5 Things We Learned from the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit

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5 Things We Learned from the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit
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Shabazz Muhammad led the United States team against the rest of the World at the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit.

The Nike Hoop Summit is the best collection of basketball talent offered on the planet. Every year, Nike brings the top under-19 players in the world together to play an international exhibition pitting American players against the rest of the world.

The 2012 edition was no different as players like Shabazz Muhammad, Nerlens Noel, Anthony Bennett, Kyle Anderson, Kaleb Tarczewski, Andrew Wiggins and Leo Westermann took the floor at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon.

The World team jumped out to a quick lead thanks to a few electric moments from Wiggins in the first quarter and eventually staved off a late charge by the U.S., winning 84-75.

So what can we take away from this showcase? What USA players gave us something to look forward to next year? What international player played himself into a contract a la Bismack Biyombo last year?

Let's take a look, shall we?

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