Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 3/6/12

Rasheed Sulaimon, a 2012 Duke Blue Devils signee, is among the 10 elite high school seniors named by USA Basketball today to the roster for the 2012 USA Junior National Select Team, which will take on the World Select Team in the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit on Saturday, April 7 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore.

Duke’s lone 2012 signee, Rasheed Sulaimon, will play on the West team in the 2012 McDonald’s All American Game, March 28th at the United Center; home of the Chicago Bulls. Duke targets Shabazz Muhammad, Tony Parker and Amile Jefferson were also selected to play in the prestigious all-star game. North Carolina signee Marcus Paige will play alongside Sulaimon (ESPNU #14 recruit) in the backcourt. Paige is North Carolina’s only committed player in this year’s event.

The Nike Hoop Summit is the country’s premier annual basketball game for high-school boys and features America’s top seniors playing against a World Team comprised of international players who are 19-years-old or younger. Sulaimon will be joined on the USA team by Kyle Anderson (St. Anthony H.S./North Bergen, N.J.); Archie Goodwin (Sylvan Hills H.S./Little Rock, Ark.); Gary Harris (Hamilton Southeastern H.S./Fishers, Ind.); Mitch McGary (Brewster Academy/Porter, Ind.); Shabazz Muhammad (Bishop Gorman H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.); Nerlens Noel (The Tilton School, N.H./Everett, Ma.); Marcus Paige (Linn-Mar H.S./Marion, Iowa); Tony Parker (Miller Grove H.S./Lithonia, Ga.); and Kaleb Tarczewski (St. Mark’s School, Mass./Claremont, N.H.). “Both teams are in a similar situation in this game,” said USA head coach Kevin Boyle (Montverde Academy, Fla.). “The World Team also will have just a handful of practices to come together. Some of our players have played together and played international basketball and some have not. We are going to try and develop our chemistry and our rotation quickly and get our guys to understand their roles. It’s not an all-star game, and we will be playing to win. Not everyone will have the same amount of shots or minutes. It will be whoever is most deserving based on practices and preparation.” The 15th annual Nike Hoop Summit will be broadcast nationally by Fox Sports Net and its regional affiliates with the game tipping off at 10pm (EST).

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