2008 adidas Nations Camp: Day 4

Wed, 08/13/2008 - 6:08pm

adidas Nations Final Day

Tony Wroten guarding Lance Stephenson

The Championship game between the 2010 and 2009 USA squads did not disappoint as it turned out to be a back and forth affair throughout.

Once again the "stars" for 2010 came off the bench as the starters were:
Ray McCallum, Trey Zeigler, LaQuinton Ross, Jared Sullinger and Evan Anderson.

Just as they had against Team Europe, this squad built a nice lead only to watch it shrink when the headliners came into the game. Why this was is hard to say, but it could be that these guys play more cohesively and better defensively than the stars.

Florida guard Brandon Knight came in with 3 minutes remaining the in first quarter and had a tremendous first half going 4-8 from the floor for 13 points helping the younger team withstand a 2009 run to keep the score even (44-44) at the half. Knight would go scoreless in the second half on 7 shots.

The 2010 bunch rolled off 10 quick points to start the second half before Peyton Siva once again took it upon himself to ignite a scoring run with a 3 pointer and a lay in. Dexter Strickland followed that with an emphatic dunk to make it a 3 point game at 65-62.

From there the game remained knotted up. The score was once again tied at 80-80 for what seemed like about the 6th or 7th tie score of the game.

Tony Wroten was relatively quiet with 10 points mostly in the second half. He knocked down a key jumper in the closing minutes and took a key charge on Lance Stephenson.

Brandon Knight

Stephenson, who missed the semifinal was the game's high scorer with 34 points. His steam rolling drives to the basket were highly effective as he was able to get inside against the smaller 2010 guards and make plays. He may lack great leaping ability, but he does a great job of getting defenders off balance with his crossover and then using his strength to muscle baskets inside.

In the closing minutes Brandon Knight let the clock wind down to 5 seconds and drove and kicked to Jared Sullinger who hit a 12 footer to push the lead to 6 with around a minute left.

Stephenson went down court and missed a shot but got the rebound and hit an and-1 to make it a 3 point game (93-90) with 53 seconds left.

With around 10 seconds over the shot clock the 2010 team opted to let the clock wind down as Knight drove and missed, Stephenson got the rebound and threw a beautiful outlet pass to Strickland who flushed and amazingly got fouled by Wroten with 6 seconds left.

The crowd went nuts, could overtime be on the way? Once again Strickland went to the line with the game in the balance, but unlike the night before when he hit both free throws, this time his shot kicked off the left side of the rim and SF LaQuinton Ross got the board was fouled and hit both free throws for the 95-92 thrilling victory.

Stephenson led all scores with 34, Sullinger led the 2010 squad with 24, Siva went for 16, Strickland had 14 while GJ Vilarino had 9.

Derrick Favors, Noel Johnson and Trae Golden were all missing and Joshua Smith played limited minutes.

Lance Stephenson

The success that Stephenson has overpowering weaker players at the high school level won't be nearly as effective at the college and pro levels unfortunately. As well as he played one NBA scout told me, "based on what I've seen, he's NOT an NBA player".

So "Born Ready" should think long and hard about a college destination that will be rewarding on more than just a basketball level and plan for a few years, instead of the one and done vibes that are permeating from his "camp".

Wherever his pro career takes him, it would be unfortunate to see him take the same path that Lenny Cooke took, and give away his chance for an education to pursue a pro career far too early. Lets hope he's able to use the system instead of letting the system use him.

*Check back Wednesday for a report of the top prospects from this year's Nations camp.


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
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
[Player: Brandon Knight] PG Fort Lauderdale, FL
[Player: Trey Zeigler] G Mt. Pleasant, MI
Tony Wroten, Jr. G Seattle, WA
[Player: LaQuinton Ross] SF Jackson, MS
[Player: Jared Sullinger] PF Columbus, OH
Julian Washburn PF Duncanville, TX
[Player: 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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