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Murray returns for second Hoop Summit, joined by Maker and Simmons
COLORADO SPRINGS (Nike Hoop Summit) - Jamal Murray will be returning for his second Nike Hoop Summit as the Canadian guard was selected to the 11-member World Select Team for the 2015 edition of the annual showcase scheduled for April 11.
Murray collected 10 points, five rebounds and five assists in the 2014 game, which the World Team lost against the USA Select Team 84-73 to snap a two-game winning streak by the World selection team.
The Orangeville Prep star Murray, who led Canada in scoring at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship, will be joined by fellow guards Federico Mussini of Italian club Reggio Emilia, Brazil's George de Paula from Pinheiros and Barcelona playmaker Stefan Peno from Serbia.
Murray's Orangeville Prep teammate Thon Maker of Australia was selected as one forwards for the team, along with Bosnia and Herzegovina's Nedim Buza of OKK Spars, Australian Ben Simmons of Montverde Academy and Mali's Cheick Diallo of Our Savior New American HS.
The team is completed with three centers: New Zealand's Tai Wynyard of Rangitoto College, Haiti's Skal Labissiere of Reach Your Dream Preparatory Academy and China's Zhou Qi of Xinjiang Flying Tigers.
The World Team will be coached for the fifth consecutive year by Canada's Roy Rana with Serbia's Marin Sedlacek serving as the assistant coach for the 15th straight year.
"It's an incredible honor to once again be part of the Nike Hoop Summit, the most impactful event in global youth basketball," Rana said.
"I am excited to lead a very talented roster from across the globe, and we look forward to another huge challenge versus the USA. Both teams are loaded with the future of professional basketball. It will be a week to remember for all the athletes and for many a life changing experience."
The annual Hoop Summit is an exhibition game pitting the world's best basketball players 19 years old or younger against the USA Select Team comprised of elite American high school seniors.
After a week of training, the 18th annual Hoop Summit game will take place on April 11 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon at 12:00 local/PDT time (20:00 GMT/21:00 CET).
The United States hold a 12-5 advantage in the Hoop Summit history. Besides the back-to-back victories in 2012 and 2013, the World Team also won in 1996, 1998 and 2009.
Through the first 17 years, 165 Hoop Summit alumni have been drafted in the NBA with 90 USA and World Team alumni active in the NBA as of March 10, 2015 - making up nearly one-quarter of the league.
A sampling of the past World Team players includes: Andrea Bargnani (New York Knicks); Nicolas Batum (Portland Trail Blazers); Anthony Bennett (Minnesota Timberwolves); Bismack Biyombo (Charlotte Hornets); Omri Casspi (Sacramento Kings); Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers); Dante Exum (Utah Jazz); Serge Ibaka (Oklahoma Thunder); Cory Joseph (San Antonio Spurs); Enes Kanter (Oklahoma City Thunder); Patty Mills (San Antonio Spurs); Nikola Mirotic (Chicago Bulls); Donatas Motiejunas (Houston Rockets); Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks); Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs); Dennis Schroder (Atlanta Hawks); Luis Scola (Indiana Pacers); Andrew Wiggins (Minnesota Timberwolves).
Labissiere and Wynyard both have committed to playing with the University of Kentucky while Simmons will be attending Louisiana State University.
Mussini, who was named to the All-Tournament Team as the leading scorer at the 2014 U18 European Championship, plays in Italy's first division Serie A for Reggio Emilia. Peno, who has gotten into one Liga Endesa game for Barcelona this season, guided Serbia to second place at the 2014 U18 European Championship and third place at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship.
De Paula is playing with the senior NBB team at E.C Pinheiros/Sky Sao Paulo while Diallo played in the 2013 Jordan Brand Classic international game. Zhou has been playing very well with professional CBA club Xinjiang, averaging 14.1 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.3 blocks this season.
Simmons, who finished second with Australia at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship, is ranked as the number one high school recruit by ESPN.