Adidas Invitational: Day One

INDIANAPOLIS - Day one of the Adidas Invitational got kicked off with a huge game between Urban DFW and Florida Elite, and it close with an impressive performance by a pair of players from the Pacific Northwest.

Tre'shaun Lexing, SG/SF, Northwest Panthers – One of the surprises of the first day, Lexing is an athletic 6-foot-4 wing who really brings a lot to the table. He handles the ball very well, has a nice mid-range jumper, and then also showed the ability to hit from three. Defensively he is a monster with long arms and the desire to stay in front of his man. With numerous Pac 12 coaches looking on, Lexing put on a heck of a show.

Joel Embid, C, Florida Elite – He can be overshadowed at times because he doesn't score a ton for his team, but the potential is through the roof with Embid. He has long arms, is a legit 6-foot-11 if not taller, and has good hands. Embid blocks shots, and though he is raw seems to be in the right place at the right time on the defensive end. His best basketball is definitely ahead of him.

Chris Walker, PF, Florida Elite – Walker was only average on the offensive end in terms of scoring, but on the glass and blocking shots he was a monster. He controlled the glass, and against a talented Urban DFW frontline, Walker made it hard for them to score down low. As usual he did have a few highlight dunks, but overall it was the other things that were most impressive with Walker.

Kasey Hill, PG, Florida Elite – By his lofty standards Hill was only average in the first half when the game was close, but then he absolutely had it working in the second half getting to the rim at will and hitting shots when needed. The game just seems to come so easy to Hill, and he proved to be able to take over in crunch time against a quality team.

Kahlil Thomas, PF/SF, Florida Elite – It is amazing that he is has been this under the radar. Thomas was excellent and has proven to be at the mid-to-high level with his play. A good athlete, Thomas scores inside and to the mid-range, and then is an excellent rebounder. Defensively he can guard all over, and is just someone who does many things at a high level. He is one to really watch going forward if his development continues at this pace.

Jordan Mickey, PF, Urban DFW – Despite his team having a losing effort, Mickey was solid. He showed that he can score in the mid-range with a little floater and down low with a hook shot. Add in that he hit from near the three point line and he is a good rebounder, and Mickey is someone who showed well for himself despite going against one of the biggest frontlines on the circuit.

Marcus Frazier, PG, Urban DFW – A little bit on the small side, but Frazier is as quick as any player, and has good range on his outside shot. Also he creates well for others by getting into the lane and making the right decision. Frazier was the key in Urban keeping the game close, and his play was a pleasant surprise.

Mark Donnal, PF, Indiana Elite – The future Michigan Wolverine played very well in an evening loss. Where Donnal has made his biggest improvement is as a rebounder. He snatches boards both in and out of his area and does it in traffic as well. Add in that he is more physical than ever down low on offense as well as being an excellent shooter, and he is someone who should cause matchup problems at the college level.

Jordan Pickett, PG, Indiana Elite Stars – Mid-majors should really like what they see from Pickett. He is a definite scorer at the point guard position and has a feel for how to change speeds and get into the lane. A solid decision maker, Pickett knows how to get others involved. He was very solid in keeping his team heavily involved during day one.

Ahmaad Rorie, PG, Northwest Panthers – With his future head coach, Mike Montgomery looking on, Rorie put on a show. The 2014 floor general is a big time scorer, and has enough savvy to also be a lead guard. Rorie is a problem to defend going either right or left, and then is absolutely cold blooded from three. If he can repeat this type of performance consistently his stock will absolutely soar.

David Crisp, SG, Northwest Panthers – A strong bodied guard, Crisp is a lefty who makes some plays off the dribble and then also can heat up from deep. Crisp finishes well through contact on the break, but is at his best when his feet are set and he can get a clean look. Definitely he is somebody who Pac 12 coaches will keep a close eye on.

P.J. Thompson, PG, Spiece Indy Ice – The best thing you can say about a point guard is he always makes the right decision. That is exactly the case with Thompson. Never does he make a bad choice with the basketball. Despite being small and not a jet with the ball, Thompson is able to create at will, especially using ball screens, and just knows how to get open shots for teammates. Add in that he himself is a good shooter as well as a tough kid, and Thompson is the type of kid who will always overachieve and make his team better at every level.

Tre'Shaun Lexing mentioned offers from Colorado, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, Santa Clara, and Cal Poly. Also he said he is hearing from virtually the entire Pac 12.

David Crisp has interest from Washington State, Oregon State, Santa Clara, Seattle, Boise State, and San Francisco.

Kahlil Thomas has offers from Florida International, Florida Atlantic, Samford, Jacksonville, ETSU, South Alabama, and interest from Southern Miss.

Joel Embid so far has heard from both Florida and UCLA.

The Florida Elite versus Urban DFW game featured uncommitted bigs Embid, Walker, Mickey, and Karviar Shepherd. The list of coaches was mind boggling.

Head coaches from Kansas, Florida, Ohio State, Tulsa, Arkansas, TCU, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Colorado, and West Virginia were there. Also assistants from Illinois, Texas, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State, Louisville, Iowa, Missouri, Alabama, SMU, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Texas A&M, Kentucky, Georgetown, VCU, Gonzaga, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, USC, and Florida State were present.

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