We talked with NC State commit Ryan Harrow last night and he told us that he will be playing at the Adidas Nations in Dallas, Texas this week. Adidas Nations is a global exhibition in which the world's elite players 18-and-under from seven international teams (Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America, US 2010 and US 2011) come and learn more about the game of basketball and get to play against the best the world has to offer. Ryan told us he will be playing with Trae Golden, Josh Smith, Jordan McRae, Trey Zeigler, Josh Hairston, Nate Lubick, Dominique Ferguson, Justin Martin, Jared Sullinger, as well as a few others. They will go through drills and teaching for most of the day and will play their first game at 4:45.
The Adidas nations will be held at the Integrated Athletic Development facility in Dallas from August 4-9. Fourteen current stars and highly esteemed NBA veterans join the global program as Head Coaches and NBA Mentors for the adidas camp attendees, and twenty-four collegiate players will reinforce the coaching as camp counselors.
NBA players Jerryd Bayless, Mike Conley, Daequan Cook, Eric Gordon, Serge Ibaka, Brook and Robin Lopez will be on-site to assist the young players and mentor them throughout the camp. NBA veterans Eddie Johnson, Frank Johnson, Larry Krystkowiak, Eric Musselman, Ed Schilling, Detlef Schrempf and Reggie Theus will act as regional Head Coaches. The goal of adidas Nations is to emphasize and focus on adidas’ core belief that real success in the game of basketball comes from playing as a team. The multi-faceted international curriculum will include expert training and strategy tips, comprehensive workout sessions and scrimmages. Off-court elements essential to all athletes’ success, such as nutritional education, global interactions, leadership and philanthropy, will also be woven into the program’s agenda. Athlete’s Performance Institute (API), a leader in sports training, will be on-site to direct and engage the players through advanced programs to supplement their on-court training and provide them training tools for their future basketball careers at the collegiate and professional level.
Some of the information from this article came from the Adidas Nations website.