Columbian-born top recruit Juan Diego Tello Palacios from Our Savior New American (N.Y.) and Michael Schroeder from Germany have been named to the World Select Team for the upcoming Hoop Summit Presented By Nike. The two players replace Russian Ivan Chiriaev and Latvian Andris Biedrins on the World Select Team roster.
Palacios and Schroeder will join eight other top international prep basketball players who will face a team of USA Basketball standouts in the 7th Hoop Summit on April 4th at 1:00 p.m. (CT). The game will be played at the University of Texas at San Antonio Convocation Center and will be televised by Fox Sports Net.
Palacios, a 6-foot-8, 250-pound senior power forward, is rated the nation's No. 27 overall hoop recruit in the Class of 2004 by SchoolSports.com. The 6-foot-11, 275-pound Schroeder is the starting center for the U-20 German National team.
The game, which will be played under international rules, will feature America's top senior boys' high school players taking on a team comprised of the world's top players who are 19-years-old or younger.
The 2004 World Select Team is comprised of the following international players: Wojciech Barycz (Poland); Andrea Bargnani (Italy); Luka Bogdanovic (Serbia/M); Churchill Odia (Nigeria); Juan Diego Palacios (Columbia); Marcus Vinicius Vieira De Souza (Brazil); Yi Jian Lian (China); Sergio Rodriguez (Spain); Michael Schroeder (Germany); and Roko Leni Ukic (Croatia).
The 2004 USA Basketball Men's Junior National Select Team was announced earlier this month. The players selected were: LaMarcus Aldridge (Seagoville High School/Seagoville, Texas); Jordan Farmar (William H. Taft/Woodland Hills, Calif.); Rudy Gay (Archbishop Spalding/Severn, Md.); Malik Hairston (Renaissance High School/Detroit, Mich); Dwight Howard (Southwest Atlanta Christian/Atlanta, Ga.); Al Jefferson (Prentiss High School/Prentiss, Miss.); Josh Smith (Oak Hill Academy/Mouth of Wilson, Va.); J.R. Smith (St. Benedict's Prep School/Newark, N.J.); Sebastian Telfair (Abraham Lincoln High School/Brooklyn, N.Y.); Mike Williams (Wilcox Central High School/Camden, Ala.).