Adidas Nations 2014: Stars Who Shone Most from International Rosters

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 4, 2014

Credit: 247Sports

The Adidas Nations tournament has been the proving ground for some of the best prep stars in the basketball world, and this year was no different.

Much of the attention before and throughout the event focused on American players like Maverick Rowan, Rawle Alkins, Chase Jeter and Brandon Ingram. By doing that, though, fans deprived themselves of some of the better international talent coming through the pipeline.

The tournament provided a showcase for players who might otherwise not have the chance to put their talents on display to a U.S. audience.

The three players below were among the cream of the crop from this year's class of foreign stars.


Dillon Brooks, Canada

Canada has become a fertile ground for the NBA, with Tristan Thompson, Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins getting drafted highly by the Cleveland Cavaliers, while Tyler Ennis and Nik Stauskas were both first-rounders in the 2014 draft.

Dillon Brooks looks to be one of the next in line. He ranks 94th overall on 247Sports' composite rankings and is the 17th-best small forward in the Class of 2015.

The Findlay College Prep star doesn't excel in any one area but instead does a lot of things very well. That was on display in the Adidas Nations. Heading into the final, he was leading all scorers with 23.5 points a game, highlighted by his double-double (31 points, 10 rebounds) against Asia Pacific on Sunday:

"I'm a playmaker. I love to make plays and just win," said Brooks of his style, per Inside the Hall's Jordan Littman.

He added that he offers "a lot of attacking, a killer instinct."

It will be interesting to see how Brooks' collegiate career goes. He lacks Wiggins' upside, but with the right coach in Division I, he could grow into a dependable jack-of-all-trades.


Bourama Sidibe, Europe

No matter how raw a player is, NBA teams are always willing to gamble on international players who are young and boast a ton of size. Just look at Clint Capela and Lucas Nogueira, who were selected in each of the last two first rounds largely for what they could do rather than what they have done.

Bourama Sidibe certainly falls under that designation. He's 16 years old and already stands at 6'10", according to RealGM.

Sidibe was one of the more intimidating presences inside at the Adidas Nations. He averaged 8.7 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks a game.

The prototypical back-to-the-basket big man is becoming less and less of a presence in the league, but NBA teams will never not need rim protectors. Sidibe at the very least looks like somebody who could grow into a solid defensive presence inside.

He obviously needs to grow into his body and is years away from ever being at a point where he could help an NBA team, but don't be surprised if he starts popping up on draft radars down the line


Jalen Poyser, Canada

Joining Brooks on this list is fellow Canadian Jalen Poyser. The Adidas Nations event will do wonders for him in terms of which colleges pursue him. According to 247Sports' composite rankings, Poyser is the 56th-best shooting guard in the Class of '15 and ranks 206th overall.

Through Canada's first five games, Poyser was the team's second-leading scorer, with 19.4 points a game.

He didn't shy away in the Canadians' two marquee games early in the tournament against Team Howard and Team Lillard. Poyser had 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting against Team Howard, which was tied with Brooks for the team lead, and dropped 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting against Team Lillard.

Brooks has received most of the spotlight, but plenty of fans were introduced to Poyser's game. He gave a more than strong enough account of himself.

Rivals' Eric Bossi was particularly impressed with his ability to get into the paint and score:

Poyser is one of those players worth following over the next year.