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July 15, 2012

Team USA Midwest Wins Nike Global Challenge Championship in Washington, D.C.

Top Amateur Players from Throughout the World Show their Skills in the United States as Part of Nike World Basketball Festival 2012

Celebrating international basketball in the nation’s capital, the 2012 Nike Global Challenge concluded with USA Midwest prevailing over Canada as part of  Nike World Basketball Festival 2012.  Led by James Young of Troy, Michigan (Troy High School), and his 29 points and 10 rebounds, team USA Midwest won 100-86.

Held in Washington, D.C. at Episcopal High School and the D.C. Armory, this eight-team, 16-game tournament began on July 13 and concluded with the championship on Sunday, July 15. Featuring top amateur basketball players from elite international teams throughout the world, the Nike Global Challenge began in 2007 with several alumni playing on pro teams both in the U.S. and internationally.

The international teams participating included Under-18 teams from Brasil, Canada, China, Lithuania and Puerto Rico.  This is the third consecutive year that Canada advanced to the tournament championship.  

2012 Nike Global Challenge International and US All-Tournament Teams

International All-Tournament TeamAndrew Wiggins, Canada (Co-MVP)Trey Lyles, Canada (Co-MVP)Dereke Reese, Puerto RicoJustas Tamulis, LithuaniaDeryk Evandro Ramos, BrasilGao Shang, China

US All-Tournament TeamJames Young, USA Midwest (MVP)Theo Pinson, USA EastTroy Williams, USA EastNigel Williams-Goss, USA WestSindarius Thornwell, USA WestBobby Portis, USA Midwest

The U.S.-based Nike Global Challenge players participated in positional skills camps in Chicago hosted by several pro basketball superstars including Deron Williams, Kevin Durant and Amar’e Stoudemire. The journey for these young players continued to Las Vegas as they participated in the LeBron James US Skills Academy. The top 30 players from the spring and summer circuits then made up the three regional teams to representing the United States in this tournament.

Played under FIBA rules, the Nike Global Challenge is a key component in Nike’s summer series of youth skills academies aimed to broaden and elevate basketball globally. For more information on the Nike Global Challenge visit www.nikeglobalchallenge.com.