Adidas Super 64: Day 1 Update
Thursday's standouts and notes from the desert
Tourists weren't the only thing cooking in the desert sun. The highly anticipated Adidas Super 64 tipped-off this morning and this trio of standouts torched a few nets amidst the glitz and glamor of Sin City:
Jordan Adams (Atlanta Celtics): Bruins' Coach Ben Howland was in the stands for the Celtics' opening game against Dream Vision and he must have left happy. The UCLA-commit was on fire all game long, finishing with 39 points. Whether it was Winston Shepard, Delante Dunklin or Xavier Johnson, the 6-5 swingman was able to use his dribble and quick release to produce. He nailed long range bombs (five triples in the first half alone), drew contact on his drives to the hoop and hit numerous pull-up jumpers. The Celtics' swingman was noticeably upset following their close loss, a sign of a true winner -- regardless of his production, he wanted a 'W.'
Sam Dekker (Wisconsin Playground Warriors): The Wisconsin-bound swingman put his talents on display in front of future coach Bo Ryan. He was very aggressive offensively and that translated into production. Showing confidence in his handle, he was able to put pressure on the defense, but still had his reliable jump shot going. Dekker finished with 29 points in a close loss to Compton Magic.
Jordan Bell (Compton Magic): The athletic 6-6 combo forward drew the most emotion from the crowd during today's early games. He repeatedly denied shots at the cup and he finished a couple of plays with authority above the 10-foot cylinder. Bell's team took down the Wisconsin Playground Warriors and his athleticism rivaled that of UNC-bound J.P. Tokoto.
News & Notes:
- Jordan Bell is now a full-time member of the Compton Magic and is leaving the 16U California Supreme. His coach Jonathan Williams said, "It's time for him to play up with the big boys."
- Though he was slated to play with Mac Irvin Fire at Peach Jam, Paul White showed up to Vegas with Ferrari. He did not attend Peach Jam to rehabilitate an injury.
- After playing with Dream Vision recently, Keith Frazier is not competing with the Vegas squad this week.
- Atlanta Hawks' forward Josh Smith was cheering on his Celtics squad and was noticeably upset by the foul differential between Dream Vision and the Celtics in the contest.
- Washington Wizards' John Wall sat next to his former coach at UK, John Calipari, to watch the matchup between Five-Star rated big men, Andre Drummond (CBC) and Isaiah Austin. Austin is playing with Family First in the Super 64 event.
- Noteable head coaches in attendance: Bob Huggins, Roy Williams, Sean Miller, Mike Krzyzewski and Brad Stevens.
Be on the lookout tomorrow afternoon for detailed coverage on Day 2 of the Adidas 64, along with notable performances from Fab 48 and Las Vegas Live.