One of the biggest events of the year is always at the start with the Adidas Presidents Day Tournament of Champions in Portland, Oregon. As a Grassroots Brand, HoopSource Basketball strives to always take the Adidas Presidents Day Tournament of Champions to new heights. The team at HoopSource are always finding creative and innovative ways to orchestrate the #1 Ranked Tournament in North America. Their goal is to be the premier destination for every Grassroots basketball team in the world. The 2018 tournament is a wrap, but they are already planning huge ideas for 2019 while continuing to perfect the event experience for any team that embarks on Portland, Oregon for the Adidas Presidents Day Weekend.
Lets take a look at the recap from the event and profile the winning teams along with some of the standout performances that we were able to see in the 2022 and 2023 divisions.
2027 WINNER - RMG Elite
2027 RUNNER UP - Vegas Elite
2026 WINNER - Mentally Fit
2026 RUNNER UP - Riverside Hawks
2025 WINNER - Drive Nation
2025 RUNNER UP - Drive Nation Black
2024 WINNER - San Francisco Rebels
2024 RUNNER UP - Team Oregon
2023 WINNER - Grassroots Canada
2023 RUNNER UP - CP3 All Stars
2022 WINNER - Team Lillard (Ballers Select)
2022 RUNNER UP - Team Thrill
2023 DIVISION STANDOUT PERFORMERS
Elijah Fisher #22 - Grass Roots Elite: The nations #1 player for the 2023 class backed up his ranking in the Rose City. Fisher reminds of R.J. Barrett at this age with his ability to get to the FT line on any possession. He can score at all three levels and is elite on both ends of the ball.
Mikey Williams #5 - Grass Roots Elite - Williams came on the scene last year nationally and blew away the nation. He is as smooth as they come scoring the ball from three or mid range. Williams will dunk on you in transition. One of the most impressive parts of Williams game is his ability to use the glass from all angles.
Mikkel Tyne #3 - Grass Roots Elite - Tyne is a 2024 who played up 2023 and was electric. Tyne is lighting quick off the bounce, and an excellent passer off the bounce with either hand. Tyne is an elite finisher at the rim and the size of playing up a grade didn't bother him.
Jaylen Hooks #11 - Indiana Elite - Hooks is long and athletic who attacks the glass on both ends. Alters a ton of shots at the rim on the defensive end for the Adidas sponsored program.
Cameron Barnes #33 - Drive Nation - Barnes 6'8 is one half of the twin towers for Drive Nation. Barnes performed well at the KC Showcase and again in Portland. Barnes is a long / elite athlete who can score around the rim and blocks a ton of shots. Barnes has above average ball handling skills, will translate into a four man the old her gets, a possible three.
Collin Porter #21 - Indiana Elite - MVP of the D-Rich Camp last year, Porter is elite with the ball in his hands. The Kentucky native came to Portland with Indiana Elite and ran the team. Active on defense from the point guard position, was the best passer at the event from the PG position.
Jeffry Bohlinger #0 - ARC - Bohlinger was one of the best defenders we seen in the 2023 division. Outside of sticky defense, he showed a quick first step that got him to the FT line all weekend. Bohlinger showed a good passing skill set as well.
Reed Sheppard #12 - Indiana Elite - Son of former Kentucky Wildcat and Atlanta Hawk guard, Jeff Sheppard, Reed has a tremendous feel for the game. Great IQ and court vision, Sheppard plays extremely hard and great upside. Sheppard is one of the top 2023 players in Kentucky if not the top.
David Oyona - Ibandzo #27 - Drive Nation - Was very impressive in a win in pool play over ARC. The 6'9 big man is an intimidating presence in the lane rebounding and blocking shots. Tremendous upside and potential.
Ryan Davidson #10 - Indiana Elite - Davidson is a good athlete who showed the ability to knock down the midrange jumper. Davidson finished around the rim well all weekend as well.
2022 DIVISION STANDOUT PERFORMERS
Max Allen #23 - Team Lillard / Ballers Select: Allen has good size and skill to go with his size. In the paint he has a strong body and good footwork. He is a tremendous passer when the double comes and a soft touch from the foul line. Team Lillard won the 2022 division.
Jarace Walker #25 - Team Thrill- Walker is a top ten prospect in the 2022 class, but is showing he could be top three. Walker showed his guard skill set throwing length of the court passes on the money. Still dominant at the rim, he has moved his game to the perimeter and is an elite ball handler. He shut the gym down with back to back dunks.Walker led Team Thrill to a runner-up finish in the 2022 division.
Keyonte George #1 - Drive Nation - George is an athletic and quick guard who shot the three ball well all weekend. George had an nice handle.
Tre White #22 - Drive Nation - Nation gets into the paint and can finish with either hand in traffic. Maybe the most skilled kid offensively at the event, great passer and handle.
Andrew Rheubottom #33 - Team Thrill - Rheubottom was a load at the rim from the four man spot all weekend. Had a huge game in pool play scoring 21 points in a victory of Team Dream Academy.
Quinton Webb #16 - San Diego Seal - Webb showed his athleticism with a monsterous 2 hand dunk along the baseline that grabbed our attention. He has good size and is an elite rebounder who can finish 15 feet and in.
Issac Peralta #5 - San Diego Seal - Point guard with a deceptive quick first step. Peralta has great pace and change of speeds that allows him to get to the rim, set up his shot or his teammates.
Tyler Mrus #9 - Seattle Stars - Mrus is an active defender, always aware where man and ball is. He has good length and is an active rebounder. Tyler displayed good touch from midrange, and can push the ball on the break.
Alex Watters #34 - DV45 - The guard from Michigan was superb for Denzel Valentines team. Watters is a knock down shooter who has a good one and two dribble pull up from the guard position.
Braeden Smith #2 - Seattle Stars - One of the best shooters not only in the Pacific Northwest but in the nation that we have seen. Smith has added to his game since we last seen him showing more of a point guard set with handle and creating for teammates.
Austin Nunez #2 - Hard Work - The southpaw from Texas has been one of the top players in the nation for years. He is quick and crafty with the ball and has become a pest on defense. Nunez is QUICK, has quick hands, quick feet, and a quick release.
Ray John Jackson #1 - San Francsico Rebels - Jackson is superb from the guard position. A combo guard who is quicker than a cat getting to the rim. Scorer and play maker from the west coast.
Cam Amboree #3 - Hard Work - Amboree has always been crafty and now his quickness has become elite. Amboree gets in the paint and makes plays for himself and teammates. Amboree game translates already to the levels above him as he is elite off the pick and roll.
Noah Clifford #32 - Team Lillard / Ballers Select - Looks like a left tackle but has nimble feet. Very physical inside who is impossible to move on the block. Going to be a matchup problem for any 2022 team in the nation, not sure there is anyone else like him nationally in the 2022 division.
DJ Dudley, Tookey Wigington and Barrignton Hargess - Team Dream Academy - The trio performed well all weekend playing in super pool for the 2022 division. Wigington and Hargress are a dynamic back court while Dudley can score at the rim or stretch the defense out.