adidas Nations: 2011 Prospects

CHICAGO -- Scout.com spent three days covering the top adidas affiliated prospects at adidas Nations. In this report we will highlight the 2011 prospects that were attendance. Quincy Miller and LeBryan Nash were the top standouts.

Quincy Miller, PF – Arguably the top player and prospect in attendance, Miller was dominant at times offensively. His ball handling is much improved, he's placed an emphasis on rebounding and he's beginning to show a killers instinct. We'd still like to see him bring it on defensive every trip, but at his size (6-foot-8) he has a versatile game that allows him to step out and attack or shoot jump shots. He also had the dunk of the event, maybe even of the summer, when he threw down a one handed tom-a-hawk on a help side defender.

LeBryan Nash, SF – While Miller was touted as the best player of the weekend, Nash wasn't too far behind. A tough 6-foot-7 small forward, Nash took it right at the opposition, often times over powering defenders for buckets. When he plays hard and shows a motor, he's extremely tough to guard, as he has the speed and athleticism to get by guys, but he's also a more than capable shooter to 22-feet. Nash also has a nasty streak and if he gets it in the paint there's a good chance he'll try to throw down a powerful dunk.

Deuce Bello, SF – Over the course of his high school career, Bello's elite athleticism has been well documented. But over the past year the 6-foot-4 wing prospect has shown improvements to his ball handling, speed and mid-range game. In Chicago, he showed that he's been working on his jump shot. Known as his main weakness, Bello knocked down three jump shots in one particular game. On the defensive end, Bello has a chance to be an elite defender, as he's quick laterally, has good length and uses his athleticism at all times.

Quinn Cook, PG – It's been quite a summer for Cook. He won a Gold Medal in Germany and now he has a MVP trophy from the adidas Nations championship game. Cook, who is known for his leadership, is a unique lead guard prospect. On his recent teams, he's been relied on to score from the point guard spot and he's more than capable. His jump shot is true to 22-feet, he changes speeds well and he can create opportunities for teammates.

Wayne Blackshear, SF – With so many talented wings around him, Blackshear didn't look to score nearly as much as he did this summer playing with the Mac Irvin Fire. With that said, Blackshear, a 6-foot-5 Louisville commit, was efficient from the field and showed off a nice mid-range pull-up jumper. He uses jabs and ball fakes to keep defenders off balance and he's capable of pulling up on a dime.

Ryan Boatright, PG – Playing in his hometown, Boatright, a 5-foot-10 Aurora (Ill.) East standout, played as well as we've seen him play in the past two years. Using his speed and quickness he locked down on defense and was quite the ball hawk, rivaling Kevin Ferrell for the top on the ball defender in attendance. He also used his speed on the offensive end and pushed the tempo. Boatright was a blur in transition and is extremely tough to keep out of the paint.

Cody Zeller, PF – The first couple of games Zeller, a 6-foot-10 post prospect form Washington (Ind.), was relatively quiet, especially compared to the summer he's put together. But then on Sunday, Zeller broke out for a big game. He mixed in a pair of three-point jumpers, an 18-footer and a handful of finishes in the paint. He has a great set of hands, nice touch around the basket and can run the floor like his older brother Tyler Zeller.

Damien Leonard, SG – A thin 6-foot-5 wing prospect, Leonard, like Zeller, was quiet early on. With that said, he was on a team that had some aggressive scorers and there weren't necessarily a lot of shots to go around. Leonard did, however, show that he's a very good long-range shooter. He's at his best shooting off the catch, as he elevates, has good form and a fairly quick release.

Marshall Plumlee, C – It's hard not to like Plumlee, a Duke commit, because of the effort he puts off each and every game. With his two brothers looking on, as counselors of the event, Plumlee played hard, ran the floor and was active on the offensive glass. The 7-footer out of Arden (N.C.) Christ School has hooks over both shoulders, but at times tries to make his moves too quickly. Still he's a good-looking prospect with a strong motor.

Michael Chandler, C – In our first look since NBA Camp in June, Chandler appears to have gotten in better shape. Still he could shape up his frame more, but he gave good effort this past weekend and proved to be effective in the paint. A 7-footer out of Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence North, Chandler has a good set of hands and a nice scoring touch inside. On the defensive side of things he battled and affected shots.

Cesar Guerrero, PG -- While the one game we exclusively watched the Latin America team, Guerrero sat out, we were able to catch glimpses of him during the weekend. A speedy floor general, Gerruero pushed the break and was a problem for defenders. He's starting to tone down his wildness and his ball handling is much improved.

Steven Adams, C -- During the one game we watched Adams, it was easy to be impressed with what the 6-foot-10 Pittsburgh commit brings to the table. He has a thick frame with long arms, but is still a pretty solid athlete that gets up and down the floor pretty easily. He caught everything thrown inside to him and he even showed a right jump hook over his left shoulder.


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