He has only played basketball for one year and been in the States seven months, but 7-footer Joel Embiid is establishing himself as a bonafide high major prospect at the adidas Invitational.
Joel Embiid is quickly becoming a high-major prospect.
Playing for Florida Elite and supporting Chris Walker in the post, Embiid took advantage of a foul ridden Noah Vonleh with jump hooks with both his right and left hand. Defensively, he was a presence around the rim. And perhaps most impressive, he rebounded balls outside his area.
There is a tremendous upside for this Cameron native, and coaches will be tracking him closely.
Presently he doesn't have any offers but interest is coming from Florida, UCF, Temple, UCLA, Ole Miss, VCU, Mississippi State and DePaul.
Isaiah Hicks (2013 power forward, Garner Elite)
Hicks is an exceptional physical talent who showed his steel when he calmly knocked down a three-pointer at the buzzer to finish a furious comeback putting the game into overtime against Team Nashville.
It was a revealing shot and only heightens Hicks value as a prospect and bodes for favorable things when he puts on a Tarheel jersey.
Cornelius Elder (2013 point guard, Team Nashville)
There are moments in the game when the opportunity comes to a clutch player, and he delivers like Isaiah Hicks did. And there are also players who have the ability to shape the game into their winning vision. That is the type of player Elder is.
Walker is a dynamic force in the lane.
In an overtime that had all the momentum behind Garner Elite, Elder decided that his team wasn't going to lose. Two forced jump balls, a huge offensive rebound and seven points later including the game winner, his team had the win.
There are flaws in Corn's game but he has an elite burst of quickness, an ample skill set and an elite will to win.
Kasey Hill (2013 point guard, Florida Elite)
The positives on Hill are that he is a great athlete with an extra gear. He has great court vision and delivers the quick pass. He scores at all three levels and the purity of his shot continually improves.
The negatives are that times he coasts and then at times he overly forces the issue.
The positives far out weigh the negatives, and his negatives will likely fade with time.
Chris Walker (2013 power forward, Florida Elite)
Always more of a raw athlete than a refined skill player, Walker is steadily improving as a player who knows what needs to be done on the court. He chases rebounds and is beginning to defend with more of a purpose.
He still is a force it to the rim type offensive player, but his natural athleticism and desire to improve will spur the improvement of his skill game.
Noah Vonleh (2014 combo forward, Mass Rivals)
Vonleh had an aberration of a game against Florida Elite because of his absurd foul trouble. Regardless, he still had a huge impact on the game. His effort on the offensive boards was relentless. He was a reliable three-pint shooter. And he is a crafty scorer in the post.
All in all he is an elite prospect.
Jeremy Miller (2015 combo forward, Mass Rivals)
At 6-foot-9 Miller is highly skilled. He makes three-pointers and is comfortable handling the basketball most anywhere on the court. As with any young prospect with his length, he needs to develop strength. Has the makings to be a prominent prospect in his class.
Nathan Hawkins (2013 shooting guard, Dallas Mustangs)
A physical and smart player with some athleticism. Hawkins showed his ability to penetrate and dish beyond his ability to knock down jumpers.
Oklahoma State, Kansas State, North Texas and Texas Arlington have offered while Oklahoma, Wichita State and Tulsa have interest.
Leyton Hammonds (2013 small forward, Dallas Mustangs)
Hammonds continues to stick out as one of the top prospects at the event.
He has offers from Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Stanford, Arizona State, Clemson and TCU.
Just coming off a visit to Stanford, Hammonds wasn't quite ready to call them a favorite but did readily say that the visit made a strong impression on him.
Trevor Thompson (2013 center, Eric Gordon All Stars)
Playing in a line up with numerous high major prospects, Thompson is an x-factor with his ability to change the game with his athleticism and length. He has the capacity to run the floor very well, blocks shots, rebound and finish.
Thompson will prep next year at St. John's Military Academy, and has an offer from Ball State and strong interest from Kansas State.
Hartman, an Indiana commitment, hit a bulk of shots to keep his team in the game and then hit some more to help them separate towards the end of the game. Then Michigan commitment Zak Irvin was right with him towards the end hitting a trio of big jumpers.
Tavario Miller (2013 power forward, Franchise All Stars)
Against the Compton Magic Miller was the best prospect on the floor. His athleticism produced at the rim, and he scored in the midrange both with his post up and face up game.
DeAngelo Russell (2014 combo guard, Louisville Magic)
This wily lefty as a great feel for the game and a jerky, change of speed dribble game that always finds separation.
Jamontae Davis and Joshua Phillips (2013 power forwards, Team Nashville)
These 6-foot-7 forwards had a terrific tournament for Team Nashville.
Phillips is more of a skilled back to the basket player who has only been playing the game from three years.
He listed offers from Belmont, MTSU, Stony Brook, Tennessee Tech, Chattanooga, TSU and High Point. Temple and Murray State are showing interest.
Davis is coming off injuries from a bad traffic accident, but is finding his form at the right time. He has a promising skill game and prefers to face the basket.
He currently holds offers from MTSU, TSU, Murray State, Lipscomb and Mercer. Temple, Tennessee and Alabama are showing interest.
UNDERCLASSMEN EYE CATCHERS
Marcanvis Hymon (2014 combo forward, Team Thad 16-U)
A strong 6-foot-6 athlete, Hymon was the best rebounder in his game against the Compton Magic 16-U team. He also finished with authority in the lane.
Chris Chiozza (2014 point guard, Team Thad 16-U)
With speed and style to his game, Chiozza is the main creator for Team Thad. He penetrates with a purpose and can also knock down shots.
Cameron Walker (2015 small forward, Compton 15-U)
A prototypical high level small forward at 6-foot-7, Walker has a versatility, wiggle and explosiveness to his game.
Ricky Brice (2015 center, Urban DFW 15-U)
Already at 6-foot-8 and apparently growing, the left handed big man has a tremendous ceiling.
Charlie Middleton (2015 point guard, Urban DFW 15-U)
A small lead guard, Middleton has an unpredictable dribble game to go with his physical strength and speed. He constantly creates opportunities for his team.