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Nike Hoop Summit World Team roster features Arizona commits Green, Mannion, uncommitted Achiuwa
Arizona commits Josh Green and Nico Mannion, Illinois pledge Kofi Cockburn, West Virginia pledge Oscar Tshiebwe, and uncommitted wing Precious Achiuwa highlight the 12-member World Select Team for the 2019 Nike Hoop Summit on April 12.
The annual game pits the World Team against the USA Basketball Nike Hoop Summit Team, which is composed of elite, American high school seniors.
Beyond the Hoop Summit’s prestige, participation in the game is seen as a step towards professional play. As of Nov. 6, 2018, a remarkable 118 Nike Hoop Summit alumni were active in the NBA, including 80 former U.S. players and 38 former World Select Team members.
Green is an athletic shooting guard who played in the 2018 Nike Hoop Summit and is the No. 7 ranked player on ESPN100 list and a 2019 McDonald’s All-American. A native of Australia, Green moved to the United States in 2014 with his family and has committed to play at the University of Arizona. He currently plays for IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, and is an Australian National Team candidate for FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019.
Mannion,another 2019 McDonald’s All-American, will be joining Green at the University of Arizona this fall. A native of Italy, Mannion is ranked No. 8 in his draft class by ESPN. The 6-foot-4 guard was also selected to play in this year’s Jordan Brand Classic in Las Vegas.
Cockburn also returns for his second Nike Hoop Summit to represent his home country of Jamaica. The 6-foot-10 center plays for Oak Hill Academy and has verbally committed to the University of Illinois. He is ranked No. 44 by ESPN for the 2019 class.
A native of Mali, N’Faly Dante is the third player to make his second appearance at the Nike Hoop Summit. ESPN’s No. 15-ranked member of the 2020 class, Dante is a 6-foot-11 center from Sunrise Christian Academy in Wichita, Kansas.
Achiuwa will also represent Mali on the World Team. He is an athletic finisher who plays at Montverde Academy in Florida. The 6-foot-9 swingman can score inside and on the perimeter and is ranked No. 16 on ESPN’s Class of 2019.<
Matthew Alexander-Moncrieffe is a 6-foot-7 forward from Orangeville, Ontario, Canada. He represented Canada in the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup and has yet to make his college choice.
One of the youngest players on this year’s squad at the age of 17, Andre Curbelo helped Puerto Rico earn a bronze medal at the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup. The 6-foot-1 point guard preps at Long Island Lutheran in New York.
Haowen Guo, a 6-foot-6 versatile wing player from China, competed in the 2018 FIBA U18 Asian Championship where he averaged almost 19 points a game.
Tshiebwe, a 6-foot-9 West Virginia University commit who hails from Congo, is ranked No. 37 on ESPN’s 2019 recruiting class and is among the best rebounders in that class.
Marcos Louzada Silva will represent Brazil at the Nike Hoop Summit. The 6-foot-6 guard competes for SESI/Franca, a Brazilian men’s professional basketball club that is based in Franca, São Paulo. He earned a call-up to the senior national team in the fall following an excellent showing in the FIBA U21 South American championship
A 6-foot-6 guard, Joshua Obiesie is a native of Munich, Germany. The 18-year-old left-handed guard competes for s.Oliver Wurzburg, his club team in Germany, and the same club where NBA great and Nike Hoop Summit alumni Dirk Nowitzki once played.
Serbian-born Marko Pecarski is a 6-foot-10 forward plays professionally in the ABA League in Eastern Europe. Pecarski was a member of the Serbian U18 national basketball teams that won the gold medals at the 2017 Championship and the 2018 FIBA Europe U18 Championship. He was the top scorer and the rebound leader of the 2018 Championship which helped him earn the MVP of the tournament.
The World Team at the 2019 Nike Hoop Summit will be led by nine-year coach Roy Rana, who currently has a 4-4 record in the series. In 2018, Rana became the longest serving head coach in Hoop Summit history and also has the most wins of any coach in Hoop Summit history. Rana is currently the head coach of the Ryerson University men’s basketball team in Toronto, where he has led the Rams to five consecutive National Tournaments. His teams have won nine Provincial and national medals in the past five seasons. Rana has also served as head coach of Canada’s under-17 and under-19 national teams.
In 2017, he coached Canada’s U19 men’s national team to a World Cup title, Canada Basketball’s first-ever gold medal at a World Cup FIBA competition. Rana was also the head coach of Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team during the FIBA World Cup Qualifying windows where they finished first in their group at 10-2 and qualified for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in China. He will again be assisted by Serbia’s Marin Sedlacek, who is making his 19th Hoop Summit appearance.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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.
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