Adidas Nations: Day One

WildcatAuthority.com was in attendance for the first day of Adidas Nations. Read on to see a recap of the first day, what Kaleb Tarczewski thinks of Gabe York, and more.

HARBOR CITY, Calif.- Adidas Nations kicked off in California Friday and there is a lot of talent from all over the globe. Several Arizona prospects were in attendance and all eyes will be on teammates at the event, Gabe York and Kaleb Tarczewski.

USA 2012 Red

When you look at this team on paper, the Red Team has a lot of players projected to do some big things on the next level. Kyle Anderson is a 6-foot-8 floor general and Arizona commit Gabe York can really light it up in the back court.

The front court, however, has all of the big names. Kaleb Tarczewski, who may be the most talked about recruit over the last couple of weeks, and Dajuan Coleman make it difficult for anyone to guard this team down low.

Add Robert Upshaw, Perry Ellis, Shaq Goodwin and Xavier Johnson and USA Red is looking real good. Together they handled an overmatched Australian team in an exhibition early Friday, 98-63, and had a bye in the first round of Pool games Friday night.

With much buzz about Tarczewski's upcoming decision between Arizona, Kansas, North Carolina and Kentucky, the 7-footer is undoubtedly going to have York in his ear all weekend. The Arizona commit even went as far to say that their relationship will get stronger while at Adidas Nations.

"He will be my best friend this week," said York. "I have already told coach [Sean] Miller that I will work on him."

Kyle Anderson went down with a left ankle injury early Friday and it was up to York to be both distributor and his usual scoring self. Tarczewski definitely took notice.

"I love Gabe York, the way he plays," Tarczewski told Josh Gershon of Scout.com. "He makes it really easy for the big men. Sometimes when you don't play with a skilled point guard it makes things hard, but he really opens up the floor with his shooting and he's also a great passer."

York played well and while Anderson's ankle is a bit up in the air, this team is set up for success.

USA Red 2013

There is a lot of underclassmen talent at Adidas Nations in Harbor City, Calif. and on this particular team Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison proved once again what has been the theme of every game they have participated in this summer. It is almost impossible to contain the two 6-foot-5, 205-pound guards as Andrew is the distributor and Aaron can light it up from deep.

With them dominating the ball, it was difficult to see Nate Britt really excel at the point guard position on Friday. At 6-foot-0, 155-pounds, Britt can control a game quite well, but was not in rhythm at all.

His shot was not falling and he was not really getting to the lane as much as he normally does. Britt is used to having the ball in his hands a lot and that did not happen much on Friday.

The same went for 2014 wing Shaqquan Aaron. Aaron is one of the few 2014 players represented at the camp for USA and did not play many minutes in Friday night's first pool game.

You could tell he was disappointed, but when he was in the game, he hit a jump shot and really played hard.

USA Blue 2013

Friday night was a shooting party for Keith Frazier, who scored 24 points and really looked good shooting the ball from deep. He can shoot with a hand in his face and he knocked a couple tough ones down.

He has athleticism and at this point does not play above the rim too much, but is really good at getting to the lane. Frazier could have finished a few more shots with authority, but that is just not a major part of his game at this point.

The 6-foot-4, 180-pound shooting guard makes up for it with a beautiful stroke from beyond the arc.

Isaac Hamilton also had it going and when his shot is falling he is playing at a high level. He has great energy and with his shot falling he has the confidence to really create on the offensive end.


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