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July 6, 2007

adidas Takes 5IVE: Day one

CINCINNATI- A number of top prospects didn't make it to the inaugural adidas It Takes 5IVE Classic, but plenty of Rivals150 prospects were in action. Chris Singleton of the Atlanta Celtics was one of those ranked prospects who had an impressive day.

Singleton was active on the boards, manufacturing a number of points. He also went to work in the low post on a couple occasions against Jeff Withey, who is playing with Pump N Run. The Celtics lost a close one to Pump N Run, but then later in the day squeaked out a win against Indiana Elite behind a barrage of three-pointers by Singleton, who finished with a game high 18 points.

Walter Offutt- Displayed his athleticism with bursts to the basket throughout the day and knocked down some three-pointers to keep the defense honest.

Augustus Gilchrist- A now reclassified 2008 prospect, Gilchrist was impressive for DC Assault. He scored with physical moves inside as well as knocking down jumpers when the defense slacked off him. Once Gilchrist is released from his Letter of Intent with Virginia Tech, he will be one of the most highly recruited big men on the east coast.

Jamar Samuels- While Gilchrist scored 16 points in a DC Assault win over Texas Select, Samuels pumped in a game high 19 points. The always athletic combo forward displayed an improved skill game.

Jerime Anderson- The UCLA bound point guard had his A game going against the Atlanta Celtics. He was explosive to the rim on the fast break and shot the ball well from behind the arc.

Troy Gillenwater- Recently decommitted, Gillenwater had a productive day for the New England Playerz. He played facing the basket a good bit of the time, but his best work took place in the paint.

Terrell Holloway- There aren't a lot point guards who understand the position, but Holloway, at least today, played like a point guard who understands the importance of his position. He controlled dribble penetration on the defensive side of the ball, and offensively he didn't over dribble but still created scoring opportunities. Around the basket, he absorbed contact and when his defender went under the high ball screen, he knocked down three-pointers.

Tony Mitchell- With size similar to DeMar Derozan and Scotty Hopson, Mitchell is an awful intriguing shooting guard. Very athletic and with a reliable jumper, Mitchell's main challenge is to give a consistent effort on the court.

Kenny Kadji- The Al Horford comparisons for this future Gator are not far from the truth. With some serious work in the weight room, Kadji can be a dominant low post presence for Florida.

Jason Washburn- Never really focused on either of the Michigan Mustangs' games, but it seemed like every time I looked down at their game, Washburn was blocking a shot. In need of strength and an improved offensive game, Washburn, nonetheless, is a player some high-major needs to reel in and develop.

Luke Babbitt- Playing with EBO, Babbitt played with an aggressive athleticism around the basket while also draining jumpers from deep.

Wally Judge- A very impressive prospect, Judge had a productive early morning 16-under outing against the KC Pump N Run. Looking quite similar to a young Gani Lawal, Judge was tough on the boards and attacked the basket successfully off the bounce from the mid-range area.

Rodney McGruder- An intriguing wing player for DC Assault 16-under, McGruder was extremely productive in open court situations with his zig zagging slashing style. He wasn't bad in the half court either, but I didn't have enough looks to get a gauge on his outside shooting ability.

Michael Dixon- A heady 2009 point guard for KC Pump N Run, Dixon is at his best in the mid-range. He has an old school, reliable pull up jumper. Not overly athletic, but he is crafty with the ball.

School lists

Augustus Gilchrist hasn't been leen released from his Letter of Intent with Virginia Tech, but he is firmly committed to attending prep school next year. A location hasn't yet been determined, but Gilchrest did mention Notre Dame Academy in Virginia. Since he has not been released yet, other schools can't have contact with Gilchrest. He did, however, mention Georgetown as a school he is interested in, partly because of its proximity to his home.

Troy Gillenwater, who recently decommitted from Oklahoma State is headed to Notre Dame Prep in Massechussets. Gillenwater would also like to stay in the east for college. Due to the fact that he just opened up his recruitment, he doesn't have any offers yet. Gillenwater did say, however, that he is hearing from Villanova, Memphis, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.

Wally Judge, of the DC Assault 16-under squad, already has offers from Georgetown, West Virginia, Virginia and Akron. Judge's top schools are Georgetown, Texas, Tennessee and West Virginia.

Judge's teammate Rodney McGruder also has offers from Pittsburgh, Miami and George Washington. Pittsburgh and Miami are is top two schools while he also has interest Clemson, Georgetown, Seton Hall, Wake Forest and Boston College.

Terrell Holloway has an offer from Houston to go along with interest from Texas A&M, Cincinnati, Marquette, West Virginia, Virginia and Maryland. At this point, Holloway claims Maryland and Marquette as his favorites.



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