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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