adidas Nations: Day Two Recap

HARBOR CITY, Calif. - A frontline of Andre Drummond and Cameron Ridley gave USA Blue 2012 an important win, while several youngsters also stood out on Saturday.

Cameron Ridley, C, USA Blue 2012: The big center was a beast in the paint all night. He was grabbing offensive boards and slamming it home, spinning left and softly finishing right, had several easy dunks and showed a nice right hook shot. On the defensive end, Ridley's sheer presence makes going into the lane a mistake, and he blocked shots and grabbed several rebounds. You'd like to see Ridley finish more with his left hand, but at this level he can be dominant just going right. Ridley's final stat line of 28 points and 8 rebounds says it all.

Andre Drummond, C, USA Blue 2012: Drummond didn't get a ton of opportunities on offense, although he had a nice high-arcing baseline jumper. On defense he was a force, blocking multiple shots of anyone gutsy enough to try and get a shot off around the basket against a frontline of Drummond and Ridley. Drummond did have one of the plays of the day, stripping Theo Pinson at midcourt, dribbling straight to the hoop, elevating to where his head was at the rim and elbow well above it and throwing it down.

Amile Jefferson, PF, USA Blue 2012: With Ridley and Drummond on Team USA Blue 2012's frontline, there are plenty of thunderous finishes between the two of them. Jefferson went about his business more quietly. When he got the ball in the post, he'd quickly go up for a lay-up and score easily. He usually went left, but Jefferson had a couple nice buckets with his right hand as well, and his touch down low often meant an automatic two points when he received the ball. Jefferson scored 14 points to go with 6 rebounds.

Rodney Purvis, SG, USA Blue 2012: When Purvis got the ball, he would often go full speed to the basket, easily scoring at the rim. His strength and speed with the ball in his hands was just too much for the opposition's guards. While Purvis mostly scored going to the hoop, he mixed up by hitting a midrange jumper, a three-pointer and a long two. Purvis scored 21 points against Team USA 2013 Blue.

Winston Shepard, PF, USA Blue 2012: If someone was watching Shepard for the first time heading into this game and was told that the one thing that needs the most work is his jumper, they probably wouldn't believe it. Shepard hit a fadeaway jumper and a couple three-pointers. Beyond that, Shepard was himself, playing strong defense, making his teammates better with pinpoint passes and cutting to the basket for layups.

Steven Adams, C, Team Asia: 37 points and 14 rebounds against Team USA 2013 Red says it all. Adams tried to dunk everything around the basket, hit the midrange jumper, was dominant on the glass and even better as a shot blocker, as he almost hit double digit blocked shots. On one play, Adams blocked Andrew Harrison's dunk attempt, grabbed the ball and passed it up court for an assist. Pittsburgh landed a very high level recruit in Adams. With his strength, height, mobility, skill and athleticism, he has all the tools to be a very good player at the next level.

Isaac Hamilton, SG, Team USA 2013 Blue: The offensive game continues to be on point for Hamilton, who not only got buckets but did a good job distributing as well. Hamilton scored on a set three, a pull-up three, a long two and a couple lay-ups. He also did a good job passing by driving and finding open teammates for baskets. He ended up with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in a productive night.

Jordan Mickey, PF, Team USA 2013 Blue: Mickey's stat line of 10 points and 3 boards don't do his effort justice against a frontline of Drummond and Ridley. Ignoring his 5-plus blocks, Mickey was efficient around the hoop, scoring on a couple dunks and a lay-up, but also showed his range further away, scoring on a catch and shoot two and a pull-up jumper.

Malik Price-Martin, PF, Team USA 2013 Blue: Price-Martin was very productive in the paint, scoring at will around the basket on a series of lay-ups and dunks, also showing nice touch on a hook off the glass. Beyond his 19 points, Price-Martin was also good on the glass, ending up with 6 rebounds.

Solomon Poole, PG, Team USA 2013 Blue: Once again, Poole made winning plays with the game on the line. In the closing minutes, Poole came away with consecutive steals and assists at midcourt, putting his squad in position to win. He showed his athleticism with a big time alley-oop dunk, stepped out to hit a three and drove to the basket. His squad ultimately loss, but Poole's play late put his team in position to win.

Andrew Harrison, PG, Team USA Red 2013: The all-around game of Harrison was on display against Team Asia, as he showed his offensive arsenal on a three-pointer, a couple pull-up midrange jumpers and a reverse lay-up. He also had a couple nice assists to teammates.

Chris Walker, PF, Team USA Red 2013: Credit Walker, who gave up several pounds and a couple inches in his matchup with Steven Adams, but didn't back down, scoring 24 points along with 10 rebounds, showing no fear of the New Zealand center. Walker scored on some putbacks but also displayed a good touch around the hoop. More than anything, he was incredibly explosive, which led to some highlight reel dunks and impressive rebounds.

Shaqquan Aaron, SF, Team USA Red 2013: If you were to create a checklist of what you're looking for in a rising sophomore small forward, Aaron would check out in most categories, many of which were on display Saturday morning. He's best in the open court, where he gets up the court in a hurry and usually makes a flashy pass to an open teammate, but can also score and nailed some impressive fade away jumpers.

Tommie Hamilton, C, Team USA Red 2013: A big center, you expect Hamilton to do most of his work in the paint, but on Saturday morning the jumper was working and he went with it. Hamilton nailed a couple long baseline jumpers, hit a long two from past the free throw line and also hit a three. He did mix it up and scored a couple baskets down low, but it was Hamilton's outside game that stood out against Team Asia.

Elijah Brown has offers from St. Mary's, James Madison, Akron and Toledo and is hearing from West Virginia, Notre Dame, Arizona State, Virginia Tech and Texas.

Jordan Mickey has offers from Kansas, Texas A&M, Providence and Oklahoma with interest from Texas, North Carolina, Kentucky and Kansas State.

Theo Pinson claimed offers from Kentucky, Duke, Tennessee, Connecticut and N.C. State.

Cliff Alexander said he has offers from Illinois, DePaul, Michigan State, Indiana, Missouri and Connecticut.

Shaqquan Aaron has offers from UCLA and Arizona, with interest from Connecticut, Kansas and Kentucky.

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