TAVARES, Fla. — Deng Adel's stock as a prospect continues to rise, while on the West Coast a center is solidifying his status as a player who needs to be closely tracked by high majors.
Adel's stock soaring
Over the course of the spring, not many recruits have improved their stock quite like Deng Adel
Adel, a 6-foot-7, 190-pound wing, has been on a tear all spring. We cited his strong play at the Gibbons TOC, as well as last week at the adidas stop in Indianapolis. His play has been impressive and his effort consistent and things weren't any different in Orlando.
On Sunday, Adel put together an inspiring effort, going 9-for-12 from the field, including 2-for-3 from three, and scoring 23 points for Florida Elite in a win over D1 Minnesota.
"I was just on attack mode that game," Adel told Scout.com. "My team needed me."
Adel is a proven shooter and can consistently make shots off the catch and coming off curls. He also showed he could deck the ball and pull-up for short to mid-range jumpers. But perhaps where he's at his best is attacking the rim, as he's strong, athletic and a good finisher.
"I think I'm doing good," Adel said of his play this spring. "I'm competing. I'm just trying to see where I stand against the other players in the country."
From a recruiting standpoint, Adel is letting Bradenton (Fla.) Victory Rock Prep coach Loren Jackson handle everything. Jackson told Scout.com his list continues to grow.
, Minnesota, South Florida
, Georgia Tech
, Virginia Tech
and others," Jackson said. "There's been quite a few ACC schools and SEC schools."
"Louisville is prioritizing him and South Florida has," Jackson added. "Georgia Tech and Minnesota has as well. I think they were just in early before he blew up."
Although currently unranked, expect Adel to make a major jump when he debuts in Scout.com's 2015 player rankings.
Thomas could be late steal
By now, everyone knows about Stephen Zimmerman
, Chase Jeter
and Chance Comanche
. Three of the top centers nationally in 2015, all are Top 25 prospects that have rightfully been the most heavily players at the position on the West Coast.
The hope heading into the spring that someone – anyone – would emerge as a legitimate fourth option for West Coast schools to recruit, as at least one of the aforementioned three players is likely headed further east for college.
This weekend in Orlando, Isaiah Thomas
showed that he might be the guy.
The 6-foot-8, 225-pound 2015 prospect from Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd is raw, as he sat out this season after transferring from low division charter school KIPP King as a sophomore.
But the physical tools and natural ability are there. He has the frame, size and length of a center that can play at a high major, with fantastic feet and good hands. He's engaged on the bench when he's not playing, he shows a developing skill set and is learning to play hard.
Thomas currently holds offers from Weber State, Southern Utah, Northern Arizona
and Eastern Washington
with interest coming from California
, Cal Poly, New Mexico
, Arizona State
The good news is that he's not making a decision anytime soon so coaches will have plenty of time to evaluate him.
"I think I'll wait until next year," Thomas said. "I have my high school season and I play with Ivan Rabb
. I'm just going to wait it out and see what I get."
Thomas not only plays with Rabb, Scout.com's current top prospect in the 2015 class, but he also plays against him everyday in practice.
That's something that will only speed up Thomas' development and he knows it.
"I like playing against Ivan every day," he said. "He's the number one player in the country. He tells me how to improve my game; how to seal, how to box out, the little things to get me better."
-- Josh Gershon