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ESPN2 will air Nike Hoop Summit with UK signees Fox, Gabriel

De'Aaron Fox (McDonald's Photo)

De’Aaron Fox (McDonald’s Photo)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (March 29, 2016) – The 2016 Nike Hoop Summit will be broadcast live on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. EDT on Saturday, April 9 from the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. Mike Couzens will handle play-by-play and Paul Biancardi and Fran Fraschilla will be analysts.

The game also will air live on ESPN Deportes and will be available on the WatchESPN app.

In its 19th year, the Nike Hoop Summit features a USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Select Team that includes some of the top U.S. high school seniors against a World Select Team that is comprised of elite international players who are 19 years old or younger. Since the first Nike Hoop Summit was held in 1995, every game has been nationally televised.

“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,” said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director. “This game is fun to watch, and it is very competitive. We know the U.S. players will be determined get a win.”

Headlining the U.S. roster are three-time USA Basketball gold medalists Terrance Ferguson (Advanced Prep International/Dallas, Texas), Josh Jackson (Justin-Siena H.S./Prolific Prep Academy, Calif./Southfield, Mich.) and Jayson Tatum (Chaminade College Prep/St. Louis, Mo.), who have won FIBA U17 and U19 world championships and are 19-0 together in major international competitions.

They are joined by: Jarrett Allen (Saint Stephen’s Episcopal H.S./Austin, Texas), Marques Bolden (De Soto H.S./Dallas, Texas), De’Aaron Fox (Cypress Lakes H.S./Katy, Texas), Markelle Fultz (DeMatha Catholic H.S./Upper Marlboro, Md.), Wenyen Gabriel (Wilbraham and Monson/Manchester, N.H.); Jonathan Isaac (IMG Academy/Naples, Fla.), Frank Jackson (Lone Peak H.S./Alpine, Utah), Joshua Langford (Madison Academy/Huntsville, Ala.) and Payton Pritchard (West Linn H.S./West Linn, Ore.).

The ESPN 100 for the class of 2016 lists Tatum second, Josh Jackson third, Fox seventh, Fultz 10th, Frank Jackson 11th, Isaac 12th, Ferguson 13th, Langford 14th, Gabriel 15th, Allen 19th, Bolden 20th and Pritchard 52nd.

Fox and Gabriel have signed a National Letter of Intent with the University of Kentucky; Fultz signed with the University of Washington; Isaac signed with Florida State University; Langford signed with Michigan State University; Pritchard signed at the University of Oregon; and Frank Jackson and Tatum signed with Duke University. Allen, Bolden, Ferguson and Josh Jackson remain uncommitted.

L.J. Goolsby (KC Run GMC, Kan.) will serve as USA head coach, and Eric Flannery (St. Edward H.S., Ohio) will be the assistant coach.

The 2016 World Select Team features ESPN’s top-ranked player for the class of 2017, DeAndre Ayton (Hillcrest Academy, Ariz./Bahamas), and four players who have committed to U.S. colleges. Andres Feliz (West Oaks Academy, Fla./Dominican Republic) signed a National Letter of Intent with the University of South Florida, Justin Jackson (Hill Academy/Canada) signed with UNLV, Lauri Markkanen (HBA-Marsky Helsinki/Finland) signed with Arizona and Harry Froling (Australian Institute of Sports/Australia) verbally committed to Southern Methodist University for the 2017-18 NCAA season.

Seven-foot forward Thon Maker (Orangeville Prep, Canada/Australia) returns for his second Nike Hoop Summit after scoring two points and grabbing 10 rebounds in last year’s game. Maker, an Australian national originally from South Sudan, will attend a college to be announced in the United States for the 2016-17 season.

The roster, which features players from 10 different countries, also includes guards Edin Atic (AEK Athens, Greece/Bosnia & Herzegovina), Isaia Cordinier (Denain ASC Voltaire/France), William McDowell-White (Ignatius Park College/Australia), Wesley “Mogi” Silva (Paulistano/Unimed Sao Paolo/Brazil) and Martynas Varnas (Zalgiris Kaunas II/Lithuania), as well as 7-foot center Ziming Fan (Foshan Long Lions/China).

Leading the World Team for a sixth straight year will be Roy Rana (Canada), and Marin Sedlacek, who is making his 16th Hoop Summit appearance, will assist him.

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