July Madness - Adidas "It Takes 5ive"

Saturday morning, the most crucial 20 days in high school basketball kicked off with a bang. The July evaluation period where coaches can go out and eyeball players started with events from coast to coast. As usual, Phog.Net is in the middle of all the action at the Adidas "It Takes 5ive" Tournament in Cincinnati, OH.

While Bill Self was rolling with Joe Dooley in Akron at the LeBron James Skills Academy, assistant coach Danny Manning was keeping watchful eye in Cincy. While there weren’t a ton of known Jayhawk targets in Cincy, a few relatively new names did emerge and after the day’s action it’s likely that a few new guys will pop up on the radar..


Lavonte Dority – The last time we saw the 2010 PG from Chicago (IL) Foreman, he was playing for a new team. Just like last time, he was in a new situation but handled his business. A powerfully built six footer, Dority has a solid handle and is willing to share the ball. A good athlete, he can also score a bit. He’s got the potential to be a high level player, but exactly what level he ends up at still remains to be seen. He’s playing with high school teammate Mike McCall -- a six foot tall wing scoring machine -- and the two are comfortable with each other.

Julian WashburnKansas has been mentioned with Washburn and he’s a major talent. Right now the 6-7 wing is more prospect than player, but he has some major gifts. Quick laterally, very bouncy and improving off the dribble, he’s got range on his slow releasing jumper when he gets a little time. The 2010 wing has considerable potential, though, and could be one to watch.

Adreian Payne – There may not have been a more athletically gifted guy in the house than the springy and swift 6-9 big man from Dayton. Still pretty raw on the offensive end, he’s long, attacks the ball well above the rim and is terrific rebounder and shot blocker. His All-Ohio Red squad is easily one of the premier 16U teams in the country and he’s a worthy headliner. If the 2010 prospect masters even a few post moves, he’s going to be a problem.

Ray McCallum – Only a rising junior, he’s emerging as one of the premier point guard prospects in his class. Standing at least 6-1 with long arms, he’s quick, moves well laterally and has a great feel for the game. A watery/elusive dribbler who has some serious wiggle in his game, he looks to have a wealth of potential. Plays his role on a talented rising senior laden team, but he was probably Indiana Elite’s best looking prospect.

Stephan Van Treese – Joining McCallum on Indiana Elite is this very hard working and active 6-8 insider. A fine athlete who can get up and dunk on some guys, he chases loose balls and has a frame that is filling out nicely. His recruitment is all over the board at this point.


Danny Manning’s son Evan is in town playing with the KC Pump ‘N Run’s 15 and under squad. His team was 2-0 on Sunday and features some  nice young prospects. Adam Morrison look-a-like Brett Comer can really handle and pass. Christian Kirk is an athletic and aggressive young big man. Import PG Jahii Carson – moving to the KC area from Phoenix – is a very talented floor general with deep range and plenty of athleticism. … Speaking in general terms, nobody improved their reputation more than Jordan Sibert. A 6-4 WG from the class of 2010, he was lights out from deep and took defenders off the dribble at will. … Some school is going to have a bonafide, tried and true, back to the basket center on their hands when they land 2010 stud Josh Smith. The 6-10 270 pounder is strong, has terrific footwork and most likely the best hands in the country. … The head coaching turnout at Takes 5ive was pretty impressive. KC’s Mike Dixon drew the attention of Missouri’s Mike Anderson, Arizona’s Lute Olson and Purdue’s Matt Painter for most of the day. …

K-State’s Frank Martin and Dalonte Hill were in town to keep an eye on 6-4 WG Rodney McGruder -- and certainly plenty of others -- who committed a while back. … Kentucky got a potential star when they got an early commitment out of Dominique Ferguson. The 6-9 four man lacks consistency, but he’s highly skilled on both ends with some athleticism on top of it all. … Freshman Travis Releford’s younger brother Travis had a solid day. Handled the ball, got to the rim and set up teammates for easy buckets. In the middle of a growth spurt, he’s grown to about 5-11 and has gotten much more athletic. He’s gotten a slew of early offers from Missouri Valley programs and is starting to develop a solid following of high major schools. Missouri, Kansas State, Tennessee, Baylor and others are starting to take a look. A final check on some locals, Shawnee Mission S outh’s Will Spradling got some love in Ohio even though he was playing hundreds of miles away in Tulsas. Phones were ringing and text messages were being sent indicating that the rising junior point guard has a terrific feel and leadership skills. …

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