Adidas Invitational: Day Two

INDIANAPOLIS - Noah Vonleh was just one of the very impressive performers at the Adidas Invitational on Thursday. With pool play winding down the intensity went up, and many prospects did a lot to raise their stock.

Devin Williams, PF, Ohio Basketball Club – The Cincinnati native was on top of his game during a morning win. Williams, while not a refined low post scorer, finds a way to be productive. He rebounds extremely well, gets to the foul line, and just has a knack for making plays. Add in that he is a very solid position defender, and Williams is someone who is sure to continue to add offers and interest.

Jaron Hopkins, SG, Compton Magic – Hopkins is a very athletic wing and he showed that with a few nice dunks, and then mixed in a jumper or two. Still overall his game was very inconsistent. Hopkins struggled with decision making and wasn't able to put things together. The physical talent is there, but Hopkins needs to refine his game to be more consistent.

Martez Walker, SG/SF, REACH Legends – Walker poured in a cool 27 points, and that was after he was forced to sit on the bench much of the first half with fouls. When he got in the game in the second half he was absolutely cooking. Walker hit a handful of threes, finished above the rim with a dunk, and then scored some off the dribble. He was very impressive with his play.

Zak Irvin, SF, Eric Gordon All-Stars – The future Michigan Wolverine had a very nice showing in a close win. Irvin did a better job of being aggressive and going to the rim instead of settling for jumpers. Also when in the lane he made a few nice passes and played passing lanes well on defense. It was a very positive outing for Irvin.

V.J. Beachem, SG/SF, Eric Gordon All-Stars – A smooth wing with excellent athleticism, Beachem had it working. When he gets hot from the field the future Notre Dame player can be tough to deal with, and in this case he was. Beachem was hitting off of two bounces as well as off the catch, and showed more willingness to attack the rim with a posterization dunk in transition.

Demetrius Jackson, PG, MBA Select – Back with his usual AAU team, Jackson was once again an absolute monster. He scored using the dribble, had the athleticism to get by his man any time he wanted, and he hit some from the mid-range. Just a complete player, Jackson is certainly raising his stock in the eyes of coaches.

Vince Hunter, SF/PF, Detroit Stars – Just an absolute freak athlete at nearly 6-foot-8, Hunter put on a show in the second half. He has a good handle for a guy his size, and uses it very well in transition. In the half court he is an excellent offensive rebounder and someone who plays with a very high motor. Now he does need to improve the jumper, but Hunter made a big impression despite his team's loss.

Craig Victor, PF, New Orleans Elite – Touch, toughness, athleticism, and a nice motor define Victor. The Louisiana native was excellent in a win over Urban DFW. He scored around the rim, rebounded the ball very well, and then also mixed in a shot or two from the mid-range. He is definitely someone that will be attracting a ton of attention the rest of the month.

Kelly Oubre, SF, New Orleans Elite – Oubre is back on this team full time, and he looks very comfortable. The athletic wing is one of the best defenders in the class, but now he also is adding in more ability on the offensive end. Oubre was as aggressive as ever with the dribble and even looked for his shot some. When he has this confidence he is a different and better player.

Noah Vonleh, PF, Mass Rivals – His team lost, but Vonleh did about everything humanly possible to help them get a win. Quite simply he is a beast. Vonleh rebounded like a monster, is capable of leading the break, and then is an excellent athlete. For him to take the next step he needs to find that unreal motor, but still all the physical tools are there for him.

D'Angelo Russell, SG, Louisville Magic – It wasn't even one of his best games, and Russell still found a way to be very impressive. The multi talented scorer was going to the rim, showed off his mid-range game, and was active on defense. Also, and this is a newer part of his game, he showed good floor vision, especially with his outside jumper not falling. Overall despite not a great shooting game, Russell found a way to have a huge impact in a blowout win.

Brandon Hatton, SG, Louisville Magic – The marksmen from the outside was credited with four threes made, none of which really even moved the net they were so pure. Also he scored once or twice going to the rim which was good to see. Hatton is simply one of the better scorers in the class and someone who is definitely making strides with his game.

Christen Cunningham, PG, Louisville Magic – He doesn't get much attention due to all of his highly touted teammates, but Cunningham is getting a lot better. He is a capable scorer, but most impressive is his ability to really pass the basketball. Cunningham has good floor vision and the feel to make the right pass at the right time.

Marcanvis Hymon, SF/PF, Team Thad – One the most exciting team to watch in AAU basketball, Hymon is one of the more electrifying players. He scores a ton in transition, and is the type of run and jump athlete that coaches love. Add in that he rebounds very well and has an elite motor, and Hymon was one of the many members of the team putting on a show.

Chris Chiozza, PG, Team Thad – A pass first point guard with unbelievable quickness and a great feel for the game Chiozza absolutely controls things for Team Thad. He made about six or seven unreal passes to lead to dunks or open shots. Along with his ability to pass he makes open shots, and despite being short in stature also is a pest on the defensive end.

Leron Black, PF, Team Thad – Another absolute beast from the city of Memphis. Black attacks the rim with reckless abandon, and takes no prisoners on the glass. Also he will hit a shot or two from the mid-range, and has that elite motor that is so hard to match. In terms of raw production, very few at the 16-and under level can match Black.

Anton Beard, PG/SG, Team Thad – The future Missouri Tiger showed why the new SEC school was so happy to get him. He is a crafty scoring guard who despite not being an elite athlete just knows how to get by defenders and put the ball in the basket. Also a good shooter with a good handle, Beard does a lot of things well and will definitely be in the discussion for a bump in the rankings.

Isaiah Bailey, SF, Compton Magic – Bailey struggled in the first half to get going, but he began to catch his stride in the second. He is a good athlete with an excellent frame. Long arms allow him to be a lockdown defender when he is focused. His shooting stroke looks good, though he wasn't knocking them down.

Idrissa Diallo, C, Compton Magic – He is no doubt raw, but the bottom line is Diallo has a ton of upside. He needs to get comfortable on the block with his footwork, but he has huge hands, long arms, and is a very good athlete at every bit of 6-foot-11. Once he gets seasoning he could be someone who sees his stock soar.

Chris Chiozza has offers from Ole Miss, VCU, Murray State, and Kent State. Also interest from Tennessee, Arkansas, Richmond, Memphis, and Virginia Tech.

Marcanvis Hymon listed offers from Ole Miss, Missouri, Mississippi State, Murray State, and Kent State. Also interest is coming in from Memphis, Georgia Tech, Arkansas, and Auburn.

Isaiah Bailey noted UNLV, USC, UCLA, Oklahoma, Oregon State, and Arizona as schools showing him attention with the Trojans being his lone offer.

Christen Cunningham has Notre Dame, Western Kentucky, Murray State, and Cincinnati taking notice.

Brandon Hatton has an offer from Winthrop with interest from Western Michigan, Hawaii, Butler, Xavier, Florida State, and Virginia Tech.

Head coaches from UCLA, Xavier, Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Michigan State, and Florida were watching Devin Williams. Also assistants from Louisville, Virginia Tech, and DePaul were present.

Demetrius Jackson drew bosses from Kansas, Illinois, Notre Dame, Louisville, and Memphis.

Thad Matta and Rick Pitino were front and center for D'Angelo Russell, as was assistants from Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Indiana.

Adonys Henriquez drew head coaches from Miami, South Florida, and Florida along with assistants from Alabama, Mississippi, Virginia, Georgia Tech, and Florida State.


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