Adidas Invitational Recap

13 Jul
Micah Potter

Micah Potter

The NCAA’s live summer evaluation period began this past week, with the first of three sessions running from Wednesday evening through Sunday evening all around the country. One of the tournaments that attracted some of the Midwest’s top talent was the Adidas Invitational, an annual event hosted by the Indiana Elite AAU program in Indianapolis. Hundreds of college coaches made their way to North Central HS and other sites, as teams from Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and other states battled it out for tournament wins, and scholarship offers. Triple Double Prospects was on hand from start to finish over the course of the five days, and we saw plenty of great performances from Ohio and Kentucky prospects. Here’s a look at some of the players who stood out….

  • Ray Spalding – ’15 Louisville Trinity PF: Spalding, a 6’9 power forward out of Louisville, was not only the top Ohio or Kentucky prospect who played in the Adidas Invitational, he might’ve been the top overall prospect at the event. The athletic and promising forward was sensational during stretches of play, leading his scrappy team, The Ville, to a semifinal appearance before falling to Indiana Elite. Spalding was once considered to be more about promise than production, but the Kentucky product showed that he might be the best of both worlds with his scoring, passing and versatility over the last five days. Also armed with great length and a non-stop motor, Spalding is a consensus top-100 prospect who is seeing his stock rise by the minute. Coaches from Indiana, Xavier and Louisville tracked him the closest over the weekend, with the head coach of each school watching The Ville multiple times.
  • Jaevin Cumberland – ’15 Wilmington PG: He’s not really a point guard, not really a shooting guard. But, Jaevin Cumberland does do two things. He makes shots, and he wins games. The Wilmington guard, who plays with the King James Runnin’ Rebels, was the most impressive 2015 prospect out of the Buckeye State throughout the tournament, racking up multiple games of twenty-plus points. A deadly long-range shooter who also has the strength to finish drives around the rim through contact, Cumberland was able to get his points from all three levels in the half-court, while showing a level of confidence that you don’t often see from young guards. He’s not the quickest guy, but Cumberland’s strength, shooting ability, toughness and basketball IQ make him a prospect who it is really looking like will end up getting multiple Division I scholarship offers by the end of the month.
  • DeMajeo Wiggins – ’15 Toledo Springfield C: We’ve mostly looked at Wiggins as a kid who will be good down the line, but is still very raw. That sure changed this past week, as the 6’8 post out of the Toledo area showed a whole new mentality in his games with Ohio Basketball Club. Wiggins rebounded at a high level, caught and finished around the rim and looked more fluid than he ever has running the floor, taking over inside for OBC while they were without star power forward Carlton Bragg. This level of play explained why some in-state mid-majors have offered Wiggins a scholarship, as he might be one of the top sleeper big men in the Buckeye State. Add in the fact that there is a strong chance that Wiggins, who is very young for his grade, ends up reclassifying to the class of 2016, and this kid is going to have a chance to be a very good player.
  • Lamont West – ’15 Cincinnati Withrow PF: West is a prospect known to have days where he struggles and days where he is great. Over the entire past week, he’s been great. The long and athletic 6’7 forward from the Queen City Prophets was highly impressive in Indianapolis, showing the ability to score in different ways, while also influencing the game with his physical tools. West still has to continue to hone his ball-skills, but he has the high ceiling and natural ability that college coaches love; part of the reason why so many Division I coaches tracked his every move throughout the week. Another potential prep school candidate, West is quietly becoming a Southwest Ohio prospect that a lot of coaches want to keep getting more looks at.
  • Yavari Hall – ’16 Warrensville Heights SG: With OBC 16u being without leading scorer Jarron Cumberland, who like Carlton Bragg was at Adidas Unrivaled Camp in Chicago, someone had to step up offensively for the team to win. That player, for OBC, was Hall. The athletic 6’3 wing showed off his vast potential to college coaches all week long; making long-range shots, finishing above the rim in transition and making plays off the bounce. Hall still has some deficiencies in his half-court game, but he’s one of Ohio’s most talented 2016 kids, and is starting to learn how to really play hard every game. Now with offers from Northern Kentucky, Miami (OH), Eastern Carolina and Kent State, coaches are really starting to understand what this kid is capable of.
  • Carlik Jones – ’16 Cincinnati Aiken PG: As vital as Hall was to OBC this past weekend, it was the play of their point guard, 6’0 Cincinnati lead guard Carlik Jones, that propelled the team to the finals, and especially in their semifinal win against Team Work. Jones was sensational for OBC in bracket play, using his changes of pace to get in the lane whenever he wanted off the pick and roll, and consistently making the right play to finish, whether that was a shot or an assist. Also a very capable on-ball defender, Jones bothered opposing guards in the full-court, and using his leadership skills he pushed his team forward against some very good competition not only from Team Work, but also from the Iowa Barnstormers. While Jones does not have an offer quite yet, expect several to potentially pop up in the next month for one of Ohio’s top rising-junior point guards.
  • Micah Potter – ’16 Mentor PF/C: Listing Potter last is somewhat like saving the best for last. That’s how good the class of 2016 big man out of the Cleveland area was over the last week. A powerfully built 6’9 post, with deceptive athleticism, Potter has transformed his game into a physical style of offensive play. Also a skilled guy capable of finishing around the rim, making the extra pass or knocking down the mid-range shot, Potter impressed in many different was for Team Work, leading his squad to a semifinal appearance along the way. Potter has an offer from Davidson already, as well as interest from Xavier, Purdue, West Virginia, Toledo, Akron, Miami (OH) and several others.

Other Standout Players: John Miller (’15 New Albany/KJ Running Rebels), Jalen Avery (’15 Cincinnati Shroder/Ohio Cougars), Cameron Reed (’15 Louisville Eastern/The Ville), Jax Levitch (’15 Louisville Trinity/The Ville), Alan Vest (’15 Dayton Chaminade Julienne/Shining Stars), Alex White (’15 Lakota East/Team Work), Jahmere Howze (’15 Warrensville Heights/TNBA), Dante McCoy (’15 Dayton Ponitz/Team One), David Dunnigan (’15 Padua/DB Hoops), Dylan Lowry (’15 Lakota East/Cincinnati Lakers), D’Angelo Hunter (’15 Pleasure Ridge Park/Louisville Magic), Evan Hall (Knott County Central/The Ville), Devon Andrews (’15 Lorain/OBC), Malik Miller (Farrell PA/OBC), Evan Clayborne (’16 Dayton Dunbar/OBC), Mason Baich (’16 Dublin Jerome/Team Work), Jon Teske (’16 Medina/Team Work), BJ Duling (’17 New Albany/OBC), Tommy Schmock (’17 Cleveland St. Edward/OBC), Derek Koch (’17 Salem Northwestern/Team Work), Griffin Lutz (’17 Athens/Team Work)

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