The 2013 adidas Nations campaign continued this past weekend in Miami Florida with the second of three USA training camps! Team USA 2014 and Team USA 2015/16 began workouts Saturday morning (5/18/13) at Barry University in Miami Shores.
Thirty-six of the top ranked players (roster) in the nation, came to train and compete in the best grassroots environment available. With three training sessions over the weekend, most of the time was spent doing station work with individual player development as the primary focus. The players responded with a great effort to adidas Nations’ NBA
With the top players in the country in attendance, expectations were high and the players did not disappoint. From the moment the players hit the court, they demonstrated why they are all top ranked with their elite athleticism, advanced skill base and coachability.
“From top to bottom, this may be the best group of players we have assembled at adidas Nations!” – Coach Don McClean
The focus of the weekend is to create an environment where players are given the tools and insight to compete at the professional level. The players were challenged to behave like the professionals they aspire too be, by being on time for meetings, following the nutrition recommendations presented by Athletes’ Performance, and learn to “love the game” through being fully committed to the craft. The players received the message and pushed one another to the highest levels.
Jeff Robbins the adidas Nations Executive Director raved about the Miami session, “All of the elements for a great Nations camp came together this weekend! The players all have a reputation of being outstanding basketball players and this weekend not only did they prove the rankings, but the players also demonstrated that they are outstanding people. I look forward to watching the players continued development!”. The Miami session will be followed on June 15-16 in Las Vegas, NV with the final training session before the adidas Global Challenge August 1-5 in Los Angeles.
In its 7th year, the Nations program continues to grow and raise the standard for player development for elite college prospects. “adidas is committed to providing opportunities for athletes to be exposed to the best in basketball instruction, nutrition, footwear, and apparel” says Executive Director Jeff Robbins. As a brand adidas is committed towards building events and products that help athletes perform better.
adidas Nations alumni include: Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons), Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves), Tyreke Evans (Sacramento Kings), Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls). Robin Lopez (Phoenix Suns) and Brook Lopez (New Jersey Nets). AND MORE