Adidas Invitational: Day Four

INDIANAPOLIS - When it came to impressive performance Isaac Hamilton was right at the top of the list. However he was far from the only one showing out in what was an intense day at the Adidas Invitational.

Isaac Hamilton, SG, Dream Vision – Quite simply Hamilton was absolutely on fire. He was hitting from deep, getting into the lane and making plays, and then also dished off a few nice assists. Best of all as the pressure got bigger, Hamilton played better in a tight game. He was absolutely unstoppable for the most part, and was a big part of willing his team to a victory.

Chris Davenport, PF, Florida Elite – As always a team needs strong performance from role players to go deep in an event, and Davenport provided that. Davenport scored some slashing to the rim as well as with offensive rebounds, and defensively he was good on the glass and blocked a few shots. While not an elite skill guy, he does have the athleticism and motor to make an impact.

Chris Walker, PF, Florida Elite – Offensively Walker got off to a slow start, but once he woke up during an early morning game it was over. Walker dunked everything in sight, and was a factor on the offensive glass. Defensively he pulled in every rebound and played good position defense which basically took away the rim. Quite simply Walker changed the game even without scoring a ton.

Joel Embid, C, Florida Elite – It is tough at this point to really doubt Embid. He is a hard working post player who is still very raw, but he dropped in a few nice jump hooks and showed off good hands and the ability to run the floor. He didn't protect the rim quite as well as physically it would suggest he is capable of, but the bottom line is Embid is getting a lot better and should get a bunch of high-major looks.

Nathan Hawkins, SG, Dallas Mustangs – There might not have been a better player on the day than Hawkins. In two viewings he was extremely impressive. Hawkins has made his reputation as a shooter, but the 6-foot-4 wing also did a good job of creating for others and going off the bounce a little bit. Add in that he is a good athlete, and this is one of the more unheralded players in the country.

Soma Edu, PF/C, Dallas Mustangs – There are kids who are freak athletes, and then there is what Edu is. Freak athlete doesn't even begin to describe what he is. At probably about 6-foot-5, he plays with his head well above the rim, and pulls in a ton of rebounds. Edu has that unreal ahtleticism, but foul shooting proved to be his kryptonite. The bottom line is he is productive despite not being the most skilled kid on the interior.

Zach Coleman, PF/SF, Dallas Mustangs – Long, athletic, and with some skill, Coleman is someone who is very intriguing. He can hit the outside jump shot, and has the ability to finish above the rim. Coleman has to work on shot selection some and get stronger, but his size, 6-foot-7, and versatility make him someone to watch as a high-major prospect.

Taishaun Johnson, PG, Kings Court – Johnson didn't do a ton during the high school season, but in a high level game he absolutely was cooking. Johnson put up well over 20 points and did it every way imaginable. Super quick with the bounce, the Indianapolis product could be primed for a huge season if he can replicate this type of effort.

Derrick Walton, PG, Michigan Mustangs – The future Michigan Wolverine did everything he possibly could to help his team get a win in bracket play, but it just wasn't meant to be. Walton scored when he had to, dished off to teammates, and gave great effort on the defensive end. While not an elite athlete in terms of explosion, Walton does have excellent quickness and has a great feel for how to play the position.

Jalen Jenkins, SF, New Heights – George Mason has themselves an excellent commitment in Jenkins. He is a legit 6-foot-6 with length, good skill, and the ability to score inside and out. Jenkins was blocking shots, making plays all over the court, and played with a very high motor. If he was still on the board, numerous schools would definitely be calling after such an impressive performance.

Jordan Washington, C, New Heights – In a class lacking many centers, Washington's size, strength, and nimble feet are impressive. Washington was able to do basically whatever he wanted on the low block in a big win. He scored back to the basket and on the offensive glass. Also Washington's motor was big time.

Noah Vonleh, PF, Mass Rivals – It gets to the point where it is just absolutely ridiculous sometimes watching Vonleh because he does so much. Despite picking up four first half fouls, Vonleh dominated the game at times when he was in. Vonleh hit threes, scored with post moves, made drives into the lane and finished, and on top of that even showed a few nice passes. Quite simply there is nothing on the court that Vonleh can't do.

Leron Black, PF, Team Thad – He would never admit it, but it has become pretty clear that Black has a sheer hatred for the rim on a basketball hoop. That is the only way to explain the absolute ferocity and hatred he seems to dunk the ball with. Black finished well above the rim, dominated the glass, and blocked shots on defense. Quite simply there is no more productive player at the 16-and under level than Black, and his team has absolutely been dominant all tournament long.

Chris Chiozza, PG, Team Thad – While Black might be the best player for Team Thad, Chiozza might be the most important. Chiozza is incredibly fast, has a great handle, and big time playmaking ability. Chiozza also has some of the quickest hands you will see on defense causing havoc when people dribble in front of him.

Jaylin Patterson, PG, Atlanta Celtics – Patterson is a scoring point guard who has had a great event overall, and simply never let down. He can really make shots, but he might be at his best driving and getting to the rim. Also Patterson is a solid distributor and someone who knows how to run a team.

Daniel Hamilton, SG, Dream Vision – He and his brother Isaac were both ridiculously impressive. Hamilton is a long athlete with the ability to put major points on the board. He does need to improve on his decision making, but Hamilton is so dominant at times physically that he can overwhelm opponents and get on huge scoring runs.

D'Angelo Russell, SG, Louisville Magic – Russell didn't have his biggest scoring game, but showed off incredible floor vision. He had several nice assists off of drives, and then for good measure would nail a dagger three. Russell has asserted himself as one of the best players in the nation, and keeps on improving with every time he steps on the floor.

Shane Hall, PF, Louisville Magic – An absolute freak athlete, Hall was attacking the rim with no regard for human life. He had a few posterization situations where defenders didn't get the notice that they shouldn't jump with him. Also he scored on a lefty drive which was impressive and blocked several shots on the defensive end.

Isaac Copeland, PF, Garner Road – Potential is the key word here with Copeland. He had a few solid moments, but it is about what he projects to be more so than what he currently is. Copeland can finish with impressive athleticism, runs the floor well, and has a nice looking mid-range jump shot.

Brevin Pritzl, PG/SG, Wisconsin Playground Warriors – Pritzl is a heck of a scorer. Not the most athletic, he can shoot off the dribble or the catch, and has a enough savvy to create by changing speeds and using intelligence. Defenders had no answer for Pritzl and he did a good job of keeping his squad in the game.

Tyler Williams, SG, Urban DFW – For a young shooting guard prospect his upside is very impressive. Williams has nice athleticism and an excellent shooting stroke. Also he is already capable of finishing through contact going right or left, and has the demeanor you want in a scorer.

Chris Davenport has offers from Clemson and South Florida. Also interest is coming from Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Florida, and Florida State.

Soma Edu has been offered by SMU, North Texas, Creighton, Fresno State, Murray State, Nebraska, and Oklahoma State. Also he is hearing from Baylor and Marquette.

Nathan Hawkins took a recent visit to Oklahoma State and got offered. Also offers are in his possession from North Texas, Kansas State, and Texas-Arlington. Interest is coming from Tulsa, Wichita State, Creighton, Marquette, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma.

Isaac Copeland has offers from Virginia, Charlotte, Richmond, Furman, ECU, Winthrop, Buffalo, Fairfield, and Appalachian State. Ohio State, Georgetown, North Carolina State, and Wake Forest are all showing interest.

The matchup between Chris Walker and Noah Vonleh drew head coaches from Virginia Tech, Florida, and Georgia Tech. Also Indiana, Kansas, Georgetown, Illinois, Oklahoma State, Notre Dame, Florida State, and Kentucky were there.

Head coaches from USC and UNLV along with assistants from Washington, San Diego State, UCLA, and Cal were checking in on Isaac and Daniel Hamilton.


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