Nike Global Challenge is loaded with talent

27 Jul

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

The rosters have been set for the 2011 Nike Global Challenge. As I mentioned yesterday, I’ll be in Portland for the event this year. It is stacked with talent.

The twenty nine players for the three American teams are ranked inside the top 80 of the consensus rankings for the classes of 2012 and 2013.

The class of 2013 is well represented. Jabari Parker is arguably the best player at the event. He’s joined by Nerlens Noel, Julius Randle and Aaron Gordon. The four are no-brainer top 10 guys and could even round out the top four overall.

Mitch McGary is the top ranked rising senior at the event. Dejuan Coleman, Brandon Ashley, Richard Ledo and Rodney Purvis round out the top 10 class of 2012 prospects in the field.

The American rosters are here: East | Midwest | West.

Here’s what I’ll be watching:

  • Is Parker indeed the top player at the event and the top player in the class of 2013?
  • Is Ashley a top five player in the class of 2012?
  • The same goes for Anthony Bennett of Canada – is he a top five player?
  • Nerlens Noel – just how good of an impact can he make defensively?
  • What kind of separation does Rodney Purvis have at the PG position and the rest of the class?
  • Omar Calhoun – is he the best scorer at the event?

Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, Negus Webster-Chan, Sim and Tanveer Bhullar highlight the Canadian roster.

International rosters:

Chinese Taipei
Germany (to be announced)
Puerto Rico

Click HERE for the schedule.

Follow the Nike Global Challenge on Twitter. If you are looking for the hashtag it is #NikeGlobalChallenge.

2 Responses to “Nike Global Challenge is loaded with talent”

  1. Danny July 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

    Looks like a loaded event. I’ll save you the suspense – Parker is the best player there and in the country. I would be shocked if after watching him you can tell me a player who was more skilled than him at the same stage in their careers over the past 5 years or so. The reason I can make such sweeping statements like he’s the best player there with confidence – other than being behind a computer screen on a message board 🙂 – is because he’s gotten more athletic each time I’ve seen him since his Freshmen year at Simeon.


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