Wednesday marked opening night of the Adidas Summer Championships and the Las Vegas Classic. With the July evaluation period winding down, the crowds were massive in Las Vegas for these highly anticipated events. In the Creator’s Cup, Team Loaded took on Mass Rivals at Adidas. Continuing their big summer, Team Loaded impressed with a 17 point victory on opening night…

Top Performers
Timmy Allen – 2018 – SF – Compton Magic

Allen took over late and was part of a big surge that helped the Compton Magic claw their way to a win over the Iowa Barnstormers. The 6-foot-6 senior has excellent strength around the rim and really finished well against multiple defenders. Allen scored 12 points, most of which came in the second half, on 6-of-10 shooting. He also dished out two assists and grabbed five rebounds. Allen did a nice job of being physical on both ends. Against the zone, he caught passes in the high post and went to work. Defensively, nobody got an easy basket when Allen was on the interior protecting the rim. 

David Duke – 2018 – G – Mass Rivals
Duke did a little bit of everything in a loss to Team Loaded on Wednesday. The senior guard had nine points, six rebounds, and three assists against a very good opponent. Duke didn’t shoot the ball particularly well, but was able to create good looks with his team struggling. Duke has good size at 6-foot-4 and can play on or off the ball. He was effective creating things off the bounce and elevates really well on his jumper, rising and firing over the hands of the defense. Even though it wasn’t his night or his team’s night scoring the basketball, it was nice to see that Duke didn’t let his shooting woes (3-12) affect the rest of his game. 

David McCormack – 2018 – C – Team Loaded VA
Flirting with a double-double, McCormack helped Team Loaded blow past Mass Rivals. McCormack scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He wasn’t as efficient finishing as normal as the five-star center was just pounded inside, something officials tend to let opponents do as McCormack is so strong that the contact isn’t as noticeable. Still, when McCormack did power through contact and finish, it was generally a momentum changing play. He was 3-of-9 from the field, but also got to the foul line seven times, cashing in on six of them. 

Stock Boosters
Kani Acree – 2018 – SF – Team RWA

A fast-rising wing in the 2018 class, Acree was dominant on both ends of the floor during a win Wednesday night. The 6-foot-6, 185-pound wing is impressive physically and athletically. A high-motor prospect, Acree was just everywhere, flying around and making plays on both offense and defense. Acree was outstanding in the passing lanes, using his long wing span to affect and tip passes, which resulted in a number of fast break opportunities for his team. Acree showed some nice offensive versatility, knocking down a couple of triples and also finishing well around the rim. 

Jovan Blacksher – 2019 – PG – Compton Magic
Blacksher didn’t make a single basket on Wednesday, but his impact was felt on the game. A super-quick point guard, Blacksher lived in the paint and has excellent vision and passing ability to thread the needle between defenders. Defensively, Blacksher is just a pest. He gets after people and is right in their shorts up and down the floor. The 5-foot-11 guard moves very well laterally and didn’t give up a single straight-line drive. With his quickness, Blacksher can use his size to his advantage. Being closer to the floor, he’s able to swipe at the basketball and when opponents rise up for the shot, Blacksher can crowd their space without fouling. Blacksher finished with five assists in a win over the Iowa Barnstormers. 

Colton Sandage – 2018 – SG – Team RWA
Sandage shot the ball very well in Wednesday’s blowout win for Team RWA. The 6-foot-3 sniper picked apart the zone, finding the zone, finding soft spots and letting it fly. Sandage just wouldn’t miss for most of the second half and wasn’t fazed by a hand in his face. In transition, Sandage also made sound decisions with the basketball. A kid that can go a little bit, Sandage kept his head up and found his athletic front court teammates for easy buckets. 

Recruiting Notes
Kani Acree has 15 mid-major offers from the likes of UTEP, Illinois-Chicago, Portland, Stetson, Ball State, Missouri State, and Northern Illinois. He’s also receiving interest from Tulane, Xavier, St. Mary’s, and UC-Santa Barbara. 

David Duke has offers from Rutgers, DePaul, Creighton, Indiana, VCU, Providence, Kansas, Virginia Tech, Florida, UConn, Syracuse, Virginia, Wake Forest, Villanova, and others. 

California, Nebraska, Creighton, Utah, UCLA, USC, DePaul, and others have offers out to Timmy Allen.