Dre's Road Trip (Part 3): Adidas & LeBron

GoBlueWolverine's Andre Barthwell checks in after his second day in Indianapolis for the Adidas Invaitational. Mark Donnal showed up and we took in his first game. We also recap the performances of Derrick Walton, V.J. Beachum, Zak Irvin, and more. Meanwhile ScoutHoops.com's Evan Daniels was at the LeBron James Skills Academy and provides updates on Gary Harris, Mitch McGary, and James Young.

Mark Donnal, Indiana Elite 16's – Donnal showed up to the Invitational Friday after competing in his high school tournament earlier in the week.  He started off slow in the first half of his first game in Indy, but you still could see the little things that coaches appreciate in a player like Mark. He was blocking out on rebounds, passed extremely well out of a double team, frequently found the open man for a bucket, and he defended well in the post. When the game was on the line in the second half his team went to him down the stretch and Donnal responded with baskets. This Michigan commit is steady and consistent out on the floor.

Derrick Walton, Michigan Mustangs 16's - Walton did not have any great scoring games like he did on Thursday, but he did what a good point guard is suppose to do… run his team. He had only 10 points in a game his team won soundly, but as always, he got teammates easy buckets and was the coach on the floor running the offense. Against the Eric Gordon All-Stars he picked up his fourth foul at the 12 minute mark, but he came back in at the seven minute mark and made plays to help win the game.  Walton has turned a number of heads this week.  Below is another account of his scoring outburst on Thursday.

  • From Scout.com analyst Brian Snow in Adidas Invitational: Day Two Recap:
    • Derrick Walton, PG, Michigan Mustangs – It is safe to say that Walton was unstoppable in his game against Spiece Indy Heat. The savvy point guard finished with 35 points and showed his ability to get to the rim and make shots from deep. The Spiece guards had absolutely no chance to stay in front of Walton, and he put on a show. With many coaches looking on, Walton was a dominant force. When he is aggressive like he was, Walton is very tough to handle.

V.J. Beachum, Eric Gordon All-Stars 16's- In this tournament V.J. has been doing all the little things to help his team. His scoring has not been there but he has been rebounding, blocking shots, defending, and setting up teammates.  I would like to see just a little more aggressiveness on the offensive end but he has had a solid tournament.

Devin Booker, Grand Rapid Storm 15's – The Grandville (MI) High star has a very nice versatile game.  At 6-3 he can score in a variety of ways.  He showed the ability to get to the basket, shooting it from three point land, as well as convert from mid range or down on the block. Booker did a little bit of everything for his squad rebounding, defending, and even running some point. When we left his game his team was down by 11 with 4 minutes to go and already had dropped 29 points.

Tyler Wideman, Meanstreets 15's- It is crazy to see a kid this physically strong at this stage. Friday he really put in some nice work down in the paint, scoring and grabbing rebounds that were in his area… even some that were not. Defensively he had a couple block parties and limited scoring in the post by the other teams. He is putting things together very nicely. As we stated a few days ago, the major question about this kid is how much taller will he get.

  • From Scout.com analyst Brian Snow in Adidas Invitational: Day Three Recap:
    • Tyler Wideman, C, Meanstreets – Wideman is a big human who has nice touch and a good feel for how to play. Not a super explosive kid, Wideman scores well with his back to the basket, and also is more than capable of knocking down the mid-range jumper. What is also impressive is that Wideman can pass out of the post.  Now he does need to grow, but still he is a nice looking young post.

And here's one more note on Zak Irvin from ScoutHoops.com's Brian Snow in his Adidas Invitational: Day Three Recap:

  • Zak Irvin, SG, Eric Gordon All-Stars – A very good shooter, Irvin was absolutely on fire from the mid-range. He was hitting shots from the short corner at a high clip, and then also from the foul line extended area. On top of that Irvin showed a commitment to defend. He still really needs to improve off the bounce, but it was a very solid outing for Irvin on Friday afternoon.

Invitational side note

Steve Haney-Michigan Mustangs 16's – Haney played with a lot of swagger Friday, dropping 36 on the Eric Gordon All-Stars. The Lansing Eastern star made baskets from the three point line as well as the parking lot. He even sprinkled in a few driving scores with college coaches watching.  He put on a nice show for them in a win over a very good team. Other guards are certainly higher on the totem pole for Michigan right now, but Haney's group of suitors is steadily building.  He currently has offers from Harvard, Detroit, Iowa St. Central Michigan and Western Michigan. Other schools that are starting to show interest are Miami, Oregon State, Boston College and Providence.

A little to our east, ScoutHoops.com checked in with reports on Michigan targets in action at the LeBron James Skills Academy in Akron, OH.

LeBron: Day One Rundown

  • Gary Harris, SG – As usual, it was another solid and consistent effort from the Hamilton (Ind.) Southeastern standout. Harris, a five-star prospect, can score it from all three levels. A terrific athletic, he doesn't have any trouble getting to or scoring at the rim. On top of that, he's turned himself into a pretty good shooter and he's an underrated passer. He's off to a great start in July.

  • James Young, SF – At the Nike Elite 100 a few weeks back Young earned his way into camp. On Thursday he proved he belonged. At 6-foot-6, Young has good size for the wing, he's a very good athlete and he's developed a consistent jump shot.

LeBron: Day Two Rundown

  • Mitch McGary, C – One of the popular big men in Akron showed why coaches are begging for services early Friday. The strongly built 6-foot-10 center faced up for buckets, including a three-pointer and a pull-up from 12-feet. But he was also active around the paint looking for put-backs and finishing through contact.

Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for coverage of these and many more targets in the hours and days to come

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