Naismith Boys High School Player of the Year, Andrew Wiggins, has been selected to compete in the 16th annual Nike Hoop Summit contest in Portland on April 20.
Saskatoon-born Indianapolis-based power forward Trey Lyles, who was chosen on the World Select team, had to withdraw because of injury. Ryerson University head coach, Roy Rana, will coach the squad for a third straight year.
Canada Basketball assistant general manager and executive vice president of the senior men’s program, Rowan Barrett, says it’s good to see the tradition that Canada has of producing multiple players that are selected to this game.
“I think it speaks to the amount of talent that we do have in the country and the direction that our game is going,” said the former national team member. “At the same time I think there were other worthy potential selections, but we congratulate Andrew and Trey for the hard work that they’ve put in for these accolades. It’s a great opportunity for our young players to measure themselves and their skills against the other top players in the world.”
North America’s Nike Basketball Field Representative, Mark Bayne, said Nike is extremely happy to have Wiggins return for his second appearance in the competition.
“After last year’s MVP performance, we will once again be looking for his scoring ability on the court and his leadership abilities throughout the week,” said Bayne.
Wiggins, considered the top high school player in the world, led the international squad to an 84-75 victory over the United States junior national select team last year with a team-high 20 points and seven rebounds.
An integral part of Canada’s men’s program, the 6’8” 215-pound senior from Concord, Ontario has represented Canada at the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Under-17 world championships and the Under-18 FIBA Americas competition. He will compete this July with his Canadian teammates at the FIBA Under-19 world championships in Prague.
Lyles, ranked among the top-five prospects in the class of 2014, is a 6’9” forward who led his Arsenal Technical high school team in points, rebounds and assists this season. He suffered a left knee injury late last month.
Rana led the national junior men’s side to a third-place finish at the FIBA Americas Under-18 tournament last June. The result secured a spot in this year’s youth world championships in July in Prague.