SNOW: Adidas Invitational

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - There is no doubt that Raymond Spalding stole the show on day one in Indianapolis at the adidas Invitational. Several other prospects also turned in solid performances.

Class of 2015

Raymond Spalding, PF, The Ville – It was clearly the performance of the day, and Spalding showed that he has as much potential as virtually anybody with his play. At 6-foot-9 with long arms and high level athleticism, Spalding was hitting threes, showed a solid handle, and then also rebounded well. Beyond that he showed an ability to pass out of the post, and overall put every single skill on display you could want in a 37 point, 10 rebound, five assist performance.

K.J. Walton, SG, UA GRIND – The always attacking Walton was as usual very impressive going to the rim. With a lightning first step and an incredible ability to finish around the rim, Walton was creating and making plays all game long. His shot showed some promise making a few jumpers, though he also had a few bad misses from deep. Overall Walton looked good and definitely impressed with his play.

Sean McDermott, SG/SF, UA GRIND – The future Butler Bulldog was very good. He is one of the premier shooters in the country and McDermott showed that, but he can also do more. He is a solid passer and has an excellent feel for the game. Blessed with long arms, McDermott has a high release on his shot and knows how to come off screens to free himself. Overall it was a very good showing for McDermott.

Michael Benkert, SG, Eric Gordon Central Stars – Belmont did an excellent job to lock up Benkert early. He is a high level scorer who had it working on Wednesday evening. Benkert is at his best in catch and shoot situations, but he is also solid off the dribble and even did a good job of scoring off of post ups. He isn’t a great athlete, but has a good understanding of the game and showed why the Bruins made sure to get his commitment before July hit.

Nick Rogers, PG, Eric Gordon Central Stars – A high level shooter, Rogers did what he usually does and knocked down shots off the dribble. Rogers is no doubt a scoring point guard and showed that with his play. Overall his shot selection was solid, and he didn’t force too much, but he still was clearly looking for his own as opposed to teammates. He is a good athlete who is quick with the ball and opened up some eyes with his play.

Jaelen Sanford, SG/PF, Pocket City – A big guard who at 6-foot-3 plays either on or off the ball. Sanford can shoot it, and though he struggled in the first half he got things going after that. Sanford is a good ball handler who is a solid athlete and can create his own. In the mid-range and from deep he is a very good shooter. Defensively he can struggle, and significant pressure kept him from getting the ball in the right places on offense, but he does show some nice ability.

Class of 2016

Joey Brunk, C, UA GRIND – Not the most athletic kid, Brunk just knows what he is and dominates down low. Playing against a team without too much size, Brunk scored it well on the low block and totally controlled the glass. Also Brunk runs the floor well, and at 6-foot-9 makes his home on the block and doesn’t venture far outside the paint. The four-star prospect showed why many big time schools are beginning to turn up the heat on him, and it was a solid start to his July.

Nolan Narain, UPlay Canada – His teammates decided that throwing him the ball was vastly overrated, but when he did touch the ball good things usually happened. At near 6-foot-9 with good athleticism and length, Narain showed why he is such a good prospect. He runs the floor very well, has a nice touch, and shows some feel with the ball on the block. His opportunities were limited, but overall it was a solid start to things for Narain.

Faces in the crowd

Raymond Spalding had Indiana boss Tom Crean and an assistant from Xavier tracking him.

Joey Brunk had assistants from Iowa, Xavier, New Mexico, UCLA, Purdue, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Michigan State, Nebraska, and Butler in the gym.

Nolan Narain attracted assistants from Dayton, New Mexico, California, Illinois, and Baylor, and Northwestern.

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