Vonleh, Okafor shine at adidas Nations


GARDEN GROVE, Calif. -- The summer circuit is coming to an end and there is no better way to spend it then at the adidas Nations. There are nine teams (five of which are from the U.S.) representing various continents -- North America Australia, Africa, Europe and Asia. With a plethora of talent on hand, there were a number of eye-catching performances including 6-foot-8 junior Noah Vonleh (Haverhill, Mass./New Hampton), 6-10 junior Jahlil Okafor (Chicago/Whitney Young) and 6-1 senior Kasey Hill (Clermont, Fla./Montverde Academy).

Standout players

Noah Vonleh

2014, PF, 6-8, 215 pounds

Vonleh is a hybrid 4-man who can score inside and out. His jump shot is solid, but he appears to aim (not fluid) his shot and as a result it’s not as consistent as it needs to be. Overall though he can explode in the paint area, handle it in the open court and rebound in traffic. He’s only scratching the surface of his potential.

Jahlil Okafor

2014, C, 6-10, 260 pounds

Okafor is the best high school center due to his enormous frame, long arms and soft hands. He is well-schooled in terms of holding position down low and he has an innate ability to finish with his back to the basket. His emotion never fluctuates during the game, yet he has killer instinct when operating five feet from the basket.

Kasey Hill

2013, PG, 6-1, 160 pounds

College: Florida

Spurt ability is the best way to describe the Gator-bound point guard. His burst off the dribble -- most notably his tight crossover -- is scintillating and he can elevate to the rim with the best of them. His shot has been more consistent than it was during the spring and he isn’t afraid to make the big play in crunch time. A surefire top 10 prospect in the Class of 2013.

Zak Irvin (Indianapolis, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern)

2013, SG, 6-6, 195 pounds

College: Michigan

Irvin is one of the fastest rising seniors in the country. He has had an outstanding summer and his terrific all-around game continued at adidas Nations. The big scoring guard can score from all three levels and he always plays with purpose in mind. He displayed solid leadership skills while guiding his team in the half-court set and he is one of the few high-level prospects that allows the game to come to him.

Emmanuel Mudiay (Dallas/Grace Prep)

2014, PG, 6-4, 190 pounds

Mudiay possesses ideal size and skill for the elite high-major level. He is a true point guard who knows how to facilitate in the half-court offense and can run the pick-and-roll and pick-and-pop with aplomb. He has the ability to knock down the 3-point shot as well, but his shot needs to be more consistent to keep his strong driving game available.

Surprise players