- Joel Francisco
LAS VEGAS -- It was our first look at the national talent on the Adidas side of things and we did not go home disappointed. Hosting the Adidas Super 64 at the Cashman Center allows coaches and scouts to stay at one venue and take in the talents of fast-rising senior Jaylen Brown as well as the multi-faceted game of super junior Miles Bridges. However, there were a couple of highly ranked seniors that didn't match the Vegas heat as their performance would fall under the "too cool" category.
2015, WF, 6-foot-6, 210 pounds
AAU Team: Game Elite
Brown had a host of coaches -- John Calipari, Bill Self, and Steve Alford, to name a few -- that took in the talents of his impressive all-around game. He has a bit of Arizona-bound Stanley Johnson in his game, but Brown is more fluid and his jump shot is smoother. He has an explosive first step and has the frame and bounce to take the contact and finish. He sprinkled in a couple of jump shots as well, but it was his bully-ball drives that caught our eye.
Miles Bridges (Huntington, WV./Huntington Prep)
2016, PF, 6-foot-7, 220 pounds
AAU Team: Michigan Mustangs
Bridges was stellar at the LBJ Skills Academy and he was even better in his game against New Orleans Elite. The multi-skilled lefty can drain 3-point shots, but the most impressive aspect of his game is his point forward skill set. He can create space off the dribble and either drop off a nifty assist or finish with either hand in the paint.
Mitchell Robinson (New Orleans, La./Landry Walker)
2017, C, 6-foot-10, 200 pounds
AAU Team: New Orleans Elite
Robinson is a national unknown, but that is quickly going to change as a number of high-major coaches were in awe of Robinson's untapped potential. The springy 5-man is quick off the floor (great timing) at both ends and his hands are terrific. His post game is still quite raw, but he did have a few awe-inspiring, above-the-rim finishes in traffic.
Thon Maker (Martinsville, Va./Carlisle)
2016, PF, 7-foot, 210 pounds
AAU Team: Team Loaded Virginia
Maker is one of the more intriguing prospects to enter high school basketball in quite some time. There are questions about his age, but his talent is immense. He can step out and nail 3-point shots, handle the ball in the open court, or snatch rebounds well above the rim. He sprints in transition and can finish with dexterity and flair. However, his lack of strength is a concern as he buckles trying to score through contact.
Room For Improvement
Carlton Bragg (Cleveland/VASJ)
2015, PF, 6-foot-9, 220 pounds
AAU Team: Ohio Basketball Club
Bragg has picked his spots to be dominant this spring and summer. He had one of those games in a loss to the N.Y. Rens. He had 31 points and 15 rebounds, and had his text book jumper on automatic. He is as talented as any power forward in the class and when he is engaged -- his motor fluctuates -- there are few better.
2015, WF, 6-foot-8, 180 pounds
AAU Team: Stackhouse Elite
Ingram has broad shoulders and long arms and he is a smooth operator at the offensive end. His first step is impressive while attacking off the dribble and he can post up as well. However, his assertiveness at both ends (needs to rebound and defend his position) needs to improve.
Maverick Rowan (Pittsburgh, PA./Lincoln Park)
2016, WF, 6-foot-6, 200 pounds
AAU Team: Ohio Basketball Club
Maverick Rowan Maverick is part of Ohio Basketball Club's 1-2 punch. He is a terrific shooter with range to 25 feet. He is aggressive and productive offensively, and he has become one of the better players in the 2016 class. Maverick had 32 in OBC's loss to The Rens of NYC.
Effrem "EJ" Montgomery (Lincoln Park Academy)
2018, PF, 6-foot-9, 200 pounds
AAU Team: Atlanta Celtics
If there is another rising freshman in the country the caliber of Montgomery, I would be stunned. The lengthy 4-man is a quick jumper, has a soft shooting touch, and his timing at both ends is impressive. There were also a few plays where he handled the ball like a young Lamar Odom and dropped off the appropriate pass.
Blue Collar Madness
2015, PF, 6-foot-9, 215 pounds
AAU Team: Dream Vision
The Duke Blue Devils have been out in front for quite some time and there is nothing out there to change that opinion. Jeter has improved in many areas of his game, specifically his ability to play through contact. He has bulked up some and is doing a much better job of being productive in the paint area as he finished a number of plays with both hands and grabbed many rebounds in traffic.
Malik Crowefield (New Orleans, La./Riverside)
2016, PG, 6-foot-3, 165 pounds
AAU Team: New Orleans Elite
One of the benefits of covering national events is coming across a number of prospects that lack that national reputation. Yet after one game, it became clear Crowefield will be a national recruit sooner rather than later. His shooting touch is feathery and he has ideal size and feel for the point guard position as he created plays for his bigs off of dribble penetration.
Justin Wright-Foreman (Queens, N.Y./Construction)
2015, CG, 6-foot-1, 165 pounds
AAU Team: NY Rens
Foreman went off in The Rens 96 to 94 victory over the Ohio Basketball Club. The lefty shooter had 48 points going 5-for-5 from behind the arc and only missing two shots from the field (15-for-17) and two free throws (12-for-14) the entire game. He is the sleeper of the day and may have had the performance of the tournament. He is currently being recruited by many mid major schools -- Hofstra and Iona are a few that come to mind -- but Washington just came through with an offer after his monumental performance.
On The Rise
Victor Bailey Jr. (Austin, Tex./McNeil)
SG, 6-foot-3, 165 pounds
AAU Team: Texas Select
Bailey is a left-handed scorer who possesses very long arms and an explosive burst off the dribble. He can catapult to the rim off the dribble and finish with either hand. His mid-range skills are evolving, but there is no doubt he is one of the elite shooting guards in his class.
Headed to UConn
Jalen Adams (Ashburnham, Mass./Cushing Academy)
2015, PG, 6-foot-2, 175 pounds
AAU Team: Mass Rivals
Adams, who is headed to UConn, is a strong point guard who fits into Kevin Ollie's system to a T. He has that highly coveted burst in transition, but he can also change speeds remarkably well and his mid-range floater is highly effective.
-- John Stovall contributed to this report.