Endless Motor was on hand for the Adidas Uprising Championship and Fab 48 during the last July period. With tons of star power in the buildings, there were a few prospects that stood out among the crowd.
Elijah Weaver (2018/6’5/Team Breakdown)
Day 2 Wrap-Up: Weaver was the epitome of a floor general against Team Final at the Fab 48. Elijah showed a very tight handle and good change of direction that he utilized to get wherever he wanted on the floor off the dribble. He was able to find teammates for easy baskets at the rim on several occasions once he forced helpside defense after beating his man off the bounce. While his vision was tremendous as usual, Weaver showed off a nice looking stroke off the catch from distance and off the dribble from midrange in isolation situations. He knocked down several jumpshots from different spots on the court, including a few stepback jumpers that were highlight worthy. His scoring ability makes him a special prospect in conjunction with his superb playmaking skills as a jumbo point guard that makes the game much easier for teammates.
Kobe Brown (2019/6’7/Atlanta Celtics)
Day 2 Wrap-Up: Kobe was unstoppable for large stretches of the second half during a close game against Dream Vision on Thursday afternoon. The 6’7 wing repeatedly bullied his way to the rim and finished as the ballhandler out of high pick and roll sets. Brown simply put defenders on his hip and got to his spot before converting through contact. While he’s certainly stronger than the vast majority of High School prospects, Kobe has an impressive skillset for sure. He displayed a nice handle on a few occasions with sudden crossovers that created separation against his defender for clean looks. Brown is also a much better athlete than one may think, as he showed good elevation when attacking the rim. He also knocked down a catch and shoot triple on his way to 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists for the game. Kobe is one of the better 2019 prospects we’ve viewed this Summer and we’ll certainly be tracking his development.
Devon Dotson (2018/6’0/SC Supreme)
Day 2 Wrap-Up: Dotson made a surprise run with Zion Williamson this weekend and it paid dividends in an SC Supreme win over Team BBC. In a highly anticipated matchup against 5star guard Immanuel Quickley, Devon clearly won the battle on both ends of the court. Offensively, he was in constant attack mode in the open court and made a living getting to the rim and finishing over defenders or drawing fouls. In the half court, Dotson knocked down a few catch and shoot jumpers and was very sound with the ball and was never bothered by the ball pressure applied by Quickley, finishing with 17 points and 3 assists. As good as he was on the offensive side of the court, Devon may have been even more impressive on the other end. He consistently stayed in front of Quickley off the dribble, and simply would not allow him to get clean looks. Immanuel was held scoreless until the closing minutes of the first half and Dotson generally forced him into shots that were extremely difficult. He also added 10 big rebounds and had a huge impact on the game nearly every possession. Devon is the ultimate competitor and will be a day 1 producer at the college of his choice.
Kaden Archie (2018/6’6/Urban DFW)
Day 2 Wrap-Up: Kaden was likely the most versatile wing we viewed all day on Friday when his Urban DFW squad took the court against Garner Road. Archie scored at all 3 levels and did it in a variety of ways. He started off the game doing damage from the high-post area, where he backed his defender down for 1-2 dribbles before knocking down a few pretty turnaround jumpers that didn’t touch the rim. He also showed great explosion and athletic ability around the rim when he absolutely threw down a vicious two-hand dunk on a Garner Road defender that attempted to jump with him. Kaden would use that same explosion to block 2 shots a few moments later when he rotated over for some highlight-reel rejections. In the second half Archie became the primary ballhandler for Urban DFW and he was nearly unstoppable during the final stanza. He used a high ball-screen and often froze the hedge man by changing speeds before accelerating to the rim and finishing over defenders on multiple possessions. While he did tons of damage scoring, Kaden showed good vision and the ability to playmake for teammates too. He knocked down two catch and shoot threes as well on his way to 23 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists on 10/14 from the floor and 2/5 from distance. We’re extremely high on Archie, and Friday solidified our thoughts of the skilled and athletic wing from the Dallas area.
Quentin Grimes (2018/6’5/Basketball University)
Day 2 Wrap-Up: After a relatively slow start on Thursday against Juice All Stars, Grimes proceeded to impose his will on every facet of the game halfway through the first half and beyond. The athletic point guard got to the rim at will in both transition and the half court, forcing the defense to foul resulting in 11 free throws. He knocked down three triples, a few from 25+ feet that looked absolutely effortless and demonstrated his range. While popular opinion is that Quentin is more of a scoring guard, we love his passing ability. On multiple occasions Grimes created separation with nice change of speed and change of direction dribbles before dropping accurate passes to teammates for clean looks, some of which where the no-look variety. His motor also stood out, he attacked the glass on both ends of the court and was not afraid to do the dirty work and mix it up in the paint. Quentin would finish with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in a complete two-way effort.