USA Basketball has named the roster for its 2013 USA Junior National Select Team that will take on the World Select Team in the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit, and the USA will be led by two coaches and four players with prior international basketball experience, including USA medalists and prep standouts Aaron Gordon (Archbishop Mitty H.S./San Jose, Calif.), Rondaé Hollis-Jefferson(Chester H.S./Chester, Pa.), Jabari Parker (Simeon Career Academy/Chicago, Ill.) and Julius Randle(Prestonwood Christian Academy/ McKinney, Texas).
The U.S. roster also features 2012 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team Training Camp participants Aaron(Travis H.S./ Richmond, Texas) and Andrew Harrison(Travis H.S./Richmond, Texas), as well as USA Basketball newcomers Kasey Hill (Montverde Academy/Eustis, Fla.),Demetrius Jackson (Marian H.S./Mishawaka, Ind.),Bobby Portis (Hall H.S./Little Rock, Ark.) and Noah Vonleh (New Hampton School, N.H./Haverhill, Mas.).
The 2013 Nike Hoop Summit will be played at 4 p.m. (PDT) on Saturday, April 20 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore. Tickets are now on sale, with reserved courtside seats for $25 and $50 and general admission $5 in advance and $10 on game day. Tickets are available through the Rose Quarter Ticket Office, by calling 877-789-ROSE (7673) or by visiting www.rosequarter.com orwww.nikehoopsummit.com
The Nike Hoop Summit, the country’s premier annual basketball game for high-school boys, features America’s top seniors playing against a World Team comprised of elite, international players who are 19-years-old or younger.
“I think first and foremost, looking at so much international basketball experience on this team, with the guys having played on the last U16, U17 and U18 teams, their familiarity with the international game is really going to be a benefit to us, and then so many of the guys actually having played with each other will be a benefit to us as well.” said USA head coach Mike Jones (DeMatha Catholic H.S., Md.), who was an assistant coach in last year’s Nike Hoop Summit, which saw the world team top the USA 84-75. “I learned a lot last year. I know our guys will be able to look at the World Team roster and recognize some of the players and have respect for their talent. We are going to be focused on making sure the USA wins. We don’t want to lose two in a row.”
Jones also served as an assistant coach for the 2011-12 USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team, helping the USA to gold at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship and 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, as well as assisting the East Team to a bronze medal at the 2004 USA Basketball Men’s Youth Development Festival.
Assisting Jones on the U.S. sideline will be former NBA player and University of Virginia star Cory Alexander(Boo Williams AAU, Va.), who played on three USA Basketball teams. He earned a gold medal with the USA at the 1993 FIBA U21 World Championship, a silver medal at the 1992 FIBA Americas U20 Championship and a bronze medal with the South Team at the 1991 U.S. Olympic Festival.
Parker is the only two-time USA gold medalist on the roster, and he was named the 2011 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year. He earned a gold medal at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship after averaging 12.6 points and 4.8 rebounds per game despite a foot injury that limited him to just five of eight games, and he earned tournament MVP at the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship after averaging 15.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game to help the USA to a gold medal. Gordon started alongside Parker in all five games of the 2011 U16 championship, averaging team bests of 17.0 points and 11.2 rebounds per game.
The third member of the 2011-12 USA Men’s Developmental National Team along with Gordon and Parker is Hollis-Jefferson, who twice has represented the USA in 3×3 competition. This past September, Hollis-Jefferson collected silver at the 2012 FIBA 3×3 U18 World Championship after the USA fell to Serbia in overtime of the gold medal game, and he earned an individual bronze medal at the dunk competition. In 2011, he helped the USA finish in eighth place at inaugural 2011 FIBA 3×3 Youth World Championship.
Representing the USA at the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship this past summer, Randle won a gold-medal after averaging team highs of 14.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.
Seven U.S. team members have signed a National Letter of Intent for the 2013-14 NCAA season. Aaron and Andrew Harrison will play for the Kentucky Wildcats and Hill is a future member of the Florida Gators. Additionally Hollis-Jefferson is headed to the Arizona Wildcats, Jackson signed with Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Portis committed to the Arkansas Razorbacks and Vonleh will go to the Indiana Hoosiers. Parker verbally committed to attend the Duke Blue Devils in the fall, and two players – Gordon and Randle – remain undecided.
Six members of the seven-player Naismith Boy’s High School Player of the Year Early Season Watch List released on Dec. 14 were U.S. Hoop Summit team members, including Aaron and Andrew Harrison, Hill, Hollis-Jefferson, Parker and Vonleh.
Following the 2011-12 high school basketball season, Parker earned Gatorade Boys Basketball National Player of the Year, and he listed on the USA Today All-USA 2012 High School Boys Basketball first team, along with Hill, who earned All-USA second-team honors.
The 2009-12 USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team Committee selected the 2013 USA Junior National Select Team roster. Chaired in a non-voting position by Sean Ford, the USA Basketball Men’s National Team Director, the committee also includes: AAU appointees Ron Crawford and Boo Williams; National Federation of High Schools representatives Eric Flannery and John Olive; and athlete representative Kermit Holmes (1999 USA Pan American Games Team).
The 2013 World Select Team, which is expected to be announced in late February or March, will consist of 10 or 11 players age 19-years-old or younger from FIBA’s five geographic zones: FIBA Africa, FIBA Americas, FIBA Asia, FIBA Europe and FIBA Oceania, with the approved sanctioning of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), the world governing body of international basketball.--------------------------------------------
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