Cody Zeller leads USA 2011's adidas Nations Championship victory over USA 2012
CHICAGO -- The USA 2011 team won the 2010 adidas Nations Championship by getting revenge on USA 2012 for Saturday's loss, 82-68. Class of 2011 post Cody Zeller (Washington, Ind./Washington) was huge, scoring eight points -- all in the first half -- but more importantly he controlled the glass, finishing with 13 rebounds. Shabazz Muhammad (Las Vegas/ Bishop Gorman) lead the way for USA 2012 with 18 points.
2011, C, 6-foot-10
Zeller finished drop-off passes above the rim after running the floor and was terrific on the glass on both ends, rebounding everything within reach. He also passed the ball well, especially on the interior where he delivered the ball over the top of the defense in a high-low look.
2012, SF, 6-5
Muhammad got out on the break and finished above the rim repeatedly. He slashed to the rim and either scored or drew a foul. He really stepped it up in the third quarter, where he knocked down an open 3 in the corner, where he loves to spot up. The super athletic lefty can really get it going when he is in attack mode.
Highlight of the game
LeBryan Nash's (Dallas/Lincoln) baseline slash to the rim that resulted in a powerful two-handed dunk before the weak side defense knew what hit it was impressive.
• Point guard Quinn Cook (Hyattsville, Md./Oak Hill) had a solid game for USA 2011 in the second half by hitting some tough shots, rebounding, leading the break and setting the table for teammates to score easy baskets. Cook finished with nine points, six rebounds and five assists.
• Class of 2013 shooting guard Rodney Purvis (Raleigh, N.C./Upper Room Christian Academy) scored nine points by getting to the rim on the break and by moving well without the ball, which allowed him to hit a couple of short jumpers. The young wing can play, defend multiple positions and has off-the-charts upside.
• Center Cameron Ridley (Richmond, Texas/Bush) made his presence felt when he entered the game for USA 2012 by immediately hitting a jump hook over his left shoulder. He also had a couple impressive offensive rebounds.
Reggie Rankin was an assistant coach at seven schools for 13 seasons, most recently at Dayton. He played at Ohio University from 1986-90 and was an All-MAC first-teamer in his senior season.
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