adidas Grassroots Basketball Returns to CBS Sports Network
adidas Nations is the premiere global high school basketball platform for player development and competition.Â Commencing inÂ 2007, adidas Nations identifies the top you players in the world and is designed to emphasize and focus on adidas’ core belief that real success in the game of basketball comes from refined fundamentals and playing as a team. The world’s top players,Â 19Â andÂ under, will be selected to comprise nine regional teams from Africa, Asia Pacific, Australia, Europe, Latin America and the United States.
Teams partake in training camps and competition around the world with a primary focus on becoming a professional basketball player. The culmination of this program brings all nineÂ teamsÂ together to train and ultimately compete in an international worldÂ championship underÂ the guidance and mentorshipÂ ofÂ highlyÂ esteemedÂ NBAÂ coaches,Â pastÂ andÂ present players, andÂ counseled by the top 30 college players in America.
In essence, adidas is redefining Grassroots basketball and developing the next crop of superstars along theÂ way.Â Â OverÂ the past two years (2011, 2012) 29 adidas nations participants have been drafted into the NBA, and 68 playersÂ overall.Â Â SomeÂ of the top names include: Derrick Rose, SergeÂ Ibaka, EricÂ Gordan,Â JrueÂ Holiday, Brook and Robin Lopez, DamianÂ Lillard,Â AlecÂ Burks, JaredÂ Sullinger, Andre Drummond, Josh Smith, Kevin Love,Â TyrekeÂ Evans, James Harden,Â DemarÂ Derozen, Mike Conley Jr., Paul George, Brandon Knight, Tristan Thompson, Corey Joseph,Â ImanÂ ShumpertÂ and many more.