#AdidasSelect Session I: 2023 Standouts
January 23 2017
KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. – The Adidas Select Series opened its doors for the first time over the weekend, debuting at Competitive Edge Sports, and showcasing a number of exciting teams and prospects from up and down the East Coast. A quick glance at the class of 2023 during the event provided a glimpse at the future, as a number of sixth graders were commended for their performances, and we identified a handful of players to monitor for continued development. Here are a few names to remember from Session I of the Adidas Select Series…
Antonio Avery was one of the most versatile prospects during Session I of the Adidas Select Series. His size advantage at this stage is noticeable and he is given the freedom to show off his entire offensive arsenal within the Baltimore Elite system. Avery can handle the ball, attack from the wing, and demonstrated his abilities to be a threat in the high-post as well. He’s tracking as a perimeter prospect to date and we’ll be watching to see if his handle, vision, and passing abilities remain ahead of the curve.
In today’s hoops landscape, competitive travel basketball has a national flavor to it as early as the elementary ranks, and the Riverside Hawks have earned respect early within the class of 2023. The New York-based group relies heavily on their backcourt and talents of guard Christian Bliss. A confident and seasoned floor general, Bliss is an advanced ball-handler, and showed an ability to knife into the lane and finish in the paint. When Bliss limited his turnovers, his squad found success at Session I of the Adidas Select Series, finishing the weekend with a 3-1 record.
The New World program has attracted an impressive amount of talent from the DMV area since their creation in the last couple of years and are now becoming accustomed to finding their way into the winner’s circle. Their sixth grade group is a work in progress but have a potential centerpiece in Quint Booker. The Maryland native was among the leading scorers in the class of 2023 at Session I of the Adidas Select Series and also showed promise as a playmaker. As this young group matures, Booker’s quickness and explosiveness will be more important, but his game is extremely effective at this stage, and his ability to knock down jumpers translates to the next level.
Dasear Haskins made an memorable debut during Session I of the Adidas Select Series with the South Jersey Domination. The versatile wing prospect is wiry and skilled, capable of handling the ball, and is most effective attacking opponents with a scoring mindset. Haskins displayed excellent energy on both ends of the court, and despite his scoring, his physical tools are perhaps most evident on defensive end of the floor.
The biggest surprise in terms of sixth grade teams at Session I of the Adidas Select Series was easily the New York-based Middletown’s Finest group, which finished as the only unbeaten team in the class of 2023 division, and completed the weekend with a 4-0 record to sit atop the current standings. Ethan Robinson proved to be one of the best backcourt prospects in attendance, as he consistently knocked down big shots, and provided remarkable vocal leadership for his club. Also a standout on the gridiron, Robinson’s toughness and competitiveness were on display all weekend, as his energy on the defensive end also earned him attention.