Las Vegas: Day Five Top Performers

LAS VEGAS - In a half day of games in the last day of the final July Evaluation period, there were a handful of standouts, including Louisville commit Deng Adel.


Jahshire Hardnett, PG/SG, Louisiana Dynasty: A 6-0 standout at Gulfport (Miss.) High, Hardnett impresses with his fire and grit. He also impresses with a quick first step that he utilizes to score on hard-nosed charges to the bucket. The southpaw also knocked in some threes on Sunday and, most importantly, lifted his team's energy level on a day when legs were fatigued and emotions running a little cold. He isn't a pure playmaker by any means and will need to find the right fit, but he's a talented little trenchfighter and there's a place for them somewhere at the college level.

Deng Adel, SF, Florida Elite: Adel is an impressive prospects because of his size, length, athleticism and skill at the small forward position. Adel had his moments, especially early on, against Indiana Elite/Team Indiana on Sunday morning. He made plays at the rim, hit jump shot, chased down defenders for blocks and was one of the only guys from Florida Elite that competed in the loss.


Kyle Guy, SG, Indiana Elite/Team Indiana: In a semi-final win, Guy lit up Florida Elite from the perimeter. The 6-foot-2 wiry combination guard buried multiple three-point looks, but also made plays with his dribble. He’s scrappy and competitive and that showed on a big stage. His reputation is of a shooter, but he’s more than that. He’s able to attack, pull-up for mid-range jumpers and has a good feel for the game.

Chris Clerkly, PF, Atlanta Xpress 2016: Although teammate Chris Lewis has received more attention, Clerkly will be a name to remember as well. A 6-7 performer at Perry (Ga.) High, Clerkly has a good frame and mobility with lots of room to grow. He doesn't yet hold much of an offensive identity, but he's a competitive young player and seems to want to hold one. He'd obviously benefit from growing another inch or two, but even if he doesn't he'll attract solid Division I scholarship offers before his prep career is finished.

Donovan Mitchell, PF, Team Superstar 16u: A prospect who has always had the potential but mostly shows it in flashes, Mitchell put together the most complete effort we've seen from him on Saturday afternoon. He played with his back to the basket and scored using drop steps and right hooks, hit a turnaround midrange jumper, got to the basket driving and finished above the rim in transition. He also blocked shots and grabbed boards. If he works hard, he has the tools and talent to be a very good player.

Austen Awosika, PG, Earl Watson Elite 16u: A long and slender point guard, Awosika played hard, knocked down several floaters, hit multiple three-pointers off the catch and got to the basket. He appeared to be a competitive kid who has the chance to be a good player down the road.

Drew Buggs, PG, Earl Watson Elite 16u: A point guard with wide shoulders and good length, Buggs was a bulldog driving to the basket, using his handle and body control to get to the rim when he wanted. He finished with contact and chipped in a fade-away midrange jumper.

Kesean Davis, PF, Earl Watson Elite 16u: Davis is a very athletic power forward with a good, strong frame. He played very hard and if he was given an inch around the basket, quickly finished well above the rim. He'll have to keep developing his skill level, but he's a good young prospect.


Victor Uyaelunmo, C, Team Miami: This slender big man possesses ample talent for the high-major level. A 6-11 center at Miami (Fla.) Gulliver Prep, he enjoyed some fine moments versus solid Marquette commitment Matt Heldt. Uyaelunmo has long arms and runs the floor pretty well, and he swatted a couple shots emphatically with his left hand. He also made a nice interior pass while we were watching, though on the whole he's raw offensively. Still, he threw down a slam directly over Heldt, and there's something to be said for that when considering the long term.

* Josh Gershon, Rob Harrington and Evan Daniels contributed to this report.

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