adidas VIP Exclusive Run: Breakout Performers

LAS VEGAS -- Two 2013 prospects and a handful of underclassman raised their level of play at the adidas VIP Exclusive Run. Who stepped it up in Vegas?

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Quick Take: The easy choice for breakout performer of the adidas VIP Exclusive Run is this 6-foot-3 guard. While the big three – Kasey Hill, Chris Walker and Brannen Greene – had strong weekends, without Croaker the Rams may not have torn through the competition. Athletically, Croaker is gifted, but he's also a talented long-range shooter, which makes him an attractive recruit to many. High majors were watching all weekend and he likely won them over.
Recruiting: Florida State, Miami, Florida, South Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, Virginia Tech, Stetson, Oklahoma, Marshall

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Quick Take: Vinny Pastore's group is full of talented youngsters, but in a game and a half, Jospeh, a 6-foot-2 lead guard, managed to standout. He's crafty, quick and knows how to create for his teammates. Jospeh, a standout at Ashburnham (Mass.) Cushing Academy, has impressive physical attributes and can score it at a high level when called upon. Add Joseph to the list of high major guards in the 2014 recruiting class.
Recruiting: Boston College, Maryland, Tennessee, St. Bonaventure, Delaware

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Quick Take: In the 16's championship game of the adidas VIP Exclusive Run, Henriqez stood out because of his offensive ability. At 6-foot-4 and pushing 6-5, Henriqez is equipped with a nice basketball body and a skill set that allows him to score from every level. Despite playing with a dislocated finger in the title game, Henriqez was effective and scored big buckets for the Rams. Henriqez established himself as a high major prospect.

Recruiting: Florida State, South Florida, UCF, Murray State, Georgia Southern, High Point, George Mason, Alabama, Butler

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Quick Take: One of the more intriguing prospects of the weekend resides in Arizona. At 6-foot-5, Hopkins plays on the ball and while we aren't necessarily categorizing him as a lead guard, he does have some serious ball skills and athletic ability. He should develop into a very good on the ball defender, his ball handling skills are terrific for his size and he even showed he was capable of hitting mid-range jump shots with some consistency.
Recruiting: Arizona, Auburn, Boise State, Colorado, Colorado State, Penn State, Stanford, Washington State

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Quick Take: The dominant performance of championship Sunday came from this 5-foot-11 guard. Running for Indiana Elite/Team Indiana, Edwards made play after play in transition and scored a championship game high of 30 points. Dream Vision, who had three very talented guards, didn't have an answer for his speed and ability in the open court, as Edwards raced to the rim and finished once there. It was a big stage and Edwards answered in a big way.
Recruiting: Indiana, Purdue, Michigan, Northwestern, Xavier


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