Earlier in the month Wabissa Bede, a 6-foot-1 guard, would have been considered a breakout performer. Now, Bede has established himself as a high major player and he was one of the top performers of the adidas Summer Championships.
Bede led Mass Rivals, who won the Summer Championship, in scoring at 13.7 points. He also tossed out four assists and reeled in 3.1 rebounds a game.
Bede is a versatile guard prospect that can play both on and off the ball. He’s improving as a scorer and shooter. Although he was just over 30-percent from three on the weekend, he’s certainly able to make shots from distance and he’s good from mid-range and in.
A competitive player, Bede brings it on the defensive end. He slides his feet well laterally, has good length and rarely takes a play off.
Already regarded as a five-star recruit, Lonnie Walker certainly lived up that billing during one viewing in The 8 in Las Vegas.
Walker, who stands 6-foot-4 and is equipped with strong, broad shoulders and long arms, did a very good job of slicing his way to the rim. Walker is a very good athlete that is much stronger than realized. He's a good finisher that plays well through contact and find ways to get to the free throw line.
Walker didn't necessarily shoot the ball well from three during the game I saw, but his shot mechanics, form and preparation are good and he's tracking as a good threat from distance in time.
Although our viewings of Luguentz Dort have been fairly limited, he left a lasting impression after watching him with Brookwood Elite at the adidas Summer Championship.
Dort, a 6-foot-4 powerfully built combo guard, impacted the game in a variety of ways. He's able to play on and off the ball effectively. Dort is a strong, tough and physical guard prospect that constantly looks to attack the basket. He's a good finisher when he's in the paint, will look to create for others and is also a good shooter, especially with time and space.
Dort averaged 20.5 points, seven rebounds and 2.3 assists through six games in the Summer Championship. He also connected on 10 of his 23 three-point attempts.
The Fab 48 Invitational Division MVP, Jemarl Baker certainly showed he deserved those honors in a couple of viewings.
He's a 6-foot-4 shooting guard with long arms who can really shoot the ball, both on the bounce and catch. Baker's handle has improved and he's now attacking the basket as well as he has in his career.
While Baker may be a bit better off the ball than on it, his handle and vision will allow him to play at least some one at the next level. He's gotten better at a fast rate.
Recruiting: Baker is committed to Cal.
One of the most versatile guards in the country, Daejon Davis has an extremely long list of ways he impacts the game and they were all on display this week.
Davis is about 6-foot-4 and whichever college he goes to, that coach will have a tough time keeping him off the court due to his positional and skill versatility. He's an improving ball handler and very good passer, yet he may be even better off the ball due to his ability to score.
On defense, Davis has terrific instincts and will be able to guard multiple positions. He also rebounds and blocks shots very well for his position.
Maybe no player had a better July than Scottie Lewis. The 2019 prospect is an absolute freak of an athlete who also plays with a great motor. At the Fab 48, it was Lewis who was extremely impressive for Team Rio. Lewis looked more skilled than ever, and played with his usual fire and intensity.
Along with being a big time athlete, Lewis made plays off the dribble, and was especially impressive in the mid-range. All of the tools appear to be coming together for Lewis right now, and he has a chance to be one of the truly elite prospects in the class of 2019.
One of the best players overall all week long at the adidas Gauntlet was Joey Hauser. Hauser, who led the Iowa Barnstormers to the 16 and under championship game, was tremendous all week long and showed of his unique blend of size and skill.
At 6-foot-8 Hauser is a bit of a matchup nightmare at the power forward spot. He can abuse bigger players off the dribble and then also take smaller players into the post. Hauser did all of that effectively during the week, and showed why he has more than earned his five-star status.
Though his team’s run ended a bit before he wanted, Kris Wilkes was still consistently dominant at the Fab 48. The Indy Hoosiers forward played with a lot of intensity all week long, and was tremendous off the bounce and made athletic plays at the rim with great consistency.
For Wilkes it is always a matter of if his motor is running, and he had it running in a big way in Las Vegas. With tremendous length and a high skill level, he was able to create all sorts of issues for opponents. Add in that he was doing a solid job of making jumpers and Wilkes was a nightmare for opponents.