Five observations: Adidas Uprising Indianapolis


INDIANAPOLIS -- The Adidas Uprising grassroots program descended on the Hoosier State this weekend to compete in the second qualifying event in the Gauntlet series for a berth in the Gauntlet Finale that will take place in Atlanta (July 8-11).

This great event featured excellent teams and terrific individual talent. Here are five observations:

1. Backcourt stars

Dennis Smith Jr. (ESPN 60 No. 4)

Offers: NC State, Louisville, North Carolina, Duke and Wake Forest, among others

Smith is a master creator on the break and in the half-court set. He can get his own shot at will, and when the defense collapses on him, he can finish through contact or drop off or kick out to an open teammate. Smith also has great anticipation on the defensive end, especially in the passing lanes. Smith is a terrific talent with toughness and aggressiveness.