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Adidas Gauntlet deep with talent

04/24/2017, 9:30am EDT
By Horace Neysmith

Langford and Williamson kick off live period

Adidas loves to match up big names early. On Friday that much was between Romeo Langford and Zion Williamson both consensus top three players in 2018. There were six courts at the Game On Sports facility but all you had to do was follow the substantial crowd that surrounded Court 1.

The game didn't yield the mano-a-mano, I got him match-up but both players played well. Langford, with his smooth game and do everything mentality came out on top. His ability to score at different levels and at his pace, shows maturity of a player years older.

Williamson has been a running highlight. When the game started you had cameras waiting and anticipating his next highlight. The energy that he creates when he steps on the floor hasn't been seen in quite some time. His freaky athleticism, toughness attacking the rim and his accomplished finishing ability is fun to watch. He is also a better passer than some give him credit for. As he continues to improve his jumper the nightmare will continue for opposing coaches and defenders.

Other top players from the weekend:

2018 6-7 SF Nassir Little (1 Family) Currently ranked outside the top 40, Little is an absolute top 25 player. He brings energy to the floor, plays both ends, can score attacking through contact and can stroke it from downtown. He has a college ready body, a willingness to defend and rebound.

2019 6-4 PG Ashton Hagans (Game Elite) He has more deliver options than UPS. He has the ability to get into the lane and find his teammates with the right pass whether its a drop, lob or kick-out. May be the best passer in the country as he leads Gauntlet in assist after first weekend. Can score in traffic and rebounds well. Chalked up a triple double on Saturday.

2019 6-4 SG Josh Nickleberry (Game Elite) What better place to be as a shooter than with a point guard that will find you for open looks. Nickleberry stroked it well all weekend as a prime target for Hagans passes. He can also create his own scoring opportunities and gets to the basket where he can finish at the rim.

2019 6-7 SF Christian Brown (Game Elite) The energy that he plays with is contagious. He is active on the glass, is one of the better players in high school at running the break and has really improved his jumper. Brown is an above the rim player but he's showing improvement on the ground. 

2019 6-11 PF Charles Bassey (YesIISuccess) Rebounding machine! Its like he's playing taps with himself. No surprise that he's leading the Gauntlet in rebounding after week one. Bassey has improved his patience on the offensive end and his stroke from 17-feet has improved. He's the most dominant rebounder in high school basketball and he loves that.

2018 6-11 PF EJ Montgomery (Atlanta Celtics) You can really see the growth in his game from last year. That improvement has come in the paint. He is doing a better job of utilizing his length to rebound, block shots and score in the paint. The improvement in the paint has opened up his perimeter ability from 17-feet. He had a great weekend.

2018 6-10 PF Reggie Perry (Arkansas Hawks) How can you be a top 30 player and be under the radar? I can't grasp the why of that but Perry is playing to get his name mentioned as a top five big in the class. The Arkansas commit can snag a rebound and go coast-to-coast, can wheel on the block and finish above the rim and can make plays out the post for his teammates. He's also very effective from the high post with his ability to make that shot or feed the low post. 

 

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