2008 adidas Nations Camp: Day 3

Mon, 08/11/2008 - 9:00am

Day 3 Games

The action heated up on Sunday as the eight teams began elimination play with the U18 quarter-finals and semi-finals. The quarterfinals featured a battle between Team Canada and Team Latin America. The Canada squad with the main three players who won the adidas 64 in Las Vegas, Tristan Thompson, Junior Cadougan and Myck Kabongo could not keep up with the experience and steadiness of Latin backcourt of Jayson Granger and Vitor Benite.


Jayson Granger
Granger of Uruguay is the son of an American who played pro ball in Uruguay is a tank of a 2guard with great passing and court sense. He lacks a true position at the NBA level, but already plays at a high level and should have a nice career in Europe. NBA scouts were taking note of him. Benite epitomizes the Latin American "soccer" style of basketball. He rarely makes mistakes and his vision and passing and overall understanding of the game appear ahead of most of the opposition.

Cadougan, a Khalid El-Amin clone had a tremendous July and was solid here but unable to lead his team to glory the way he had in Vegas. Thompson had a solid showing as well, cementing his place among the top 3 in the Class of 2010.

Coached by former NBA coach Frank Johnson, Team Latin America went on a 18-4 win to end the game beating Canada by 8.

The final four ended up being the Team Latin America, Team Europe, Team USA 2010 and Team USA 2009.

Semi-final Games

USA 2010 96 - Team Europe 92

In the night cap, the two Semi final games turned out to be great match ups. The 2010 team got out to a quick start against the Europe squad who was missing their athletic wing Tomas Satoranski. USA 2010 sat their stars for the first 8 minutes and actually built a lead behind the solid play of Trey Zeigler and Jared Sullinger. The stars for 2010 (Tony Wroten, Jr., Brandon Knight and Joshua Smith) entered the game and the European team actually mounted a come back to take a 38-34 lead at the half.

For Europe, Tomislav Zubcic made some key shots as did Turkish center Denis Kilicli. Point guard Ray McCallom's quickness and playmaking ability was tough for Europe to contain.


Trey Zeigler
Serbian guard Andreja Milutinovic got out on the break and attempted a throw down on Brandon Knight, a nice display of his athleticism but the ball went off the back of the rim. Milutinovic has been a disappointment struggling to hit anything after such an impressive showing in Madrid (Euro F4) in May.

In the second half, the inside duo of Joshua Smith and Jared Sullinger went to work and the Europe guys had no response. Tony Wroten and Brandon Knight began to take over making plays from the perimeter as they built a double digit lead.

Sophomore wing LaQuinton Ross, who has been very quiet all week woke up with a number of solid plays scoring on a variety of drives and buckets around the basket.

Europe made a valiant comeback behind the superb coaching of Detlef Schrempf, closing it all the way to 2 points in the closing seconds after a Nicolo Melli 3 pointer, but in the end USA 2010 pulled out the win.

USA 2009 86 - Team Europe 85

As exciting as the Euro-2010 semi-final was, the 2009-Latin semi was even closer. The 2009 bunch were missing their two headliners as Derrick Favors had left in the morning to head back to school. Lance Stephenson missed the game for undisclosed reasons but was sitting on the bench.

The gritty Latin team pulled out to a lead early and led for most of the game holding a 10 point (48-38) lead at the half. Granger showing great leadership and basketball understanding brought the ball up and found teammates with nice passing and timely outside shooting throughout.

For the USA squad, Louisville bound Peyton Siva came to the rescue with a number of second half drives and buckets to keep things close.

Things got interesting in the final five minutes as the game became tied and the teams traded baskets with Granger showing a lot of heart.

With 10 seconds left, down by 1, guard Dexter Strickland brought the ball up. He was determined to take the ball all the way to the rim and ran into a Latin defender on the way in. The ref called a foul which easily could have been a charge but the call went in his favor. With 4 seconds on the clock Strickland went to the line and knocked down both shots for the win.

Conspiracy theorists might suggest that someone wanted the two USA teams to meet in the finals, but unfortunately without Favors, the 2009 team lacks the same

Regardless, the 2010 vs 2009 match up should be very entertaining on the final day.


Gani Lawal
The college guys were over halfway through their game when the U18s wrapped up. DC and Holiday continued their superb play drawing scouts to say that UCLA was going to be a handful next season with such great ball control.

The highlight of the session was Gani Lawal going baseline and dunking right on Cole Aldrich. Lawal is definitely looking stronger prompting one scout to say, "I didn't like him last year, but he's looking great here".


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

Peyton Siva PG Seattle, WA
GJ Vilarino PG McKinney, TX
Dexter Strickland PG Rahway, NJ
Lance Stephenson SF Brooklyn, NY
Dominic Cheek SG Jersey City, NJ
Noel Johnson SG Fayetteville, GA
Jerry Brown SF El Sobrante, CA
Christian Watford SF Birmingham, AL
Tyler Griffey PF Wildwood, MO
Brendan Lane PF Rocklin, CA
Stephan Van Treese PF Indianapolis, IN
Derrick Favors C Atlanta, GA
Erik Murphy PF/C Southborough, MA

2010 adidas US National Team

Ray McCallum PG Bloomington, IN
Trae Golden G Powder Springs, GA
Brandon Knight PG Fort Lauderdale, FL
Trey Zeigler G Mt. Pleasant, MI
Tony Wroten, Jr. G Seattle, WA
LaQuinton Ross SF Jackson, MS
Jared Sullinger PF Columbus, OH
Julian Washburn PF Duncanville, TX
Joshua Smith C Kent, WA
Adreian Payne PF/C Dayton, OH
Dwayne Polee SF Los Angeles, CA
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 La Tech.
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
Diamon Simpson St. Mary's
Dar Tucker DePaul
Jarvis Varnado Mississippi State
Terrance Williams Louisville

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