Talent-Filled U.S. Roster Announced For 2012 Nike Hoop Summit
Featuring 10 elite high school seniors, USA Basketball today named the roster for the 2012 USA Junior National Select Team, which will take on the World Select Team in the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit.
Played at 7:00 p.m. (PDT) on Saturday, April 7 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore., the 15th annual Nike Hoop Summit will be broadcast nationally by Fox Sports Net and its regional affiliates.
The Nike Hoop Summit is the country's premier annual basketball game for high-school boys and features America's top seniors playing against a World Team comprised of international players who are 19-years-old or younger.
Suiting up for the USA will be: Kyle Anderson (St. Anthony H.S./North Bergen, N.J.); Archie Goodwin (Sylvan Hills H.S./Little Rock, Ark.); Gary Harris (Hamilton Southeastern H.S./Fishers, Ind.); Mitch McGary (Brewster Academy/Porter, Ind.); Shabazz Muhammad (Bishop Gorman H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.); Nerlens Noel (The Tilton School, N.H./Everett, Ma.); Marcus Paige (Linn-Mar H.S./Marion, Iowa); Tony Parker (Miller Grove H.S./Lithonia, Ga.); Rasheed Sulaimon (Strake Jesuit College Prep/Houston, Texas); and Kaleb Tarczewski (St. Mark’s School, Mass./Claremont, N.H.).
“Both teams are in a similar situation in this game,” said USA head coach Kevin Boyle (Montverde Academy, Fla.). “The World Team also will have just a handful of practices to come together. Some of our players have played together and played international basketball and some have not. We are going to try and develop our chemistry and our rotation quickly and get our guys to understand their roles. It’s not an all-star game, and we will be playing to win. Not everyone will have the same amount of shots or minutes. It will be whoever is most deserving based on practices and preparation.”
The U.S. assistant coach will be Mike Jones (DeMatha High School, Md.), who also serves as a 2011-12 USA Men’s Developmental National Team assistant coach. In 2011, Jones helped the USA to a gold medal at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship, and he will be on the U.S. sideline at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship.
Tickets for the 15th annual Nike Hoop Summit are now on sale. General admission is $5 in advance and $10 on game day, and reserved courtside seats are $25 and $50. Tickets can be purchased through the Rose Quarter Ticket Office at 877-789-ROSE (7673), by visiting rosequarter.com or at nikehoopsummit.com.
Just two players, Anderson and Parker, come to the team with prior USA Basketball experience. Parker is a two-time gold medalist with USA Basketball, including a 5-0 record in the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, and an 8-0 record at the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship. He averaged 3.9 points and 2.9 rebounds per game for the USA in 2010 and 8.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game in 2009.
Alongside Parker, Anderson also participated in the 2009-10 USA Men’s Developmental National Team’s first mini-camp in October of 2009, a U16 training camp in June 2009 and a U17 training camp in June 2010.
Seven U.S. team members have signed a National Letter of Intent for the 2012-13 NCAA season. Anderson will play at UCLA, Goodwin will go to Kentucky, Harris is headed to Michigan State, McGary signed with Michigan, Paige committed to North Carolina, Tarczewski will go to Arizona and Sulaimon will play at Duke. Muhammad, Noel and Parker are undecided about where they will attend college.
All 10 players rank among the nation’s top 50 boys basketball players.
ESPNU lists four in its top five, including the No. 1 ranked Noel, Muhammad at No. 2, Anderson at No. 4, Tarczewski at No. 5, Harris at No. 11, Sulaimon at No. 14, Goodwin at No. 15, Parker at No. 21, McGary at No. 22 and Paige at No. 23.
The top three players in the Class of 2012 according to Rivals.com are USA Junior National Select Team members, including Muhammad at No. 1, Anderson at No. 2 and McGary at No. 3, as well as Goodwin at No. 12, Tarczewski at No. 20, Harris at No. 25, Sulaimon at No. 32, Parker at No. 33 and Page at No. 41. Rivals.com lists Noel as the No. 3 player in the Class of 2013, however, Noel reclassified to the Class of 2012.
Scout.com lists three U.S. players in its top four and all 10 in its top 29, including Noel at No. 1, Muhammad at No. 2, Anderson at No. 4, Tarczewski at No. 8, Harris at No. 11, Sulaimon at No. 12, Goodwin at No. 17, Parker at No. 20, McGary at No. 21 and Paige on No. 29.
Three U.S. team members listed on the prestigious four-member Naismith Trophy Boy’s High School Player of the Year Finalists list released on Feb. 13, including Anderson, Muhammad and Noel.
Anderson, Harris and Parker will suit up for the East team in the 2012 McDonald’s All-American Game on March 28 in Chicago, Ill., while Goodwin, Muhammad, Paige and Sulaimon will play for the West team.
Selected to play in the 2012 Jordan Brand Classic on April 14 in Charlotte, N.C., for the East Team were Anderson, Harris, Parker and Tarczewski; while Goodwin, Muhammad, Paige and Sulaimon will play for the West Team.
In the most recent USA Today Super 25 rankings (as of Feb. 13), Anderson and St. Anthony ranked No. 3, while Muhammad and Bishop Gorman ranked No. 15. USA assistant coach Jones and his DeMatha Catholic team listed No. 17 nationally, and USA head coach Boyle and Montverde Academy ranked No. 18.
The 2011 USA Basketball Junior National Select Team roster was selected by the USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team Committee. Chaired in a non-voting position by Sean Ford, the USA Basketball Men’s National Team Director, the committee also includes: AAU appointees Ron Crawford and Boo Williams; National Federation of High Schools representatives Eric Flannery and John Olive; and athlete representative Kermit Holmes (1999 USA Pan American Games Team).
The 2012 World Select Team, which is expected to be announced in March, will consist of 10 or 11 players age 19-years-old or younger from FIBA's five geographic zones: FIBA Africa, FIBA Americas, FIBA Asia, FIBA Europe and FIBA Oceania, with the approved sanctioning of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), the world governing body of international basketball.
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Since 2008, USA Basketball men’s and women’s teams have compiled a sterling 134-6 win-loss record in FIBA or FIBA Americas competitions. USA teams are the current men’s and women’s champions of the Olympics and the FIBA World Championships; FIBA women’s U19 world champions; the men’s and women’s title holders for the FIBA U17 World Championships; and the men’s and women’s U18 and U16 FIBA Americas champions. USA Basketball currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA's world ranking categories, including combined, men's, women's, boys and girls.