Aldridge, Skelly among Day 3 heroes at Adidas Invitational

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Kyle Lamotte (Medina HS)

Day 3 of the Adidas Invitational was a long one with the Buckeye state holding its own. The
day featured a big time match up with Team Work 17U taking on the Ohio
Basketball Club in a match up of two of Ohio’s best clubs. Team Work
controlled nearly the entire game thanks to the inside duo of Peyton
Aldridge (Leavittsburg LaBrae) and Gavin Skelly (Westlake).


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INDIANAPOLIS – Day 3 of the Adidas Invitational was a long one with the Buckeye state holding its own.

The day featured a big time match up with Team Work 17U taking on the Ohio Basketball Club in a match up of two of Ohio’s best clubs. Team Work controlled nearly the entire game thanks to the inside duo of Peyton Aldridge (Leavittsburg LaBrae) and Gavin Skelly (Westlake).

Aldridge dominated the game by doing a little bit over everything. Skelly also showed stretches of brilliance in the victory.  Both kids are highly skilled and move around like guards on the floor.

A throng of coaches from the Big 10 to the MAC surrounded the court.

OBC got solid play from Antonio Woods (6’0/2014) of Cincinnati Summit CD, TySean Powell (6’8/2015) of IMG Academy, and Justin Bibbs (6’4/2014) of Montverde Academy.

OBC’s 16U team advanced to the Sweet 16 with a win over Ohio-based TNBA. Carlton Bragg (6’9/2015) of Cleveland VASJ really showed out throwing down one monstrous dunk after another. Bragg was playing in front of Illinois, Ohio State, Duke, and Michigan State.

Craig Randall (Medina), Devon Andrews (Lorain), Maverick Rowan (Lincoln Park), and Brian Parker (Cleveland VASJ) continue to shine for OBC’s 16U team as well.

Randall continues to prove to be a deadly knock down shooter up to 25-feet. Andrews has a good frame, solid athleticism, and when he plays with energy can really impact the game around the tin. Rowan is a high level shooter especially from the corners. Parker is a tough kid with a winning mentality that gets contact buckets inside.

Another solid squad we were able to see for the first time was Midwest Takeover out of Cincinnati. After a (0-3) performance in pool play, thanks to some key players missing, Takeover played extremely well in its Bronze Bracket contest with a bolstered roster.

Guard Kyle Lamotte (6’1/2016) of Mason was a pleasant surprise. This is kid that could really turn heads when he gets on the varsity scene, which should happen this winter. Lamotte is athletic with a good handle and more often than not makes the right play. He is an excellent defender that gets out in the passing lane. He can knock down shots with time and space, but is more of a deadly slasher at this point.

Spencer Cline (6’7/2016) of Mason was another good-looking prospect. He plays hard and can step out and smoothly knock down a 15-footer.

Drew Plitt (6’3/2016) of Loveland and Kayode Daboiku (6’5/2016) of Winton Woods performed well also. Plitt has the ability to be a knock down shooter and has some basketball swagger and Daboiku is a good athlete with that plays with a lot of energy.

Team Work 15U, Team Work 17U, OBC 16U, SMAC (Moody) 15U, and Dayton Metro 15U remain alive in Platinum play.

Recruiting News:

Peyton Aldridge
reported offers from Davidson, William & Mary, and Akron that stood out to him. He is also being courted by nearly all the MAC schools along with Butler, Boston College, Northwestern. Aldridge has took an official visit to Davidson and he has visited Cornell, Princeton, and William & Mary.

Gavin Skelly
listed a slew of mid-major offers along with recent interest from Notre Dame, Northwestern, Stanford, and Butler.

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