Adidas Invitational: Day 2 Afternoon Notes

GBW breaks down the performances of top Michigan basketball prospects in Indianapolis.

Quick Notes & Thoughts on Michigan basketball prospects at the Adidas Invitational in Indianapolis.

Kevon Looney--2014 PF, Milwaukee Runin Rebels 17U—After a slow start on Wednesday, Looney showed more versatility today. The lengthy power forward, was able to dribble drive as needed and took his defender on simple hesitations at will. He has knack of finishing around the bucket. He showcased why he is a five-star talent, and justified being Scout's No. 2 PF in the country today. The only negative thing about Looney's morning performance, it seems his head tends to get out of the game at times. Maybe it's because his PG doesn't try to find him enough and he definitely needs more touches. It's not a matter of aggression, it's a matter of touches. But without any doubt—Looney is the real deal. Now, we just need to see him against Zimmerman.

Stephen Zimmerman—2015 Center, Dream Vision 17U—Scout's No. 1 player in the 2015 class started off slow, but ended with a bang. The big time prospect literally has a full arsenal of skills at his disposure. He can finish. He can shoot. He can run. He can block. However, he's not perfect. He'll need to add some weight to his 6-foot-11, 215-pound frame. But with that being said, he had the play of the day with a tomahawk jam as he was running down the floor with a thunderous finish. The play got the crowd lifted, and put an exclamation point on his performance today. Zimmerman could end up being the MVP of this invite.

A.J. Turner—2015 SG, Dorian's Pride 17U—Turner is a scorer, there is no doubt about it. He can flat out shoot from behind the arc. When he's hot, he's hot. He also showcased some of his other skills sets today. He has a willingness to get down on the block and post up. He can defend. He also has the ability to run point guard if needed. He's not the fastest player on the court. He'll definitely need to work on his speed. He recently reclassified himself to the 2015 class and it should benefit him to play one more year of high school. It will be interesting how Turner matches up against stronger and faster opponents as this tournament continues.

Jaylen Johnson—2014 PF, Dorian's Pride 17U—Johnson impressed many with his performance against Zimmerman in this afternoons matchup. While Zimmerman is taller, Johnson still was able to create around the basket and finish. He's very athletic and clearly strong enough to go against some bigger talent—specifically Zimmerman. He showcased the ability to face the basket and shake his defender. However, his shot needs some work. It's not the smoothest at this point. But he can still rebound and defend. In the meantime, another impressive matchup with Zimmerman later on this tourmant could open a lot of scout's eyes.


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