Adidas Gauntlet: Day Three Checklist

TAVARES, Fla. — Day three at the adidas Gauntlet had several top performers, including Chase Jeter, who continues to make major strides as a prospect.


Paris Austin, PG, DreamVision: Playing with Ivan Rabb on his high school team, Austin knows his job as a point guard is to get his teammates involved and usually plays his role well. He's pass-first, can get into the lane, draw the double and find the open teammate and hit the open jumper. Austin plays at a smart pace and values possessions. Someone will be getting a point guard who plays the right way and has shown a commitment to improving his game.

Ray Smith, SF, DreamVision: Smith is extremely close to turning the corner into the elite prospect category and may not necessarily be there yet, but there's every reason to believe he's well on his way to becoming a very good player. At 6-foot-7 he has a terrific frame with long arms and ideal athleticism for the position. He's become a really good passer and his body control helps him get to the basket when he wants. His stroke has improved and he's not a consistent shooter yet, but he's getting there. As Smith's handle and jumper keep making strides, his production will exponentially improve as well.

Chase Jeter, C, DreamVision: One of the most impressive prospects on the adidas circuit, Jeter continued his strong play on day three of the Gauntlet. In an early game on Sunday, Jeter scored 10 points and was especially effective as a rebounder, as he pulled down 15. The 6-foot-11 center is a competitor. He plays hard on both ends, runs the floor with ease for a guy his size and clearly has worked on his footwork and low post game. He's making significant advancements to his game at just the right time.

Deng Adel, SF, Florida Elite: Forget his skill set, what's most impressive about this 6-foot-7 small forward is how hard he plays. He gives 100% effort on every possession on both sides of the court and is fearless out there. He also happens to be very skilled. Adel is a knockdown shooter, really passes the ball well, rebounds and blocks shots. His motor, size and athleticism would give him value without the skill, but add the skill and you have a terrific prospect.

Bennie Boatwright, PF, Gamepoint: There aren't many recruits in the 2015 class that can shoot the ball like Boatwright can. In fact, the 6-foot-8 forward is an elite shooter. He has deep range on his shot and consistently shoots an impressive percentage from behind the three-point arc. Against the Ohio Basketball Club, Boatwright hit five of his seven three-point attempts on his way to a game-high 23 points. He also added seven rebounds in Gamepoint's win over OBC.

Cameron Walker, SF, Compton Magic: Walker put together one of the more efficient outings I've seen from him on Sunday. The 6-foot-7 wing picked his spots and made plays off the dribble. At times you want Walker to be more aggressive, but he also must be commended for his patience and team ball mentality. Walker finished 7-for-9 from the field and scored 15 points in the win over Texas Select.

Jalon Miller, PF, Texas Select – Battling against Cameron Walker and T.J. Leaf, Miller, a 6-foot-7 combo forward, more than held his own. Miller was aggressive with his drives, finished well at the rim and even knocked in a three-pointer. Miller brings energy and toughness to the game and when he's dialed in is quite effective as a rebounder. In all, Miller finished with 17 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.


Rawle Alkins, SF, NY Rens: In a lot of ways, Alkins personifies the toughness that you've come to expect from kids out of New York. He's about 6-foot-6, has a strong frame with wide shoulders and is physical on both ends of the court. He'll block a shot, take the ball the other way and make defenders fly off him on the way to the hoop. While he's tough, he's also skilled and uses his smooth stroke to knock down jumpers. He's right-handed but has no problem finishing left. Alkins is a lot of fun to watch.

Brendan Bailey, SF, DreamVision 2016: has been monitoring Bailey's progress over the last year and at this point it's probably time to publicly join his bandwagon. He's 6-foot-7 already, looks like a baby and has a 7-foot father, Thurl Bailey – who spent over a decade in the NBA – so he could still grow. This kid has a big weapon in his pull-up jumper and can hit stepbacks and fadeaways. He's just scratching the surface; give him a year and he could make a big jump forward.

Mario Kegler, SF, MBA Hoops -- A strong 6-foot-7 wing, Kegler didn't have his best game from the field against Texas D1 Ambassadors, but his talent and raw ability was evident. He has good size for a perimeter player and he handles the ball well enough to attack perimeter defenders off the dribble. He shot the ball well off the catch to 22-feet, making two of his three long-range attempts. Kegler is also a good rebounder that uses his athleticism and strength to reel in rebounds.

T.J. Leaf, PF, Compton Magic: One of the more skilled power forwards in the 2016 class, Leaf had a strong showing against Texas Select. Leaf finished 10-for-18 from the field scoring 21 points and reeling in 10 rebounds. Leaf is versatile and can score his points in a variety of ways. He's comfortable posting up and scoring over his left shoulder, but he's also capable of facing the rim for jump shots or attacking post defenders off the dribble. His highlight of the day was an impressive reverse tip slam late in the game. He's tracking as an elite prospect in the 2016 class.


D.J. Montgomery, PF, Atlanta Celtics: We have a general rule at about watching players that are currently in middle school. But Montgomery, a 2018 prospect, is too good of a prospect to not mention. Already standing 6-foot-8, Montgomery plays up in the 17's division and gets substantial minutes for the Celtics. The lefty is mobile, a good athlete and showed some skill and ability to finish inside. It's obviously early, but he's one we'll be tracking for years to come.

Evan Daniels and Josh Gershon contributed to this report

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