Nike Hoop Summit Returns to Portland
The Nike Hoop Summit, the country’s premier annual basketball game for high-school age boys, features America’s elite, young athletes playing against a World Select Team comprised of top international players 19-years-old or younger.
The 2010 Nike Hoop Summit will be played on Saturday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now for the 2010 Nike Hoop Summit, with reserved courtside seats priced $25 and $50 and all other general admission tickets at $10. Tickets can be purchased through the Rose Quarter Ticket Office, by calling 877-789-ROSE (7673) or by visiting www.rosequarter.com.
“After attracting last year the largest crowd ever for the Nike Hoop Summit and having one of the most exciting games in the 12 years we’ve held the game, USA Basketball is excited to again return the Nike Hoop Summit to Portland,” said USA Basketball Executive Director/CEO Jim Tooley. “
Portland and the surrounding communities have really embraced the Nike Hoop Summit, and in 2010 we will continue to build on the amazing legacy already established. We know from past games that both the USA and World teams for the Nike Hoop Summit will feature some of basketball’s biggest and most promising players, some of these players will certainly be collegiate and NBA stars in the future.
“It is the competitive intensity demonstrated by the players from both sides that makes the Nike Hoop Summit so unique. This is not an all-star game. It’s an opportunity for the USA’s and the world’s best 18 and 19 year-olds to compete at the highest level under international rules in a one-game, crowd-pleasing rivalry,” Tooley added.
“We’re thrilled to be hosting the Nike Hoop Summit for a third consecutive year and couldn’t ask for better partners than USA Basketball and Nike,” said Trail Blazers President Larry Miller. “It’s a great chance for fans to come and watch the next generation of NBA players and we’re proud that so many people in the community have embraced this event.”
The Nike Hoop Summit in 2010 will make its third consecutive appearance in Portland and the Rose Garden. In front of a Nike Hoop Summit record crowd of 11,246, the USA was handed a 97-89 setback in the 2009 Nike Hoop Summit. Overall, USA teams are 9-3 in 12 previous Hoop Summit match-ups.
Held annually from 1995-2000, the Nike Hoop Summit was resumed in 2004 after a three year hiatus. In 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2004, the Nike Hoop Summit was held in the city hosting the men’s NCAA Final Four, and then at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn., from 2005 through 2007.
The 2010 USA Basketball Junior National Select Team roster is expected to be announced in early January, with the 2010 World Select Team announcement to follow in March. The USA Junior National Select Team will consist of 10 players, a head coach and an assistant coach, while the World Select Team will consist of 11 players age 19-years-old or younger from FIBA’s five geographic zones: FIBA Africa, FIBA Americas, FIBA Asia, FIBA Europe and FIBA Oceania, with the approved sanctioning of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), the world governing body of international basketball.