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July 13, 2013

Adidas Invitational: Friday impressions

The action at the annual Adidas Invitational continued Friday.

He's what we saw:

Jalen Coleman is continuing his progress as a ball handler and distributor.

As a sophomore at Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral last year, Coleman, a four-star prospect ranked the No. 30 overall player in the 2015 class by Rivals.com, was a shooting guard who displayed great off-ball abilities to find open shots.

But he has made some moves recently that will broaden his skill set.

First, he changed AAU teams - joining Indiana Elite - where he is playing at the one and the two. With more of an opportunity to play point guard, Coleman is becoming a better ball handler and passer.

He is creating shots for others and himself, but he can still get open off the ball, too.

Coleman is also transferring to a new high school, La Lumiere School. At Indianapolis Cathedral, he was forced to play shooting guard, because of the lack of size on his team. At La Lumiere, he's going to be a one-two combo guard, with the hope of playing point at the next level.

Coleman, 6-3, 180, has been offered by Michigan and is very excited about it. The Wolverines are certainly helped out by the fact that LaVall Jordan is still in the fold. Jordan was on hand to witness his game today, and Coleman has a great relationship with him.

But his offer list is extensive, and it's growing every day.The Wolverines are going to have a ton of competition on the recruiting trail by the time it's all said and done.

Fellow Indiana Elite guard Hyron Edwards, of East Chicago (Ind.) Central, played well, too.

Edwards, 5-10, 160, stormed onto the AAU scene last season. He has dropped in the rankings a bit, now rated a three-star recruit and the No. 91 player in the 2015 class by Rivals.com.

Edwards is one of the best defensive point guard in the class. He's extremely explosive and has an innate ability to get in passing lanes and disrupt an opponent's offensive flow, creating steals and tipping passes.

But he has to continue to progress on offense. He can create for others, but he has trouble getting his shot to fall and finishing when he takes it to the rim.

Edwards has offers from Illinois, Indiana and Purdue.

Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep point guard Derryck Thornton has spent most of the summer playing with Dream Vision's 17u team.

Although he's in the 2016 class, Thornton has played well with the big boys - and the experience has helped him develop to the speed of the game.

At the Adidas Invitational, Thornton is playing in the 16u division. At 6-2, 160, he's a bigger point guard, and he has all the skills - speed, vision, passing, shooting, defending - that Michigan is looking for in a point guard.

Right now, his parents and coaches are handling his recruitment. Like every point guard I spoke with, he's interested in what the Wolverines have done with their point guard recently, with the developments of Trey Burke and Darius Morris.

Obviously, there's a long way to go with Thornton.

Michigan won't make an offer until next summer, if they choose to offer Thornton. The Wolverines wait until the summer before a player's junior year to make offers.

But Thornton's list of potential suitors is growing. He already boasts offers from Arizona, Oregon State, Pepperdine, San Diego State, UNLV, USC and several other west coast schools.

Lastly, I saw 2015 point guard target Sedrick Barefield of Corona (Calif.) Centennial.

He struggled a bit in the first half, pushing the issue and turning the ball over. But he settled down and exploded in the second half, finishing with 21 points.

He had some flashy buckets, but what really impressed me was his passing ability. He made some tricky no-look passed and displayed an ability to drive and dish that was above his years.

Thornton, 6-2, 180, is a four-star prospect ranked the No. 58 player in the class by Rivals.com.

He has offers from Boston College, Connecticut, Kansas State and San Diego State.

Jordan also caught this game, and Thornton took notice. He also mentioned Burke when talking about Michigan, and said that he will consider the Wolverines long and hard as he continues his recruitment.

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