WALDORF, Md - The DMV Tip-Off Classic featured some of the top teams from all over the Capitol Region, and several high level performances. One was from Ako Adams.
Class of 2015
, PF, River Hill – The future Wisconsin
Badger is definitely asked to carry his team, and Thomas did just that. He went for 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 blocks in the game and was clearly the best player on the floor. Thomas looked more aggressive around the rim than he was in the past, and overall showed a bit more assertiveness on the floor. He is young for his grade, and is someone who is a bit raw, but it was a very good performance with him going to the block and scoring often.
, SG, Potomac – Broddie is headed to Memphis
next year, and there is no doubt that he can get buckets. While he had turnovers when trying to make decisions with the ball, when he looked to score, he was money. Broddie was hitting going to the rim, in the mid-range, and with his step back jumper. His scoring ability should translate immediately to the next level.
, PF, Clinton Christian – Phillips is someone who can run the floor and has great length, and at times the future DePaul
Blue Demon showed that potential. Phillips was solid on the glass rebounding with seven of them, and also blocked four shots. Phillips is a work in progress to be sure, but he did show some decent skills on Saturday.
, SG/PG, Clinton Christian – It is very clear that Dorsey is someone who looks for his own shot first and second before then thinking about passing. Headed to Minnesota
next year, Dorsey scored a team high 26 points, but at the expense of six turnovers. He is quick has good body control, and really can get his shot off. Dorsey has to learn to value possessions, but there is talent there.
Class of 2016
, SG/PG, Bishop O’Connell – This is the first time either at the high school or AAU level that Adams has been in the full time point guard role, and it is still a bit of a work in progress. Adams looked better going to the rim than in the past, and made some key buckets for his team. Still his shot was a bit off all game long, but overall it was good to see him on the ball and showing improvement in that area.
Class of 2017
Michael Speight, SG, Wise – Speight is someone who has been putting up huge numbers all season long, and that continued on Saturday. He finished with 30 points on an efficient 8-16 shooting while making all 11 of trips to the foul line. Speight is a kid with solid size at about 6-foot-2 and a lot of strength. Add in a quick release and there is no doubt he is someone who knows how to get buckets.
Chris Orlina, SF, Clinton Christian – Now in the 2017 class, Orlina is someone who brings a lot of versatility to the court. At 6-foot-5 he is good on the wing and then also will compete for rebounds down low. Add in a very solid mid-range jumper and some nice athleticism, and it was good to see Orlina making strides in the right direction.
Donald Carey, SG, Douglass – A still growing guard who looks like he has some potential. Carey has solid size at 6-foot-2 and then also is very quick going to the rim. He is a solid athlete who was efficient getting to the free throw line. Had he been able to finish a bit better around the rim his stat line would have looked very good.
Class of 2018
Nate Watson, C/PF, Capitol Christian – Watson is a young post who has some upside. He is a bit short right now at 6-foot-7, but has long arms and a decent touch around the rim. Also he proved to be a very good rebounder. Continued refinement is needed, but for a young prospect there is some definite potential here.