Nike Hoop Summit 2018: Viewing Info, Rosters and Players to Watch

Maurice Bobb@@ReeseReportFeatured ColumnistApril 12, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, MA - JANUARY 15:  R.J. Barrett #5 of Montverde Academy goes up for a layup in a game against Mater Dei High School during the 2018 Spalding Hoophall Classic at Blake Arena at Springfield College on January 15, 2018 in Springfield, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
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The next generation of basketball stars will converge on the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon, on Friday for the 2018 Nike Hoop Summit.

For the 21st annual showcase, the USA Junior National Select Team will battle the World Select Team in a one-game showdown.

The USA team features 13 of America's best high school senior boys, and they will take on 12 of the top international boys players who are 19 years old or younger.

Bragging rights aren't the only thing at stake here. This game has historical significance, too, because past matchups have featured top prep players who have gone on to flourish in the NBA.

To date, 22 All-Stars and four MVPs have played in this yearly contest. It should also be noted that the last eight No. 1 draft picks have suited up for the Nike Hoop Summit. 

Buckle up because here's a look at this year's wave of talent.

          

Viewing Info

Date: Friday, April 13

Time: 10 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN 2

Live Stream: FIBA Facebook and YouTube channels

           

Rosters

The rosters are courtesy of the event's official website.

Team USA

Tre Jones | G | 6-2 | 170 | 18 | Apple Valley H.S./*Duke Apple Valley, MN

Keldon Johnson | G | 6-7 | 225 | 18 | Oak Hill Academy/*Kentucky Sterling, VA

Quentin Grimes | G | 6-4 | 204 | 17 | College Park H.S./*Kansas The Woodlands, TX

Cameron Reddish | G | 6-7 | 200 | 18 | Westtown School/*Duke Norristown, PA

Darius Garland | G | 6-2 | 170 | 18 | Brentwood Academy/*Vanderbilt Brentwood, TN

Romeo Langford | G | 6-5 | 190 | 18 | New Albany H.S. New Albany, IN

Tyler Herro | G | 6-4 | 180 | 18 | Whitnall H.S./*Kentucky Greenfield, WI

Jordan Brown | F | 6-10 | 194 | 18 | Prolific Prep Roseville, CA

+Zion Williamson | F | 6-7 | 230 | 17 | Spartanburg Day School/*Duke Spartanburg, SC

Darius Bazley | F | 6-9 | 200 | 17 | Princeton H.S./*Syracuse Cincinnati, OH

Louis King | F | 6-8 | 195 | 19 | Hudson Catholic H.S./*Oregon Columbus, NJ

Bol Bol | C | 7-2 | 220 | 19 | Findlay College Prep, NV/*Oregon Olathe, KS

David McCormack | C | 6-10 | 259 | 18 | Oak Hill Academy/*Kansas Norfolk, VA

+Cole Swider | SF | 6-7 | 210 | 19 | St. Andrew's/*Villanova Providence, RI

+Swider was recently added to replace the injured Williamson

          

Team World

Yago Dos Santos | G | 5-9 | 19 | Club Atletico Paulistano, Brazil, Brazil

Andrew Nembhard | G | 6-4 | 18 | Montverde Academy, FL/*Florida, Canada

Bathiste Tchouaffe | G | 6-5 | 19 | Nanterre 92, France, France

Josh Green | G | 6-6 | 17 | IMG Academy, FL (2019) Australia

Leandro Bolmaro | G | 6-6 | 17 | Weber Bahia Estudiantes, Argentina, Argentina

R.J. Barrett | F | 6-7 | 17 | Montverde Academy, FL/*Duke, Canada

Kevin Zhang | F | 6-8 | 19 | Montverde Academy, FL China

Jaylen Hoard | F | 6-8 | 19 | Wesleyan Christian, NC/*Wake Forest, France

Ignas Brazdeikis | F | 6-8 | 18 | Orangeville Prep, Ontario/*Michigan, Canada

N'Faly Dante | C | 6-11 | 16 | Sunrise Christian Academy, KS (2020) Mali

Charles Bassey | C | 6-10 | 17 | ASPIRE Basketball Academy, TX (2019) Nigeria

+Daniel Oturu | C | 6-10 | 18 | Cretin-Derham Hall, MN/*Minnesota, Nigeria

+Kofi Cockburn | C | 6-10 | 17 | Christ the King, NY (2019), Jamaica

+Cockburn was added to replace the injured Oturu, per the tournament website

Players to Watch

R.J. Barrett, F, World Team

There's a litany of great prep talent on both teams, but R.J. Barrett is the Alpha and Omega. He's 247Sports' top-ranked player in the class of 2018.

This is Barrett's second trip to the Nike Hoop Summit. Last year, he poured in nine points, two rebounds and two assists in a losing effort to Team USA.

The 6'7" Canadian forward avenged that loss, though, just a few months later when he led his country to its first gold medal in the FIBA U19 World Cup in Cairo, Egypt.

He dropped 38 points, 13 rebounds and five assists in that game and took home the MVP.

The future Blue Devil also led his undefeated Montverde Academy to the national high school championship in March, the first since Ben Simmons last won it in 2015.

As a lefty, Barrett has been likened to James Harden, but that comparison falls flat because he's a two-way player and the Houston Rockets star is not.

Poised and competitive, Barrett has supreme athleticism and has a high basketball IQ. He could be the No. 1 draft pick in 2019, and his status as a top prospect will be cemented if he plays to his strengths in Durham.

          

Bol Bol, C, Team USA

If you get the feeling of deja vu when looking at Bol Bol, don't worry, everyone has it the first time they see him.

This 19-year old big man is the spitting image of his late father, Manute Bol. Both have spindly frames without the ability to gain weight and both are 7-footers: Manute stood 7'6", while Bol stands 7'3".

But that's where the similarities stop.

The younger Bol has a much higher ceiling and plays a different game to his dad.

Manute played the traditional center, clogging up the middle and blocking shots at will. Bol is more athletic and nimble, able to play from the perimeter and knock down the jumper.

The Oregon commit is also a willing and able passer.

"Bol has a unique skill set for his size," Wake Forest coach Danny Manning told Sports Illustrated's Luke Winn last year. "He's capable of stepping out on the perimeter and making shots, and his length gives him a chance to do things at the rim that surprise you. He has really soft hands...and he has more ballhandling capabilities than he's showing."

Put it this way: His father averaged a mere 2.6 points per game in his career, while Bol averaged 20.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game his senior year at Findlay Prep.

       

Quentin Grimes, G, Team USA

Quentin Grimes is a silent killer.

Not much for conversation, the Kansas commit lets his game do all the talking.

The 6'5" combo guard out of College Park High in The Woodlands, Texas, went off for 15 points, five rebounds, nine assists and four steals to help his Home team get a 146-136 victory over the Away team in last week's Jordan Brand Classic.

Known for his strength and athletic ability, the future Jayhawk thrives in the open floor and is an excellent playmaker.

And don't get it twisted, he's also got bounce.

Grimes has an innate ability to get to the basket, draw contact and finish, but he can also clear the lane with one of his thunderous dunks.

He averaged 29.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game as a senior and even went off for 50 against an area rival this year.

Look for him to be a major contributor in Team USA's quest for the W.

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