COLORADO SPRINGS, March 11, 2015 -- (From staff report and official press release) -- USA Basketball against the World! It's an age-old battle cry and today, USA Basketball named the 11-member World Select Team roster that will compete for the 18th annual Nike Hoop Summit, scheduled for April 11 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.
Nike Hoop Summit
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The Nike Hoop Summit is a premier annual basketball game that features the world's best basketball players age 19 years old or younger taking on a USA Basketball Junior National Select Team that is comprised of elite, American high school seniors. An incredible 165 Hoop Summit alumni have been drafted in the NBA, and as of March 10, 2015, 90 U.S. and World Team alumni were active in the NBA, comprising nearly one-quarter of the league.
The 2015 World Team features guard Jamal Murray (Orangeville Prep/Canada), who returns for his second Nike Hoop Summit appearance, having scored 10 points to go with 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the 2014 game, as well as guards Federico Mussini (Reggio Emilia/Italy), George de Paula (Pinheiros/Brazil) and Stefan Peno (FC Barcelona/Serbia).
The team features forwards Nedim Buza (OKK Spars Sarajevo/Bosnia & Herzegovina), Ben Simmons (Montverde Academy, FL/Australia), Cheick Diallo (Our Savior New American H.S., NY/Mali) and Thon Maker (Orangeville Prep, Ontario/Australia). The global squad is completed with center Tai Wynyard (Rangitoto College/New Zealand) and forward/centers Skal Labissiere (Reach Your Dream Preparatory Academy, TN/Haiti) and Zhou Qi (Xinjiang Flying Tigers/China). For a fifth-consecutive year, the World Team will be coached by Canada's Roy Rana, with Marin Sedlacek of Serbia serving as the assistant coach for a 15th-straight year.
"It's an incredible honor to once again be part of Nike Hoop Summit, the most impactful event in global youth basketball," Rana said.