Ross Travis, PF, 43 Hoops – With not many 8 am games scheduled, Travis took advantage of a court full of college coaches in 43 Hoops' first game of the day. A 6-foot-6 undersized forward, Travis is a pretty good athlete that spent a lot of time corralling rebounds. He showed an ability to face up and attack, but he also showed he could knock in mid-range jump shots. Upper level mid-majors should definitely jump in Travis' recruitment.
Devin Langford, PF, Nashville Celtics – Although he fancies himself as a small forward, we think he's more of a post prospect. At 6-foot-6 he's slightly undersized, but he moves well, is a solid athlete and is a talented offensive rebounder. He has the ability to step out and shooter jump shots and even proved he could pull up for 18-footers.
Cody Zeller, PF, Indiana Elite – It didn't take Zeller, the brother of Luke and Tyler, to get it going against Dream Vision. He scored the first three buckets for Indiana Elite and he didn't look back on his way to 27 points. He's got soft hands, great touch and can score with his back to the basket or facing the rim. He's got a bright future ahead of him and he continues to get better. Along with Shabazz Muhammad, he was the talk of the main gym for much of the first day.
Chane Behanan, PF, Ohio Basketball Club – One would think that the MVP of NBA Camp and a consensus top 30 player would get a few more touches than the 6-foot-7 power forward received against the Franchize All-Stars. When he touched the ball good things happened for OBC, however his teammates didn't toss it in to him a ton. Regardless he grabbed strong rebounds in the paint, was aggressive offensively and got to the free throw line.
Aaron White, PF, Ohio Basketball Club – Playing alongside Chane Behanan in the paint, this 6-foot-7 power forward had a strong showing in front of college coaches. He's a mobile post prospect that was much more active and athletic than I expected. He has a nice set of hands and the ability to face up for jumpers to 21-feet. With a shortage of big men in the 2011 class we expect many coaches will give this guy a look.
Deuce Bello, SF, D-One Sports – Over the course of the last few months, Bello, a 6-foot-4 wing, has shown drastic improvements to his game. Always known for his explosive athleticism, Bello certainly showed that on Tuesday, but he also showed off his quickness and ability to finish at the rim. During his last game of the day he attacked the basket and finish at or above the rim with consistency.
Quincy Miller, PF, D-One Sports – His first game of the day was a struggle offensively. But what impressed us was the work he did on the defensive end. He's turned himself into a heck of a shot blocker because of his great timing and length. Later in the day, during the first round of the tournament, Miller started putting it all together scoring from long range and around the rim, while also rebounding and swatting shots.
Spencer Dinwiddie, PG, Double Pump Elite – This 6-foot-4 guard is an intriguing prospect. Obviously he has great size for the point guard spot, but what he has in height he lacks in bulk, as he has a slight frame. For a lead guard, Dinwiddie didn't look comfortable handling the ball under pressure, so he definitely has to tight up his handle, but he did hit long range jumpers under pressure. It'll be interesting to see how Dinwiddie's summer goes because he certainly has some talent.
Kaleb Tarczewski, C, NE Playaz – No one improved their stock more on day one of the adidas Invitational than this 7-foot center out of Southborough (Mass.) St. Marks. His development over the past year has been fun to watch and the light is starting to come on. Tarczewski, who jumped to No. 16 in Scout.com's 2012 rankings, runs the floor well, is active on both ends and showed a drop step dunk move in his first game of the day.
Alex Murphy, SF, NE Playaz – As good as Tarczewski was, Murphy wasn't too far behind. A 6-foot-7 wing, Murphy, who checked in at No. 22 on the 2012 list, is a pretty good athlete that can finish above the rim. He had a handful of baseline jams during his first game of the day as well as a monster dunk down the lane in his second. To go with his athleticism and ability to get to the rim, he's got a pretty good-looking shot with range out to the three-point stripe.
Twymond Howard, SF, MBA Hoops – In our first glance at Howard, a strongly built 6-foot-5 small forward, we walked away especially impressed with his mid-range game. He pulled up for and buried a number of mid-level jump shots from 12 to 18-feet. He has a solid frame that takes contact well and he's equipped with pretty good athleticism. Still flying a bit under the radar, Howard is a legit high major prospect.
Shabazz Muhammad, SF, Dream Vision – Although his team took the loss, Muhammad was as good as advertised. With numerous head coaches in the gym watching his every move, Muhammad dropped 32 points. His scoring package is impressive, as he's capable of scoring inside or out. He has a great mid-range pull-up and is polished enough to take defenders to the block and hit them with hooks, fadeaways and other post moves. He's clearly an elite prospect in the 2012 class.
Wannah Bail, C, Franchize All-Stars – In my first look of the 6-foot-10 post prospect it's evident that Bail is full of potential. He has a lean frame and moves up and down the floor quite well. Offensively he looked to face up for jump shots and even stepped out to 21-feet for jump shots. He also managed to corral a number of offensive rebounds. Defensively he's a shot blocking presence because of his length and timing. In a class full of big me, Bail is another impressive talent.
Robert Carter, C, Atlanta Express – We traveled a good 25 minutes off the main site to see this 6-foot-8, possibly 6-foot-9, 235-pound post prospect, and it was worth every second. Carter impressed us at NBA Camp, but here he caught our eye even more. He has a great set of hands, has soft touch around the basket and was great in screen and roll situations. We still think he could get in better shape, but he has the tools to be a pretty good 2012 center.
Damien Wilson, SF, Atlanta Celtics 16's – The buzz around North Central High School was that Wilson, a 6-foot-5 wing, had a monster first game of the event. We took in his evening game last night and he kept it going. Despite a slight hitch in his shot, he buried a number of three-pointer and also showed pretty good athleticism attacking the basket. He's one we will definitely continue to keep tabs on as the summer progresses.
Hanner Perea, PF, Indiana Elite/Team Indiana 16's – Perea had his high level athleticism on full display on Tuesday. At 6-foot-8, 215-pounds, he has a solid frame that allows him to mix it up inside. Throw in his athleticism and he's tough to deal with. He had a string of possessions during his mid-afternoon game where he had a monster dunk on the baseline and a pair of tip-dunks. He's a factor blocking shots and rebounding as well.
Malik Price-Martin, PF, Florida Rams 16's – We were only able to catch a few minutes of the Rams' game, but it was enough to warrant Price-Martin some ink. He has a slight frame that needs some muscle, but the sophomore-to-be has an impressive overall skill set with great hands and terrific touch around the basket. He even stepped away from the rim and knocked down an 18-footer.
D'Angelo Harrison said he "doesn't have a list." The talented scorer doesn't seem to be in any kind of hurry with his decision. He said he'll sit down with his family and develop a list after the AAU circuit.
Rob Carter said at this point he doesn't have a high major offer. That will likely change soon. He mentioned Florida State, Alabama, Georgia, USC, Florida Virginia Tech, Texas and Georgia Tech as schools showing interest.
Nigel Goss-Williams had his moments for the Double Pump Elite group Tuesday morning. He has an impressive overall skill set. Kyle Caudill, a 6-foot-11 big man, may be limited athletically, but he does have a nice set of hands and great touch inside. Taylor Barnette, of Lexington (Ky.) Christian Academy, dropped 19 points in his second game of the day, including five three-pointers. William Goodwin, a 6-foot-8 power forward, has a bright future. He moves well, has good hands, as well as soft touch around the basket. Tyree Robinson, a 2013 prospect, has a strong frame and can really score. He plays alongside Shabazz Muhammad for Dream Vision. D.J. White, a 2012 prospect on the Florida Rams 16's, had one of the best dunks of the day. He caught a ball off the rim and flushed it home. Michael Carey, a 2012 prospect out of Texas, is a good-looking wing prospect. He has a long, lean frame and is a pretty good athlete. Upper level mid-majors and lower high majors should definitely monitor his situation going forward. Treshawn Bolden is a 2013 post prospect to keep an eye on. At 6-foot-7 he's fairly mobile and can step out and shoot threes. Anthony Hickey, a 5-foot-11 guard, has good speed and can defend, but he's also a tad wild on the offensive end. Mid-majors are gathering info on the Kentucky native. Naadir Thape was solid today for the NE Playaz. He finished well around the basket with both hands and continues to show more and more confidence in his outside jumper.
Rob Carter drew Billy Donovan and Anthony Grant during his last game of pool play. Georgia, Florida State and Georgia Tech were also in attendance.