What I learned in Las Vegas 

July, 30, 2012
LAS VEGAS -- For the most part, the play in Las Vegas was spirited, at least through the playoffs. These kids are wiped out, and the coaches are exhausted from the condensed travel.

The Michigan Mustangs, following an upset win over Florida Elite, rode a hot backcourt past a solid New Heights team for the adidas Super 64 championship. Over the better part of two-and-a-half days, I bounced back and forth between the adidas Super 64 and Fab 48. Here’s what I gleaned from my final event of the summer:

Point guards

[+] EnlargeDerrick Walton
Courtesy of Kelly Kline, Adidas Super 64Michigan commit Derrick Walton is ranked No. 40 overall in the 2013 class.
Derrick Walton (Detroit/Chandler Park) was the MVP of the adidas Super 64. He earned it. Walton and his crew went right at Kasey Hill (Orlando, Fla./Montverde), and once that hurdle was cleared Walton could see the finish line. The truth of the matter is after Andrew Harrison and Hill, the third-best PG is debatable and Walton is in the conversation. Walton’s vision, tenacity and drive make him the third standout point guard in a row for John Beilein’s Michigan Wolverines. Iowa State commit Monte Morris (Flint, Mich./Beecher), Walton’s partner, was outstanding as well. These guys were running on fumes in the end, but they hammered a great Florida Elite squad a day earlier.

  • Only got to see him once, but the allure of Tim Quarterman (Atlanta/Johnson) is something I can’t shake. He ran with the Atlanta Celtics and continues to be a player in need of keeping tabs on, as he can play three positions.
  • Devonte Graham (Raleigh, N.C./Broughton) plays at the same high school that produced Pete Maravich. Those are lofty standards, but Graham ran his own race. A lower-level recruit during the season, once Louisville-bound guard Anton Gill (Raleigh, N.C./Hargrave) got hit with the injury bug. Graham seized his chance and now owns mid-major offers.