If you want to see the future of basketball, look no further than the Nike Hoops Summit. The event will feature a game between the best players in America against the top high school athletes from around the world.
With past participants including Kevin Durant and Dirk Nowitzki, it makes sense that the best players will want to show off their skills. After looking at the rosters, it is obvious that fans will get a chance to see plenty of future college basketball and NBA stars.
In addition, it will give Kentucky players a chance to get more acquainted with the four recruits (Andrew and Aaron Harrison, Julius Randle and Karl Towns Jr.) taking part in this game.
Here is a look at the two teams who will compete on April 20 in Portland, Oregon.
U.S. Roster (via USABasketball.com)
|Aaron Gordon||6'9"||San Jose, CA||Undecided|
|Aaron Harrison||6'5"||Richmond, TX||Kentucky|
|Andrew Harrison||6'5"||Richmond, TX||Kentucky|
|Kasey Hill||6'0"||Eustis, FL||Florida|
|Rondaé Hollis-Jefferson||6'7"||Chester, PA||Arizona|
|Demetrius Jackson||6'1"||Mishiwaka, IN||Notre Dame|
|Jabari Parker||6'9"||Chicago, IL||Duke|
|Bobby Portis||6'9"||Little Rock, AR||Arkansas|
|Julius Randle||6'9"||McKinney, TX||Kentucky|
|Noah Vonleh||6'8"||Haverhill, MA||Indiana|
World Roster (via USABasketball.com)
|Karl Towns, Jr.||6'11"||Dominican Republic|
Players to Watch
Andrew Harrison, USA
Kentucky coach John Calipari got a huge haul when he received a commitment from identical twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison. The 6'5" brothers have played well together their entire lives and will take their talents to Lexington next season.
Aaron is a talented shooting guard who can get points in a hurry, but Andrew will be much more useful in his ability to run the offense as a point guard.
He has great size for the position and knows how to use his body to get into the lane where he can either score or find his teammates.
In this game, Harrison will be able to play fast and rack up plenty of assists with his talented supporting cast.
Jabari Parker, USA
Duke is not known for its one-and-done players, but Jabari Parker knows that he will not be playing for the Blue Devils for too long.
With great athleticism and a natural scoring ability, the small forward is destined to be a top-10 pick in the 2014 NBA draft.
In addition, he has great versatility as someone who can fill up the stat sheet from rebounds to assists to blocks. This will certainly make Mike Krzyzewski happy next season as he looks to lead a young roster.
While it is unlikely Parker gets a chance to show off his motor in this exhibition game, his pure skill will be on display throughout the contest.
Andrew Wiggins, World
Unlikely many players on the World roster, Andrew Wiggins is well known in the United States. The Canadian plays high school ball in West Virginia and is ranked by 247 Sports as the top recruit in the country.
He has the size to play and defend almost every position on the court and the athleticism to really amaze at the next level. If he gets himself going, there is no one that will stop him from scoring around the rim.
In addition, he is an excellent shooter with a high enough release that will be almost impossible to defend in college.
On a roster full of lesser-known players, expect Wiggins to take over in Oregon.