PHILADELPHIA -- The Reebok Breakout Classic tipped off on Wednesday with over 175 college coaches in attendance. Abdul Ado, Sylvester Ogbonda, JaQuori McLaughlin and J.R. Gilbert were among the days top performers.
ADO IS DEFENSIVE FORCE
On Monday, we updated our 2016 rankings and Abdul Ado
checked in at No. 51 overall and as the No. 9 center prospect in the class.
While that is certainly a solid ranking, if the first day of the evaluation period was any indication, it wasn’t quite high enough. Ado, a 6-foot-9, 225-pound post player, dominated his camp game at the Reebok Breakout Classic on Wednesday.
Ado played was energetic and active in the paint both pursuing rebounds and swatting shots. He’s quick off his feet, not afraid to play physical and has good timing.
“I’m more of a shot blocker, but I’m trying to improve my offensive game,” Ado told Scout.com after his impressive outing. “I’m trying to get a little bit better. I grab rebounds and block shots. I do all that. I’m just trying to work on my offensive game.”
Ado should give himself more credit, as he has the tools on the offensive end. He has good hands and touch around the rim, plus he even showed good footwork on a step through finish.
In all Ado, finished with eight points on 4-for-4 shooting, grabbed seven rebounds and swatted four shots.
Ado, a native of Nigeria, said he has scholarship offers form Vanderbilt
. He also mentioned interest from Louisville
, Arizona State
and Ohio State
Josh Pastner, Donnie Tyndall and Rick Pitino watched him Wednesday evening, as did a host of other high major coaches.
Ado will finish July with the Georgia
Stars 16’s team. They’ll play in the Peach Jam Sweet 16 during the second session.
MCLAUGHLIN SHOWS POTENTIAL
One of the more intriguing prospects of the first day of the Reebok Breakout Classic was one of the players I knew the least about.
, a 6-foot-2 junior guard out of Gig Harbor (Wash.) Peninsula, played with poise and confidence on the first day of camp. McLaughlin spent time on the ball and played the role of facilitator.
|McLaughlin is one to watch this July
“I have an all around game,” McLaughlin told Scout.com. “I can shoot it, get my teammates involved and play defense.”
McLaughlin, who is running with the Tacoma Access this summer, also showed good vision and made a couple of impressive passes in transition. He also knocked both of his three-point attempts.
While McLaughlin doesn’t have a big reputation nationally, he has a strong list of scholarship offers and interest.
“I got offers from Memphis, Boise State
, Oregon State
, Washington State
,” he said. “Then I have Wisconsin
, those schools are showing interest.”
“The schools that are talking to me a lot are Washington, Boise State and Washington State,” he added.
McLaughlin said he’s taken unofficial visits to Boise State, Washington and Gonzaga
As a sophomore, McLaughlin averaged 20 points, four assists and four steals. He maintains a 3.6 GPA.
Chimezie Metu, PF: The USC commit showed up in Philadelphia ready to play. Metu, a 6-foot-8, 200-pound power forward, was active and used his energy to impact the game on the backboard. He reeled in nine boards, eight of which came on the defensive end. Offensively he faced the rim, attacked and finished off plays close to the rim. Metu is an impressive athlete that gets end to end quickly and is quite springy off the floor. He has shown flashes of his talent the past year and it looked like it was starting to come together during a scrimmage game and camp game on Wednesday.
Marquez Letcher, SF/PF: This is one hard playing combo forward. Letcher ran the floor, attacked the basket, was active on the defensive end and played with toughness. At 6-foot-7, Letcher is more power forward than small forward, as he’s not quite skilled enough to be classified as a full time wing. With that said, he certainly has the athleticism and body control to make some plays from the perimeter. He went 7-for-12 from the field and scored 18 points in his first camp game.
Sylvester Ogbonda, C: Heading into the event I thought Ogbonda was one of the biggest sleepers at camp and the 6-foot-10 post player from Fort Washington (Md.) National Christian Academy proved that during his first game. The physical tools are there, as he has a good-looking frame, lengthy arms and is a good athlete. Ogbonda runs the floor with a purpose, contests shots on the defensive end and goes after rebounds with aggression. He scored off a right jump hook and dunked a drop offer pass, but where he impacted the game Wednesday night was with his rebounding and physical play inside. He reeled in a game high 12 boards and was a force in the paint.
Charles Minland, SG: Not much was known about Minland, a 6-foot-3 guard, heading into the event, but his aggressive nature and scoring ability caught my eye. Minland connected on three three-pointers, while also consistently looking to attack the basket. He played well through contact and managed six free throw attempts. He also showed good vision and tossed out three assists. High mid-level programs should certainly be tracking this Concord (N.C.) First Assembly standout.
J.R. Gilbert, SF: This 6-foot-5 wing was one of the top performers of the day. A southpaw, Gilbert managed a day high 22 points on 7-for-9 shooting, including 2-for-2 from three. Gilbert hunted shots from mid-range and showed he could create space with his dribble. He’s comfortable shooting on the move and played with tremendous confidence. Gilbert doesn’t have a big reputation, but if he keeps this up he soon will.
P.J. Dozier, SF: At this point, I'm still not sure what position to list Dozier at. Offensively, he's skilled enough and has the feel to spend time on the ball, while defensively he will likely defend wings at the next level. Regardless, Dozier had a productive day, especially in the scrimmages before the camp was officially underway. Dozier hit a pair of three-pointers and a pull-up from mid-range in front of me. He also dished out the ball, made good decisions and played hard. It was the best outing I've seen from Dozier since before his surgery.