Recruiting Notebook: Bam Adebayo continues to improve
Edrice "Bam" Adebayo is getting better, while Juwan Evans really stood out last week. Seventh Woods is hoping to visit North Carolina.
A sure-fire way to stand out at a camp filled with 100 of the most talented high school basketball players in the country is energy. Playing with consistent intensity gets you noticed.
And Edrice “Bam” Adebayo might have the best motor of any big man in the class of 2016. Combine that with a dominant rebounding presence, and it’s hard not to be impressed with Adebayo every time out.
At the NBPA Top 100 camp last week, Adebayo finished 12th in scoring (10.4 ppg), 13th in field goal percentage (58.8 percent) and sixth in rebounding (6.0 rpg). As he continues to expand his game, Adebayo will only become more of an intimidating presence.
“I’ve been working on it since last summer, and during school ball, perfect getting by people,” Adebayo said. “Shooting that elbow jumper, getting up the court.”
North Carolina State, Iowa State, Duke, Memphis and Wake Forest were among the first schools to contact him on June 15 – when coaches could contact 2016 prospects – while he also has offers from Kansas, North Carolina, Cincinnati and Virginia Tech.
“I always dreamed of getting to the NBA,” Adebayo said. “That, and education. If I break my leg, no schools are gonna want me, so I have to fall back on education. Basketball don’t last forever.”
The No. 12 prospect in the 247Sports Composite rankings for the class of 2016, Adebayo likely won’t decide until his senior year.
Juwan Evans impresses all week
There were more touted point guards at the NBPA Top 100 camp, but there were few more impressive or productive in Virginia than Juwan Evans.
He’s only ranked No. 44 in the 247Sports Composite for the class of 2015, but Evans was fantastic. He was able to push the ball in transition, but also knew when to slow it down and run a half-court set. Evans was also a nuisance defensively.
Elite 2016 point guard Dennis Smith was only about to play a couple minutes against Evans, but Evans more than held his own in that game, finishing with 10 points and six assists.
“It was a great matchup, him being the best point guard in his class, and me being one of the best point guards in my class,” Evans said. “I feel like I played very well.”
Evans finished the event averaging 8.8 points and 5.0 assists.
He mentioned Illinois, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Clemson, Cincinnati and USC.
Seventh Woods could check out North Carolina
Seventh Woods made a name for himself with his mixtapes, where he showed off his crazy athleticism and special dunking skills.
Since then, though, he’s been trying to be more of a point guard and become more than just a guy known for his ability to finish at the rim.
“I want to compete against the best competition, and that’s what we got here,” Woods said. “I’m working on my being a leader.”
Woods, a 6-foot-1 guard from Hammond School (S.C.), is ranked No. 8 in the 247Sports Composite for the class of 2016.
He holds offers from North Carolina, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Baylor and Tennessee, and could visit Chapel Hill soon for an open gym.
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