What we learned: adidas Invitational
After covering the adidas Invitational and reflecting on some of the event's top performers, Rivals.com takes a final look at some of the things we learned in Indianapolis.
1. Class of 2014 prospects impress
A lot of time was spent watching 16U games at the adidas Invitational. Two of the most impressive prospects, however, weren't out of the 2013 class but out of the 2014 class.
Jaquan Lyle out of Evansville (Ind.) Bosse High School is a 6-foot-4 do-everything perimeter player. A wiry athlete, Lyle was most impressive breaking down the defense off the dribble and finding open teammates. He is also plenty capable of producing points himself. On the defensive end, Lyle's overall feel for the game put him in the middle of the action, coming up with steals, rebounds and loose balls.
Then out of Houston St. John's High School comes Justise Winslow , the son of former NBA player Ricky Winslow. A powerful left-handed athlete at 6 feet 5, Winslow also impacts the game in every facet. He is an elite shot blocker as a wing player and a tremendous offensive rebounder. As a scorer, he can produce from all three levels and is a savvy passer as well.
2. Three elite athletes
Three of the best athletes at their positions and in their classes were on the court in Indianapolis last week.
Hanner Perea, a 6-foot-8 power forward from La Porte (Ind.) La Lumiere School, has established himself as the premier interior athlete in the 2012 class. An elite rebounder and dangerous shot blocker, Perea is developing as an overall basketball player and appears destined to be a rebounding specialist at the NBA level.
Just as John Wall was guaranteed to drop your jaw a couple times whenever you scouted him, Solomon Poole has a couple mind-bending athletic plays every time he hits the court. The 2013 combo guard out of Jacksonville (Fla.) Terry Parker High School, is as a powerful athlete as any guard in his class. Whether he is on offense or defense, when the action heads to the rim, Poole is going to have an impact.
Quickness with the ball is an invaluable commodity for point guards in today's game, and Kevin Ferrell is at the top of the quick list in the 2012 class. Out of Indianapolis Park Tudor School, Ferrell can drive by his man in the blink of an eye out of the triple-threat position. And in the open court, he is a blur.
3. Gabe York can score
All prospects have holes in their games, so the key is to limit those holes and then excel at one area. When it comes to Orange (Calif.) Lutheran High School shooting guard Gabe York, scoring is his area of excellence. This isn't a new discovery for Rivals.com, but when York finished off the event with consecutive 38 and 46 point games, his scoring prowess was reinforced in our minds. Both bouncy and crafty, York is a threat to score once he is 30-feet from the basket.