The Adidas Summer Championship event was in full swing on Saturday in Las Vegas. Hit the jump for five under-the-radar names that displayed big game in Sin City.
I. Isaih Moore (2018/6’8/Upward Stars) – in a matchup against a Basketball University squad that features multiple top 50 prospects, it was Moore that was the best player on the court. Isaih got rolling early on by knocking down a catch and shoot three from the left corner and followed that up with a steal before pushing the ball coast to coast and converting a contested finish at the rim. A few minutes later he was positioned as the playmaker near the free throw line against the 2-3 zone, received the ball and took 1 gigantic step and was already at the rim for a clean layup. That was within a 5 minute span to open the game, needles to say Moore caught our eyes. The second half continued much the same, with Isaih knocking down shots from distance and finishing through contact at the rim. He finished with 28 points and 8 rebounds on 7/10 from the field and a perfect 3/3 from beyond the arch. At a legit 6’8 and very good length, Isaih is blessed with all the physical tools to be a prototype combo-forward in contemporary basketball. His perimeter shot is extremely smooth and effortless, with his size/length it is nearly impossible to block. While he needs to add muscle mass/strength, Moore has the look of a high-major prospect that is due to blow-up very soon. It is rare for a prospect of that size to have the sort of ball skills and shooting ability that he possesses. The best thing about Isaih at this point is upside, he hasn’t even touched the surface of what he will ultimately become, and that is a scary proposition.
II. Malachi De Sousa (2018/6’5/Castle NYC) – really liked what we saw from De Sousa on Saturday morning against an ultra-talented Atlanta Celtics team. De Sousa displayed a good looking stroke, as he knocked down three catch and shoot triples with good rotation and great arch on his shot. Not just a shooter, Malachi has good vision as a 2/3 and found teammates for open looks either off the dribble or found gaps against the zone defense. As a ballhandler he attacked closeouts and showed some ability to change direction with the ball and finish at the rim on a few occasions. While his offensive abilities initially stood out, we absolutely loved the fact that De Sousa showed a good motor on the glass. He consistently attacked the glass and came up with rebounds in traffic on more than one instance. Malachi finished with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in a well rounded effort. De Sousa has a college ready frame and can play either the 2 or the 3 at 6’5 with good perimeter skills and a nice shot. Mid-major and mid-major plus schools should definitely give him a look.
III. Kennedy Milton (2018/6’2/Urban DFW) – Milton was superb in one of the most entertaining games we viewed all weekend when Urban DFW took on Twenty Two Vision in an overtime classic. Kennedy came out of the gate looking good, knocking down a catch and shoot three from the left wing and took off from there. The 6’2 guard showed a really nice handle, breaking defenders down with sudden crossovers and change of speed dribbles to create separation before knocking down midrange jumpers on multiple possessions. In the closing minutes of the game he showed great vision when hitting teammates for easy dimes on two occasions after getting a step on his defender and forcing helpside defense to commit. Defensively he was extremely active in the passing lanes, and came up with 2 steals that led to open court dunks where Milton may have surprised a few folks with his bounce. This is the best we’ve seen out of Kennedy in a live viewing, and he may be putting it all together. While his recruitment is mostly a mid-major affair at this point, Milton may be trending toward high-major with performances like these and will be one to track moving forward.
IV. Mickey Pearson (2018/6’8/Twenty Two Vision) – Pearson was one of the more well rounded wing-forwards we viewed in Las Vegas. Generally considered an off-ball player, Mickey really showed the ability to get off clean looks and bury jumpshots in isolation that makes him a more dynamic prospect. During the 2 games we viewed on Saturday, Pearson looked more comfortable as a creator than we’ve seen on prior occasions. On a few possessions he was the ballhandler in pick and roll sets and buried jumpshots when the defender went under the screen. While his ballhandling and shot creating ability have improved a good deal, he still displayed all the other positive attributes you’d like to see in a wing/forward. On several occasions he connected on catch and shoot threes and his stroke looked pure. He finished with authority around the rim and had a highlight-reel facial on a few Urban DFW defenders that showed how explosive he can be. Defensively he did well as a helpside shotblocker, showing good recovery and quick-jumping ability. Mickey picked up an offer from Saint Louis last week and he’s definitely trending up toward the mid-major plus/high major tier of prospects for the 2018 class.
V. Bryant Mocaby (2018/6’5/Kansas Pray N Play) – we had never heard of, much less viewed Bryant prior to Pray N Play taking on Team Loaded NC at the Adidas Summer Championship event. To say he was a pleasant surprise would be an understatement. Mocaby buried jumpshot after jumpshot from multiple spots on the court. What made his showing impressive is that his shots were not limited to the catch and shoot variety. Bryant buried midrange shots off the dribble as the handler out of pick and roll and came off down screens before knocking down triples. He showed decent athleticism in the open court as well when he flushed home a two-hand dunk. We’re not aware of any offers for Mocaby at this point, but at 6’5 he has the size and most definitely the shooting touch to be a Division I prospect. Mid-majors should certainly give him a look.