By Alex Slusher
Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki, John Wall, and Markelle Fultz are only four of the many prestigious alumni of the Nike Hoop Summit, which occurs annually in mid spring right here in Portland.
On Friday night, the top basketball high school talent will converge upon the Moda Center, to showcase their skills in an exhibition game which features “The World” vs. the “USA”. All players in the game are nineteen years or younger, and the game holds huge historical significance. 22 All Stars and and four MVPs have participated in Nike Hoop Summit, as well as the last eight #1 overall draft picks in the NBA. The game, which will be shown on ESPN2 Friday night at 10:00 et, will exhibit some of the top high school talent in the country.
Despite the injury to Zion Williamson, a power forward from Spartanburg, South Carolina, Team USA boasts some serious talent. Leading the way for Team USA is Bol Bol, the fourth ranked prospect in the class of 2018, and son of NBA Legend Manute Bol. Standing at 7-2, Bol possess a diverse skill set and will be a very valuable player for the Oregon Ducks next year. Behind Bol, Team USA has lots of depth, including Duke Commit Cam Reddish and Kentucky commit Keldon Johnson.
Although they may not be as deep, Team World might have the best player in the game. R.J Barrett, the number one player in the class of 2018, , leads the way for Team World. After guiding his high school team to a national championship, Barret is looking to dominate the game and increase his draft stock even further.
Whether you are at the Moda Center Friday, or sitting on your couch at home, make sure to tune into the Nike Hoop Summit to get a preview at some future NBA Talent.