USA Basketball names prep squad for Nike Hoop Summit
USA Basketball has set the roster for the 12th annual Nike Hoop Summit that tips off April 11 in Portland's Rose Garden. The game will pit nine of the country's top high school players against a World Select Team made up of top international players who are 19 or younger.
The squad named Tuesday includes nine of the nation’s 25 highest-ranked prep players. It also includes three returning athletes -- DeMarcus Cousins (Mobile, Ala., LeFlore High), Leslie McDonald (Memphis Briarcrest High) and Mason Plumlee (Christ School in Arden, N.C.).
The 10-man roster is filled out by Avery Bradley (Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev.); Derrick Favors (South Atlanta High); Abdul Gaddy (Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, Wash.); Xavier Henry (Oklahoma City Putnam City High); John Henson (Tampa, Fla., Sickles High); Mike Moser (Portland, Ore., Grant High); and John Wall (Word of God Academy in Raleigh, N.C.).
The head coach will be John Olive (San Diego Torrey Pines High). Olive was an assistant coach in 2008 when the U.S. team beat the international squad, 98-79. Antwan Harris (Minneapolis Washburn High) will serve as assistant coach.
The World Select Team roster will be announced next month. It will draw 11 players from FIBA’s five geographic zones: Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
-- Greg Johnson