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ADIDAS INVITATIONAL — DAY TWO
by ND Kendrick
Indianapolis, IN – Day two of the second July “live period” was in full swing on Thursday and NBE Sports joined coaching staffs from numerous college programs at the adidas Invitational in the Circle City.
Here is a rundown from Thursday’s long day of action…
Stephen Zimmerman (Dream Vision 17) – Zimmerman continues to demonstrate why he may have the brightest future amongst all the bigs in his class. He has a soft shooting touch out to the stripe and an unblockable left-handed jump hook. Defensively his timing is excellent as he blocked away a number of shots. He is still very left hand dominate.
Jeremie Tyler (Indiana Elite 17s) – Tyler is beginning to step his game up to another level. He pushes the ball in transition off the dribble or pass with great pace. Changes speed and directions using the speed and inside out dribble with either hand.
Goodluck Okonoboh (Mass Rivals 17s) – Okonoboh plays with a great deal of passion and effort in the paint. He does a good job of using his body to establish prime position in the paint. He runs well and has plenty of athleticism to catch and score around the basket. Louisville coach Rick Pitino and Indiana coach Tom Crean were very attentive.
Josh Sharma (Mass Rivals 17s) – Sharma is a true 7-footer. The kid is still raw but you cannot teach that type of size. Mass Rivals has several bigs to turn to so he don’t get much time on the floor to make mistakes. He has a very good demeanor and didn’t get flustered when taken out of the game. In time, he will learn to play more physical in the post. Sharma lists offers from Oklahoma State, Boston College, Providence and Kansas State.
Brandone Francis (Florida Elite 17s) – Francis can dribble through contact in order to draw fouls or shoot the pull up jumper when his defender is not checking him closely. When side ball screens are set he likes to reject the pick and go baseline especially on the left side of the floor. The Florida commit has a mature feel to his game and can be asked to make the big shot down the stretch.
Donovan Hale (Florida Elite 16s) – Hale is a very quick and smooth athletic slasher. He can get to the rim with an explosive first step and change of pace dribbles to the tin. Above average ability to create his own shot. Uncanny nose for the ball and has strong legs which makes him a fine rebounder.
Joe Burton (Houston Defenders 17s) – Burton is a ideal point forward. In transition, he sprints the lane looking to get all the way to the rim. If the defense is set, he can stop and shot it from 3 or penetrate to draw the defense and kick out. Above average basketball IQ.
Carlton Bragg (Ohio Basketball Club 16s) – Bragg has been trending up since the John Lucas camp in Louisville this fall. He runs the floor extremely well and welcomes punishment in the post. He posts hard and constantly works for position on the block. Bragg has an excellent touch around the basket where he uses his great elevation and ability to finish with either hand. He is a physical athletic banger in the paint and has a good nose for the ball.
Names to remember:
Justin Bibbins 2014 (Compton Magic)
Joseph Powell 2014 (Dorian’s Pride)
Razhaun “Bear” Henderson 2014 (Dream Vision)
Grant Weatherford 2015 (Indiana Elite)
Mario Kegler 2016 (MBA Hoops)
David Burrell 2014 (Milwaukee Running Rebels)
Justin Bibbs 2014 (Ohio Basketball Club)
Rickey Bryce 2015 (Urban DFW)
Nicolas Pete 2015 (Compton Magic)
Class of 2014 prospect, Bryant McIntosh picked up two offers within the last 24 hours (Auburn and Florida State). The one time Indiana State verbal will surely be a hot commodity after the tournament due to his strong play. Clemson and Missouri have been in contact with him since he decommitted.
J.P. Macura of Lakeville North (MN) stated that he is high on Kansas State, Iowa State and Butler. The 2014 prospect also mentioned interest from Xavier and Purdue. Macura recently picked up offers from North Carolina State, Minnesota and Miami (FL).
Kaleb Joseph of Mass Rivals noted that his most recent offer was from Minnesota.
With action kicking off at 8 a.m. on Friday, we will have further updates coming!!