Gibbons TOC: Day One Notebook

Deng Adell

SUWANEE. Ga. -- Deng Adell, Doral Moore and Kerry Blackshear were among the stand outs at the Bob Gibbons TOC on day at the Suwanee Sports Academy.

Louisville has connection with Adell

In the first five minutes of Florida Elite's first round match up on Friday, Deng Adell, a 6-foot-7 versatile forward, quickly showed why he's spent the past few days collecting scholarship offers.

Adell made a catch and shoot three, stole a pass and took it the distance for a slam and made a crafty baseline drive with an off hand reverse finish. By this time, Florida Elite was on their way to a blow out win and Adell played sparingly the rest of the way.

An impressive athlete, Adell plays hard, has potential as a defender and is skilled enough to do a variety of things on offense. All these attributes led to offers from SMU, Louisville, Florida, Connecticut, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and LSU after his strong showing during the April live period.

"It's kind of crazy right now," Adell told Scout.com. "After that adidas tournament, recruiting has been high right now. My coach has been getting a lot of calls."

Who is recruiting Adell the hardest?

"Right now I would say Louisville," he said.

"Just daily calls," he added when asked what they were doing differently. "Just daily calls, but I'm letting coach handle a lot of it so I don't get distracted."

Adell said Louisville's system sticks out to him, but also mentioned that he has a close friend already playing for the Cardinals.

"[I like the] playing style and the coach," Adell said about Louisville. ‘I've talked to him. My good friend Mangok [Mathiang] goes to that school. He's like family to me, so I speak to him too."

"He's from Australia where I'm from," he added. "Same city so I've known him since I was younger."

Adell said he plans to take college visits in the summer.

Moore's recruiting is "ridiculous"

This time last year Atlanta Xpress big man Doral Moore wasn't a household name. In fact, at that time Moore didn't hold a single scholarship offer.

Now the 6-foot-11, 220-pound center has high majors prioritizing him. Moore told Scout.com the schools he's currently focusing on are Illinois, Ohio State, Kentucky, Indiana, Louisville and Wake Forest. He claims offers from all of them.

"It's been ridiculous," Moore said about his recruitment. "All these coaches keep offering me from everywhere."

Moore said he's planning to start taking visits in June.

On the court, Moore is an impressive talent. He runs the floor with ease, is a high-level athlete and has the ability on the offensive end to make mid-range jump shots and score over his left shoulder.

"It's sky rocketed," Moore said about his game. "I just started working out more and playing hard. My game just keeps getting better and better every day."

On Friday, Moore was active, especially on defense, where he protected the rim. He said he's been focusing on playing harder.

"Bring more energy and have a better motor on offense and defense," he said when asked what he was working on.

Blackshear shows talent

Kerry Blackshear had a strong showing in Q6 All-Stars Elite's opening round win on Friday.

Although Blackshear, a 6-foot-9 lengthy low post prospect, wasn't going up against players nearly his size, he still imposed his will on the game and made an impact on both ends of the floor.

Offensively, Blackshear scored off a right jump hook, strong finishes through contact and one baseline drive. Defensively the Orlando native contested shots and was effective as a rebounder.

College coaches have picked up their interest in Blackshear, especially following the live weekend. Blackshear claims offers from Clemson, Boston College, Louisiana Tech, Steton, Kennesaw State, Radford, Northern Arizona, UCF, USF, Rhode Island, Northeastern and Lehigh.

Blackshear also has received recent calls from Connecticut, Florida, Virginia Tech and VCU.

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