adidas Nations: 2012 & 2013 Prospects

CHICAGO -- On Tuesday we highlighted the 2011 prospects, today it's time to take a peak at the 2012 and 2013 prospects that were at adidas Nations. Shabazz Muhammad and Kevin Ferrell were among the top performers.

Cameron Ridley, C – First spotted at the Nike Hoop Jamboree, Ridley has steadily gotten better over the past two months. In July he had college coaches buzzing and earned an invited to adidas Nations. While in Chicago he certainly proved he was ready for the competition.

Playing in a camp setting for the first time, Ridley fought hard against the other center prospects in attendance and was a force on the defensive end. Although he doesn't change ends particularly quickly, he's active in the paint and gets his hands on a lot of shots. Offensively he has some moves and great touch inside. He's primed for a nice upgrade when the next rankings are produce.

Kyle Anderson, PF – Although he was hurt during the start of adidas Nations, Anderson managed to get on the court on the second day. Playing a point guard role, Anderson, a 6-foot-8 versatile prospect, handled the ball well under pressure and made precise passes. Anderson has an old man's game where he uses bumps, fakes and jabs to create separation. Defensively he will likely have to guard a four in college because of his size and lack of foot speed.

Kevin Ferrell, PG – No one raised their stock quite like Ferrell did this week. Already ranked in our top 35, Ferrell had his best event of the summer on a big stage. In a game against the 2011 team on Saturday, Ferrell went toe to toe with Quinn Cook and Ryan Boatright and more than held his own. In fact on that day he looked like the best lead guard on the floor. Defensively he's a ball hawk that moves his feet very well laterally. Offensively his mid-range pull-up is a weapon and he's great at changing speeds in transition.

Jordan Adams, SF – During the Saturday game against the 2011 team, Adams matched Ferrell's effort scoring at will. A 6-foot-4 wing prospect, Adams sought out mid and long range jump shots and he knocked them down at an impressive clip. Adams knows how to use his stocky frame and created enough separation to get off his shot off the dribble. When challenged against the older guys, Adams responded in a big way.

Shabazz Muhammad, SF – At this point in the summer it's clear how good Muhammad, a 6-foot-5 wing, is. He's left his imprint on the summer in a big way playing with Dreamvision. This weekend he impressed us with his focus and leadership. Everything about the way he approaches the game is business like. He's advanced offensively and seems to always bring out a new wrinkle. With the improvement of his jump shot, he's starting to become dominant on the offensive end.

Amile Jefferson, PF – Rated as a top 10 prospect, Jefferson proved he's worthy of that ranking early in the weekend. At 6-foot-7 he has a long, lean frame, but he's much stronger than he looks. Jefferson, a product of Philadelphia (Pa.) Friends Central moves well, is a solid athlete and has a unique offensive game. He's a capable of stepping out for jumpers, but he's also very effective on the block, where he has a consistent jump hook and a handful of other moves.

Dajuan Coleman, C – Coming off a somewhat lackluster effort in Orlando, we thought Coleman played a bit harder in Chicago. A wide framed big man that stands 6-foot-8, he used his size inside to shield defenders from his shot. He does have a great touch around the basket, a nice set of hands and an impressive jump hook move. His effort was up and down here, but when he plays hard and is aggressive he is a load to handle inside.

Isaiah Austin, C – Throughout the summer we've written about Austin, a 7-foot Baylor commit at a number of events. From a prospect standpoint, Austin may be the best long-term guy in the 2012 class because of his length, mobility and versatility. In Chicago, Austin didn't get a ton of touches, but he certainly made enough plays where the people in attendance could tell just how much talent he has. Austin likes to drift outside and he's certainly capable of making plays on the perimeter, but he's often times more effective when he spends more time in the paint.

Alex Murphy, SF – Battling a knee injury, Murphy still managed to close out what had been a strong summer with a quality showing at adidas Nations. Second to Quincy Miller's monster throw down, Murphy had a big time dunk in transition, but he certainly showed more than that. An athletic 6-foot-8 wing prospect, Murphy has a good-looking shot to 21-feet, but where he's at his best is attacking the rim as adjusts his shots well and finishes at the basket. He had a solid weekend at camp.

Rodney Purvis, SG – His strong play over the summer has been well documented. He's mature beyond his years and is a confident scoring guard. Purvis, a 6-foot-3 standout from Raleigh (N.C.) Upper Room Christian, certainly left his mark in Chicago playing on the 2011 team. At this stage he's more comfortable attacking the basket and finishing at the rim than shooting jump shots. Having said that, he has a pretty good shot with range to 21-feet, he just doesn't utilize it enough.

Winston Shepard was up and down in Chicago. A tough, hardnosed 6-foot-6 combo forward, Shepard hunted mid-range jump shots. Going forward ball handling and keeping his head up is an area he can improve upon. Jordan Price spent a lot of time playing on the ball at adidas Nations and it's a position that he wants to play. Price, a 6-foot-5 wing out of Conyers (Ga.) McCallie School, has a strong, stocky frame that uses when he attacks the basket. He also showed a nice mid-range floater. Xavier Johnson, of Murrieta (Calif.) Chaparral, had his moments at adidas Nations. A 6-foot-6 southpaw, Johnson was active on the glass and knocked down a handful of jump shots in the two games we watched of him. Jarnell Stokes, a 6-foot-7, possibly 6-foot-8 post prospect, put together a solid week. He knows how to use his size and strength inside and has good touch around the basket. Wannah Bail, a 2012 prospect out of Sugarland (Tex.) Trent International, is a talented 6-foot-8 hybrid forward. The lefty likes to step out and shoot jump shots. But he also runs the floor well and has a nice hook over his right shoulder. Kaleb Tarczewski, a 7-footer from Southborough (Mass.) St. Mark's, was up and down in Chicago, due to a chest injury. Regardless he's a high level talent that can do a variety of things from block shots to score inside.


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