It's that time of year again: USA Basketball has announced the USA and World rosters for the 2014 Nike Hoop Summit, an international high school basketball showcase game set for the Moda Center on April 12 at 4 p.m. PT.
In case you're late to the party, the Hoop Summit has featured the likes of Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Derrick Rose, Kyrie Irving, John Wall, Anthony Davis and Andrew Wiggins in recent years, and it has been a key springboard to the NBA for international players like Nicolas Batum, Bismack Biyombo, Donatas Motiejunas and Enes Kanter.
Full event details are available right here. General admission tickets are $5.
Here's a look at this year's rosters.
Name | Position | Height | Weight | College | Hometown
Cliff Alexander | F | 6-foot-9 | 230 | Kansas | Chicago, IL
Joel Berry || | G | 6-foot-1 | 185 | North Carolina | Apopka, FL
James Blackmon, Jr. | G | 6-foot 2 | 175 | Indiana | Fort Wayne, IN
Stanley Johnson | F | 6-foot-7 | 226 | Arizona | Fullerton, CA
Tyus Jones | G | 6-foot-0 | 171 | Duke | Apple Valley, MN
Jahlil Okafor | C | 6-foot-10 | 260 | Duke | Chicago, IL
Kelly Oubre | F | 6-foot-7 | 190 | Kansas | Fort Bend, TX
Theo Pinson | F | 6-foot-6 | 185 | North Carolina | Greensboro, NC
Reid Travis | C | 6-foot-7 | 215 | Stanford | Minneapolis, MN
Myles Turner | C | 6-foot-11 | 240 | Undecided | Bedford, TX
Justice Winslow | F | 6-foot-6 | 210 | Duke | Houston, TX
Name | Position | Height | Team | Country
James Metecan Birsen | F | 6-foot-9 | Fenerbache Ulker | Turkey
Clint Capela | C | 6-foot-9 | ES Chalon-sur-Saone | Switzerland
Brandone Francis | G | 6-foot-5 | Arlington Country Day School, FL | Dominican Republic
Damien Inglis | F | 6-foot-9 | Chorale de Roanne Basket | France
Nikola Jokic | F | 6-foot-10 | KK Mega Vizura | Serbia
Trey Lyles | C | 6-foot-9 | Arsenal Technical HS, IN | Canada
Emmanuel Mudiay | G | 6-foot-5 | Prime Prep Academy, TX | Democratic Republic of Congo
Jamal Murray | G | 6-foot-6 | Athlete Institute | Canada
Gao Shang | G | 6-foot-6 Guangdong Southern Tigers | China
Karl Towns, Jr. | C | 6-foot-11 | St. Joseph HS, NJ | Dominican Republic
Matt Kamalsky of DraftExpress.com has a roster breakdown for the World Team right here, which includes multiple videos.
Looking ahead to DraftExpress.com's 2015 mock draft, this event is set to have the top-seven projected picks (Okafor, Turner, Alexander, Lyles, Mudiay, Towns and Johnson). A bunch of the other players invited are also projected as 2015 first-round picks.
Towns competed for the Dominican Republic against USA Basketball's senior men's national team in an exhibition in Las Vegas in 2012, even though he was just 16 years old at the time.
Here are further details from a USA Basketball release.
Headlined by Jahlil Okafor (Whitney Young H.S./Chicago, Ill.), a three-time gold medalist and MVP of the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship, the 2014 USA Junior National Select Team roster also includes two-time gold medal winners Stanley Johnson (Mater Dei H.S./Fullerton, Calif.), Tyus Jones (Apple Valley H.S./Apple Valley, Minn.) and Justise Winslow (St. John's School/Houston, Texas); as well as Joel Berry II (Lake Highland Prep School/Apopka, Fla.) and Theo Pinson (Wesleyan Christian Academy/Greensboro, N.C.), who each own one international gold medal.
Rounding out the roster are Cliff Alexander (Curie Metropolitan H.S./Chicago, Ill.), who suited up for USA Basketball as a member of the 2013 USA 3x3 U18 World Championship Team; James Blackmon, Jr. (Marian H.S./Fort Wayne, Ind.), who trained with USA Basketball as a member of the 2011-12 Developmental National Team; and Kelly Oubre (Findlay Prep, Nev./Fort Bend, Texas) and Myles Turner (Trinity H.S./Bedford, Texas), who each took part in the 2013 USA Basketball Developmental National Team mini-camp this past October.
Center Karl Towns, Jr. (St Joseph High School, N.J./Dominican Republic) returns for his second Nike Hoop Summit appearance, having scored seven points to go with four rebounds and four assists in the 2013 victory.
The World Team has named two other centers to its 2014 roster - Clint Capela (ES Chalon-sur-Saone/Switzerland) and Trey Lyles (Arsenal Technical H.S., Ind./Canada).
The team also features forwards - Damien Inglis (Chorale de Roanne Basket/France), James Metecan Birsen (Fenerbache Ulker/Turkey) and Nikola Jokic (Mega Vizura/Serbia).
The global squad is completed by guards Emmanuel Mudiay (Prime Prep Academy, Texas/Democratic Republic of Congo), Brandone Francis (Arlington Country Day School, Fla./Dominican Republic), Jamal Murray (Athlete Institute/Canada) and Gao Shang (Guangdong Southern Tigers/China).
Towns will be one of the most experienced players at the Nike Hoop Summit thanks to an international career that has seen him play for the Dominican Republic in the 2012 Olympic qualifying tournament at the age of 16. Towns' country finished fourth in the competition, just missing out on a place in the London Olympic Games by one spot. Towns currently is playing his senior year at St. Joseph High School in New Jersey and has committed to play at the University of Kentucky in 2014-15 having been recruited by John Calipari, his coach on the Dominican Republic national team.
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