Adidas Super 64 Preview
Shabazz Muhammad and Yogi Ferrell highlight the top-flight talent at Adidas Super 64
Las Vegas better be ready because hundreds of the top high school basketball players in the nation will be touching down in the city this weekend for the Las Vegas Live, Fab 48 and Adidas Super 64 tournaments. It’s no question, however, that the Super 64 will be boasting some of the best talent — its 17U field features six of the teams currently in the top-15 of our latest Top 25.
Dream Vision 17U will be among the favorites to win it all, and this West Coast-based team will certainly be battle-tested by the time it makes it to bracket play — its super pool includes the Atlanta Celtics, Indiana Elite, and Double Pump Elite.
For the 16’s, a similarly stacked Super Pool A will feature a must-see matchup between the Eric Gordon All-Stars and New Heights. The NYC squad fell to Eric Gordon at the Adidas Invitational in pool play, but got the last laugh by going on to win the tournament title.
Bragging rights, and Five-Star Summer National Champion aspirations, will definitely be on the line.
Teams to Watch:
- Dream Vision (17U): At one point Dream Vision could have been considered the nation’s top AAU squad, after a rough Adidas Invitational they have been taken out of that conversation. Look for them to make a run at the title to prove they can play with the best.
- Atlanta Celtics (17U): The Celtics got their star player, Shaq Goodwin, back after a stint with Memphis YOMCA at Peach Jam. Goodwin creates matchup problems wherever he goes so look for them to make some noise in this tournament.
- Indiana Elite (17U): Interestingly enough they are in the same pool as DreamVision and Atlanta Celtics, which will make for some exciting basketball. Indiana Elite is coming off a trip to the finals in Best Buy Summer Classic and a Final Four appearance at Adidas Invitational, but they are yet to take home a championship in any of the big tournaments. On the back of their future Indiana Hoosier trio: Jeremy Hollowell, Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell, and Hanner Perea, they have the talent. They need to prove they can finish up and take home the title at their biggest tournament of the year.
- Florida Rams Black (17U): The Rams were the shocker of this summer taking home the Adidas Invitational title. After being completely under the radar most of the AAU season, the Rams look to show that they are no fluke as they compete against Adidas finest here at the Super 64.
- Eric Gordon All-Stars (16U): After winning the Best of the Midwest tournament last week, the All-Stars come in with some momentum. This young squad looks to show that they are the number one Adidas team in the country by taking home the title.
Players to Watch:
- Shabazz Muhammad: The 6-6, 205-pound, Five-Star rated player and blogger is one of the most explosive players in the country and some would say is the all-around best. With Dream Vision taking a dip in the rankings as of late, they will need Muhammad to come up big in order to compete for the championship. He is explosive and can score at will, so look for him to have a huge tournament.
- Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell: This future Indiana Hoosier at 5-11, 160-pounds, is the real deal. He is part of the Indiana Hoosier trio on the Indiana Elite squad and when he is on his game the team runs like a well-oiled machine. He is a true Five-Star rated point guard that likes to distribute the ball to his top scoring teammates Hanner Perea and Jeremy Hollowell. He is a leader on and off the court and is a key to Indiana Elite making a run at the title.
- Perry Ellis: At 6-8, 220-pounds, Ellis can look like a man among boys at times. Although his Kansas Pray and Play squad has struggled at times, he has had college coaches salivating. This tournament will be his last showcase for college coaches and his last chance to lead his team to a winning performance, so look for this Five-Star rated player to show out at the Super 64.
- Cameron Ridley: At 6-10, 230-pounds he does not shy away from banging on the block. He can score at will down low and can clean the glass with the best of them, his control of the paint creates some serious matchup problems for opposing teams. His team, Houston Hoopstars will be relying on the future Texas Longhorn to dominate the paint if they want to make a run at the championship.
- Andre Drummond: This 6-10, 275-pound, center has shown he is a beast at times, putting him in the mix for the number one player in the nation. He still has a lot to prove though as his squad Connecticut Basketball Club has slid from top-10 to out of the top 25 after not winning a game at Adidas Invitational. There have been questions about Drummond’s ability to carry his squad down the stretch and he will look to answer those questions and prove he deserves his Five-Star rated title, as CBC will try and get back in the mix at the top of the nation.
Head-to-Head Matchups to Watch:
- Shabazz Muhammad (DreamVision) vs. Jeremy Hollowell (Indiana Elite)
Fri 7/22, 5:00 PM
- Andre Drummond (CBC) vs. Cameron Ridley (Houston Hoopstars)
Sat 7/23, 2:20 PM
- Perry Ellis (Pray and Play) vs. Chris Thomas (Colorado Hawks)
Fri 7/22, 7:40 PM
- Collin Hartman (Eric Gordon All-Stars 16U) vs. Shamiek Shepard (New Heights 16U)
Fri 7/22, 7:40 PM
- Kasey Hill (Florida Rams Black) vs. D.J. Balentine (Eric Gordon Central Stars)
Sat 7/23, 5:00 PM
- Keith Frazier (Dallas Mustangs) vs. Denzel Valentine (Michigan Mustangs)
Fri 7/22: 2:20 PM
- Jevan Felix (New Orleans Elite) vs. Gabe York (Compton Magic)
Fri 7/22, 7:40 PM
- Shaq Goodwin (Atlanta Celtics) vs. Hanner Perea (Indiana Elite)
Sat 7/23, 2:20 PM
During this five-day tournament, each squad will be guaranteed a minimum of four games. The tourney will begin in pool play, where teams will have to battle the three other clubs in their group for top billing. For the 17U division, a first place finish means you advance to the Championship bracket. A second or third place finish earns a matchup in the Gold Division bracket, while the fourth place team gets sent to the Silver Division bracket. However, the elite teams grouped in the “Super Pools” automatically advance to the Championship bracket, regardless of pool play performance. For 16U, the same rules apply, with the exception that fourth place finishers also advance to the Gold Division.
Once your team has advanced to a bracket, it’s win or go home time — single elimination. Pool play games will be held in gyms across Las Vegas throughout Friday and Saturday (July 22-23), with the highly anticipated playoff games beginning on Sunday*.
*The final 16U pool play games will be held Sunday morning.