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    Andre Drummond is among the<br> high-profile prospects set to participate<br> in adidas Nations.

    Rosters have been announced for adidas Nations, scheduled for Aug. 5-8 at the HAX Athletic Club in Los Angeles and the nearby Torodome on the campus of California State University-Dominguez Hills.

    The championship and third-place games will be televised Aug. 8 live at 4 p.m. PST by the CBS Sports Network. A special adidas Nations highlight and preview show will air Aug. 7 at 5 p.m. PST.

    The event features eight teams featuring 18-and-under talents from the United States, Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Latin America. adidas Nations emphasizes team concepts and includes expert training and strategy tips, comprehensive workout sessions and scrimmages. Off-court elements such as nutritional education, global interaction, leadership and philanthropy are woven into the program's agenda.

    Thirty of the nation's top college stars will serve as counselors, including Joe Jackson (Memphis), Jared Sullinger (Ohio State) and Patric Young (Florida).

    adidas Nations United States rosters

    Jordan Adams, 6-4, G, Lawrenceville, Ga. (Oak Hill Academy)
    Kyle Anderson, 6-8, G/F, Fairview, N.J. (St. Anthony)
    Isaiah Austin, 7-1, F, Burleson, Texas (Grace Prep)
    DaJuan Coleman, 6-8, F, Syracuse, N.Y. (Jamesville-DeWitt)
    Andre Drummond, 6-10, F, Oakdale, Conn. (St. Thomas More)
    Kris Dunn, 6-2, G, New London, Conn. (Wilbraham and Monson Academy)
    Perry Ellis, 6-8, F, Wichita, Kan. (Wichita Heights)
    Kevin Ferrell, 5-10, G, Indianapolis, Ind. (Park Tudor)
    Will "Shaq" Goodwin, 6-8, F, Decatur, Ga. (Southwest DeKalb)
    Amile Jefferson, 6-7, F, Philadelphia, Pa. (Friends' Central)
    Xavier Johnson, 6-6, G/F, Dana Point, Calif. (Mater Dei)
    Shabazz Muhammad, 6-6, G, Las Vegas, Nev. (Bishop Gorman)
    Rodney Purvis, 6-3, G, Raleigh, N.C. (Upper Room Christian)
    Cameron Ridley, 6-10, F, Richmond, Texas (Fort Bend Bush)
    Winston Shepard, 6-8, G/F, Fresno, Texas (Findlay Prep)
    Jarnell Stokes, 6-8, F, Memphis, Tenn. (Oak Hill Academy)
    Kaleb Tarczewski, 7-0, F, Clermont, N.H. (St. Mark's)
    Jordan Tebbutt, 6-5, G/F, Tualatin, Ore. (Oak Hill Academy)
    Gabe York, 6-2, G, Walnut, Calif. (Orange Lutheran)

    Shaqquan Aaron, 6-7, G/F, Apple Valley, Calif. (Mater Dei)
    Clifton Alexander, 6-9, F, Chicago, Ill. (Curie)
    Nate Britt, 6-1, G, Upper Marlboro, Md. (Gonzaga)
    Elijah Brown, 6-2, G, Westlake, Ohio (Mater Dei)
    Rodney Bullock, 6-7, G/F, Hampton, Va. (Kecoughtan)
    Keith Frazier, 6-5, G, Irving, Texas (Irving)
    Derrick Griffin, 6-7, F, Rosenberg, Texas (Terry)
    Isaac Hamilton, 6-4, G, Los Angeles, Calif. (Crenshaw)
    Thomas Hamilton, 6-9, F, Chicago, Ill. (Whitney Young)
    Aaron Harrison, 6-5, G, Richmond, Texas (Fort Bend Travis)
    Andrew Harrison, 6-5, G, Richmond, Texas (Fort Bend Travis)
    Kasey Hill, 6-2, G, Clermont, Fla. (Montverde Academy)
    Kuran Iverson, 6-8, F, Bloomfield, Conn. (Northwest Catholic)
    Trey Lyles, 6-8, F, Camby, Ind. (Arsenal Tech)
    Jordan Mickey, 6-7, F, Richardson, Texas (Berkner)
    Solomon Poole, 6-1, G, Jacksonville, Fla. (Parker)
    Malik Price-Martin, 6-9, F, Miami, Fla. (Monsignor Pace)
    Karviar Shepherd, 6-9, F, Cedar Hill, Texas (De Soto)
    Chris Walker, 6-8, F, Dunwoody, Ga. (Holmes County)
    Nigel Williams-Goss, 6-3, G, Henderson, Nev. (Findlay Prep)
  • A load of Texas players have made recent verbal commitments in the Dallas area. Signing Day is Feb. 2. Among them are:

    Cedar Hill senior defensive end Jude Akpunku has orally committed to Navy, according to Cedar Hill coach Joey McGuire. Cedar Hill had an up-and-down season on defense, but Akpunku (6-3, 215) was one of the bright spots.

    Richardson Berkner senior Spencer Edmonds has orally committed to Air Force, according to Berkner coach Jim Ledford. The 6-5, 216-pound tight end and receiver caught 45 passes for 673 yards and nine touchdowns last season.

    Woodrow Wilson running back Carl Harris, who rushed for for 1,836 yards and 23 touchdowns last season, has orally committed to Memphis, according to Woodrow Wilson coach Bobby Estes. Woodrow Wilson linebacker Chad Polk and tight end/defensive end Ishmael Thorns gave oral commitments to Sam Houston State.

    The Dallas Morning News also reported several oral commitments, including Irving defensive end Horace Arkadie (Arkansas), Kimball defensive tackle Isiah Norton (Colorado State) and A. Maceo Smith defensive tackle Keithen English (Houston).

    As expected, some players changed commitments over the last week. The biggest was Euless Trinity star quarterback Brandon Carter, who switched from Oklahoma to TCU. Carter was recruited as a defensive back for Oklahoma, but he might be able to play receiver at TCU.

    Some other changes:

    Mesquite Horn inside linebacker Kyle Boyd has changed his commitment from Iowa State to Baylor, according to The Dallas Morning News. Duncanville linebacker Josh Hunt, the District 5-5A Most Valuable Player who had committed to Wake Forest, is now orally committed to North Texas, according to the Denton Record-Chronicle. The Record-Chronicle also reported that Lincoln defensive back Kerry Swarn, who in the fall was committed to Arizona, is now committed to North Texas.

    When he didn't get a scholarship offer from a big school, Flower Mound quarterback Paul Millard decided to accept an invitation to walk on at West Virginia. He graduated early at Flower Mound and then enrolled last week at the school in Morgantown, W.V. To Millard's surprise, a scholarship opened up and he was awarded it on his first day there. "That's a cool deal," he said. It also seems fitting for a quarterback who threw for more than 400 yards and four touchdowns per game last season.

    Todd Dodge, the head football coach at Southlake Carroll when the Dragons were 79-1 and won four 5A state titles from 2002 to 2006, has been hired as the quarterbacks coach at Pittsburgh. Dodge was hired as head coach at North Texas in December of 2006, but he was fired last year midway through a fourth straight losing season. Some had speculated that he would return to high school coaching, but he found a spot on the staff of new Pittsburgh coach Todd Graham, who coached Allen High School from 1995 to 2000

    The Green Bay Packers expect to practice for next week's Super Bowl at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, but if the weather is too cold or wet, they could move down the street to Highland Park High School. SMU doesn't have an indoor facility, but Highland Park does have one for its football team. That shows how big high school football is in North Texas, where many 4A and 5A schools have indoor workout facilities and a few 3A schools even have them.

    Matt Wixon is the high school sports columnist for The Dallas Morning News. He can be reached at or on Twitter @mattwixon.