Nike Hoop Summit Preview: World Team

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World Team huddles around head coach Roy Ranna.

World Team huddles around head coach Roy Ranna.

The Nike Hoop Summit, which features the top high school basketball players in the country, returns to Portland for the eight consecutive year on Saturday for a noon tip at Moda Center.

The World Team is looking to win its third game in the last four years after the USA picked up a 84-73 win last year.

No. 4 Frederico Mussini, Guard. 6-1, 154 lbs. Italy.

Mussini plays professional basketball in Italy’s top league for Reggio Emilia, where he averages 4.5 points per game. He led the FIBA Europe U18 Championship tournament in scoring, averaging 22.6 points.

No. 5 George de Paula, Guard. 6-6, 202 lbs. Brazil.

de Paula plays for the senior team at E.C. Pinheiros/Sky Sao Paulo in Brazil. He played for Brazil’s U17 and U18 teams. He averaged a team-high 13.4 points per game for Brazil in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship. de Paula is the No. 74 2015 NBA Draft prospect, according to ESPN.

No. 6 Jamal Murray, Guard. 6-5, 204 lbs. Canada.

Murray plays at Orangeville Prep in Ontario. He scored ten points and dished out five assists in the World Team’s 84-73 loss in last year’s Nike Hoop Summit. He averaged 16.4 points per game last year in the FIBA U17 World Championship.

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No. 7 Stefan Peno, Guard. 6-6, 200 lbs. Serbia.

Peno plays professional basketball in Spain for FC Barcelona. He averaged 10.8 points per game at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship to lead Serbia to a bronze medal.

No. 8 Nedim Buza, Forward. 6-8, 199 lbs. Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Buza plays club basketball for OKK Spars in Saravejo. He led Bosnia and Herzegovina to a gold medal in the FIBA Europe U20 Championship Division B tournament. He is ranked No. 49 prospect by ESPN’s Chad Ford for the 2015 NBA Draft.

No. 9 Ben Simmons, Forward. 6-10, 239 lbs. Australia.

Simmons plays for Montverde Academy in Florida. He led the Eagles to their third straight national championship. He is the No. 1 ranked high school basketball prospect in the country, according to ESPN 100. Simmons, who has signed with LSU, previously played in the Portland area when Montverde Academy won the 2014 Les Schwab Invitational in Hillsboro.

No. 11 Thon Maker, Forward. 7-0, 218 lbs. Australia.

Maker plays for Orangeville Prep in Ontario with Murray. He entered this season as a top five-ranked Class of 2016 prospect, but announced in February that he will graduate early and is now part of the 2015 class. He has not committed to a college yet.

No. 12 Skal Labissiere, Forward. 7-0, 216 lbs. Haiti.

Labissiere plays at RYD Prep in Memphis, Tenn. He is ranked as the No. 3 high school basketball senior prospect in the country, according to ESPN 100. Labissiere has signed to play for Kentucky.

No. 13 Cheick Diallo, Forward. 6-9, 220 lbs. Mali.

Diallo plays for Our Savior New America High School in New York. He played for Mali in the FIBA Africa U16 Championship in 2011. Diallo is the No. 11 high school basketball senior prospect in the country, according to ESPN 100. He has not committed to a college yet. Diallo recently earned McDonalds All America Game MVP honors after scoring 18 points and grabbing ten rebounds.

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No. 14 Tai Wynyard, Center. 6-10, 263 lbs. New Zealand.

Wynyard plays for Rangitoto College in Auckland. He played professional basketball in New Zealand and Australia prior to joining Rangitoto College. He has committed to play for Kentucky next season.

No. 15 Zhou Qi, Center. 7-2, 209 lbs. China.

Zhou plays professional basketball for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in China. He averages 14.1 points, seven rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game. He averaged 13.1 points per game for China’s gold medal-winning 2014 FIBA Asia U18 Championship team. Zhou is the No. 27 2015 NBA Draft prospect, according to ESPN.

Tickets are on sale at the Rose Quarter Box Office

with lower bowl tickets beginning at $10. Reserved courtside seats range from $35-$50.

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