adidas Nation: UNC Target Report

ATLANTA --- The Final Four is a gathering spot for everyone in the basketball business, so it was a natural idea for adidas to hold their inaugural adidas Nation workouts in Atlanta this weekend at Emory University. The event was full of talent and a few North Carolina prospects were among the standouts.

On Saturday adidas hosted a pair of workouts for the 24 campers and we were fortunate enough to make it to the second session. The new grassroots movement for adidas is to usher in more skill development and less games. The players participated in drills and skill development exercises for over two hours before practicing with their teams and scrimmaging.

Jrue Holiday, SG/PG, Campbell Hall – Scoring looks easy for Holiday. His bag of tricks include a crafty floater, a nice pull-up jumper and the ability to take hits and finish around the basket. His ball handling sets himself apart from most wing guards in his class, as he is precise with either hand. He's a high level athlete and isn't afraid to mix it up inside and snag some rebounds.

Larry Drew, PG, Taft – After watching the drills and scrimmage it was clear that Drew has been around this type of stuff all his life. He did very well throughout the work out and showcased a solid jump shot. He is a smooth, skilled lead man that has a high basketball IQ and a drive to get better.

Tyreke Evans, SG, American Christian – Evans played his typical game by taking it right at the competition and getting buckets. As always he knocked down off the dribble jumpers with consistency and played a smart brand of basketball. It's clear Evans is among the top three players in the class right now, but who's the best between him, Greg Monroe and Holiday? At this point it seems like a toss up.

Trey Thompkins, PF, Oak Hill – One thing Thompkins has been in dire need of is muscle mass and it looks like the 6-foot-8 junior has been in the weight room. He was more than able to hold his own in the paint against some quality big men and is definitely stronger than he was during the season. Thompkins did a little of everything during the scrimmages including knocking down a three.

Travis Releford, SG, Bishop Miege – During the second session Releford struggled to find the bottom of the net. His left hand must get better as he failed to connect on a left-handed floater during the skill session. However, the 6-foot-5 guard is good with the ball in his hands, creates for teammates and consistently finds ways to score.

Dexter Strickland, SG, St. Patrick – The 6-foot-3 sophomore standout impressed us first at the Nike All-American Camp last summer and he looked equally impressive at adidas Nation. While he's still slender and will need to add weight to his frame, he's a lock down defender with big time athleticism. He's good in transition and is becoming a better jump shooter.

Lance Stephenson, SG, Lincoln – This New Yorker had a heck of a workout. He impressed us with virtually everything he did on Saturday. Stephenson dominated the one-on-one drill both offensively and defensively. He can score in so many ways and knows exactly how to beat defenders. Stephenson has no problem getting to the rack and uses his big, strong frame to clear space once he gets there. While we didn't see him shoot many set jumpers, he did knock down a couple off the dribble jumpers during the scrimmage.

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