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2012 ADIDAS INVITATIONAL – SATURDAY RECAP
By Brian Bosworth, National Recruiting Analyst
Saturday in Indianapolis was all playoff action at the Adidas Invitational and with higher stakes came stronger performances. All three age groups (15U, 16U, 17U) were represented at the main gym and players from all ages and all places managed to stand out. Here’s a sampling of who impressed.
Top Performers of the Day:
Daniel Hamilton (Dream Vision 2014) – The younger of the pair of brothers on Dream Vision’s 17U squad, Daniel is two inches taller and significantly longer than his older brother. While Daniel’s set of tools on the offensive end is not quite as refined as Isaac, he does have the middle game down to a science. He’s best scoring on runners or floaters going in either direction often using the back board from unusual angles. Hamilton has range out to the 3-point line but is consistently more successful when he puts the ball on the floor and pressures the defense off the dribble. Added strength, improved ball handling skills, and better shot selection can spring board Hamilton’s game to the next level.
Isaac Hamilton (Dream Vision 2013) – The older of the pair of brothers on Dream Vision’s 17U squad, Hamilton proved himself to be among the most elite scorers in the entire 2013 class. He combines elite physical skills along with a refined skill package and it makes Hamilton a nearly impossible cover. In an evening playoff victory over the Dallas Mustangs Hamilton made a series of scoring plays that suggest his long term potential is that of a pro shooting guard. He made spin moves through traffic in the lane. He used up and unders from the mid post. He made fadeaways from along the baseline. He buried 3-pointers in rhythm. He ran for easy buckets in transition. If there’s a way to put the ball in the basket, Hamilton showed it on Saturday night. He can become the primary scoring option for a high major program and with hard work should continue playing basketball beyond college.
Sleeper Performance of the Day:
Montague Gill Caesar (CIA Bounce 2015) – A relative unknown entering the tournament, Caesar had a major breakout in a tough loss to the loaded Compton Magic 15U team. The 6’6” wing is a supreme athlete but doesn’t just rely on athleticism to dominate offensively. He hit pull-up jumpers using 1-2 dribbles in both directions and looked both confident and comfortable doing so. During one barrage of shots Caesar even hit a 15 foot fadeaway from the low post, and then hammered in a tip dunk on the next possession. He looks like the next big star to come out of the well known Canadian program.
Kaleb Joseph (Mass Rivals 2014) – In a matchup with highly touted 2013 point guard Kasey Hill, Joseph played the best game I’ve ever personally witnessed from him. He drove hard to the rim going both ways, consistently made 3-point shots, and created easy scoring chances for teammates with his excellent vision. This game was yet another step towards Joseph realizing he belongs among the nation’s elite point guards and continues what has been a terrific AAU campaign.
Chris Walker (Florida Elite 2013) – Walker’s contributions may not have jumped off the page the way they do at times but he controlled an individual matchup against one of 2014’s best forwards, Noah Vonleh. He drew 4 fouls on Vonleh in the 1st half alone by attacking the rim every chance he got and cleaning up the offensive glass. Walker is an elite rebounder, an elite finisher, and an elite athlete so once the skill package catches up, he can be scary good.
Anthony Dallier (Ohio Basketball Club 2013) – A big guard who can play all three wing positions, Dallier impresses most in the mental aspects of the game. His decision making and ability to play at his pace are unique for a player with 6’6” size and project well towards success at the next level. Dallier can shoot it out to the college 3-point line but is better getting into the paint where he has a soft floater and great vision to find teammates. While not an elite athlete, he makes up for it with smarts and really possesses winning qualities that will translate on any level.
Tyrone Outlaw (Garner Road 2013) – Outlaw is a power wing who abused smaller guards in the paint throughout an overtime win over OBC. He has a great midrange game that he can utilize either off the dribble or from the block on turnarounds. Extended shooting range and a little more burst off the dribble could progress Outlaw even further as a prospect.
Devonte Graham (Garner Road 2013) – A scoring point guard who can also create for others, Graham was deadly on pull-up jumpers from 18-22 feet. Defenders began to expect the pull-up but still couldn’t stop him from getting them off and knocking them down whenever he wanted. Graham needs to work on his decision making as he has a tendency to be a bit wild at times but if he focuses on the things he does well he can be very successful.
Hyron Edwards (Indiana Elite 2015) – My second viewing in two days confirmed my original belief that Edwards is an elite point guard prospect in the 2015 class. He plays under control all the time but has an extra gear he can kick in when needed. Elite point guards know that playing fast all the time just because they can isn’t the best choice and Edwards already has this lesson down at a young age. He’s someone I will continue to keep tabs on over the next few years as he becomes one of the country’s biggest names at the point.
Chandler White (Indiana Elite 2015) – White is a 6’3” strong framed wing who made long shots in bunches in a victory over The Ville. He has excellent and consistent form on his outside shot but is also able to put it on the floor and attack the rim. Learning to balance settling for the jumper and driving to the rack will be crucial as White’s game evolves throughout his high school career.
Jalen Perry (The Ville 2015) – A very athletic 6’3” combo guard, Perry lived in the lane in a tough loss to Indiana Elite. Not only did he have the burst to beat the first defender off the dribble but Perry also had the bounce to finish over and around rotating bigs at the rim. Improved long range shooting and learning to run a team could potentially make Perry a high major point guard prospect down the road.
Joseph Burton (Franchize All Stars 2014) – Burton has elite size for the wing standing 6’7” with a very chiseled frame. He has a pretty shooting stroke from outside and can finish among the trees utilizing outstanding body control in the air. Burton is a prospect I need to see a lot more of but he is a sure fire high major wing.
Karviar Shepard (Urban DFW Elite 2013) – Shepard’s play both on Saturday and throughout the week have catapulted him into the discussion for top center in the 2013 class. He scores with both hands, makes great passes from the post, and has refined footwork that most college big men would be jealous of. Shepard also protects the rim and rebounds both ends of the floor at an elite level. If he develops a nasty streak on the block, Shepard can become a dominant low post college scorer.
Deshon Taylor (Compton Magic 2014) – While Taylor didn’t show much off the dribble he is a lights out shooter with “in the gym” range. Once he crosses half court defenders have to take notice as Taylor made shots out to literally 30 feet at times. He needs to pick his spots a little better when pulling the trigger but Taylor can space the floor and pull just about any defense out of a zone.
Hakeem Coney (Atlanta Celtics 2014) – Coney is a power point guard who did just about everything on the offensive end for his Celtics team. He made deep shots, drove past defenders for scores, and flashed great vision hitting teammates at unusual angles. He had a tendency to force the issue a little at times but frankly his team was over matched in the game I watched so Coney had to try everything he could to get a win.
Daniel Hamilton (Dream Vision 2014) – Most of the west coast is involved with Hamilton as UTEP, UNLV, San Diego State, USC, Washington, Colorado, Colorado State, Long Beach State, UCLA, and east coast Florida State have all been in recent contact. He’s already taken unofficial visits to UCLA, San Diego State, and USC but doesn’t have any front runners at this point. Hamilton is taking his time and will also be effected by where older brother Isaac chooses because he has interest in continuing to play with his big brother at the next level.
Hakeem Coney (Atlanta Celtics 2014) – Coney’s recruitment is surprisingly quiet as he said coaches have not had a ton of contact with him since June 15th. He has heard some from Seton Hall, Dayton, VCU, South Carolina, Georgia State, and Georgia Tech but none have pulled the trigger on a scholarship offer as of yet.
Joseph Burton (Franchize All Stars 2014) – The rising junior already holds offers from Auburn and St. John’s with heavy interest coming from Texas A&M, Houston, and Marquette. Burton says he has heard that he is on Kentucky’s radar and is very interested in having the national power get involved. He’s been a Wildcat fan his whole life and has always dreamed of playing for Big Blue.
Hyron Edwards (Indiana Elite 2015) – Considering he’s just a rising sophomore, Edwards’ considerable college interest at such a young age speaks to his long term potential. Indiana and Purdue have already pulled the trigger on scholarship offers while Michigan, Illinois, Michigan State, Missouri, Stanford, and DePaul are very involved as well. Edwards views himself as a future pro and is looking for a school and coaching staff that can help develop him towards reaching that goal.
Anthony Dallier (Ohio Basketball Club 2013) – Just as successful in the classroom as he is on the basketball court, Dallier has a bunch of the nation’s elite academic institutions involved in his recruitment. Davidson, Princeton, Yale, Vermont, Holy Cross, Brown, Drake, Penn State, and West Virginia are the schools he rattled off and stressed that a balance between great basketball and great academics is what he’s looking for at the next level. This makes sense considering Dallier plays his high school ball at perhaps the best mix of academics and basketball in America at Northfield Mt Hermon (MA.)
Chris Walker (Florida Elite 2013) – The nation’s elite are after the super talented big man and he mentioned Florida, Kansas, Louisville, and Syracuse as his top 4 offers. He is still interested in Kentucky as he has been for some time but seems less focused on waiting for a Wildcat offer to come than he has in the past. While he wouldn’t name a leader, it sure sounded like Florida was out in front from listening to Walker talk about the Gators. He mentioned a great relationship with Billy Donovan and the way he’s treated as family by the entire Gator staff. Walker is also intrigued by the idea of continuing to play with current Florida Elite teammate Kasey Hill (Florida commit) at the next level.
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