Hazel Park senior Khari Adams took full advantage of his opportunity in the spotlight at the Horatio Williams Tipoff Classic on Saturday and put his name on the map.
The 6’5 forward was a revelation in the game versus East English, displaying a versatile skillset that should increase his stock in a major way.
Here’s our take on Khari’s game:
Good Shot Creator – Khari can create quality looks off the dribble in isolation. He has good footwork on the perimeter and is able to change direction with the ball in order to get separation. He also displays quick twitch ability to change direction in the open court, with a nice euro step to get clean looks at the rim.
Good Shooter – Adams was money from midrange off the dribble and off the catch in pick and pop action. He has great balance, good shot mechanics and a nice release point.
Athleticism – Khari is extremely fluid in both tight spaces and the open court, able to change direction with his hips and feet very easily. He’s also a quick jumper that is able to get off the ground with light feet and has nice verticality.
Rebounding/Motor – Adams’ ball pursuit on the offensive glass was tremendous, he covered a ton of ground and rebounded outside of his frame on several occasions. He gave multiple jumps for rebounds on more than one possession and was able to convert a few putbacks because of it.
Versatility – this is perhaps the best part of Khari’s game, as he can play multiple spots on the court at both ends. He has the ball skills to play the wing, while having the size and strength to be a more traditional combo-forward with his athleticism and ability to space the floor with his shot.
Areas for Development:
Quickness/Acceleration – while Adams is extremely fluid and has some bounce, he probably needs to improve his short area burst a bit more if he’s going to play a true wing spot at the next level. It will also make him a more versatile defender, with the potential to check 3 different positions.
Extend Range – caveats apply because we did not see Khari attempt a single shot from distance, but we do know he is a very good shooter from midrange. That said, we’d like to see Adams extend his shooting range out to the three point line. If he can add that to his arsenal, he becomes a huge matchup problem for any team in the state.