Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
More Than 100 NBA Scouts Expected at Friday’s Nike Hoop Summit
Some 130 NBA scouts and executives are credentialed for this week’s Nike Hoop Summit practices and Friday’s game in Portland, Ore., per Scout’s Evan Daniels.
Per DraftExpress.com, seven players projected in the 2018 NBA Draft are in the game (10 p.m. ET, ESPN2), including No. 2 Michael Porter Jr. (Missouri), No. 4 Mohamed Bamba (uncommitted), No. 6 Wendell Carter Jr. (Duke), No. 7 Trevon Duval (uncommitted), No. 8 Collin Sexton (Alabama), No. 12 Kevin Knox (uncommitted) and No. 14 Troy Brown (Oregon).
There are also four Kentucky commits in the game, including Quade Green and Jarred Vanderbilt of the U.S. team and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Nick Richards of the World Team.
The USA Junior National Select Team for the 2017 NikeHoopSummit will be led by 11 players who have won at least one gold medal in international competition and three athletes who have earned two international gold medals.
The 12 USA players all rank in the top 25 of the 2017 ESPN 100, including the No. 1 player Michael Porter Jr. (Nathan Hale H.S./Seattle, Wash.); followed by No. 3 Wendell Carter Jr. (Pace Academy/Fairburn, Ga.); No. 4 Trevon Duval (IMG Academy, Fla./New Castle, Del.); No. 5 Mohamed Bamba (Westtown School, Pa./New York, N.Y.); No. 7 Kevin Knox II (Tampa Catholic H.S./Riverview, Fla.); No. 8 Gary Trent Jr.(Prolific Prep Academy, Calif./Burnsville, Minn.); No. 10 Collin Sexton (Pebblebrook H.S./Mableton, Ga.); No. 16 Jaren Jackson Jr. (La Lumiere School/ Carmel, Ind.); No. 17 Troy Brown Jr. (Centennial H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.); No. 19 M.J. Walker (Jonesboro H.S./Riverdale, Ga.); No. 22 Quade Green (Neumann-Goretti H.S./Philadelphia, Pa.); and No. 23 Jarred Vanderbilt (Victory Prep Academy/Houston, Texas).
Six of the 12 U.S. players have signed a National Letter of Intent for the 2017-18 NCAA season, including Brown (Oregon), Carter and Trent (Duke), Green (Kentucky), Jackson (Michigan State) and Sexton (Alabama). Additionally, Porter verbally committed to the University of Missouri and Vanderbilt committed to the University of Kentucky.
The USA will be led by Miles Simon (California Supreme AAU), with assistant coach Mike Jones (DeMatha Catholic H.S., Md.).
Including seven players attending U.S. high schools, five of whom have committed to NCAA Division I programs, the World Select Team roster includes: Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Hamilton Heights Christian Academy, Tenn./Canada); R.J. Barrett (Montverde Academy, Fla./Canada); Felipe Dos Anjos (Oviedo, Spain/Brazil); Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Hamilton Heights Christian Academy, Tenn./Canada); Angus Glover (Illawara Hawks/Australia); Isaiah Hartenstein (Zalgiris Kaunas, Lithuania/Germany); Kostja Mushidi (BC Mega Leks, Serbia/Germany); Ikechukwu Obiagu (Greenforest Christian Academy, Ga./Nigeria); Nick Richards (The Patrick School, N.J./Jamaica); Tadas Sedekerskis (Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz, Spain/Lithuania); Borisa Simanic (Crvena Zvezda/Serbia); and Lindell Wigginton (Oak Hill Academy, Va./Canada). The World squad is guided by head coach Roy Rana (Canada), and Marin Sedlacek (Serbia) will served as the assistant coach.
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.