Nike Hoop Summit to air on ESPN2 on April 9

Nike Hoop Summit to air on ESPN2 on April 9

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Nike Hoop Summit to air on ESPN2 on April 9

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Athlete Institute forward Thon Maker (Photo: Christopher Hanewinckel, USA TODAY Sports)

Athlete Institute forward Thon Maker (Photo: Christopher Hanewinckel, USA TODAY Sports)

The 19th annual Nike Hoop Summit will be televised on ESPN2 on April 9 from Portland, USA Basketball announced Tuesday.

The summit, features a USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Select Team with some of the top high school seniors against a World Select Team of elite international players who are 19 or younger.

Game time is 3 p.m. ET with Mike Couzens on the play-by-play and analysts Paul Bianchardi and Fran Fraschilla.

“We are excited that fans throughout the United States can watch the Nike Hoop Summit and see some of the best young players from this country and around the world,” Jim Tooley, USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director, said in a statement. “This game is fun to watch, and it is very competitive. We know the U.S. players will be determined get a win.”

The U.S. roster is led by veterans of USA Basketball, including three-time gold medalists Terrance Ferguson (Advanced Prep, Dallas), Josh Jackson (Prolific Prep; Napa, Calif.) and Jayson Tatum (Chaminade Prep, St. Louis). Jackson and Tatum were both named to the American Family Insurance ALL-USA First Team on Tuesday. ALL-USA first-teamer De’Aaron Fox from Cypress Lakes in Katy, Texas, also is playing for Team USA.

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For the international team, big men Thon Maker and DeAndre Ayton lead the charge. Ayton, from Hillcrest Academy in Pheonix, is the lone junior on the ALL-USA First Team. Ayton is from the Bahamas. Maker, one of the most coveted high school basketball recruits, plays for Orangeville Prep in Canada and is originally from the Sudan by way of Australian.

RELATED: World Select Team roster set

The World Team includes four players committed to U.S. colleges: Andres Feliz (West Oaks Academy, Fla./Dominican Republic) to South Florida; Justin Jackson (Hill Academy/Canada) to UNLV; Lauri Markkanen (HBA-Marsky Helsinki/Finland) to Arizona; and Harry Froling (Australian Institute of Sports/Australia) to Southern Methodist. Froling will not play for SMU until the 2017-18 season.

 

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