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adidas Invitational 2012 Player Evals - Part I
Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Tim Quarterman
By N.D. Kendrick
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Indianapolis, IN — This past week we spent time scouting some of the top prospects that the adidas circuit has to offer. The Circle City hosted the five day event that showcased several of the top players nationally.

In the first live period of the Summer session, low major coaches as well as mid to high major coaches put on their team colors and posted close enough to the court to be noticed by a potential recruit.  Coaches such as Larry Brown, Billy Donovan, Tom Crean, Tom Izzo, Bruce Weber, Brad Stevens, Rick Pitino, Bob Huggins, Steve Alford, Josh Pastner, Matt Painter, Roy Williams and many other high profile head men. 

The following are player evaluations from several top performers from the weekend.

Leyton Hammonds (2013, 6-7 SF) - Hammonds has good body control and a decent amount of strength, which allows him to adjust his shot in the air and absorb contact, while still getting his shot off. He does have a love affair with the 3-point shot, but it goes in more often than not. It's a slow release, but it has an excellent arc to it and it always lands softly.

Soma Edo (2013, 6-6 SF) - Edo is a very explosive wing that is wiry strong and excels in transition. He sprints the wing and can get to the rim with his speed and quickness where he is an above the rim finisher. He is a human highlight film waiting to happen. A real crowd pleaser. He also has the ability to mix things up with a few drives to the hoop with good post-up skills.

Zach Coleman
(2013, 6-8 SF) - Coleman has willowy frame and needs to add muscle to be a better option at the next level. He is a young looking wing with a high basketball IQ and loads of savvy. His jump shot was smooth throughout the week and he was equally effective in the mid-range area as well as beyond the stripe.

Jeremy Morgan (2013, 6-6 SF) - Morgan can handle the ball decently except when pressured. In addition, his jump shot is quite flat, however, he makes enough of them where you have to respect it. He'll have to make an adjustment on the defensive end because of his lack of lateral quickness. He does a good job running the floor in transition, spotting up on the side of dribble penetration and coming off screens.

Teyvon Myers (2014, 6-1 PG) - Myers loves to throw the home run ball and did a good job completing those passes. He will take chances with the ball at times but you love his aggressive approach. His point guard skills - most notably his decision making - have developed and he's always been an decent shooter. He should be a fine player for the mid-major level, even though high-majors are giving some serious thought about offering.

Derick Newton (2014, 6-7 PF) - Newton is a heady kid that displays a strong set of skills as he can put the ball on the floor, get into the lane and score as he shows good body control on the finish. He is comfortable on the perimeter as he hit open 3's coming off screens feet set in a catch/shoot style.

Solomon Poole (2013, 6-1 PG) - Poole's handle is high-level and he had a number of dribbling exhibitions in the open court that were simply remarkable. His ball control, tight handle, and precision passing alone will make the Georgia Tech fans go wild. Each and every time out he set the tone for his teammates. Once he gets by defenders he can either get to the rim - uses his body very well - or distribute to an open teammate.

Tim Quarterman (2013, 6-6 SG) - Quarterman consistently showed that he is capable of being a dominant scorer among stars. He is patient and shows good shot selection, but when the game was on the line he wants the ball in his hands and can go make a play. He also does a great job of not turning over the ball when he aggressively attacks the basket.

Sedrick Barefield (2015, 6-1 PG) - Barefield is a rock solid lead guard that understands the game and makes excellent decisions with the ball. He is at his best in the open court, either delivering a nifty pass or finishing with an athletic lay-up. He has a deadly crossover, which leaves would-be defenders chasing him down.

Rex Pflueger (2015, 6-5 SG) -Pflueger can post up smaller players at any given time and blow past anyone attempting to check him on the perimeter. He is an elite level wing player with a complete package of skills. Has great length and uses it to be a solid defender on the ball and a surprising shot blocker from the weak side. He has a great feel for the game and he rarely forces the action.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 July 2012 )
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