adidas Take 5ive Classic: Day One

CINCINNATI, Ohio – The first day of the adidas Take 5ive Classic is in the books! While the first day of the new event provided us with a look at a number of the top 2008 prospects, the 2009 guys were the ones that stood out the most.

Luke Babbitt, PF, EBO – Although he is playing for a different team this week, Babbitt didn't look out of place. The Nevada commit had his jump shot working, as he nailed a number of pull-up jumpers including one from two feet behind the three-point line. The 6-foot-8 forward is playing aggressive basketball and was relentless on the offensive end today.

Smith Goes For 32
Ryne Smith, SG, Ohio Gators – Rotnei Clarke and Brad Redford can both stroke it from deep, but Ryne Smith could very well be the best shooter in the class of 2008. Surprisingly enough the 6-foot-3 senior-to-be only holds two scholarship offers (Eastern Michigan and Fairfield). Against Texas Select, Smith went off for 32 points. Although he's not a great handler, he is capable of putting it on the deck and pulling up from deep. Mid-majors looking for a long range specialist should take note because Smith can shoot it with the best of them.

Chris Singleton, PF, Atlanta Celtics – He didn't have it going in his morning game, but by the time the evening rolled around Singleton had it together. The 6-foot-9 forward hit a couple of threes on his way to 18 points against Indiana Elite. For his size he has a great stroke and can also mix it up inside. He's not there yet, but eventually he could make a full time move to the wing.

Tyler Zeller, C, Indiana Elite – Since April, Zeller has been touted as one of the best big men in the country and his play today certainly backed up the hype. The 7-footer runs the floor effortlessly, manages to draw an insane amount of fouls and is quick and efficient in the paint. He also displayed a nice jump hook and a shot out to 18-feet.

Travis Releford, SG, KC Pump N' Run – In the final game of the day against the Juice All-Stars, Releford managed to get buckets every way possible. He posted up, scored off curls and worked the fast break on his way to 20 points. He moves extremely well off the ball and gets after it on defense.

Michael Dixon, PG, KC Pump N' Run 16's – In the first game of the event, Dixon showed off an impressive mid-range game. Not only did he bury a trio of pull-up jumpers from 12-18 feet, but he also dropped in a pair of floaters that never touched the rim. From here he'll need to work on getting to the basket using his left hand, but overall he's a talented 2009 prospect.

Favors Gets Aggressive!
Derrick Favors, C, Atlanta Celtics – When Favors gets aggressive he's tough to handle. In his opening round contest against Pump N' Run Elite, he was just that, as he dominated between the blocks nearly the entire game. Not only did he score in the post with nice moves, but he also swatted shot after shot on the defensive end.

Wally Judge, PF, DC Assault 16's – Judge was arguably the most impressive pure talent we saw on the first day of the evaluation period. At 6-foot-8, he is long, lanky and filled with athleticism. In his opening round contest he did most of his work in the paint. He can also put it on the deck, back defenders down and even spot up out to 18-feet.

Peyton Siva, PG, Seattle Rotary Select – Quickness is clearly Siva's top attribute. The silky smooth lead man doesn't have any trouble blowing by defenders and getting to the rim. He's also quite an athlete. On more than one occasion he ran down the opposition on a fast break and recorded a block. Although his jumpers weren't falling in his morning contest his form and rotation look good. He's clearly established himself as one of the top guards in the 09 class.

Ray McCallum, PG, Indiana Elite – It's obvious McCallum is the son of a coach. He's a heady player that clearly knows the game. His handle is efficient, he sees the floor and never forces the issue. The future is bright for this sophomore-to-be.

Wally Judge claims offers from Georgetown, Ohio State, Virginia and Akron. He said Maryland, Tennessee, Texas and Kansas are also showing interest.

Peyton Siva has scholarship offers from Washington and Gonzaga. Arizona is also monitoring his situation.

Amazingly enough Ryne Smith only has a pair of scholarship offers. To go with the offers from Eastern Michigan and Fairfield, he's getting interest from Akron, Bowling Green and Dayton.

Dixon Performs On Day 1
Michael Dixon said he has scholarship offers from Kansas State, Baylor, Miami and Mississippi. He's also hearing from Kansas, Texas, Texas A&M, North Carolina, Virginia and Georgia Tech.

At one time Chris Singleton had his school list narrowed to three, however he's decided to open it up. Today his list consisted of North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, LSU, Florida State, Miami, Kentucky, Louisville and Cincinnati.

Tyler Zeller said he still has nine schools on his list (Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Purdue, and Tennessee). He plans to narrow it down to five and begin taking official visits in the fall.

Damier Pitts has scholarship offers from West Virginia, Georgia, South Carolina, East Carolina and Virginia Tech. He is also hearing from Illinois, Kentucky and Wake Forest. The 5-foot-10 PG informed us he would attend Hargrave next season.

Klay Thompson has offers from Pepperdine and Nevada. Gonzaga, Arizona State and San Diego State are also recruiting him.

Trae Golden is hearing from Kentucky, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Georgetown and Louisville.

Oscar Bellfield said Arizona State, UNLV, California, Utah and Colorado have offered scholarships. He also mentioned Oregon and Washington State.

Brendan Lane claims offers from California, Southern California and Kansas. He's also hearing from Stanford, Washington, Kentucky, Gonzaga and Arizona State.

Shawn Williams listed Texas, Arkansas, Louisville, Kentucky, Kansas, Baylor, Texas A&M and North Carolina.

Chad Jackson, who is a 2010 prospect out of Ashland (Ky.) Rose Hill, picked up scholarship offers from West Virginia and Xavier today.

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