One of Scout’s stock risers at this event has definitely been Edrice Adebayo (pictured above). He’s 6-foot-9, has long arms, good athleticism, broad shoulders and overall elite frame for a center. Take a big time physical presence and add a motor and you have a high level prospect.
On Friday evening, Adebayo took all of those physical tools and used them to his advantage on the court, posting up whoever was around him and scoring an easy two points around the rim. He out-hustled other bigs, contested shots, fought for rebounds and scored in transition.
When Villanova pledge Omari Spellman is completely engaged and playing hard, he’s one of the more productive posts in the class. On Friday evening, he showed several flashes of what makes him such an intriguing talent.
Spellman is a huge body and isn’t afraid to use it, as he’ll bully smaller opponents inside and use his soft touch to smoothly finish inside. Not just a back to the basket threat, Spellman has no problem taking and hitting jumpers from the high post.
The 2016 post’s size not only helps him finish through contact but also makes him a threat to rebound anything around him.
Normally Xavier Simpson is known for his ability to facilitate and a run a team and while he certainly showed that at times, it was his scoring and aggressive nature that stood out Friday night.
Simpson finished 10-for-16 from the field on his way to a night session high of 27 points. Simpson pushed the tempo and scored in transition but was in attack mode in the half court and found ways to get into the paint. He finished at the rim and also knocked down multiple three-pointers. Simpson is clearly looking for his shot more here, which is expected in a camp setting, and he put together one of the better single game performances of the event.
Simpson’s backcourt mate, Quentin Goodin, played his best game of the event in the same game, as he scored 20 points on 8-for-14 shooting.
Goodin, a 6-foot-2 strongly built guard, picked his spots to showcase both his scoring and passing. He was assertive and effective when he had opportunities to drive the ball and scored at the rim, both in the half court and in transition. Goodin also tossed in a floater and multiple long-range shots. To go with his scoring, Goodin showed his vision and made crisp, on-target passes. This was one of Goodin’s better performances of the spring and summer.
It was a good evening session game for five-star forward Miles Bridges. The talented Bridges looked motivated and played to his strengths instead of trying to prove he is a jump shooter. With that Bridges was attacking the rim, finishing with authority, and maybe most impressively was extremely active on the defensive end.
While he stands only about 6-foot-6, Bridges is a big time athlete with long arms and shows good timing for blocking shots. He swatted several shots and then used his speed to run the floor and convert for layups. It was a very impressive showing for Bridges who physically is capable of being dominant.
While he is listed as a point guard, he might be someone who plays off the ball a lot in college as well, though clearly Notre Dame has shown themselves to give a lot of freedom to guards, so it is possible he could be used on the ball. Either way, Gibbs showed a nice shooting stroke and a good ability to move without the ball and finish in traffic.
Gibbs has good size and a pretty good feel for the game, and to see him get back to his productive ways was good.
Baylor-bound forward Mark Vital has enjoyed a strong week. The combo forward is an aggressive one-footed leaper who excels as a slasher along the baseline. He battled against bigger and more complete players all week, frequently out-performing them thanks to his power, explosive athleticism and desire to win.
Vital will need to hone his ballhandling and jump shot if he hopes to transition into a wing, but in the meantime he’ll continue doing dirty work and getting out in transition to pick up easy buckets for his team. He has been one of the most consistent players at camp.
There’s never a dull moment when Mamadi Diakite takes the court. Although it was Edrice Adebayo and Mohamed Bamba who waged a one-on-one tilt in Friday’s nightcap, Diakite also made his presence felt both as a player and personality. The 6-9 forward is a magnetic athlete who possesses elite straight-up leaping ability, which allows him to block shots in a way that surprises opponents.
Additionally, here he has been an effective offensive rebounder and caught the ball more cleanly than he has at times in the past. He’ll need to get much stronger and take stronger possession of the ball in traffic, but there’s always a place for a defensive gamechanger and particularly one who excels as a passer and quick, explosive finisher on the other end.
Evan Daniels, Brian Snow, Josh Gershon and Rob Harrington contributed to this article