Adidas Uprising: Top performers
BROOKVILLE, NY -- After two days of high-quality basketball at the adidas Uprising All-America camp, here are the top performers, led by five-star big man Edrice Adebayo.
Edrice Adebayo -- Everywhere Bam has gone this summer he has been consistently dominant. Adidas Camp was no different as he was pretty clearly the most dominant big man in attendance while averaging 16 points and nine rebounds a game before the Rucker Showcase. During the Showcase, Adebayo stepped it up, going for 27 and eight. His status as a top 10 player in 2016 is safe.
Kyle Guy -- Currently ranked No. 59 in the class of 2016, the Virginia commitment has been torrid during July. The first two days of camp he was spectacular with his shooting and mixed in some tough drives. He's shooting over 60 percent from the field, over 50 percent from three and averaging 20.3 points, four rebounds and 3.3 assists. Tony Bennett had a hard time hiding his grin on Thursday.
Rawle Alkins -- Coming off a huge effort in Atlanta last week with his club team the New York Rens, the No. 15 player in 2016 was strong playing at home in New York. He's a power guard all the way and averaged 18 points, four rebounds and three assists through the first two days of camp.
Mustapha Heron- At first glance, it seemed as if the 6-foot-5 five-star shooting guard who ranks No. 19 in 2016 was kind of quiet. Then after closer inspection, it turned out Heron was getting lots done. There may not be a better rebounding guard -- save for No. 1 Josh Jackson -- in the class of 2016. Heron was good for 15 points, seven rebounds and two assists a game.
Kamar Baldwin -- Based strictly on camp performance, it would be tough to list the point guard any lower. The No. 133 ranked player in the class of 2016, Baldwin was solid in every way the first two days of camp. He made shots, ran the team and played excellent on-the-ball defense while averaging 15 points, 3.5 rebounds and three assists.
Wenyen Gabriel - Another of the camp's breakout players, Gabriel was active, showed skill and played with a tremendous motor. He's pretty skinny, but he doesn't fear contact and the No. 84 player in 2016 is angling for another move up the rankings. He averaged 13.5 points and nine rebounds the first two days. Gabriel said his most recent offers came from Texas and Notre Dame to go along with offers from Maryland, Connecticut, Virginia and Providence. Duke has jumped into his recruitment after seeing him Wednesday night and Kansas head coach Bill Self is coming in to see him Friday. Rivals saw the head coaches of the Longhorns, Irish, Huskies and Cavaliers all watching him at one point or another during the first two days.
Jaylen Hands -- One of 2017's top point guards and the No. 22 overall player in his class, Hands was outstanding the first two days. There wasn't a better distributor and though he's skinny, he showed some physicality on drives and did a great job changing speeds to dictate pace and scored when needed. He averaged 11.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and eight assists per game.
Zach Collins -- An early commitment to Gonzaga who ranks No. 34 in the class of 2016, Collins didn't score in droves, but he didn't get many touches, either. When he did, he showed soft touch, great footwork and a nice inside/out game. Collins was most impressive as a rebounder and a much more physical and effective low post defender than he's ever shown.
Jacob Young -- His future head coach Shaka Smart probably had fun watching Young let them fly from deep. The four-star combo guard was able to toss up 37 attempts from three-point range in four games and he hit 14 of them (after a slow start). Young scored 19.3 points, grabbed three rebounds and handed out 4.3 assists per game.
Shamorie Ponds -- Ponds is an offensive minded point guard and can even play as a small two. He backed up his recent move up to No. 45 nationally and was an effective player. Because of fast hands he has a chance to be an outstanding defender and he averaged right around 13 points, three rebounds and two assists per game.
Payton Pritchard -- Another of the camp's best shooters, the four-star who recently de-committed from Oklahoma had a very solid camp. He made 50 percent of his threes, showed strength on drives and was solid all-around with 14 points, five rebounds and three assists per game.
Kobi Simmons -- The second highest ranked class of 2016 player in camp after Adebayo, Simmons really struggled shooting the ball. There were also stretches where the five-star point guard looked disinterested. But, at around 6-foot-5 he has speed and quickness that few smaller players can match at the point. When he did make plays, they were often of the impressive variety and 12.3, three rebounds and 4.3 assists are pretty good numbers during an "off" couple of days.
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