Adidas Gauntlet: Day 1 Notebook

Jaylen Brown

Friday night at the adidas Gauntlet event brought out the best in five-star prospect Jaylen Brown. His 48 point explosion stole the show, but it was far from the only impressive showing.

Brown has performance of the spring

Up until Friday night it was clear that Malik Monk had the performance of the spring, but Jaylen Brown decided to get him a run for his money. The 6-foot-5 athletic and powerful wing from Game Elite was absolutely on fire.

Brown finished with 48 points on 15-22 shooting including 6-10 from three point range. Brown, who has always struggled with his outside shot, looked confident and comfortable launching from deep and showed that he has been working on his game. He was making shots both off the catch and off the bounce, and then when he was done banging in threes from deep he went to the rim.

When Brown did go to the rim, he went with bad intentions. Brown had numerous highlight caliber dunks and showed that he is impossible to guard when he is making his outside jumper. Overall Brown was absolutely incredible and stole the show. His 29 first half points were simply ridiculous, and had his team needed he could have gone for over 50 in the win. It was a performance for the spring. Already ranked No. 9 overall in the class of 2015, Brown made a strong statement that he can rise even a few spots higher.

Florida Elite shows dominant team effort

Florida Elite is one of the most balanced teams on the adidas circuit, and their frontcourt stole the show in a dominant win on Friday night. Specifically it was UCF pledge Chad Brown and potential high riser in the rankings Deng Adel that really put on an impressive display.

Brown is an excellent commitment for the Golden Knights and at around 6-foot-9 with very long arms and a good frame, he put his total game on display. Brown can block shots, has very good hands, finishes well around the rim, and shows a good aptitude to rebound. While he isn't an elite athlete, he is a very solid in that regard and has a strong motor. He needs to get better at just physically wanting to dominate an opponent, but Brown proved he is one of the better post commitments in the class and showed excellent long term potential.

Speaking of potential, Adel is full of it. The nearly 6-foot-8 forward has the ability to handle the ball like a guard and also has a good shooting touch out to the mid-range, with the potential to make threes. Add in athleticism and a motor, and it is easy to see why he is becoming one of the more heavily recruited prospects in the nation.

Adel didn't have one of his most productive games overall, but he showed the flashes of potential that make him so intriguing going forward. This is Adel's first summer on the AAU circuit, and he is adjusting nicely. Now once he gains consistency the sky is the limit for what he can become.

Pritchard shows improvement

Point guards are never easy to find, but Team Fast product Payton Pritchard is looking like one of the better ones in the class of 2016. Not a tremendous athlete, Pritchard does have solid quickness, a great ability to change speeds, and is a knockdown shooter as well.

In an event opening game Pritchard showed off his ability to get into the lane and make plays along with his shot making. That combination makes him very tough to guard, and now that he has added muscle Pritchard is tough to really contain off the bounce.

He can stand to finish better in traffic, but that is just nitpicking. Pritchard doesn't have the elite ceiling of some prospects, but he is a tough kid who competes and has some high level skills to go with it. There simply aren't too many better floor generals in the country and Pritchard's game is really coming together.

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