Future150 Midwest Analyst. Covering Midwest high school basketball.
Indianapolis, IN (Future150) -- As the Adidas Invitational came to a close on Sunday the championship games were well worth the wait. The 17U, 16U and 15U games featured some of the top prospects in the country. Lets take a look at who stood out in the final four and championship games.
DeRon Davis, 2016 C, Colorado Hawks: Normally I’m not searching for rising freshmen but Davis proved that he is one of the elite prospects in the country. At 6-foot-8, 220 pounds already, Davis is an absolute beast. He helped lead his team to the 15U championship before bowing out to a talented group in the EG10 All-Stars. Regardless, Davis was no doubt the most intriguing prospect in the 15U field.
Kasey Hill, 2013 PG, Florida Elite: The only player to make it into the recap every day , Hill saved his best performance for the semi-finals where he went off to the tune of 46 points. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Hill’s shot is much improved and has turned him into a much more dangerous player. Florida fans should be very excited about his arrival.
Demetrius Jackson, 2013 PG, MBA Select: Jackson would have been the best point guard in the 17U field had it not been for the absurd play of Hill. He got to the rim whenever he wanted and showed off how explosive he can be. He finished the final day with two 20+ point outings on the final day. Notre Dame must do whatever they can in order to keep him home in South Bend.
Vince Hunter, 2013 SF, Detroit Stars: Hunter was the most impressive player on the floor in the gold bracket semis vs Team Miami. A 6-foot-7 wing with above average athleticism, Hunter showed off his versatility by scoring from the perimeter and hitting the glass hard.
Leron Black, 2014 SF, Team Thad: Black was phenomenal in the semi-final matchup in the 16U playoffs on Sunday. A talented 6-foot-8 forward, Black showed off a nice mid-range game to go along with is already powerful post game. He plays with a relentless motor and passion to get every rebound on both ends of the floor. The sky is the limit for this youngser.
Chris Chiozza, 2014 PG, Team Thad: Admittedly this write-up is probably a day or two overdue. It is no secret that Team Thad is a powerhouse and Chiozza is a big reason why. While he is a sub-6-foot point guard, he knows how to run a team. He has great speed and vision which allows him to cause havoc and pick apart defenses in Team Thad’s system. He will fit great at a program that is looking to run. That being said it is no surprise that his list is comprised of SEC programs and VCU.
Ronshad Shabazz, 2015 SG, Colorado Hawks: While he is overshadowed by his teammate Davis, Shabazz is a decent player in his own right. He provided a perimeter scoring punch throughout the weekend and the final day was no different. Shabazz excels when slashing to the rim but showed some range on his shot as well. ACC programs are already beginning to show interest.
Shane Hall, 2014 SF, Louisville Magic: The first thing that makes Hall jump out to you is his freakish athleticism. He can jump out of the gym and because of that he is a great rebounder and shot blocker. He can also handle the ball and get out on the break. Hall finished the championship game with 14 points, 12 rebounds and 9 blocks while dishing out 3 assists in the win. While his jump shot could use work he is an intriguing prospect who should see his stock greatly rise this summer.
Marcanvis Hymon, 2014 SF, Team Thad: Often overlooked due to his high profile teammates it wouldn’t be smart to sleep on this big man either. An active defender than controls the glass and runs the floor exceptionally well, Hymon is another player who can make his presence felt. He had a series of thunderous dunks throughout the tournament and it is clear that his best basketball is ahead of him.
Demarcus Croaker, 2013 SG, Croaker had a quiet week as a whole but played extremely well in the finals against New Heights. Croacker is an athletic guard who also can shoot it from deep. Sometimes he is slept on due to playing alongside higher profile guys but make no mistake; Croaker is a high major guard. Florida State, Texas, Marquette, and others have all offered. While he isn’t close to making a decision yet, he acknowledges that Florida State is currently the #1 school on his list.