Big men Thon Maker and DeAndre Ayton will lead the World Select Team against USA Basketball Junior National Select Team on April 9 at the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland. The World team roster was announced Thursday.
The World team features players from 10 countries. Maker plays for Orangeville Prep in Canada but is from the Sudan by way of Australia. He started in last year’s Hoops Summit.
Ayton, ranked as the No. 1 player in the Class of 2017, plays for Hillcrest Prep in Phoenix and is from the Bahamas.
Two other players currently in North America are on the roster: Andres Feliz of West Oaks Academy, Fla., who is from the Dominican Republic, and Justin Jackson, a Canadian who plays at Hill Academy. Feliz, a South Florida signee, was the leading scorer last summer at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Greece. Jackson has signed with UNLV.
The remainder of the roster: Edin Atic (AEK Athens, Greece/Bosnia & Herzegovina); Isaia Cordinier (Denain ASC Voltaire/France); Harry Froling (Australian Institute of Sports/Australia); Lauri Markkanen (HBA-Marsky Helsinki/Finland); William McDowell-White (Ignatius Park College/Australia), Wesley “Mogi” Silva (Paulistano/Unimed Sao Paolo/Brazil); Martynas Varnas (Zalgiris Kaunas II/Lithuania); and Ziming Fan (Foshan Long Lions/China). Froling has signed with UNLV.
Team USA will face a height disadvantage as Maker, Froling, Ayton, Markkanen and Ziming are all 6-11 or taller.
The World team is attempting to win its fourth Hoop Summit in the last five years. The World team, led by current Kentucky freshman Jamal Murray, won 103-101 last year.