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July 8, 2011

Another great day for Dekker

INDIANAPOLIS - The second day of the adidas Invitational marked the transition from pool play to bracket play. Once again it was a big day for Wisconsin commitment Sam Dekker.

Sam Dekker (2012, Wisconsin Playground Warriors)

Dekker put his J.P Tokoto-less team on his shoulders and willed it to a win over the Florida Rams. As an offensive player, Dekker has the ability to control a game. He was the key to the Playground Warriors press break late in the game, and it was his slashing driving that provided the lead.

At close to 6-foot-8, he has exceptional ball-handling ability and the capacity to make the difficult pass on the move. His deep jumper is lethal, and he has great body control while knifing through the defense. In a nutshell, no matter what the defense throws at Dekker, he is rarely affected.

Andrew Harrison (2013, Houston Defenders)

It isn't going to be that easy for Jabari Parker, Julius Randle or anyone else to take the No. 1 spot away from Harrison. He is a complete package point guard at a comfortable 6-foot-5 who is almost always going to be the strongest perimeter player on the court.

He plays at his own pace, gets to where he needs to get on the court and has a great feel for finding scorers. He can put up points himself and has a knack for getting to the free throw line. Harrison is also a physical force defensively and on the boards.

Aaron Harrison (2013, Houston Defenders)

Aaron caught fire on the second day of the event. During both games he rained three with a beautiful looking jump shot.

Shaquille Cleare (2012, Houston Defenders)

Cleare is establishing himself as one of the top post players in the 2012 class. He is a load down low but also quick on his feet. Unaffected by contact, he is a sure finisher with a solid repertoire of post moves. He also has as strong a pair of hands as you will find on the circuit. His play is demanding the consideration of a fifth star.

Ronnie Johnson (2012, Eric Gordon All Stars)

This lightning-quick point guard is good both directions, but he is unstoppable going to his dominant left hand. One of the best interior passers in the class, Johnson produces primarily positive results with his penetration. Back off him, and he will also knock down jumpers.

Cameron Ridley (2012, Houston Hoopstars)

Coach Rick Barnes has to be happy about this catch. Ridley has a combination of size, skill and intelligence that you rarely find in a big man. As good as Zena Edosowman has been playing, Ridley gave him fits with his size and strength advantage.

Conner Frankamp (2013, KC Pump N Run 16U)

Frankamp is the point man out of a group of talented point guards on a very good KC Pump N Run team. He shoots with great confidence and ties his team together with his poised and heady play.

Travis Jorgenson (2013, KC Pump N Run 16U)

Jorgenson is a nightmare for defenders to stay in front of. He has a ton of wiggle to his game and isn't afraid of a challenge. He has definitely caught the eye of coaches this weekend.

Bronson Koenig (2013, Wisconsin Playground Warriors 16U)

He may not have blow-by quickness and he does need to get stronger, but those are about the only two negative things you can say about Koenig. Skill-wise he is a complete and polished player who gets things done with his travel circuit team in a similar fashion as Nick Calathes back in his day.

Koenig is a top-notch shooter, has terrific court vision, plays longer than you'd think and is faster in the open court than you'd think. Overall he has a terrific feel for the game, and it is understandable why some of the top programs in the country covet him as a recruit.

Robert Hubbs (2013, M33M)

Lock in the name Robert Hubbs because he is on the verge of blowing up as a recruit. At around 6-foot-5, Hubbs has everything a coach would want in a shooting guard. He is athletic, intelligent, a good ball-handler, a great passer, a great defender and a lethal scorer.

Devin Williams (2013, Ohio Basketball Club 16U)

He is a big body with mobility, and a ton of schools are after him. A battler inside, Williams produces around the basket. He also has the ability to knock down the face up jumper.

Kevin Johnson (2013, Ohio Basketball Club 16U)

A lanky shooting guard, Johnson is a points producer. He also has promise as a defender and rebounder.

Mike Brown (2013, Ohio Basketball Club 16U)

Brown, whose father is the new coach of the Lakers, did a nice job running the point for his squad. As a scorer, the lefty is a reliable spot up shooter and can also make the difficult shot on the move.

RECRUITING INFORMATION

Bronson Koenig listed offers from Virginia, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Kansas. He also noted interest from Duke and UCLA. An assistant from Duke was watching him along with Bo Ryan and Tony Bennett. Roy Williams had watched his previous games.

Devin Williams has offers from Illinois, Xavier, Cincinnati, Tennessee and Dayton. Indiana is showing strong interest.

Kevin Johnson is considering offers from Dayton, Seton Hall, Xavier, Cincinnati, Toledo, Ohio and Miami (Ohio) and interest from Tennessee, Wake Forest and Wisconsin.

Franchize All Starz coach Terrell Henderson noted that Wanaah Bail is wide open but that he does think highly of Leonard Hamilton and the fact that Florida State is somewhat close to The Bahamas. Texas, Texas A&M, Auburn and Mississippi State were other schools specifically mentioned as well.

Robert Hubbs just picked up offers from Ole Miss and Auburn to go along with previous offers from Memphis and Vanderbilt. Arkansas and Missouri are showing strong interest.


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