Adidas Nations News and Notebook

Here's some of the UCLA'related news from Adidas Nations, the international competition that features some of the best high-school age talent from around the world...

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.

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.

Xavier Johnson, SF, Team USA Red 2012: Johnson had a nice effort against Australia, scoring with a floater, driving to the basket and hitting the three. He's thrived as a role player surrounded by high level guys, taking shots when given to him and otherwise focusing on helping his teammates. Johnson scored 9 points on few shots against Australia. Johnson listed UCLA, USC, UNLV and San Diego State.

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.

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.

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, the 2014 wing 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.

Muhammad planning visits'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."

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.

Hamilton close to decision

Isaac Hamilton has narrowed his school list to two, he has a favorite and a decision is coming soon.

He also could be a package deal.

But the former Los Angeles Crenshaw 2013 shooting guard isn't about to choose a college, as he's more worried about selecting a new high school.

"I have two schools," Hamilton said, "Findlay Prep and (Bellflower, Calif.) St. John Bosco."

Isaac says his leader is St. John Bosco, where he could be teamed with his little brother, 2014 forward Daniel Hamilton.

"They have a new coach, I know what they're trying to put together and it's going to be great," Hamilton said.

While he's intrigued by the possibility of going to Findlay - "It's a national schedule and national exposure," Hamilton said - he's also leaning towards playing with his brother in high school.

"I think (Bosco) would be a great fit for me and my little brother," he said.

Brown transitioning to Cali

The son of new Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike Brown, 2013 wing Elijah Brown recently made the move from St. Edward High School in Cleveland to Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei.

Moving from Cleveland to Los Angeles hasn't been too much of an adjustment for Brown.

"It's been easy," Brown said. "Moving from Cleveland to L.A., there's not much to complain about, especially weather wise. I've been on the beach, something I couldn't do in Cleveland. I've definitely been enjoying the weather out here."

The transition on the court has been easy for Brown too. With his father watching on, Brown put together one of the best performances of the camp's opening day, scoring 27 points with 9 rebounds in an exhibition 84-79 victory for Team USA Red 2013 over Team Asia.

Brown followed that up with 15 points and 4 rebounds in a Friday evening victory over Team Africa.

"I just went out and everything was working for me," Brown said. "I was getting to the hole and knocking down shots."

Even though Brown's move to Mater Dei hasn't been met with too much fanfare, the wing's play at adidas Nations shows he could make an impact on a talented squad that also features Stanley Johnson, Katin Reinhardt, Xavier Johnson and maybe Shaqquan Aaron.

"Over the past year I've developed a more complete game," Brown said. "I've been working on my ball handling and getting my shot more consistent."

If this weekend has been any indication, Brown has definitely improved and could make a loaded Mater Dei squad even better.

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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