World Team roster announced for 2015 Nike Hoop Summit
The World team's roster has been announced for the Nike Hoop Summit game that will take place in Portland, Oregon on April 11. There's a lot to be excited about on this roster, including at least five potential first-round picks in future NBA draft.
The World team's roster has been announced for the Nike Hoop Summit game that will take place in Portland, Oregon on April 11.
There's a lot to be excited about on this roster, including at least five potential first-round picks in future NBA drafts.
The headliner is Ben Simmons, the Australian prospect who is currently the No. 1 overall player in the 2015 recruiting class as well as a potential first overall pick in the 2016 June Draft. The 6-foot-8 forward is a versatile, fluid athlete with the ability to run in transition, handle the ball, and knock down jumpers out to about 20-feet. This is about as complete a prospect as you'll find on the high school level, with athleticism and skill oozing out of his pores. He'll head to LSU for the 2015-16 college basketball season, which will likely be his only one.
Another player people will undoubtedly be excited to see is Thon Maker, a 7-foot power forward/center. Maker has become something of an internet sensation due to his highlight videos, but the truth is a bit more muted, as he still needs to fill out his body in order to reach his potential. Still, he's another potential lottery pick in the 2016 draft after he reclassified to the 2015 recruiting class.
Another potential top 2016 draft pick is Skal Labissiere, a long 6-foot-10 shot-blocker that already has a solid jump shot and good rebounding skill. He's the No. 3 Class of 2015 recruit according to 247Sports' composite rankings, but it's unknown what the future will hold for him. He's currently committed to Kentucky to play under coach John Calipari next season, but there are questions about whether or not that will happen.
Cheick Diallo is another top-10 2015 recruit who will suit up, currently sitting at No. 7 on 247Sports' composite rankings. He's a 6-foot-9 defensive center prospect that rebounds, plays physical in the post and blocks shots. His offense needs a bit of work, but he'll be an excellent recruit for someone on the next level. He still hasn't committed, and is being recruited by Kansas, Kentucky, Iowa State, Pittsburgh and St. John's, among others.
One of the bigger mysteries who will be in attendance is Zhou Qi, a 7-foot Chinese center that led the Chinese Basketball Association in blocked shots this season, as well as averaged 14 points and seven rebounds per game. He's been on the draft radar for a while at this point, as he's considered one of the next great Chinese players for the last three years. His skill, length and athletic fluidity jumps off the page for a player his size. However, he's still extremely skinny and his frame is a very legitimate question mark at this point. Wouldn't be a surprise to see him go in the lottery whenever he eventually decides to come to the NBA, although this week will be important for his stock.
George de Paula will also play, and he's a Brazilian 6-foot-5 point guard in the Bruno Caboclo mold. His arms are extremely long and he already is known as a good defensive player and playmaker. However, the questions for him revolve around his athleticism, and whether or not he'll be able to penetrate against NBA-level competition. He's at No. 68 on my 2015 big board.
Jamal Murray is another intriguing prospect that could eventually play in the NBA. He's a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Canada with a terrific wingspan and great scoring instincts. A member of the Class of 2016 recruiting class, he's the No. 58 prospect in that class with Syracuse, Oregon and Michigan State among the favorites to secure his collegiate services.
Another international player to watch is Nedim Buza, a 19-year-old Bosnian small forward prospect. He's 6-foot-8 and can really shoot the ball, and has a solid feel for the game. With a good performance, he could vault himself into late first-round consideration in the 2015 draft.
Here's the full roster:
Nedim Buza, F (OKK Spars Sarajevo/Bosnia & Herzegovina)
George de Paula, G (Pinheiros/Brazil)
Cheick Diallo, F/C (Our Savior New American H.S., NY/Mali)
Skal Labissiere, F/C (Reach Your Dream Preparatory Academy, TN/Haiti)
Thon Maker, F/C (Orangeville Prep, Ontario/Australia)
Jamal Murray, G (Orangeville Prep/Canada)
Federico Mussini, G (Reggio Emilia/Italy)
Stefan Peno, G (FC Barcelona/Serbia)
Ben Simmons, F (Montverde Academy, FL/Australia)
Tai Wynyard, C (Rangitoto College/New Zealand)
Zhou Qi, C (Xinjiang Flying Tigers/China)
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