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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

Arizona lands first commitment in 2017 class

Alex Barcello (Jon Lopez/Nike)
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Arizona landed their first commitment in the Class of 2017 on Friday night as point guard Alex Barcello pledged to Sean Miller and the Wildcats.

Barcello is a 6-foot-2 point guard from Tempe who plays his high school ball for Corona del Sol. He committed to the Wildcats on an official visit to the Tucson campus.

Barcello is a borderline top 100 prospect who sits at No. 123 in the Rivals top 150. He’s known for his ability to shoot, and he’s more of a combo-guard — i.e. shoot-first — than a point guard at times, but he’s a nice pickup and projects as a solid four-year player for the Wildcats.

Virginia, Indiana, Stanford and Butler were the other four schools on Barcello’s list.

Duke lands first commitment in 2017 class

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Alex O’Connell knew exactly where he wanted to play his college ball, which is why, just two days after picking up an offer from Coach K and the Blue Devils, he became Duke’s first recruit in the Class of 2017.

O’Connell announced the on twitter on Friday afternoon:

O’Connell is a four-star prospect from Georgia that had a terrific summer, going from being a borderline top 75 prospect to a player that caught the interest of Duke, who, along with Kentucky, sit atop the college recruiting hierarchy. He’s an explosively athletic and lanky 6-foot-6 wing with three-point range on his jumper. He needs to add some weight and some strength — he’s listed as a crisp 175 pounds — but he has the tools, and the swagger, to develop into a very effective player in the ACC.

Is he a one-and-done prospect?

Probably not. In fact, since 2010, Duke has landed just two players that were rated lower than O’Connell: Antonio Vrankovic and Jack White. If you know who both of them are, you’re probably either Jon Scheyer or lying.

But what O’Connell is is a kid who put in the work to get better this past year and who has the skill set, the physical tools and work ethic to continue to improve. He may not be on Grayson Allen’s trajectory, but O’Connell has the makings of being an impact player for the Blue Devils for three or four years.

Alex O'Connell (Jon Lopez/Nike)
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Shaka Smart lands contract extension at Texas

Texas head coach Shaka Smart instructs his team in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Baylor on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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Shaka Smart has already landed himself a contract extension at Texas.

The school, according to the Austin American-Statesman, has given Shaka a one-year extension — through the 2022-23 season — and bumped his salary up to a cool $3 million, a raise of $100,000 annually.

Smart’s Longhorns went 20-13 last season and lost on a half court buzzer beater from Northern Iowa’s Paul Jespersen. It will be tough for Smart to match the success that he had last season, specifically because he lost senior point guard Isaiah Taylor to the professional ranks.

That said, the former VCU head man has been reeling in quite a bit of talent from the state of Texas — namely, Andrew Jones and Jarrett Allen — and is not all that far from turning the Longhorns back into a relevant member of the Big 12 title race.

Arizona and Texas headline Lone Star Shootout

PROVIDENCE, RI - MARCH 17:  Head coach Sean Miller of the Arizona Wildcats reacts in the first half against the Wichita State Shockers during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Dunkin' Donuts Center on March 17, 2016 in Providence, Rhode Island.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Another marquee, early season event is on the books for the college basketball season as four potential tournament teams will be squaring off at the Toyota Center in Houston on Dec. 17th.

The highlight of the double-header, which has been dubbed the Lone Star Shootout, will probably end up being Arizona vs. Texas A&M. The Wildcats are a Pac-12 contender and a borderline top 10 team as we enter the season, and while the Aggies will have work to do replacing the seniors they lost off of last season’s roster, they’re a borderline top 25 team.

The other matchup will feature a pair of former Southwest Conference rivals facing off in Texas and Arkansas. Texas will be talented but young while Arkansas may actually have the best player on the floor in Moses Kingsley. What will make this matchup interesting is that both Mike Anderson and Shaka Smart are known for being coaches that prefer a full court pressing system.

“We are extremely excited about the opportunity to play in front of our fans at the Toyota Center in Houston,” Texas head coach Shaka Smart said in a statement. “It is one of the most important areas in this state as it relates to our recruiting and fan base.

Five-star 2017 guard Lonnie Walker cuts list to five schools

Men's U18 trials head shots and team photo on 6.15.16
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Five-star shooting guard Lonnie Walker is coming off of a very good summer as he trimmed his list to five schools on Thursday night.

The 6-foot-4 native of Reading, Pennsylvania is still considering Arizona, Kentucky, Miami, Syracuse and Villanova, he announced on Twitter.

Regarded as the No. 26 overall prospect in the Class of 2017, Walker played with Team Final in the Nike EYBL this spring and summer as he averaged 16.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. Walker shot 45 percent from the field, 39 percent from three-point range and 72 percent from the free-throw line.

An efficient scorer who is learning to drive with both hands, Walker is very talented and the type of guard who might also be able to handle a bit as well.