Adidas Takeout: Damon Wilson

When Game Elite takes the court at an event, nearly all eyes turn toward fast-rising wing Jaylen Brown. Understandably so, given Brown's explosive and hard-charging style.

But Damon Wilson brings additional high-major pedigree to the lineup. A talented rising senior wing who committed to Pittsburgh last fall, Wilson was among the more impressive performers at this past weekend's Adidas Gaunlet event in the Orlando area.

Defining a role for him proves challenging. Though standing 6-4, Wilson functions highly effectively on the ball. He's a good handler in transition who makes plays for himself and others, thanks to speed, quickness, leaping ability and slick passing skills.

Wilson also utilizes the fact that he's a southpaw to his benefit. He's tricky finishing off the glass and scores from angles that surprise defenders. Some of that chicanery may not translate against more dedicated opponents at higher levels, but even in the NBA a left-hander can enjoy a slight advantage.

His jump shot appeared workable in Florida, if not consistent. He missed several open looks but also drilled a corner three during the time I watched, and he appears comfortable taking a dribble or two and stepping in to a 17-footer.

Wilson certainly will need to gain strength. He's fairly wispy and, given that a great deal of his potential actually lies on the defensive end thanks to his length and quick feet, will need muscle to thrive in that regard. He's certainly gifted offensively, too, but there's no reason for him not to become an all-around player.

For Jamie Dixon, he'll obviously have to play defense to earn playing time. And that's why I view his defensive development and talent as so significant. He can help the Panthers in transition and as a secondary playmaker while performing up to the program's high standard in terms of toughness.

Wilson currently ranks No. 81 in the Class of 2015.

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