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USA - Guo joins Biyombo as late additions to World Team
PORTLAND (Nike Hoop Summit) - China international guard Guo Ailun has joined Democratic Republic of Congo big man Bismack Biyombo as the final additions to the World Select Team that will face the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Select Team in the 2011 Nike Hoop Summit on Saturday.
The game, which sees America's top senior high school players go up against the leading international players aged 19 or younger, is now in its 14th edition and will be played at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon.
Guo, who plays for CBA side Liaoning Panpan Hunters, represented China on three occasions last summer.
He averaged 22.4 points to lead all scorers at the inaugural FIBA U17 World Championship in Hamburg, Germany and ranked third in assists (5.5) in helping his team to a seventh place finish.
He then joined the Chinese men's senior national team at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey where he gained valuable experience as they got out of a tough group to reach the knockout stages.
Guo capped off his summer of national duties by leading China to gold at the U18 Asian Championship in Yemen.
Biyombo, a center from the Democratic Republic of Congo, started his club career in Yemen before moving to Spain where he joined second division side CB Ilescas Urban of the LEB Silver.
In January, he signed for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada of the ACB and proved a great addition right away, averaging 6.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in 15 minutes per game.
He had seven points, eight rebounds and four blocks in his last game for Fuenlabrada on Sunday.
Guo and Biyombo join nine players who boast extensive experience playing for their national teams in U16/U18 continental competitions and a number of them featured prominently at last year's first-ever FIBA U17 Championship for Men.
Kevin Pangos led Canada to a bronze medal and is one of the youngest players to ever play for his country's senior team, making his debut in 2009 at just 16 years of age.
Poland's Mateusz Ponitka joins Guo and Pangos on the list of guards who starred in Hamburg and will look to prove their worth in Portland.
Potnika helped the Poles take home an impressive silver medal and was named to the All-Tournament Five. He will not be completely out of sorts at the Nike Hoop Summit as fellow countryman Przemyslaw Karnowski joins him on the World Team.
The roster is rounded out by Canada's Kyle Wiltjer, Dario Saric of Croatia, Latvia's Davis Bertans, Evan Fournier of France, Brazil's Raul Neto and Lucas Nogueira.
The Nike Hoop Summit has helped bring to global prominence superstars such as Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Parker, Luis Scola and Kevin Durant to name but a few.
For more information on the Nike Hoop Summit, click here.
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2011 NIKE HOOP SUMMIT ROSTERS
WORLD SELECT TEAM
Kevin Pangos (6'1"/185cms) Canada; Dr Dennison HS (Ontario)/Gonzaga
Raul Togni Neto (6'2"/188cms) Brazil; Pitagoras Minas Tenis Club
Guo Ailun (6'4"/192cms) China; Liaoning Panpan Hunters
Mateusz Ponitka (6'5"/195cms) Poland; AZS Politechnika
Evan Fournier (6'7"/198cms) France; Union Poitiers
Davis Bertans (6'9"/206cms) Latvia; Union Olimpija Jr Team
Dario Saric (6'9"/206cms) Croatia; KK Dubrava Zagreb
Kyle Wiltjer (6'10"/208cms) Canada; Jesuit High School (Oregon)/Kentucky
Bismack Biyombo (6'9"/206cms) Democratic Republic of Congo; Baloncesto Fuenlabrada
Przemyslaw Karnowski (7'0"/213cms), Poland; Sport School Cetniewo
Lucas Riva Nogueira (7'0"/213cms), Brazil; Estudiantes
Head Coach: Roy Rana (Canada)
Assistant Coach: Marin Sedlacek (Serbia)
USA BASKETBALL MEN'S JUNIOR NATIONAL SELECT TEAM
Quinn Cook (6'1"/185cms); Bowie, Maryland; Oak Hill Academy/Duke
Marquis Teague (6'2"/188cms); Indianapolis, Indiana; Pike HS/Kentucky
Austin Rivers (6'3"/191cms); Winter Park, Florida; Winter Park HS/Duke
Bradley Beal (6'4"/191cms) St Louis, Missouri; Chaminade College Prep/Florida
Tony Wroten (6'5"/195cms); Seattle, Washington; Garfield HS/Washington
Adonis Thomas (6'7in/198cms); Cordova, Tennessee; Melrose HS/Memphis
Michael Gilchrist (6'7"/201cms); Somerdale, New Jersey; St Patrick’s HS/Kentucky
James McAdoo (6'9"/206cms); Norfolk, Virginia; Norfolk Christian/North Carolina
Rakeem Christmas (6'9"/206cms); Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Academy of the New Church/Syracuse
Anthony Davis (6'10"/208cms); Chicago, Illinois; Perspectives Charter/Kentucky
Head Coach: Kevin Sutton
Assistant Coach: Kevin Boyle (St Patrick HS, Elizabeth, New Jersey)