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Canadian adidas Nations Roster Released

By Canadian Ballers, 07/27/16, 12:00PM EDT

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Action starts Thursday in California.

Implemented in 2007, adidas Global Nations has elevated the world of grassroots basketball with a dynamic, international approach to exposure camps.

Basketball is rooted in teamwork and the future success of the game is dependent on maintaining this framework. 

This weekend adidas Nations will bring together the top U19 basketball players from the U.S., Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and Latin America. A multi-faceted international curriculum featuring NBA coaches and players, as well as current collegiate players acting as camp counselors, will provide invaluable insight and first-hand knowledge to the participants, illustrating the pressures, rigors and challenges that accompany the rise of any aspiring NBA star.

Here are the chosen twelve to represent the red and white:

Representing the Adidas Flagship program in Canada Brookwood Elite

2017 6-9 Anthony Longpre (Montreal, QC/Glenelg, MD)

Longpre a year ago held his own as an underclassmen playing on the Guantlet. He has already visited Georgetown and George Washington campuses. Longpre who will return to the Maryland high school scene this fall.

2018 6-7 Noah Kirkwood (Ottawa, ON/Ashbury, ON)

The best thing he ever did was make the commute from Ottawa to Montreal for AAU ball. This two time Cadet in the month of July picked up six quality offers (Vanderbilt, Virginia, Texas, Wisconsin, Notre Dame and USC)

2019 6-4 Luguentz Dort (Montreal North, QC/TBD)

By far the most productive Canadian Baller during the month of July. 220lbs of no fear. What makes Dort intriguing is due to two separate injuries he's only played six weeks of ball in the last six months making his body of work in July astonishing. Spent last season at Arlington County Day but after his head coach departed Dort is weighing his options.

Representing the Nike flagship program in Canada CIA Bounce

2017 6-2 Jahvon Blair (Brampton, ON/Orangeville Prep,ON)

Blair relishes pressure. This former Jordan Brand International game MVP has a reputation for signature performances when the stakes are high. Mr. Sieze The Moment averaged 9 points per game at the FIBA U18 Americas with a short leash of only 15 minutes per game.

2017 6-2 Howard Washington (Niagara Falls, ON/Orangeville Prep, ON)

A lead guard his whole life with a winning pedigree second to none. Former Montverde starting point guard has recently really polished his game on the perimeter by mastering the pull up jump shot off of a screen. Big shots and ball security? Butter.

2018 6-7 Ignas Brazdiekis (Oakville, ON/Orangeville Prep)

Mr. 28 points (11-of-23 shooting with 5 3PT FGM) versus Oak Hill has added priceless big game playing experience since the spring. Almost identical numbers playing in both the Nike EYBL (12.9 ppg and 6.1 rpg) and FIBA World Championships (14.9 ppg/6.9 rpg).

Representing the Under Armour flagship program in Canada UA Canada Elite:

2017 6-6 Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Toronto, ON/ Hamilton Heights, TN)

A stroke and competitive nature that resembles Reggie Miller. Leading scorer at the FIBA U18 Americas (18 ppg). He's a time bomb waiting to explode, doesn't nearly get enough hype as his skill set and potential as a NBA prospect demonstrate. Cream always rises to the top and this weekend might be it if he can duplicate his FIBA showings.

2017 Josip Vrankic (Etobicoke, ON/Wasatch Academy, UT)

After travelling with the U18 National team Vrankic averaged 3 ppg and 5.5 ppg in only 16 minutes of action. Against USA only shot 1 of 6 and collected 4 boards. Signs of ruggedness that Vrankic will try to show more of this weekend to silence the folks labeling as only a pick and pop guy. Holds 25+ offers. Member of Dicks Nationals representative Wasatch.

2020 6'5" Cassius McNeilly (Toronto, ON/Thornlea, ON)

Baby face assassin will be the youngest on the roster. Wise with a perimeter game to go with it beyond his years. A great feel for the game and a high major talent knocking shots down off screens. Refreshing for a 15 year old.

Representing Northern Kings:

2017 6-2 Marcus Carr (Woodbridge, ON/Montverde, FL)

After being the most productive Canadian Baller in July last summer and taking his talents to Montverde the 2015-16 season was derailed by injury. Carr is back slowly but surely. Made sure to drop 37 points in a single game while on AAU duty in Las Vegas. Welcome back!

2017 6-10 Eliel Nsoseme (Congo/Clarkson, ON)

Congolese import that arrived at Clarkson last season. Born in June of 1997. Entered July as a unknown, ended it unforgettably. Nsoseme a genuine shot blocker with a developing offensive game picked up offers from New Mexico, Portland, Evansville among others. Tons of speculation on where he plays high school ball next season. Henry Carr has been linked as a possible destination online.

Representing DRIVE Canada out of British Columbia:

2018 6-8 Jake Cowley (Langley, BC/ Walnut Grove, BC)

Tough hard nosed big that relishes rebounding and rim protecting. Plays with a high motor, tremendous spirit and passion in addition to a reputable finisher. Locally in his province the consensus is he is the top prospect in British Columbia.

Representing UPLAY Canada Basketball:

2019 6-4 PG Andrew Nembhard (Vaughan, ON/Montverde, FL)

-Consensus most promising point guard in the entire Canadian player pool. Great size and vastly improved jump shot added in the last twelve months. Mr. Cool Running's is also second to none on the court when it comes to poise. A maturity beyond his years.

Representing New England Playaz:

2017 6-7 Jerome Desrosiers (Montreal, QC/Mount Herman, MA)

- Princeton commit utilized ties with NE Playaz and was given a swan song from adidas being selected to this years roster. Cant say unwarranted though after averaging 10 ppg and 6 rpg at the Adidas Vegas Summer Championships the last live period.5 points and 7 rebounds in the championship game versus Mass Rivals.

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