Aspire for Higher Basketball Camp set for July and August

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Aspire for Higher Basketball Camp allows young athletes to develop basketball skills in preparation for playing basketball at the next level. Your child will be trained by talented university and college athletes from across the country!

Whether your athlete is a beginner or an advanced player, Aspire For Higher has a program for you! This camp will challenge and encourage your athlete to improve their basketball skills in a fun learning environment.
This summer we are celebrating out 5th year running with 5 locations across the city of Brampton for youth ages 5 – 14. Become apart of the A4H Family this summer.
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Drew Ebanks
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Raptors 905 make history as they reach their first NBA D-League Finals

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Mississauga, Ont. — First ever playoff appearance. First ever playoff win. First ever playoff series win.

And now for the Raptors 905, their very first National Basketball Association Development League Finals appearance.

The 905 punched their ticket into the NBA D-League Finals with a 103-88 victory at the Hershey Centre over the Maine Red Claws, winning the series 2-0.

A 21-2 run to end the second quarter proved to be the deciding factor for the 905. It was also the first time that the home team won a game in the head-to-head matchup between the two teams this season.

Despite shooting 40 per cent (14-35) from beyond the arc, the biggest differences in the game were in the paint as the 905 outscored the Red Claws, 42-28.

The 905 also outrebounded the Red Claws, 48-38, and outscored Maine, 15-2, in second chance points.

Despite losing star players Axel Toupane (New Orleans) and Edy Tavares (Cleveland) to NBA call-ups, the 905 did not miss a beat.

Raptors 905 head coach Jerry Stackhouse was awarded the 2016-17 NBA D-League Coach of the Year before the game. But he made sure to give credit to the people behind the scenes.

“It’s not just what happens in practice with this group,” Stackhouse said. “Our player development and our coaches, they’re all a part of what we do. I got real grinders.”

The coach of the year singled out his assistant coaches, saying, “Nathaniel Mitchell, David Gale, Nicki Gross, John (Corbacio), Donnie (Tyndall). They come in every morning at eight o’clock, up for a large part of the season, and have player development before we even have practice.”

Six players scored in double figures for the 905. Brady Heslip led the 905 with 21 points on six made threes. E.J. Singler had 18 points and a team high five assists while Bruno Caboclo scored 16 and John Jordan chipped in with 12. Singler also finished with a game high +33 when he was on the floor.

Pascal Siakam (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Yanick Moreira (16 points, 12 rebounds) each had a double-double. Siakam also had a game-high three steals in the victory.

Maine point guard Demetrius Jackson had 21 points in the loss.

When asked if his scoring outburst reminded him of his days at Baylor, Heslip laughed, saying, “These are different days, man.”

The 905 bench came up huge once again, outscoring Maine’s bench, 42-22.

Raptors 905 team photo with NBA D-League President Malcolm Turner

Determined to get off to a better start after a brutal Game 1 showing, the Red Claws scored the first five points of the game. But the 905 went on an 18-4 run to take a nine-point lead (18-9). After a Red Claws basket, the 905 scored the last five points of the quarter to take a 23-11 lead after one.

The 905 forced the Red Claws into just 23.5 per cent shooting from the field and into five turnovers.

In the second, the Red Claws chipped away at the 905 lead, cutting the lead to one at 35-34. A notable highlight came from Jackson, who soared over Siakam for the poster.

However, this was when the game turned around, in a big way. The 905 closed out the half on a scintillating 21-2 run, led by Heslip.

Heslip had 15 in the quarter on five made threes, including four straight triples to end the half.

“Once I saw one go down, I was looking for it and usually, the ball finds energy,” Heslip said. “(My) teammates did a really great job finding me when I was open and I was able to get a few shots off.”

Singler and Caboclo were the other Raptors in double figure scoring with 11 and 10, respectively, at halftime.

The third quarter saw Maine cut six points off of the 905 lead to 14. Jackson had seven points in the quarter but Singler scored five in the third to make sure Maine stayed at arm’s length.

The final quarter saw both teams play even to each other as Moreira had eight points and five rebounds in the frame alone. Both teams then emptied their benches to close out the game.

Maine forward Abdel Nader was held to just 15 points on just 30 per cent (6-20) from the field while forward Jalen Jones was limited to just 11 points.

Stackhouse credited the wings for making Nader uncomfortable offensively.

“Bruno (Caboclo), Antwaine Wiggins, CJ Leslie, Pascal Siakam,” Stackhouse said, listing the defenders that shut down Nader. “That was the game plan, for them to match up and make him work for all of his baskets.”

Caboclo, who was aggressive on both ends of the floor, said that he was encouraged by Stackhouse to play more freely.

“Stack told me to get more into the ball and pressure more of the ball,” Caboclo said.

Although the win was historic for the 905, Caboclo is not satisfied with just a finals appearance.

“Nothing is done yet,” Caboclo said. “We want the championship.”

Game Attendance: 1,967

NBA D-League Coach of the Year Jerry Stackhouse

After the Rio Grande Valley Vipers won Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Blue as well on Wednesday night, the 905 will now play the Vipers to determine the NBA D-League champion.

The Vipers feature former Gonzaga Bulldog Kyle WIltjer, who has suited up for Canada internationally.

NBA D-League Finals:

Game 1 will be on Sunday April 23rd at 8pm at the State Farm Arena at Hidalgo, Texas.

Full Finals Schedule:

GM 1 (Away)- Apr 23, 8pm

GM 2 (Home)- Apr 25, 7pm

GM 3 (Home)- Apr 27, 7pm *(If Necessary)

Written by: Kajan Thiruthanikasalam

Photos by Rob Ong

Edited by Drew Ebanks

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Aspire for Higher Basketball Camp set for July and August

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Aspire for Higher Basketball Camp allows young athletes to develop basketball skills in preparation for playing basketball at the next level. Your child will be trained by talented university and college athletes from across the country!

Whether your athlete is a beginner or an advanced player, Aspire For Higher has a program for you! This camp will challenge and encourage your athlete to improve their basketball skills in a fun learning environment.
This summer we are celebrating out 5th year running with 5 locations across the city of Brampton for youth ages 5 – 14. Become apart of the A4H Family this summer.
Instagram: a4hbasketball
Courtesy Aspire For Higher Basketball
Drew Ebanks
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Luguentz Dort bullying the opposition & making his presence felt

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The BioSteel All-Canadian game is more than just a spectacle highlighting the nation’s top prospects, it’s also an opportunity for players to generate some buzz on an international level.

Montreal, QC., native Luguentz Dort did just that at the third-annual All-Canadian Game last week, finishing the night with 30 points and notching the MVP award in front of a sold out crowd at the Goldring Centre in Toronto.

Set to graduate in 2018, Dort is already piquing the interest of many mid-to-high major NCAA colleges, and based on the list of schools he’s received word from, there seems to be a high demand for the soon-to-be 18-year old.

“I didn’t cut my list yet but I have Florida, Baylor, Louisville, Oregon, Arizona State, UNLV and Missouri,” said Dort, who played for the World Select Team earlier this month at the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Oregon. “Probably this summer I’ll visit a school, just try to match with a good coach, great teammates and find a good position for me to play in college.”

According to Draft Express’s Mike Schmitz, Dort has a 6’8.5” wingspan and possesses the tools to become a lockdown defender at the next level. On offence, he’s an aggressive rim attacker with elite driving ability and doesn’t shy away from contact.

Although Dort likens his playing style to Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook — just based off the natural elements of his game, namely the speed, strength and athleticism he possesses—the Conrad Academy (Orlando, FL) product understands that there are areas of his game that require improvement, specifically his ball-handling and shooting ability, the latter of which he’s worked on mightily over the past year.

“A lot,” he said in response to how much work he’s put in to develop his jump shot. “To be honest the whole year…down in Florida that’s what I did the whole time.”

Dort doesn’t have the tightest handle or the sharpest crossover, but he does a good job of reading defences and piloting the floor, using his size as a shield against pesky defenders. Much like Westbrook, he relies on strength and speed to blow past the opposition, employing an elite first step to create separation before bursting to the rim for a layup or dunk. He already has the explosiveness to get to the rim whenever he chooses to, but adding creativity on the bounce will only make it more difficult to guard him.

With another year to go at Conrad Academy, he has an ample amount of time to fill any holes.

Written by Jas Grewal

Photos by Reel Motion Imaging

Edited by Drew Ebanks

 

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Craig Beaucamp Named Head Coach of Boys’ U16 National Team

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TORONTO, ON (April 14, 2017) – Canada Basketball is pleased to announce the hiring of Craig Beaucamp as Head Coach of the boys’ U16 National Team.

“We are excited to have Craig at the helm of our U16 team,” said Michael Meeks, Manager, Youth Player Development, who will join Beaucamp as an Assistant Coach. “His commitment to our program and technical expertise will help with the development of our age-group athletes.”

Beaucamp has prior experience with Canada Basketball, serving as an assistant coach with the U18 Men’s National Team in 2006, 2007, and 2016 and at the 2011 Pan-Am Games in Mexico. He was also a guest coach with the Senior Men’s National Team from 2013-2016.

“I’m looking forward to working with some of Canada’s best young talent,” said Beaucamp. “This is the first opportunity for many of these players to play on the international stage. Anytime you have the chance to represent Canada, it’s both an honour and a privilege.”

The Burnaby, B.C. native has spent the past 14 years as Head Coach of the University of Victoria men’s basketball team, entering the 2016-2017 season with a conference record of 211-88. A five-time Canada West Coach of the Year, he has led the Vikes to two Canada West Championships (2005-2006 & 2014-2015) and three straight appearances in the USports Final 8 from 2013-2015. He was also a finalist for the Stuart W. Aberdeen Memorial Trophy (USports Coach of the Year) in 2012-2013.

In addition, Beaucamp is a Level Four graduate of the National Coaching Certification Program.

Beaucamp will be present at this weekend’s U16 Open Identification session in Toronto and will lead the team to the FIBA U16 Championships of the Americas June 14-18 in Argentina.

Canada’s youth men are currently ranked 3rd in the world and 2nd in the Americas.

Courtesy Canada Basketball

Photos Courtesy of UVic’s website (Gordon Lee) & Canada Basketball

Drew Ebanks

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Raptors 905 to open second round on Sunday April 16th, 2017

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The NBA Development League announced Wednesday the dates for the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2017 NBA D-League Playoffs. Raptors 905 face the Maine Red Claws in the second round.
Raptors 905 will begin the Conference Finals on the road Sunday, April 16 at 7 p.m. The series will shift to Hershey Centre for Games Two and Three on Wednesday, April 19 at 7 p.m. and Thursday, April 20 at 7 p.m.

Raptors 905 defeated the Canton Charge in the opening round of the playoffs.

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Meridian Centre to Host Boys’ FIBA U18 Americas Championship 2018

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ST.CATHARINES, ON (April 12, 2017) – Wednesday, was a huge day for the city of St.Catharines. Canada Basketball in partnership with the Niagara Sports Commission announced the international event taking place in the Meridian Centre. The championship is to take place from June 11th-17th 2018.

“Hosting the official FIBA 2018 event is one of our strategic pillars for growth. As Canada Basketball, we have three primary goals. The first, is to grow our participation to rival soccer and hockey; second, to get to the podium and thirdly, capturing the hearts and minds of Canadians. I’m from here and I know it’s a great basketball community. It’s an incredible opportunity for the friendly people of the Niagara Region and Canadians in general to be able to host the Americas and demonstrate that we are a world class country that is in love with basketball,” said Michele O’Keefe, President & CEO, Canada Basketball.

“FIBA, the International Basketball Federation, is the world governing body for basketball. Founded by eight nations in 1932, there are now 213 National Basketball Federations from all over the world. The championship is played over a five-day period of intense competition, taking place in a fun and friendly atmosphere open to the entire community. The FIBA Americas U18 Men’s Championship is the first step in the coming of age of global superstars such as Andrew Wiggins, Cory Joseph, Kyrie Irvine, Kemba Walker, Tyler Ennis and others.” added O’Keefe.

The tournament sees the top eight teams from the FIBA Americas zone vying for a top-three finish to qualify for the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup.

“This is an important time and event here for the Niagara Region because, it gives the youth who are engaged in basketball or want to learn an understanding of the level of basketball in the world. You look at the success of the Toronto Raptors and Canada in the NBA, as well as the Niagara River Lions (NBLC), and Brock University basketball which creates an atmosphere and opportunity for kids to see so much more and strengthen the club programs in Niagara in addition to the coaching and officiating; as well as our position as one of the top basketball communities in the country, “ said Walter Sendzik, Mayor of St. Catharines.

Canada’s youth men are currently ranked 3rd in the world and 2nd in the Americas. Athletes born January 1, 2000 or later will be eligible to participate in 2018 FIBA U18 Americas.

Meridian Centre

Written by Serene El-Kogali

Photo Courtesy Wikipedia

Edited by Drew Ebanks

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BioSteel All-Canadian Game: Introducing Canada’s next wave of talent

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TORONTO— Basketball is soaring to extraordinary heights across Canada, and 24 of the most prominent high-school stars are largely responsible for the surge.

The third-annual BioSteel All-Canadian Game took place at the University of Toronto’s Goldring Centre before a packed crowd on Monday.

In a game where the score fluctuated as much as any entertaining game should, Team Red was able to stage a rally and eventually come away with the 153-135 win over Team White.

Luguentz Dort was named MVP of Team Red, finishing the night with 30 points (12/16 FG) and a series of thunderous jams that injected roars across the arena throughout the game.

Dort was one of three Quebec players who participated in the contest, and yet another budding superstar rising through the ranks and onto the radar of college and pro scouts. Basketball is booming in Canada, and it’s something that he says will continue to flourish.

“It’s getting better every year, it’s my first time here (in Toronto),” said Dort, who plays at Conrad Academy in Florida. “Man, there’s a lot of talent here, we’re coming up to the (United States). (We) just need to work harder a little bit more and we’ll beat them.”

Matur Maker, brother of NBA rookie Thon Maker (Milwaukee Bucks), earned the MVP award for Team White, notching 25 points to go along with six rebounds. He showed glimpses of quickness and agility not often seen from a 6-foot-10 forward, even crashing the boards to create a string of second-chance opportunities. There was no doubt the Sudanese-Australian national treated this game with a sense of pride, and it showed through his performance.

“I came in the game playing like it was my last, because it was my last,” said Maker, who should be expected to make a decision soon regarding his collegiate basketball plans. “I had a different mindset than everybody else.”

“I had to get used to my teammates, and it was only like a few days. We had a few practices. I had to get used to it, so it was great. It was fun.”

Although not Canadian, Maker has played his last few years in the country and has seen firsthand the evolution of basketball on a national scale.

“It’s big for Canada,” he said. “You see Wiggins, Thon…it’s big, and it’s growing for Canada.”

Team White MVP Matur Maker 25pts

The event has grown exponentially over the past three years, even selling out for the first time, which is phenomenal for a High School event. In front of stars like the Toronto Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman and Ryan Goins, as well as current superstar DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors, the turn out for the game was certainly impressive, and it’s something head coach of Team Red Chris Cheng (Nippissing University men’s basketball head coach) says is a testament to how much Canadian coaches have grown in the last decade.

“I think part of the growth is the commitment of coaches,” he said in a post-game scrum. “The coaches are really going well and beyond than what’s (been) done before. They’re getting opportunities. It starts with the coach, starts with player and then the community supporting that program.”

To be a part of the developmental process, says Cheng, is a special type of honour.

“It’s amazing. For me to be involved with the provincial team program and Canada basketball development programs is even more rewarding,” he said. “To see these young kids grow and influence the younger kids and cycle through, it’s amazing to see the progression. It’s amazing to see our curriculum as basketball progresses. It’s great to see the community progress. It’s up and coming and games like this, it’s unbelievable.”

“I think part of the (growth) is the commitment of coaches. The coaches are really going well.”

Head Coach of Team White John Campbell, who spends most of his time leading the University of Toronto’s men’s basketball team, points to the success of the various basketball organizations and leagues for the upsurge in Canada.

“I think everyone knows right now what’s happening with the game of basketball in Canada, specifically in Toronto,” he said following the game in the post-game scrum. “For us we’re situated in a great spot, we have so much talent within miles of (the University of Toronto) campus. It’s up to us to sort of maximize that right now, and I think you see some growth in our program, but really just to be involved.”

The Raptors are about to go on a great run, and then to be able to see (the North Pole Hoops Showcase), the whole (Canadian Youth Basketball League), and all kinds of other events right now, there’s just so much positive happening with basketball in Canada, to be here is exciting.”

Team White & Team Red

Notes:

As per TSN, Junior Farquhar of Côte-St-Luc, Que. was chosen to appear in the game but was unable to take part due to injury…. Shai Alexander of Hamilton, Ont., Lindell Wigginton of North Preston, N.S., and RJ Barrett of Mississauga, Ont. were also chosen to participate in the game but were unable to due to schedule conflicts or academic obligations.

Leading Scorers:

Team White

  • OShae Brissett (Athlete Institute Prep)- 25 points (8/12 FG), six rebounds
  • Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Hamilton Heights Christian Academy) – 19 points (6/12 FG), seven rebounds
  • Marcus Carr (Montverde Academy) -17 points (6/15 FG), three rebounds

Team Red

  • Ignas Brazdeikis (Orangeville Prep) – 27 points (12/20 FG), six rebounds
  • Simisola Shittu (Vermont Academy) – 21 points (7/9 FG), 11 rebounds
  • Quincy Guerrier (Thetford Academy)- 15 points (6/10 FG), four rebounds

Written by Jas Grewal

Photos by Reel Motion Imaging

Edited by Drew Ebanks

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Raptors 905 eliminate Canton with commanding double-digit victory

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MISSISSAUGA – Brady Heslip poured in 21 points off the bench as the Raptors 905 trounced the Canton Charge 108-90 on Saturday night to sweep its first-round series matchup and earn a bid into the second stage of the NBA D-League playoffs.

The 905 led by as many as 38 in the contest, notching its first playoff series victory in the franchise’s two years of existence.

EJ Singler finished the night with 17 points to go along with five assists, while Edy Tavares manned the painted area, hovering around triple-double territory with eight blocks to complement his seven point, nine rebound night.

Pascal Siakam and Bruno Caboclo chipped in with 13 and 12, respectively.

For the Charge, Kay Felder, who in game one had 31 points and 12 assists, struggled to find his rhythm on Saturday, scoring 22 points on just 8/25 shooting in 33 minutes of action.

John Holland also had 13 points in the loss.

The 905 made quick work of Canton in the opening frame. Singler, who helped fuel a 14-3 run five minutes in, connected on a trio of three pointers and spearheaded a dominant scoring surge to push the lead to as many as 26, while Tavares denied Canton any entry inside, collecting five blocks and holding them to an abysmal 16.7 per cent shooting.

Even when Canton players were able to find gaps in the defence, Tavares’s presence repelled any scoring opportunities, helping maintain the stout defensive play the 905 have carried all season long and now into the playoffs.

“He has unbelievable talent,” said head coach Jerry Stackhouse following his team’s drubbing of the Charge. “He just went up there and used his length, he has unbelievable timing.”

“Our guys were locked in. I thought our game plan was sound.”

Heslip continued his strong postseason play, carrying the 905 in the second quarter with 11 points and causing issues for the scrambling Charge all throughout the night. The Burlington, Ont., native has a knack for igniting scoring runs, and Saturday’s victory over the Charge showed to be no different.

“I just came in the game being aggressive and (that’s) how I need to play. We were able to get up big and just hold on to the lead.”

“We always watch a lot of film but when it’s playoff time it’s even more mental,” he said. “We play 50 games, so it’s not a lot about nerves or playing the game, it’s about locking in mentally and knowing who you’re playing against, and for us we did that two games in a row and we’re fortunate to win the series.”

Canton struggled to find any semblance of offence against a stifling 905 perimeter defence, as the Charge shot just 30.4 per cent from the floor and conceded 51.9 per cent shooting on the defensive end. Much of the issue for Canton stemmed from an over reliance on the 5-foot-8 Felder who went 0-6 to open the quarter and ended his night with a plus-minus of -32. John Jordan, a defensive staple in coach Stackhouse’s system all season long, had 13 points and six assists in the win, but it was his effort on Felder where his true impact lay, something Stackhouse alluded to in the post game.

“John set the tone, that’s why we wanted to put defence in the game to start the game,” he said. “That was why he started. John was great both games, I thought he was (good) in the pick and roll. As long as he’s into the ball, we’re a much better team.”

The 905 limited Canton to 13 points in both the first and fourth quarters and forced the Charge to 18 turnovers in the game, leading to 17 points.

All-Star forward Axel Toupane, the team’s leading scorer at 16.1 points per game, earned himself an NBA call up Saturday with the New Orleans Pelicans, his second one of the year (signed a 10-day contract with the Milwaukee Bucks in late February) and third in just two seasons – he inked a multi-year deal with the Nuggets in March of last year before being released at the start of the 2016 campaign.

Heslip understood that without their leading scorer in the lineup on Saturday, the 905 would need a collective effort to compensate for the scoring void.

“We’re happy for Axel, he’s our brother and he got called up,” said Heslip. “That’s where he belongs.”

Everybody here just knew (that) everybody had to pick it up just a little bit. We all just needed to raise our level and those guys that started the game (were) amazing.”

John Jordan

Written by Jas Grewal

Photo: Robert Ong

Edited by Drew Ebanks

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ESPN To Televise 20th Annual Nike Hoop Summit

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COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO (March 30, 2017) – The 2017 Nike Hoop Summit will be broadcast live on ESPN2 at 10 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 7 from the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.

Kevin Brown will handle play-by-play, and Paul Biancardi and Sean Farnham will be analysts.

The game also will air live on ESPN Deportes and will be available on the ESPN app.

In its 20 th year, the Nike Hoop Summit will feature the 2017 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Select Team, which includes top U.S. high school seniors, taking on a World Select Team that is comprised of elite, international players who are 19 years old or younger. Since the first Nike Hoop Summit was held in 1995, every game has been nationally televised.

“As is evident by the past seven number one NBA draft picks being players who participated in the Nike Hoop Summit, this is a game that features incredible talent, both from the U.S. team and the World Select Team, and this year certainly will be no different,” said  Jim Tooley, USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director. “We look forward to another competitive and exciting event in its 20th edition this year.”

Tickets for the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit are now on sale. Lower bowl seating starts at just $10, and courtside seats are $50 and $75. Applicable service charges apply. Tickets will be available at  bit.ly/HoopSummitTix, the Rose Quarter Box Office or by calling 800-745-3000.

The USA Junior National Select Team for the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit will be led by 11 players who have won at least one gold medal in international competition and three athletes who have earned two international gold medals.

The 12 USA players all rank in the top 25 of the 2017 ESPN 100, including the No. 1 player Michael Porter Jr. (Nathan Hale H.S./Seattle, Wash.); followed by No. 3 Wendell Carter Jr. (Pace Academy/Fairburn, Ga.); No. 4 Trevon Duval (IMG Academy, Fla./New Castle, Del.); No. 5  Mohamed Bamba (Westtown School, Pa./New York, N.Y.); No. 7 Kevin Knox II (Tampa Catholic H.S./Riverview, Fla.); No. 8  Gary Trent Jr.(Prolific Prep Academy, Calif./Burnsville, Minn.); No. 10 Collin Sexton (Pebblebrook H.S./Mableton, Ga.); No. 16  Jaren Jackson Jr. (La Lumiere School/ Carmel, Ind.); No. 17 Troy Brown Jr. (Centennial H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.); No. 19 M.J. Walker (Jonesboro H.S./Riverdale, Ga.); No. 22 Quade Green (Neumann-Goretti H.S./Philadelphia, Pa.); and No. 23  Jarred Vanderbilt (Victory Prep Academy/Houston, Texas).

Six of the 12 U.S. players have signed a National Letter of Intent for the 2017-18 NCAA season, including Brown (Oregon), Carter and Trent (Duke), Green (Kentucky), Jackson (Michigan State) and Sexton (Alabama). Additionally, Porter verbally committed to the University of Missouri and Vanderbilt committed to the University of Kentucky.

The USA will be led by Miles Simon (California Supreme AAU), with assistant coach Mike Jones (DeMatha Catholic H.S., Md.).

Including seven players attending U.S. high schools, five of whom have committed to NCAA Division I programs, the World Select Team roster includes: Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Hamilton Heights Christian Academy, Tenn./Canada); R.J. Barrett (Montverde Academy, Fla./Canada); Felipe Dos Anjos (Oviedo, Spain/Brazil);  Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Hamilton Heights Christian Academy, Tenn./Canada); Angus Glover (Illawara Hawks/Australia);  Isaiah Hartenstein (Zalgiris Kaunas, Lithuania/Germany) ; Kostja Mushidi (BC Mega Leks, Serbia/Germany); Ikechukwu Obiagu (Greenforest Christian Academy, Ga./Nigeria);  Nick Richards (The Patrick School, N.J./Jamaica); Tadas Sedekerskis (Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz, Spain/Lithuania); Borisa Simanic (Crvena Zvezda/Serbia); and Lindell Wigginton (Oak Hill Academy, Va./Canada). The World squad is guided by head coach  Roy Rana (Canada), and Marin Sedlacek (Serbia) will served as the assistant coach.

USA Basketball teams have compiled a 13-6 overall advantage in the series and are 3-3 versus the World squad in the past six games. Most recently, the USA recorded the largest margin of victory in event history with a 101-67 win in 2016 that saw  Terrance Ferguson finish as the USA’s leading scorer with 21 points and a U.S. Nike Hoop Summit record seven 3-pointers made.

An incredible 199 former USA and World Select Team members have been drafted by NBA teams, including 11 players in the 2016 NBA Draft and 13 alumni in 2015. In fact, the past seven No. 1 picks have been former Hoop Summit participants.

Courtesy USA Basketball/Nike Hoop Summit

Drew Ebanks

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