Regarded by some as one of the top uncommitted prospects remaining for the 2012 signing class, the 6-foot-4 Filer is rated a 3-star recruit by Scout and ranked No. 28 among point-guard prospects. He is visiting Utah this weekend, then tours Knoxville Oct. 8, Oregon State Oct. 15 and Clemson Oct. 22.
Like three-time All-Big Ten point guard Tracy Webster (now Tennessee's associate head coach) and former University of Memphis star Derrick Rose (the 2011 NBA Most Valuable Player), Filer developed his point-guard skills on the playgrounds of Chicago. After completing his junior year at Mount Carmel High, however, he spent his senior year at Bishop Noll High in Hammond, Ind. He averaged 15.9 points per game in leading Bishop Noll to a runnerup finish in the state tournament, then enrolled at Notre Dame Prep to work on his grades. He already has impressed the heck out of his new head coach.
"We've only had him for a few weeks, so we're still learning his game as much as he's learning our expectations," Ryan Hurd told InsideTennessee by phone. "But he's an off-the-charts athlete, and we're incredibly happy to have him."
Asked what separates Filer from most point guard prospects, Hurd replied: "In a word, athleticism. I think he's got a little to learn about changing speed and pace but he has an uncanny ability to attack the rim and score. As long as that continues, he's going to buy the time to learn the things he needs to know to be really successful."
Like most high school point guards, Filer needs a little polish before he's ready to direct an offense at the college level.
"Adonis is a guy at the combo-guard position who is an athlete with pretty impressive speed," Scout basketball expert Evan Daniels told InsideTennessee. "He played with the SYF Players in July, and was a big part of some of their tournament runs. He's an interesting prospect — pretty good speed, a strong frame, a pretty good all-around athlete. He's still learning the point-guard position, which is why I still consider him more of a combo guard, but he has a lot of natural ability."
Hurd believes that natural ability, coupled with the right mental makeup, is going to make Filer a quality point guard at the next level.
"We ask our point guard to attack," the coach said. "He's mature enough as a point guard to find that open guy. His first instinct is going to be to attack, then he'll look to find someone else. He's a very unselfish player who leads by example."
In addition to his offensive abilities, Filer reportedly has the tools and mindset to star on the other end of the floor.
"Defensively, he's a lock-down defender who loves to play and loves to embarrass the guy he's guarding," Hurd said. "He plays with a chip on his shoulder."
That "chip" disappears when Filer is away from the basketball floor, however.
"He's different from kids we've had in the past," Hurd said. "Normally, when you think of a kid who wants to lock down the guy in front of him, you don't think of a nice kid. But he's such a nice kid off the floor. When he gets on the floor, though, he wants to embarrass the guy in front of him. He takes a great deal of pride in that."