There were several exciting hoops events going on this weekend that I was able to check out which I have provided a summary for.
Adidas Nations Tournament:
The prestigious Adidas Nations tournament took place at the Next Level Sports Complex in Garden Grove, Ca. Every year, Adidas brings together some of the very best elite level high school basketball prospects from across the US, and the world, for this three day event. A large number of NBA assistant coaches, scouts, and development personal provide the guidance and tutelage to the players during the event. In addition, some of the top D1 players are invited as “camp councilors”. Over the three day event the attendee’s time is divided into practice and skills development and game completion. The USA players’ teams were divided by class year, and the international teams were divided by their geographic region.
Being a recruiting junkie like myself it was overwhelming to see so many high major prospects on one place. However, the reason I really enjoyed the event was being able to see Lions Anthony Ireland and Patson Siame in action.
Ireland who was invited as one the councilors was able to have three days of scrimmages against some of the very best D1 players in the US. The full rosters can be found here:
Similar to the high school players, for the D1 players getting to learn from the various basketball experts, and NBA coaches has to tremendously beneficial . In addition, being able to play against some each other, some very best in the nation, has to be really amazing.
Incoming Lion center Patson Siame also attended the event and played for team Africa. It was excellent for Patson to be able to play against some of the very best prospects in the world. Siame played well against the various US teams and his efforts were noted by Scout.com. In the article by Josh Gershon, it was again noted that we really got a steal in Siame. His defense and rebounding was noted, as well as his developing offensive skills.
LMU Elite Camp
On Sunday August 5th, the LMU Elite camp also took place at Gersten Pavilion. The camp is a chance for local high school players to attend this daylong event and participate in drills, practice, and scrimmages under the guidance of the LMU coaching staff and several players.
This annual event started four years ago and has really grown tremendously. The first year it only had a modest number of campers, where as yesterday there had to be close to a 100. It was really great to see so many young talented players interested in our program. The reputation of the Lions program has really grown exponential in the last few years from the hard work of the coaching staff.
My day job is in advertising and I really know the importance of building a brand. Having so many young players learn about our program and university is really amazing. I have to say I was really proud when I saw one off the campers later in the day at the Adidas Nations tournament wearing a “LMU ELITE” camp T-shirt.
At the end of the Adidas event I also had a chance say hello to Coach Bayno. He was actually an assistant on Anthony’s team and noted how well he had played. Though his time at LMU was short he had a tremendous impact on our program. I did not chat with him too long, but I do know he is lifelong friends with our staff, so I’m sure he is happy to see the direction we are headed.