adidas Unrivaled: All-Star Games

CHICAGO -- Brandon Ingram, Carlton Bragg and Rawle Alkins were among the top performers at the adidas Unrivaled all-star games on Sunday.

INGRAM TAKES OVER

Brandon Ingram, a 6-foot-8 wiry combo forward, took over the adidas Unrivaled upperclassmen all-star game on Sunday.

Ingram was an efficient and effective scorer, especially in the second half. Ingram scored off the dribble, hit pull-up jumpers, floaters, adjusting finishes at the rim, plus buried the only three-pointer he took.

A true combination forward, Ingram is a mismatch problem on the offensive end of the floor. His ball skills continue to develop and he’s getting more and more comfortable going off the dribble for scoring opportunities. His jump shot is gaining consistency as well.

Ingram also made some big plays on the defensive end. He has extreme length and is able to get to shots. He blocked a pair of jump shots late in the game that helped his team seal up the win.

Ingram led his team in scoring with 22 points on 10-for-13 shooting from the field.

ALKINS PICKS UP NEW INTEREST

One of the more impressive recruits at the adidas Unrivaled all-star games was 2016 wing prospect Rawle Alkins.

Alkins, a 6-foot-4 wing, is a physical specimen. His game is built around his toughness. He brings energy on both ends, doesn’t back down from mixing it up inside and attacks the rim with aggrestion.

“That’s some New York City toughness,” Alkins said about his game. “I just want to prove that New York still has a talent and we are still good and we can still compete with these guys.”

Alkins has strong showing
Alkins scored 13 points on 6-for-13 shooting and grabbed five boards in the all-star game. His strong play during the camp has led to new college interest.

“I guess you can say I increased my amount of schools,” Alkins told Scout.com. “Louisville is recruiting me now and Kentucky is recruiting me now. Those are two high major schools.”

Alkins said he also picked up new scholarship offers from Indiana, Miami and North Carolina State. Cincinnati, Villanova, Minnesota and a host of other schools are also involved in his recruitment. Alkins says he has 15 scholarship offers.

Alkins doesn’t have any visits scheduled, but he has talked to Indiana about seeing their campus soon.

“Me and Tom Crean were talking about going on a visit, but none scheduled or planned right now,” Alkisn said. “Hopefully one day I’ll go.”

OTHER TOP PERFORMERS

  • Michael Hurt, PF: One of the more intriguing prospects of the underclassmen game was Hurt, a 6-foot-7 forward out of Minnesota. He was active and aggressive when he had scoring opportunities. He showed good hands and impressive touch in the paint. All of his points came off face up drives or finishes close to the rim. The lefty finished with 14 points on 4-for-6 shooting.

  • Billy Wampler, SG: In a class that severely lacks shooters, it was nice to see Wampler, a 6-foot-5 guard, make shots in the Adidas Unrivaled senior all-star game. He connected on four of his five long-range attempts, plus hit a reverse lay up. Wampler has good range, good shot preparation and a quick release. I expect his recruitment will continue to pick up after a strong showing on Sunday.

  • Deng Adel, SF: Adel finished with 13 points and nine rebounds in the upperclassmen all-star game. At 6-foot-7, Adel has good size, speed and athleticism for a wing prospect. He makes good decisions, rarely forces shots and is a good finisher when he drives. He's also a quality shooter that can connect on shot opportunities from mid-range out to three.

  • Carlton Bragg, PF: With a number of coaches looking on, Bragg scored a game high 23 points in the adidas Unrivaled upperclassmen all-star game. Bragg connected on three of his seven three-point attempts, hit multiple mid-range jumpers and scored the rest off face up drives or put backs. Bragg is mobile, athletic and a versatile forward that can score in a variety of ways.

  • Damontrae Jefferson, PG: Jefferson certainly had his moments during the upperclassmen all-star game. A small, but extremely quick guard, Jefferson looked to push the tempo, as he usually does, and found teammates in transition. Jefferson also hit a pair of three-pointers and made a couple of shots from mid-range. In all, Jefferson finished with 12 points and six assists.

  • Payton Pritchard, PG: Pritchard has had a very strong spring and that continued into July. He made the all-star game at camp and then performed well in it. Pritchard showed a good mix of scoring and creating during the underclassmen all-star game. He finished with 15 points on 4-for-8 shooting, including 3-for-6 from three, and tossed out four assists to just one turnover.

  • Anthony Cowan, PG: Cowan, a 5-foot-11 point guard, had an impressive showing in the underclassmen, scoring a team high 18 points. Cowan made two three-pointers off the dribble and another off the catch. His other two fields goals both were strong finishes at the rim. Cowan is a quick and crafty lead guard that can break down defenders and create or knock down open shots when he has opportunities.

    FACES IN THE CROWD

    For having just two games on Sunday, adidas drew a big crowd for their all-star games.

    The head coaches in attendance were Jamie Dixon, Matt Painter, Mark Fox, Brian Gregory, Mike Anderson, Fran McCaffery, Ed Cooley, John Groce, Tom Crean, James Whitford and Porter Moser.

    There were a host of assistant coaches at the adidas all-star festivities. The schools represented were Auburn, North Carolina State, Toledo, Miami, Virginia, Miami-Ohio, Arizona, California, Wyoming, Tulsa, Louisville, Northwestern, Kansas, UCLA, Kentucky, Villanova, Oregon State, TCU, Cleveland State, Creighton and Davidson.


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