adidas Exclusive Run: Top Performers

The adidas Exclusive Run provided us with an early look at the adidas sponsored talent. In the end, it was Jamal Aytes, Brandone Francis, Stephen Zimmerman, Craig Victor and Ahmaad Rorie that stood out as the weekends top performers.

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Quick Take: This was easily the best effort I've seen from Victor. The 6-foot-8 power forward played with purpose and effort. He was focused and dialed in on playing hard and winning. He accomplished both, as he led New Orleans Elite to a tough loss the semi-finals. Victor got on the glass and pursued the ball well off the rim. Offensively he scored from mid-range, but was most effective in the paint, where he made strong moves to the rim and put back in misses.

Recruiting: Oklahoma State, Kansas, Arizona, Oklahoma, Miami, Florida, LSU, Kentucky

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Quick Take: Francis built his reputation at the Exclusive Run. At 6-foot-4, he's an intriguing guard prospect. His best attribute is his passing and when he played with the ball in his hands he was effective as a creator. With that said, he spent majority of his time on the wing, but made plays from that position as well. He's an improved shooter and is capable of making shots from mid-range out to three. He's not currently ranked in the 2014 rankings, but he will be next time around.

Recruiting: Kansas State, Florida, Miami, Minnesota, Cincinnati, Illinois, Washington, Missouri, Indiana, SMU, Georgia

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Quick Take: It's been clear for a long time that Zimmerman was a high level prospect with a lot of natural ability. But at the Exclusive Run, he broke out from an offensive standpoint. He's much more skilled than I realized and can score the ball in a variety of ways. On the block, he has a handful of moves, maneuvers well around defenders and is effective over his right shoulder. Zimmerman can also step out and hit mid-range jump shots. His confidence is building and he appears poised for a huge summer.

Recruiting: Arizona, UCLA, UNLV, Oregon, Memphis, Kansas, Connecticut, USC

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Quick Take: Aytes was certainly a Breakout Performer at the Exclusive Run, but he dominated so much that we had to categorize him as a Top Performer. Without the 6-foot-6, 225-pound power forward Dream Vision doesn't win the Gold Division tournament. Aytes was a force in the paint. He reeled in boards in and out of his area and scored any way you wanted him to around the basket. He entered the event without a scholarship offer. He left the event with mid-majors offering and high majors calling.

Recruiting: Miami, USC, Arizona, Utah, BYU, Butler

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Quick Take: The California commit led his team to the championship game of the Exclusive Run. The backcourt of Rorie and 5-foot-10 lead guard David Crisp was tough for teams in the event to defend. Rorie, who has added 10 pounds to his frame since last summer, used his speed to get into the paint and played much more under control than he did at times last year. He made shots from mid-range out to three, created for teammates and showed an all around improved game.

Recruiting: Committed to California

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