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Monday, May 16, 2011
Adidas May Classic recap

By John Stovall
ESPN Recruiting

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The adidas May Classic proved again to be one of the better events in the Midwest, as it featured plenty of talent and many of the top programs from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Kentucky.

Standout players

Mitch McGar
Mitch McGary is a force in the paint who can also step out and knock down jumpers.
Mitch McGary (Chesterton, Ind./Brewster Academy)
2012, PF/C, 6-9, 250 pounds | Team: SYF
College: Undecided
He is a big, strong bully in the paint who reclassified about a year ago and has become a true force inside. McGary has increased his skill level a great deal, is effective handling the ball some on the perimeter and has improved his outside shot. You would prefer him scoring in the lane, but he can step out and make jumpers to 19 feet. He has a tremendous motor, which could be his best asset and McGary has made himself one of the top talents in the 2012 class.

J.P. Tokoto (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Menomonee Falls)
2012, SF, 6-foot-6, 190 pounds | Team: Wisconsin Playground Warriors
College: North Carolina
He is often criticized for his less than stellar effort at times, but this weekend he was more than solid as he showed the pieces that everyone knows he has and raves about. Tokoto is a solid shooter out to 19 feet, a solid ballhandler and is able to score off dribble drives to the basket. However, it's his eye-popping athletic ability that makes him special. When Tokoto operates in the low post he is a difference maker and he is able to leap over almost every opponent he faces. As he continues to work and improve, there is no telling how high his ceiling could be.

V.J. Beachem (Fort Wayne, Ind./Paul Harding)
2013, SF, 6-6, 180 pounds | Team: Eric Gordon All Stars
College: Undecided
He is a very skilled wing player who has a lot of offensive tools, including a great shot to 20 feet. Beachem is also solid off the dribble and can create space for himself in order to get his shot or drive all the way to the cup. He is very thin and wiry at this time and will need to improve his body in time. He had a good weekend as he helped lead his team to the U-16 championship.

Players to watch

Drake Harris (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian)
2014, SG, 6-3, 180 pounds | Team: Mean Streets
College: Undecided
He is a scoring wing who can put the ball in the basket from longrange, midrange and can get to the glass. When he is assertive he is one of he better scorers in the class and Harris is a solid athlete with plenty of upside. He helped lead Mean Streets to the U-15 division title.

Mark Donnal (Whitehouse, Ohio/Anthony Wayne)
2013, PF/C, 6-8, 225 pounds | Team: Indiana Elite South
College: Undecided
He has really come on in the last year, improving by leaps and bounds as a player and a prospect. Donnal is a solid athlete who can play above the rim and has developed a solid face-up jump shot with range to 17 feet. He can also score on the low block, but prefers to face the basket and is a good rebounder who uses his big body well inside.

Devin Davis (Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central)
2013, SF/PF, 6-6, 200 pounds | Team: Eric Gordon All Stars
College: Indiana
He is a nice bouncy athlete who can impact the game in the paint. Davis uses his athletic ability to score in the lane and is very good on the boards for his position. He can also slash to the cup, especially when being guarded by post players. His jump shot is a little inconsistent, but he finds ways to score.

Surprise players

Hill
Malcolm Hill can help his team win a lot of different ways.

Malcolm Hill (Belleville, Ill./Belleville East)
2013, SG/SF, 6-5, 200 pounds | Team: SW Illinois Jets Orange
College: Undecided
He is a smooth combo wing and a good scorer who tends to let the game come to him. Hill has great size and skill with a good basketball IQ. He is a solid athlete and passer with a multidimensional game, including an effective shot with range to 20 feet. Overall, he can help his team in a lot of ways and is a very good prospect.

Derek Willis (Mt. Washington, Ky./Bullitt East)
2013, PF, 6-9, 210 pounds | Team: BA Hoyas
College: Purdue
Willis is a very intriguing player because his size, length, skill and athletic ability give him unlimited upside. He is so skilled that it is not beyond possibility that he could be a small forward in time. He is very comfortable handling the ball in space, can score off the dribble versus other post players and is a good shooter to 20 feet. Overall, Willis has great tools and should be quite a player by the time he gets to Purdue, if he keeps improving.

Andre Yates (Madison, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison)
2012, PG, 5-11, 185 pounds | Team: Ohio Hoopsters
College: Undecided
The lefty scoring point guard is an effective, but streaky shooter with range to 22 feet. Yates loves to take a few rhythm dribbles to set up his smooth jump shots, is a good competitor and takes pride in his defense. He is a solid passer who can create fairly well for his teammates and helped lead his team to the U-17 championship.

Notes

• The U-17 division was won by Wisconsin Playground Warriors, which defeated the Ohio Hoopsters, 70-46. Tokoto lead the Warriors with 17 and Yates lead the Hoopsters with 13.

• Eric Gordon All Stars out lasted the Kentucky Magic in the U-16 championship, 71 to 51. Sophomore SF Collin Hartman (Indianapolis, Ind./ Cathedral) lead Eric Gordon All Stars with 20.

• Mean Streets of Chicago won the U-15 championship after beating SYF of Gary, Ind., 69-34. Justin King (Gary, Ind./ Bowman Academy) lead Mean Streets with 18.

• The Kentucky Magic made it to the U-16 championship before losing to Eric Gordon. The amazing thing about the Magic is that the majority of the team are freshmen. The best freshmen being SF/SG Jordan Green (Lexington, Ky./ Clay), SF/SG Trey Grundy (Lexington, Ky./ Clay) and SG/PG D'Angelo Russell (Louisville, Ky./ Central).

• 2013 center prospect Maverick Morgan (Springboro, Ohio/ Springboro) is a very intriguing player. He has a big body, very long arms and is a solid rebounder who is an improving scorer inside. He is going to become a Midwest priority as he continues to improve.

John Stovall, a recruiting coordinator, has worked as director of scouting for Prep Spotlight Scouting Service and magazine for 15 years.