High school, college counselor rosters for adidas Nations released

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Friday morning the rosters for the fifth annual adidas Nations in Los Angeles were released, with many of the nation’s top high school and college players scheduled to be in attendance. The format for adidas Nations is slightly different than other elite skills camps, with teams representing Africa, Asia, Canada and Latin America participating alongside American high school players in the 2015 and 2016 classes (there are 2017 and 2018 selections as well).

Along with the coaches who preside over the event are college counselors, with Kansas’ Perry Ellis, Louisville’s Montrezl Harrell and Michigan’s Derrick Walton Jr. among the players who will help tutor the younger players while also getting in a few games themselves.

Below are the rosters for each of the high school teams and the full list of college counselors.

adidas Nations Counselors
G Bryce Alford (UCLA)
F/C Beejay Anya (NC State)
G/F Jabari Bird (California)
F Jonah Bolden (UCLA)
F Perry Ellis (Kansas)
G AJ English (Iona)
F Shaq Goodwin (Memphis)
G Josh Gray (LSU)
F Montrezl Harrell (Louisville)
G/F Zak Irvin (Michigan)
F Stanley Johnson (Arizona)
G Chris Jones (Louisville)
F Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin)
F Shawn Long (Louisiana)
F Kevon Looney (UCLA)
G EC Matthews (Rhode Island)
G Jordan Mathews (California)
F Austin Nichols (Memphis)
F/C Landry Nnoko (Clemson)
F Kelly Oubre (Kansas)
C Tony Parker (UCLA)
F Terran Petteway (Nebraska)
G Norman Powell (UCLA)
G Terry Rozier (Louisville)
G/F Shavon Shields (Nebraska)
C Kaleb Tarczewski (Arizona)
F/C Brad Waldow (Saint Mary’s)
G Derrick Walton (Michigan)

adidas Africa

# Player Height Country
100 Yuat Alok PF 6’10” Kenya
32 Alpha Cisse PG 5’11” Mali
128 Cheickna Dembele C 6’9” Mali
166 Ibrahima Diagne SF 6’7” Senegal
108 Mamadi Diakite PF 6’10” Guinea
36 Richardson Maitre PG 6’2” Haiti
129 Abdoulaye Ndoye PF 6’10” Senegal
34 Dennis Ona Embo PG 5’7” RD Congo
92 Renathan Ona Embo PG 6’4” RD Congo
130 Kassoum Yakwe SG 6’7” Mali

Coaches: Babacar Sy, Marvin Adams, Abdoulaye Ndir, Christian Belise

adidas Asia Pacific

# Player Height Hometown
51 Deng Adel SF 6’7″ Melbourne, Australia
122 Callum Barker SF 6’8″ Hobart, Tasmania
3 Tad Dulfelmeier PG 6’1″ Canberra, ACT
123 Matthew Freeman PF 6’9″ Aukland, New Zealand
86 Tom Fullarton SG 6’6″ Queensland
25 Gabe Hadely SG 6’3″ Launceston, Tasmania
27 Nikau McCullough SG 6’3″ Hamilton, New Zealand
98 William McDowell-White PG 6’4″ Queennsland
96 Keanu Pinder SF 6’8″ Perth, Australia
94 Deng Riak C 6’10” Melbourne, Australia
39 Jackson Stent SF 6’7″ Aukland, New Zealand

Coaches: Randy Livingston, Warren Rosen, Travis Russel, Kenny McFadden

adidas Canada

# Player Height Hometown
76 Joseph Abi-Zakhour Chartouny G 6’4″ St Hubert, Quebec
131 Kyle Alexander F 6’10” Malton, Ontario
85 Dillon Brooks F 6’6″ Missisauga, Ontario
40 Christian David F 6’6″ Toronto, Ontario
166 Jonah Fogg F 6’11” Sault. Ste. Marie, Ontario
8 Jordan James Aquino-Serjue G 6’0″ Montreal, Quebec
9 Sydney Jared Westerman Wilson Davis G 6’3″ Missisauga, Ontario
72 Corey Johnson G 6’6″ Ottawa, Ontario
29 Munis Mahmoud Tutu G 6’0″ Windsor, Ontario
28 Kentebe Oluwafisayomi Farquhar G 6’2″ Pierrefonds, Quebec
41 Jalen Poyser G 6’4″ Malton, Ontario
84 Simi Shittu F 6’7″ Burlington Ontario

Coaches: Joey McKitterick, Nathifa Weekes, Nicky Davis, Nelson Ossee

adidas Europe

# Player Height Hometown
69 Nicolas Bermudez G 6’5″ Madrid, Spain
165 El Hadji Dieng C/F 6’10” Mbur, Senegal
142 Tage Dimbele F 6’8″ Aarhus, Denmark
48 Xabier Gomez G 6’3″ Barcelona, Spain
49 Enrique Jaen G 6’3″ Gran Canaria, Spain
167 Norbert Janicek C 6’10” Bratislava, Slovakia
164 Konsantin Kulikov C 7’0″ Moscow, Russia
77 Pablo Martin G 5’11” Madrid, Spain
104 Serguy Prymiak F 6’8″ Donesk, Ukraine
140 Bourama Sidibe F 6’10” Bomako, Mali
139 Issa Thiam F 6’8″ Dakar, Senegal
103 Mouhamed Thiam F 6’8″ Dakar, Senegal

Coaches: Rob Orellana, Jose Carrion, Santi Lopez

adidas Latin America

# Player Height Country
42 Wesley Alves da Silva SG 6’5” Brazil
168 Adriano Alves Junior PF 6’10” Brazil
47 Oscar Cabrera SF 6’5” Rep.Dominicana
43 Adrew Fleming SF 6’5” USA/Chile
7 Johanns Miranda Walker PG 6’1” Puerto Rico
101 Yesid Mosquera Perea SF 6’7” Colombia
35 Quinn Peters SG 6’4” USA/Brazil
67 Alex Robinson Doria SF 6’8” Brazil
5 Kevin Rodriguez PG 6’1” Puerto Rico
102 Juan Sebastian Morales SF 6’7” Colombia
107 Lucas  Siewert PF 6’8” Brazil
133 Lucas Teodoro de Souza Colimerio PF 6’8” Brazil

Coaches: Walter Roese, Mauricio Alsina, Leonardo Roesler, Thiago Froes

2015 adidas U.S. Howard

# Player Height State
18 Jalen Adams G 6’2” MA
87 Bennie Boatwright 6’9” PF CA
10 Jaylen Brown G/F 6’7” GA
89 Shawntrez Davis 6’8” PF GA
136 Moustapha Diagne 6’8” C NJ
78 Chase Jeter 6’11” F/C NV
14 Derrick Jones SF 6’6” PA
93 Keelon Lawson SF 6’6” FL
64 Justin Simon PG 6’5” CA
65 Cameron Walker G/F 6’7” CA

Coaches: Jerry Stackhouse, Tommy Herrion

2015 adidas U.S. Rose

# Player Height State
6 Dwayne Bacon SF 6’6” FL
54 Carlton Bragg F 6’9” OH
13 Tyler Dorsey SG 6’4” CA
15 Brandon Ingram SG/SF 6’8” NC
91 Charles Matthews SG 6’5” IL
90 Jordan Murphy SF 6’7” TX
141 John Reyes PF/C 6’10” GA
143 Josh Sharma PF/C 7’0” MA
105 Elijah Thomas C 6’9” TX
37 Damon Wilson PG 6’5” GA

Coaches: Phil Matthews, Aubrey McCreary

2016 adidas U.S. Lillard

# Player Height State
23 Lonzo Ball PG 6’5” CA
50 Braxton Blackwell G/F 6’7” TN
118 Tony Bradley Jr. PF/C 6’10” FL
132 DeRon Davis F/C 6’9” CO
17 DeAaron Fox PG 6’3” TX
24 Eron Gordon G 6’3” IN
70 Mario Kegler G/F 6’8” MS
135 Thon Maker PF 7’ VA
56 EJ Montgomery F 6’10” FL
19 Dennis Smith PG 6’2” NC

Coaches: Ross Burns, Scott Garson

2016 adidas U.S. Wall

# Player Height State
119 Abdul Ado C 6’9” TN
26 Rawle Alkins G 6’4” NY
21 Kyle Guy PG/G 6’3” IN
97 Dewon Huell PF 6’10” FL
53 Dedric Lawson PF 6’8” TN
52 TJ Leaf F 6’10” CA
124 Billy Preston PF 6’9” CA
20 Payton Pritchard PG 6’1” OR
74 Maverick Rowan G 6’7” PA
2 Kobi Simmons PG 6’5” GA
55 Romello White PF 6’8” GA

Coaches: Don MacLean, Joe Wootten

John Calipari lobbies for change in one-and-done rule to help athletes

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Kentucky head coach John Calipari is hoping the one-and-done rule changes so that athletes have more rights.

In a revealing interview with Mac Engel of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Calipari went into great detail about his thoughts behind a rule that many believe he has exploited greatly to his benefit over the last 10 years. Even though the Wildcats and Calipari have figured out the one-and-done rule to their advantage, the Hall of Fame coach still wants the rule to be abolished.

“Kids should be able to go (to the NBA) out of high school. That’s not our deal. That’s between the NBA and the Players Association,” Calipari said Friday. “Don’t put restrictions on kids.”

Calipari told Engel that he met with the NBPA last week in the hopes of the organization creating a combine for worthy high school juniors with pro potential. Calipari also wants agents more involved with high school kids.

“The players and the families need to know – here are the ones who should be thinking about the NBA, and here are the ones who should not,” Calipari said. “That’s why you need a combine.”

“If they want to go out of high school, go. If they want to go to college and then leave, let them leave when they want to leave. Why would we force a kid to stay? ‘Well – it’s good for the game?’ It’s about these kids and their families. Because let me tell you, if we (abolish one-and-done), the kids that do come to college will stay for two to three years.”

Calipari also has plenty of thoughts on the NBA G-League and how the league could potentially help young athletes with an education fund if they choose to turn pro directly out of high school. Regardless of what happens with the NBPA and the one-and-done rule, Calipari also said that his program would be fine — regardless of the rules.

Given that Calipari has operated on a different recruiting plane than everyone else in college basketball (with the exception of a few other bluebloods like Duke and Kansas) the last several years, it’s always notable when he gives his thoughts on the overall landscape of basketball.

But is Calipari actually lobbying for this? Or is this yet another way for Calipari to mold quotes into a recruiting pitch for elite players? Ultimately, it’s up to the NBPA to decide how the rules will be for future pros.

Report: NCAA allows Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale to compete on Dancing with the Stars

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After a memorable March Madness run that included two game-winning jumpers in the Final Four and an eventual national title, Notre Dame junior guard Arike Ogunbowale became a breakout national star.

Ogunbowale already appeared on Ellen while meeting her basketball idol, Kobe Bryant. Now, Ogunbowale will get the rare opportunity to appear on Dancing with the Stars — which the NCAA will allow even though Ogunbowale is still a rising senior who is scheduled to return to school next season.

Dancing with the Stars compensates its contestants and also has a prize for the winner. Under NCAA Bylaw 12.4.1, college athletes cannot be compensated based on their athletic abilities.

But the NCAA is arguing that Ogunbowale’s appearance on the show is “unrelated to her basketball abilities,” according to a statement they released regarding the decision. According to a report from Jacob Bogage of the Washington Post, the NCAA is also limiting Ogunbowale’s visibility for the show’s promotional tools.

From the Washington Post report:

The NCAA has placed restrictions on Ogunbowale that limit her involvement with the show and her potential to build her brand. She is not allowed to appear in promotional materials for the show, including commercials, according to the NCAA’s statement. She didn’t join other contestants during a group appearance on “Good Morning America” last week. Show handicappers have already wondered whether the NCAA’s limits will hurt her chances.

And the NCAA could turn down future requests by arguing that Ogunbowale is not endorsing “Dancing with the Stars” by appearing on the program, but instead is participating in a “personal growth experience” by learning how to ballroom dance, said Barbara Osborne, a professor of exercise and sport science at the University of North Carolina.

This is a slippery slope for the NCAA to take with this. Ogunbowale is, quite clearly, a famous basketball player. She’s on Dancing with the Stars because of her basketball abilities. The NCAA arguing anything else is just silly and embarrassing. The NCAA is also trying its best to uphold its argument about amateurism in the only way they know how.

But could this also could be a sign that the NCAA is perhaps open to the potential of allowing athletes to profit off of themselves in the future? The NCAA is currently handling a number of different court cases regarding amateurism, so it’s hard to say where all of this might go until the legal process starts to clear up.

Either way, this should be a fun experience for Ogunbowale while providing great national exposure for herself and women’s basketball. Ogunbowale might not be technically allowed to build her own brand during the show, but she’ll be gaining tons of new exposure for her basketball future — regardless of what the NCAA says in a statement.

Memphis center Karim Sameh Azab diagnosed with leukemia

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Memphis center Karim Sameh Azab announced on Saturday that he’s been battling leukemia lymphoma.

The 6-foot-11 big man from Egypt has been receiving medical treatment since the beginning of April as he took to Twitter to announce his current status.

Sameh Azab played in 15 games this season for the Tigers as he saw action for 84 total minutes. The reserve big man was a late addition in former head coach Tubby Smith’s first recruiting class at Memphis as he didn’t quality to play during his first season.

“Karim has my full support and the support of our whole team,” Memphis coach Penny Hardaway said in a statement earlier this month. “While we appreciate the support of the Tiger family in this matter, we would also like to protect the privacy of Karim and his family.”

South Dakota State’s Mike Daum declares for 2018 NBA Draft without an agent

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South Dakota State big man Mike Daum will enter the 2018 NBA Draft without an agent, he announced on Friday.

The 6-foot-9 redshirt junior has been a mid-major draft darling the past few seasons as Daum was one of the most productive players in the country last season. Putting up 23.9 points and 10.3 rebounds per game, Daum shot 46 percent from the field and 42 percent from three-point range during the season.

With his size and unique floor-spacing ability, Daum is going to be an interesting player to track during the NBA draft process. Teams are always looking for big men who can space the floor, and if Daum shoots well in workouts, he could wind up staying in the draft.

If Daum returns to South Dakota State, then he once again makes them a major NCAA tournament contender after the Jackrabbits won the Summit League last season.

Marquette lands Fordham grad transfer Joseph Chartouny

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Marquette pulled in a quality graduate transfer commitment on Friday as Fordham guard Joseph Chartouny pledged to the Golden Eagles.

The 6-foot-3 Chartouny was a three-year starter for the Rams as he should help offset the loss of guard Andrew Rowsey to graduation. While Chartouny isn’t nearly the perimeter threat that Rowsey was, he should be able to help significantly on the defensive end for Marquette. Chartouny put up 12.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 3.3 steals per game last season as he was one of the more productive all-around players in the Atlantic 10.

One of the nation’s leaders in steals the past three seasons, Chartouny has much better size to play alongside Markus Howard in the Marquette backcourt than Rowsey (5-foot-11) had. Since Howard is also 5-foot-11, Chartouny can now guard the bigger and more athletic perimeter matchup as Marquette tries to improve its porous defense from last season.

Marquette still has an open scholarship for next season as they’ve been investigating other transfer options to bolster the roster. Returning most of last season’s roster, the expectation will be for the Golden Eagles to make it back to the NCAA tournament next season.