Top Performers: adidas VIP Exclusive Run

LAS VEGAS -- Kasey Hill was the top performer of the adidas VIP Exclusive Run, but prospects like Chris Walker, Quentin Snider, Noah Vonleh, Karviar Shepherd, Anton Gill, Isaac Hamilton and Mark Donnal had monster weekends as well.


Size: 6-0/160 |
Quick Take: The MVP of the 17's tournament, Kasey Hill had it working all weekend long. He's the catalyst for the Florida Rams and the guy that makes things happen on the offensive end of the floor. His speed and burst in the open court is as good as any lead guard in the 2013 class, but it's his mix of scoring and creating that stands out. He's made the necessary improvements and is primed for a jump in our next rankings. The Florida commit is taking his game to the next level.
Committed: Florida

Size: 6-10/205 |
Quick Take: Following the adidas VIP Exclusive Run title game, Walker, a 6-foot-10 post prospect, was upset that he struggled finishing around the basket. Despite going 5-for-11 from the floor in the game, Walker found other ways to be effective. In fact, Walker dominated the glass (10 rebounds), used his length to both Isaiah Hicks and blocked shots around the rim. Walker appears stronger, more confident and benefits from playing with a talented lead guard like Hill.
Recruiting: Florida, Kentucky, Kansas, Syracuse, Baylor, Ohio State

Size: 6-9/210 |
Quick Take: Excited to return to the court, Shepherd looked energized, in shape and ready to make a move up the 2013 rankings. At 6-foot-9, 225-pounds, Shepherd has a big frame and he uses it well around the basket. He rebounds well, has a great set of hands and is a willing runner. On top of that, he has some skill on the block and can score when thrown the ball. High majors have been recruiting him, but it's time for him to be prioritized.
Recruiting: Kansas, Texas A&M, Florida State, Texas, Marquette, Louisville, Syracuse

Size: 6-0/150 |
Quick Take: From a production standpoint, it was a great weekend for Snider, a Louisville commit. Playing on the ball for the Louisville Magic, Snider created shot opportunities for teammates, consistently beat his man off the dribble and made good decisions with the basketball. He finished at the rim better than I've seen in the past and seemed more confident attacking off the bounce. Known for his jump shot, Snider also ripped the nets from long range.
Committed: Louisville

Size: 6-9/215 |
Quick Take: In the two games I took of Indiana Elite South, I came away impressed with what Donnal brings to the table. During a pool play game against Mass Rivals, Donnal, who has grown to 6-foot-9, played physical inside, showed more an ability to score on the block and fought for rebounds. A Michigan commit, Donnal has great hands, a nice face up jump shot and even a hook on the block.
Committed: Michigan

Size: 6-4/180 |
Quick Take: Led by Gill and his AAU teammate -- Isaiah Hicks -- Garner Road made their way to the championship of the VIP Exclusive Run. Word has it Gill was hot from three in the semi-finals, but in the championship it was his ability to get to the rim and finish that impressed. His frame has filled out and he's tough and physical enough to use it when he goes to the rim. He kept Garner Road in it against the Rams. Gill finished with a game high 17 points.
Committed: Louisville

Size: 6-8/210 |
Quick Take: In Vonleh's final pool play game he showed his full game. At 6-foot-8, Vonleh is a legit combo forward that can play inside and out. His jump shot is pure to 21-feet, he rebounds the ball at a high level and he can defend multiple positions. He has good touch around the rim and is always dangerous when he catches it at the high post. He's one of the top five prospects in the 2014 class.
Recruiting: North Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio State, Kansas, Boston College, UCLA, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Florida, Auburn, Georgia Tech

Size: 6-4/175 |
Quick Take: One of the better scorers in the 2013 class, Hamilton had it working for Dream Vision. Playing next to Stephen Domingo, who defenders had to mark, certainly helped Hamilton. The 6-foot-4 skilled guard can score it from all three levels and is lethal when he gets open looks at the rim. He puts up points in a hurry and that's exactly what he did in the match up I took in against Louisville Magic.
Recruiting: Washington, UCLA, USC, San Diego State, Arizona



Cardinal Authority Top Stories