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Atlanta: Latest from adidas, Best of South

SUWANNEE, Ga. - Friday marked the final day of the adidas Uprising as well as the last day of pool play at the Best of the South. In the finals at adidas, a five-star prospect whose stock is steadily on the rise made sure there was no doubt which team took home the title, while at Best of the South showcased the emergence of one of the best point guards in the Southeast.
Alkins owns the big stage
It's always great to see big-time players perform their best on the biggest stages, and that's exactly what five-star wing Rawle Alkins did on Friday night in the championship of the adidas Uprising against the Atlanta Celtics.
Alkins picked up right where he left off last night in the scoring column with 34 points in the championship, but Friday he did it with the deep ball connecting on five three-pointers in the first half. Compared with his peers with similar talent, Alkins is a good athlete but not elite. What sets him apart is his physicality and the pace with which he plays. There may not be a tougher wing in the country to defend off the bounce.
Along with Alkins, Mustapha Heron and Devonte Green both played pivotal roles in the victory. Herron did most of his damage in transition and finished with 19 points. Green controlled the pace of the game from his point guard position, but also showed the ability to score with 14 points.
Head coaches from Alabama, Arizona, Butler, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Mississippi State were on hand for the championship game along with assistants from California, Kentucky, Indiana and many more.
Perry becoming a top PG
Playing on a loaded Wheeler High School team this year as a sophomore, Darius Perry spent most of the season playing off the ball in a scoring role because that's where his team needed him to play. Now playing with the Game Elite 16U, his team needed him to be the primary ball-handler and he's making the transition look very smooth.
"That's what I think I'm going to be," Perry said. "I'm going to be a point guard on the higher level, so I've been working on it. Hopefully I'll get to keep playing there."
If he keeps playing like he did on Friday, his coaches will have no choice. Point guards these days need to be able to score and Perry does that at a very high level, but he finds a great balance between knowing when to look for his own offense and when to get his teammates involved. He still has his growing pains at times, but his progress in the past few months is noticeable.
The three-star guard says Xavier, Texas A&M, Wake Forest, Kansas State and Florida State have offered while he's also been hearing from Vanderbilt, Tennessee, LSU and Georgia. Minnesota offered shortly after his game on Friday morning.
Living up to the family name
Alex Vilarino, younger brother of former Gonzaga point guard G.J. Vilarino, and Josh Parrish, younger brother of TCU wing Brandon Parrish, are no strangers to the process of playing in front of college coaches to earn scholarships. They both grew up with brothers that eventually earned scholarships to play at the highest level of college basketball.
But simply having an older brother that could play isn't enough to command a scholarship offer. They each have to go out and earn scholarships on their own play, and that's exactly what they did on Thursday afternoon in a blowout win over Game Elite.
Vilarino dominated the game with pesky defense and an ability to distribute the ball both in the half-court and in transition. He too is a capable scorer.
Parrish, a stocky 6-foot-5 wing, was also a problem in transition consistently finishing in the paint through contact.
Vilarino has yet to pick up any scholarship offers, but is hearing from Tulsa, Creighton, Wichita State, TCU and Houston. Parrish currently holds scholarships offers from SMU and TCU with interest coming from a number of other Big 12 schools.
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They both have high motors, both get off the floor in a hurry and they both know how to finish in the paint.Here to view this Link., East CarolinaClick Team Loaded Virginia's frontcourt of Javin DeLaurierClick NotesHere to view this Link. and Mamadi DiakiteClick NotesHere to view this Link. wreaks havoc on opponents with their relentlessness on the boards. They both have high motors, both get off the floor in a hurry and they both know how to finish in the paint.Here to view this Link. and Wake ForestClick Team Loaded Virginia's frontcourt of Javin DeLaurierClick NotesHere to view this Link. and Mamadi DiakiteClick NotesHere to view this Link. wreaks havoc on opponents with their relentlessness on the boards. 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He says 15 schools have offered including Longwood, William & Mary, Old Dominion, CincinnatiClick Team Loaded Virginia's frontcourt of Javin DeLaurierClick NotesHere to view this Link. and Mamadi DiakiteClick NotesHere to view this Link. wreaks havoc on opponents with their relentlessness on the boards. They both have high motors, both get off the floor in a hurry and they both know how to finish in the paint.Here to view this Link., East CarolinaClick Team Loaded Virginia's frontcourt of Javin DeLaurierClick NotesHere to view this Link. and Mamadi DiakiteClick NotesHere to view this Link. wreaks havoc on opponents with their relentlessness on the boards. They both have high motors, both get off the floor in a hurry and they both know how to finish in the paint.Here to view this Link. and Wake ForestClick Team Loaded Virginia's frontcourt of Javin DeLaurierClick NotesHere to view this Link. and Mamadi DiakiteClick NotesHere to view this Link. wreaks havoc on opponents with their relentlessness on the boards. They both have high motors, both get off the floor in a hurry and they both know how to finish in the paint.Here to view this Link., while Georgia Tech, MiamiClick Team Loaded Virginia's frontcourt of Javin DeLaurierClick NotesHere to view this Link. and Mamadi DiakiteClick NotesHere to view this Link. wreaks havoc on opponents with their relentlessness on the boards. They both have high motors, both get off the floor in a hurry and they both know how to finish in the paint.Here to view this Link., California and VCU are showing heavy interest. 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Ephraim Tshimanga, a 5-foot-11 point guard out of Allatoona High School in Georgia, nearly did enough to lead his Team Impact squad to an upset win over Wisconsin Playground. He scored nearly 30 points and made winning plays on both ends of the court. Mid-major coaches were buzzing about him.
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