This is the ball my teams used all throughout middle and high school (we called it the 'Lexus coupe'). I've spent literally hundreds of hours dribbling, passing, and shooting it.The first thing you'll notice is that the channels on this ball are much deeper than other balls, and the ball has a great sticky/tacky outer layer. I can't palm other basketballs, but because of the channels and materials used in this I can palm it. To a point guard, having that sort of control and comfort with a ball is phenomenal.There is padding under all of the panels that gives a great shooter's touch and a slightly sharper bounce than non-rubber balls when you're putting spin on a bounce pass. Because of the deep channels and padded panels, you can easily get a feel and place your fingertips in the channels much quicker than other balls to get the proper placement to instantly get into triple threat.It's not affected by sweat late in games like a lot of synthetic balls seem to be.The downside to this ball would be its durability. Definitely don't use this outside unless the court is spotless and dry, and because of the padded panels be sure to keep it away from sharp objects (e.g. trick shots involving the ceiling of a gym, bleachers, or the backboard supports). The panels can be cut relatively easy, and the panels began to peel off on some older balls between the panel and channel (3-4 years old). At the high school level we stored the balls in a makeshift humidor to get a softer touch off the rim; I'm not sure what effect that has on its aging. Under normal circumstances the ball should last for a few years.
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]