Five college basketball recruiting thoughts from Adidas Invitational
After five days of action at the Adidas Invitational in Indianapolis, many of the nation's top prospects lived up to the hype. Several college coaches called this year's event the deepest in recent memory, as players from both the 2013 and '14 classes shined. Here are five lasting impressions from the event after the final whistle.
The 6-foot-1 floor general is the No. 7 recruit in the 2013 class and is arguably the best pure passer in this year's crop. He is also elusive off the dribble and demonstrated his ability to consistently knock down long jumpers when given space in Indy.
Future head coach Billy Donovan watched Hill like a hawk, and the two-time national champion didn't walk away disappointed. Hill should add a critical piece to the Gators' puzzle following his arrival on campus next year.
Russell and Snider, in particular, stood out. They wowed coaches with their diverse offensive skills, fluidity moving through defenders and elite vision as passers. Noah Vonleh also showed his coveted versatility: He is a raw, powerful athlete who can play on the wing, in the high post or on the low block.
Black and Hymon might be two of the biggest sleepers in their class, as both forwards possess a relentless style of play. Both also currently hold offers to Ole Miss and Missouri, among others.
Other Indiana natives who played well include point guards
Hopkins is a dangerous scorer with excellent athleticism, a trait he displayed behind several big-time dunks. The 6-foot-5 guard also got to the rim consistently and showed quickness off the dribble, abilities that impressed coaches from UCLA, USC, Colorado, Kansas and Washington, among others. Hopkins could see additional offers start to pour in if he can improve his shot from beyond the three-point line.
Hamilton, a Los Angeles-based guard who led his team to a semifinal berth, is one of the most gifted players on the circuit at using his dribble to create his own shot. He showed nice touch in the mid-range game, an advanced understanding of how to play in tight spaces and a tremendous knack for scoring and distributing on the break. A 6-foot-4, five-star shooting guard, Hamilton wowed coaches from UCLA, USC, Kansas, Washington and Arizona State.