The 12-member World Select Team for the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit features many of the world’s leading under-19 basketball players.
The 20th edition of the Nike Hoop Summit will take place at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon, on Friday, April 7.
The annual game pits the World Select Team against the USA Basketball Junior National Select Team, which is composed of elite, American high school players. The World Team is chasing its fourth victory in the last six games following a 84-75 victory in 2012, 112-98 win a year later and a 103-101 triumph in 2015. The USA beat the World Team 101-67 last year.
Beyond the Hoop Summit’s innate prestige, participation in the game is seen as a step towards professional play. As of December 2016, a remarkable 70 former U.S. players and 38 former World Team members were active in the NBA, nearly one-quarter of the entire league, and a total of 199 Hoop Summit alumni have been drafted professionally.
THE ATHLETES: 2017 NIKE HOOP SUMMIT WORLD SELECT TEAM
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (6’5”, Hamilton Heights Christian Academy, Tennessee and Canada) G
Lindell Wigginton (6’1”, Oak Hill Academy, Virginia and Canada) G
Nickeil Alexander-Walker (6’5”, Hamilton Heights Christian Academy, Tennessee and Canada) G
Angus Glover (6’4”, Illawara Hawks and Australia) G
Tadas Sedekerskis (6’7”, Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz, Spain and Lithuania) F
RJ Barrett (6’6”, Montverde Academy, Florida and Canada) G/F
Kostja Mushidi (6’5”, BC Mega Leks, Serbia and Germany) F
Borisa Simanic (6’11”, Crvena Zvezda and Serbia) F
Isaiah Hartenstein (6’11”, Zalgiris Kaunas, Lithuania and Germany) F
Felipe Dos Anjos (7’2”, Oviedo, Spain and Brazil) C
Nick Richards (6’11”, The Patrick School, New Jersey and Jamaica) C
Ikechukwu Obiagu (7’0”, Greenforest Christian Academy, Georgia and Nigeria) C
The World Team guards include Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (6’5”, Hamilton Heights Christian Academy, Tennessee and Canada), Lindell Wigginton (6’1”, Oak Hill Academy, Virginia and Canada), Nickeil Alexander-Walker (6’5”, Hamilton Heights Christian Academy, Tennessee and Canada) and Angus Glover (6’4”, Illawara Hawks and Australia).
Canada’s Gilgeous-Alexander averaged 7.8 points and 5.4 assists for his country at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship last summer and has committed to play at Kentucky in 2017-18. His countryman Wigginton has committed to play at Iowa State next season. He averaged 14.0 points, playing alongside Gilgeous-Alexander, at the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Chile as Canada won the silver medal.
Alexander-Walker is a third guard from that Canadian U18 team to be selected to the World Team and led the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in scoring, with 17.4 points, as Canada lost to the USA in the gold medal game. He has committed to play at Virginia Tech next season. Australia’s Glover is the fourth guard on the World Team roster. He plays for Illawarra Hawks in Australia’s NBL and has a wealth of international experience, having most recently represented his country at the FIBA Oceania U18 Championship last year.
The World Team has also named five forwards to its 2017 roster: Tadas Sedekerskis (6’7”, Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz, Spain and Lithuania), RJ Barrett (6’6”, Montverde Academy, Florida and Canada), Kostja Mushidi (6’5”, BC Mega Leks, Serbia and Germany), Borisa Simanic (6’11”, Crvena Zvezda and Serbia) and Isaiah Hartenstein (6’11”, Zalgiris Kaunas, Lithuania and Germany).
Sedekerskis plays for the storied Baskonia team in Spain’s ACB and has also gained valuable experience in the Euroleague competition this season. The Lithuanian also averaged 14.5 points and 10.2 rebounds for his country as they won the silver medal at last summer’s FIBA Europe U18 Championship. Canadian Barrett enjoyed a successful performance at the 2016 U17 World Championship in Spain, where he averaged 18.4 points.
Mushidi, a German who plays for BC Mega Leks in the top division of Serbian basketball, has played extensive minutes for his club in the European Basketball Champions League and also averaged 14.7 points for his country at last summer’s U18 European Championship. Simanic, a Serbian, also plays in that country for the famous Crvena Zvezda team where he has gained experience in the Euroleague as well as averaging 9.3 points and 5.5 rebounds for Serbia in last summer’s FIBA Europe U18 Championship. Hartenstein is a German forward who plays in Lithuania for the renowned Zalgiris Kaunas team and is another player on the World Team to have played in the Euroleague this season. In international basketball, Hartenstein was a teammate of Mushidi’s at last summer’s U18 European Championship where he averaged 14.7 points and 9.5 rebounds.
The global squad is completed by centers Felipe Dos Anjos (7’2”, Oviedo, Spain and Brazil), Nick Richards (6’11”, The Patrick School, New Jersey and Jamaica) and Ikechukwu Obiagu (7’0”, Greenforest Christian Academy, Georgia and Nigeria).
Brazilian Dos Anjos has been under contract to the Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid since the 2012-13 season and is currently on loan with the Oviedo club in the LEB Gold, the second level of Spanish professional basketball, where he is averaging 9.0 points and 6.5 rebounds. Richards, who will be representing Jamaica at Hoop Summit, is at The Patrick High School in New Jersey and has committed to play at Kentucky next season. He has also been selected to the 2017 McDonald’s All-American Game.
Finally, on the 2017 Hoop Summit roster, Obiagu, a high school senior at Greenforest Christian Academy in Georgia, has verbally committed to Florida State for the 2017-18 season.
The World Team at Nike Hoop Summit 2017 will be led by seven-year coach Roy Rana, who currently has a 3-3 record in the series and, in 2013, became the first coach in Hoop Summit history to lead his team to back-to-back victories.
Rana, a 12-year veteran of the Canada Men’s National Basketball Team, was appointed head coach of Canada’s Junior Men’s National Team in 2012, leading them to a bronze medal in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Brazil and a bronze at the inaugural FIBA U17 World Championship in Germany in 2010, the latest in a long list of international honors, which also include two bronze medals and three silvers with Canada at the Nike Global Challenge from 2006-12. In 2015, Coach Rana led Canada to a best-ever fifth-place finish at the FIBA U19 World Championships in Crete, Greece and, last summer, Rana guided Canada to silver at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship. Rana has coached four number-one draft picks in the NBA draft and has over 25 alumni from the Hoop Summit and Canadian National Team program now playing in the NBA. He will again be assisted by Serbia's Marin Sedlacek, who is making his 17th Hoop Summit appearance.
The United States holds a 13-6 advantage in the Nike Hoop Summit. In addition to victories in 2012, 2013 and 2015, the World Team triumphed in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina, by a 104-96 margin; in 1998 in San Antonio, Texas, when Dirk Nowitzki famously recorded 33 points and 14 rebounds in a 104-99 victory; and in 2009 by a 97-89 margin at the Rose Garden.
World Hoop Summit alumni playing for NBA teams as of Dec. 7, 2016, included: Alexis Ajinca (Pelicans); Nicolas Batum (Hornets); Anthony Bennett (Nets); Davis Bertans (San Antonio Spurs); Bismack Biyombo (Orlando Magic); Clint Capela (Houston Rockets); Omri Casspi (Kings); Cheick Diallo (Pelicans); Joel Embiid (76ers); Dante Exum (Utah Jazz); Evan Fournier (Magic); Serge Ibaka (Magic); Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets); Cory Joseph (Raptors); Enes Kanter (Oklahoma City Thunder); Skal Labissiere (Kings); Trey Lyles (Jazz); Thon Maker (Bucks); Boban Marjanovic (Pistons); Patrick Mills (Spurs); Nikola Mirotic (Rockets); Donatas Motiejunas (Rockets); Emmanuel Mudiay (Nuggets); Jamal Murray (Nuggets); Raul Neto (Jazz); Lucas Riva Nogueira (Raptors); Dirk Nowitzki (Mavericks); Tony Parker (Spurs); Sergio Rodriguez (76ers); Dario Saric (76ers); Dennis Schröder (Atlanta Hawks); Luis Scola (Nets); Kevin Seraphin (Pacers); Ben Simmons (76ers); Tristan Thompson (Cavaliers); Karl Towns Jr. (Timberwolves); Andrew Wiggins (Timberwolves); and Kyle Wiltjer (Rockets).
Tickets for the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit are on sale now. Lower bowl seating starts at just $10, and courtside seats are $50 and $75. Applicable service charges apply. Tickets will be available here, the Rose Quarter Box Office or by calling 800-745-3000.