adidas May Classic: Day Two Recap

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Curtis Kelly had himself a memorable game Saturday afternoon and Casey Crawford's day wasn't bad either. More from the second day at the adidas May Classic!


Curtis Kelly, PF/C, Team Roc: The sleeping giant awoke for a big second half in one of the Saturday afternoon games we caught. Kelly, on loan from the NY Gauchos, bullied his way inside and during one second half stretch was completely dominant. When this guy really gets after it and plays he's an impact kind of guy. He's so long and wiry that he'll go up in a crowd and dunk it on people.

Daequan Cook, SG, Spiece: Before heading off to an evening prom, Cook promptly dropped 28 on the Queen City Prophets. His Ray Allen-esque game is smooth. There's rarely a force or a bad shot and the guy is almost without peer in his class as an elite level jump shooter. Without Greg Oden around, he, Mike Conley and Eric Gordon were able to squeeze off more shots and they each took advantage of the chances. His shot is so compact and crisp and his mid-range game is straight money.

Casey Crawford, PF, KC Pump ‘n Run: His first half of the day was a big performance. In fact, he had two outings of 25 and 21 points, respectively. So, how does he do it? Well, he'll face up and even bang a few 3s. He's completely comfortable to mid-range and he's not opposed to dropping the old school hook on you. He's not a guy who wins you over with athleticism but he has a certain air of craftiness and skill to his game.

Adrian Graves, SG, Queen City Prophets: This is his second solid weekend outing a row for the under the radar guard. He should get his share of high-major looks because he'll make enough J's to keep you honest, gets himself to the rim and is an above average athlete.

Marques Johnson, SG, Blessed IJN: During a morning and afternoon run Blessed was winning because he was getting it done. Offensively and defensively he was getting his numbers. He's tough to the rim and can be strong with the ball.


Eric Gordon, SG, Spiece: Once a few stars left for the prom, Gordon was the big gun and we heard he put up another big number in his team's first playoff win. Frustrated that his shot wasn't falling in the afternoon, Gordon righted his stroke at night and was all smiles.


Travis Relaford, SG, KC Pump ‘n Run: Playing "up" with the 17s, Relaford stroked a couple of 3s in a row during a comeback against Team Roc. The fabulous freshman is feeling his way around with the big boys and you'd better write his name down because he's here to stay and should be one of the highest-rated guys at his position in 2008.

Verdell Jones, PG, Ft. SOOY No Limit: No one has donned the No. 14 purple jersey since Shaun Livingston and the 6-foot Jones used to sit at the end of the Ft. Sooy bench as a youngster. Now, he's coming off it and contributing to the team as a freshman. He was a JV guy this year but he's got the same body type as Livingston and he's got that flair for passing like Shaun. There's no telling what level he is but you have to do double-take when you first see him wearing Livingston's old jersey.


Mike Conley hasn't made up his mind and it doesn't sound like he's quite ready to end his recruitment. "Ohio State is definitely in the running and Wake Forest is right there," Conley said. "I'm really confused and I don't know what to do." Conley said he could see himself waiting until the NBA Camp to make a decision.

Joevan Catron said that Oregon, Illinois, Dayton, St. Louis and Wisconsin are on his list. … Curtis Kelly has a well-rounded list. Syracuse, UConn, Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Texas, Georgia Tech, St. John's and Louisville are the schools he mentioned on Saturday. Kelly was genuinely excited for his buddy Edgar Sosa who committed to the Cards, but we don't think Sosa's decision impacts Kelly one way or the other. …

Armon Bassett's intention is to unofficially visit Indiana after this event. He'll take an official visit to Xavier the final weekend of May. Missouri gets an official visit the first weekend of June. Illinois, Miami, Iowa, Auburn and Arkansas are recruiting him. … Craig Brackins AAU coach said that Oregon State and Southern Cal were his most ardent pursuers. …

Casey Crawford (pictured) has offers from Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas State, Wichita State, St. Louis and UMKC. … Word on the streets is that the main players for Marques Johnson are Georgetown, North Carolina State and Arkansas. …

Adrian Graves of Queen City currently has no offers which should chance by July. He's heard from Dayton, Xavier, Cincinnati and Ohio State. … It's a huge weekend at Michigan as the Wolverines are hosting center Tom Herzog, forward Deshawn Sims and point guard Tory Jackson. …


In the game we saw, Calvin Haynes picked up exactly where he left off the night before. Haynes was stroking it from mid-range and deep. … Brady Morningstar passed on some mid and high-major possibilities this spring in favor of heading to prep school next season. Morningstar wants to see how high a level he can get recruited to. The KC Pump guard has a nice feel and could excel at the mid-major level because of his feel and jump shot. …

KC Pump guard Ryan Wedel has an excellent 3-point shot. He bottomed out one game-winning shot on Saturday. … Andreas Schreiber had a nice game in Pump No. 2's hard-fought playoff win. … Javaris Crittenton was up to his old tricks again, finishing more plays with speed and athleticism. … Armon Bassett had a big game for Indy Elite in a playoff win over the Compton Magic. … Indiana Elite 16s guard Jake Kelly impressed with a tricky handle and some athleticism for a thin 6-foot-5 sophomore. …

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