2013 USA Junior National Select Team Roster Features Talent, Experience For 16th Annual Nike Hoop Summit
– Four Medalists Highlight Roster That Includes Four USA Basketball Newcomers –
Colorado Springs, Colorado • January 20, 2013
USA Basketball today named the roster for its 2013 USA Junior National Select Team that will take on the World Select Team in the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit, and the USA will be led by two coaches and four players with prior international basketball experience, including USA medalists and prep standouts Aaron Gordon (Archbishop Mitty H.S./San Jose, Calif.), Rondaé Hollis-Jefferson (Chester H.S./Chester, Pa.), Jabari Parker (Simeon Career Academy/Chicago, Ill.) and Julius Randle (Prestonwood Christian Academy/ McKinney, Texas).
The U.S. roster also features 2012 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team Training Camp participants Aaron (Travis H.S./ Richmond, Texas) and Andrew Harrison (Travis H.S./Richmond, Texas), as well as USA Basketball newcomers Kasey Hill (Montverde Academy/Eustis, Fla.), Demetrius Jackson (Marian H.S./Mishawaka, Ind.), Bobby Portis (Hall H.S./Little Rock, Ark.) and Noah Vonleh (New Hampton School, N.H./Haverhill, Mas.).
The 2013 Nike Hoop Summit will be played at 4 p.m. (PDT) on Saturday, April 20 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore. Tickets are now on sale, with reserved courtside seats for $25 and $50 and general admission $5 in advance and $10 on game day. Tickets are available through the Rose Quarter Ticket Office, by calling 877-789-ROSE (7673) or by visiting www.rosequarter.com or www.nikehoopsummit.com
The Nike Hoop Summit, the country's premier annual basketball game for high-school boys, features America's top seniors playing against a World Team comprised of elite, international players who are 19-years-old or younger.
“I think first and foremost, looking at so much international basketball experience on this team, with the guys having played on the last U16, U17 and U18 teams, their familiarity with the international game is really going to be a benefit to us, and then so many of the guys actually having played with each other will be a benefit to us as well.” said USA head coach Mike Jones (DeMatha Catholic H.S., Md.), who was an assistant coach in last year’s Nike Hoop Summit, which saw the world team top the USA 84-75. “I learned a lot last year. I know our guys will be able to look at the World Team roster and recognize some of the players and have respect for their talent. We are going to be focused on making sure the USA wins. We don’t want to lose two in a row.”
Jones also served as an assistant coach for the 2011-12 USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team, helping the USA to gold at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship and 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, as well as assisting the East Team to a bronze medal at the 2004 USA Basketball Men’s Youth Development Festival.
Assisting Jones on the U.S. sideline will be former NBA player and University of Virginia star Cory Alexander (Team Takeover AAU, Va.), who played on three USA Basketball teams. He earned a gold medal with the USA at the 1993 FIBA U21 World Championship, a silver medal at the 1992 FIBA Americas U20 Championship and a bronze medal with the South Team at the 1991 U.S. Olympic Festival.
Parker is the only two-time USA gold medalist on the roster, and he was named the 2011 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year. He earned a gold medal at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship after averaging 12.6 points and 4.8 rebounds per game despite a foot injury that limited him to just five of eight games, and he earned tournament MVP at the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship after averaging 15.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game to help the USA to a gold medal. Gordon started alongside Parker in all five games of the 2011 U16 championship, averaging team bests of 17.0 points and 11.2 rebounds per game.
The third member of the 2011-12 USA Men’s Developmental National Team along with Gordon and Parker is Hollis-Jefferson, who twice has represented the USA in 3x3 competition. This past September, Hollis-Jefferson collected silver at the 2012 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championship after the USA fell to Serbia in overtime of the gold medal game, and he earned an individual bronze medal at the dunk competition. In 2011, he helped the USA finish in eighth place at inaugural 2011 FIBA 3x3 Youth World Championship.
Representing the USA at the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship this past summer, Randle won a gold-medal after averaging team highs of 14.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.
Seven U.S. team members have signed a National Letter of Intent for the 2013-14 NCAA season. Aaron and Andrew Harrison will play at Kentucky, Hill will attend Florida, Hollis-Jefferson is headed to Arizona, Jackson signed with Notre Dame, Portis committed to Arkansas and Vonleh will go to Indiana. Parker verbally committed to attend Duke in the fall, and two players – Gordon and Randle – remain undecided.
All 10 players rank among the nation’s top 30 boys basketball players and seven are ranked among the top 10 by three different scouting services. ESPNU ranks Parker at No. 2, Andrew Harrison at No. 3, Randle at No. 4, Aaron Harrison at No. 5, Gordon at No. 7, Vonleh at No. 8, Hill at No. 9, Portis at No. 11, Hollis-Jefferson at No. 17 and Jackson at No. 21.
Scout.com has Parker at No. 2, Andrew Harrison at No. 3, Aaron Harrison at No. 4, Randle at No. 5, Gordon at No. 6, Hill at No. 7, Vonleh at No. 9, Hollis-Jefferson at No. 12, Portis at No. 16 and Jackson at No. 26; while Rivals.com lists Randle at No. 2, Parker at No. 3, Aaron Harrison at No. 4, Andrew Harrison at No. 5, Gordon at No. 6, Vonleh at No. 7, Hill at No. 9, Portis at No. 17, Hollis-Jefferson at No. 19 and Jackson at No. 30.
Six members of the seven-player Naismith Boy’s High School Player of the Year Early Season Watch List released on Dec. 14 were U.S. Hoop Summit team members, including Aaron and Andrew Harrison, Hill, Hollis-Jefferson, Parker and Vonleh.
In the most recent USA Today Super 25 rankings (as of Jan. 14), Hill and his Montverde squad ranked No. 2, while Parker and Simeon ranked No. 11. Hollis-Jefferson and Chester High School ranked No. 22 last week but out of the top 25 this week. Additionally, Gordon and Archbishop Mitty and the Harrison twins at Travis High School have spent time in the top 25 this season.
Following the 2011-12 high school basketball season, Parker earned Gatorade Boys Basketball National Player of the Year, and he listed on the USA Today All-USA 2012 High School Boys Basketball first team, along with Hill, who earned All-USA second-team honors.
The 2009-12 USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team Committee selected the 2013 USA Junior National Select Team roster. 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 2013 World Select Team, which is expected to be announced in late February or 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.
Nike Hoop Summit History
The premiere event for high-school-age players, an incredible 140 former USA and World Select Team members have been drafted by NBA teams.
In 2012, the first three picks were former U.S. Nike Hoop Summit players, including Anthony Davis at No. 1 (New Orleans Hornets), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at No. 2 (Charlotte Bobcats) and Bradley Beal at No. 3 (Washington Wizards). Since the first Hoop Summit in 1995, six alumni have been chosen No. 1 in the NBA Draft, and all told, 46 players have been selected among the first 10 draftees. Additionally, five players from the Hoop Summit have gone on to earn NBA Rookie of the Year honors, including Kyrie Irving (2012), Tyreke Evans (2010), Derrick Rose (2009), Kevin Durant (2008) and Elton Brand, who shared the honor in 2000.
As of January 2013, 68 former USA players and 17 former World team members were active in the NBA, and 25 former Hoop Summit players are currently competing on the collegiate level, including 19 past U.S. players and six former World team athletes.
Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men's and women's basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection; training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA sponsored international basketball competitions, as well as for some national competitions.
USA teams are the current men's and women's champions in the Olympics, men's and women's FIBA World Championships; women’s FIBA U19 World Champions; men's and women's FIBA U17 World Champions; and the men's and women's U18 and U16 FIBA Americas Championships; as well as the women’s FIBA 3X3 World Championship and 3x3 U18 World Championship.