International basketball has many flavors. From the Euro step in Europe to passing precision in Asia, the game continues to evolve from unique nuances that start local and spread global.
Nike Basketball celebrates these regional styles by inviting elite players to Portland, Ore., for an annual exhibition game. Considered by many the best collection of young basketball talent anywhere in the world, the Nike Hoop Summit showcases the internationalism of the game.
It is a prime opportunity for players to compete and be seen on a global stage. The NBA continues to draw talent from overseas and currently is made up of 21 percent foreign-born players—nearly four times the number of international players during the 1991-1992 season.
Taking place this year on Saturday, April 20 (4 p.m. PDT), at the Rose Garden in Portland, this annual basketball game is played under international rules. It features the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Select Team, comprising top high school male senior players, competing against a World Select Team of under-19 year old standouts from around the world.
An incredible 140 former players who have participated in the Nike Hoop Summit were drafted by NBA teams. Six of these alumni were No. 1 draft picks.
Some notable names that have participated in the past include Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis for the U.S. team, and Dirk Nowitzki, Wang Zhelin, Yi Jianlian and Patrick Mills for the World Select team.
Four players from the Nike Hoop Summit also have gone on to earn Rookie of the Year honors, including Kyrie Irving (2012), Tyreke Evans (2010) and Kevin Durant (2008).
The inaugural Nike Hoop Summit was played in Springfield, Mass., the birthplace of basketball, in 1995. Since then, the event has been held in Florida, Indiana, Texas, Tennessee and Oregon. For the fifth consecutive year, the game will be played at the Rose Garden in Portland, where it has recorded the four largest crowds in its 15-year history.
USA Basketball recently announced the roster for its 2013 USA Junior National Select Team that will take on the World Select Team at this year’s Nike Hoop Summit. 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) lead the USA team.
Seven U.S. team members participating in the Nike Hoop Summit have signed a National Letter of Intent for the 2013-14 college season. All 10 players rank among the nation’s top 30 boys basketball players and seven are ranked among the top 10 by three different scouting services.
The 2013 World Select Team will be organized by Nike; the roster will be announced in March.
Nike Basketball is committed to growing the game internationally and the Nike Hoop Summit provides a platform for the stars of tomorrow to shine today.
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