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75Zag
04-03-2009, 12:14 PM
We are headed to the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland at the Rose Garden on April 11th. The event is billed as the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Select Team against a "World Select Team".

USA Junior Select Team

Avery Bradley (Texas)
DeMarcus Cousins (Memphis)
Renardo Sidney (USC)
Abdul Gaddy (Washington)
Xavier Henry (Memphis)
John Henson (N. Carolina)
Leslie McDonald (N. Carolina)
Mike Moser (UCLA)
Mason Plumlee (Duke)
John Wall (undecided)

World Select Team

Matias Nocedal (Argentina)
Edwin Jackson (France)
Nikos Pappas (Greece)
Mateo Gaynor (Argentina)
Mamadou Samb (Senegal)
Tomislav Zubcic (Croatia)
Milan Macvan (Serbia)
Kevin Seraphin (France)
Dontas Motiejunas (Lithuania)
Zhang Dayu (China)

I was hoping to see some of our Canadian recruits or perhaps Bol Kong playing on the World Select Team, but I guess not. Anyway, if you are interested in watching the best high school players in the world play in Portland for $6.00 a ticket (except the first 5 rows courside), here's your chance.

ZagNative
04-12-2009, 06:30 AM
So, were you there, 75Zag? Tri-Cities.com (http://www.tri-cityherald.com/1082/story/541192.html)

World team defeats USA 97-89 at Nike Hoops Summit
The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. Serbia's Milan Macvan scored 23 points and Lithuania's Donatas Motiejunas added 21 as the World Select junior basketball team surprised the USA junior national select team with a 97-89 victory on Saturday at the Nike Hoops Summit.

It was the World team's first victory in the series since 1998, when Dirk Nowitzki led the foreign stars.

The U.S. stars were led by Xavier Henry with 22 points, including six 3-pointers. Avery Bradley added 21 as the Americans lost to the world team for just the third time in 12 meetings. And from oregonlive.com (http://www.oregonlive.com/sports/index.ssf/2009/04/world_team_snaps_usas_streak_a.html):

The United States controlled most of the game but was unable to pull away. The inability to put away the World caught up with USA midway through the fourth quarter. The World, trailing 80-74, went on a 14-3 run to take a five-point lead, then all but wrapped up the win on Macvan's three-pointer.Lots more in The Oregonion story here (http://www.oregonlive.com/sports/index.ssf/2009/04/world_team_snaps_usas_streak_a.html).