Adidas Invitational Day 1 Recap (Part 1)

Indianapolis, IN.- One could call it Christmas in July on the AAU calendar as certified events tipped off across the country Tuesday, and no event is bigger than the Adidas Invitational in Indianapolis. The event features many of the nation's best teams and players, many of whom call Michigan their home. One such player, a Wolverine target, has officially blown up.

 The day started off at 8am with the R.E.A.C.H. Legends and 6'8" 2011 power forward Jalen Reynolds who had a look of determination before and during the game versus All-Ohio White.  Reynolds put up 14 points on six of nine shooting (2-2 ft) and grabbed twelve boards with three blocked shots.   His length and rebounding were very impressive, but equally so was the made mid-range jumpers off the dribble, his desire to continuously run the floor, and his ability to finish around the rim.  Michigan's top guy, John Beilien, along with Michigan State, Xavier, Central Michigan, Detroit, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Dayton, Purdue, Cincinnati, Southern Cal,  Bowling Green and others in attendance.   R.E.A.C.H. won 82-57 against a team with plenty of height and skill at the guard position.    

In R.E.A.C.H.'s second game of pool play they faced another solid team in the Northern-Indiana based Capp All Stars who had solid wings, guards, and some height.  Jalen fouled out of the contest, but not before he scored 10 points on 5 of 7 shooting and pulling down 15 boards.  The game was highlighted by Reynold's tip dunk followed by an alley-oop that brought cheers and nods of approval from coaches on every major level in the NCAA.  Reynolds has offers from Xavier, Detroit, Central Michigan, Oakland and that list will grow to double digits in the very near future.

Reynolds scored 18, grabbed 16 boards and blocked six shots in a first round playoff loss versus a talented Shining Stars-Davis (KY.) squad.  All of the schools mentioned above were in attendance for Tuesday night's finale with coaches from Depaul, Wake Forest, Louisville, Syracuse, Northwestern, and others joining in on the recruiting of the fast rising senior.

Dorian's Pride's 16u 6'8" 2012 power forward Matt Costello (Bay City Western, MI.) and 6'3" 2012  guard Ray Lee, jr, (Romulus, MI.) put up solid numbers in a blowout win over Fieldhouse Elite Force (IN.).  I was able to catch up to Costello post game and he humbly mentioned that the majority of his 20+ points were in transition.  Costello is Michigan's most complete post player in the 2012 class but will have to wait until later to showcase all of his offensive skill.   

Lee also scored 20+ points and has Michigan, Miami (FL.), Oregon State, Southern Cal, Dayton, Detroit, Tennessee, Central Michigan, Syracuse, and Georgetown keeping a close eye on the athletic guard. 

There are two more days left in the adidas Invitational and plenty more updates and recruiting information on the way. Stay tuned.

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