adidas Exclusive Run: Day Three

DUNCANVILLE, Tex. -- Brandon Francis and Jamal Aytes continued their strong runs at the adidas Exclusive Run. Francis helped lead Florida Elite to the 17's championship, while Aytes had college coaches buzzing.

Jamal Aytes, PF, Dream Vision – Aytes was one of the biggest storylines of the event. Heading into the Exclusive Run, Aytes, a 6-foot-6, 225-pound power forward, didn't hold a scholarship offer. By he end of the event, a host of mid and high major schools were evaluating him.

Aytes has a powerfully built frame and he knows how to use it inside. He scored it from mid-range, dropped in hooks over both shoulders and over powered defenders at times for buckets. Aytes was on the glass all weekend and didn't back down from anyone on the court. He's undersized for the four-spot, but he's a producer and he had the college coaches.

Treyvon Andres, SF/PF, Colorado Hawks – In a consolation match up with Game Elite, Andres was active and aggressive. The 6-foot-7 combo forward made plays attacking from the perimeter, but also scored with his back to the basket. He used his athleticism around the rim, scored through contact and played a tough brand of ball. He also worked in a floater and hit pull-up three-pointer.

Brandone Francis, SG/PG, Florida Elite – One of the top performers of the weekend, Francis proved himself as a high major prospect and one that will certainly enter our rankings next time around. At 6-foot-4, Francis has a high skill level. His best attribute is his ability to pass, as he has terrific vision and consistently found teammates for open looks.

In a morning game, Francis was dialed in and knocked down a pair of mid-range pull-ups, plus two three-pointers. Francis has a unique game, but he's effective and is a true competitor when he steps in between the lines. Francis led Florida Elite to the 17's championship and was named tournament MVP.

Juan Carlos Reyes, PF/C, Game Elite – The 6-foot-10 out of Lawrenceville (Ga.) Collins Hills is coming along. In his final game of the event, Carlos Reyes played with confidence. He runs the floor well, is a solid athlete and is a pretty good shot blocker. He'll need to add some weight to his frame, but he's talented and has good touch around the basket.

Dante Buford, PF, Florida Elite – Without Buford, Florida Elite doesn't win the event. He's a tad undersized in the post, but what he lacks in size he makes up for in athleticism and energy. Buford was an effective rebounder, as he pursued the ball off the rim. He secured put backs, ran the break for finishes in transition and had a handful of highlight reel dunks. On top of all that, Buford also showed he could step out and hit down an occasional three-pointer.

Rawle Alkins, SG, New York Rens – Alkins, a strongly built guard out of Middle Village (N.Y.) Christ The King, was one of the better underclassmen prospects playing up in the 17's division. Alkins is a scorer and one that can break free for scoring runs in a hurry. He played well through physical play and scored well off strong drives to the rim. Alkins also knocked down a pair of threes. He played with toughness, defended his position and hit the glass.

*As the event wore on 2016 guard Derryck Thornton got better. Playing up in the 17's, Thornton handled the older competition well and looked to get his teammates involved. He's a high IQ guy that can really pass.

*Chase Jeter, a 6-foot-10 center, is a 2015 recruit that high majors are already on. Jeter has nice hands and good touch around the rim. Right now he's comfortable making moves over his left shoulder. He can also hit mid-range jump shots.

*Memphis Magic wing Ladarius Coleman had a solid showing in a morning game on Sunday. He's a solid athlete that aggressively attacks the rim. He was active, hit the glass and defended his position well.

*Ladarius Coleman said he's heard from Vanderbilt, Virginia, Marist, Jackson State and College of Charleston.

*Chase Jeter said Arizona, UCLA, Oregon State, UNLV, Indiana, Kansas, Harvard and North Carolina have shown varying degrees of interest.

*Florida Elite knocked off the NW Panthers to win the 17's division. Brandone Francis was named MVP. Memphis Magic won the 16's division, while Indiana Elite won the 15's.

*Andy Enfield showed up in Duncanville to see a handful of west coast guys. Among the prospects he watched were Stephen Zimmerman, Namon Wright, Derryck Thornton, Craig Victor and Chase Jeter.

*Frank Martin and Travis Ford watched Brandone Francis during the championship game of the event.


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