|Anthony Davis (2010)
NBA Draft: #1 pick in 2012 by the New Orleans Hornets
Davis wowed the Hillsboro, Oregon crowd the opening game of the 2010 tournament scoring 23 points and grabbing 9 rebounds. Since High School, Davis has become the most heralded player of the 2011 class after leading Kentucky to the National Championship and being named the Naismith College Player of the Year and the NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. Davis grew 10 inches in-between the end of his sophomore season and beginning of his senior season. He now possesses the height/wingspan of a big man with the tools of a guard; although he is still adjusting to his body, many are projecting him to go #1 in the 2012 NBA Draft.
|Austin Rivers (2009)
NBA Draft: #10 pick in 2012 by the New Orleans Hornets
Most U.S. players that take part in the event are entering their senior seasons. Rivers was selected as a junior-to-be and more than held his own against the older competition. Rivers won countless awards as a senior at Winter Park (Florida) and also led his high school to back-to-back state titles.
|Tristan Thompson (2009)
NBA Draft: #4 pick in 2011 by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Thompson became the highest-drafted born and bred Canadian player ever, going fourth overall to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Scouts got their first looks at Thompson in the Global Challenge where he and Team Canada were impressive against top notch U.S. talent. Thompson averaged 13.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game for the Longhorns in his lone season in Austin. As a rookie for the Cavaliers, he averaged 8.2 points and 6.5 rebounds in 23.7 minutes per game. He was named to the NBA's All-Rookie Second Team, becoming the first Canadian ever to be on the All-Rookie team.
|Brandon Knight (2009)
NBA Draft: #8 pick in 2011 by the Detroit Pistons
Brandon Knight used excellent speed and shot making ability to light it up at the 2009 NGC. At Kentucky he was the starting point guard helping lead the Wildcats to an SEC championship and a spot in the Final Four. As a rookie for the Detroit Pistons, Knight averaged an impressive 12.8 points, 3.8 assists, and 3.2 rebounds and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team
|Kyrie Irving (2009)
NBA Draft: #1 pick in 2011 by the Cleveland Cavaliers
The second #1 overall selection to play in the Nike Global Challenge (John Wall), Irving played in only 7 regular season games while at Duke due to a toe injury. He made his first impression on NBA scouts at the Global Challenge emerging as the top point guard from his high school class, leading his USA East squad to the Global Challenge Championship, scoring 26 points in the Championship Game and bringing home MVP honors. Irving had a spectacular rookie season for the Cavaliers leading the team in scoring and assists and was nearly a unanimous selection for the 2011-2012 NBA Rookie of the Year.
|Terrence Jones (2009)
NBA Draft: #18 pick in 2012 by the Houston Rockets
Former Jefferson High School standout and current Kentucky Wildcat, Jones shined in front of the home crowd at the 2009 event at Liberty High School.
|Harrison Barnes (2009)
College: North Carolina
NBA Draft: #7 pick in 2012 by the Golden State Warriors
In most likely the greatest individual performance the NGC has ever seen, Barnes scored 46 points (36 in the second half) and snatched 14 rebounds as he led his USA-Midwest squad to a comeback victory over Team Serbia.
|DeMarcus Cousins (2008)
NBA Draft: #5 Pick in 2010 by the Sacramento Kings
After absolutely dominating in high school and for one season at Kentucky alongside NGC alumni John Wall, Cousins nearly averaged a double-double as a Rookie for the Sacramento Kings. Out of all USA players to ever take part in the NGC event, Cousins was probably the most physically dominant.
|John Wall (2008)
NBA Draft: #1 pick in 2010 by the Washington Wizards
He was the #1 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, he has a signature dance, and he showcased his talent and blazing speed for 3 games in 3 days all at Liberty High School in its first year hosting the Nike Global Challenge.
|DeMar DeRozan (2007)
NBA Draft: #9 pick in 2009 by the Toronto Raptors.
DeMar DeRozan provided breathtaking dunks and awesome 3 point shooting, in the first year of the event, held at the University of Portland. DeRozan played one year at USC and in his third year as a pro finished the 2011-2012 NBA season averaging over 16 points per game for the Toronto Raptors.
|Tyreke Evans (2007)
NBA Draft: #4 pick in 2009 by the Sacramento Kings
Tyreke Evans was as equally impressive as DeRozan using his superior size and strength to dominate his peers. Evans went on to star at the University of Memphis and was selected in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings where he became the first rookie since LeBron James to average over 20 points 5 rebounds and 5 assists, and was voted Rookie of the Year.
|Greg Monroe (2007)
NBA Draft: #7 pick in by the Detroit Pistons
European coaches were enamored with the 6-11 Monroe’s passing ability at the 2007 Nike Global Challenge. Monroe showcased that ability with his improved frame as a member of the Detroit Pistons where he had a breakout sophomore campaign averaging 15.4 points and 9.7 rebounds.
|Kemba Walker (2007)
NBA Draft: #9 pick in 2011 by the Charlotte Bobcats
Kemba Walker led the 2010-2011 Connecticut Huskies on a spectacular run all the way to the NCAA Championship. Walker averaged 23.4 points over 5 assists and over 4 rebounds on the season and was a First Team All-American selection. He was also named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament and the Big East tournament helping UConn win its final 11 games and win their second NCAA Championship of the millennium (2004).
More Alumni in the NBA:
Jordan Hamilton (Texas/Denver Nuggets) Darius Morris (Michigan/Los Angeles Lakers) Daniel Orton (Kentucky/Orlando Magic) Samardo Samuels (Louisville/Cleveland Cavaliers) Iman Shumpert (Georgia Tech/New York Knicks) Isiah Thomas (Washington/Sacramento Kings) Royce White (Iowa State/Houston Rockets)
Avery Bradley (Texas/Boston Celtics) Michael Gilchrist (Kentucky/Charlotte Bobcats) Xavier Henry (Kansas/Memphis Grizzlies) John Henson (North Carolina/Milwaukee Bucks) Cory Joseph (Texas/San Antonio Spurs) Kendall Marshall (North Carolina/Phoenix Suns) Jeremy Tyler (Golden State Warriors)
Will Barton (Memphis/Portland Trailblazers) Tobias Harris (Tennessee/Milwaukee Bucks) Perry Jones (Baylor/Oklahoma City Thunder) Doron Lamb (Kentucky/Milwaukee Bucks) Quincy Miller (Baylor/Denver Nuggets) Josh Selby (Kansas/Memphis Grizzlies) Dion Waiters (Syracuse/Cleveland Cavaliers)
Bradley Beal (Florida/Washington Wizards)