2007 USA Nike Hoop Summit Team Announced

2007 USA Nike Hoop Summit Team Announced
Jan 15, 2007, 04:46 pm

Jerryd Bayless G 6-3 193 08/20/88 St. Mary's H.S./Phoenix, AZ/*Arizona

Michael Beasley F 6-9 235 01/09/89 Notre Dame Prep/Frederick, MD/*Kansas State

Jonny Flynn G 5-11 170 02/06/89 Niagara Falls H.S./Niagara Falls, NY/*Syracuse

Donte Greene F 6-9 217 02/21/88 Towson Catholic H.S./Baltimore, MD/*Syracuse

Kevin Love F 6-9 240 09/07/88 Lake Oswego H.S./Lake Oswego, OR/*UCLA

O.J. Mayo G 6-5 215 11/05/87 Huntington H.S./Huntington, WV/*USC

Patrick Patterson F 6-8 228 03/14/89 Huntington H.S./Huntington, WV/Undecided

Derrick Rose G 6-4 194 10/01/88 Simeon Vocational/Chicago, IL/*Memphis

Kyle Singler F 6-8 210 05/04/88 South Medford H.S./Medford, OR/*Duke

Nolan Smith G 6-4 175 07/25/88 Oak Hill Academy (VA)/Upper Marlboro, MD/*Duke

HEAD COACH: Pat Fitterer, Eisenhower High School (Yakima, WA)
ASSISTANT COACH: Douglas Mitchell, North Central High School (Indianapolis, IN)

Press Release

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 15, 2007) -- Selecting a talented roster that features both coaches and seven players possessing prior USA Basketball experience, USA Basketball today announced the coaching staff and 10 players selected for the 2007 USA Basketball Junior National Select Team that will compete in the 10th annual Nike Hoop Summit on April 7 at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn.

Tickets are on sale now, with reserved lower bowl seats priced at $10, courtside seats are available at $20, and floor seats (first and second rows) are $40 and $75. Tickets can be purchased at the FedExForum box office, at all Ticketmaster locations, online at, or by calling Ticketmaster at 901-525-1515.

Named head coach of the 2007 USA Team was state of Washington’s renowned prep mentor and Eisenhower High School’s (Yakima, Wash.) successful head coach Pat Fitterer. Fitterer served as the assistant coach for last year’s victorious USA Hoop Summit Team and was head coach of the USA White Team that captured gold at the 2005 USA Youth Development Festival. Douglas Mitchell (North Central High School, Indianapolis, Ind.), who served as Fitterer’s assistant coach on the ‘05 USA White Team, and as an assistant for the USA North Team at the 2003 USA Basketball Youth Development Festival, has been tagged Fitterer’s assistant coach.

Named to the 2007 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Select Team were high school standouts: Jerryd Bayless (St. Mary's H.S./Phoenix, Az.); Michael Beasley (Notre Dame Prep/Frederick, Md.); Jonny Flynn (Niagara Falls H.S./Niagara Falls, N.Y.); Donte’ Greene (Towson Catholic H.S./Baltimore, Md.); Kevin Love (Lake Oswego H.S./Lake Oswego, Ore.); O.J. Mayo (Huntington H.S./ Huntington, W.Va.); Patrick Patterson (Huntington H.S./ Huntington, W.Va.); Derrick Rose (Simeon Vocational/ Chicago, Ill.); Kyle Singler (South Medford H.S./Medford, Ore.); Nolan Smith (Oak Hill Academy, Va./Upper Marlboro, Md.). The coach and player selections were made by the USA Basketball Men’s Junior Development Committee.

The Nike Hoop Summit is the country’s premiere annual basketball game and the only game featuring America’s top male high school senior players taking on a World Select Team comprised of the world’s top players who are 19-years-old or younger. The 2007 Nike Hoop Summit will be played on Saturday, April 7, 3 p.m. (CT), and for the third straight year will be contested at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn. Again in 2007, the Hoop Summit will be preceded by the Memphis All-Star Classic, a game that will showcase the top prep senior players from the Memphis area. The Memphis All-Star Classic game will tip off at 12:30 p.m. (CT). The 2007 Nike Hoop Summit game will be televised nationally by Fox Sports.

The World Select Team as well as the players and coaches involved in the Memphis All-Star Classic will be announced at a later date.

"One of the things about bringing Pat Fitterer on board as the USA head coach is our committee felt it was really important to have a coach who has been through the Hoop Summit before because this isn’t your typical all-star game, rather it’s more about developing a team over a three or four day period to compete at a very high level. We felt it was really important to bring a coach who has been through that. Pat has done a great job coaching in our Youth Development Festival, as a former member of the committee and as an assistant coach last year at the Nike Hoop Summit, so we feel real comfortable with him taking over the reigns," said Don Showalter (Mid-Prairie High School, Wellman, Iowa), who served as head coach of the USA squad in the 1998 Hoop Summit and is the current chair of the USA Basketball Men’s Junior Development Committee.

"Doug (Mitchell) also knows what USA Basketball is all about and he’s very familiar with the Hoop Summit and coached with Pat in the 2005 Youth Development Festival. He’s going to compliment Pat really well, and we thought it was really a good fit for those two to coach our Hoop Summit team.

"Last year we thought we had a very talented team, and we did. But this year, I think it is probably another level of talent. What sets this team apart from the other teams is many of the players played for USA Basketball in the U18 Championship last year, so they know a little bit about the function of USA Basketball and they understand what we’re looking for from a team standpoint.

"Over the last few years I think we’ve probably done a better job of picking players from a standpoint of having the ability to play more than one position. When you play on a national team, I think it’s important you have kids that are versatile and who can go out and shoot, and who can really guard people out on the court. I think this group can do that. This group gives us some really nice flexibility to put a team together, and when you only have three or four days, I think that’s huge as far as getting the team ready."

The USA Basketball Men’s Junior Development Committee is chaired by Showalter, and also includes AAU appointees William Anderson (head coach, AAU YMOCA Team Memphis, Tenn.), and Rod Seaford (head coach, AAU Charlotte Royal, N.C.); National Federation of State High School Associations appointees Todd Buller (head coach, Pacific Grove High School, Calif.) and Eric Flannery (head coach, St. Edwards High School, Ohio); as well as athlete representatives Kermit Holmes (1999 USA Pan American Games Team and 1997 USA Tournament of the Americas Team) and Jimmy Oliver (1998 USA World Championship Team).

2007 USA Basketball Junior National Select Team - The Players
Selecting 10 players who list among the nation’s top ranked senior prospects, seven of the USA’s 10 players boast of previous USA Basketball experience.

Six members of last summer’s undefeated and gold medal winning USA U18 National Team will suit up once again for USA Basketball. Bayless, Beasley, Flynn, Greene, Singler and Smith were all key contributors to the ‘06 USA U18 team. Beasley led the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 13.8 ppg. and 8.3 rpg., while Bayless and Singler each contributed 11.0 ppg. Smith added 9.0 ppg. and 4.0 rpg., Flynn contributed 8.5 ppg. and a team best 5.3 apg., and Greene averaged 3.0 ppg.

Mayo also brings prior USA experience, having played in the 2005 USA Basketball Men’s Youth Development Festival. Carrying the USA Blue team to a 3-1 record and silver medal finish, Mayo, despite being one of four high school sophomores selected for the event, claimed the Festival’s top scoring honors, averaging 27.5 ppg., and ranked tied for third in assists (3.75), tops in steals at 6.0 spg. and secured 6.5 rpg. Singler too participated in the ‘05 Festival, and while playing for Fitterer’s gold medal USA White Team, averaged 14.0 ppg., 3.4 rpg., and shot 47.1 percent from 3-point (8-of-17 3pt FGs).

Nine of the 10 U.S. players have signed national letters of intent with prominent NCAA Division I basketball programs. Flynn and Greene are headed to Syracuse University (N.Y.), while Singler and Smith have signed to attend Duke University (N.C.). Bayless will take his skills to the University of Arizona, Beasley will be off to Kansas State, Love will don the UCLA uniform, Mayo will play at USC, and Rose has been inked by the University of Memphis (Tenn.). Only Patterson remains undecided about his future college home.

Among the players’ many accolades, ranked the 10 player among its top 51, including nine in the top 21. ranked the USA team members as follows: Beasley No. 1; Rose No. 3, Singler No. 4, Mayo No. 5, Love No. 7, Bayless No. 10, Greene No. 13, Patterson No. 14, Flynn No. 21, and Smith No. 51

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