By Bryan Kriss - firstname.lastname@example.org
The adidas Invitational has concluded and it was another great event. There were a number of upsets and an unlikely champion in the 17s platinum bracket as Florida Rams Black (not the top Florida Rams team) took home the trophy. There were a number of players who impressed and improved their stock throughout the event.
Gabe York (Compton Magic) - York doesn't have the natural instincts and playmaking ability of a true point guard, nor does he have ideal size for a shooting guard at the next level, but that didn't stop him from having possibly the best performance of the tournament in a game against Indiana Elite. York went off for an unofficial 44 points and was in one of those modes where he felt like he could hit every shot, and he almost did. With his explosiveness and impressive ability to hit deep jumpers without much room, it's easy to imagine him having success at the next level as an undersized scorer.
Hanner Perea (Indiana Elite) - Perea was a man amongst boys and no one was going to stop him from finishing above the rim when he got the opportunity. He not only can dominate the paint on both ends of the floor with his freakish athleticism, but also showed an improving hook shot and looks like he may even have the potential to develop into a decent mid-range jump shooter.
Andrew Harrison (Houston Defenders) - There's a lot to like about Andrew Harrison. Great size, very skilled, and athletic, Harrison could legitimately play any of the three perimeter positions.
Jeremy Hollowell (Indiana Elite) - Hollowell impressed with his outside shooting ability, but also showed he can score in the post against smaller defenders.
Kasey Hill (Florida Rams Black) - We didn't see Hill much, but we were impressed with the limited action we saw. An excellent ball handler, Hill uses his quickness and tight handle to get where he needs to be on the floor. He did a great job of making acrobatic finishes around the rim and displayed elite explosiveness when he drove the lane for the dunk of the day against Kansas Pray and Play.
Perry Ellis (Kansas Pray and Play) - This was the most productive we've seen Perry Ellis. His outside jumper seems to be improving and he used his explosiveness to finish several impressive dunks despite often being in a crowd of defenders.
Kris Dunn (Connecticut Basketball Club) - Dunn has emerged as one of the top point guards in his class. He is a very good ball handler who takes care of the ball under pressure and can push the tempo. He's very good at getting into the lane and either finishing or setting up teammates, but is also a reliable three point shooter.
Sam Dekker (Wisconsin Playground) - Dekker does it all. He has great size for a small forward at about 6-foot-7 or 6-foot-8 and has good athleticism and skill to go along with it. He handles the ball and passes very well for his size and is a very good three point shooter as well. There is little he can't do and he should make an immediate impact at Wisconsin.
Shaquille Cleare (Houston Defenders) - Cleare is very nimble for a player his size and showed good hands and solid post moves throughout the event. He also has deceptive athleticism and finishes very well through contact.
Aaron Harrison (Houston Defenders) - Aaron Harrison played well throughout the event. He shot the ball very well and displayed good athleticism while attacking the rim.
Cameron Ridley (Houston Hoopstars) - Ridley has great size and a pair of soft hands which alone makes him a good prospect. He also shows great touch around the rim and does a very good job of keeping the ball high after grabbing rebounds and receiving passes. He's not an elite athlete, but he runs the floor hard and can finish above the rim in traffic.