April 29, 2016
International Middle School Combine
By Invitation Only
7th-8th Grade Boys
*Camp Fee: $325.00
Legends Sports Complex
|Saturday||May 7, 2016||12:00 PM - 8:00 PM|
|Sunday||May 8, 2016||7:30 AM - 12:00 PM|
The IMSC is the standard for elite middle school talent camps. This is an invite only camp and we take players on a first respond basis. We may invite 150 players but will only take the first 100 to register and pay. On average we have 6-7 McDonalds All American committee voters watching these kids before they ever play a single high school game. The best of the best are trained and tested here in Houston.
|• Each Camp Participant Will Receive Camp Memento|
• A meal served to Players around 4:30pm on Saturday Only
• Education Sessions by Knowledgeable Guest Speakers
• Team and Individual Evaluation
• 8 Stations with Two (2) Coaches Per Station
• Staff of Former Professional and College Players
• 5 Competitive Games
• Evaluation Services
*YOUR PARTICIPANT CONFIRMATION IS NOT CONFIRMED UNTIL PAYMENT IS RECEIVED
NO REFUNDS - Refunds will be a credit to a future JLE camp/clinic of the Players age group. (Excluding the Camps that are by Invitational Only)
Public Admission: $15 Day Pass
Fairfield Inn and Suites Houston The Woodlands South
George Bush Intercontinental/Houston Airport - IAH
2015 John Lucas International Middle School Combine RecapWritten by: Rodger Bohn May 18, 2015
John Lucas has done it all. He's had successes and failures. He's been a player and a coach. He's been helped and now he is helping others. The former #1 pick in the NBA Draft does everything from training guys still playing in the playoffs to teaching the game to those who haven't even entered the middle school ranks because for him, it's all about giving back the knowledge of the game that he has received throughout his basketball career. One of these instances is at his International Middle School Combine.
Proving as the springboard for Thon Maker, the ISMC is considered by some to be the premier middle school basketball camp. Held annually in Houston, the event blends some serious instruction with the opportunity to then use what you learned in the games. This isn't just one of those camps in which coaches roll the balls out and say 'go to work'. In fact, the players spent just as much time going through the drills as they did in live action, picking up invaluable things to take with them in the process. However, once the games got going, plenty of scouts were watching.
USA Basketball's Don Showalter and BJ Johnson were in the building evaluating ballers for future USA developmental teams. Vince Baldwin, Chad Babel, and John Stovall of Nike all made appearances to see the next guys who will be coming up in the EYBL. Reggie Rankin of ESPN and Nike grassroots head Carlton Dubose spoke to the campers about what they look for. Guys like Clark Francis, Van Coleman, Spencer Pulliam, and Tate Johnson were pacing from court to court to make sure that they got a glimpse of everyone for their evaluations. To top it off, there were more than a half dozen McDonald's All-American Game voters in the building looking to get a glimpse of the future.
Here are a few of the top guys who caught our eye at the 2015 John Lucas International Middle School Combine:
Scottie Lewis, 6'5, SF, Colts Neck (NJ) 2019
A straight up video game type athlete, Scottie Lewis received a lot of buzz when he threw down a 360 during a middle school game and lived up to his rep in Houston. He was a monster in transition, killed a number of dunks on the break, and had a number of creative finishes that you don't see out of most wings at any level. Lewis' performance at the ISMC only further cemented his case for top dog amongst the rising freshman class.
Chandler Lawson, 6'6, SF, Memphis (TN), 2019
Donned by some as the top player in the class, Chandler Lawson has all of the tools to reach the success of his older brothers, if not surpass them. With KJ and Dedric set to play for their pops (Keelon, an assistant coach) at Memphis next season, Chandler has already developed a rep of his own and lived up to it at the ISMC. Standing 6'6 with a ridiculous 7'4 wingspan, the 'baby KD' comparisons were thrown out quite a bit throughout the camp. There were many times in which Chandler got the rebound, started the break, and then finished things off with a dime or two points for himself. It is considered to only be a matter of time before Chandler is the next Lawson set to play for the Tigers.
Trendon Watford, 6'7, PF, 2019
The little bro of former IU and current overseas pro Christian Watford has the chance to follow his bro's footsteps to the next level. Already skilled facing up at 6'7, he took slower posts off of the bounce, yet also had the moves on the block to post smaller ones. Trendon's inside/out game for a young big is why he is considered a consensus top-25 player in the class.
Shemar Morrow, 6'4, SG/SF, Sacramento (CA), 2020
A product of Cleveland, Shemar Morrow made national headlines when he was dunking in games as a sixth grader. Having relocated to Sacramento, he is running with the Oakland Soldiers and lived up to the hype surrounding him. The lefty is a simply special athlete, can bomb NBA threes, and is an elite finisher in transition. Expectations are incredibly high for Morrow, who will now have a target on his back whenever he steps foot on the court.
Zach Harvey, 6'3, SG, Topeka (KS), 2019
Topeka isn't exactly known as a high school hoops hotbed, but Zach Harvey is doing his best to help put the city on the map. The super smooth swingman made the game look effortless with his slick handle, pinpoint vision, and deadly J off of the bounce. Looking like he's still got a few inches of growth left in him based on his length, expect it to only be a matter of time before Big 12 schools come calling.
Isaiah Eric Mobley, 6'7, PF, Murietta (CA), 2019
One of the higher upside players in the camp, the guy with two first names repped Cali hard throughout the ISMC. Mobley moved with the fluidity of a guard, had some slick moves in the post, and changed the game on both ends of the hardwood. Isaiah looks like a cat who is nowhere done growing and with the upside he has, is definitely a name to remember.
Thomas Bruner, 6'0, PG, Hammond School (SC), 2019
Given the fact that his older bro Jordan is 6'9 and one of the best seniors in the state, it's looking like Jordan will be the next to live up to the family rep. He locked down on D, showed off super quick hands, and used his strong frame to finish through contact at the rack. With a year of varsity ball under his belt already, Bruner is ready to show why he is one of South Carolina's next in line.
Montavious Murphy, 6'4, SG/SF, Spring (TX)
A local kid from the Houston suburb that held the camp, Montavious showed that he could hold his own with the nation's finest. Murphy has great size, could shoot the lights out of the pill from deep, and has the length to lock down multiple positions on D. Murphy isn't a name that is well known on the national level quite yet, but that will change quickly.
2015 John Lucas International Middle School CombineWritten by: Darnell May 16, 2015
This year the IMSC might of had the highest number of future high major college recruits of all the past camps. Over thirty-three states and. Canada were represented this past weekend. There were over 108 players over 6' and we’re talking 7th and 8th graders. It's good to see the skill level of these kids getting better at a younger age.
Below is a list of players that really stood out to me this past weekend:
2019 Scottie Lewis 6'5 SG (Ranney) Colts Neck, NJ
Scottie how's a chance to be a very special player and I'm not saying that because he's a great athlete. I'm saying this because he's always one of the hardest working kids on the court when I watch him play. He plays with the same effort on the defensive end as on the offensive. He always plays in attack mode on offense. He plays way above the rim. He still need work on his jump shot but it looks better and better each time out. I like how seems not to duck competition and that seems to happen more and more at a younger age with these young elite players.
2019 Trendon Watford 6'7 WF (Irondale. Middle) Birmingham, AL
I remember Trendon running around the gym at a 8 year old chasing his older brother and former star for Indiana University Christian Watford. Now he has the potential to be better. He has a great size for his age and a tremendous skill set. He showed NBA range this past weekend and good ball handling skills for his position. He plays with a poise beyond his years.
2019 Chandler Lawson 6'8 WF (American Way) Memphis, TN
Chandler has a tremendous skill set. He handles the ball and passes like a guard. He has very good court awareness. He has a nice mid range game and can knock down the three ball. He has three older brothers that are all high majors players and potentially wise he could be the best. Someone bought it to my attention how much he looks and plays like Duke 2015 commit Brandon Ingram and to me they hit it right on the nail.
2019 Korbin Spencer 6'1 CG (Elliot County Middle) Sandy Hook, KY
Korbin is a strong lead guard with flair, court vision and deep range. He's the type of player with poise that will have an immediate impact on his high school team. He has the ability to lead the state of Kentucky in scoring in multiple high school seasons.
2019 Bryan Antoine 6'5 Wf/PD (Ranney) Colts Neck, NJ
Antoine was very aggressive the two times I watched him play. Everything he did was physical and to the basket. He ran the floor baseline to baseline. He played above the rim just like his teammate Scotty Lewis. I like his soft hands, everything that came his way he caught.
2019 Nobal Days 6'8 PF/C (21st Century Prep) Racine, WI
Nobal was one of the most physical players in the class. He has good post moves and has no problem driving you under the basketball if you try to guard him in the post. He has a good soft touch for a young big man his size. He's a rebounding monster.
2019 Jaden Lindsay 6'7 Miami, FL
Jaden was a late entry to the camp and I'm very glad he got in. He was all energy for 94 feet. He beat most big men down the floor and if you were in the paint when he went to finish, you might have wound up in the basket. He needs work on his jump shot but that should come with work in the lab. He was a terror on the defensive end at times guarding four positions.
2019 Juwan Gary 6'4 PF (Summit Parkway) Columbia, SC
Juwan was one of the electrifying players here this past weekend. He has major bounce. He's one of those coast to coast and make a big play players. He'll block a shot on one end and finish with a dunk on the other. He had decent handles, but he knows he must work on them, to really take his game to another level. He's a very, very explosive player.
2019 Kyle Rode 6'6 PF (Lexington Christian) Lexington, KY
Kyle had one of the best skill sets for any big man I saw all weekend. I heard people saying he's a two guard and definitely didn't see that. He's a very good four right now. He dominated in the post, because he has great footwork and can finish with either hand. He wasn't going to let you outwork him on either end. If he keeps working on his ball handling skills, I can see him maybe moving over to the three.
2019 Isaiah Mobley 6'7 WF (Rancho Christian) Murrieta, CA
Isaiah your typical west coast skilled wing. His a little on the light side. His game is well polished for a player his age. At 6'7 he can handle and pass like a guard and has a sweet stroke from all over the court. He plays above the rim, but rather put it on the glass then finish with contact. One thing you can't do is teach talent and he has much talent.
2019 Lamel Robinson 5'9 PG (Odessa) Kansas City, KS
Lamel is cat quick that got to the cub at will. He consistently blew by opponents guarding him. He very bouncy with the ball and loves to slash through the lane. He gets in the lane and can finish with either hand. He uses the same attack attitude on the defensive end to wreck havoc on the court.
2019 Sahvir Wheeler 5'4 PG (Victory Prep) Houston, TX
Sahvir may be diminutive in stature, but definitely not in game. He's a jet quick left, who handles the ball on the string and has little problem getting off his shot. He has no problem navigating in traffic and finding a teammate. He has a very high I.Q.
2019 James Wiseman 6'7 PF (Madison) Nashville, TN
James has a tremendous upside to his game. He's long and athletic. He has very good touch around the rim, very active on the glass and uses his length great to block and change shots. He doesn't mind mixing up in the paint.
2019 Brian Mack 6'7 C (Holy Trinity) Mint Hill, NC
The big fella looking better and better every time I see him. He's grown a few inches and is loosing some of that baby fat. He's running the floor better and getting better at getting position and sealing on the offensive end. He always and soft hands and good touch. Only thing for me the big fella has to always play tough. He's way to big and strong not absorb contact and finish.
2019 Nicholas Evtimov 6'6 PF/C (Forsyth County) King, NC
Nicholas is a throw back player. He loves to bang and has no problem taking hits and finishing. He learned at a young age there's no such thing as a easy basket. The young fella fouls and fouls hard. He knows how to score in the post when he gets it. He has decent touch from 15 feet in.
2019 Jalen Williams 5'11 PG (Pin Oak Middle) Summerville, SC
Jalen is a big point guard with good handles and a good feel for the game. He was good at control the game and playing within himself. He consistently knocked down the open jump shot and not open found the open teammate. I liked his vision and how he surveyed the floor. He has a very mature game.
2019 Owen Coburn 6'9 C (Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn) Hartley, IA
Big Owen has grown a few inches and his post plays getting better and better. He bangs and competes with with the other big fellas, but he knows he must get stronger. He still knows how to get position and when he does can finish with either hand. The big fella plays one way and that's hard so I look forward to positive things in the future.
2019 Jalen Cone 5'9 PG (Kerneville) Kerneville, NC
I like Jalen's quickness and tenaciousness. He played the game from baseline to baseline and of if he caught you slipping, he was going the other way with the ball.
He had no problem getting to any spot on the court and finding open teammates.
2019 Walter Talley 6'6 PF (Valley Oak Charter) Oak View, CA
Walter may still be a little raw, but he more than makes up for it with his toughness and effort. He's a window washer on the glass, he attacks like every rebounds his. His footworks getting better and better, but his scoring mostly comes from offensive rebounds and buckets close to the glass. He has high level potential.
2019 Isaiah Stewart 6'6 WF/PF (McQuaid Jesuit) Rochester, NY
Isaiah long and raw and has the boys that looks to grow. He played very well in spurts. He showed signs that he can become a very good player. He made some positive plays on the offensive end and played hard and physical on the defensive end. He has soft hands and good feet.
2019 Josh Green 6'4 WF (Hillcrest) Glendale, AZ
Josh doesn't have many weaknesses in his game. He can handle the ball, has good court vision, he can post up or stroke it from deep and is great at getting up and down the court. If had to pick on any part of Josh's game is his strength, he must get stronger. When he gets stronger and more physical, his game will really evolve.
2019 Marvin Price 6'4 WF (St Johns & Tim Catholic) Centreville, MD
Marvin started the day a little slow because he was worried to much about showing people he can hit the jump shot. Well his strength is getting to the cup and finishing with ease. He plays hard and tough on both ends.
2019 Kahlil Robinson 5'11 PG (SC Science) Columbia, SC
Kahlil jet quick and savvy. He consistently knocks down the mid range and deep ball. He gets in the lane at will and more than not finds his teammates or finishes himself. He only issue is, because of his quickness, he can sometime get ahead of himself and a little out of control.
2019 Quinn Slazinski 6'5 WF (Fort Settlement) Sugar Land, TX
Quinn has a silky smooth game for a 6'5 8th grader. I was impressed by his skill and his poise. He had a nice touch from deep and also was able to get to the cup. He also looks like he has a nice growth spurt in him and that could really make him scary if he gets to 6'8 or 6'9.
2019 Thomas Bruner 6' SG/WF (Hammond) Columbia, SC
Thomas right now is playing mainly on effort and athleticism. His skill sets getting better and better, but he knows his bread is butter is playing tenacious on both ends. He can score on anybody in the paint regardless of height. He has no problem guarding players much taller then him and that's because he has no problem getting physical with anybody.
2019 Jordan Wright 6'3 SG/WF (Archbishop Rummell) Waggaman, LA
Jordan already has a body of a high school senior. He has a very good understanding of the game. He's very unselfish, but knows when to get aggressive and take over. He passes very well for a shooting guard.
2019 Loleta Taylor 6' CG (Salve Regina Catholic) Brooklynn, NY
The young fella had Brooklyn written all over him. He made big play after big play with that NY style swag. He consistently made positive things happen and he had no problem letting you know. He had a nice mid range game, but most his damage was at the basket. He had a flair for the passing game, but needs to make the game easier.
2019 Jordan Johnson 5'9 PG (St Thomas Moore) Houston, TX
Jordan didn't do nothing spectacular, he just made positive play after positive play. He made the right pass, didn't rush no shots and played very solid defense. Every time I looked on the court he was playing on, he was stealing the ball, knocking down a shot or making a pass.
2019 Quinn Richey 6'3 SG (Mount Pisgah) Alpharetta, GA
Quinn might have had the purest jump shot in the camp. In one game I saw him knock down four 3's in a row and 6 total for the game. He has that pretty jump shot, that every time he shoots the shot looks like it's going in. He also put the ball on the floor a few times and mad positive plays.
2019 Korbin Cunningham 5'11 PG (Sam Rayburn) Bryan, TX
Korbin a real solid point guard that made good decision after good decision. He had no problem attacking the basketball, but was better suited setting up his teammates and knocking down the mid range jump shot.
2019 Anwar Gill 6'2 F (St Anthony's Catholic) Washington, DC
Anwar just has a knack for getting buckets. He's athletic and very good at taking you off the dribble, attacking the basket and finishing. He showed flashes from deep, but was more consistent knocking down the mid range jump shot. He's a physical defender, who likes to get up into you.
2019 Alex Washington 5'11 PG (Bright Horizon) Birmingham, AL
Alex is a heady point guard that has a very good understanding of the game. He put in work in each station I saw him. He good at controlling the game and understands where to get his teammates the ball to be successful.
2019 Fah'Mir Ali 5'9 G (Stanton Middle) Wilmington, DE
He maybe from DE, but Ali reminds me a point guard straight from philly. He stayed attacking the rim and took contact and absorb it with a smile. He had the philly cockiness to his game. You could tell every time he got in the lane, he expected to finish and if he didn't he swore he was fouled. He had no problem getting up into you on the defensive end.
2019 Kirby Isaac 6'1 SG/WF (Wesley International) Atlanta, GA
Kirby brings versatility to the court. He guarded multiple positions this past weekend. He had the ability to knock down the jumper or go big down in the post. He had very good handles and had no problem sharing the wealth with his teammates. He had no problem getting to the rim, when he decided to attack the basket.
2019 Snookey Wiggington 5'2 PG (Sierra Canyon) Encino, CA
Snookey is quick as lightning and was a threat to take the ball every time you put it on the floor. He was good at finding teammates and showed decent touch on his shot.
STAND-OUT PROSPECTS AT THIS YEAR'S IMSC
2020 Shamar Marrow 6'2 WF Lorrain, OH
Shamar is a tremendous athlete for his age. Very seldom do you find a 7th grader that plays above the rim like him. He's a wing that also knows how to dominate in the post. He has decent handles, but still needs to improve them more to maintain the level of excellence he's playing at now. It's always a good thing when your best players also your hardest worker.
2020 Jaden Springer 6' SG (Northeast Middle) Charlotte, NC
Jaden one of the most gifted players in his class, but what separates him from most his peers, is his focus and maturity. If you watch him on the court you can he's and immediate leader on his team. He knows where everybody suppose to be on both ends of the court. He has every skill you want in a shooting guard. He can get to the cup, stroke it from deep or knock down the floater. He has excellent vision and for a person his skills, he's very unselfish.
2020 Isaiah LeBlanc 6'1SG/WF (First Colony) Sugar Land, TX
Isaiah has good length for his age. He's athletic and gets up and down the court. He's tenacious on the defensive end. He's still has some room for improvement on the offensive end. His best attribute is his work ethic.
2020 Xavier DuSell 6'3 SG (Rancho Solano) Scottsdale, AZ
Before this weekend I heard a lot about Xavier, so I was still holding judgement. Well he lived up to all the hype and some. First and foremost he's a great character kid. He carried the torch of Arizona very well this past weekend. Now onto he's skills, what can't he do. He can stroke and handle the ball. He sees the whole floor and to be a little light in the seat is a ball hawk on defense.
2020 Evenezer Dowuona 6'11 C (Westwood Christian) Miami, FL
The big fella a project, but I see some potential there. Anytime you get and 7th grader that's 6'11 and works hard and is willing to learn, that me and there a lot of potential there.
2020 Robby Beasley 5'10 SG (Fallon) Dublin, CA
Robby knows how to play. He has a very smooth game and is good in transition. He knows how to finish and has a nice stroke on his jump shot. He was great in station work, which shows me he has good people working with him in Cali. I see him getting better and better.
2020 Jakobe Coles 6'3 SG/WF (Anderson) Omaho, NE
When Jakobe first came in you could see early this was a big step up in competition for him, but by the night session he not only showed he belong but stood out. His game is polished way beyond his years. You can see he just knows how to play. He made very good decisions all weekend.
2020 Evan Johnson 5'10 G (Research Triangle) Durham, NC
It was my first time seeing Johnson and I was pleasantly surprised. He dribbles, the ball on a string and has knack of getting to the cup before the defense is set. He's fan favorite to watch and when his game gets more polished, he'll be the coaches’ favorite on the court.
2020 Maxwell Pope 5'7 PG (Alice Buffet) Omaha, NE
Maxwell's is a heady, quick point guard that knows how to run a team. He has a good feel for the game and is very crafty. He plays within himself and that's always great when it's your lead guard.
2021 Zion Harmon 5'7 PG (Our Lady of Mercy) Bethesda, MD
Zion was the only player here in the class of 2021 and he well deserved. The young fella has dog in him. Everything he does on the court is based on competing against his opponent. Offensively he gets anywhere he wants on the court and loves to get in the paint and raise havoc. He loves getting physical and that's rare for a PG that young. He'll definitely be fun to watch over the next few years.
Chandler Lawson Makes Strong Case for #1-Ranking in the Class of 2019 at the John Lucas International Middle School CombineWritten by: Clark Francis (Hoop Scoop) May 11, 2015
Not only was it supposed to be the highlight of the entire camp, but it promised to be an important prelude into the future, as 6'5 8th Grader Scottie Lewis from Colts Neck, NJ and 6'8 8th Grader Chandler Lawson from Memphis, TN were scheduled to go head-to-head on Court #1 in the second game on Saturday evening at the John Lucas International Middle School Combine at the Legends Sports Complex in Houston, TX. However, sometimes even the best laid plans of mice and men (and in this case Van Coleman) can go astray, as Lewis' handlers decided it was more important for Lewis to be well rested for the next day when his 15-Under club team was likely to play four times in the Big Foot Big Cup Tournament, which was being held simultaneously this past weekend in Houston, TX, along with the John Lucas International Middle School Combine and the NIKE EYBL (Elite Youth Basketball League). And this is important, because, instead of being matched up against the other top-ranked player nationally in the Class of 2019 and showing his wares in front of six McDonalds All-American voters, Lewis ducked the competition and, as a result, Lawson now gets the nod as the #1-ranked player nationally.
However, in the final analysis, it may not have mattered whether Lewis showed up on Saturday night, because Lawson took his game to another level on Sunday morning with two dominating performances that included a vast array of blocked shots, rebounds, 3-pointers, spectacular moves to the basket, and highlight reel like dunks and he also played with an effort and energy that we have never seen before on the numerous occasions when we've previously watched him play. As a matter of fact, Lawson was so good that even the folks at Rivals.com might have been able to figure it out and the selection committee for the NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp, which is the premier camp for the top high school players to attend, might be well advised to be forthcoming with an invitation for Lawson to play in this year's camp. Remember, we're talking about somebody with incredible length, tremendous skills and versatility, and an unbelievable pedigree, as is evident by the fact that his two older brothers (Dedric Lawson and K.J. Lawson) are both legitimate top 20-ranked seniors nationally, his younger brother (Jonathan Lawson, who is a 6'2 6th Grader, is quicker, shoots it better, and is more athletic than his three older brothers, and his father (Keelon Lawson) previously was a successful high school coach and is now an assistant coach at the University of Memphis. Lawson is also capable of doing just about anything he wants to do on the court and his only drawback might be that he's too smooth for his own good and he isn't always challenged to play as hard as one might expect. On the other hand, he's still only in 8th Grade and there is no limit on what he's capable of someday achieving.
As for Lewis, he looked good in the drills on Saturday afternoon and the word we got from those who watched him play in that first game on Saturday evening against 6'7 8th Grader Trendon Watford Birmingham, AL is that he clearly was the best player in the game. However, that would be expected, because Lewis is a multi-dimensional athletic wing and he had the freedom to use his speed and quickness to go coast-to-coast and make things happen in this wide open up tempo camp-like setting. In contrast, Watford is a big man and, even though he's excellent at using his length, athleticism, and quickness around the basket to garner more than his share of rebounds, block shots, and score in the post. He is not going to have the ball in his hands as often and, as a result, won't get as many opportunities to score and put up prolific numbers. On the other hand, Watford does run the court extremely well for somebody his size, has an excellent pedigree of his own (his older brother played at Indiana), and he showed that he can drain the outside shot with three straight treys from well behind the arc when we were watch his team play on Sunday morning. And falling into a similar category, along with Watford, was 6'7 8th Grader Jaden Lindsey from Miami, FL. And, in addition to being able to rebound, block shots, and finish around the basket, we're talking about somebody with extremely quick hands and feet, does an excellent job of following his shot, gets more than his share of put-backs and tip-ins, and is just oozing with upside and potential.
After that there was a considerable drop to guys like 6'4 8th Grader Le'Ron Doss from Ft. Worth, TX, 6'6 8th Grader Walter Talley from Oak View, CA, 6'5 8th Grader Solomon Davis from Murrieta, CA, 5'4 8th Grader Sahvir Wheeler from Houston, TX, and 6'3 8th Grader Jordan Wright from Waggaman, LA. All of whom fall into the five-to-nine range on our list, but are almost interchangeable and, as a result, you can shake them up whichever way suites your fancy. Doss obviously will need to continue to grow, but he's an enforcer and doesn't take any prisoners in the paint with his aggressiveness to the rim, tenacity on the boards, quick hands and feet, excellent timing, and knack for being able to block more than his share of shots. Talley is another strong physical athletic post player and he makes a living using his strength and athleticism getting to the basket and getting more than his share of boards. Davis is a long skinny athletic 4-man who is very fluid around the basket, but also handles the ball extremely well for somebody his size, has a soft touch on his jump shot, and is versatile enough to play both inside and outside. Wheeler gets the nod as the best pure point guard in camp and he's got great ball handling and passing skills, is extremely quick off the dribble, knows how to run a team, and always seems to be in attack mold, which likely stems from the fact that his father (Teddy Wheeler) grew up playing on the playgrounds of New York City and appears to have instilled some of that same inner city toughness in his oldest son. Wright is a point guard with a great combination of size and athleticism and he is very adept at bringing the ball up the court, finding the open man, and posting his man up.
Rounding out our list of the top 10-ranked players in camp is 6'8 8th Grader Nobal Days form Racine, WI and it's hard not to like his length and athleticism, soft touch on his shot, and his ability to rebound, block shots, and be an intimidating presence in the paint. However, he will need to develop some post moves and develop more of a killer mentality in order to someday live up to his vast upside and potential. In contrast, 6'8 8th Grader Brant Banks from Houston, TX loves to compete and he also is surprisingly fluid and mobile for somebody his size, runs the court extremely well, and is active in the post and very aggressive on the boards. And falling somewhere in-between Days and Banks is 6'8 8th Grader Isiah "Eric" Mobley from Murrieta, CA, although we would like for him to become more of a dominant force inside, instead of handling the ball and knocking down threes from out on the perimeter. However, before we become too critical, it also is important to point out that Mobley is one those guys who just keeps growing, his game does continue to improve, and his father had a pretty good career back in the day. If you recall, Eric Mobley was a force to be reckoned with at the University of Pittsburg and he also played five years in the NBA.
Next on our list is 6'3 8th Grader Montavious Murphy from Spring, TX and this long athletic wing forward was one of the better scorers in camp, whether it be knocking down the three or using his speed and quickness to get to the basket. We also were impressed with the athleticism and explosiveness of 6'4 8th Grader Josh Green from Glendale, AZ, as he made a living off transition and is versatile enough to play almost any position. And providing even more inside depth and size in the camp were 6'7 8th Grader James Wiseman from Nashville, TN and 6'4 8th Grader Shamire Broyld from Rochester, NY. Wiseman is more of a finesse guy than a power guy, but he does a nice job of using his length and athleticism to rebound, block shots, and be an intimidating presence in the post. Broyld is a match-up problem with his strength and athleticism en route to the basket, plus we liked his competitive edge, toughness on the boards, and ability to get the ball out in a hurry on the outlet pass. The best player in camp from the Class of 2020 was 6'4 7th Grader Shemar Morrow from Sacramento, CA and what he does best is utilize his super athleticism to be a thoroughbred in transition and deep range to keep you honest from out on the perimeter. And rounding out our list of the top 20 players in camp are 6'2 8th Grader Anwar Gill from Washington, DC, 6'0 8th Grader Thomas Bruner from Columbia, SC, and 6'0 8th Grader Juwan Gary from Columbia, SC.. Gill makes a living off transition and using his explosiveness and athleticism to slash to the basket. Bruner is the younger brother of 6'7 Jr Jordan Bruner from Columbia (Spring Valley) SC, but, unlike his older brother, he is much more comfortable out on the perimeter with his ability to handle the ball and shoot. Plus he has an extra gear when he goes to the basket. Gary has the ball handling and passing skills necessary to run the show, but we like him better at the 2-guard spot due to the fact that he has a scorer's mentality and can score in a variety of ways.
We also continue to be impressed with 6'6 8th Grader Nicholas Evtimov from King, NC and, in addition to being a tough hardnosed blue collar guywho does most of the dirty work around the basket, he also has good handling skills for somebody his size and is capable of stepping out and knocking down the 3-point shot. It also was hard not like how explosive 6'2 8th Grader Jared Garcia from Katy, TX was off the dribble and the way he went strong to the basket. And, of course, there was 5'10 8th Grader Khalil Robinson from Columbia, SC, who has good ball handing and passing skills, but also can knock down the outside shot. The second best player our list from the Class of 2020 is 5'10 7th Grader Evan Johnson from Durham, NC and he was especially adept and getting his shot and being able to score from behind the arc. The next player on our list is 6'2 8th Grader Logan Curtis from Middle River, MD and he edges out 6'7 8th Grader Jason Murphy from Owings Mills, MD for the final spot in our top 25. The former was a little bit undersized for the power forward spot in this camp, but he brought a lot of energy to the table and was extremely quick to the basket. The latter is not very skilled, but he plays hard, has good athleticism, and gets a lot done at the defensive end with his ability to rebound and block shots. There also was 6'6 8th Grader Isaiah Stewart from Rochester, NY, who runs the court extremely well for somebody his size and gets a lot done in the paint with his toughness on the boards and ability to go strong to the basket. We also thought 6'6 8th Grader Kyle Rode from Lexington, KY more than held his own against many of the super athletic big guys in camp. He has good hands, a soft touch, excellent strength, goes strong to the basket, and doesn't take any prisoners in the paint. And what about 5'11 8th Grader Grant Summers from Atlanta, GA and 5'9 7th Grader Cameron Shields from Oak View, CA? Summers is an athletic 2-guard with excellent moves to the basket and a nice shooting touch from behind the arc and Shields impressed us with his athleticism, defense, and ability to play up a year in class.
And, when we dig a little deeper, we also find that camp had a tremendous amount of depth with the likes of players likes of 6'4 8th Grader Marvin Price from Centerville, MD, 6'2 8th Grader Marcus Tillman from Orlando, FL, 6'0 7th Grader Jonathan Jackson from Tomball, TX. 6'11 7th Grader Evenezer Dowuona from Miami, FL, 6'6 7th Grader Cameron Byers from Baltimore, MD, 6'4 8th Grader Nicholas Hardin from Houston, TX, 5'11 8th Grader Rylan Jones from North Logan, UT, 6'4 7th Grader Shavon Square from Homestead, FL, 6'3 8th Grader Zach Harvey from Topeka, KS, 6'4 8th Grader Keiman Capers from Houston, TX, 6'0 7th Grader Jaden Springer from Charlotte, NC, 6'2 7th Grader Oumar Idriss from Houston, TX, 5'7 7th Grader Cardony Petit from Brooklyn, NY, 6'3 7th Grader Jacolbe Cowan from Kannapolis, NC, 6'1 7th Grader Isaiah LeBlanc from Sugar Land, TX, 5'6 7th Grader Matty McCalla from Manhattan Beach, CA, 5'9 8th Grader Jordan Johnson from Houston, TX, 6'9 8th Grader Owen Coburn from Hartley, IA, 6'3 8th Grader Quinn Richey from Alpharetta, GA, and 6'7 8th Grader Brian Mack from Mint Hill, NC.
Price has big time athleticism, is versatile enough to play multiple positions, and he makes a living attacking the basket. Tillman needs to continue to improve his outside shooting, but he is a very effective scorer from both mid-range and when attacking the basket, rebounds extremely well for his size, and has the type of competitive edge that is hard to find in this day-and-age. Jackson doesn't shoot it as well as his older brother (Josh Jackson), but we liked his length and athleticism and he has plenty of upside and potential. Dowuona doesn't finish very well around the basket and he's still extremely raw. However, he runs the court, is very athletic, he'll set some picks and screen, and he's active at the defensive end. Byers has an excellent combination of size and strength, good low post moves, and he doesn't take nay prisoners in the paint and is very effective on the boards. Hardin has excellent length and athleticism and he takes care of business of the boards, which makes him more a 4-man right now. However, his quick hands and feet and ability to knock down the three should allow him to project as a wing forward at some point down the line. Jones has excellent ball handing and passing skills, a nice looking out shot, and a high basketball IQ, which allows him to play like a coach's son (his father, Chris Jones, is an assistant coach at Utah State). Square is an athletic 4-man who does a nice job rebounding and scoring around the basket. Harvey is another guy who is capable of playing both inside and outside, thanks to his ability to shoot, rebound, and defend. Capers is an athletic 4-man who is tough on the boards and active in the post.
Springer is a fluid multi-dimensional athletic wing with quick hands and feet, a high basketball IQ, the versatility necessary to play multiple positions, and an incredible pedigree (his father and older brother both played college basketball at Iona College). And the fact that Springer is a straight "A" student and young for his class are just added bonuses. Idriss is an athletic 2-guard with a quick first step and he does must of his damage off transition. Petit is a long lanky athletic big guy who rebounds, blocks shots, and is capable of being an intimidating presence inside. Cowan gets mentioned because he was active around the basket and was one of the better rebounders in camp. LeBlanc is a versatile athletic 2-guard who impressed us with his ball handling skills, outside shooting, and ability to defend. McCalla is crafty little point guard with excellent ball handling and passing skills, a high basketball IQ, and the ability to make those around him better. Johnson rebounds exceptionally well for somebody his size and he can get out and really go in transition. Coburn rebounds, runs the court, and has pretty good skills for somebody so big and so young. Rickey gets mentioned because he was one of the top snipers in camp. Mack has an excellent body and he gets a lot done around the basket.
The HOOP SCOOP's Ranking of the Top 50 Players at the John Lucas International Middle School
Combine, which was held over the weekend in Houston, TX, includes
1) 6'8 8th Grader Chandler Lawson from Memphis, TN
2) 6'5 8th Grader Scottie Lewis from Colts Neck, NJ
3) 6'7 8th Grader Trendon Watford Birmingham, AL
4) 6'7 8th Grader Jaden Lindsey from Miami, FL
5) 6'4 8th Grader Le'Ron Doss from Ft. Worth, TX
6) 6'6 8th Grader Walter Talley from Oak View, CA
7) 6'5 8th Grader Solomon Davis from Murrieta, CA
8) 5'4 8th Grader Sahvir Wheeler from Houston, TX
9) 6'3 8th Grader Jordan Wright from Waggaman, LA
10) 6'8 8th Grader Nobal Days form Racine, WI
11) 6'8 8th Grader Brant Banks from Houston, TX
12) 6'8 8th Grader Isiah Eric Mobley from Murrieta, CA
13) 6'3 8th Grader Montavious Murphy from Spring, TX
14) 6'4 8th Grader Josh Green from Glendale, AZ
15) 6'7 8th Grader James Wiseman from Nashville, TN
16) 6'4 8th Grader Shamire Broyld from Rochester, NY
17) 6'4 7th Garder Shemar Morrow from Sacramento, CA
18) 6'2 8th Grader Anwar Gill from Washington, DC
19) 6'0 8th Grader Thomas Bruner from Columbia, SC
20) 6'0 8th Grader Juwan Gary from Columbia, SC
21) 6'6 8th Grader Nicholas Evtimov from King, NC
22) 6'2 8th Grader Jared Garcia from Katy, TX
23) 5'10 8th Grader Khalil Robinson from Columbia, SC
24) 5'10 7th Grader Evan Johnson from Durham, NC
25) 6'2 8th Grader Logan Curtis from Middle River, MD
26) 6'7 8th Grader Jason Murphy from Owings Mills, MD
27) 6'6 8th Grader Isaiah Stewart from Rochester, NY
28) 6'6 8the Grader Kyle Rode from Lexington (Christian) KY
29) 5'11 8th Grader Grant Summers from Atlanta, GA
30) 5'9 7th Grader Cameron Shields from Oak View, CA
31) 6'4 8th Grader Marvin Price from Centerville, MD
32) 6'2 8th Grader Marcus Tillman from Orlando, FL
33) 6'0 7th Grader Jonathan Jackson from Tomball, TX
34) 6'11 7th Grader Evenezer Dowuona from Miami, FL
35) 6'6 7th Grader Cameron Byers from Baltimore, MD
36) 6'4 8th Grader Nicholas Hardin from Houston, TX
37) 5'11 8th Grader Rylan Jones from North Logan, UT
38) 6'4 7th Grader Shavon Square from Homestead, FL
39) 6'3 8th Grader Zach Harvey from Topeka, KS
40) 6'4 8th Grader Keiman Capers from Houston, TX
41) 6'0 7th Grader Jaden Springer from Charlotte, NC
42) 6'2 7th Grader Oumar Idriss from Houston, TX
43) 5'7 7th Grader Cardony Petit from Brooklyn, NY
44) 6'3 7th Grader Jacolbe Cowan from Kannapolis, NC
45) 6'1 7th Grader Isaiah LeBlanc from Sugar Land, TX
46) 5'6 7th Grader Matty McCalla from Manhattan Beach, CA
47) 5'9 8th Grader Jordan Johnson from Houston, TX
48) 6'9 8th Grader Owen Coburn from Hartley, IA
49) 6'3 8th Grader Quinn Richey from Alpharetta, GA
50) 6'7 8th Grader Brian Mack from Mint Hill, NC
The John Lucas International Middle School CombineWritten by: (Hoopscouting) Tate Johnson May 10-11th, 2014
This was hands down the greatest collection of middle school talent I've seen. Each year the talent seems to get deeper and deeper combine. The size, skill, athletic ability of the kids was off the charts. John Lucas and his staff are unmatched at collecting top talent nation and world wide. I believe 33 states and some 7-8 countries were represented in Houston. This group will be talked about for a long time to come and Coach John Lucas the recruiting coordinator Brian Merritt and the rest of the staff deserves a round of applause for this group.
Top players and performers
Tyger Campbell 5-10 Nashville, TN. Got to the paint on regular basis. Great feel for the game knows how to make others better, rebounds, defends and has a competitive edge.
Chase Adams 5-0 Chicago, IL. Has all the tools, backed it up on the court, made players better around him, has the ball on a string and sees 2 plays ahead. He is being wrongfully projected by some people, let this kid be a kid and let's see what happens over time. We don't need any more Demetrius Walker stories.
Kiiwon Bradford 6-0 Phoenix, AZ. Big strong guard from out west. Is very quick and athletic in transition. Defends well when he wants has potential to be special defender. Position unclear just yet but has a knack for scoring the ball.
Marquis Brown 6-2 Chicago IL. Tough as nails, gets to the rim at will. Long arms and cat quick, may be best prospect long term in Windy City.
Curtis Aiken Jr 5-10 Pittsburg, PA. East coast point guard was really improved. Made 3s when he needed to, got everyone involved around him, has a great demeanor on the court.
J Raan Brooks 6-7 Marysville, WA. Big, strong, skilled and athletic. One of the best players coming in did nothing to change that. Rebounded, handled on the break, got to the rim for dunks. Truly elite prospect w great motor.
Cassius Stanley 6-4 Encino, CA. Top 3 athlete at the camp was human highlight reel. Over came minor injury first day to play even better the second day. Work ethic and desire to be great very rare for such a gifted athlete his age.
Antoine Davis 6' Houston, TX. Antoine showed why the year of working consistently in the John Lucas Lab has paid off. He came in a pure shooter and that hasn't changed, but he decision making has become much better and he's tenacity of both ends has definitely picked up. All that being said he's becoming that complete player.
Qon Murphy 6-2 Charlotte, NC
Qon always be considered one of the most talented players in the class, you just never knew which Qon you'll get, well this weekend we got the whole package. He played with a non stop motor, showed his inside and outside game and was aggressive on defense and attacked the glass.
Michael Feinberg 6-3 Chatsworth, CA. Big skilled guard from California who knows how to play, shoots it from deep, has great shot fake and drive. Defensively he will surprise you with his quickness.
Jamaru Brown 6-0 Raleigh, NC. Strong athletic tenacious scoring, really had his national coming out party. Competing and matching up w "name" kids from class and more than holding his own.
Grant Beucler 5-10 Rowlett, TX. Tough little guard from Dallas was one of the better shooters in the camp, and played w chip on his shoulder.
George Wilkerson III 6-5 Houston, TX. Athlete athlete athlete. Was high energy guy, skills are coming and when they develop fully he will be a problem.
Atsina Taylor 6-3 Hackensack, NJ. Skilled guard really has good feel for the game, passed it well and has smooth stroke from 3.
Jamal Edmondson 6-4 Charleston, SC. Strong forward w great energy did little things that you don see show up in stat sheet. Offensive rebounded great.
Camron Johnson 6-0 Nashville, TN. One of the best performers in the camp, flat out got it done. Scored, passed, rebounded, ran point, guarded bigger guys, was amazing, hear he is a top flight football prospect as well.
Montez Mathis 6-4 Edgewood, MD. Smooth stroking guard from Maryland was pleasant surprise. Does it all and does it well, when he realizes how good he can be watch out.
Jalen Carey 6-1, New York, NY. Shot the ball really well, handled and pushed in transition. Always in attack mode, going to be really good. Has the attitude that a lot of NYC guards been lacking over the years.
Gabe Bryant 6-8 Summerville, SC. Big country was good!! Competed, played physical, finished through fouls, made free throws, lot of ability to work with.
Joshua LBlanc 6-5 Baker, LA. Big time prospect from Louisiana. Second day was much better than first, rebounding finishing for dunks, blocking shots, was easily one of the better long term prospects at the camp.
Jonathan Kabongo 6-3 Toronto, CAN. Unbelievable prospect, lightning quick long arms, defensively a monster, got to rim regularly, made teammates better and got guys easy shots.
Shakur Daniel 6-5 Ajax, CAN. Long lean wing, had his moments shooting from deep, getting his hands on balls defensively, when he gets stronger we will really see a huge difference in his game. Major upside.
Reginald Chaney 6-5 Plano, TX. One of the better stand outs, has really improved his motor and skills improving, physically just over powered guys at camp and was a force on the glass.
Connor Vanover 7-1 Little Rock, AR. One of the most improved players I've seen in last year. Has improved in all areas of his game, long and wiry, made some 3s, very impressive outing.
Nikolas Bonito 6-4 Miami, FL. Big strong athletic guard who gets buckets. Scores in many ways, has range on shot, must improve ball handling.
Russell Bartlow 6-8, Plano, TX. Big developing big man, needs to run the floor harder and go after every rebound, good hands.
Joseph Bush 6-6 Menifee, CA. Much improved big man, good skills, high motor and competes. He looks better every time I see him.
Reginald Perry 6-8 Tallahassee, FL. Big long athlete, has good skill set for his size. Able to handle on the perimeter and on break. Needs to use body and length to get to the rim more, settles for jump shot too much.
Jason Taylor 6-10 Rock Valley, IA. Big kid with good hands, worked hard in drills. Needs to slow down a big and not rush moves in the post. Has chance to be special.
Donovan Toatley 5-2 Upper Marlboro, MD. Kid gets where ever he wants whenever he wants. Top 3 handles in camp, scored the ball well from all over, needs to look to get others involved more as a point guard, not short on ability.
LaDarius Marshall 6-5 Jackson, MS. Human Highlight Film! Led camp in dunks without having that stat kept. Needs to improve ball handling, and consistent effort on defense. Unlimited potential.
Solomon Uyaelunmo 6-9 Miramar, FL. Beast! Was awesome on the glass, finishing dunks off passes from Adams. Has excellent nose for the ball and surprisingly good timing for blocking shots for his age.
Brennan Schofield 6-7 McCordsville, IN. Big skilled with great hands. Understands how to play, uses size to his advantage. Great passer for big guy. It was fun to see a kid so young understand how to play.
DeShang Williams-Weaver 6-7 Houston, TX. One of the top prospects in camp was slowed w injury. Still was able to show 17 foot jumper, ability to finish strong at the rim, defensively he takes pride in getting stops.
Jermaine Patterson 5-8 Bluffton, SC. Scoring machine, cat quick with great hands on defense. He's definitely a headache on both sides of the ball.
E.J. Williams 6-8 Middletown, OH. Biggest kid in camp, has great hands, good touch around the rim, surprisingly good rebounder outside his area. Needs to work on lower body strength and continuing to run the floor hard.
P.J. Fuller 6-2 Seattle, WA. Long arms with good defensive hands, super quick on the break, needs to finish better at the rim. Loads of potential and seems like he'll work to reach it.
Darius Garland 5-8 Nashville, TN. Playmaker delux, great handles and knows when to shoot and when to pass. Defensively underrated but gets his share of steals and deflections.
Luis Herrera 6-4 Philadelphia, PA. Dominican import will be a problem for defenses on the east coast. Gets to the basket at will, defensively he is suffocating, big time prospect!
Chris Mullins 6-2 Grand Prairie, TX. Long armed guard with great instincts, beautiful stroke from 3, one of the top prospects in the state of Texas.
Jahvon Quinerly 6-0 Hackensack, NJ. Scorer delux, floaters, 3s, at the rim, scores from all over. He has high major PG written all over him. He likes to take the big shot and that's something you can't teach.
Gavin Schowenwald 6-5 Nashville, TN. Big, strong, athletic wing who has been a top player for a long time, some guys are catching up but he is still producing at high level. Hear he is a high level quarterback prospect as well.
Zachary Scott 6-4 Miramar, FL. Smith shooting guard makes it look easy, great stroke from 3, looking forward to seeing his progress. I loved how he never let the game get to fast for himself.
LChristian Smith 6-5 Dayton, OH. Mr Production! Rebounded, scored inside, finished on break, guarded bigs and guards. First time impression was great.
Luther Muhamad 6-3 Newark, NJ. One of the best performers based on production in 2 days. Did it all and did it with flare, big strong guard w skills will be special.
Jalen Smith 6-3 Windsor Mills, MD. Long lean Baltimore kid showed promise. Worked hard in drills, has great wingspan and ability to guard on perimeter. Needs to add strength.
Jaedon LeDee 6-5 Spring, TX. One of the best players in camp who no one heard of coming into camp, scored, dunked, handled the ball. Breakout performer!
Iman Fazande 5-11 Waggaman, LA. Pure point guard made guys better, got the ball where it needed to go, knocked down outside shots. He just has a great feel for the game.
Raymond Hawkins 6-6 Oakland, CA. Long rangy athlete, has good basketball instincts. Offensive rebounds well, as he gets stronger he will be a good one. He already plays with that Oaktown edge.
Jared Jones 6-7 Jacksonville, FL. Super long and rangy, rebounded well all weekend. Finished for dunks, has improved his motor and energy level. He knows he's good and plays like it. Reminds you of Chris Bosh.
Nobel Days 6-8 Milwaukee, WI. Skilled post moves, great hands, has a assertiveness about him when he gets the ball. Sees cutters and has great timing on blocking shots.
E.J. Jackson 5-10 Los Angeles, CA. Damon Stoudemire Jr!! Stork stocky pg who controls the game, gets the ball thru small cracks and has ridicules handles.
Rowan Barrett 6-4, Toronto, CAN. One of he best players in the camp as only a 7th grader. Skill set is far advanced, if and when he gets a killer mindset watch out.
Makani Whiteside 6-0 Los Angeles, CA. Scoring guard who played extremely well and you just knew he was going to get a bucket when he decided to. Has ability to attack to rim and get lay ups at ease.
Trendon Watford 6-6 Hoover, AL. One of the best prospects in the camp long term. Handles it well, nice stroke and ability to get to the rim. As he gets stronger and tougher he will be a monster. When he realizes how good he can be watch out.
Sahvir Wheeler 5-0 Houston, TX. Small but lethal!! Tough to contain one on one, makes plays for himself and others, defensively he has great hands for steals.
Jonathan McGriff 5-5 Bowie, MD. Scoring point guard has great court awareness and made point guard plays. Can really finish through contact. Gets in the lane and defensively was solid.
Michael Whiley 5-5 Houston, TX. Scored scored and scored some more. Really good shooter and understands how to play and space for easy shots.
Kyle Sturdivant 6-0 Atlanta, GA-Guard with scoring ability, good size, made tough shots. Improved ball handling will make him a major problem in the southeast for long time.
Other notable performers:
Tyler Bourne 5-8 2018 Brooklyn, NY
Mustapha Muhammad 6'3 2018 Missouri City, TX
Ethan Henderson 6-7 2018 Little Rock, AR
Michael Barber 6-6 2018 Jackson, MS
Christian Brown 6'3 2019 Columbia, SC
Kale Catchings 6-3 2018 O'Fallon, MO
Roderick Smith 6-6 2018 Crystal Springs, MD
Khalil Robinson 5-9 2019 Columbia, SC
Samuel Chaput 5-6 2018 Montreal, Canada
Jovan Blackshear 5-8 2019 Phoenix, AZ
Trey Moore 6-5 2018 El Paso, TX
Chase Adams More Than Lives Up to the Hype at John Lucas International Middle School CombineWritten by: Clark Francis (Hoopscoop) May 12, 2014
He didn’t score a single point in his first game and he got hurt taking a charge early in the second game on the final day of actioin at this year’s John Lucas Resources International Middle School Combine, which was held over the weekend at Legends in The Woodland, TX. But 5’2 8th Grader Chase Adams from Chicago, IL still left little doubt about whether he was the best player in camp, as he consistently made his teammates better, played excellent defense, and more than lived up to his #1-ranking nationally in the Class of 2018 by the HOOP SCOOP. He also displayed tremendous ball handling and passing skills, was extremely quick off the dribble, showed tremendous poise and great leadership qualities, and he even continued to play after temporarily being sidelined due to the above mentioned injury while matched against 5’0 7th Grader Sahvir Wheeler from Houston, TX, who was one of the top point guards in camp. And to make this story even more interesting is the fact that Adams stole the ball from Wheeler on three occasions early in the game and he also did great job of staying in front of 5’10 7th Grader Tyger Campbell from Nashville TN, who was another one of the top point guards in camp, and denying him the opportunity to slash to the basket and take advantage of his size to score easy baskets. Adams also was too quick for Campbell to guard at the offensive end, but he missed four or five shots early in the game and stopped looking to score. However. it’s hard to criticize somebody for being too unselfish in a setting like this and, with normal growth and development, Adams appears to be well on his ways toward becoming one of the best point guards to ever play the game.
The other guy really stood out at the John Lucas Resources International Middle School Combine was 6’5 8th Grader Reginald Chaney from Plano, TX and, what makes this even more impressive, is the fact that when we saw him he was matched-up against 6’6 8th Grader Ladarius Marshall from Jackson, MS, who is a beast inside and, just like Chaney, is a thoroughbred in transition. However, Chaney appears to have really improved his ball handling skills in the open court and he did a great job of running the court, getting more than his share of rebounds, finding an open teammate, and going strong to the basket and finishing around the rim. There also was 6’5 8th Grader L. Christian Smith from Dayton, OH, who arguably was the most versatile player in camp, as well as one of the best players that we saw in the stations and drills. He has good ball handling and passing skills, excellent speed and quickness, goes strong to the basket, is tough on the boards, and has the size necessary to be very effective around the basket. He also was a dominant force in the game that we saw, which explains why he was clearly one of the biggest surprises of the entire camp (he is currently ranked #136 nationally in the Class of 2018 by the HOOP SCOOP). And, of course, there was 6’5 8th Grader DeShang Williams-Weaver from Houston, TX, who is versatile enough to play both inside and outside, has a soft tough around the basket, knocks down the three, and has great length and is very active on the boards. He will need to get bigger and stronger physically, but he’s clearly one of the top five or 10 players nationally in his class, as well as the top player in the Lone Star State’s Class of 2018. The best 7th Grader and one of the top two or three prospects in the entire camp was 6’8 7th Grader Nobal Days from Racine, WI. He runs the court extremely well for somebody his size, has an incredible wing span, and blocks more than he his share of shots, and is an excellent rebounder. His game is more finesse that power right now, but he also is extremely quick around the basket, has a knack for being able to find a way to score, and plays harder and has more quickness, athleticism, and agility than more might expect from somebody so big and so young.
The other big story at this camp was the plethora of excellent point guard who were in attendance and, in addition to 5’2 8th Grader Chase Adams from Chicago, IL, 5’0 7th Grader Sahvir Wheeler from Houston, TX, and 5’10 7th Grader Tyger Campbell from Nashville, TN, guys like 5’10 8th Grader Curtis Aiken from Pittsburgh, PA, 5’8 8th Grader Tyler Bourne from Brooklyn, NY, and 6’0 8th Grader Jahvon Quinerly from Hackensack, NJ drew rave reviews. Aiken also is a chip off the old block (his father played at the University of Pittsburgh back in the mid-80′s) and, just like his father who goes by the same name, he is explosive in transition, has great court awareness, is an excellent defender, and has terrific ball handling and passing skills. Bourne is another guy who needs to continue to grow and get bigger and stronger physically and he’s almost too smooth for his own good. However, the longer you watch him, the more you realize how much he gets done and how efficient he is with his excellent ball handling and passing skills, quickness in an up tempo setting, and great court savvy and court demeanor. Quinerly is another one of the those guys who is extremely quick off the dribble, has a nice spin move in the lane, is always around the ball, and seems to have an innate sense of when to make those around him better and when to get his. He also has a great motor, isn’t afraid to pull up and knock down the outside shot, and he has the ball handling and passing skills necessary to be a very good point guard.
It also looks like 6’5 8th Grader Gavin Schoewald from Brentwood, TN is the same tough hardnosed competitor that we saw several years ago at the John Lucas Resources Future of the Game -West Camp and he also was one of the most skilled and versatile players in the came. He knows how to get his shot, has excellent ball handling and passing skills for his size and position and is very aggressive when he goes to the basket. There also weren’t too many guys in the camp with the athleticism and fluidity in the open court to match that of 6’5 8th Grader Joshua LeBlanc from Baker, LA, who made a living with high flying acrobatic moves to the basket that more often than not resulted in a spectacular dunk. He also has incredible length, is an excellent rebounder, and the fact that he’s still just 13-years-old and has a 3.5 gpa simply make him all the more intriguing. We also were impressed with the way 6’6 8th Grader Michael Barber from Jackson, MS rose to the occasion when he was matched up against 6’8 7th Grader Nobal Days from Racine, WI. Not only was he able to both score and get his share of rebounds, but he also showed that he can step out and knock down the outside shot and he displayed good ball handing and passing skills for somebody his size and position. Next on our list is guy who benefited the most from being on the same team with 5’2 8th Grader Chase Adams from Chicago, IL was 6’9 8th Grader Solomon Uyaelumno from Miramar, FL, as he got the ball on numerous occasions where he was in a position to either scorer or dish the ball to an open teammate. Uyaelunmo also has a soft touch out to mid-range, is very active around the basket, and he uses his length to be a very effective rebounder and shot blocker.
We also thought 6’4 8th Grader Qon Murphy from Charlotte, NC more than lived up to the hype, as he did a little bit of everything, including use his quickness and athleticism to score and rebound against bigger and stronger guys inside and his ball handling and passing skills and ability to hit the long range shot made him very effective out on the perimeter. It also has hard not to like the ability of 6’7 8th Grader Ethan Henderson from Little Rock, AR to use his quickness and athleticism to post-up and his aggressiveness around the basket to be an excellent rebounder and shot blocker. On the other hand, one of the biggest disappointments in camp was 7’1 8th Grader Connor Vanover from Little Rock, AR. Not only did he not seem to want to take advantage of his incredible length and size to block shots and be an intimidating presence inside, but he also missed more than his shots from out on the perimeter. However, like they say, you can’t teach size and Vanover does run the court extremely well and is surprisingly fluid and athletic for somebody his size and age. Unfortunately we can’t say the same thing about 6’9 8th Grader E.J. Williams from Middletown, OH, who, at 325 pounds, clearly was one of the least mobile players in the camp. But he does have good hands, high basket IQ, and his upside and potential is off the chart, as we’re talking about somebody who is expected to grow to at least 7’2 or 7’3 and has the heart and desire to necessary to evolve into a very good player.
The HOOP SCOOP’s Ranking of the Top 50 Players based primarily on Performance at the John Lucas Resources International Middle School Combine
1) 5’2 8th Grader Chase Adams from Chicago, IL
2) 6’5 8th Grader Reginald Chaney from Plano, TX
3) 6’5 8th Grader L. Christian Smith from Dayton, OH
4) 6’7 8th Grader DeShang Williams-Weaver from Houston, TX
5) 6’8 7th Grader Nobal Days from Racine, WI
6) 5’10 8th Grader Curtis Aiken from Pittsburgh, PA
7) 6’5 8th Grader Gavin Schoewald from Brentwood, TN
8) 6’5 8th Grader Joshua LeBlanc from Baker, LA
9) 5’8 8th Grader Tyler Bourne from Brooklyn, NY
10) 6’6 8th Grader Michael Barber from Jackson, MS
11) 5’0 7th Grader Sahvir Wheeler from Houston, TX
12) 6’9 8th Grader Solomon Uyaelumno from Miramar, FL
13) 6’0 8th Grader Jahvon Quinerly from Hackensack, NJ
14) 6’3 8th Grader Qon Murphy from Charlotte, NC-
15) 5’10 7th Grader Tyger Campbell from Nashville, TN
16) 6’7 8th Grader Ethan Henderson from Little Rock, AR
17) 6’6 8th Grader Ladarius Marshall from Jackson, MS
18) 6’5 8th Grader Shakur Daniel from Ajax, ON
19) 6’3 8th Grader Mustapha Muhammad from Missouri City, TX
20) 6’8 8th Grader Reginald Perry from Tallahassee, FL
21) 6’8 8th Grader Russell Barlow from Plano, TX
22) 5’6 8th Grader Samuel Chaput from Montreal, QU
23) 6’3 8th Grader Luther Muhammad from Newark, NJ
24) 6’6 8th Grader Roderick Smith from Crystal Springs, MS
25) 6’2 8th Grader Marquis Brown from Chicago, IL
26) 6’6 8th Grader Joseph Bush from Menifee, CA
27) 6’3 8th Grader Michael Feinberg from Chatsworth, CA
28) 6’2 8th Grader Chris Mullins from Grand Prairie, TX
29) 6’5 8th Grader Cade Southerland from Rowlett, TX
30) 5’9 8th Grader Markquis Nowell from Hazard (Cordia) KY
31) 6’4 7th Grader Rowan Barrett from Mississauga, MO
32) 6’3 8th Grader Kale Catchings from O’Fallon, MO,
33) 5’8 7th Grader Jovan Blacksher from Phoenix, AZ
34) 5’11 8th Grader D.J. Peevy from Cibola, MD,
35) 6’7 8th Grader Gabe Bryant from Summerville, SC
36) 6’1 8th Grader Taylor Turner from Bethany, OK
37) 6’3 8th Grader Noah Thomas from Cypress, TX
38) 6’7 7th Grader Jared Jones from Jacksonville, FL
39) 6’5 8th Grader Trey Moore from El Paso, TX
40) 6’5 7th Grader Raymond Hawkins from Oakland, CA
41) 6’4 8th Grader Walter Talley from Newport Beach, CA
42) 6’10 8th Grader Jason Taylor from Rock Valley, IA
43) 6’7 8tth Grader J’Raan Brooks from Seattle, WA
44) 6’9 8th Grader E.J. Williams from Middletown, OH
45) 6’3 8th GraderAtiba Taylor from Hackensack, NJ
46) 6’4 8th Grader Nikolas Bonitto from Miramar, FL
47) 6’1 8th Grader Quentin Grimes from Spring, TX
48) 6’4 8th Grader Cassius Stanley from Encino, CA
49) 5’8 8th Grader Darius Garkand from Nashville, TN
50) 7’1 8th Grader Connor Vanover from Little Rock, AR