For a ninth-straight year, the Nike Hoop Summit will return to Portland, Oregon, and will be played at 12 p.m. (PST) on Saturday, April 9 at the Moda Center.
Tickets for the 2016 Nike Hoop Summit will go on sale on Dec. 14. Lower bowl seating starts at just $10, and courtside seats are $35 and $50. Service charges apply. Tickets will be available at Ticketmaster.com, the Rose Quarter Box Office, or by calling 800-745-3000.
The Nike Hoop Summit is an annual basketball game that features the USA Basketball Junior National Select Team, which includes the best U.S. high school senior boys basketball players, taking on the World Select Team, which is comprised of elite, international players who are 19 years old or younger.
“We are excited to bring the Nike Hoop Summit back to Portland for the ninth consecutive year, and we hope that basketball fans in the area come out and enjoy this extremely competitive game,” said USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director Jim Tooley. “Every year, the Hoop Summit is a showcase of the most incredible talent in the world at that age, and we are looking forward to another entertaining matchup in 2016.”
The 2016 USA Basketball Junior National Select Team roster, which will feature the country’s top players, will be chosen by the USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team Committee and announced in December. The 2016 World Select Team roster will be announced in March and will include the best, young basketball players from FIBA’s five geographic zones (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 12-6 overall advantage in the series. Most recently, 30 points fromJamal Murray (Kentucky/Canada) helped the World Team capture an exciting 103-101 win that saw Luke Kennard (Duke/Franklin, OH) score 22 points for the USA. In 2014, the USA won 84-73 as Justise Winslow (Duke/Houston, Texas) lead the USA with 16 points.
Some of game’s top highlights include: an almost triple-double of 10 points, 10 rebounds and nine blocked shots by perennial NBA All-Star Kevin Garnett in a U.S. win in the first Hoop Summit in 1995; 33 points by Dirk Nowitzki, which help the World Team to a win in 1998; 20 points and seven assists by 2000 World Team member and French guard Tony Parker; and 35 points by USA guard Shabazz Muhammad in 2012.
The Nike Hoop Summit has been held annually since 1995, with the exception of a three-year hiatus in 2001-2003. The game was played in the city hosting the men’s NCAA Final Four in: 1998 and 2004 in San Antonio, Texas; 1999 in Tampa, Florida; and 2000 in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 2005, 2006 and 2007 the game was staged in Memphis, Tennessee, and since 2008, the Nike Hoop Summit has been played in Portland – where it has recorded the four largest crowds in event history.
An incredible 178 former USA and World Select Team members have been drafted by NBA teams, including 13 alumni in the 2015 NBA Draft and 14 players in the 2014 NBA Draft.
In fact, the past three No. 1 picks have been former World Select Team members, including Karl Towns Jr. (Dominican Republic) in 2015, Andrew Wiggins (Canada) in 2014 and Anthony Bennett (Canada) in 2013. Before that, three U.S. Nike Hoop Summit alumni were drafted No. 1, including Anthony Davis in 2012, Kyrie Irving in 2011 and John Wall in 2010. Overall, nine of the game’s alumni have been chosen at No. 1, and 60 players have been selected among the first 10 picks.
The first three picks in 2014 were Nike Hoop Summit alumni (Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embid), as well as in 2012 (Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Bradley Beal) and in 2008 (Derrick Rose, Michael Beasley and O.J. Mayo).
Five players have gone on to earn NBA Rookie of the Year, including Andrew Wiggins (2015), Irving (2012), Evans (2010), Rose (2009), Kevin Durant (2008) and Elton Brand (2000-shared).
As of Oct. 21, 2015, a remarkable 78 former U.S. players and 33 former World team members were active in the NBA.
Some of the notable U.S. alumni in the NBA include: Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors); Jerryd Bayless (Milwaukee Bucks); Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Tyreke Evans (New Orleans Pelicans); Kevin Garnett (Minnesota Timberwolves); Rudy Gay (Sacramento Kings); Rondaé Hollis-Jefferson (Brooklyn Nets); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Al Jefferson (Charlotte Hornets); Joe Johnson (Brooklyn Nets); Stanley Johnson (Detroit Pistons); Terrance Jones (Houston Rockets); Tyus Jones (Minnesota Timberwolves); Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Charlotte Hornets); Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers); O.J. Mayo (Milwaukee Bucks); Greg Monroe (Milwaukee Bucks); Shabazz Muhammad (Minnesota Timberwolves); Nerlens Noel (Philadelphia 76ers); Jahlil Okafor (Philadelphia 76ers); Kelly Oubre (Washington Wizards); Jabari Parker (Milwaukee Bucks); Mason Plumlee (Portland Trail Blazers); Julius Randle (Los Angeles Lakers); Zach Randolph (Memphis Grizzlies); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); J.R. Smith (Cleveland Cavaliers); Josh Smith (Los Angeles Clippers); Jared Sullinger (Boston Celtics); Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers); Noah Vonleh (Portland Trail Blazers); John Wall (Washington Wizards); and Justise Winslow (Miami Heat).
World Hoop Summit alumni now playing for NBA teams include: Alexis Ajinca (New Orleans Pelicans); Andrea Bargnani (Brooklyn Nets); Nicolas Batum (Charlotte Hornets); Anthony Bennett (Toronto Raptors); Bismack Biyombo (Toronto Raptors); Clint Capela (Houston Rockets); Omri Casspi (Sacramento Kings); Duje Dukan (Sacramento Kings); Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers); Dante Exum (Utah Jazz); Evan Fournier (Orlando Magic); Serge Ibaka (Oklahoma Thunder); Damien Inglis (Milwaukee Bucks); Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets); Cory Joseph (Toronto Raptors); Enes Kanter (Oklahoma City Thunder); Sergey Karasev (Brooklyn Nets); Trey Lyles (Utah Jazz); Boban Marjanovic (San Antonio Spurs); Patty Mills (San Antonio Spurs); Nikola Mirotic (Chicago Bulls); Donatas Motiejunas (Houston Rockets); Emmanuel Mudiay (Denver Nuggets); Raul Neto (Utah Jazz); Lucas Riva Nogueira (Toronto Raptors); Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks); Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs); Dennis Schröder (Atlanta Hawks); Luis Scola (Toronto Raptors); Kevin Seraphin (New York Knicks); Tristan Thompson (Cleveland Cavaliers); Karl Towns Jr. (Minnesota Timberwolves); and Andrew Wiggins (Minnesota Timberwolves).
Additionally, 31 former Hoop Summit players are currently competing on the collegiate level, including 20 U.S. players and 11 World Team athletes.
Playing at Duke are 2015 U.S. Nike Hoop Summit alumni Brandon Ingram, Chase Jeter and Luke Kennard; Arizona features Kaleb Tarczewski and Allonzo Trier; California has Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb; North Carolina lists Joel Berry II and Theo Pinson; Kasey Hill is at Florida; James Blackmon Jr. is at Indiana; Malik Newman plays for Mississippi State; Notre Dame features Demetrius Jackson; Pittsburgh has James Robinson; Purdue lists Caleb Swanigan; Reid Travis is at Stanford; Stephen Zimmerman plays for UNLV; Tony Parker is at UCLA and Jalen Brunson is at Villanova.
U.S. guard Isaiah Briscoe is teamed up with World Team alumni Skal Labissiere, Jamal Murray and Tai Wynyard at Kentucky. Additionally, World Team alumni at U.S. colleges includes: Przemsylaw Karnowski and Kyle Wiltjer at Gonzaga; Cheick Diallo at Kansas; Brandone Francis at Florida; Devoe Joseph at Oregon; Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk at Kansas; Patson Siame at Loyola Marymount; and Ben Simmons at Louisiana State.