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Adidas Invitational recap

Andre Drummond, Shabazz Muhammad and Kasey Hill steal the show in Indy

Originally Published: July 11, 2011
By John Stovall and Paul Biancardi | ESPN Recruiting

INDIANAPOLIS -- The adidas Invitational featured some of the best talent in the nation, including the No. 1 player in country -- Andre Drummond (Middletown, Conn./ St. Thomas More). With so many good teams in attendance, we were able to find some hidden gems along the way and though the championship game had a couple of surprise teams, the tournament itself was as good as advertised.

Standout players

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David Dixon with Next Level Andre Drummond is the No. 2 overall player in the 2011 class.

Andre Drummond
2012, C, 6-10, 270 pounds
His physique compares to an NBA power forward right now. He uses his large, long and powerful body on the defensive end to challenge, change and protect the rim. When he goes to the glass, he is the type of player who not only gets rebounds, he takes them away from others. He is at his best offensively when he receives a pass at the elbow or mid-post area with his back to the basket and then faces up his opponents. This gives him more room to score or pass which he does very well. However, when he gets too deep on the block he often contends with two and sometimes three defenders, which shrinks his space to move and score. His free throw shooting is a work in progress, but you can see improvement. Kentucky, UConn, Duke, Kansas, Louisville, Georgetown, are in the mix with many other elite programs.

Shabazz Muhammad (Las Vegas/ Bishop Gorman)
2012, SF, 6-4, 190 pounds
Muhammad is the ultimate energy-giver who elevates his team's performance. He has an uncanny ability to finish plays thanks to his power and elite athleticism. He has lots of range on his jumper and he can drive past his opponent with a quick first step, especially going left. Muhammad's dominant play has been very consistent because his effort is fantastic and he's making a case for the top spot in the class.

Sam Dekker (Sheboygan, Wis./ Sheboygan Lutheran)
2012, SF, 6-6, 190 pounds
College: Wisconsin
He is a talented and versatile perimeter player who does everything well. Dekker handles the ball well enough to bring it up the court if needed and can score in the half-court set. He can drive by his opponent and get to the basket or knock down jumpers. Dekker understands how to spot up off dribble penetration, as well as make the proper cut and utilize screens. His passing IQ is high as he plays with his head up and surveys the floor every possession. Dekker hits open teammates who are ready to score or can make a backdoor pass leading to a lay up. He is also not afraid to bang for boards and as his lower body and core strength develop, he will be even more effective. Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan was smiling all week watching his future Badger.

Jordan Adams (Lawrenceville, Ga. /Oak Hill Academy)
2012, SF, 6-5, 225 pounds
College: UCLA
Known as a lights out shooter, Adams was quick to pull the trigger and productive at knocking them down from long range. He can make consecutive 3s and midrange jumpers off a broken play or from a structured, set play. He was moving without the ball much better and his teammates understand the value of getting him open looks. He was also giving effort on the defensive end and his conditioning looked good. As he adds a dribble-drive game to his offensive package, he will be even more of a threat. UCLA coach Ben Howland was front and center enjoying Adam's production.

Gabe York (Orange, Calif./Orange Lutheran)
2012. SG/PG, 6-1, 175 pounds
College: Arizona
York gets his shot off whenever he wants and he can crush opponents with his NBA range 3-pointers. The recent Arizona commit knocks them down in transition, behind ball screens and off the dribble comfortably. However, if a defender gets too close he will blow by him off the bounce and score. He also cashes in from the free-throw line as he has a knack for creating fouls on opponents. Overall, he's a competitive player who can carry a team but his decision making needs to improve.

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David Dixon/Next Level SG Aaron Harrison is the No. 5 player in the ESPN 100 and a sniper from deep.

Aaron Harrison (Houston/ Travis)
2013, SG/PG, 6-5, 205 pounds
Harrison (like his twin brother) can play either of the three perimeter positions. That versatility is a major strength and he can score and distribute. He is probably best on the wing but he can definitely be a combo guard. He is a streaky shooter with range to 22 feet and an excellent slasher thanks to his skill set and strong body.

Andrew Harrison (Houston/ Travis)
2013, PG/SG, 6-5, 210 pounds
Maybe slightly better than his brother, Andrew is best with the ball in his hands. He can create for himself and his teammates. We are not sure what position he will play at the next level but he will be on the floor at one of the three perimeter spots. He is best when moving forward and playing in attack mode because he can go right or left and plays with very little wasted motion. Both he and his brother could improve on their decision making, but most of the mistakes they make are made from being aggressive.

Keith Frazier (San Diego/ Irving)
2013, SG, 6-4, 180 pounds
Frazier is a sharpshooter who is not only accurate on his jumper, but he possesses tremendous distance and range. He has a long frame and a body that he could easily put on good weight over time. He opens the floor in a big-time manner for his team and with just a little time and space he confidently knocks down jumpers out to 22 feet. When he snags a defensive board he will take it and go coast to coast, but Frazier needs to work on his dribble moves to go by defenders when the defense is set. If he can develop a shot fake add strength and commit to defense, he could be really special.

Kris Dunn (New London, Conn./ New London)
2012, PG, 6-3, 180 pounds
He is the ultimate scoring point guard who has great size, length and is an excellent creator. Dunn has solid vision, is very good at finding open teammates and has no problem with penetration because he practically lives in the lane. He is a solid, but streaky shooter with range to 19 feet and is at his best when moving forward looking to create or score. Dunn will be a priority in the Northeast and rumor has it he may be teaming up with Drummond as a package for some lucky college program.

Kasey Hill (Eustis, Fla./ Montverde Academy)
2013, PG, 6-0, 175 pounds
He is a dynamic point guard who can score and create. Hill led his team to the U17 championship of the adidas Invitational as an underclassmen. He is quick, athletic and is hard to keep out of the lane. He has solid strength and a pretty good basketball IQ but he still needs to improve his jumper. Hill is definitely one of the better point guard prospects in the 2013 class.

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David Dixon with Next Level Perry Ellis is the No. 19 overall player in the 2012 class.

Perry Ellis (Wichita, Kan./ Wichita Heights)
2012, PF/SF, 6-8, 215 pounds
Ellis is one of the better talents in the 2012 class and he can play either forward position, but is probably best as a mismatch 4-man. He is too big for small forwards and too quick and skilled for power forwards. However, the key is that he can guard both positions himself. Ellis is a very good rebounder and at his best inside 17 feet on the offensive end where he can catch and shoot or put the ball on the floor score. Ellis is being recruited by all of the big-timers and it is easy to see why.

Players to watch

Christian Sanders (Houston/ Saint Thomas)
2012, SG, 6-3, 180 pounds
He is a consistent outside shooter with range to 22 feet. From a triple-threat position, he displays a steady one- or two-dribble, pull-up jumper with balance. He plays defense with an understanding of weak side help and has a good basketball IQ with a mentality to improve. The more you watch him, the more you appreciate his game. His dad played at Kansas and at this point he has offers from Arizona, Texas, Maryland, Colorado, Stanford and Harvard.

Brannen Greene (Monroe, Ga./ Mary Persons)
2013, SG/SF, 6-6, 190 pounds
Greene is a dynamic shooter with excellent size and good athletic ability. He scores the ball best via his jump shot from deep or in the cracks of the midrange area. As a shooter with size, it enables him to get a clear look at the basket. He is also a solid rebounder but needs to go and get more boards to be more productive. He has risen up the charts and has a big list of Louisville, Memphis, Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Alabama, UCLA, Tennessee, South Carolina, Ohio State and Wake Forest.

V.J. Beachem (Fort Wayne, Ind./ Paul Harding)
2013, SF, 6-6, 180 pounds
He is a great looking prospect who is long, lanky and very skilled. Beachem is a very good shooter with range to 22 feet and has a quick release with solid mechanics. He can also put the ball on the floor and create space or get to the basket. Beachem is a prototypical wing prospect who has all the tools offensively, but he needs to improve defensively and add more girth to his thin frame. Continued improvement could make him an elite prospect.

Stephen Domingo (San Francisco/ St. Ignatius)
2013, SF/SG, 6-5, 185 pounds
Domingo is a shooter who can score off the dribble or off penetration. He has some versatility and may be more accurately called a scorer who can shoot. He has range on his jumper beyond 22 feet and a solid basketball body, but is a little thin. He played on the USA basketball squad and is more than just a specialist. Domingo is one of the better prospects in the 2013 class.

Surprise players

DeVante Kincade (Dallas/ Skyline)
2013, PG, 6-0, 175 pounds
He's more of a combo guard right now, but has good instincts to play the point guard spot. Kincade shoots it well from behind the arc and demonstrates good height on his release. He is confident in his overall game and looks to make the right play -- sometimes deferring to his teammates too much. He has the extra burst of speed, talent and savvy to be very good. Kincade also plays quarterback on his football team and high-majors are looking.

Jeff Laidig (Mishawaka, Ind./ Penn)
2012, SG, 6-4, 180 pounds
He is a lights-out shooter with great mechanics on his stroke. Laidig is the kind of shooter who can make consecutive 3s in a game because of his self confidence and ability. What makes him dangerous is that he is always thinking about shooting and ready to shoot it as he squares up quickly and has good size to see over defenders. He moves well without the ball and is smart in his shot selection as he lets the ball find him. You can never have too many shooters and mid-majors should be calling.

Eron Harris (Indianapolis, Lawrence North)
2012, SG, 6-3, 175 pounds
He is a major sleeper in the 2012 class thanks to his athleticism and improving skills. Harris just keeps getting better and better. He can play either guard spot, but is best as a wing where he can be in attack mode and use his skills and athletic ability to score the basketball. He is a solid shooter with range to 19 feet and his length gives him the potential to be a lock-down defender somewhere down the road. Look for his recruiting to blow up as we move forward this summer.

Omar Prewitt (Mt. Sterling, Ky./Montgomery County)
2013, SF, 6-5, 175 pounds
He is a great shooter who can be streaky at times. He has good size, length and the ability to create some off the dribble -- but is at his best when he can spot up, catch and shoot from the wing. He has range to 22 feet and is a solid ballhandler for a small forward. Prewitt puts you in the mind set of a younger version of former Butler, now Utah Jazz, wing Gordon Hayward. We watched him hit 9 of 10 3s versus Indiana Elite South.

Notes

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David Dixon with Next Level Kasey Hill is the No. 2 overall player in the 2013 class from Florida.

• The climax of the adidas Invitational Tournament was the U17 championship game. No one would have predicted New Heights and Florida Rams Black for the final two contestants, but that is what happened. The Rams out lasted New Heights 89-82 behind the sterling play of Hill, who slashed and dashed his way to a game-high 28. 2012 shooter Dillon Graham (Orlando/ First Academy) chipped in 13. 2012 SF Joel Angus (Brooklyn/ Bishop Loughlin) led New Heights with 19.

• One of the better players in the Class of 2013, Malik Price-Martin (Miami Gardens, Fla./ Monsignor Edward Pace) continues to make strides in his game. As one of the nation's best underclassman, he scores well from 15 feet and in plus has a good IQ for the game. Defensively, he is long and uses that length to block and contest shots. His early list of schools are Miami (FL), Florida, Florida state, Kentucky, Louisville, UConn, Kansas State, Syracuse, UMass and California.

• Indiana commit Jeremy Hollowell (Indianapolis/ Lawrence Central) is very talented and has all the tools to be a big-time scorer. His jumper is smooth and accurate. He has the size to take like-size defenders in the lane and score over them. He needs to improve his motor and his production will become more consistent.

• One of the most intriguing prospects of the tournament was 6-9 eighth grader Steve Zimmerman of Dream Vision. The big fella will be attending Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas this upcoming fall. He is an extremely long lefty who has great touch and can shoot face-up jumpers to 19 feet. Look for a lot more from him in the future.

• PG Kyle Molock (Dublin, Ohio/ Coffman), a recent decommit from Purdue, is coming off a devastating knee injury last year. He recently returned to playing after nearly a year off. Molock looked good and is probably at least 95 percent back with his athletic ability. If you did not have previous knowledge of his injury you would not know he injured his knee. He is getting heavy interest from mid-major schools and a lot of inquiries from high-major schools.

• The U16 championship pitted New Heights out of New York versus The Ville from Puisville, Ky. New Heights triumphed 57-52 behind 21 points from 6-5 athletic wing Shamiek Sheppard (Brooklyn/ South Shore) and 14 from 6-7 big-bodied inside bully Jordan Washington (Queens, N.Y./ Pathways). The Ville countered with 13 from 6-0 athletic point guard Dominique Hawkins (Richmond, Ky./ Madison County).

John Stovall, a recruiting coordinator, has worked as director of scouting for Prep Spotlight Scouting Service and magazine for 15 years. Paul Biancardi, who has been a head coach and assistant on NCAA tournament teams, is the national director of basketball recruiting. He is also one the voters for the McDonald's All-American Game and Gatorade Player of the Year. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter.

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