adidas Nations: Day One Recap

Solomon Poole

HARBOR CITY, Calif. - The adidas Nations is filled with big names so it's no surprise there were some standout performances on Friday's opening day. From Solomon Poole's winning shooting to Wanaah Bail's three-point barrage, there were plenty of prospects worth discussing. Here's a rundown of day one at adidas Nations.

Dajuan Coleman, C, Team USA Red 2012: When Coleman got the ball in the paint, it was usually an automatic two points for his team. He gets it and forcefully goes straight to the basket, where he wasn't met with too much opposition, as Australia just didn't have a player who could put a body on him. A huge kid, Coleman needs to trim down some, but there's no questioning his ability. He ended up with 13 points and 4 boards.

Kaleb Tarczewski, C, Team USA Red 2012: On such a loaded frontcourt, there are only so many touches to go around but Tarczewski made the most of the passes he received. He scored on a reverse lay-up, had a nice spin move to the basket for two points, had a putback and a couple dunks off good passes. He was his squad's second-leading scorer with 14 points and chipped in 5 rebounds.

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.

Perry Ellis, PF, Team USA Red 2012: Ellis would often hang out on the perimeter and when he got the ball if there wasn't a defender, he would take the open shot, which he nailed twice. More often, he would dribble the ball towards the paint, waiting until he found a lane to the basket and drawing the foul. Ellis had 10 points in a solid showing.

Kyle Anderson, PF, Team USA Red 2012: Anderson was off to a dominant performance in the first half before he went down with a sprained ankle, ending his game early. Running point guard for his squad, Anderson nailed two floaters, glided to the hoop for a lay-up, hit a midrange jumper and was fouled on the shot, ending up with a quick 9 points before his injury. Anderson says it's a light sprain and that he'll be back on Saturday.

Gabe York, SG, Team USA Red 2012: Taking over point guard duties from Anderson, York initially played distributor, and some very impressive drive and dishes after easily crossing over his defender and getting into the lane. When he was looking for his shot, York had some nice left-handed floaters, hit from deep and also threw down an impressive one-handed dunk. The Australian defenders just weren't fast enough to stay in front of York, who ended up with 29 points and also led his team in rebounds with seven.

Ricardo Gathers, PF, Latin America 2012: Gathers didn't play until the second half but brought plenty of energy to the court. When Gathers got the ball he would aggressively go straight to the basket, drawing fouls from the opposition and going to the line. The midrange shot wasn't going down but Gathers played hard on both ends and did a good job on the glass in his one half of action. He finished with 10 points and 5 boards.

Hanner Perea, PF, Latin America 2012: There's not much that's quiet about Perea's game. He attacks the rim, throwing down some vicious dunks on Friday. He had some good moves to the basket and finished easily around the rim, also stepping outside to hit a three. On defense, he competed throughout the night and used his athleticism and length to grab rebounds. Perea played hard throughout the game, ending up with 16 points to go with 5 rebounds, and was one of the more impressive players in the morning workout session as well.

Wanaah Bail, PF, Latin America 2012: An athletic power forward, Bail let Perea do the work down low while he scored away from the outside. Bail waited on the perimeter and caught and shot his way to 28 points, hitting three after three. On the defensive end, Bail was all over the glass, ending up with 13 rebounds in the game. The effort he played with on defense combined with a hot left shooting hand gave Bail one of the performances of the day.

Chris Reyes, PF, Latin America 2012: Reyes scored his 9 points around the basket, where he would get the ball in the paint, quickly turn around and go up for a dunk or lay-up. The forward plays hard and competes for rebounds.

Isaac Hamilton, SG, Team USA Blue 2013: A versatile scorer, Hamilton put the ball in the basket with a set three, pull up midrange jumper, set midrange jumper, fadeaway midrange jumper, putback and floater. Hamilton had struggled a little bit towards the end of July but he looked fresher on Friday and his play reflected it. Not a terrific athlete, Hamilton has to use instincts and skill to score and when it's all clicking, he can put up points in a hurry.

Solomon Poole, PG, Team USA Blue 2013: You want your point guard to step up when it counts and that's exactly what Poole did against Latin America, with a three to give his team a lead with about a minute to go and a floater to seal the victory. Earlier, most of Poole's points came on strong drives to the hoop, although he also stepped out to hit a three. A strong guard, Poole made several nice passes in halfcourt sets and also found teammates on drive and kicks.

Jordan Mickey, PF, Team USA Blue 2013: A defensive force throughout the day, Mickey blocked several shots and grabbed rebounds. He didn't get too many touches offensively, but did a good job on the offensive glass, and scored on some putbacks. Mickey was focused and competed for every rebound, often timing his jumps perfectly and pulling down several rebounds in traffic.

Karviar Shepherd, PF, Team USA Blue 2013: Shepherd made the most of his few touches in the post, backing his defender down and scoring with a soft touch from his right hand. A good rebounder, Shepherd would grab the board and instantly look down court to find an open teammate. He's going to be a strong kid who can rebound and finish down low.

Keith Frazier, SG, Team USA Blue 2013: Frazier likes to shoot, but when you can hit them from deep like he can, it's hard to blame him. A tall shooter who will be able to play either wing spot in college, Frazier's specialty is his three-pointer, which he can get off in a hurry. He tends to spend too much time shaking the defender rather than taking the lane to the basket, but Frazier can also drive when he wants to. The long range shot was definitely falling for Frazier, who scored 24 points in a win over Latin America.

Kasey Hill, PG, Team USA Blue 2013: Hill hit a couple of threes and had a nice left-handed finish off a drive, but he may have had the play of the day. The point guard used a screen to get past his defender, drove left into traffic, switched the ball into his right hand and completed a sweet one-handed dunk over a leaping Wanaah Bail. The way Hill casually drove to the lane you didn't think he was about to explode like that, but he rose up quickly and threw down on the athletic big man.

Theo Pinson, SF, Team USA Blue 2013: One of the youngest kids at camp, Pinson was fearless against his elders. He was hitting from three throughout the day, but also had no problem getting to the basket from the perimeter, and when he got to the rim he finished with both hands. Pinson's length and athleticism are impressive enough, but the fact that he's already skilled at his age makes him a very high level prospect at his age group.

Trey Lyles, PF, Team USA Blue 2013: Against older, more athletic and stronger bigs, Lyles probably wasn't going to have too much success down low. A smart player, Lyles wisely took it outside, where the smooth shooter was able to hit from long and midrange.

Dajuan Coleman named a top five of Syracuse, Ohio State, Kentucky, North Carolina and Florida.

Xavier Johnson listed UCLA, USC, UNLV and San Diego State.

Keith Frazier listed Texas A&M, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Houston, Baylor, Texas, Marquette and Texas Tech.

Karviar Shepherd claimed offers from Kansas, Texas, Florida State and Texas A&M. He said Connecticut is starting to recruit him and he's also hearing from Oklahoma.

Chris Reyes said Gonzaga and Fresno State are his newest offers. He remains wide open and will narrow his list soon.

Nigel Williams-Goss mentioned Washington State, Washington, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, USC, Arizona, Arizona State, UNLV, Harvard, Oklahoma and Miami.

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