INDIANAPOLIS—The intensity and anticipation on and surrounding the basketball courts rose to a much higher level on day four of the Adidas Invitational. With teams’ lives on the line Saturday, several Michigan targets advanced to the next round this morning and afternoon.
GoBlueWolverine provides full evaluations of some of the top targets being tracked by the Wolverines and how they fared in Indy Saturday:
2015 C Stephen Zimmerman, Dream Vision—Zimmerman’s Dream Vision squad laid it all on the line Saturday and were rewarded with a 40-point victory to kick things off. Zimmerman wasn’t the focal point offensively as he had been during Friday afternoon’s action but a kid with his size, athletic ability, and talent always makes an impact. Spending his time battling inside with a big, physical center, Zimmerman held his own rebounding, playing solid defense, and running the floor. A hard foul in the waning minutes sent Zimmerman crashing to the floor and his coach made the right decision to take him out of a blowout.
2015 SG Tyler Williams, Urban DFW— Williams played by far his best performance of the tournament on Saturday. Even though his team lost, he finished with 19 points in defeat. What was impressive? His ability to create and finish around the basket. In the earlier days of pool play he was quiet on the floor and didn’t force the action. On Saturday, his team needed him to be more aggressive and showed on the court. When he is aggressive, he can score with the best of them. He can crash the boards and put back offensive rebounds, too. When he starts making shots down low, it only create more confidence in his outside shot. He was able to knock down a couple long jumpers. You really saw the potential in his game today.
2015 SG Jalen Coleman, Indiana Elite— Coleman is playmaker on the court. He has the ability to dribble drive at will. He has good enough handles to be a point guard when needed. His team struggled today, but Coleman showcased why he is good enough to get a Michigan offer. He can shoot, dribble and drive. Will he commit to Michigan? That’s a good question. But his talent showcased on the floor today speaks for itself.
2015 PF Carlton Bragg, Ohio Basketball Club—For all of the dunks and wow type plays that Bragg had on Friday evening, it was his outside shot and perimeter skill set that was on display Saturday. Showing a nice ability to get up and down the floor with his good motor, as usual, Bragg does have some handles and looks comfortable bring the ball up the floor. Battling an older and just as physically large player on the other team, Bragg held his own but did take his game outside the paint a little more to knock down a few jumpers. Bragg still sprinkled in plenty of aggression, making his way to the free throw line throughout. Bragg’s block party in Indianapolis continued on Saturday as well.
2015 PG Sedrick Barefield, Compton Magic Select— You saw the court vision out of Barfield today. He is “pure” point guard, when it comes to distributing the basketball. He has good ball handling skills, too. However, his shot needs a little work. He did make a couple long jumper, though. Some may question Barefield’s athleticism, and he really didn’t have a good game on Saturday. Although, his whole team struggled as well. He has a good overall skill set, but not one skill you would say is elite. He has time to improve, though.
2016 PG Derryck Thornton Jr., Dream Vision—Right out of the gate on Saturday Thornton Jr. was looking to attack the rim and put pressure on the defense. Getting in the lane at will and running the show at the point guard position early on, Thornton Jr. had several drives and dishes that not many players heading into their sophomore year would see with their court vision, let alone be able to complete with a lightning quick one-handed pass. Thornton Jr. was able to knock down a mid-range jumper early but from there struggled to find consistency with his outside shot inside the three-point line and out. Playing off the ball a little more than a player like Thornton Jr. should, the young man found it a bit difficult to impact the game offensively without it. On the defensive end, Thornton Jr. is as good of a defender on the ball as he is off, routinely swiping at the basketball, putting pressure on ball handlers, and quickly starting the fast break the other way on a steal.
Look for a video recap from day four at the Adidas Invitational later today on GoBlueWolverine.com.