Last weekend it was late as I strolled into one of the many gyms where basketball was being played in Indianapolis for the Adidas Invitational. I was there to take another look at some of the young pups that I had seen earlier in the tournament. I got to the court to evaluate the players and on the opposite end of the floor I saw Bacari Alexander and Lavall Jordan, Michigan assistant coaches.
I was there particularly to see three kids I had seen a day earlier playing for the Eric Gordon All-Stars: Basil Smotherman, Devin Davis and Zach Irving. Here is a breakdown of each kid's game.
Zakari Irving, 6'4 guard from Fishers Indiana: A kid that can flat out shoot it. He had a game during the tournament where he was simply on fire. He was canning shots from all over the floor up until he was injured. There was no answer for him. Zach can put it on the floor and get to the basket to score. He doesn't rush things but allows the game to come to him. His game is still evolving, but with the tools he has he can really be good.
Devin Davis, 6'6 forward from Indianapolis Warren Central: The most athletic of the three. Scores in transition off put backs and drives to the basket. As his handles become tighter he will become more effective off the wing. He can rebound it and start the break. Shot selection could be better but he is still learning his way. Devin blocks shots and plays pretty good defense. I am looking forward to the finished product.
Basil Smotherman, 6'6 forward from Indianapolis Heritage Christian: Basil is a player that loves the perimeter. He certainly can be an inside outside player. When he is inside he is tough and does damage. He can stroke it from the outside but tends to fall in love with shooting it from deep too often. He can handle out on the perimeter, he is a very good passer and he rebounds well in traffic. Although he is young his game has the potential to be huge as it currently has versatility marked on it at this stage. I will enjoy watching his development with the type of game he has.
Michigan was at many of these young players' games, but Indiana and Purdue, along with other schools are also keeping tabs on these up and coming talented players.
U-M keeping an eye on young pups coming up
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