Saturday, October 3, 2009
adidas Superstar Showcase: Saturday
BOCA RATON, FLA. -- The first adidas Superstar Showcase was a major success this weekend at Lynn University. The stars shined, a number of young prospects emerged and some sleepers took advantage of the platform they were playing on.
Ishmael Douda, C, 2012, Grandview Prep (pictured) – The 7-footer has improved dramatically over the last 12 months. He was the best performer and prospect on Saturday. The future Miami Hurricane played a lot like Solomon Alabi of Florida State but with more offense. That is a scary thought. Douda could be on his way to a top 25 status nationally and likely even higher if he continues this kind of progression. Douda absolutely dominated on the glass and as a shot-blocker. Douda recorded a pair of triple double-doubles on Saturday.
Harold Doby, SF, 2010, Oldsmar Christian – What a day of passing the ball for the future Georgia State Panther. The 6-6 combo forward did a great job of finding guys in the half court. Doby, an Augusta, Ga. native, looks comfortable in the Sunshine State and playing at a high level.
Cady Lalanne, PF, 2010, Oak Ridge – When he wanted to, the 6-8 power forward was one of the top overall players in the camp. The big man is comfortable facing up. He can score on the low blocks. He can pass well out of the post. But he also disappeared at times. Defensively, he played hard against Douda and gave the big man some trouble at times. Overall, it was a solid effort. Lalanne will visit Ole Miss next weekend. He’s down to the Rebels, Georgia, UMass and VCU.
Adonis Burbage, PG/SG, 2011, Orlando Christian – Really liked his versatility in the backcourt and his scoring punch. He was one of the top sleepers from the event and he impressed with his creativity, savvy and court awareness. His ceiling is high and the mid-majors that are currently recruiting him (Jacksonville, Elon, Furman, Liberty and Georgia Southern) will probably bite their nails for the next year and a half with fear that he could sneak up a little higher.
Terral Merritt, PG, 2011, Orlando Christian – Wow. Speed, speed, speed. That is what he brought to the table on Saturday. There wasn’t a faster player in the gym. Merritt could not be defended and he just sprinted past players with the dribble. Merritt scored at will because of his jets. His jumper was average and if he can fine tune that aspect of his game, his future could include all kinds of high-majors. Merritt said LSU, Western Carolina, Northeastern and Rutgers are showing early interest.
A.J. Roberts, PG/SG, 2011, Norland – The 6-1 guard has the speed, the scorer’s touch, the body, the smarts and the toughness to become a nice mid-level guard. As the day grew older, Roberts played with more intensity and looked more comfortable in this setting. Keep an eye on him.
THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT
Cleon Roberts, SG, 2012, Norland – The hoop mavens in South Florida are high on the sophomore and it is easy to see why. He’s a scorer with size and looked good as a perimeter shooter. Roberts plays with great awareness and was consistently knocking down the jumper. Florida State has offered and Roberts has been on the Seminole campus. Florida Atlantic, Alabama and Georgia Tech have also been in to see him play. Roberts is a no-brainer high-major kid.
The class of 2012 and 2013 will play on Sunday. Matt Ramker, the event organizer, is excited about the prospects for Sunday’s event.
NOTES FROM THE NOTEPAD
Rod Days was one of the more highly touted players coming into the camp and for a guy that is 6-7 and just a junior, he certainly has a lot of potential and intrigue to his game. He is a match-up problem because of his size and athleticism but consistency isn’t always there. Nevertheless he’s piling up the offers. Miami, Florida State, Delaware, Stanford, Wake Forest, Louisville, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, Georgia and Alabama are high on his list. Days said South Carolina and Wake Forest are his current top two.
Big man Kyle Sikora (6-9, Florida Christian HS) could be a sleeper after a year of prep. The class of 2010 center’s confidence grew as the day rolled on. He’s a project but could become a low-major post…Jorel Terrell, a 6-6 post from Martin County, was the master of the tip-in, grabbing rebounds and starting the break. The senior will find a college home because of his energy…Non Division I schools should be all over Eddie Odio (2011/Columbus HS) and Spenser Mitchell (2010/Winter Springs HS). Both guys play hard and play well…Reshawn Rembert, a 6-3 junior guard from Tampa Sickles, scored by constantly attacking the rim. Not a bad defender either…Kristian Rolle, an undersized power forward from Monsignor Pace, will be a nice low-major power forward for schools to recruit in 2011…Every time we looked up Zach Perkins, a 6-3 senior from Archbishop Mitty, was making a play.