Friday Bullets: Walton, Irvin participating in Adidas Nations; USA Basketball updates

Dylan Burkhardt
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  • Derrick Walton and Zak Irvin are in California this weekend to serve as counselors at Adidas Nations. The duo will have the opportunity to show off their summer improvement at one of the top summer events in front of NBA scouts and media before heading to Italy later this month. Michigan recruiting targets participating in the event include TJ Leaf, Kyle Guy, Dillon Brooks, Jalen Poyser and Eron Gordon. Find the full Adidas Nations rosters here.
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. is keeping a blog during his experience with USA Basketball’s Select Team: “The intensity has really picked up over the last two days here at USA Basketball training camp. I think I’ve done a really good job of getting better and holding my own. I’ve definitely been defending better, which is something that comes with experience and from learning each and every day. It is something I really wanted to work on this offseason, because offensively, I felt ahead of the game.”
  • Devearl Ramsey made the cut for USA Basketball for the 2nd summer in a row. Ramsey doesn’t have as much buzz as some other point guards on Michigan’s board, but he gets results. He was expected to visit Michigan earlier this summer before an ankle injury nixed the trip. Here he is discussing his USA Basketball experience.
  • The Sporting News named Caris LeVert one of 12 players ‘who can impact their team’s fate in 2014-15’: “LeVert could have as impressive a season as any recent Wolverine given the opportunity available to him and his own variety of talents. He is an excellent 3-point shooter (40.8 percent last season) and is a better ballhandler and passer from the wing than Stauskas, which is saying something. LeVert could be one of the nation’s best players. “
  • The New York Times went in-depth profiling the Nike EYBL, Team Scan along with some Tyus Battle mentions: “I can get paid for a lot of things,” Gary said. “But Tyus Battle’s not one of them.” For those who do wish to be paid, the money could be significant. The largest figure I heard being offered in exchange for one top prospect spending a year in college was $125,000, paid by a combination of an athletic department’s boosters and a sneaker-company sponsor.