The 2015 Nike Hoop Summit will be played at 12 p.m. (PST) on Saturday, April 11 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. The game will be televised on ESPN2. Elite center Caleb Swanigan of Homestead (IN) is expected to announce his college decision in conjunction with the game.
The Nike Hoop Summit is the country’s premier annual basketball game for U.S. high school senior boys and features the USA Basketball Junior National Select Team taking on a World Select Team comprised of elite international players who are 19 years old or younger.
“We are very excited for another thrilling and competitive edition of the Nike Hoop Summit in 2015,” said USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director Jim Tooley. “Watching the USA’s best, young talent against the top players from around the world not only makes for a great game, but it is a chance to see future college and NBA stars. Portland and the Moda Center have been an outstanding home for this game, and we look forward to a great atmosphere again this year.”
The USA Junior National Select Team will consist of 11 U.S. high school seniors, while the World Select Team will consist of 11 players 19 years old or younger from FIBA’s five geographic zones, including FIBA Africa, FIBA Americas, FIBA Asia, FIBA Europe and FIBA Oceania, with the approved sanctioning of FIBA, the governing body of international basketball.
USA Basketball teams have compiled a 12-5 overall advantage in the series, including an 84-73 win in 2014 that saw Justise Winslow (Duke ) lead the USA with 16 points. The World Select Team claimed back-to-back wins in 2012 and 2013, as well as victories in 1996, 1998 and 2009.
The Nike Hoop Summit has been held annually since 1995, with the exception of a three-year hiatus from 2001-2003. In 1998 (San Antonio, Texas), 1999 (Tampa, Fla.), 2000 (Indianapolis, Ind.) and 2004 (San Antonio), the game was played in the city hosting the men’s NCAA Final Four. From 2005-2007 the game was staged in Memphis, Tennessee. Since 2008, the Nike Hoop Summit has been played in Portland and while there has recorded the four largest crowds in the event’s 17-year history.
An incredible 165 former USA and World Select Team members have been drafted by NBA teams, including 14 players in the 2014 NBA Draft and 11 players in 2013. World Team alumni Andrew Wiggins went No. 1 in 2014, while another international player, Anthony Bennett, went No. 1 in 2013.
USA Roster 2015
|PLAYER NAME||POSITION||HEIGHT / WEIGHT||DATE OF BIRTH||HIGH SCHOOL / COLLEGE||HOMETOWN|
|Isaiah Briscoe||G||6-3 / 200||April 13, 1996||Roselle Catholic / Kentucky*||Union, NJ|
|Jaylen Brown||F||6-6 / 200||October 24, 1996||Wheeler H.S.||Alpharetta, GA|
|Jalen Brunson||G||6-1 / 180||August 31, 1996||Adlai E. Stevenson H.S. / Villanova*||Lincolnshire, IL|
|Brandon Ingram||F||6-9 / 185||September 2, 1997||Kinston H.S.||Kinston, NC|
|Chase Jeter||F||6-8 / 195||September 19, 1997||Bishop Gorman H.S. / Duke*||Las Vegas, NV|
|Luke Kennard||F||6-5 / 180||June 24, 1996||Franklin H.S. / Duke*||Franklin, OH|
|Malik Newman||G||6-4 / 185||February 21, 1997||Callaway H.S||Jackson, MS|
|Ivan Rabb||F||6-8 / 191||February 4, 1997||Bishop O’Dowd H.S.||Oakland, CA|
|Caleb Swanigan||C||6-9 / 270||April 18, 1997||Homestead H.S.||Fort Wayne, IN|
|Allonzo Trier||G||6-3 / 185||January 17, 1996||Findlay Prep / Arizona*||Seattle, WA|
|Stephen Zimmerman||C||7-0 / 230||September 9, 1996||Bishop Gorman H.S.||Las Vegas, NV|
Head coach: Eric Flannery, St. Edward H.S., Ohio
Assistant coach: L.J. Goolsby, KC Run GMC, Kansas
*Signed a National Letter of Intent.
World Team Roster 2015
|PLAYER NAME||POSITION||HEIGHT||COUNTRY||CURRENT TEAM|
|Nedim Buza||F||6-8||Bosnia & Herzegovina||KK Spars Sarajevo|
|Cheick Diallo||F||6-9||Mali||Our Savior New American H.S., NY|
|Skal Labissiere||F/C||6-11||Haiti||RYD Prep, TN/*Kentucky|
|Thon Maker||F||7-0||Australia||Orangeville Prep, Ontario|
|Jamal Murray||G||6-5||Canada||Orangeville Prep, Ontario|
|Federico Mussini||G||6-3||Italy||Reggio Emilia|
|George de Paula||G||6-3||Brasil||Pinheiros|
|Stefan Peno||G||6-5||Serbia||FC Barcelona|
|Zhou Qi||F/C||7-2||China||Xinjiang Flying Tigers|
|Ben Simmons||F||6-9||Australia||Montverde Academy, FL/*LSU|
|Tai Wynyard||C||6-10||New Zeland||Rangitoto College/*Kentucky|
Head coach: Roy Rana, Ryerson University (Canada)
Assistant coach: Marin Sedlacek, Serbia
*Signed a National Letter of Intent.