We had the pleasure of talking with current Portland Trail Blazer, and former team USA Nike Hoop Summit player, Meyers Leonard, about his experience on team USA, what it meant to win, and about his current Blazer teammate, Will Barton. The game takes place at 4pm on Saturday, April 20 at the Rose Garden. Get your tickets now at NikeHoopSummit.com for just $5!
USA Basketball, Nike, the NBA Portland Trail Blazers and Portland Arena Management announced that the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit will take place at 4pm on Saturday, April 20 at the Rose Garden. The Nike Hoop Summit has been staged at the Rose Garden in Portland since 2008 and while there has recorded the four largest crowds in the event’s 15-year history.
The Nike Hoop Summit, the country's premier annual basketball game for high-school boys, features America's top high-school seniors playing against a World Select Team comprised of elite international players 19-years-old or younger.
“We are very excited to play the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit in Portland,” said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball Executive Director/CEO. “The Nike Hoop Summit legacy continues to expand, and many of today’s greatest players have participated in this event. From Nike to the Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter staffs, along with the tremendous basketball fans in the area, Portland has been an outstanding home for the Nike Hoop Summit, and we look forward to another exciting game in 2013.”
“The Nike Hoop Summit has become a big day for basketball fans in Portland each year, and we are excited to host it once again,” said Portland Trail Blazers President and CEO Chris McGowan. “It's a great opportunity to watch tomorrow's college and NBA stars play in person. We're proud of the relationship we have with USA Basketball and Nike to continue what has become an annual tradition at the Rose Garden.”
The 2013 USA Basketball Junior National Select Team roster will be selected by the USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team Committee and is expected to be announced later in January, with the 2013 World Select Team to follow in March.
The USA Junior National Select Team is expected to consist of 10 players, a head coach and an assistant coach, while the World Select Team will consist of 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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