Day 2 of the 2012 adidas Nations brought us 13 games over two sessions. We’ll go over some of the players who impressed us:
6’8 Noah Vonleh continues to be the top player at the event. He had a 23-point, 12-rebound effort in his first game and followed that up with a 21-point, 9-rebound game. Vonleh can do it all, is rated #4 in the 2014 class by ESPN and has his choice of top schools. He likely won’t be in college for long as he improves every time we see him.
6’11 Colombian power forward Tony Trocha continues to play well. He had 11 points and 4 boards in the morning and then 10 points and 6 boards in the afternoon. Trocha didn’t shoot well in his first game (3-of-14) but clearly has size, athleticism and skills. Now a 2013 recruit playing out of Houston, Trocha is being recruited by Kentucky, Texas A&M, Arizona and others.
6’9 combo forward Jarell Martin averaged 16.5 points over his two games. He’s more of a face-up 4 at this point with good mid-range shooting skill, although he had a rough time at the foul line (4-of-12 in his second game). LSU, Arizona and St. John’s have been recruiting the Louisiana native hard.
6’8 Ozan Odabasi from Finland had a strong second game with 21 points and 15 boards including eight on the offensive end. Odabasi is a tough rebounder, as in showed us in last year’s U16 European Championships. Born in 1995, he’d be an interesting recruit for the 2013 or 2014 school years.
6’9 Clint Capela put up big numbers the last few tournaments that we saw him playing for Switzerland the the Division B U16 and U18 events. He needs to add some skill to his offensive game but there’s no denying his athleticism and strong body for his age. He’s similar to a Bismack Biyombo at this stage of his development. He averaged 16 points and 10 boards in his two games.
The Florida Gators will be happy when 6’10 Chris Walker arrives. Walker, the #7 2013 recruit had the top game of the day with a 25-point, 13-rebound effort in a romp over the Asia team. Walker is more of a combo forward who scored a lot in transition today.
6’6 Owen Odigie had a nice first game for Australia scored 19 points in 21 minutes. Odigie, an AIS product, still needs to improve his shooting but does bring athleticism to the wing position, is a good defender and is strong.
The Camp Counselor games brought us nice performances by Ray McCallum (Detroit, 22 points), Nate Wolters (South Dakota State, 21 points), Deshaun Thomas (Ohio State, 17 points, 12 rebounds), Joe Jackson (Memphis, 16 points, 8 assists) and Travis McKie (Wake Forest, 20 points).
Thanks to adidas for the photos.