For the fourth consecutive summer, the Louisville basketball program has some serious representation at the adidas Nations event in Long Beach, CA. The format for adidas Nations is slightly different than other elite summer camps, with teams representing Africa, Asia, Canada and Latin America participating alongside American high school players in the 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 classes.
The event features some of the top prospects on the planet along with 30 current college players who serve as counselors. Sophomore guard Terry Rozier, senior guard Chris Jones and junior forward Montrezl Harrell are three of the 28 couneslors at the camp.
While the majority of the attention from the event is given to the high school prospects, there are some very competitive scrimmages between the couneslors. According to Scott Phillips and Raphielle Johnson of NBC Sports all three Cardinals in attendnace have more than held their own.
“Terry Rozier was the best player on the floor in the college camp counselor game I saw this morning and it really wasn’t that close,” Phillips said of Rozier.
He finished with 17 points and seven rebounds in a scrimmage game that had just six-minute quarters and minor substitutions.
“While he has a propensity to over-penetrate and trap himself, and his perimeter jumper is still a work in progress, Rozier was very impressive in the morning game and has continued to have a breakout summer.”
“In regards to Jones, he made good decisions with the basketball in his hands, and he was also good when it came to understanding when to look for his shot and when to set up the other players on his team,” Raphielle Johnson said of Jones. “The key for Jones is continuing on that path and making sure it carries over into the season.”
“Montrezl Harrell clearly separated himself,” HardWoodInsiders.com wrote following the first day of the event. “The 6’8 forward from Louisville seemed to play harder than everyone else at the camp. He got a hand on every rebound or loose ball. He also talked non-stop on defense, which is extremely important in a camp of this sort where players are not necessarily used to playing with one another.
“In addition to Harrell’s effort he displayed his ability to move without ball and sneak behind defenders for easy dunks from dump offs from penetrating guards. Harrell also displayed the ability to face up and attack the basket after catching it in the post.”
Replacing guys like Russ Smith and Luke Hancock won’t be easy, but this team brings back quite a bit of talent. It sounds like the majority of the returning players are making big strides during the offseason.