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My adidas….Nations roster

Me and my adidas do the illest things…

The adidas Nations teams return for their second season and this year’s U.S. version features some top 2009 talent that should be of special interest to UK fans.  UK commit G.J. Vilarino will be suiting up for the US09 team, along with recruiting targets Christian Watford, Shawn Williams, Noel Johnson, Daniel Orton and Derrick Favors (and Lance Stephenson?).  A pair of 2010 five-star players with offers from UK, point guard Trae Golden and center Evan Anderson, will play for coach Dwayne Casey (yes, that Dwayne Casey) on the US10 team. 

The goal of the team, according to the adidas, is to develop their fundamentals while giving them a five-month experience “rooted in the adidas mantra of brotherhood and team”, which sounds like something they might have cooked up between sets at Bonnaroo.  The team will also play against the other Nations teams, representing Africa, Asia (two teams), Europe and Latin America and take part in community service, including a free one-day coaching clinic in New Orleans.  The experience will culminate in Dallas in August at the adidas Global Basketball Experience.

Hopefully, G.J. will have his recruiting hat on.  Here is the roster for the 2009 team:

#

Player

Position

Hometown College

1

Peyton Siva

PG

Seattle, WA Louisville

2

GJ Vilarino

PG

McKinney, TX Kentucky

3

Dexter Strickland

PG

Rahway, NJ North Carolina

7

Lance Stephenson

SF

Brooklyn, NY Undecided

8

Dominic Cheek

SG

Jersey City, NJ Undecided

9

Shawn Williams, II

SF

DeSoto, TX Undecided

10

Noel Johnson

SG

Fayetteville, GA Undecided

11

Jerry Brown

SF

El Sobrante, CA Undecided

12

Christian Watford

SF

Birmingham, AL Undecided

13

Reeves Nelson

PF

Modesto, CA UCLA

14

Tyler Griffey

PF

Wildwood, MO Illinois

15

Brendan Lane

PF

Rocklin, CA UCLA

16

Stephan Van Treese

PF

Indianapolis, IN Undecided

17

Derrick Favors

C

Atlanta, GA Undecided

18

Daniel Orton

C

Oklahoma City, OK Undecided

19

Erik Murphy

PF/C

Southborough, MA Florida

Article written by Thomas Beisner