Posted On: 11/30/19 8:51 AM

 Day 1 of the Thanksgiving Hoopfest was very entertaining and fun to watch. There were multiple prospects who stood out in front of me yesterday. Here are my takeaways from the first day of this event:

1.K.J. Adams played like a man amongst boys

If I had to rank the top performers from day one of the Thanksgiving Hoopfest the Austin Westlake Junior Power Forward K.J Adams would probably be at the top of that list. Adams was locked in from the start versus West Memphis High School, who featured Auburn Commit Chris Moore. He was literally unstoppable from keeping out of the paint and scoring at the rim. Adams was also shooting it well from deep and playing hard on the defensive end. 

 2.Madimba is one of the best seniors available in the state

The class of 2020 in Texas has multiple prospects who are currently available and open in their recruitment. Senior wing Joey Madimba of Mansfield Timberview is one of those available prospects and yesterday he showed everyone who was in the gym why he’s one of the best small forwards in the state for his class. Madimba displayed the ability to hit threes, get to the rim from the perimeter and guard multiple spots on defense.

3. Arterio Morris’s Coming out Party 

A couple of months ago, I spoke with Dallas Showtyme director and grassroots legend Ervin Davis and he told me that he had a 2022 guard named Arterio Morris who had a chance to be special. Yesterday at the Thanksgiving Hoopfest, Morris was definitely every bit of the word special and he made some spectacular explosive plays, that you don’t see from most underclassmen. Morris is fast, shifty, super athletic and can get past defenders at a high level. The 2022 guard showed that he is one of the best players in the state and also the country.

4. Prolific Prep Tandem Shows out!

The Prolific Prep five-star duo Jalen Green and Nimari Burnett were somewhat quiet at first offensively against a scrappy well coached Lancaster squad. However, in the second half the two Cali native guards turned it up and were getting to the basket finishing at a high level above the rim and knocking down a plethora of jump shots. Green and his partner in crime Burnett finished with a combined 35 points in the win over Lancaster.

5.The Return of Cade Cunningham

The Montverde five-star phenom point guard Cade Cunningham was excited to be back home in Dallas, Texas. In his return he was terrific on both ends of the floor and he exhibited high-level playmaking ability and college ready athleticism. The Oklahoma St. commit gave his hometown a show to remember!