Many of the world's top basketball players under the age of 19 will be at the Moda Center in Portland, Ore. for the Nike Hoop Summit on Saturday, April 12.
The annual game is a showcase for prep-aged talents, and it pits a team of American-born players against the World Select team. Over the years, this game has given scouts a sneak peek at future college and NBA stars.
In 2013, seven players (Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid of Kansas, Jabari Parker of Duke, Dante Exum of Australia, Noah Vonleh of Indiana, Julius Randle of Kentucky and Aaron Gordon of Arizona) who will likely be lottery picks in the June NBA draft played in the game.
Led by Wiggins, Exum, Livio Saint-Charles and the Atlanta Hawks' Dennis Schroder, the World Select Team defeated Team USA 112-98 in 2013.
This year's game will take place at 7 p.m. ET, per the event's official website.
Here's a look at the rosters for Team USA and the World Select team.
|High School/College Committed to||Birth Place|
|Curie Metropolitan H.S./Kansas||Chicago, IL|
|Joel Berry II|
|Lake Highland Prep School/North Carolina||Apopka, FL|
|James Blackmon, Jr.|
|Marion H.S./Indiana||Fort Wayne, IN|
|Mater Dei H.S./Arizona||Fullerton, CA|
|Apple Valley H.S./Duke||Apple Valley, MN|
|Whitney Young H.S./Duke||Chicago, IL|
|Findlay Prep (NV)/Kansas||Fort Bend, TX|
|Wesleyan Christian Academy/North Carolina||Greensboro, NC|
|DeLaSalle H.S./Stanford||Minneapolis, MN|
|Trinity H.S./Undecided||Bedford, TX|
|St. John’s School/Duke||Houston, TX|
|Head Coach: Mike Jones, DeMatha Catholic High School, Md.|
|Assistant Coach: Cory Alexander, Team Takeover AAU, D.C.|
World Team Select
|Current Team/School Committed to||Birth Place|
|James Metecan Birsen|
|Arlington Country Day School, Fla./Florida||Dominican Republic|
|Chorale de Roanne Basket||France|
|KK Mega Vizura||Serbia|
|Arsenal Technical H.S., Ind./Kentucky||Canada|
|Prime Prep Academy, Texas/Southern Methodist||Democratic Republic of Congo|
|SK Cherkasy Monkeys||Ukraine|
|Guangdong Southern Tigers||China|
|Karl Towns Jr.|
|St. Joseph H.S., N.J./Kentucky||Dominican Republic|
|Head Coach: Roy Rana, Canada|
|Assistant Coach: Marin Sedlacek, Serbia|
Players to Watch
The big man from Switzerland is rising quickly on NBA draft boards. The measurements revealed during the pre-event activities will only cause his stock to ascend even more.
Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman has the scoop:
With that type of length, coupled with excellent mobility, there's no wonder NBA scouts are excited about Capela's potential. Take a look at this video scouting report for the Swiss big man.
In the latest mock draft from Draft Express, Capela is penciled in at the No. 13 spot to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Duke's biggest issue in 2013 was its lack of size. That probably won't be a problem in 2014. Okafor is huge and committed to Duke.
At 6'10" and 277 pounds with a condor-like 7'6.25" wingspan, he'll give the team an inside presence with bulk and length like never before.
Wonder why Jabari Parker hasn't announced whether he'll be in the NBA draft next season. Okafor's arrival could have something to do with it. Both hail from Chicago and Okafor's presence would allow Parker to play his more natural forward position more often.
Still, it's going to be hard to keep Parker away from the millions that await in the NBA.
With Okafor and others coming in, Duke still figures to be really good. Okafor already has solid footwork, soft hands and great strength. A year of college should only make him even better.
Currently, Draft Express has him as the No. 1 prospect for the 2015 NBA draft.
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