#AdidasSelect Session I: Class of 2022 Forward Recap
January 25 2017
KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. – The debut of the Adidas Select Series created quite the buzz in youth basketball over the weekend as elite teams from up and down the East Coast descended upon Competitive Edge Sports to provide an exciting glimpse of the future. The class of 2022 was arguably the deepest group in attendance and its collection of talented forwards provided ample excitement. The following prospects made a major impact on Session I of the Adidas Select Series with their strong play…
It didn’t take Malik Bowman very long to make his presence felt during Session I of the Adidas Select Series. In fact, it took only a few possessions, as he dashed across the lane to block a shot and then sprinted the floor to finish a transition layup. His energy, motor, and overall court presence were a trend throughout the weekend and all signs indicate that this wiry forward with size 15 feet is only getting started. Expect to hear this name more in coming months and years from the DMV area and beyond.
An explosive slasher with a dose of vision and passing ability, Dariq Miller-Whitehead turned heads with his high-flying act, but it was his all-around play that was truly special. During Session I of the Adidas Select Series, Miller-Whitehead piled up statistics in nearly every category, and led his team to an unblemished record. A great teammate, if he is able to display consistent aggressiveness on both ends of the floor, the athletic wing is likely to emerge as an elite prospect in the Northeast region from the class of 2022.
Shyhiem Odom was easily among the leaders in minutes played and proved to be a dominant force at Session I of the Adidas Select Series. Competing in both the seventh and eighth grade divisions, Odom’s physical advantages were obvious, as he overpowered opponents and asserted his will both offensively and defensively. An impressive athlete, Odom must continue expanding his game outward, while not ignoring mismatches that will allow his current production to remain at a high level.
George Perkins was surprisingly productive during Session I of the Adidas Select Series considering his long-term upside. He played up an age division and his effort and length allowed him to consistently make plays for his Mid-Atlantic Select squad that finished the weekend unbeaten. A versatile defender, Perkins competes on the glass, and can finish around the rim. There’s certainly significant growth to come, but Perkins displayed fluidity in transition, and has intangibles that should make for a bright future with continued development.
The best name at Session I of the Adidas Select Series undoubtedly belonged to Angel Savage, but the wiry forward’s game also earned him significant attention, as he helped lead S.K. Elite to a perfect 4-0 record. Sponsored by NBA journeyman and current Brooklyn Net, Sean Kilpatrick, S.K. Elite was one of the most surprising teams at the Adidas Select Series as Savage’s presence in the lane helped anchor an aggressive defensive unit. Only beginning to blossom offensively, Savage finished converted his attempts at the rim, and flashed dribble-drive ability that could become a fantastic weapon for him in the future.