Indianapolis, IN | The Adidas Invitational has come to a close and the teams are either on their way home or to the next even. Coaches are talking things out and making decisions while the players are waiting to hear what is going to come of the first evaluation period of July.
Hyron Edwards stole the show on Sunday with his 33-point performance against Carlton Bragg and Ohio Basketball Club.
For Purdue, many things seem to be on the cusp of happening. A few new names have emerged and some older names have solidified themselves. Here is a recap of what has happened in the past 5 days.
Dakota Mathias Continues To Win
Purdue’s lone commit for 2014, Dakota Mathias, has been as steady as they come. This weekend at the Adidas Invitational was no exception.
Mathias led his team to the Gold Bracket Championship title in 17U with great performances along the way including a buzzer beater to beat Team Indiana.
Over the course of the last few months since his commitment to Purdue, Mathias has shown Purdue fans why he will be a valuable asset. Much like this weekend, Dakota shined in big game and has the ability to make winning plays, most don’t have to do with shooting although that is his biggest asset.
Mathias ability to lead the team, make the right pass, and have a solid understanding of the game of basketball are things that sold Purdue on him this past fall and made them offer the talented guard out of Medina, OH.
Hryon Edwards Makes Statement
Someone who might have needed a big showing this weekend got one in his final attempt. Hyron Edwards went, well he went off, going for 33 points in the championship game of the 16U Platinum Bracket.
Edwards has had a relatively quiet summer compared to last year when he burst on the scene. Against Ohio Basketball Club and Carlton Bragg, Hyron started from the tip of the ball and didn’t stop until the last minute.
Using his speed and quickness, Edwards was able to push the ball in transition constantly and get to the basket. The three ball was working as well for him, so much so that he made a three from the baseline that even bounced off the backboard along the way.
Hyron said that he will try and visit both Indiana and Purdue this fall sometime. Both schools have been recruiting Edwards for a while now. The Boilermakers are near the top of Edwards list but things are still along way off for the point guard.
New Names Emerge
One of the things that makes July so interesting in terms of basketball recruiting is the new names that emerge once the coaching staff is able to go out and evaluate. During Adidas, plenty of new names came to light including a few young names.
First one is Jon Teske of Team Work. The 6-9, 195-pound center from Medina (OH) High is one to watch out for. He had Butler, Indiana, and Purdue watching him this weekend and for good reason. Teske is a mobile, lanky center with tons of upside. His offensive skills are still a bit raw but has a solid jumper to 12 feet and rebounds fairly well.
Another name is Scott Lindsey out of Fenwick (IL) in Chicago. Lindsey has been getting a little more publicity as of late picking up offers from IUPUI, Nevada, Indiana State, and Hampton. He’s on the lower end of Purdue’s board but he is talented and the upside makes him appealing. With a smooth offensive flow and a good ability to score the ball, other teams will start to take notice.
Amir Coffey is one that Purdue and many other high-majors were tracking this weekend. Coffey stand at 6-6 and handles the ball like a lead guard, although he will ultimately land at the two in college. Amir is very talented and will be tracked nationally over the next few years. He already holds offers from Penn State and Iowa State with Indiana, UNC, Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin showing interest.
2016 center prospect Jayce Johnson is kind of an unknown at this point but beginning to track upward. Playing out in California at prestigious Mater Dei, Johnson has been on the west coast radar a bit with interest from UCLA, USC, Stanford, Harvard, and even picked up an offer from Cal-Northridge. Purdue is another school tracking him and they got the chance this weekend to see him play.