christian in Glendale, Arizona; No. 58 Felix Okpara, a 6-foot-10 Nigerian center from Link Prep in Branson, Missouri; and No. 100 Mike Sharavjamts, a 6-foot-7 Mongolian forward from International Sports Academy in Willoughby, Ohio. Additional members of the roster include Jean Montero of the Dominican Republic, London Johnson of Jamaica, Tyrese Proctor of Australia, Sidy Cissoko of France, MacKenzie Mgbako of Nigeria, Omaha Biliew of Sudan and Leonard Miller of Canada. Matas Buzelis of Lithuania participated in training camp through April 6, 2022, before leaving the team with a minor injury prior to the game. Full rosters for both teams are available here.
Some of the NBA’s biggest stars have turned in key performances at the Nike Hoop Summit. In the inaugural game, Kevin Garnett recorded 10 points, 10 rebounds and nine blocks; Dirk Nowitzki recorded 33 points and helped the World Team to a win in 1998; and in 2000, Tony Parker had 20 points and seven assists. The USA boasts a 15-7 series advantage over the world team.
Held annually since 1995 (with the exception of 2001-03 and 2020-21), the Nike Hoop Summit has been in Portland since 2008.