2008 adidas Nations Camp: Day 1

Sat, 08/09/2008 - 10:20am

On Friday the adidas Nations camp got underway with some of the world’s top 18 and under players competing. The camp runs from August 8th-11th with skills development and games between teams assembled from Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, China, Europe, Latin America and the United States.

Around 20 US college players will also compete in scrimmages. Last year's event featured a considerable amount of top college talent including lottery picks Derrick Rose, Kevin Love and DJ Augustin. This year's camp's headliners include James Harden, Jrue Holiday and Darren Collison.

Day 1 Games

Jrue Holiday

At 7:30 on day 1 the games got underway beginning with the camp counselors. With around 40 NBA scouts on hand, the competition level is strong. :Darren Collison and Jrue Holiday have been paired for one of the counselor teams.

The two seem to already have a nice synergy playing together. It's obvious the pair has already spent hours together and they should make up one of the top back courts in the nation next year. Holiday had a stretch where he made two back to back turnovers, but overall has shown excellent confidence and decision making. A lot of the college counselors on hand have holes to their games but Holiday is about as complete a college freshman as you will find.

Collison is doing a solid job of knocking down his outside shot. He still has a slow release and unorthodox form which could spell trouble in stepping out to the NBA 3 and knocking it down regularly, however his body appears a little thicker and he's looked good so far.

Tennessee freshman Scotty Hopson looked impressive slashing to the basket and knocking down some mid range shots.

James Harden missed the first night but is in camp and ready to go.

*Demar Derozan, Tyler Smith, DeJuan Blair and Kevin Rogers were listed on the roster but are not in camp.

Under 18s

In the marquee match up of the 2009 USA team and the European squad the USA guys used their strength and athleticism to get the win. The European squad coached by former NBA star Detlef Schrempf made a valiant second half comeback, but were unable to get the necessary defensive stops at the end. Lance Stephenson scored virtually at will going for 10 points in one 4 minute stretch in the final quarter.

While the European team has a number of quality guards, they had a lot of trouble with the speed and athleticism of Stephenson and others. The European group is talented and athletic in their own right, but they appear intimidated by the athleticism of the USA team and too often settled for fadeaway shots or contested jumpers instead of penetrating and forcing contact the way the USA squad was. While Stephenson impressed with his ability to attack the rim, he too often takes ill advised shots and plays an individual game instead of team ball.

The breakout performer for the European team was Czech Republic's 6'6 wing Tomas Santoranski. The athletic 1990 born guard has a great combination of athleticism and skills. He can handle the ball in traffic, pass the ball and really thrives in transition. He broke out for a number of dunks on the break and did his best to help keep the European squad in the game. He has also supposedly already won a dunk contest back home at the senior level.

The 2010 USA team made short work of Team Africa rolling out to a 25+ point lead. The Wroten/Knight combination make this team very strong.


adidas Team Europe

Nicolo Melli SF Italy
Moritz Lanegger SG Austria
Branislav Djekic C Serbia
Andreja Milutinovic SG Serbia
Tomislav Zubcic PF Croatia
Leon Radosevic PF Croatia
Nihad Dedovic SG Bosnia
Tomas Satoranski SF Czech Repblic
Josep Franch de Pablo PG Spain
Carl Ona Embo PG France
Richard Grznar PG Slovakia
Deniz Kilicli PF / C Turkey

2009 adidas US National Team

1 Peyton Siva PG Seattle, WA
2 GJ Vilarino PG McKinney, TX
3 Dexter Strickland PG Rahway, NJ
7 Lance Stephenson SF Brooklyn, NY
8 Dominic Cheek SG Jersey City, NJ
9 Shawn Williams SF DeSoto, TX
10 Noel Johnson SG Fayetteville, GA
11 Jerry Brown SF El Sobrante, CA
12 Christian Watford SF Birmingham, AL
14 Tyler Griffey PF Wildwood, MO
15 Brendan Lane PF Rocklin, CA
16 Stephan Van Treese PF Indianapolis, IN
111 Derrick Favors C Atlanta, GA
19 Erik Murphy PF/C Southborough, MA

2010 adidas US National Team

11 Joe Jackson PG Memphis, TN
12 Ray McCallum PG Bloomington, IN
37 Trae Golden G Powder Springs, GA
33 Brandon Knight PG Fort Lauderdale, FL
26 Trey Zeigler G Mt. Pleasant, MI
27 Tony Wroten, Jr. G Seattle, WA
31 LaQuinton Ross SF Jackson, MS
32 Dwayne Polee, II WF Los Angeles, CA
33 Jared Sullinger PF Columbus, OH
34 Julian Washburn PF Duncanville, TX
39 Joshua Smith C Kent, WA
117 Adreian Payne PF/C Dayton, OH
40 Evan Anderson C Eau Claire, WI

adidas Team Canada

# Player Position Country
Tristan Thompson PF Canada
Junior Cadougan PG Canada
Kadeem Coleby PF Canada
Alwayne Bigby SG Canada
Myck Kabongo PG Canada
Cory Joseph SG Canada
Dwight Powell C Canada
Jason Calliste SG Canada
Renaldo Dixon SF Canada
Brady Heslip SG Canada
Richard Armardi SF Canada

adidas Team Latin America

# Player Position Country
Vitor Benite SG Brazil
Gregory Echenique C Venezuela
Rafael Maia PF Brazil
Fabrico de Melo C Brazil
Jonathon King SG Brazil
Rafael Luz PG Brazil
Fabian Rameriz Barrios SF Argentina
Jose Victor Ferreira Jeronimo PF Brazil
Jayson Granger SG Uruguay
Diego Gerbaudo PG Argentina
Vinicus Gobor
Andre Silva SF Brazil

adidas Team Africa

# Player Position Country
Bandja Sy PF Mali
Harouna Abdoulaye PG Niger
Amadou Kaba SG Mali
Lens Aboudou SG Chad
Amath Mbaye SF Senegal / France
Eric Katenda SF RD Congo / France
Mohamed Koita PG Mauritania / France
Youssaoupha Mbao C Senegal
Abdou Niang PF Senegal
Remi Dibo SF Ivory Coast
Negueba Samake C Mali / France

adidas Team Asia Blue

# Player Position Country
Dion Brewster (Dallas only) SF New Zealand
Liam McInerney PF Australia
Mitchell Young PF Australia
Shengyu Lim Forward Singapore
Calvin Chia PG Singapore
Changmin Lee G Korea
Tsz Kin Chau SG Hong Kong
Ka Wai Li C Hong Kong
Sanggu Lee C Korea
Shengyu Lim SF Singapore
Kevin Louie Alas G Philippines
Jose Eduardo Llanes G Philippines
Yi-Hsiang Chou F Taiwan
Yu-Hsuan Sung F Taiwan

adidas Team Asia Red

# Player Position Country
Guo Ai-Lun PG China
Tang Han-Lin SF China
Jiang Jun-Qi SG China
Wang Chao PG China
Chen Fei PF/SF China
Toa Han Lin C China
Cai Chen PF China
Raymond Tapusoa
Samer Jassar
Mingyu Lin
DeAndre Metloc C China

adidas College Players

Player School
Cole Aldrich Kansas
Antonio Anderson Memphis
Olu Ashaolu Memphis
Tyrell Biggs Pitt
John Bryant Santa Clara
Wayne Chism Tenn
Darren Collison UCLA
Henry Dugat Baylor
Shaun Dumas Xavier ( La)
James Harden ASU
Jrue Holiday UCLA
Scotty Hopson Tennessee
Curtis Jerrells Baylor
Dominique Jones South Florida
Mac Koshwal Depaul
Gani Lawal Georgia Tech
Luke Nevill Utah
Arinze Onauku Syracuse
Quincy Pondexter Washington
Diamond Simpson St. Mary's
Dar Tucker DePaul
Jarvis Varnado Mississippi State
Terrance Williams Louisville

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