LONG BEACH, Calif. -- After three days of competition at the Adidas Nations, the matchups are set for Monday night’s third-place and championship games, which will both air on ESPNU.
Adidas Nations features the world’s elite 18-and-under players representing teams from the United States, Africa, Australia, Latin America, the Philippines and Russia. The format is a combination of skill work, drills and game competition, culminating in Monday’s championship.
The Adidas Nations third-place game between Africa and USA 2015/2016 Red will feature eight players ranked in the ESPN 60 and will air live at 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU and WatchESPN. Following that, the championship contest between USA 2014 Red and USA 2014 Blue will include 18 players ranked in the ESPN 100 and will air live at 9 p.m. ET on ESPNU and WatchESPN.
The title tilt will include a number of intriguing matchups, led by a must-see big man battle between No. 1 overall prospect Jahlil Okafor for USA Red versus No. 10 recruit Myles Turner for USA Blue. At the power forward position, Kevon Looney and Craig Victor of USA Red will battle Trey Lyles and Reid Travis of USA Blue. The small forward spot, meanwhile, will pair up Stanley Johnson of USA Red against North Carolina-bound Theo Pinson of USA Blue. And finally, the backcourt battles will include Kaleb Joseph and Louisville recruit JaQuan Lyle of USA Red versus Maryland-bound Romelo Trimble and Ohio State commit D'Angelo Russell of USA Blue.
Emmanuel Mudiay of USA Blue is not expected to play in the championship game due to a banged-up knee, while Malik Newman of USA 2015/2016 Red will likely miss the third-place game with a sore hip. If healthy, Mudiay would have made 19 ESPN 100 prospects in the title game and Newman would have made nine ESPN 60 recruits in the third-place contest.
But there will still be plenty of talent on display. Here’s a closer look at eight players -- two for each team -- to watch Monday night on ESPNU for the Adidas Nations third-place and championship games.