#AdidasSelect Session I: Class of 2022 Guard Recap
January 24 2017
KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. – The Adidas Select Series hosted its inaugural weekend at Competitive Edge Sports and the class of 2022 did not disappoint. In divisions named for NBA All-Stars and Adidas cohorts, Damian Lillard and Kyle Lowry, several seventh grade guards showed potential and left their mark on the event. Here are the noteworthy backcourt prospects from Session I of the Adidas Select Series…
Quadir Brown proved to be one of the more gifted scorers in the seventh grade division at Session I of the Adidas Select Series. Emulating his club’s sponsor, current NBA guard and Olympian Kyle Lowry, Brown led K-Low Elite’s offensive attack with a gritty approach. A capable playmaker for himself and others, positive results were the norm when the Philadelphia native had the ball in his hands, and Brown showed a willingness to accept tough defensive assignments as well.
His physical traits don’t jump off the page, but Austin Hartsell simply knows how to play, and he led his Boston Bobcats team fairly consistently during Session I of the Adidas Select Series. He’s a reliable ball-handler and proficient perimeter shooter with enough offensive awareness to keep defenders off balance. Hartsell demonstrated good vision in the lane and was certainly one of the more talent backcourt players among class of 2022 prospects in attendance.
Christian Jones proved to be one of the most impressive scorers at Session I of the Adidas Select Series and he is asked to carry a big load for his squad. The wiry playmaker flashed a mid-range jumper, as well as the ability to knock down deep shots off the catch, but did most of his damage by slashing into the lane and finishing at the rim in transition. A disruptive defender, Jones was among the unofficial leaders in steals for the 7th grade division, and placed constant pressure on backcourt opponents with his length and quick feet.
New World has a number of impressive players in their program and Rodney Rice is among the class of 2022 prospects to watch. The promising guard is ahead of the curve compared to his peers and his Division I bloodlines likely indicate a bright future in hoops. At Session I of the Adidas Select Series, Rice demonstrated his ability to knock down long-range jumpers, while also making plays for himself and others off the bounce. The DMV product is only beginning to develop his personality on the court but his talent his undeniable.
Playing up in the 8th grade division, Kaden Richardson logged big minutes in helping Mid-Atlantic Select to an unbeaten start in the talented ‘Kristaps Porzingis Division’ at the Adidas Select Series. The class of 2022 product is a steady ball-handler and willing passer that helps put his teammates in positions to take advantage of opposing defenses. When given the opportunity, Richardson finished in a variety of ways inside the lane, showing off a reliable floater and the ability to absorb contact and finish at the rim.