Adidas Gauntlet: Day Two Checklist

TAVARES, Fla. — Day two at the Adidas Gauntlet featured a full slate of games for scouts to digest. Team ran almost a literal gauntlet in a demanding, and rewarding, day of basketball, and we digested it the primary storylines as follows.

2015

Jaylen Brown, WF, Game Elite — Brown might be the best player here. He might even be the best prospect here, though obviously Thon Maker and others may have something to say about that. But clearly Brown has taken his rising senior summer extremely seriously: He has boiled himself into top-notch shape and improved his historically errant jump shot.

He's a stupendous athlete with a strong, aggressive, junkyard dog mentality, yet one who also happens to harbor impressive skill. He remains an inconsistent shooter but no longer is a non-shooter, at least, and he has improved his quickness and speed. Along with that he's a tough rebounder and defender, one of the most brutally determined drivers in the class — resulting in frequent fouls on the opponent — and so strong that he can swing the ball through swiping hands on his way to the rim.

Marcus Sheffield, WF, Game Elite — While Brown frequently dominates the action, Sheffield carved out a very nice day for himself. He's an athletic transition scorer who also is a streaky three-point shooter. He very much requires strength for the next level but excels in the open floor and possesses some tools for the halfcourt as well. Down the road he could develop into a scorer and top wing defender for a high-major program.

Hyron Edwards, PG, Indiana Elite — Here's a shout out to a player who earned his way onto the report thanks to style. Edwards is a scrappy, defensive pest who competes hard on both ends and frequently creates havoc.

Edwards exerts maximum effort

He also appears to want to make the right play, though at times he forces the issue into turnovers and forced passes. Edwards didn't look to score much during our viewings and needs to round out his game, but he's a pretty good athlete who brings consistent energy and will advance to a free college education, perhaps in a major conference.

Chase Jeter, C, Dream Vision: There's a lot to like about the direction of Jeter, who has grown to 6-foot-11, as a prospect. He continues to grow in height and is visibly stronger, but he also continues to add to his game. He's developed a go-to move in a right jump hook, which at his size is nearly impossible to get to. He hit four of them against Ohio Basketball Club on Saturday. Jeter is also mobile and runs the floor with purpose and he locks down his area from a rebounding standpoint. Already a five-star recruit, expect Jeter to rise even higher when rankings are updated.

Carlton Bragg, PF, Ohio Basketball Club — The Bragg/Jeter matchup didn't proceed as well as Bragg would have liked, but there's clearly no doubting his talent. He'll need to avoid the temptation to fall in love with his jump shot, but he's very skilled and it's understandable that he wants to show off his future (likely) NBA game. Meanwhile, he's a good rebounder, solid passer and leaned up athlete who has made real strides in multiple categories over the past year. He's a blue-chipper for good reason, and that doesn't appear likely to change anytime soon.

Damontrae Jefferson, PG, Milwaukee Rebels: The quick and elusive guard out of Milwaukee went for 23 points in a loss to Southern Elite. He's small, but his speed, toughness and pure scoring ability make up for it. His floater and mid-range pull-ups are consistent and he has range on his shot. Jefferson also has good vision and can pass the ball. The next step in his development is staying disciplined on the court on defense and cutting down on turnovers. While the book had him for three, I tracked him for eight miscues.

David Crisp, PG, Northwest Panthers: The Washington commit is a shooting specialist that is capable of scoring in bunches from beyond the arc and definitely brought that to the table against Team Loaded NC on Saturday night. The lefty gets nice elevation on his jumper and when he gets his feet set he has good chance of knocking that thing down.

Craig Randall, CG, Ohio Basketball Club: Randall is a combo guard with a lot of upside. He's at least 6-foot-3 with very long arms and a good frame. He plays on the ball for his AAU team and showed he can play the role of distributor, making several nice passes to teammates on Saturday afternoon. The lefty is also capable of hitting jumpers off the catch, creating his own shot or scoring with his floater. He's one to keep a close eye on as he gets stronger.

De'Ron Davis, C, Colorado Hawks: Davis isn't going to blow you away with his athleticism, but his skill level for a young post is undeniable. He has good footwork and can score with a variety of ways underneath the basket, can step out and hit midrange jumpers and is also a very good passer for a center. Davis also has a strong feel as a rebounder and grabs boards on both ends of the court, while using his size and length to block and deflect shots.

Bennie Boatwright, PF, Gamepoint: One of the elite shooters in the 2015 class, Boatwright is a kid who just needs a second to get his shot off with his quick release and if he has a clean look at the hoop, it's often three easy points for his team. He also has shown pretty good vision and done a nice job finding cutters at this event. Boatwright has become better at rebounding his area as well.

2016

Kobi Simmons, PG, Atlanta Celtics: There's been a lot of talk about Simmons this spring and he certainly backed it up on Saturday. A 6-foot-5 guard, Simmons has the ability to play the point guard position or shooting guard position at a high-level. He's effective with the ball in his hands, as he's a strong handler and very good passer. But he's also a tremendous scorer that can create his own shot from mid-range or knock down deep three-pointers. His upside is tremendous and he seems to show improvement every time out.

Mario Kegler, WF, MBA — Kegler is no stranger to attention and on Saturday he demonstrated why. He went for 29 points and 10 rebounds in an overtime victory over Team Rose, doing virtually everything for his squad. Kegler isn't a point guard yet handles the ball regularly at the point of attack, and though not a power forward he also hits the glass. He drilled multiple threes via a high-arching shot, and with a little more time he'll develop into a power wing. Already, he's strong and quick enough to create off the dribble and finish in the paint. He's a big-time prospect in the rising junior class.

Payton Pritchard, PG, Team Fast: Pritchard doesn't have much help on his team, so he's required to do a lot, but he handled the load in a win over Game Elite on Saturday. Pritchard is quick and a strong ball handler, making him tough to contain off the dribble. He's clearly been coached well, as he plays low and routinely gets defenders on his hip. He's a good mid-range pull-up jump shooter, but is much better from behind the three-point stripe. Pritchard also has good vision and is a talented passer. He's a surefire high major prospect.

T.J. Leaf, PF, Compton Magic: A versatile and very talented four man, Leaf showed off several of the weapons in his arsenal on Saturday morning. He has terrific touch in the paint and finishes very well, but can also step out and hit jumpers from the elbow or an open three-pointer. Add his scoring to the fact that he is a very good passer who also rebounds very well and you have a kid that is easily one of the top posts in the 2016 class.

2017

Matur Maker, PF/C, Team Loaded VA: The brother of Thon Maker is just a freshman, but already plays in the 17's division. On Saturday morning, the younger Maker was the more effective of the two. He ran the floor, played with energy and was aggressive on the glass. His liveliness and effort on the backboard led to numerous put back opportunities. Maker doesn't handle the ball as well as his brother, but he does have good hands and finishes well in the paint. He's an impressive long-term prospect.

Evan Daniels, Josh Gershon and Rob Harrington contributed to this report


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