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adidas Invitational 2012 Player Evals - Part II
Sunday, 29 July 2012

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Sam Singer
By N.D. Kendrick
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Indianapolis, IN — During the first summer "live period" 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 event.

Cameron Walker (2015, 6-8 SF/PF) - Walker simply gets buckets every time he steps on the court. He is a great scorer down on the block where he has a knack for finishing. He is either too strong or too athletic for most his age to guard. Handles it well , good passer, understands the game, fits into team concept very well and can defend.

Roschon Prince (2013, 6-6 SF) - Prince has a nice, quick release on his jumper and expends very little wasted energy on getting the shot off. He should be able to quickly adjust to the collegiate game defensively as he is sound on and off the ball and is able to defend multiple positions. He did a nice job on the offensive boards using his length to rebound over his opponents and get his team more possessions.

Jaron Hopkins (2013, 6-5 SG) - He's a two-guard who has the whole package. He has an impressive frame (long arms and very physical), great quickness and possesses that rare second gear to blow by his defender. On the defensive glass he is a good area rebounder that has the ball handling ability to go coast to coast or draw and kick to an open teammate after he explores all possible ways to get his shot off.

Payton Banks (2013, 6-6 SF) - His strength and athleticism allow him to break down defenders and finish; he can hang in the air and adjust his shot among the bigs. He starts many breaks with a play on the defensive end and runs the floor well for the finish on offense. Banks has a ton of room from development, especially on his footwork in the post.

Daniel Garvin (2013, 6-6 SF) - Garvin passed the ball well and used his great length to see over defenders to deliver the ball. He also was a force on the boards. Richmond had a couple two hand snatches at rim level and led the break. He played very unselfish and didn't force a single shot. His pivot work is very solid, with a nice drop step and up-and-under move, and his turnaround jump shot is extremely smooth.

Jarred Reuter (2015, 6-8 PF) - Reuter is a good athlete, but not a great leaper -- athletic fours can give him trouble, especially on the defensive side of the ball. His rebounding fundamentals are solid but not great (one of his few weaknesses in his game), but against players with a lot of bounce, he struggled. One area he has improved greatly is his release on his jump shot. He used to have a low release which made his accuracy very inconsistent from the perimeter

Lance Tejada (2014, 6-0 PG) - Tejada can score in a variety of ways from bouncing up to knock down 3's off the dribble or driving to the basket and making floaters. He has a deadly crossover, which leaves would-be defenders chasing him down. However, his jump shot is a bit flat and his decision-making can get erratic at times.

Adonys Henriquez (2014, 6-4 SG) - Henriquez has a very quick first step, which he uses to attack the rim, which he does not do enough. He also needs to work on his jump shot and increase his range. He sometime shoots the jump shot on the way down, as opposed to releasing at his highest point. Inside the arc he has all the dribble moves to beat his man and elevate into a smooth jumper.

Sam Singer (2013, 6-4 PG/SG) - Singer has very good size and length for a point guard which he uses to his advantage on the perimeter. He looks to put the ball on the floor and get into the paint for scoring chances. He plays good defense at times and is a good passer, playing very unselfish basketball. His mid-range game is excellent as well. He has a great pull-up off the bounce as well as the ability to float over defenders in the paint area for the easy bucket.

Josh Speidel (2015, 6-6 SF/PF) - Speidel has solid hands (though he could use more strength), good feet, runs very well, handles the ball well for his size, has a good touch and is sneaky athletic. His mentality can lead to some really bad shots. This is the case with most high school scoring machines, which this kid is. He needs to improve his shooting but he is a hard worker by nature.

Christen Cunningham
(2014, 5-11 PG) -Cunningham is a high major point guard. Although a bit small, he is very quick and athletic. He is a true leader, and has the proper IQ to play the point and run a team. He can really push the ball down the court and he gets wherever he wants with it. He gets into the paint at will and can get it to the rim with his athleticism and explosion.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 31 July 2012 )
 
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