2013 Nike Hoop Summit Slated for April 20 at Portland’s Rose Garden

by January 16, 2013

From our friends at USA Basketball:

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 15, 2013)  — USA Basketball, Nike, the NBA Portland Trail Blazers and Portland Arena Management today announced that the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit will take place at 4 p.m. (PDT) on Saturday, April 20 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore. The Nike Hoop Summit has been staged at the Rose Garden in Portland since 2008 and while there has recorded the four largest crowds in the event’s 15-year history.

Tickets for the 16th annual Nike Hoop Summit will go on sale at 10 a.m. (PDT) on Friday, Jan. 18, with reserved courtside seats for $25 and $50 and general admission tickets for $10. Tickets will be available through the Rose Quarter Ticket Office, by calling 877-789-ROSE (7673) or by visiting www.rosequarter.com.

The Nike Hoop Summit, the country’s premier annual basketball game for high-school boys, features America’s top high-school seniors playing against a World Select Team comprised of elite international players 19-years-old or younger.

“We are very excited to play the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit in Portland,” said  Jim Tooley, USA Basketball Executive Director/CEO. “The Nike Hoop Summit legacy continues to expand, and many of today’s greatest players have participated in this event. From Nike to the Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter staffs, along with the tremendous basketball fans in the area, Portland has been an outstanding home for the Nike Hoop Summit, and we look forward to another exciting game in 2013.”

“The Nike Hoop Summit has become a big day for basketball fans in Portland each year, and we are excited to host it once again,” said Portland Trail Blazers President and CEO Chris McGowan . “It’s a great opportunity to watch tomorrow’s college and NBA stars play in person. We’re proud of the relationship we have with USA Basketball and Nike to continue what has become an annual tradition at the Rose Garden.”

“USA Basketball and the Trail Blazers have been tremendous Nike partners helping to take the Hoop Summit to unprecedented heights the past few years,” said  Lynn Merritt, V.P. of Nike Global Basketball Sports Marketing. “We are thrilled to bring the world’s best young talent back to Portland, and we look forward to watching them compete in basketball’s premier international youth event in our own backyard.”

In 2012, a record-setting 35 points from the USA’s  Shabazz Muhammad (UCLA/Las Vegas, Nev.) wasn’t enough to overcome a talented and experienced World Team, which captured an 84-75 win. Although the USA holds a 10-5 advantage in the series, the World Team has won two of the past four, winning in 2009 as well.