Thursday, July 11, 2013
2016 trio shine at adidas Invitational Day 1
By Reggie Rankin
INDIANAPOLIS -- The first day of the adidas Invitational kicked off Wednesday, and a trio of 2016 recruits wasted little time in making their presence felt in the packed gymnasium.
Playing for the Spiece Indy Heat AAU squad, point guard Clarence C.J. Walker (Indianapolis/Arsenal Tech), combo guard Vijay Blackmon (Marion, Ind./Marion) and wing Reginald Jones (Marion, Ind./Marion) were three players that seized the opportunity to make a statement at the onset of the event.
Here’s what made the sophomores stand out.
Wing Reginald Jones is an explosive player in the open floor and has IU and Butler interested.
Reginald Jones is a long and lean 6-foot-5, 180 pound athletic wing who excels in the open court. He knocks down rhythm dribble 3-pointers and has a sweet spin move that results in a high-elevating midrange jumper. Jones is aggressive in looking to score and plays in constant attack mode on the offensive end of the floor. He currently claims offers from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and has teams like Purdue, Michigan State, Butler, Kansas and Indiana also keeping tabs.
At 6-feet and 170 pounds, Walker is a talented lefty who can make open shots with range out to the arc. He has a good feel for the game and is a solid passer not only in the open court, but in the flow of the halfcourt offense. Walker is strong for his size and age and is an alert defender with excellent anticipation away from the ball. He is the high school teammate of No. 4 senior prospect Trey Lyles, which should help him develop on the floor and in navigating the recruiting process, as Walker is already receiving serious interest from Florida, Purdue, Indiana State, Illinois State and Toledo.
Blackmon is a 6-foot-2, 162 pound scorer and the younger brother of Indiana commit James Blackmon Jr. (No. 25 in the ESPN 100). He finishes well on the break with excellent touch and body control and is an aggressive slasher with a good first step from the wing and along the baseline. He will need to remain aggressive and continue to work on his shot selection, but he has the ability to get on a roll on the offensive end of the floor. Indiana has already offered the younger Blackmon, and he is also seeing interest from Notre Dame.
As this trio continues to develop their individual game, you can expect more schools to check in on them. But for one day, they had the attention of just about everyone in the gym.