Indianpolis, IN (Future150) -- On Thursday Future150 was in Indianapolis for the first full day of action from Adidas Invitational. The day didn’t disappoint as plenty of big names played up to their reputation while one player burst onto the scene during pool play.
Jaron Hopkins, 2013 PG, Compton Magic- Hopkins was one of the bright spots for Compton Magic in a loss against a tough OBC squad to kick off play on Thursday. Time and time again he keep his team close by making shots and getting to the rim. He can play both guard positions and showcased his versatility throughout the game despite being in foul trouble for part of it.
Isaac Hamilton, 2013 SG, Dream Vision- Hamilton put on a show on Thursday morning as he helped to bring his team all the way back from 20 points down against a talented Michigan Mustangs team. He scored the ball at all three levels and showed why he is considered to be one of the elite scorers in the class of 2013.
Idrisaa Diallo, 2014 PF, Compton Magic- The big man from the Compton Magic 16’s was a relative unknown heading into Thursday but was extremely impressive in his team’s victory. The 6-foot-10 big man was a force on the defensive end and ran the floor like a guard all game. For his size he is very skilled and there is no doubting the future is bright for him.
Chris Walker, 2013 PF, Florida Elite- Walker has long been considered an elite talent, it was just a matter of his maturity level on the floor. Now he seems to have brought a renewed focus to his game and it is paying dividends. He is a fantastic rebounder and a freak athlete. Time and time again he benefited from Kasey Hill finding him and finished with a series of power dunks. Walker is playing with a fire that makes him nearly unstoppable at this point.
Isaiah Hicks, 2013 PF, Garner Road- In a big time matchup against Florida Elite and Walker, Hicks really showed his full offensive arsenal. While he was able to score in the post, it was his ability to step out and make shots on the perimeter that was really impressive. Hicks will be a great player at UNC.
Solomon Poole, 2013 PG, ATL Celtics- Poole was the best player on the floor in his team’s loss to Memphis Magic. While he has the reputation to be a big time scorer, it was his passing ability that made him stand out. The Georgia Tech commit set his teammates up for easy baskets all day and finished with double digit assists. Poole also showed why he can be so dangerous as a scorer even though his team fell short.
Djerry Baptiste, 2015 PF, ECE Mass- The 7-footer was impressive on both ends of the floor as he finished shots in the lane on the offensive end and seemingly blocked or altered everything on the other end. He is very mobile for someone his size and he possesses a7-foot-5 wingspan, making him a big time long term prospect.
Anton Beard, 2014 PG, Team Thad- Beard filled it up on Thursday, scoring 23 points in the first half alone. While he stands at just 5-foot-11, Beard was an extremely effective scorer. No one could stay in front of him and he got to the rim at will in the blowout victory. Missouri fans are going to love him.
Kasey Hill, 2013 PG, Florida Elite- Hill was the best player as a whole for the day, In both games he played in not only did he distribute the ball exceptionally well but also hit a bunch of three pointers. Just a few months ago Hill had trouble with his shot. If Hill continues to shoot like he did on Thursday, look out.
Kelly Oubre, 2014 SG, New Orleans Elite- Oubre scored in a variety of ways in there matchup against Florida Elite on Thursday night and most likely kept his team alive because of it. Some have compared him to Jeremy Lamb which is a comparison that he embraces. That being said it should be no surprise that the Huskies are one of the teams hard after him.