SNOW: Elevate Hoops/adidas Unrivaled

Saturday was spent between the Elevate Hoops Showdown and the Adidas Unrivaled event. Both featured quality players and Jawun Evans as well as Braxton Blackwell stood out.

Class of 2015

Jawun Evans, PG, Carolina Raptors – It was an absolutely dominant showing for Evans who used his elite speed and impressive playmaking ability to get his team the win. Evans is one of the unique talents in this class at the point guard position, and even though he didn’t shoot it great, he complete dominated the game. He was a pest on defense causing turnovers, and then he converted defense to offense with his impressive speed. Overall it was a great performance from Evans who shined in a big way.

Danjel Purifoy, SF, Atlanta Xpress – Purifoy is an impressive talent, and when he is motivated and playing in attack mode it is tough to really stop him. Without Doral Moore on the floor, there were more driving lanes for Purifoy and he took advantage. He went to the rim with bad intentions and finished more often than not. Add in that he was excellent on the glass and made a few mid-range jumpers and despite his team’s loss, Purifoy still looked good.

Aaron Jordan, SG/SF, Illinois Stars – Jordan did what he usually does in his team’s morning win. He finished his shots in the mid-range and made a few from deep. More than just shooting, Jordan was locked in on the defensive end and played very well there causing problems for the opponent. His length and solid ability to move his feet is something that should benefit him as he continues to progress to the college level.

Jalon Miller, PF/SF – Miller had a very solid evening session with his play. He recorded 16 points, and seemed to have as much energy as anybody on the court. Miller is a combo forward who is at his best working in the mid-range, and then can go inside and use his length and athleticism. Miller does need to improve his outside shot, but he is productive and proved to be one of the hardest playing guys at camp.

Elliot Welmer, PF – Originally a class of 2014 kid, Welmer is headed to St. Louis as a member of the 2015 class and he surprised with his strong play on Saturday evening. Welmer scored mostly in or around the paint. At around 6-foot-8 he continues to get bigger and stronger, and Welmer is developing a solid back to the basket game. He also is capable when facing the rim, and Welmer was very productive in the evening session opening eyes against some more highly regarded players.

Class of 2016

K.J. Santos, SF, Illinois Stars – The very skilled wing with size looked healthy and played well for the Stars in a morning win. Santos has good length and has a high release on his shot which allows him to make some tough ones in the mid-range. Also he is a very good ball handler for a player his size and can get into the paint. He tries some high risk passes, which he needs to clean up, but there is no doubt he has significant talent, now he just needs more consistency.

Braxton Blackwell, SF – Blackwell had a solid showing in helping his team to a win. He competed hard on both ends of the floor and showed his well rounded game. Blackwell scored in the mid-range and going to the rim, showed a nice basketball IQ, and then defended and rebounded as well. There is nothing flashy or especially standout about what Blackwell does on the court, but he does do everything fairly well.

Kyle Guy, SG – Though he is definitely slight of build, Guy had a solid showing. He was 3-5 from deep, and looked to be one of the few players at the camp with fairly healthy legs. Guy is an average athlete, but he knows how to play, comes off of screens well, and has an excellent stroke.

Faces in the Crowd

John Groce of Illinois and Rick Barnes of Texas were joined by assistants from Tennessee, Oklahoma State, and Clemson watching Jawun Evans.

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