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The adidas VIP Exclusive Run and Pangos Spring Spectacular

April 25, 2012
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LAS VEGAS -The adidas VIP Exclusive Run and Pangos Spring Spectacular were on tap last weekend in Sin City. The adidas event afforded us the chance to see the full arsenal of three stripes-sponsored teams in one event. The headliners proved to be elite guard Kasey Hill (Montverde, Fla./Montverde) and 2014 star Noah Vonleh (New Hampton, N.H./New Hampton). Along the way, we had the chance to see a plethora of West Coast talent and a buffet of promising underclassmen.

Standout performers

Kasey Hill
2013, PG, 6-0, 170 pounds
College: Florida

His performance at the NHSI was a prelude to his adidas explosion. He has a chance to challenge for supremacy as the top point guard in the 2013 class and should be an easy top-10 prospect at this point in the spring. Hill was in command of his game. He fluctuates easily between throwing lobs, blowing by defenders and making deep jumpers. He’s an automatic finisher whose point guard game has matured greatly since last year. This is an impact recruit and if Bradley Beal was the best shooting guard Billy Donovan ever recruited, then Hill would be the best point guard he’s ever inked in Gainesville.

Derrick Walton (Harper Woods, Mich./Chandler Park)
2013, PG, 6-0, 165 pounds
College: Michigan

The Michigan Wolverines have a good thing going at the point. Darius Morris handed it to Trey Burke and eventually Burke will hand the position to Walton. He's a powerfully-built point guard who he sees the floor, has a fine hoops IQ and is a threat to get to the rim or pop it from deep. Impressive kid whom John Beilein can trust to lead his team.

Isaiah Hicks (Oxford, N.C./Webb)
2013, PF, 6-9, 210 pounds
College: North Carolina

His arc continued upward with an impressive showing in Vegas. Hicks is a specimen athletically and he’s becoming a player who impacts the game at both ends. Ideal for UNC’s attack because he’s a runner who finisher, Hicks is intent on mastering his midrange, face-up game. His athleticism and length set him apart from nearly every big in attendance. In basketball years, he’s a puppy and his upside showed itself on a national stage again.

Chris Walker (Bonifay, Fla./Holmes County)
2013, PF, 6-10, 195 pounds

Expectations for him will always be through the roof because he’s as good looking physically and athletically as there is in the class. If you fast forward and project what a weight program and natural strength will do for him, Walker’s exceptionally gifted. His natural ability to throw back shots and be a factor in the lane can’t be overlooked. To go from good to great, the next step is establishing a dominant go-to post move that he can punish guys with.

Karviar Shepherd (Arlington, Texas/Grace Prep)
2013, C, 6-9, 215 pounds

The spotlight was on him because he didn’t play high school ball this year due to transfer rules. Sporting size 19 shoes, Shepherd displayed why he’s in the ESPN 60. He’s comfortable with his position and his disposition will allow one college team to run offense through him. A gifted passer, Shepherd owns his rebounding area and has the makings of a go-to-move in the post. Not to be overlooked, he is a good communicator on the court and patient in the post. He listed Kansas, Texas A&M, Florida State, Louisville, Texas, TCU and Marquette. He won’t have any problem receiving offers from them all.

Jarrel Martin (Baton Rouge, La./Madison Prep)
2013, SF, 6-7, 210 pounds

There’s always been a hint of Chris Singleton in his game, especially from a body-type standpoint. Singleton is naturally more mobile and athletic but they share a passion for rebounding. Martin is rounding into a versatile 4-man and a presence in the paint who can step out. He’s only got one season of high school ball under his belt so there’s reason to think improvement is natural. He indicated Oklahoma State and Louisville are on him the hardest while Alabama, LSU, Kansas, Baylor, Texas A&M, Texas and Marquette mixing it up.

Solomon Poole (Jacksonville., Fla./Parker)
2013, PG, 6-0, 180 pounds

One of the top scoring threats in the class, there’s always been a race to label him. Poole is at his best when cast in the role of scorer. He can be a point in a pinch and he displayed the ability to create, but make no mistake about it, he’s thinking score. The next step is continuing to diversify his game and tweaking his shot selection to improve his percentages. He is interested in North Carolina and Georgetown but UCLA and Georgia Tech have been his most ardent pursuers.

Breakout performers

Tim Quarterman (Savannah, Ga./Johnson)
2013, SG

Since Jeremy Lamb erupted onto the scene in 2010 and rocketed up the rankings, everyone is aware and on the prowl for late-bloomers with similar body types. Quarterman takes it a step further in that like Lamb, he too is from Georgia. He may not crack many top-100 lists at this point but he’ll be on the radar for them all by summer’s end. His length is the calling card and he's a defensive nightmare. He hasn’t shown off a Lamb-esque jumper but he’s Will Barton-like with his body type and slitheryness in the paint. He has George Mason, Oklahoma, Georgia Tech, Florida, Florida State and Cincinnati expressing early interest.

Elliott Pitts (Dublin, Calif./DeLaSalle)
2013, SF, 6-5, 190 pounds

The cerebral, skilled forwards always carry a premium tag. Pitts isn’t a one-trick pony with a single shot. He’s a handler, passer and shooter. The great shooters aren’t married to a single spot on the floor and Pitts can make shots from midrange and deep. His overall feel for the game is easy to spot and has to be valued. He needs strength to handle versus pressure and play through contact. It’s a credit to his game that Pitts is tough to pin down position-wise. He said Arizona State and California were on him the hardest. UC-Davis, Santa Barbara, Portland and Santa Clara will face stiff competition with Boston College in the mix. Lookout for Georgetown, UCLA, Oregon and Colorado; they would be players if they elected to enter the mix.

Cullen Neal (Albuquerque, N.M./Eldorado)
2013, SG, 6-4, 160 pounds
College: Saint Mary's

His father, a current assistant coach at New Mexico, was once an unheralded point guard for Bobby Cremins at Georgia Tech. Over his career, the younger Neal has turned himself into a slick point guard. His passes have sizzle and he’s got flair to go with a deft touch. Line him up against anyone rated higher and he’s going to get into them. St. Mary’s landed a Pac-12 player who will continue the pipeline of talent to Randy Bennett’s program.

Hunter Myers (Minden, Nev./Douglas)
2013, PF, 6-6, 210 pounds

You had to want to find him. Forget the look test because he aces the play test. Adept in the lane with his left and right hands, he’s comfortable going up strong for a dunk or using a heavy dose of skill to slip a hook – with either hand – over a defender. What sets him apart is his mind and his stroke. He has supreme confidence, which will translate to leadership. He is dangerous from behind the arc and he’ll knock down midrange jumpers as well. Myers is oblivious to his talent level and he’ll be taken by the attention he’s about to receive. He’s completely untainted by the recruiting process and is all about ball and competing. He’s the No. 1 student at his high school. He has offers from Nevada, UC-Davis and California.

Hassan Martin (Staten Island, N.Y./Curtis)
2013, PF

I saw him two weeks ago at the Spring Fling and he continues to improve. Somewhat of an undersized forward, Martin has a knack for rebounding and enough offense to get himself involved from midrange and at the rim. He’ll be a mid-major deluxe for now with the chance to play his way into more situations throughout the summer.

Eye on underclassmen

Noah Vonleh (New Hampton, N.H./New Hampton)
2014, PF, 6-7, 215 pounds

Where to start? Vonleh is scary comfortable for a big man with the basketball in his hands. He’ll play the 4 in college and transition to the small forward when it comes time for his career post college. Always a top threat as a rebounder, he’s made himself into a very good shooter and he’s comfortable dribbling and finishing. If there was a knock on him this weekend it would be that he didn’t have the best balance between post and perimeter. When he’s working in the lane and from the perimeter he’s almost unguardable by high school kids and is a matchup nightmare. His value in the 2014 class is going nowhere but up. “You worry about guys like this,” one head coach said. “You wind up not having an answer for him and what he can do.”

Tyler Dorsey (Pasadena, Calif./Ribet Academy)
2015, SG, 6-4, 180 pounds

There are very few guys in high school that can get what they want, when they want. Dorsey is ultra-gifted. He’s quick, skinny and confident. His bag of tricks includes a jumper that he needs only a smidge of space to get off and a burst to the rim. He’s got fantastic balance and is undoubtedly one of the best young offensive players in the country.

On the rise

Chris Davenport (Montverde, Fla./Montverde)
2013, SF, 6-7, 185 pounds

He said it best when he described himself as an energy guy. The 6-6 forward boosted his stock this weekend and even knocked down a few jumpers. He’s a fringe high-major prospect who will receive a ton of looks throughout the spring and summer. He reported offers from Clemson and South Florida. Georgia Tech, Florida, and Florida State are also looking.

Mark Donnal (Monclava, Ohio/Wayne)
2013, PF, 6-8, 225 pounds
College: Michigan

He has improved since the last viewing. It’s always a good sign when your skilled power forward shows up with an added dose of athleticism.

Notes



Senior Christopher Obekpa (Centereach, N.Y./Our Savior) played in the event. The most persistent head coach seemed to be Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin was attended each of his games.

Kendal Harris (Richardson, Tex./Berkner) said Missouri’s been giving chase and has offered so has Creighton, Oklahoma State, Marquette and Texas Tech. Texas A&M, Alabama, Texas and Kansas are looking.

Sophomore Dorian Pickens (Cave Creek, Ariz./Pinnacle) has an offer from Arizona State. His dream school? He grew up a Syracuse fan.

John Dawson (Clovis, New Mex./Clovis) owns an offer from Wyoming and interest from Baylor, Arizona, New Mexico State and New Mexico.

A trio of previously lightly heralded point guards caught my eye. Kendal Harris (Richardson, Texas/Berkner) of Urban DFW has the body and tools to play high-major ball. Dallas Moore (St. Petersburg, Fla./Boca Ciega) won’t receive the fanfare because Hill is the main man but he is the highest-level mid-major point and must be tracked. John Dawson (Clovis, N.M./Clovis) has a Rodney Stuckey-type body and he’ll be pursued by Mountain West teams for sure.

Moore listed Stanford, College of Charleston, Florida Atlantic, South Florida, Mercer, Charleston Southern and Jacksonville.

There’s an uptick in big man talent in New England. As Nerlens Noel exits and Vonleh takes center stage, there's another crop coming in behind them. Mass Rivals contributes 2014 power forward Matt Cimino (Worcester, Mass./Worcester Academy) and reclassified 2015 big Josh Sharma (Lexington, Mass./Lexington). The New England Playaz showed off freshman Jared Reuter (Rochester, Mass./Tabor Academy).

Monte Morris (Flint, Mich./Beecher) had to step up when Walton went down with an injury and by all accounts he did just that. The Michigan Mustangs have a pair of high-major guards in the backcourt. Morris is more of a combo-guard. He has an unnamed leader from the following list: Indiana, Iowa State, Georgia Tech, Southern Cal, Arizona State and Rhode Island. He’ll make an unofficial visit to Indiana the weekend of May 4.

Combo-guard Ryan Wilkins (Rincon, Ga./Effingham Co.) made the Atlanta Celtics team in a tryout situation. He didn’t start for his high school squad and the thinking here is he may be a mid-major sleeper. One of the best feel’s for the game we saw all weekend.

Compton Magic 15 is going to be a squad of highly-regarded players. Among the top prospects is point guard Sedrick Barefield (Compton, Calif./Corona Centennial) and power forward John Ross (Rowland Heights, Calif./Orange Lutheran).

Soma Edo (Rowlett, Tex./Berkner) reminds me of Quincy Acy. He’s nowhere near as tall but he’s going to score exactly like him. Edo has what I’d call Olympic caliber leaping ability and to say he explodes at the rim doesn’t do it justice. He’ll be that guy in college, who like Acy, scores the bulk of his field goals off dunks even if he is generously listed at 6-6.

Remember Syracuse legend Steve Thompson? Well, he’s got a son Stephen Thompson (Gardena, Calif./Bishop Montgomery). Dad was a slasher; son is a smooth shooter.
were on tap last weekend in Sin City. The adidas event afforded us the chance to see the full arsenal of three stripes-sponsored teams in one event. The headliners proved to be elite guard Kasey Hill (Montverde, Fla./Montverde) and 2014 star Noah Vonleh (New Hampton, N.H./New Hampton). Along the way, we had the chance to see a plethora of West Coast talent and a buffet of promising underclassmen.

Standout performers

Kasey Hill
2013, PG, 6-0, 170 pounds
College: Florida

His performance at the NHSI was a prelude to his adidas explosion. He has a chance to challenge for supremacy as the top point guard in the 2013 class and should be an easy top-10 prospect at this point in the spring. Hill was in command of his game. He fluctuates easily between throwing lobs, blowing by defenders and making deep jumpers. He’s an automatic finisher whose point guard game has matured greatly since last year. This is an impact recruit and if Bradley Beal was the best shooting guard Billy Donovan ever recruited, then Hill would be the best point guard he’s ever inked in Gainesville.

Derrick Walton (Harper Woods, Mich./Chandler Park)
2013, PG, 6-0, 165 pounds
College: Michigan

The Michigan Wolverines have a good thing going at the point. Darius Morris handed it to Trey Burke and eventually Burke will hand the position to Walton. He's a powerfully-built point guard who he sees the floor, has a fine hoops IQ and is a threat to get to the rim or pop it from deep. Impressive kid whom John Beilein can trust to lead his team.

Isaiah Hicks (Oxford, N.C./Webb)
2013, PF, 6-9, 210 pounds
College: North Carolina

His arc continued upward with an impressive showing in Vegas. Hicks is a specimen athletically and he’s becoming a player who impacts the game at both ends. Ideal for UNC’s attack because he’s a runner who finisher, Hicks is intent on mastering his midrange, face-up game. His athleticism and length set him apart from nearly every big in attendance. In basketball years, he’s a puppy and his upside showed itself on a national stage again.

Chris Walker (Bonifay, Fla./Holmes County)
2013, PF, 6-10, 195 pounds

Expectations for him will always be through the roof because he’s as good looking physically and athletically as there is in the class. If you fast forward and project what a weight program and natural strength will do for him, Walker’s exceptionally gifted. His natural ability to throw back shots and be a factor in the lane can’t be overlooked. To go from good to great, the next step is establishing a dominant go-to post move that he can punish guys with.

Karviar Shepherd (Arlington, Texas/Grace Prep)
2013, C, 6-9, 215 pounds

The spotlight was on him because he didn’t play high school ball this year due to transfer rules. Sporting size 19 shoes, Shepherd displayed why he’s in the ESPN 60. He’s comfortable with his position and his disposition will allow one college team to run offense through him. A gifted passer, Shepherd owns his rebounding area and has the makings of a go-to-move in the post. Not to be overlooked, he is a good communicator on the court and patient in the post. He listed Kansas, Texas A&M, Florida State, Louisville, Texas, TCU and Marquette. He won’t have any problem receiving offers from them all.

Jarrel Martin (Baton Rouge, La./Madison Prep)
2013, SF, 6-7, 210 pounds

There’s always been a hint of Chris Singleton in his game, especially from a body-type standpoint. Singleton is naturally more mobile and athletic but they share a passion for rebounding. Martin is rounding into a versatile 4-man and a presence in the paint who can step out. He’s only got one season of high school ball under his belt so there’s reason to think improvement is natural. He indicated Oklahoma State and Louisville are on him the hardest while Alabama, LSU, Kansas, Baylor, Texas A&M, Texas and Marquette mixing it up.

Solomon Poole (Jacksonville., Fla./Parker)
2013, PG, 6-0, 180 pounds

One of the top scoring threats in the class, there’s always been a race to label him. Poole is at his best when cast in the role of scorer. He can be a point in a pinch and he displayed the ability to create, but make no mistake about it, he’s thinking score. The next step is continuing to diversify his game and tweaking his shot selection to improve his percentages. He is interested in North Carolina and Georgetown but UCLA and Georgia Tech have been his most ardent pursuers.

Breakout performers

Tim Quarterman (Savannah, Ga./Johnson)
2013, SG

Since Jeremy Lamb erupted onto the scene in 2010 and rocketed up the rankings, everyone is aware and on the prowl for late-bloomers with similar body types. Quarterman takes it a step further in that like Lamb, he too is from Georgia. He may not crack many top-100 lists at this point but he’ll be on the radar for them all by summer’s end. His length is the calling card and he's a defensive nightmare. He hasn’t shown off a Lamb-esque jumper but he’s Will Barton-like with his body type and slitheryness in the paint. He has George Mason, Oklahoma, Georgia Tech, Florida, Florida State and Cincinnati expressing early interest.

Elliott Pitts (Dublin, Calif./DeLaSalle)
2013, SF, 6-5, 190 pounds

The cerebral, skilled forwards always carry a premium tag. Pitts isn’t a one-trick pony with a single shot. He’s a handler, passer and shooter. The great shooters aren’t married to a single spot on the floor and Pitts can make shots from midrange and deep. His overall feel for the game is easy to spot and has to be valued. He needs strength to handle versus pressure and play through contact. It’s a credit to his game that Pitts is tough to pin down position-wise. He said Arizona State and California were on him the hardest. UC-Davis, Santa Barbara, Portland and Santa Clara will face stiff competition with Boston College in the mix. Lookout for Georgetown, UCLA, Oregon and Colorado; they would be players if they elected to enter the mix.

Cullen Neal (Albuquerque, N.M./Eldorado)
2013, SG, 6-4, 160 pounds
College: Saint Mary's

His father, a current assistant coach at New Mexico, was once an unheralded point guard for Bobby Cremins at Georgia Tech. Over his career, the younger Neal has turned himself into a slick point guard. His passes have sizzle and he’s got flair to go with a deft touch. Line him up against anyone rated higher and he’s going to get into them. St. Mary’s landed a Pac-12 player who will continue the pipeline of talent to Randy Bennett’s program.

Hunter Myers (Minden, Nev./Douglas)
2013, PF, 6-6, 210 pounds

You had to want to find him. Forget the look test because he aces the play test. Adept in the lane with his left and right hands, he’s comfortable going up strong for a dunk or using a heavy dose of skill to slip a hook – with either hand – over a defender. What sets him apart is his mind and his stroke. He has supreme confidence, which will translate to leadership. He is dangerous from behind the arc and he’ll knock down midrange jumpers as well. Myers is oblivious to his talent level and he’ll be taken by the attention he’s about to receive. He’s completely untainted by the recruiting process and is all about ball and competing. He’s the No. 1 student at his high school. He has offers from Nevada, UC-Davis and California.

Hassan Martin (Staten Island, N.Y./Curtis)
2013, PF

I saw him two weeks ago at the Spring Fling and he continues to improve. Somewhat of an undersized forward, Martin has a knack for rebounding and enough offense to get himself involved from midrange and at the rim. He’ll be a mid-major deluxe for now with the chance to play his way into more situations throughout the summer.

Eye on underclassmen

Noah Vonleh (New Hampton, N.H./New Hampton)
2014, PF, 6-7, 215 pounds

Where to start? Vonleh is scary comfortable for a big man with the basketball in his hands. He’ll play the 4 in college and transition to the small forward when it comes time for his career post college. Always a top threat as a rebounder, he’s made himself into a very good shooter and he’s comfortable dribbling and finishing. If there was a knock on him this weekend it would be that he didn’t have the best balance between post and perimeter. When he’s working in the lane and from the perimeter he’s almost unguardable by high school kids and is a matchup nightmare. His value in the 2014 class is going nowhere but up. “You worry about guys like this,” one head coach said. “You wind up not having an answer for him and what he can do.”

Tyler Dorsey (Pasadena, Calif./Ribet Academy)
2015, SG, 6-4, 180 pounds

There are very few guys in high school that can get what they want, when they want. Dorsey is ultra-gifted. He’s quick, skinny and confident. His bag of tricks includes a jumper that he needs only a smidge of space to get off and a burst to the rim. He’s got fantastic balance and is undoubtedly one of the best young offensive players in the country.

On the rise

Chris Davenport (Montverde, Fla./Montverde)
2013, SF, 6-7, 185 pounds

He said it best when he described himself as an energy guy. The 6-6 forward boosted his stock this weekend and even knocked down a few jumpers. He’s a fringe high-major prospect who will receive a ton of looks throughout the spring and summer. He reported offers from Clemson and South Florida. Georgia Tech, Florida, and Florida State are also looking.

Mark Donnal (Monclava, Ohio/Wayne)
2013, PF, 6-8, 225 pounds
College: Michigan

He has improved since the last viewing. It’s always a good sign when your skilled power forward shows up with an added dose of athleticism.

Notes



Senior Christopher Obekpa (Centereach, N.Y./Our Savior) played in the event. The most persistent head coach seemed to be Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin was attended each of his games.

Kendal Harris (Richardson, Tex./Berkner) said Missouri’s been giving chase and has offered so has Creighton, Oklahoma State, Marquette and Texas Tech. Texas A&M, Alabama, Texas and Kansas are looking.

Sophomore Dorian Pickens (Cave Creek, Ariz./Pinnacle) has an offer from Arizona State. His dream school? He grew up a Syracuse fan.

John Dawson (Clovis, New Mex./Clovis) owns an offer from Wyoming and interest from Baylor, Arizona, New Mexico State and New Mexico.

A trio of previously lightly heralded point guards caught my eye. Kendal Harris (Richardson, Texas/Berkner) of Urban DFW has the body and tools to play high-major ball. Dallas Moore (St. Petersburg, Fla./Boca Ciega) won’t receive the fanfare because Hill is the main man but he is the highest-level mid-major point and must be tracked. John Dawson (Clovis, N.M./Clovis) has a Rodney Stuckey-type body and he’ll be pursued by Mountain West teams for sure.

Moore listed Stanford, College of Charleston, Florida Atlantic, South Florida, Mercer, Charleston Southern and Jacksonville.

There’s an uptick in big man talent in New England. As Nerlens Noel exits and Vonleh takes center stage, there's another crop coming in behind them. Mass Rivals contributes 2014 power forward Matt Cimino (Worcester, Mass./Worcester Academy) and reclassified 2015 big Josh Sharma (Lexington, Mass./Lexington). The New England Playaz showed off freshman Jared Reuter (Rochester, Mass./Tabor Academy).

Monte Morris (Flint, Mich./Beecher) had to step up when Walton went down with an injury and by all accounts he did just that. The Michigan Mustangs have a pair of high-major guards in the backcourt. Morris is more of a combo-guard. He has an unnamed leader from the following list: Indiana, Iowa State, Georgia Tech, Southern Cal, Arizona State and Rhode Island. He’ll make an unofficial visit to Indiana the weekend of May 4.

Combo-guard Ryan Wilkins (Rincon, Ga./Effingham Co.) made the Atlanta Celtics team in a tryout situation. He didn’t start for his high school squad and the thinking here is he may be a mid-major sleeper. One of the best feel’s for the game we saw all weekend.

Compton Magic 15 is going to be a squad of highly-regarded players. Among the top prospects is point guard Sedrick Barefield (Compton, Calif./Corona Centennial) and power forward John Ross (Rowland Heights, Calif./Orange Lutheran).

Soma Edo (Rowlett, Tex./Berkner) reminds me of Quincy Acy. He’s nowhere near as tall but he’s going to score exactly like him. Edo has what I’d call Olympic caliber leaping ability and to say he explodes at the rim doesn’t do it justice. He’ll be that guy in college, who like Acy, scores the bulk of his field goals off dunks even if he is generously listed at 6-6.

Remember Syracuse legend Steve Thompson? Well, he’s got a son Stephen Thompson (Gardena, Calif./Bishop Montgomery). Dad was a slasher; son is a smooth shooter.

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