Las Vegas Day 1 recap
Andre Drummond shows why he's the top prospect in the country at adidas Super 64
LAS VEGAS -- Here's a look at what jumped out at us on Day 1 of the adidas Super 64 and Las Vegas Fab 48.
(Middletown, Conn./St. Thomas More)
2012, C, 6-foot-10, 240 pounds
Drummond has clearly demonstrated he is the most physically gifted prospect in the country at the adidas Super 64. He is a cross between former NBA standout Shawn Kemp and current NBA star Amare Stoudemire. His athleticism is peerless, as he had a couple of transition sequences that left the standing-room-only crowd in awe. His dazzling open-court escapades included some remarkable ballhandling and jaw-dropping dunks where his head was hovering above the rim. His post game is still in its infantile stage, but he did show a soft touch and great feet -- two needed attributes for a successful interior game.
(Sheboygan, Wis./Sheboygan Area Lutheran)
2012, WF, 6-7, 215 pounds
Although North Carolina commit J.P. Tokoto (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Menomonee) has received most of the notoriety, Dekker is the better player and prospect. The long-armed Dekker is a tenacious competitor and he possesses a tight offensive game. He can drain the jump shot out to 21 feet or elevate over the competition for the strong finish. Overall, he's the prototypical Bo Ryan-type of player in both skill and savvy.
Kyle Anderson (Fairview, N.J./St. Anthony)
2012, SF, 6-7, 210 pounds
Anderson made his Vegas debut by returning to the point to run the show for his Playaz squad Friday at the Las Vegas Fab 48. While he was his normal dependable self, handling the ball against pressure and initiating his team's offense, he did a nice job of balancing those responsibilities with his own scoring. He was lethal in the midrange area, using his size and high release to shoot right over contesting defenders, and making good use of a UCLA-style backscreen to free himself. Down the stretch, he was masterful at using his frame to draw contact and earn trips to the free throw line where he helped guide the Playaz to a late comeback win over the Kansas City 76ers.
Katin Reinhardt (San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Mater Dei)
2012, SG, 6-5, 190 pounds
Belmont Shore drew as many coaches as any team on Day 1 at the Fab 48, and Reinhardt seized the opportunity to impress. He's a big guard, capable of seeing minutes at either backcourt position, and on Friday his versatility allowed him to be tremendously efficient. He showed a beautiful stroke from behind the arc but refused to settle strictly for jumpers, using his dribble to create for others or get him within range of his floater. He played with the ball in his hands for the most part, creating mismatches with his size, playing the pick-and-roll to perfection and showing an overall terrific feel for the game.
Andre Drummond vs. Kaleb Tarczewski
Two of the premier big men squared off on Day 1 of the adidas Super 64, and it was the nation's No. 1 overall player who served notice on the final play. Drummond stroked the game-winning turnaround jump shot over Tarczewski as CBC won a neighborhood AAU tussle over the New England Playaz. The take from the game is Drummond's mobility is at an elite level. He scored 21 points (9-11 FG) and had four rebounds, all while being saddled with fouls. Tarczewski, from St. Mark's High School in Southborough, Mass., had 16 points (5-8) and seven rebounds. A good portion of his hoops came without Drummond in the contest. Guard Kris Dunn (New London, Conn./Wilbraham & Monson) was the game's highlight player. His drives to the bucket could not be contained.
Jordan Adams vs. Shabazz Muhammad
Adams (39 points) and Muhammad (38 points) are two dynamic scorers who are capable of putting up big numbers, but their ways of going about it were night and day at the adidas Super 64. Adams, from Oak Hill Academy, is a burly wing type who combines a nifty midrange game with a feathery shooting touch that extends to 23 feet. He has a deceptive burst off the dribble, and his footwork and savvy to get around opponents is extremely impressive.
Deonte Burton vs. Amile Jefferson
Burton drew first blood, going to work inside and out to make an early impact in the scoring column at the Las Vegas Fab 48. The Milwaukee native used his penetration to get within range of his jump hook, showed an improved touch at the 3-point line and even pulled up in the midrange area. But Jefferson, from Philadelphia, struck back early in the second half by getting out in the open floor and attacking proficiently from the mid-post area.
The individual battle was as close as the game itself when regulation ended with a tied score, but ultimately it was Burton who made the big plays down the stretch to lead his team to the double-overtime victory. It was one of the rising junior's most efficient performances to date, not just because of his versatility scoring the ball, but also because of his work on the defensive end as well as the glass.
Eye on underclassmen
Nick Colletta (Glendora, Calif./Glendora)
2013, SG, 6-4
This was our first look at him, and it was fantastic. This shooter hails from the same high school that produced Stanford star Casey Jacobsen. Colletta is a knock-down guy who is shot-ready. He's got the requisite swagger to forget his misses and acts like his makes were destined anyway. He'll guard on defense and is a high-major 2013 shooting guard. Stanford and Oregon State are on him already.
Karviar Shepherd (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto)
2013, C, 6-9, 215 pounds
The big fella is somewhat under the radar, though he already has significant offers. A true center with good size, he's a fundamental type of player. He boxes out and extends his elbows like he owns the paint. He's a go-to move away from really cranking it up a level. Kansas, Texas A&M, Florida State, UTEP, Providence and Oklahoma want him, and we know why.
• The Florida Rams have an interesting collegiate mix on the front line. Chris Walker (Bonifay, Fla./Holmes County) supplies the athleticism and power, and Malik Price-Martin (Miami Gardens, Fla./Monsignor Pace) offers up the finesse and skill. Walker was one of the day's top performers and dismissed shots while patrolling the paint. Price-Martin is fluid and long. If he develops a presence in the lane and a finishing stroke at the rim, look out.
• The addition of D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis/Oak Hill) to Indiana Elite had a lot of guys scrambling to adjust on the fly. He's now in the backcourt with Yogi Ferrell (Greenfield, Ind./Park Tudor).
• There's a school of thought that says colleges are hesitant to recruit Drummond. He's a high school graduate (or will be soon) and could test the NBA waters after his next prep year, provided the rules don't change. By that definition, he's a risk to recruit. Connecticut, Kentucky, Florida and West Virginia are tagging him, but a school like North Carolina, which he would be interested in, hasn't jumped into the pool. Tough call for the colleges because of his situation, which makes him a high-risk, high-reward recruit.
• Dalante Dunklin (San Diego/Francis Parker), a 5-foot-11 senior, is a stocky point guard prospect who made some significant plays at both ends down the stretch in Dream Vision's victory over the Atlanta Celtics. Dunklin has offers from University of San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, Cal Poly and the University of Denver.
• If mid-major programs are looking for an explosive scoring guard prospect, they should look no further than 6-2 senior Kejon Mack (Gardena, Calif./Serra). He has a lengthy frame, and his explosiveness in the open court is impressive. UC Riverside and Long Beach State have offered to this point, while Fresno State and Nevada have shown interest.
• A definite sleeper point guard out west is 6-1 senior Avery Holmes (Salem, Ore./North Salem). He needs to get better going left, but he has a solid frame with long arms, and he can knock down jump shots. He claims offers from Fresno State, Cal Poly and University of San Francisco.
• Belmont Shore's game against Juice All-Stars drew a plethora of high-major head coaches including Mike Montgomery (California), Steve Donahue (Boston College), Mick Cronin (Cincinnati), Dana Altman (Oregon), Herb Sendek (Arizona State), Mark Gottfried (North Carolina State) and Lorenzo Romar (Washington).
• Jefferson vs. Burton had a similarly large coaches section, with Gottfried, Anthony Grant (Alabama), Buzz Williams (Marquette), Thad Matta (Ohio State) and Johnny Dawkins (Stanford) looking on.
Dave Telep is the senior basketball recruiting analyst for ESPN.com. His college basketball scouting service is used by more than 225 colleges and numerous NBA teams. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter. Adam Finkelstein has been a coach or scout at the high school, college and pro levels. He was an assistant coach in Division I by the age of 24 and also worked as a scout for Marty Blake, the NBA's director of scouting. Joel Francisco is a recruiting coordinator for ESPN Recruiting.
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