adidas Nations: Day Three Recap

HARBOR CITY, Calif. - Steven Adams got it done in the paint, while Gabe York, Cameron Ridley and Andre Drummond all made major impacts on Sunday at adidas Nations.

Steven Adams, C -- Against a Team USA Red 2012 team with a handful of the nation's top big men, Adams was the best post on the court. Kaleb Tarczewski (three times), Robert Upshaw (twice) and Dajuan Coleman all had shot attempts sent the other direction. On several occasions, Adams would block a shot or grab a rebound and throw a perfect outlet pass to an open teammate on the other side of the court, showing another talent that wasn't on display as much the day before. Offensively the midrange jumper wasn't falling, but Adams had some good drives to the hoop from the high post, where he either scored on a lay-up, dunk or was fouled. Adams' Team Asia squad is finished at adidas Nations but no player improved their stock nearly as much as the New Zealand native.

Gabe York, SG -- You could make an easy case that Gabe York has been the best guard at adidas Nations, and his two games Sunday would only help that opinion. In a victory over Team Asia, York led the way for Team USA with 23 points, scoring by going to the hoop, nailing four shots from beyond the arc, hitting a floater and getting to the line. He chipped in four more three-pointers against Team USA Blue 2012 in the semifinals, including three of them in the fourth quarter, when he stepped up when his team was in need of scoring. The floater was also on point and he hit a couple midrange jumpers as well. York has a reputation for stepping up on bigger stage events and this weekend has certainly been no exception; the shooting guard has been scoring at will.

Kyle Anderson, SF -- An extremely unique player, Anderson is very difficult to project because he's very talented in several areas of the game, but the lack of athleticism makes projecting his college position difficult. His vision is very good, he has a nice midrange jumper and on Sunday was also hitting from three. Anderson's very long arms help him on defense and are a weapon when going to the basket. He wasn't as productive in the second game of the day, but against Team Asia he was scoring from all three levels while also consistently making some terrific passes to teammates.

Dajuan Coleman, C -- Coleman was his usual physical presence in the post, blocking shots on defense and using his big body to muscle his way to the basket for easy lay-ups. When Coleman gets the ball, it's tough for players at this level to do much to slow him down, as his strength and soft touch usually allow for an easy bucket.

Kaleb Tarczewski, C -- The size of Steven Adams proved to be difficult for Tarczewski against Team Asia, but he was better in the nightcap, scoring on a couple reverse dunks and lay-ups. Tarczewski has struggled some with his hands in this event, but he's played hard and been solid defensively.

Shaq Goodwin, PF -- Goodwin brought it in his first game, playing hard and throwing down some big breakaway dunks off nice passes from his teammates. While Goodwin can be a beast in the paint, he's also capable of stepping out and hitting the open jumper, and knocked down a three against Team Asia.

Cameron Ridley, C -- In the semifinals, Ridley's play on both ends was a huge reason for his squad advancing. He hit a midrange jumper over Tarczewski, landed a right hook shot over him and later used a pump fake to get past Tarczewski for an easy lay-up. He scored over Tarczewski and Coleman, had a powerful follow-up dunk, another midrange jumper and blocked shots of Tarczewski and Coleman. Ridley has made his presence felt all camp long and because of play, his team will compete in the adidas Nations championship game.

Andre Drummond, C -- In an 18-point, 16-rebound semifinals performance, Drummond did a lot of damage on the offensive glass, scoring eight points off putbacks, including a big time dunk off a Winston Shepard miss. Drummond's three-pointer at the 3rd quarter buzzer proved to be huge in a one-point win. Even though Drummond didn't get many touches on offense, he created his own opportunities by playing hard and when the #2 prospect in the 2012 class gives it his all, there's not much anyone at this level can do to stop him.

Amile Jefferson, PF -- Jefferson has done his best to make sure he's not overshadowed on a team with Ridley and Drummond, and on Sunday was impressive attacking the basket, scoring six points on drives. On one play he drove left against Kyle Anderson, pivoted, turned the other direction and scored on a sweet right hook. Jefferson also swatted away a Yogi Farrell midrange jumper attempt.

Rodney Purvis, SG - In a semifinal game dominated by post play, Purvis chipped in for his team by aggressively attacking the basket, scoring with contact in the paint. While most of his points were on lay-ups, Purvis also stepped out and hit a pull-up midrange jumper.


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