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

Chris Webber accepts Jim Harbaugh’s invitation to be honorary Michigan football captain

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The frosty relationship between Chris Webber and the University of Michigan could be thawing — thanks to an invitation from football head coach Jim Harbaugh.

On Friday, Harbaugh called in to WTKA’s “The M Zone” as show host Jamie Morris had Webber on the show. Harbaugh offered Webber the opportunity to be an honorary captain for the Michigan football team next season, to which Webber replied that he would love the opportunity.

Webber, a former member of the “Fab Five” who helped the Wolverines to two consecutive NCAA tournament title-game appearances in 1992 and 1993, has not associated directly with the school, or with other members of the Fab Five, for many years.

The NCAA mandated that Webber and Michigan not associate with one another for 10 years after the Ed Martin booster scandal. Webber has always been reluctant to participate in anything Michigan or Fab Five related. When the famous Fab Five documentary was made a few years ago, Webber was the only member of the quintet not to participate in the making of the film. Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson all have a solid relationship with the University of Michigan at this point.

Webber later criticized the film during an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show, as King and Rose fired back with responses to reignite the feud. In the past, Rose has also been vocal in his belief that Webber should apologize for what happened at Michigan, as the group is hoping to move forward.

Although Webber still isn’t mending fences with the other Fab Five members, or the basketball program, returning to Michigan in some kind of official capacity is a big deal considering his past with the school.

Harbaugh and Webber haven’t decided on a game for next season yet as that will be something to watch for over the next several months.

Akoy Agau returning to Louisville as graduate transfer

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Louisville received a boost to its frontcourt rotation on Friday as former big man Akoy Agau will return to the Cardinals as a graduate transfer.

The 6-foot-8 Agau originally committed and enrolled at Louisville for a season and a half to begin his college hoops career before transferring to Georgetown. After leaving the Hoyas to play at SMU last season, Agau received a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA after battling injury for much of his career.

Agau gives Louisville an experienced forward who should earn some solid minutes next season. With the Mustangs during the 2017-18 season, Agau averaged 5.0 points and 3.6 rebounds per game in 16.1 minutes per contest.

While this isn’t the biggest splash for the Cardinals, they have plenty of scholarships to use for next season as new head coach Chris Mack tries to find a stable rotation. Getting a graduate transfer like Agau, who should be familiar with the school and the conference at the very least, is a nice step for a one-year placeholder.

NCAA President Mark Emmert got a $500,000 raise in 2016

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NCAA president Mark Emmert, the man in charge of a non-profit association that doesn’t have enough money to pay its laborers, received a $500,000 raise for the 2016 calendar year, bringing his total income to more than $2.4 million, according to an NCAA tax return that was obtained by USA Today.

That number actually pales in comparison to the salaries that are received by the commissioners of the Power 5 conferences.

But there’s not enough money to pay the players.

Nope.

Everyone is broke.

Carry on with your day, and pray for the well-being of NCAA administrators like Mark Emmert, whose salary is in no way whatsoever inflated by amateurism, which allows the schools and the NCAA to bank all of the advertising revenue that college basketball and football brings in and bars the players themselves from accessing that money.

Who will follow Donte DiVincenzo’s breakout path to the NBA next?

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It was little surprise Thursday night Donte DiVincenzo get drafted 17th overall at the NBA draft by the MIlwaukee Bucks.

The 6-foot-5 guard has been a staple of mock drafts since he declared for the draft after earning Most Outstanding Player honors as Villanova won its second national championship in three years.

A few months ago, though, something like that would have seemed an extreme long shot after an unremarkable freshman season by the Delaware product who redshirted after a foot injury in 2015-16. A lot can change in a single season.

So who is the next player to go from fringe prospect to first-round selection? Here’s the DiVincenzo Watch List:

JORDAN POOLE, Michigan: You might remember the Michigan freshman for his game-winner against Houston to help the Wolverines on their way to the national title game, but the former top-100 recruit averaged just 12.2 minutes per game for John Beilein last year. This season, he’s in line for a lot more PT and a chance to shine for more than one moment.

NICKEIL ALEXANDER-WALKER, Virginia Tech: The 6-foot-5 guard can really fill it up, but battled mightily with inconsistency last season. There were nights he’d go for 15-plus and follow it up with a succession of single-digit performances. His offensive game – his ability to make plays and quarterback pick-and-roll – will make him an intriguing NBA prospect. Being able to do it night-in and night-out could make him a first-rounder.

JARRETT CULVER, Texas Tech: Zhaire Smith got all the NBA attention last year while Keenan Evans got the attention of Big 12 defenses, but Culver is a bona fide prospect in his own right. The Red Raiders will be his team next season, and if he shoots it a little better (converted at 38.2 percent from 3 as a freshman), it’s not inconceivable it’s his last in Lubbock.

O’SHAE BRISSETT, Syracuse: The 6-foot-8 forward quietly had a very productive freshman season, averaging  14.9 points and 8.8 rebounds per game for the Orange. He needs to be more efficient, but if he can start making shots with more regularity (he’s plenty comfortable shooting from the outside), he’ll rocket up draft boards.

AMIR COFFEY, Minnesota: Coffey looked like a blue chip recruit before an ACL tear in high school set him back, and shoulder surgery cut a promising sophomore season short. If he can get past the injuries, Coffey is an intriguing wing prospect at 6-foot-8 with plus-athleticism. His shooting has improved since getting on campus with the Gophers and if that trend continues, NBA teams will take serious notice.

ALEX O’CONNELL, Duke: A top-75 recruit in 2017, O’Connell got limited run last year for the Blue Devils, but shot 48.9 percent on 45 attempts from 3-point range. He should move up the pecking order this season for Duke and could be an impact player off the bench.

LINDELL WIGGINTON, Iowa State: The Cyclones’ leading scorer flirted with going pro after a freshman season in which he averaged 16.7 points and shot 40.1 percent from 3-point range before ultimately returning to Ames. The 6-foot-3 guard is one of the most explosive leapers in college basketball, but needs to improve his decision-making and ballhandling. If he makes even moderate gains in those areas, his physical tools and ability to score the ball could have Adam Silver announcing his name next June.

JALEN MCDANIELS, San Diego State: The 6-foot-10 forward averaged  10.5 points and 7.5 rebounds as a freshman and waited until the final hours before the deadline before announcing his decision to return to the Aztecs. He’s got a ton of upside but some concerns are a meager block rate (2.5 percent) and non-existent game at the arc (4 of 18 from 3 last year). Both of those are issues for big men in the modern NBA. He needs to improve one or both of those areas while continuing to be an above-average rebounder to explode onto the draft scene next summer.

Major rule changes expected for July live recruiting period

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In an effort to kill off AAU basketball and the influence that AAU coaches have over prospects, an NABC Ad Hoc committee is expected to recommend to the Commission on College Basketball that is chaired by Condoleeza Rice to make drastic changes to the summer live period that will include barring coaches from attending AAU tournaments and shoe company sponsored events in July, sources told NBC Sports.

In the place of AAU tournaments, the NABC is planning on recommending that the NCAA fund four regional camps that coaches are allowed to attend. The camps will be staggered to allow staffs to attend each of them, a source told NBC Sports, and the expectation is that the coaching staffs will be able to nominate as many as 35 players be allowed to attend.

Then the NCAA would fund an elite camp where the best players from the regional camps attend. According to Jeff Goodman, G League coaches and potentially NBA players would be teaching and coaching players at these camps.

Goodman also reported that the April live period is expected to remain in place, which sources confirmed to NBC Sports, but there is an expectation that coaches will be allowed to attend practices and open gyms at high schools in May and June. The goal is to get high school coaches more involved in the recruitment process.

Now, this doesn’t mean that AAU basketball is dead and it doesn’t mean that shoe companies like Nike will stop funding circuits like the EYBL. What it does mean is that Division I coaches will not be in attendance during these events in July; they already miss out of two of the EYBL’s spring weekend as it stands. What is may mean, however, is that instead of spending $400 on a packet at these events, the coaches will be paying $400 to get a login for a live-stream.

The timeline, according to Goodman’s report, is that UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero, the chairman of the Division I men’s basketball oversight committee, has to draft a proposal to present to Rice and the commission. That is expected to happen in August, and sources told NBC Sports that the changes are expected to be implemented swiftly and without much pushback.