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  Wednesday, March 1, 2006

2006 World Select Team Named For Nike Hoop Summit
By Jonathan Givony

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March href=/profile//> 1, href=/profile//> 2006 href=/profile//> -- href=/profile//> Players href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> nine href=/profile//> countries, href=/profile//> representing href=/profile//> five href=/profile//> continents, href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 2006 href=/profile//> World href=/profile//> Junior href=/profile//> Select href=/profile//> Team href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> named href=/profile//> today href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> compete href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ninth href=/profile//> annual href=/profile//> Nike href=/profile//> Hoop href=/profile//> Summit href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> April href=/profile//> 8 href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> FedExForum href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Memphis, href=/profile//> Tennessee.

Nike href=/profile//> Hoop href=/profile//> Summit, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> premier href=/profile//> annual href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> featuring href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> world's href=/profile//> leading href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> aged href=/profile//> 19 href=/profile//> years href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> younger, href=/profile//> sees href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> senior href=/profile//> high href=/profile//> school href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> taking href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> World href=/profile//> Select href=/profile//> Team href=/profile//> comprising href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> world's href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> players.

The href=/profile//> World href=/profile//> Team href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> led href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> forward href=/profile//> Dusan href=/profile//> Sakota href=/profile//> (6'10", href=/profile//> Panathinaikos href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Greece), href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> veteran href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> season's href=/profile//> Nike href=/profile//> Hoop href=/profile//> Summit href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> World href=/profile//> Select href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> 106-98 href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> FedExForum, href=/profile//> giving href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 6-2 href=/profile//> lead href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> series.Sakota href=/profile//> recorded href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> five href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 2005 href=/profile//> Nike href=/profile//> Hoop href=/profile//> Summit.

The href=/profile//> remaining href=/profile//> nine href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> roster href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> coached href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> respected href=/profile//> Australian href=/profile//> Rob href=/profile//> Beveridge href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> first-time href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Nike href=/profile//> Hoop href=/profile//> Summit.

The href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> positions href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> taken href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Patrick href=/profile//> Mills href=/profile//> (6'0", href=/profile//> Australian href=/profile//> Institute href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Sport href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Australia), href=/profile//> Igor href=/profile//> Milosevic href=/profile//> (6'4", href=/profile//> KK href=/profile//> Crvena href=/profile//> Zvezda href=/profile//> (Serbia/Montenegro) href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Greece) href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Artur href=/profile//> Urazmanov href=/profile//> (CSK href=/profile//> VVS href=/profile//> Samara href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Russia).

The href=/profile//> forwards href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> Dan href=/profile//> Clark href=/profile//> (6'10", href=/profile//> Estudiantes href=/profile//> (Spain) href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> U.K.), href=/profile//> Rafael href=/profile//> Hettsheimer href=/profile//> (6'10", href=/profile//> Akasvayuvic href=/profile//> (Spain) href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Brazil), href=/profile//> Dragan href=/profile//> Labovic href=/profile//> (6'9", href=/profile//> KK href=/profile//> Borac href=/profile//> Cacak href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Serbia/Montenegro) href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Ji href=/profile//> Zhe href=/profile//> (6'8", href=/profile//> Liaoning href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> China).

The href=/profile//> roster href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> completed href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> centers href=/profile//> Saer href=/profile//> Sene href=/profile//> (7'0", href=/profile//> Verviers-Pepinster href=/profile//> (Belgium) href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Senegal) href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Charles href=/profile//> Okwandu href=/profile//> (7'1", href=/profile//> Dodan href=/profile//> Warriors href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Nigeria).

Coach href=/profile//> Beveridge, href=/profile//> whose href=/profile//> career href=/profile//> highlights href=/profile//> include href=/profile//> leading href=/profile//> Australia href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> gold href=/profile//> medal href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 2003 href=/profile//> World href=/profile//> Junior href=/profile//> Championships, href=/profile//> returns href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> coach href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> World href=/profile//> Select href=/profile//> Team href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> consecutive href=/profile//> year.

"I href=/profile//> am href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> looking href=/profile//> forward href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> part href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> such href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> event href=/profile//> again," href=/profile//> coach href=/profile//> Beveridge href=/profile//> said. href=/profile//> "We href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> hoping href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> assembled href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> give href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> real href=/profile//> run href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> money. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> proven href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> dominant href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> date href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> know href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> international href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> definitely href=/profile//> want href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> showcase href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> skills href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> USA."

The href=/profile//> World href=/profile//> Select href=/profile//> Team href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> assembled href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Nike's href=/profile//> Consultant href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Global href=/profile//> Basketball href=/profile//> Rich href=/profile//> Sheubrooks href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> consulting href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> general href=/profile//> managers, href=/profile//> clubs, href=/profile//> federations, href=/profile//> scouts href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> coaches href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> around href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> world.

"The href=/profile//> Nike href=/profile//> Hoop href=/profile//> Summit href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> proved href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> coming href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> party href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> successful href=/profile//> international href=/profile//> stars. href=/profile//> Tony href=/profile//> Parker href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Dirk href=/profile//> Nowitzki href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> soared href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> eyes href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> lit href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> arena href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> performances, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> Luis href=/profile//> Scola, href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> same href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> Dirk, href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> considered href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> man href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Europe href=/profile//> today href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> drafted href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> San href=/profile//> Antonio href=/profile//> Spurs," href=/profile//> stated href=/profile//> Sheubrooks.

"This href=/profile//> event href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> without href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> doubt href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> experience href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> international href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> have. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> brings href=/profile//> together href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> globe href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> gives href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> chance href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> become href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> mates href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> learn href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> different href=/profile//> cultures href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> attitudes href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> five href=/profile//> different href=/profile//> continents."

First href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 1995, href=/profile//> Nike href=/profile//> Hoop href=/profile//> Summit href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> now href=/profile//> regarded href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> premiere href=/profile//> event href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> high href=/profile//> school href=/profile//> seniors href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 59 href=/profile//> former href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> World href=/profile//> Select href=/profile//> Hoop href=/profile//> Summit href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> members href=/profile//> having href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> drafted href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> teams. href=/profile//> Currently href=/profile//> 31 href=/profile//> former href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> six href=/profile//> former href=/profile//> World href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> members href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> (as href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> 1/12/06).

Former href=/profile//> World href=/profile//> Select href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> now href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> include href=/profile//> Dirk href=/profile//> Nowitzki href=/profile//> (Dallas href=/profile//> Mavericks), href=/profile//> Tony href=/profile//> Parker href=/profile//> (San href=/profile//> Antonio href=/profile//> Spurs), href=/profile//> Vladimir href=/profile//> Radmanovic href=/profile//> (Los href=/profile//> Angeles href=/profile//> Clippers), href=/profile//> Dan href=/profile//> Gadzuric href=/profile//> (Milwaukee href=/profile//> Bucks), href=/profile//> Darius href=/profile//> Songaila href=/profile//> (Sacramento href=/profile//> Kings), href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Bostjan href=/profile//> Nachbar href=/profile//> (New href=/profile//> Orleans href=/profile//> Hornets).

"We href=/profile//> look href=/profile//> forward href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> again href=/profile//> partnering href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> Basketball href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> provide href=/profile//> fans href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> glimpse href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> stars href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> tomorrow href=/profile//> - href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> global href=/profile//> scale. href=/profile//> Dirk href=/profile//> Nowitzki, href=/profile//> Tony href=/profile//> Parker, href=/profile//> Zach href=/profile//> Randolph href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Jermaine href=/profile//> O'Neal href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Nike href=/profile//> Hoop href=/profile//> Summit href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> gone href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> success," href=/profile//> said href=/profile//> George href=/profile//> Raveling, href=/profile//> Nike's href=/profile//> Director href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Global href=/profile//> Basketball.


 
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