adidas Nations: Day Three Notebook

HARBOR CITY, Calif. - With Shabazz Muhammad out of action with an injury, he'll be able to check out a local school on Sunday night. Notes on Muhammad, Jordan Mickey, Zena Edosomwan and Shaqquan Aaron in this notebook.

Muhammad planning visits


Scout.com's #1 2012 prospect, Shabazz Muhammad, has been on the sidelines at adidas Nations, resting a sprained ankle from the adidas Super 64.

"His ankle is still tender and swollen so we're holding him back," said Muhammad's father, Ron Holmes. "Hopefully he'll be fine for the Boost Mobile (Elite 24) game."

With Muhammad not playing, he has some free time in Los Angeles and on Sunday night will check out a local school.

"We're going to USC's practice tonight," Holmes said.

Muhammad has yet to set up any official visits, although two schools appear to be in line to receive them.

"We're in dialogue with that, talking to different schools," Holmes said. "We're talking with Duke and Kentucky when to come up, but nothing is confirmed yet."

Other than those two schools, Holmes said he isn't sure what other colleges will get officials.

"We haven't sat down and talked about it yet," he said. "We know Duke will, we know Kentucky will, but we're not sure yet."

As of now, the plan is for Muhammad to take all five visits before making a decision.

"After he takes five visits then he'll pretty much know," Holmes said. "It will be in the fall."

Mickey has leader


One of the most productive younger players at adidas Nations has been 2013 Richardson (Texas) Berkner power forward Jordan Mickey.

Kansas, Texas A&M, Providence and Oklahoma have all extended early offers to Mickey, who is also hearing from Texas, North Carolina, Kentucky and Kansas State.

At this point, one school stands out to Mickey.

"Kansas," Mickey said. "They have great coaches, great facilities and great people around the school. I really like those coaches. They're great guys and work hard."

Mickey has seen the KU campus and was impressed with his visit there.

"It was a great visit," he said. "I met the coaches and walked around the school."

Right now, Mickey isn't in a hurry to make a decision - "I'll probably decide before my senior year," he said - and would like to be recruited by a couple other schools.

"I'd like to hear from Florida State and Florida," Mickey said. "I'm from Florida so they were always my favorite schools."

Edosomwan representing Africa


adidas Nations is not only filled with four highly talented USA squads, but there are also Americans participating for other countries.

2012 North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake power forward Zena Edosomwan, for example, was born in Houston but his parents are from Nigeria, making him eligible to compete for Team Africa.

With several players on the team speaking very little English, there's been a bit of a culture change on the court.

"It's different," Edosomwan said. "It's sometimes tough to communicate because you don't understand what they're saying to you and what you're saying to them. There's certain times we can't communicate on the court, like if I'm guarding someone and I see an open man coming off a screen."

It's been a unique experience for Edosomwan, who says he's enjoyed representing another country in the event.

"It's been really cool playing with Africa," he said. "I really like all the guys on my team, they're really nice guys and pretty funny. It's been a great experience; I'm really liking it. It's great playing with so many different people from different backgrounds across the world, all playing one sport we love."

Aaron making big impact


For most of the spring and summer, 2014 Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei forward Shaqquan Aaron played for a loaded DreamVision AAU squad, where minutes were at a premium with so much talent on the roster.

Aaron made the switch to SoCal All-Stars to finish the summer and enjoyed getting to see a little more court time.

"I switched to SCA the last couple weeks and at that time everyone got to see what I can do," Aaron said. "It feels good. I've been practicing all year and wanted to show what I can do."

Despite not playing much, Aaron said he tried to keep a good attitude and make the most of the time he did get.

"You can't be frustrated in this game," he said. "That's how you lose. I had to keep calm and do what I could do when I got in the game."

At adidas Nations, Aaron has been a big part of his Team USA 2013 Red squad's success, showing his handles and vision in the open court and ability to create his own shot. It's been a big weekend for the rising sophomore.

"Right now I want to come make a big impact and make a name for myself," Aaron said. "I'm having a great time."

Aaron said he has offers from UCLA and Arizona, with Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky and several other Pac-12 schools showing attention. When he gets home from adidas Nations he'll try and set up at least one unofficial visit.

"I'm going to visit Arizona soon, and that's all I know right now," he said.

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