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adidas Invitational profile: Peru's Seth Adelsperger

Peru High School senior center Seth Adelsperger sets a pick for a teammate during the recent adidas Invitational in Indianapolis. (News-Sentinel file photo by Tom Davis)
Peru High School senior center Seth Adelsperger sets a pick for a teammate during the recent adidas Invitational in Indianapolis. (News-Sentinel file photo by Tom Davis)

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Center brings athleticism, size to court

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 12:01 am
INDIANAPOLIS - The News-Sentinel sports staff spent last week covering the happenings of the annual adidas Invitational, which featured many of the top prep basketball players in the country.We will be compiling profiles of a number of athletes.

Here is another in the series:Essentials: Senior, 6-foot-10, 230 pounds, center

School: Peru

Offers: Ball State, Belmont, Indiana State, Valparaiso

Related: See where Adelsperger falls on Ball State's wishlist

Dakota's Take:Adelsperger is big, obviously. The 6-foot-10 frame doesn't slow him down though. During the adidas Invitational, the post man was constantly active on the boards. He has a knack for grabbing rebounds and going right back up with the ball to get easy put-backs.

He's mobile too, and showed flashes of elite quickness in the paint. He was sometimes guarded by a bigger, slower opponent, so the mismatch worked in Adelsperger's favor. Maybe it's not fair to evaluate his quickness in that scenario, but don't forget that the same mismatch will be on his side against many big-bodied centers.

And since he weighs 230 pounds, he won't be a pushover against the stronger opponents, either.

Adelsperger's height and length make him a dangerous rim protector, too. He has the rule of verticality mastered, and proved able to block shots without committing fouls — often a fault among aggressive defenders. And though he didn't necessarily look good doing it, Adelsperger was not afraid to dive on the floor for a loose ball.

His intelligent game play — never too eager to force a shot from the paint — combined with his skill set and size mean he has all the upside a coach could ask for. With a little more shooting range, and work on technique in the paint, Adelsperger will be a force to be reckoned with.

Adelsperger on joining Ball State: “If you're that first team that breaks .500, under that coach, that would be incredible,” he said. “And not saying just reaching that point, but anything beyond (.500) would be fun too.

“I think people could look back on that and say 'Well, that's the team the started that.'"

Adelsperger on his game: “I want to improve every area,” he said. “That's what I need to do. I have to get better. I have to improve on everything.”

Adelsperger on commitment: “I'm trying to stay wide open to everyone and see how July goes,” he said. “No matter how you look at it, it's four years of your life and you have to consider every aspect of it.”

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