SNOW: Adidas Unrivaled

CHICAGO - The adidas Unrivaled Camp got going on Thursday with a very impressive lineup of campers. Leading the way was Tony Bradley and Brandon Ingram.

Class of 2015

Brandon Ingram, SF – It was easily Ingram’s best showing of the summer. He was the best player on the floor showing his ability to make shots from deep as well as attack off the dribble and make plays. Highly skilled at his size, Ingram was impressive against stronger players and just made things happen all game long. He was feeling it early, and did enough throughout the game to really open eyes.

Marcus Sheffield, SG/SF – Fresh off of his commitment to Stanford, Sheffield was excellent. He made shots from deep and then also showed a bit more game off the bounce than he had in the past. Sheffield offensively is so refined that he is a factor in all aspects. Once he adds muscle he could be a major force in the Pac 12.

Jaire Grayer, SF – A bit of an unknown, Grayer was very impressive with his play. Grayer got to the foul line, scored going to the rim, used athleticism, and then hit from deep. The key for Grayer will be repeating this performance as time goes along, but it was a good step for him to shine on a big stage.

Jaylen Brown, SF – His shot absolutely was not falling, and that led to a very average game for Brown. He as usual attacked going right, was tough on the glass, and played defense, just offensively he never quite got it going. He even missed an open dunk to sum up his game. The potential is still through the roof with Brown, but it was a disappointing open to his July.

Class of 2016

Tony Bradley, C – The light bulb has clearly come on for Bradley and if it wasn’t for the tremendous performance from Ingram he would have come away with all the headlines for his play. Bradley as always scored on the low block, but he mixed in a few mid-range shots, and on top of that was blocking shots and rebounding. There isn’t much negative to say about him, and Bradley keeps improving at a rapid rate.

Curtis Jones, SG – A big time scorer, Jones showed that even in a camp setting where numbers tend to be more balanced. Jones is a good athlete and pretty quick. He gets things done off the dribble and then also shots it well off the catch. Jones is developing his point guard skills, though he is still best off the ball. There is a lot of ability here, and he was definitely one of the best guards on day one.

Anthony Cowan, PG – Not super big or super explosive, Cowan is just a tremendous floor general. He made the right play every time he had the ball, and while he didn’t score it much, he did dish out assists and helped his team’s offense run. Then on defense he is tremendous pressuring the ball and had some steals which led to transition buckets.

Jarron Cumberland, SG/SF – A tough and physical wing, Cumberland can flat out get buckets. He started off very strong hitting from deep, and then got to the rim and converted. Cumberland is someone who is always in attack mode and is simply wired to put points on the board. He needs to continue to stay in shape and improve on defense, but his offensive game is tremendous and he flat out knows how to get buckets

Micah Thomas, SF – A bit of a surprise, Thomas made a good impression with his play. Thomas is a good athlete and someone who can be very versatile on both ends of the floor. At around 6-foot-6 and 175 pounds, Thomas can guard multiple positions and then on offense he scores going to the rim and also is a solid shooter. There is a lot of upside here, and he has the ability to really rack up offers in July if he continues this kind of play.

Faces in the crowd

Kentucky Head Coach John Calipari was watching Jaylen Brown as was Georgia Tech boss Brian Gregory, Florida’s Billy Donovan, and Georgia head man Mark Fox. Also there were assistants from UCLA and Kansas.

NC State had head coach Mark Gottfried present for Brandon Ingram.

Carlton Bragg drew Calipari as well as assistants from UCLA, Ohio State, Illinois, and Kansas.

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