Adidas Gauntlet: Day 2

Day two at the adidas Gauntlet in Indianapolis was impressive. Point guard Kobi Simmons asserted himself as one of the best and forward Cameron Walker put it all together for an impressive performance.

Class of 2015

Cameron Walker, SF, Compton Magic – He was pressed in to point guard duty, and Walker thrived in that role. While he is definitely not a point guard long term, playing on the ball he was more aggressive than ever and showed that he is capable of some very good things. Walker scored 36 points and did it every way possible. He finished through contact off the drive, got to the foul line 15 times, hit jumpers, and then also dished out four assists. It was a tremendous showing overall, and put on display just how good he can be when things all come together for him.

Jalen Adams, SG, Mass Rivals – There is no doubt he is a volume player, but Adams can flat out get buckets. Adams is super-fast baseline to baseline and can fill it up going to the rim. Also he is a capable shooter who showed an ability to hit from out to 22 feet. He needs to make some better decisions, but Adams was asked to shoulder the load and he did just that, and found a way to lead his team to a win.

Carlton Bragg, PF, OBC – When it comes to pure talent few are better than Bragg. Bragg started off the game by hitting a pair of deep jumpers, and then also got into the mid-range and hit. Add in athletic finishes above the rim, and Bragg put the entire skill set on display at different times. The issue would be Bragg didn't always look focused and locked in, and disappeared for stretches at a time. Still he is a big time talent and has elite tools, just the next step is to be more consistent every possession.

Chase Jeter, C, Dream Vision – It was his first event back and Jeter was tremendous. Jeter scored very well on the low block and also was rebounding well and controlling the paint. He added in a few post moves and a mid-range jumper and it was easy to see the elite potential that he possesses. Jeter still needs to do a better job of finishing through contact, but during the game he was absolutely dominant and looked improved from the high school season.

Ray Smith, SF, Dream Vision – It wasn't even a great game in the morning for Smith, but still he looked like an elite talent. He is near 6-foot-8 and has big time athleticism with the ability to handle the ball and a good motor. On defense he needs to show more attention to detail, but physically he is more than capable of being an excellent defender. Offensively he was scoring in the mid-range and had a few impressive finishes above the rim, but he does need to be more active.

Brandon Ingram, SF/PF, Stackhouse Elite – Long and lean, Ingram has a tremendous ability to get to the rim at his size. He can score in the paint because of how long and athletic he is allowing him to shoot over defenders. Beyond that Ingram has a high skill level that makes him someone you have to guard everywhere on the floor. Ingram is still a work in progress, but he is a big time talent who is one of the top raw talents in the class.

Jaylen Brown, SF, Game Elite – After an incredible display on Friday night, Brown was tremendous again on Saturday. This time Brown did it as much by his ability to pass the basketball as his scoring. He didn't shoot it quite as well as he did on Friday, but he still was hitting jumpers and as always was finishing around the rim. Brown had a few ridiculous highlight caliber dunks, and showed why he is the premier wing in the class of 2015.

Marcus Sheffield, SF, Game Elite – There aren't too many shooters who are as smooth as Sheffield. He has great length, and the attitude to know how to score, and that was on full display on Saturday. Sheffield got going on the offensive end and hit from the mid-range and deep on his way to two impressive games. Overall Sheffield needs to rebound better given his size, but still there is no doubt he can get buckets.

Justin Simon, PG/SG, Gamepoint – At 6-foot-5 with long arms and high level athleticism, Simon is one of the most impressive prospects in the class. He is absolutely tremendous in the open court and when he can get going downhill he is impossible to stop. Simon's jumper wasn't working from deep, but he did hit in the mid-range and got to the foul line a lot. Also he showed solid floor vision. Now he needs to work on handling defensive pressure as he has a habit of turning his back to the defender as a pressure release.

Bennie Boatwright, PF, Gamepoint – Playing with a new team, Boatwright made a tremendous impression on his teammates. He was absolutely unconscious from deep hitting three after three, and was instrumental in his team coming back and winning. Boatwright is one of the elite shooters in the country, and has great size to go with it. Now he is kind of stiff as an athlete, but in catch and shoot situations it is impressive what he can do.

Class of 2016

Kobi Simmons, PG, Atlanta Celtics – There might not have been a more impressive performer on the day than Simmons. He has legit size, elite athleticism, and the ability to really finish off the bounce. Also Simmons hit a few jumpers from deep, and overall was impossible to stop. Simmons was dominant at times and nobody was able to stop him from getting to the rim when he put his mind to it. Simmons has big time natural talent, and is beginning to put it all together.

Mario Kegler, PF, MBA – His team rallied in the second half to win, and Kegler was the reason why. He has legit size, is a good athlete, and dominates with strength and athleticism in the paint. Kegler needs to continue to expand his shooting range, but his handle has gotten a lot better, and he continues to play with a high motor.

Maverick Rowan, SF, OBC – The future Pittsburgh Panther put on a big time show with his shooting and basketball savvy. While not a big time athlete, he is still capable of guarding and getting to the rim, and then by using some space dribbles he knows how to get his shot off and he is near money from deep. Add in that he is a good passer and has a good basketball IQ, and Rowan is one who is seeing his game go to a new level.

Thon Maker, PF/C, Team Loaded VA – While he still needs to focus more on trying to be KG (Kevin Garnett) than KD (Kevin Durant), Maker is one of the most impressive natural talents around. Maker can hit from the mid-range, blocks shots, and has a good feel for how to play the game. Also he runs the floor like a guard, and even though he battled early foul trouble, Maker found a way to dominate the game in the second half.

Curtis Jones, SG, Team Loaded VA – With Maker on the bench in foul trouble it was Jones who absolutely stepped up. He is a jet getting to the rim and then also can score from the mid-range and deep. At times he can be a bit of a volume guy and he does need to make a few better decisions, but he still is one of the better scorers in the class and is an excellent athlete.

T.J. Leaf, PF, Compton Magic – In the first half against Game Elite, Leaf was nearly impossible to stop. He hit a few threes, scored in the mid-range, and then also was good in the post. Leaf is at his best when he plays facing the rim as a power forward and creating off the dribble. Still he must get better as a rebounder, but Leaf is one talented kid who has all the tools to be elite going forward.

Solomon Young, PF, Dream Vision – He isn't the most skilled kid and is slightly undersized at about 6-foot-7, but Young is a beast. He dominates as a rebounder, and then combines athleticism, strength, and an elite motor to be super productive. Young needs to continue to refine his offensive game, but there is no denying what he gets done, and Young is someone who coaches love to have on their team.

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