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Nike Hoops Summit!

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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.

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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:

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Game starts at 7 p.m. EST, and will air on ESPN 2.  Check it out.  You know you wanna.

Article written by Corey Nichols

29 Comments for Nike Hoops Summit!



  1. Jethro
    4:17 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    C’mon beat em boys!! Basket ball is ‘mericas sport! We aint never losin to no two bit foreners!



  2. Doesn't make sense
    4:28 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t understand how Derek Willis isn’t in it and bobby Portis is. D-Will destroyed him when they went one on one



  3. klj
    4:37 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    I dont know about you, but im feeling 22



  4. blackhawk509
    4:43 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    You know what I wanna… I wanna know how many times Randle will posterize Embiid?



  5. HillbillyInBC
    4:58 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    I’ll be there. Heading downstairs to catch the MAX train to the Rose Garden soon.



  6. brain
    4:59 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    If they want to win Karl Towns will see lots of minutes.



  7. Uncle Wes
    5:02 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    I’ll be there to get a closer look at all my investments. Got burned last year, won’t happen again.



  8. Back But Still Not Original
    5:11 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    #7-You are a Moron. Same shi$,different day.



  9. Uncle Wes
    5:12 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    blah, blah, blah, and furthermore….Blah!



  10. Uncle Wes
    5:13 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    8) You should be kissing my beanbag, hick. I have brought crazy talent to your program. Hopefully, 7 or 8 future pros will be enough for Cal to get it done.



  11. Eric K
    5:16 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    #10, you loserville fans SUCK! GO CATS!!



  12. BBN
    5:17 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve been posing as a Kentucky fan, but got to leave now fellas. Time to start cruising on broadway in da ville. Got to trim my beard and make sure my flat bill looks good.



  13. Get Current!
    5:18 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    #10-You are a Cretin! Have you even kept up with current events? Obviously not. The only thing to kiss is your a$$ goodbye…



  14. And You Are?
    5:21 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    #10-And you are, What, exactly? Urbane and sophisticated? I think not! Don’t call someone a Hick when you have the IQ of a gnat (sorry to he gnat population)…



  15. Billy Bob Cat
    5:30 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    Wish we had at least one white boy playing in this thing.



  16. jmfatz47
    5:35 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    I understand how Towns can somewhat put on the recruiting shoes in regards to the matter, however, those two will never play a game together at UK regardless.



  17. Stmcats
    5:41 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    2… Derek Willis? Seriously? Are you out of your damn mind? He only put up 6 in the derby festival classic



  18. Stmcats
    5:43 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    10… If you truly believe that, then you are a complete moron. But you prbly already have been told that plenty of times



  19. Billy Bob Cat
    5:56 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    I wisht I was playing under my stage name.



  20. The Whole Story
    6:01 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    Willis was scoreless in the first half, but he ended up with six points, seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 16 minutes off the bench. The assist and block totals tied team highs, and his seven boards were one shy of team leader Devin Davis.

    What say you now, #17?



  21. Reality
    6:07 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    Willis will transfer by Christmas.



  22. Floyd
    6:33 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    You dumb ass ul fans don’t realize the only reason you won is- Cal has taken away all of Duke’s, UNC’s, & Kansas’ recruiting. If not for that, one of those three would have won it this year. Unfortunately, one of you pretenders will have to win it when UK has a down year. However, those years will be few and far between.



  23. Cauts
    6:54 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    20… Yea in the derby festival classic. This is the Nike hoops summit.



  24. dave
    7:14 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    who’s the usa coach????



  25. You Are Mentally Challenged
    7:59 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    #23-No point in engaging in a battle of wits with an unarmed Man-get what I’m saying?



  26. Reality
    7:59 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    Just like I will make sense by Christmas.



  27. 22 is a moron
    8:17 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    22) Then you are basically saying Cal is a garbage coach. If he has gathered all the recruits, as you suggest, why couldn’t he win with them?



  28. Did He Say That?
    8:21 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    Uh, #27-I don’t think that is what #22 was saying. Can’t understand? You must not have paid much attention…



  29. World Team
    8:53 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    AAU ball not as good as Euro ball.