Nothing says international diplomacy like a little basketball, right? If you’re Dennis Rodman, that’s true. For the rest of us, it’s just a fun thing to look forward to on a Saturday night in the offseason.
Which is why tonight’s a perfect night for the Nike Hoops Summit, which will take place in Kyle Wiltjer’s home state of Oregon at Rose Garden, home to the Portland Trailblazers. Tonight’s not only an opportunity to watch some ball, but a chance to see some future (and prospective) Cats in action.
For the U.S. team, look for Julius Randle, Andrew, and Aaron Harrison to hold it down. All three should start, or at least get significant minutes. They’ll be on the floor with some other big names, including Florida’s Kasey Hill, Zona’s Aaron Gordon, and Jabari Parker from Duke.
The World team, former home to such exploits as Enes Kanter’s record-breaking performance, is once again fostering a future Cat in Karl Towns, Jr. Towns is only a junior going into this game, so because he might have another year, he might see limited minutes tonight. Still, it’s hard to keep a fluid, mobile, 3-pt. shooting 7-footer on the bench. Also, look to see his roommate, Andrew Wiggins, light things up a little bit. There’s been plenty of talk through the week of how the two interact in their free time, but that’s about to be over. The pair joins a squad of really complicated names that I can’t pronounce. So here’s a roster:
Game starts at 7 p.m. EST, and will air on ESPN 2. Check it out. You know you wanna.