PORTLAND, Ore. -- After a week of practices, the 2011 Nike Hoop Summit -- an international high school basketball showcase game that pits the top players from across the United States against a roster comprised of players from four different continents -- tips off on Saturday night.
In recent years, the showcase game has been unpredictable. Team USA is almost always the heavy favorite and this year they certainly have the depth advantage, with nine McDonald's All-Americans and plenty of players good enough to go one-and-done into the 2012 NBA Draft lottery. The World Team generally plays a more cohesive game in these showcases, however, and this year's World Team has the most imposing big man on either squad in Bismack Biyombo from the Congo.
WHEN: Saturday, April 9 at 10 p.m. (Eastern) / 7 p.m. (Pacific)
WHERE: The Rose Garden in Portland, Home of the Portland Trail Blazers
HOW TO WATCH: Fox Sports Network (FSN) -- Live broadcast
TICKETS: Purchase at RoseQuarter.com.
WHO TO WATCH: Team USA features many likely future lottery picks: Anthony Davis, Austin Rivers, Michael Gilchrist, James McAdoo and Marquis Teague. The World Team features many potential future NBA players: Bismack Biyombo (Congo), Lucas Nogueira (Brazil), Davis Bertans (Latvia) and Kyle Wilter (Canada).