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Player grades: Kentucky Derby Basketball Classic

Collin Hartman, 6-foot-7 small forward

The line: 7 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist

Hartman didn't impact the stat sheet much in his 18 minutes on, but the sharpshooter did show his range on a 28-footer from the top of the key during the game. His results, in the past and now, have been a mixed bag. Hartman can hustle, and he's improved his rebounding greatly. The question is consistency, and whether he has the athleticism to guard and create offensively at the next level. The jury is still out on both of those things, but the swingman does sound more dedicated to getting in the gym this summer and making an impact.

Grade: C

Devin Davis, 6-foot-7 power forward

The line: 14 points, 8 rebounds

Davis went 7-for-8 from the field and nabbed a game-high five offensive boards for his Black team in 17 minutes of play. He was consistent defensively and showed off the much-talked-about motor that gets him most of his buckets and rebounds. It was good to see Davis compete against some heftier, taller opponents, as well. There was some concern that the power forward would be thrown around at the next level because of his size. While that might be the case, he did show his frame belies his strength and tenacity in post defense.

Davis has been working to get off the low block a bit and play on the wings and the elbows, a skill he showed some during his final season at Warren Central. It wasn't on display tonight, perhaps because of team needs. Regardless, it will be a key part to his development.

Both Troy Williams and Stan Robinson were complimentary of Davis' work on both ends of the court in the first time they saw him play live.

Grade: B+

Luke Fischer, 6-foot-11 center

The line: 12 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 blocks

Fischer struggled early, but did well for a big man in an All-Star game. These events don't normally cater themselves to post players, but the big man found a way to make impacts offensively and defensively. The connection between he and Stan Robinson, despite it being the first time they played together, is worth noting.

Fischer did most of his work defensively, although he was a bit slow to get out on guards off of switches. He will have to shore that up and work a ton on his strength, two problems that are common among incoming freshman forwards.

Grade: B

Stan Robinson, 6-foot-3 combo guard

The line: 6 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 turnovers, 1 steal

Robinson was a bit loose with the ball and couldn't find ways to finish around the rim, but flashed some potential as a backup point guard for Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell. He did his best work in transition, finding open men on the break quite a few times, and had the vision to find space for passes while driving the lane. Fischer was a big beneficiary of that throughout the game.

As the only other scholarship point guard option for the Hoosiers next season, Robinson should see plenty of time behind Ferrell. He still has a ways to go, but there is plenty of promise in the 6-foot-3 guard as a passer, defender and scorer. He could certainly provide spot minutes at this point

Grade: B-

Troy Williams, 6-foot-6 shooting guard/small forward

The line: 21 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block

Williams did a bit of everything Friday: He dunked, hit a couple threes, defended, passed and showed he is more of an option as a two-guard than most give him credit for being able to do.

The guard out of Oak Hill (Va.) was strong in all aspects of the game, and Fischer said with certainty that Williams was the best player on the court whenever he stepped in. In only 18 minutes, Williams managed to corral the game-high, a few highlight-reel dunks and plenty of impact plays.

The comparisons to Victor Oladipo are impossible to stop, and warranted at this point: Williams is everything Oladipo was when he first reached Bloomington, and probably a bit more. The athletic newcomer has length, elite athleticism and can defend. But his perimeter game at this stage is much further along than Oladipo's was when he joined the Hoosiers.

All that said, a player like Oladipo – with his work ethic, competitive nature and on-court intensity – doesn't come along often. Still, if Williams can put forth similar effort in the gym and focuses on constant improvement like Oladipo did, he can become that kind of impact player very, very quickly.

Grade: A