adidas Nations: Day One Notebook

HARBOR CITY, Calif. - The adidas Nations is underway, as several of's top 2012, 2013 and 2014 prospects are in attendance representing not only the United States but a handful of other countries around the world. Check back tonight for a full recap of day one but for now here's a notebook from the day's morning session.

Kaleb almost there's 6th ranked 2012 prospect, Kaleb Tarczewski remains in the process of trying to pick a college. He's narrowed his list to four - Kansas, Arizona, North Carolina and Kentucky - and says he's inching closer to a decision.

"I'm getting close," Tarczewski said. "I'll go home, sit down with my family and circle and get everything decided hopefully before school starts. If not, then hopefully a few weeks into school."

A few weeks into school is a longer timeline than most have been expecting, but Tarczewski says that his recruitment may stretch out that far.

"I think it could take that long," he said. "I have some really good schools and I want to make a good decision. It's going to be one of the biggest decisions of my life and I want to make the right decision and make sure it's where I'm going to be happiest."

Tarczewski claims he legitimately has not made a decision and remains in the process of choosing between all four schools remaining on the list.

When asked if he has an idea where he's going, Tarczewski claimed he doesn't.

"No, no, not right now," he said. "It's a shootout right now."

With the Evaluation Period over, coaches aren't allowed at adidas Nations. However, there is still some recruiting going on.

Tarczewski was placed on a team with Gabe York, who is committed to Arizona and doing his best on trying to sell the five-star center on UA.

"I've been talking to him about Arizona, what he likes and what he doesn't like," York said. "I've been trying to impress him with Arizona enough for him to commit."

Coleman stands out

The USA 2012 Red team has an imposing frontline of Tarczewski and Dajuan Coleman, two of the nation's top six 2012 prospects. Coleman was impressive in the early session, dominating the glass on defense and throwing down some powerful dunks on the other end.

"We have two really good centers in Kaleb and Dajuan," York said. "They're both really big bodies who can jump and block shots."

Throw in Shaquille Goodwin and Perry Ellis at the four and Robert Upshaw at the five on the USA Red 2012 squad and you have a frontcourt that won't meet too much opposition.

Those five all played big roles in a 98-63 exhibition game victory over Australia.

"We have a good team," Coleman said. "Gabe York, Shaquille Goodwin, my whole team is really good. I'm impressed by everyone on our team. We're all getting after it because this is one of the last events of the summer. "

York running point

While the USA Red 2012 team is loaded up front, it's thin in the backcourt. Kyle Anderson started the game off at point guard and then duties were split between Gabe York and Xavier Johnson.

"We only have two guards - myself and Xavier - so we're going to have to direct our team," York said.

With 25 points and 7 rebounds in the exhibition game, York's point guard play was a big part of his team's victory. He entered the game off the bench and immediately started driving and dishing, finding Tarczewski and Coleman for easy baskets in the paint.

A born scorer, at times on Friday morning York focused on making his teammates better and picked up several assists in the process.

When asked what he thought of his teammates, Tarczewski immediately brought up York.

"I love Gabe York, the way he plays," Tarczewski said. "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."

Anderson limited by ankle sprain

With not many players on the team capable of bringing the ball up the court, USA Red 2012 couldn't afford an injury. Unfortunately, Kyle Anderson went down with a sprained ankle midway through the game and couldn't return.

Before he went out, Anderson was terrific, scoring baskets on a series of floaters and consistently finding the open man while running the show at point guard.

The good news is that Anderson doesn't plan on being out long.

"It's just a light sprain," Anderson said. "I'll be back tomorrow."

Johnson planning visits

Since finishing up his AAU career, 2012 Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei forward Xavier Johnson has been able to focus on his recruitment.

He says two schools have been recruiting him the hardest since AAU play ended.

"UCLA and UNLV are both recruiting me pretty hard," Johnson said.

For now, Johnson has three schools in mind for visits.

"I want to visit San Diego State, UNLV and I might visit Arizona," he said. "I'm going to visit San Diego State right after the camp."

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