Our favorite international basketball event that takes place in the United States, the adidas Nations, tipped off yesterday at the Next Level Sports Complex in Garden Grove, Calif. The championships will be played at Long Beach City College on Monday, August 6 at 5pmPT/8pmET and broadcast live on the CBS Sports Network.
The country’s top-ranked high school players are participating including Chris Walker (Holmes County/Bonifay, FL), Isaiah Hicks (J.F. Webb/Oxford, NC), Isaac Hamilton (St. John Bosco/Los Angeles, CA), Jarell Martin (Madison Prep/Baton Rouge, LA), Jahlil Okafor (Whitney Young/Chicago, IL) and Noah Vonleh (New Hampton/Havermill, MA). Top-rated players will also represent international teams including Dante Exum (Australia) and Mamadou Ndiaye (Africa).
The world’s elite 18-and-under players from nine international teams including Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, US 2013 and US 2014, will train and compete in the prestigious annual program.
In addition to the world-class competition, adidas Nations attendees will receive professional on-court coaching and training, as well as off-court instruction on nutrition, leadership, discipline, philanthropy and global interactions. This will be led with mix of current and former college and NBA players and coaches including Darren Collison (Dallas Mavericks), Arron Afflalo (Denver Nuggets), Nolan Smith (Portland Trail Blazers), Don MacLean (retired NBA) and NBA assistant coaches Kelvin Sampson and Bill Bayno, among others.
The first day of action featured some close games and excellent performances. 6’5 guard Dante Exum led Australia to a 74-72 win over the USA 2013 Red. Exum scored 17 points on 5-for-6 shooting with three assists and no turnovers. The USA 2014 Blue squad topped Africa 61-56. They withstood an exceptional 19-point, 20-rebound performance from 6’9 African power forward Clint Capela. Noah Vonleh showed why he’s one of the top-rated players in the 2014 class. The 6’8 Vonleh, who plays at New Hampton Prep, scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the USA 2014 Red’s 81-53 win over the European team. 6’8 Berkay Cerdan of Turkey lead Europe with 13 points. Latin America topped Asia 81-60 as 6’11 Tony Trocha led the winners with 14 points and nine boards.
Two games were played between the College Counselors. The top performers were Pierre Jackson (Baylor) 23 points, Adonis Thomas (Memphis) 19 points/8 rebounds, Peyton Siva (Louisville) 17 points, 9 assists, Isaiah Austin (Baylor) 20 points/8 rebounds and Deshaun Thomas (Ohio State) 21 points.
Box scores for all of the Day 1 games can be found at this link.
Thanks to adidas for the photos and statistics.