Adidas Invitational: Day One

INDIANAPOLIS - It was a big first night at the adidas Invitational. Highlighting the action was a five-star power forward matchup as well as a dominant showing from a 2015 prospect.

Craig Victor, PF, New Orleans Elite – It was a good showing for Victor. He took a challenge on head on and got the best of Kevon Looney, though it was a close battle. Victor showed why he is one of the elite players in the class. He scored it fairly well down low and held his own with Looney on the glass. Also Victor was really locked in on the defensive end and forced Looney to settle for jumpers. Overall it was a very good showing on a very bright stage for Victor.

Kevon Looney, PF, Milwaukee Running Rebels – While Victor got the slightly better end of the highly touted matchup, it was by no means any kind of beating. Looney still had his moments. Though he stood outside too much, Looney did hit a few threes and then crashed the offensive glass. Defensively he had a few blocks and played with his usual high motor style.

LaDamion Keys, PF/C, New Orleans Elite – When it comes to raw upside, Keys has a ton of it. A legit 6-foot-9 he really runs the floor, is a good athlete, and has very long arms. Keys needs to get a lot stronger, and he is somewhat unskilled, but the raw tools are there for him to be recruited at a fairly high level.

Tyree Griffin, PG, New Orleans Elite – Low to the ground and compact, Griffin is a tough dude who is a blur with the basketball. He can get from baseline-to-baseline in an absolute hurry and has decent floor vision while also looking to score. He isn't a great shooter, but he can hit in the mid-range and he is so strong that he finishes well even in the paint at 5-foot-9.

Brandone Francis, SG, Florida Elite – The future Florida Gator was excellent on Wednesday evening. Francis showed his athleticism finishing around the rim and was very good off the dribble getting to the mid-range. He hit a shot from deep which was good to see, and overall just controlled things and was a steadying influence for Florida Elite when things were going bad in the first half.

Dante Buford, PF, Florida Elite – Not exactly known as a skilled marksman from deep, Buford banged in four threes and had an excellent game. He showed his athleticism as always with a few monster dunks and impressive rebounds, but it was his improved outside shot that was so impressive. Buford looks to be improving.

Jalen Hudson, SG, Team Loaded NC – It was a solid showing for Hudson. After missing early with his jumper he got going some and hit a few from deep. Also he scored a little off the bounce, but he did everything in bunches, there was no consistency throughout the game. Hudson is a good athlete and can make shots, now he just needs to take the next step and put it all together.

JaQuel Richmond, PG, Team Loaded NC – For Richmond he really impressed in the first half. He used his quickness to get by his defender and get into the lane where he had his floater working. Also he used his dribble to get space and make open shots. Now he did slowdown in the second half some, but it was good to see Richmond have a solid showing on a big stage.

Joe Burton, SG/SF, Houston Defenders – The athletic and strong wing was very good in a night ending win. He got to the rim when he wanted, made open shots, and showed his defensive versatility on the perimeter. Burton isn't elite at any one thing, but he does a whole lot of things really well and continues to make very good strides with his game.

Carlton Bragg, PF, Ohio Basketball Club – Currently Bragg is rated No. 12 in the class and a very strong argument could be made that he is underrated. That is how good Bragg is becoming. The five-star was simply dominant. He scored on the post, scored facing the rim, handled the ball in transition, made passes, used his athleticism, and showed a high motor. Overall Bragg was borderline dominant and had the look of an elite level talent.

Chase Jeter, C, Dream Vision – Jeter is a little bit of a work in progress but in an evening win he showed a lot of potential. He can score on the post with a nice touch out to about 10 feet, he runs the floor, and gives effort on the glass. Not an elite athlete, Jeter gets rebounds with positioning and length. When he fills out and get stronger he will be an absolute load on the block.

Eron Gordon, SG, Eric Gordon All-Stars – Gordon is playing up at the 17-and under level, and still manages to get his buckets. The form on his jumper is far from text book, but Gordon got a few to go in. As always he used his strength to get to the rim. Right now he is still learning what is and isn't a good shot, but Gordon flat out gets buckets.

Carlton Bragg picked up an offer from UCLA to go along with interest from Michigan State, West Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio State.

LaDamion Keys mentioned Mississippi State has been recruiting him.

Tyree Griffin says SMU, UTEP, Marquette, Texas A&M, Troy, Louisiana-Lafayette, and New Orleans are the schools most interested.

Craig Victor versus Kevon Looney attracted Tom Izzo, Mike Krzyzewski, Rick Pitino, Thad Matta, Sean Miller, and Johnny Jones along with assistants from Kansas, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, Memphis, Wisconsin, Michigan, UCLA, Kentucky, Texas, and Georgetown.

Carlton Bragg had Tom Izzo, Tom Crean, Thad Matta, and John Groce in attendance. They were joined by assistants from Kentucky and North Carolina.

Eron Gordon had Michigan, Purdue, and Butler watching.


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