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Zion Williamson Leads Our List of the Top Five Players from Adidas Nations

ADIDAS NATIONS Zion Williamson | Photo | Todd Burandt | adidas

From August 4th-7th, Houston hosted the Adidas Nations Global, which featured the best players in the nation and talented prospects from around the globe. USA Red 18, the champions of the event, featured three of the top 11 players in the 2018 class, Zion Williamson, Romeo Langford and Immanuel Quickley.

USA Red 18 finished the competition unbeaten and took down Asia Pacific 108-79 in the final game. In addition to the performance of the American team, the individual performances of some athletes drew the attention of many college coaches and scouts. With some help of Vínicius Guimarâes, D1Vision compiled our five athletes who we felt stood out in the event:

Zion Williamson (6-7, 230lbs, Class 2018, USA Red 18) – Power forward from South Carolina once again had a performance worthy of a top-3 ranking in the 2018 class. He finished the event averaging 22.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 1.2 assists, shooting 64.5 percent in six games. In the final, he finished with 28 points and 10 rebounds, helping the American team win the title. He was named the MVP of the finals.

“I’m still only about 85 percent,” Williamson –who sat out the majority of the summer nursing a knee injury — told USA TODAY. “If I’m able to do this at 85 percent I can not wait to get back to 100 percent. I did not want to use that as an excuse because I really wanted this win with it being my last one of the summer. For me, it did not matter where I was at shape-wise; I was gonna do what I had to do to get the win.”

Matur Maker (6-10, 195, Class 2017, Asia Pacific) – The brother of Milwaukee Bucks Center Thon Maker showed everyone at the event his talent and ability to get to the basket. He has great footwork and has great timing on rebounding. Maker finished the event averaging a Nations best 26 points to go with 7 rebounds and 2 assists in six games. In the final against USA Red 18, he had 31 points and 6 rebounds in 30 minutes of play.

Ignas Brazdeikis (6-8, 220, Class 2018, Team Canada) –The talented shooting guard proved to be an elite scorer, creating plays and good court spacing for his teammates. He managed to create space for his own shots and moved very well on the court, finishing the event with averages of 22.2 points (51.9% from the field), 5.8 rebounds and 3 assists in five games.

Brazdeikis ended the July period with multiple offers and spoke about his recruitment with D1Vision earlier this month.

Yago Mateus do Santos (5-7, 165, Class of 2018) – The best point guard from the Brazilian team, Yago played his first professional season at just 17 years old and was a crucial part of Paulistano´s team that made it to the finals in the NBB, the Brazilian equivalent to the NBA. With his small stature, he struggles in some areas of the game, but overcomes his difficulties with amazing speed, handles, and shooting. He led Adidas Nations Global in assists with 5.8 per and steals with 2.2 per and was fifth best in scoring at 23.1 points per game.

Michael Uchendu (6-9, 235, Class of 2017) – With intriguing physical tools, center Uchendu is arguably the best Brazilian NBA prospect. Combining his wingspan (7-3), athleticism and hustle, he is super dominant against players at his age. In 2016 FIBA Americas U18, he had a monster performance against Argentina, with 11 points and 20 rebounds. And Uchendu repeated the success in Houston last week. He ended the tournament as the best rebounder of the tournament (10 per game) and averaged 18 points making 64% of his shots.

 

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