Indianapolis, IN -- Rick Pitino's mission Wednesday morning at the adidas Invitational was clear:…
adidas Invitational: Day Two Rundown
Remy Abell, SG, Shining Stars-Davis – Coaches from various levels have been talking up Abell, a 6-foot-3 guard, this week. He's definitely stepped his game up over the past few months and is straddling the mid-major/high-major line. With that said, this morning wasn't his best of games as he struggled to get in a flow. Still he made a few nice moves in transition and had some buckets at the rim. He's a solid athlete, a pretty good defender and he's great at getting to the rim. Chane Behanan, PF, Ohio Basketball Club – After not getting a ton of touches in the game I watched yesterday, Behanan had it working in a morning game. His scoring package was impressive as he scored both with his back to the basket and facing it. He's good for a plus one at least twice a game as he really utilizes his strength in the paint. In a night game he had it going as well. He's a much better scorer than people give him credit for. He's led OBC thus far. Antwan Space, PF/SF, Urban DFW Elite – Certainly the surprise of the day came from this 6-foot-8 versatile forward. Last year he was a four-man, he's slowly developed his game where he's capable of stepping away from the basket and attacking for jump shot. Some think he's a three-man, for now we'll call him a face up four-man, but a pretty good one at that. He has a long, lean frame, is a solid athlete and moves fluidly. It's early in July, but this guy has some potential to move up a number of schools recruiting boards. Juan Anderson, SG/SF, Oakland Rebels – Going up against Urban DFW and Space, Anderson showed a good amount of potential. At 6-foot-5 he's a good-looking shooting guard prospect that could possibly make a run at the high major level. He has a long, lean body and still looks very young in the face. He moves fluidly and was effective attacking the rim. He didn't show his jump shot often, but he did knock down a pull-up 18-footer. He is certainly one to watch. CJ Blackwell, SG, Atlanta Celtics – When the Celtics needed a field goal they seemed to always call Blackwell's number. A 6-foot-4, possibly 6-foot-5 wing prospect, Blackwell can really score it. He has a stocky frame and is an OK athlete, but where his bread is buttered is his jump shot. He has good range on his shot, nice form and can go off the dribble to get a look. Geoffrey Groselle, C, Dallas Mustangs – At 6-foot-11, Groselle is a capable post prospect that put together an impressive sequence against Urban DFW. This weekend he's shown a consistent mid-range jump shot out to 15-feet and also has a nice set of hands. Mid-major programs and upper level mids should definitely be keeping tabs on the Plano (Tex.) West post prospect. Jerome Seagers, PG, DC Assault – Over the course of the past few months, Seagers has appeared better and better. Up against a solid Brookwood Elite squad on Wednesday, the 6-foot lead guard controlled the tempo of the game and led his squad. He likes coming off screens and is a crafty handler and passer. Seagers also showed good speed and shot the ball quite well here. Ismael Douda, C, Florida Rams – Last week at the "Blue Chip" camp he put together a MVP performance and played well. On Wednesday going up against some guys more his size he was solid. A big strong kid, Douda checks in at 6-foot-10 and has a strong, developed frame. He's active on the glass and will usually score it if he gets the ball within a few feet of the basket. Stephon Blair, PF, Florida Rams – Douda's sidekick on the Rams is this 6-foot-8, 215-pound big man. He wasn't great offensively on Wednesday, but it's easy to like his overall potential and what he's going to be down the road. He plays hard and is blessed with a big, strong frame. He's a solid rebounder, as has long arms and goes after boards with tenacity. Jerome Hairston, PG, East Coast Fusion – Mid-level schools should make this guy a priority. Hairston, a 6-foot-2 guard, is a quality ball handler and a guy that sees the floor quite well. Although he doesn't possess great speed, his vision and ability to run a team make up for it. Hairston is at his best when he's able to get out in transition and create looks for teammates. Deion Clark, SG, Florida Elite 16's – Up against a very talented DC Assault squad, Clark, a 6-foot-3 wing, did everything he could to keep Florida Elite out in front. He especially made big plays down the stretch and relentlessly attacked the rim. He has great touch around the basket and showed a nice floater that he used a number of times. The Naples (Fla.) Barron Collier standout also nailed a big three down the stretch. Jeremy Hollowell, SF, Eric Gordon Central Stars – For the first half Hollowell put together as good of a performance as I've seen through two days of the evaluation period. His talent has never been doubted and when he plays hard and is aggressive he can do some big things. He dropped 20 points in the first half of Eric Gordon's game against Dream Vision. He clicked off four three-pointers and a handful of finishes at the rim. With his size (6-foot-7) and overall skill set, he rates as one of the top wings in the class of 2012. Jonathan Thsimbuy, SF, Brookwood Elite – He may be a junior-to-be, but he's already built with a college ready frame. At 6-foot-5 he has good size and is a quality athlete. A native of Quebec, Thsmbuy is a terrific rebounder, as he went in and out of his area to corral rebounds. Although he didn't shoot many jumpers, he did knock down a mid-range pull-up and proved to be a solid defender. Nigel Goss-Williams, PG, Double Pump Elite – In a torching of the Shining Stars-Davis squad, Goss-Williams was sensational. The 6-foot-3 guards makes great decisions and played the role of set up man for Double Pump. He mixed in some mid-range jump shots, but he was looking for his teammates and "running the show" as one college coach watching Goss-Williams put it. Malik Price-Martin, PF, Florida Rams – Yesterday I just got to see him for a few minutes. On Wednesday I took in more and definitely liked what I saw. He may have a slight frame, but he's mobile and moves up and down the floor quite well. He also has an impressive overall skill set that allows him to face up defenders for jumpers out to 18-feet. He has good touch inside as well. Nate Britt, PG, DC Assault 16's – Although he wasn't scoring against Florida Elite it was easy to see why this 6-foot-1 lead guard is so highly touted. The Upper Marlboro (Md.) Gonzaga product has a terrific feel for the game, sees the floor well and changes speeds quite well. The southpaw showed more of a set shot, rather than a true jump shot, but he has plenty of time to improve on that. High majors are already showing interest. Derrick Fenner, SF, DC Assault 16's – The Assault coaches tipped us off on Fenner last year and they were right. The 6-foot-5 wing prospect is a good-looking prospect. To go with his height, he has the necessary bulk to finish through contact when he attacks the rim. In this one, however, he scored majority of his points off jump shoots from both mid and long range. Rashad Muhammad, PG/SG, Dream Vision – A much different player than his brother – Shabazz Muhammad – Rashad spends more time on the ball and has impressive ball skills. In the first half against the Eric Gordon Central Stars, Muhammad clicked off three three-pointers and nailed some big shots during Hollowell's big scoring run. At this point he's tracking at the high major level. Antwan Space said he has scholarship offers from Florida International, Colorado and Houston. He also mentioned Gonzaga, Mississippi and Texas A&M as schools that were showing interest. Juan Anderson claims offers from Murray State, Western Kentucky, Weber State, Portland, San Francisco, UC Davis, Santa Barbara, Northern Colorado and Utah State. He also has interest from California, UCLA, Washington State, Arizona State and SMU. Deion Clark told Scout.com that South Florida, Central Florida, Miami, Florida Atlantic and Liberty have all begun keeping tabs on him. D.J. White is a good-looking young prospect. The 6-foot-3 guard can score it. Trey Davis, a 6-foot-5 wing, showed an ability to shoot the ball off the catch or dribble. He knocked down quite a few jumpers in a mid-afternoon East Coast Fusion game. It was easy to like how Nick Jacobs rant he floor looking to score. Around the basket he uses a left hook to score and he's developed some consistency with it. Kenny Cherry, of Brookwood Elite, is a good-looking combo guard. He got to the rim going to the right side and showed a nice floater. Damion Lee and Malick Kone came up big for DC Assault when they needed a bucket against Brookwood Elite. Both shot the ball well. Matt Shrigley showed some toughness moving over and guarding Jeremy Hollowell after he clicked off 18 points in eight minutes. He's a good defender, can shoot it from long range and plays hard. Ronnie Johnson is a mid-level lead guard. The brother of Teronne, a Purdue signee, has a nice feel for the game and has a consistent floater he'll use when attacking the basket.
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