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July 30, 2009

2009 NIKE Global Challenge

World's Elite High School Basketball Talent Coming to Portland Area for 2009 NIKE Global Challenge
Teams include Serbia, Brazil, Senegal, All-Asia, Canada and the United States

Beaverton, Oregon - For the third consecutive year, the world's best basketball players will travel to the Northwest to compete in the NIKE Global Challenge, held once again at Liberty High School in Hillsboro, OR from August 7-9. The tournament will feature International teams such as Euroleague junior tournament champion FMP-Serbia, the SEEDs Academy from Senegal, an all-star team from NIKE's All-Asia Camp, Brazil and Canada, as well as three teams made up of the top players from the United States.

This year's U.S. participants include Harrison Barnes (Ames/Ames, IA), Will Barton (Lake Clifton/Baltimore, MD), Reggie Bullock (Kinston/Kinston, NC), Russell Byrd (Blackhawk Christian/Ft. Wayne, IN), Cameron Clark (Sherman/Sherman, TX), DaJuan Coleman (Jamesville-DeWitt/Jamesville, NY), Trevor Cooney (Sanford/Wilmington, DE), Tobias Harris (Half Hollow Hills West/Dix Hill, NY), Kyrie Irving (St. Patrick/Elizabeth, NJ), Jelan Kendrick (Westlake/College Park, GA), James Johnson (Samuel Morse/Mildomar, CA), Perry Jones (Duncanville/Duncanville, TX), Terrence Jones (Jefferson/Portland, OR), Doron Lamb (Oak Hill Academy/Mouth of Wilson, VA), C.J. Leslie (Word of God Academy/Raleigh, NC), Kendall Marshall (Bishop O'Connell/Arlington, VA), Ray McCallum (Detroit Country Day/Beverly Hills, MI), Quincy Miller (Quality Ed. Academy/Winston Salem, NC), Tony Mitchell (Living Faith Christian/Grand Prairie, TX), Johnny O'Bryant (East Side/Cleveland, MS), Adreian Payne (Jefferson/Dayton, OH), Phil Pressey (Episcopal School/Dallas, TX), Jereme Richmond (Waukeegan/Waukeegan, IL), Austin Rivers (Winter Park/Winter Park, FL), Josh Selby (Lake Clifton/Baltimore, MD), Roscoe Smith (Oak Hill Academy/Mouth of Wilson, VA), J.T. Terrell (Cummings/Burlington, NC), Adonis Thomas (Melrose/Memphis, TN), Dion Waiters (Life Center/Philadelphia, PA) and Okaro White (Clearwater/Clearwater, FL).

The first two years of the NIKE Global Challenge featured top U.S. players such as 2009 NBA Draft picks Tyreke Evans (No. 4, Sacramento Kings) and Demar DeRozan (No. 9, Toronto Raptors), as well as Samardo Samuels (Louisville), Greg Monroe (Georgetown), Avery Bradley (Texas), Demarcus Cousins (Kentucky), Xavier Henry (Kansas), John Henson (North Carolina) and John Wall (Kentucky).

The NIKE Global Challenge is the culmination of the summer season. The players were chosen based on their performance at the King City Classic (July 8-9, Cleveland, OH), LeBron James Skills Academy (July 5-7, Akron, OH) and the preceding positional skills academies with NBA stars Deron Williams, Paul Pierce, Vince Carter and Amar'e Stoudemire.

In addition to the games, the NIKE Ballers Network will host the Young Ballers Fast Break Jamboree, which is a fast-paced pool play tournament, with 7th-8th grade girls teams on Saturday, July 8th from 9:00 am -12:30 pm and 7th-8th grade boys teams on Sunday, July 9th from 9:00 am -12:30 pm - both at Liberty High School. All proceeds from the team entry fees will benefit the Special Olympics Oregon. Special Olympics Oregon will have athletes compete during halftime of the NIKE Global Challenge games.

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