REGENSBURG (David Hein's Eye on the Future) - The World Team has been selected for the 2016 Nike Hoop Summit and the annual showcase is a chance for a few of the players to shine as they look to take the next step in their careers.
But the future is still very open for a number of the World Team members. Here is a look at a couple of them.
The biggest name on the whole World Team is probably Thon Maker. By now everyone has developed their opinion of the Sudanese-Australian playing in Canada via the United States.
Maker has been on the radar of NBA scouts for years now, giving them plenty of time to pick and prod at him. It must be said that he has never ducked from the competition, never shied away and always sought to play against the best.
It's clear that Maker will not be able to go from Canadian high school to the NBA. And now Maker and his caretaker Ed Smith are currently taking in offers from colleges to figure out which school best fits his skill-set and provides him the best competition to refine his game.
Maker will be playing in his second Hoop Summit and it will give him a chance to show scouts he can compete at the highest level - just six weeks after being selected to the All-Tournament Team of the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp held in Toronto in mid-February. He also will be looking to make people forget about the subpar showing he had at the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit
Germany's Dennis Schroder played at the 2013 Hoop Summit and his stock shot up after a fantastic performance. He was known a bit in scouting circles beforehand but showed scouts all week in Portland that he could more than handle the high level of competition.
Someone who could have a similar experience is France's Isaia Cordinier, currently playing for French Pro B (second division) side Denain ASC Voltaire. The 1996-born shooting guard jumped onto radars when he averaged 9.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists for France at the 2014 FIBA U18 European Championship.
Some NBA scouts have ventured up to Denain in northern France to check out Cordinier in action. But every NBA team will be on hand in Portland for a whole week of getting their eyes on these players. And Cordinier has the chance to shine and improve his stock. DraftExpress currently has him as being selected 27th overall in the 2016 NBA Draft.
Sticking in Europe with another player, the Hoop Summit will be a good experience for Edin Atic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The 1997-born talent had an outstanding 2015 FIBA U18 European Championship, leading the Bosnians to their first Semi-Finals of a FIBA competition. That led Atic to inking a six-year deal with Greek club AEK Athens. Things did not really work out for him in Greece though and he was sent back to Spars Sarajevo on loan for the remainder of this season.
Portland will be a chance for Atic to really see where he stands against the best players at his age group and give him a new bit of motivation heading back to Europe.
The last player I want to look at is Australian point guard William McDowell-White. The 1998-born playmaker shined at the BWB Global Camp in Toronto and will have another chance to showcase his excellent skill-set to scouts in Portland.
McDowell-White has already visited three colleges in the States but could use another strong showing among the elite high school level players to gain interest from bigger U.S. programs.
The other members of the World Team are DeAndre Ayton, Wesley "Mogi" Silva, Martynas Varnas and Fan Ziming.