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Camp Right Way Chicago

7th-8th Grade Boys

August 29 - August 30, 2015

*Camp Fee:   $315.00

Attack Athletic Center
2641 W Harrison St
Chicago, Illinois 60612

Player Check-in: 11:00am Sat

Saturday August 29, 201511:00am - 8pm
Sunday August 30, 20157:30am - 1pm

Allow any 7/8 th grade boy to earn an invitation to the John Lucas International Middle School Combine (IMSC) for the top 8th and select 7th graders in the country and beyond. The camp is designed to enhance skill levels and allow a platform to showcase your talent. Scouts and staff evaluate for college recruiting services and to give input on whether a player is IMSC ready.

• 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 from various Evaluation Services

• 8 Stations with Two (2) Coaches Per Station

• Staff of Former Professional and College Players

• 5 Competitive Games / Evaluation Services

• Attire: Black Compression Top and Black Shorts

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: $15.00 Adult Day Pass / $25.00 Adult Weekend pass .... Children pass 6 year old through 18 year old $5.00 Day/$10.00 weekend pass ... 5 year old and under are Free of Charge

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John Lucas Camp Right Way 2014

Written by: Clark Francis (The HOOP SCOOP)   September 3, 2014

Race Too Close to Call Among Jeremiah Francis, Lance Jones, & Keion Brooks for Top Spot at John Lucas Camp Right Way.

The race really was too close to call among 5’9 8th Grader Jeremiah Francis from Columbus, OH, 5’9 8th Grader Lance Jones from Evanston, IL, and 6’4 8th Grader Keion Brooks from Ft. Wayne, IN, and for top player honors at John Lucas’ Camp Right Way, which was held over the weekend at the Attack Athletic Center in Chicago, IL. However, in the final analysis we gave the nod to Francis and Brian Merritt, who is John Lucas’ right hand man and the guy responsible assembling the talent at this camp, is right on the money when he compares this strong physical overpowering combo guard to Isaish Briscoe. Francis isn’t going to blow by anybody, but he is extremely skilled, can play either guard spot, has a great nose for the ball, and makes a living using his body to beat up would be defenders while attacking the basket. He also has a high basketball IQ and an excellent lineage, which stems from his father, Jerry Francis, who was a four-year starter at Ohio State and made stops as an assistant coach at Ohio State, Butler, Bowling Green, Ball State, Houston, Oregon State, Nebraska, and Wyoming and also was the head coach for three years at Prairie View A&M.

Jones edges out Brooks for the #2 spot on our list and he has the speed and quickness, balling handling and passing skills, and court savvy necessary to be a point guard. However, he’s a deadly weapon at the 2-guard spot due to his explosiveness to the basket, the soft touch that he has on his pull-up jump shot, and the fact that he’s an excellent outside shooter. Brooks needs to learn to play harder and will need to get bigger and stronger physically, but it’s hard not to like his his length, athleticiism, and quickness around basket, the way he always around the ball and is active boards, and the fact that he blocks more than his share of shots. He also runs the court extremely well, has a silky smooth demeanor, and will likely grow another four or five inches, which means that his upside is off the chart.

And rounding out our top five-ranked players in camp were 6’3 7th Grader James Wilborn from Mt. Morris, MI and 6’5 8th Grader Jordan Mitchell from Blacklick, OH. The former also gets the nod as the top 7th Grader in camp and he is one of those high energy guys who runs the court, has quick hands and feet, is aggressive on the boards, and does most of his damage offensively around the basket. The latter was not as quick and explosive as one might expect. However, he is still recovering from a knee injury and does have good moves to the basket, knows how to get his shot, is versatile enough to play both inside/outside, does an excellent job on the boards, and is just oozing with upside and potential.

Nobody in the camp played any harder in both the games and the drills than 6’3 8th Grader Jonathan Roeser from Libertyville, IL. He’s more of a slasher than a shooter, but he makes things happen at both ends of the court with the energy that he brings to the table, is unselfish in transition, takes care of business on the boards, and has more than his share of blocked shots and deflections due to the fact that he has a knack for being able to anticipate what’s going to happen and always seems to be in the right place at the right time. Another one of my favorite players was 5’4 8th Grader Raymond Dennis from Plainfield, IL. Not only does he have good ball handling and passing skills and a knack for being able to make those around him better, but he changes speeds and directions extremely well, is a good defender, and he can both get to the basket and knock down the outside shot. We also liked the size, quickness, athleticism, and versatility of 6’4 8th Grader Deontay Long from Milwaukee, WI, who was one of the most skilled big men in camp and was a force to be reckoned with on the boards.

There also was 6’7 8th Grader Owen Colburn from Hartley, IA, who is surprisingly fluid, agile, mobile, and coordinated for somebody his size and age. He also runs the court pretty well and has some skills around the basket. But the big key here is how much more he grows, as we’re talking about a potential 7-footer. We also were impressed with the improvement that 6’0 8th Grader DeSean Woods from Morehead, KY has made during the course of the past year. He has good ball handling and passing skills, a soft touch on his jump shot, and good speed and quickness in transition. He also plays with confidence and appears to be a chip off the old block, as he’s starting to remind us of his father, Sean Woods, who played at the University of Kentucky and is now the head coach at Morehead State.

It also was easy to be impressed with 6’2 8th Grader Mario Whitley from Saginaw, MI, because he is a strong physical athletic presence around the basket, has a good nose for the ball, and he’s a thoroughbred in transition. Another one of the better power forwards in camp was 6’1 8th Grader Dylan Hussey from Chicago, IL. He’s not real skilled and does not play hard enough, but he’s long and athletic, has great hands, and gets more than his share of rebounds and put-backs due to his quickness around the basket. We also don’t want to forget about 6’2 8th Grader Marcus Tillman from Orlando, FL. We’re not sure about his position, because he can’t shoot and does not have a point guard mentality. However, he’s extremely athletic, rebounds well for his size, and is excellent at attacking the basket. We also question the outside shooting of 6’0 8th Grader Johnny Bernard from Michigan City, IN. However, this multi-dimensional athletic combo guard does a little bit of everything, makes a living in transition, and has a lot of natural talent.

We also don’t want to forget about 5’9 8th Grader Spencer Reist from Indianapolis, IN. This long athletic white kid has a long wing span, great foot speed and excellent quickness to the basket, and a nice looking 3-point shot. We also were intrigued with the size and potential of 6’7 8th Grader Cameron Blair from Lexington, KY. He’s not very athletic and he does not run the court very well, but he’s got soft hands, knows how to score around the basket, and has a chance to evolve into a monster with continued growth and better conditioning. And last, but not least, is 5’9 8th Grader Marquise Walker from Melrose Park, IL, who was one of those guys that was touted extremely high at an early age, but has since not quite lived up to expectations. He’s got good ball handling and skills, is extremely athletic and excellent at getting to the basket, and has the talent necessary to be ranked in the top 50-100 range nationally. However, he also attempts to do too much at times and, as a result, tends to be turnover prone and does not make always make the best decisions.

Camp Right Way- Chicago 2014

Written by: Tate Johnson (Hoop Scouting)   Sept. 03, 2014

This year Camp Right Way Chicago (August 30 - August 31, 2014), had over a 160 kids in attendance with two sessions. There was abundance of talent in each session. Each year the camp continues to grow, because kids understand the exposure that come from this camp. The Chicago area is a hotbed for high school basketball and after looking at the talent the past weekend, I don't see things changing in the near future.

Below is a handful players who stood out to me at the camp:

2019 Class

2019 Jerome Francis III (Berwick Alternative). Columbus, GA
He was a pit-bull and at times looked like a man amongst boys. He strong and games is advanced be intrigued to see if he gets more length to his game.. But right now an all out baller.

2019 Owen Coburn 6'7 (Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn) Hartley, IA
He's long skilled need to get stronger dads 6'7 moms 6'1 could be 7'. He played with both hands around the basket and I liked how he ran the floor.

2019 Truth Harris 5'8 ( Iona Grammar) Mount Vernon, NY
He has good feel for the game and a nice stroke. He scored at will, but also kept teammates involved.

2019 DeMonte Nelson 5'8 (Mahone Middle) Kenosha, WI
He played aggressive and has a knack of getting in the paint and attacks. I like his hard nose play, like to stick his nose in and mix it up.

2019 Cameron Blair 6'7 (Beaumont Middle) Lexington, Ky
He has a big body soft touch around basket needs to lose baby fat. He didn't always play hard and I would love to see that change. Has a chance at a great upside.

2019 Mario Whitley 6'2 (Ripmiller Middle) Saginaw, MI
He played like a physical no nonsense player around the. He went along in work like fashion. He has decent handles, enough to get him where he needs to get to.

2019 Tayeon Neal 6'6 (Providence St. Mel) Chicago, IL
He's very active and has great attitude. He has very good hands. He needs to get in shape to become the player he strives for and he understood that.

2019 DeSean Woods 5' (Rowan Middle) Morehead, Ky
He was playing great til he hurt his wrist. His IQ getting better. He sucked it up and came back the next day knowing he was hurting, that showed me a lot. His shot looked good and he has a chance to be special.

2019 Myles Baker 6'1 (Huth. Middle) Olympia Fields, IL
He has nice strong bouncy game with a decent nice upside.

2019 JaVell Sanders 5'6 (Jefferson Middle) Columbia, MO
He played great when attacked, but at times fell in love with the 3. When learns what he does well and does it consistently, he will be more successful.

2019 Ry Threlkeld-Wiegand 6' (Southeast Jr High) Iowa City, IA
He stayed aggressive and has a swag and flair about his game. He finishes at the cup, but his jumper needs to be more consistent.

2019 Johnny Bernard 6' (Thea Bowman/Leadership Academy) Michigan City, IN
He's an outstanding athlete, that knows how to run the floor and finish at the basket. I like that he's lanky and bouncy.

2019 Rod Strickland 4'11 (Randall Middle) Lithia, FL
He's undersized but plays with tenacity and heart. He has a good understanding of the game and has outstanding handles.

2019 Michael Wiley 5'4 (Pin Oak Middle) Houston, TX
He gets better every time I see him play. He has a good understand of the game and a nice skill set. I look forward to seeing continued progress in his game.

2019 Terrion Murdix 5' (Washington Middle) Springield, IL
He's a jet quick point guard that makes good decisions and is a tough defender.

2020 Class

2020 Keion Brooks 6'4 (St. Paul) Ft. Wayne, In
He's lanky and skilled, with a good feel for the game as a big man. One heck of an athlete. Definitely one of the most talented players in the camp. He has a tremendous upside.

2020 Lance Jones 5'9 (King Lab) Evanston, IL
He has all the tools to be a special one. He has that bounce in his dribble. He has the ability to get to any spot on the court he wants. He has deep, deep range on his jump shot. He surprised me on how good his court vision was. He delivered dime after dime.

2020 Jordan Mitchell 6'5 (Gahanna Middle) Blacklick, OH
He's young, long and lanky and skilled for his age. He has a tremendous upside. Has another growth spurt in him. He was bothered all weekend by tendinitis in the knee.

2020 Corbin Spencer (Elliott County Middle) Sandy Hook, KY
He has great floor awareness gets teammates involved and seems to get them in the right place all the time. He has a flair for dramatically and his inconsistent jumper is a weakness that I see getting corrected in the future.

2020 Ara Emerzian 5'4 (Deerfield) Deerfield, IL
He was silky smooth and for such a young age knows how to play. He showed good leadership skills.

2020 Kenny Quinn 5'7 (Meredith Middle) Des Moines, IA
Has plays strong, has great body for his age and I loved his physicality. He played with a non stop motor.

2020 Reginald Williams 5'7 (SASA) Sainaw, MI
He was another kid that was tough as nails love to attack. He was also a solid defender.

2020 Carson Dolezal 6' (Tipton Middle) Tipston, IN
He's physical and finished with authority. He had quite a few three point plays. He looked like he loved contact.

2020 Adam Miller 5'9 (Christ Lutheran) Peoria, IL
He has a good feel for the game. He made positive play after positive play. He has a very good upside.

2020 Khalil Robinson 5' (SC Science Academy)
He was by far one of the best play makers on the camp. He attend quite a few of our camps and every time I see him he gets better and better. Has an outstanding understanding of the game.

2020 Lance Mosley 5'10 (Francis Xavier Ward) Chicago, IL
Has the whole arsenal mid range, three point and finishing at the basket game. He just needs to get stronger. He has a nice feel for the game.

2020 Aiden Vandrloo 5'9 (East Middle) Sioux City, IA
He came in with a reputation as a shooter and didn't disappoint. He was a flat out shooter with a sweet stroke.

2020 Keenan Jones 6'1 (A.N. Pritzker)
He's long lengthy runs like a greyhound, good defender and rebounder.

2020 Matthew Brown 5'9 (St. Joseph) Racine, WI
His game was awkward, but continued making positive plays and stayed aggressive.

2020 Pavie Pantovic 6'3 (Friendship Jr. High) Des Plaines, IL
He played big and strong. He needs to finish better around the rim, but stayed aggressive.

2020 Landen Lowder 5'8 (Ann Arbor Pioneer) Jackson, MI
His game grew on me. I had to watch him a few times to appreciate his skill set. He didn't force a lot and let the game come to him. He's a baller, with a good feel and a flair for the dramatic. He has a nice stroke and good handles,just a sweet game.

2020 Sentwali Nalls 5'7 (Whitney Young Magnet)
He played a little helter skelter but he is very talented. He needs to learn more fundamentals and skill work, but has high potential.

2020 Jonathan Roeser 6'3 (Highland Middle) Libertyville, IL
Had very good fundamentals as a big man. Did a lot of things right, didn't have many bad habits.

2020 Deontay Long 6'4 (Holy Redeemer) Milwaukee, WI
He's very talented, has great size and a outstanding body.
He was definitely one of the best talents in the camp, but also one of the most selfish. He has a chance to do very good things with his talent and I hope he understands that.

2020 Kyle Ballweg (Kromrey Middle) Middletown, WI
He was one of my camp favorites. He has a great understanding on how to play the game. He may be undersized, but makes up for it, with a great IQ and his for the game.

2020 Morgan Grant 5'10 (Calvary Academy) Chicago, IL
He's also raw and active needs more skill work, bouncy with a lot of energy.

2020 Bryant Brown 6'1 (Abbot Middle) Waukegan, IL
Even though he's long and slim, he made tough physical shots all weekend.

2020 Oscar Armstrong 5'7 (St. James Middle) Highland Park, IL
He finished strong with contact. Looks can be deceiving he knows how to play.

2020 Latrell Wrightsell 5'1 (Davis Middle) Omaha, NE
He handled the ball on a string and got teammates involved. He's a high I.Q. player.

2020 Spencer Reist 5'9 (Homeschool) Indianapolis, IN
He has a sweet stroke, nice handles and competed both days.


Written by: Nick Aiello - Contributing Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM   September 03, 2013

Saturday kicked off a great end of the summer scene as Camp Right Way, run by former NBA star John Lucas and his staff, got several young basketball players from around the midwest etc. into the gym to develop their skills and competitive spirits. Each kid put forth great efforts throughout the day and evening Saturday during drill sessions and organized play. Some players like Marquis Brown (Burr Ridge, IL), Antoine Davis (Houston, TX) Courtney Ramey (St. Louis, MO) and others, stood out as 7th and 8th graders to watch closely for entering high school over the next couple years. Here’s a look at some of the camp’s top performers and some notable players who also performed at a very high level in Chicago...



Adams was fun to watch as he gives it %100 every second he is on the floor. Not only does he hustle, he is as competitive as it gets and shows that fire in his approach, controlling the offense, attacking when he sees opportunities and using his quickness on both ends. Adams showed good handle with the ball and proved he can knock down the outside shot without sacrificing his form.


Brown has good size and build already that fits more like a wing, but he has the skills to play either guard spot. He handled the ball well in drills and competition, constantly was attacking the rim, finished plays around the hoop and made good passes as well. Very athletic and explosive with solid defense too.


Brown was impressive at Camp Right Way with his hustle and his constant offensive attack. Brown showed he can pretty much get to the hoop at will, but excels finishing in transition. His handles are strong, he is both fast and quick and can change games when he gets hot defensively.


Castaneda followed up an excellent showing at the Generation Next Camp with great effort and play at Camp Right Way. The young two-guard handles the ball well, can shoot it beyond the three-point line, finished well in transition and made the hustle plays all the time.


Davis has a great frame and clear basketball intelligence when competing. The quick and smooth lead guard commanded the offense and defense with strong leadership qualities, and showed off his skill package as well... handling it well, making smart passes and displaying range with his jump shot. Davis also showed he can finish with either hand in traffic. Very controlled and fluid player already.


Ramey was Ramey again Saturday, doing a little bit of everything, particularly on the offensive end. Ramey has great handles and did an excellent job sharing the basketball and making his teammates better as point guards are supposed to do. He made plays with the ball going to the basket and controlled tempo. One of the more polished 8th graders there is and yet has a ton of room to keep improving.

KYLE RODE - 2019 - F

Rode wowed Saturday with a strong combination of skills, size and poise on the court. Only entering the 7th grade, Rode has excellent length and has great coordination. He ran the floor well, was very good handling the ball and showed shooting stroke that extends to the perimeter. Should be exciting to see where Rode can take his game as he continues to hone his skills and is likely to reach 6-6 or 6-7 by the time he is done growing.

6-3 - PIERCE M.S. - GARY, IN

Sherrod kept improving as the day progressed in drills Saturday and was even better in competition during the games. He is a strong and athletic young forward with a great frame that moves explosively. Sherrod finished well going to the hoop and played strong defense also.


Watson is another forward with great size and upside that continued to impress as the camp wore on. In drills, he hustled and showed developing tools. Though he is still raw, the pieces are in place and he showed he can be effective defensively with his length and crashing the boards, but also did a good job around the rim offensively


Wieskamp had a really strong showing Saturday working hard through every drill and showing toughness in the games. The blossoming wing showed he can shoot the mid-range jumper efficiently, attacked the rim well off the bounce and worked hard defensively grabbing rebounds and getting in passing lanes.



The talented young lead guard impressed at times on Saturday. He handles the ball well, sees the floor well, and has the ability to attack off the bounce to create or score while showcasing a solid perimeter stroke at times as well. A solid young floor general on the rise.


Carey displayed high-level type athleticism and a great motor. He played fast and hard up and down the court, grabbing rebounds on both ends of the floor and sprinted down court in transition. Carey attacked the rim hard and did a good job of finishing, including one he looked ready to dunk but made the right decision to lay it in off the glass for the sure basket instead.

TYLER HERRO - 2018 - G

Herro is a terrific young combo guard with good size. He is a tremendous perimeter shooter, but is dangerous because of his ability to attack the lane and hit mid-range jumpers and floaters as well. He did a good job breaking down the defense at times Saturday and showed his defense is coming along as well.

A.J. GREEN - 2018 - G

Green is a tough young guard who can rotate either one or two. He showed quickness and grit in drills, attacked the hoop strong at times and knocked down some tough shots as well.


Jones stepped up at Camp Right Way and showed incredible shot blocking instincts. He is a very athletic forward and showed his toughness defensively, as well as displayed developing skills with the ball in his hands on offense. The pieces are there for him to transition to more of a small forward role if need be, but he plays hard and instinctively in the post already.


Jallow is raw but showed great control and effort throughout the day Saturday at camp. For his size he handles the ball alright, moves well and hustles and does a good job on the glass. Jallow clearly has room to grow, literally, and should be a post player to keep an eye on as he progresses over the next few years.

On the last day of camp we had some of the same culprits from day one step up along with some surprises. All in all I was impressed with the perimeter play of some of the young guards in the camp. It was good to see kids learning how to play the game the right way at an early age. Of course being in Chi-town they still brought the flair with their game. Listed below is a review of some of the overall talent at the camp.

6’1 8th grader Justin Boyd from Chicago wasn’t lacking anything in his game. Players of course he can always get better, but Boyd has it all and from a high energy level. He was personable and high academic kid on top of all the basketball skills. The sky’s the limit for young Justin.

5’ 8th grader, Chase Adams from Chicago is a coach’s dream. He’s the type of player you can put on the floor and you can relax and go read a book. He’s vocal, gets everyone involved and knocks down the big shots and yeah do I need to mention again, he’s only a 8th grader. He must get taller, but he won’t need to get six foot to be successful.

5’11 8th grader, Antoine Davis from Houston has star written all over him. Some may say I’m a little bias because I see him workout a lot in Coach Lucas gym, but for me this weekend that was the opposite. I had high expectations and Antoine was going to have to play his behind off to impress me and that he did. He showed all them hours in the gym weren’t for nothing. I foresee is him getting better and better because of his great work ethic.

5’8 8th grader, Marquis Brown from Chicago will be a forced to reckon with on the Chicago high school level in the years to come. I thought he played a little erratic at times but always played with a high motor. He lives in the lane and knows what to do when he gets there. When he learns how to play with pace his game will launch off.

5’10 8th grader Courtney Ramey from St.Louis. Ramey is the consummate point guard. Making the game easy for his teammates is what he does. Long limbs and still filling out his body make him a potential game changing point if he gets anywhere over 6-3. Handles improved and has added the floater to his arsenal.

5’8 8th grader, Robert Heath from Pennsylvania via Australia has a special flair about him. He’s skilled, can shoot the rock and makes his teammates better. When he gets the extra wiggle out his game he could be special.

5’8 8th grader, AJ Green from Iowa showed his floor general skills both days. His game never gets to high or to low, he plays with great pace and steadily plays with his head up ready to make something happen. Hes a coaches dream and should make an immediate impact when he hits the high school level.

6’1 8th grader, Dorian Tisby from Louisville. Fresh off the football field Tisby was not as sharp as we had hoped. He did compete and play hard. His potential to become the player Ive envisioned him becoming is still there.

6’4 8th grader, Jamal Whittlesey from Delaware is a player to watch for me. He’s 300 pounds with soft feet and good hands. You would think football his sport, but he definitely has a chance in hoop. When the years go by and that baby fat sheds you can have a real stud on your hands.

5’10 7th grader, Malik Onyeali from Chicago was one of my favorite players to watch because he always went hard. He liked to attack and is a hard nose defender. Only thing has me nervous is, he most control all that energy because he got a little frustrated and ill mannered. When he learns to channel that to his game, he’ll even be more fun to watch.

7th grader, De’Sean Woods from Kentucky got overshadow by the play of Chase Adams a little yesterday but he still showed when he had the ball in his hands what he can do. He is a little floor general who is comfortable getting in the lane and making things happen. He is lightning quick like his father UK Wildcat great and current Morehead State Head coach Sean Woods.

5’4 8th grader Tai Strickland and his 4’10 7th grade brother Terrell both have their fathers (NBA legend Rod Strickland) handles and his tenacious attitude. Both are a little undersized at the moment but you can see a spurt coming. When that happens you better watch out.

5’9 8th grader, Zion Young, Chicago. Young is a very athletic and intense guard. He competes every possession and is tenacious on defense. His ball handling needs to improve and his shot has much improved from last time I saw him. Very fun to watch.

5’4 6th grader Nimari Woods from Chicago was one of the youngest players in camp but it didnt show in his play. He played with poise and confidence and was willing to go in and compete with much bigger and stronger players. His skill sets beyond his years.

5’10 8th grader, Darius Kinnel from NJ is a scorer who gets buckets. He stays in attack mode and is steadily trying to get to the rack. He can knock down the deep three on or off the dribble. He showed when he wants, he can be a very good defender.

5’4 8th grader, Cortez Bailey from Chicago can straight out handle the rock. He is another one of those Chi-Town point guards, who looks like the future leaders of the city. He dropped dimes and finished at the bucket at will. I really liked his court vision.

5’9 8th grader, Duane Washington Jr.- Washington has improved his conditioning tremendously since last year. His game has elevated and is now on pace to be one of the better guards in his class when it is all said and done. His shot is smooth and he understands when to shoot and when to pass.

5’9 8th grader, Kenneth Daniel from Wi is a strong and makes things happen down low. He runs the floor and knows how to finish. He showed a nice mid range game and has good feet and hands.

5’9 8th grader, Kaleb Thorton, Chicago product had a very good weekend. Showing his very polished fundamental package. He needs to work on his floater game for him to make that next step.

Coach Lucas has worked out the likes of Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, high school phenoms the Harrison twins, but the the thing that really makes him proud is the developments of players like 2015 6 8 Caleb Swanigan and 2018 6 10 Connor Vanover. You have Caleb whos built like a offensive tackle with not much skills and his mentors one of the top football agents in the business and kid kept getting ask over and over again how his not playing football. Now fast forward 3 years and half the Big Tens knocking all on his door for basketball. Now we have the pleasure of seeing Connor a scrawny kid from Arkansas who two years ago could barely chew bubble gum and run. Fast forward to this past weekend, the big kid is showing all type of promise, that In two or three years if he keeps improving the way he has been, I can see Duke, Stanford, and Georgetown all knocking on the door.

Camp Right Way - Chicago

Written by: Clark Francis -   September 03, 2013

When ranking the top players at this year's John Lucas Resources Camp Right Way, which was held over the weekend at Attack Athletics in Chicago, IL, it pretty much was a rerun of the Jr Phenom Camp that we attended a month ago in San Diego, CA. If you will recall, when the dust hard cleared at that camp 5'0 8th Grader Chase Adams from Chicago, IL, 5'8 8th Grader Marquis Brown from Burr Ridge, IL, 6'3 8th Grader Amari Sherrod from Gary, IN, and 5'9 8th Grader Zion Young from Dolton, IL had all played well enough to make a case for the top billing in camp and, as a result, we made it a four-way tie for the #1-spot in our rankings.

However, this time around Adams left little doubt about the fact that he is the best player, as his basketball IQ, decision making, ball handling and passing skills, and ability to make those around him better are totally off the chart. He also is explosive off the dribble, plays excellent defense, and showed that he also can keep you honest with his outside shooting. The only drawback is his lack of size. However, if he grows to the same height as his older brother, who is 6'2, we're may be talking about somebody with all of the ingredients necessary to be one of the best point guards to ever play the game. We give Brown the nod over Young and Sherrod, but, in fairness to the other two, we got more looks at this athletic wing who is capable of playing both inside and outside and has the toughness, athleticism, and similar-like game necessary to draw Stacey Augmon-like comparisons. Sherrod is versatile enough and skilled enough to step out on do things on the perimeter, but, with his strength, toughness, and aggressiveness on the boards, it's clear that he does his best work inside. Young is one of those guys who can do a little bit of everything, but what he does best is score and slash to the basket and he looks better than ever after being sidelined with a serious injury a year ago.

Rounding out the top five players in the camp was 5'10 8th Grader Courtney Ramey from St. Louis, MO and this versatile athletic wing really impressed us with his scorer's mentality, although he's more of a slasher than a shooter. We also liked the high level of intensity that 6'1 8th Grader Justin Boyd from Chicago, IL brought to the table, as this athletic combo forward used his quick hands to get more than his share of rebounds and blocked shots and also stepped outside, where he proved to be one of the better outside shooters in camp. One of the best inside players in camp clearly was 6'2 8th Daniel Carey from Crown Point, IN and he made a living attacking the basket and dominating on the boards. One of the best athletes was 5'8 7th Grader Matthew Brown from Kenosha, WI and this slashing wing also get the nod as the best 7th Grader in camp. The best player not previously on our radar screen was 6'1 8th Grader Torrance Watson from Florissant, MO. And, although, he is most effective when he is blocking shots, rebounding, scoring around the basket, and running the court, he also has a soft shooting touch and showed that he can knocked down the mid-range jumper. The best pure point guard other than Chase Adams in camp was 5'1 8th Grader James McKyan from Spring Hill, TN and his speed and quickness, nose for the ball, understanding of how to play the game, and ability to make big shots set him apart from the rest of his peers. It's hard not to like 6'1 8th Grader Noah Thomas from Cypress, TX when the outside shot is falling and this was the case in this camp. The second best 7th Grader in camp was 6'3 Jr Kyle Rode from Lexington, KY and this athletic white kid has an excellent combination of size and skills and he too was one of the better outside shooters in camp. One of the most skilled and best players in the work-outs was 6'0 8th Grader Joseph Wieskamp from Muscatine, IA. He has an excellent mid-range game, has a high basketball IQ, plays excellent defense, and seems to have a knack for always being around the ball. The most intriguing player clearly was 6'10 8th Grader Connor Vanover from Little Rock, AR, but we give 6'4 8th Grader Messiah Jones from Aurora, IL the nod in our rankings below due to the fact that they are based primarily on performance in camp and not necessary what a player might be down the road. Jones is long athletic big man with nice frame and he runs court extremely well and is active around the basket, aggressive on the boards, and is a natural shot blocker. Vanover has good hands and knows how to effect the game with his length and shot blocking ability. He also can score around the basket and gets his share of rebounds, but also lacks strength and stamina and, as a result, is more of a project than a finished project. Our Ranking of the Top 40 Players based primarily on performance at the John Lucas Resources Camp Right Way is as follows: 1) 5'0 8th Grader Chase Adams from Chicago, IL, 2) 5'8 8th Grader Marquis Brown from Burr Ridge, IL, 3) 5'9 8th Grader Zion Young from Dolton, IL, 4) 6'3 8th Grader Amari Sherrod from Gary, IN, 5) 5'10 8th Grader Courtney Ramey from St. Louis, MO, 6) 6'1 8th Grader Justin Boyd from Chicago, IL, 7) 6'2 8th Grader Daniel Carey from Crown Point, IN, 8) 5'8 7th Grader Matthew Brown from Kenosha, WI, 9) 6'1 8th Grader Torrance Watson from Florissant, MO, 10) 5'1 8th Grader James McKyan from Spring Hill, TN, 11) 6'1 8th Grader Noah Thomas from Cypress, TX, 12) 6'3 7th Grader Kyle Rode from Lexington, KY, 13) 6'0 8th Grader Joseph Wieskamp from Muscatine, IA, 14) 6'4 8th Grader Messiah Jones from Aurora, IL, 15) 6'10 8th Grader Connor Vanover from Little Rock, AR, 16) 6'0 8th GraderJoffari Brown from Willowbrook IL, 17) 5'9 8th Grader Duane Washington from Detroit, MI, 18) 5'9 8th Grader Brandon Hurt from Richton Park, IL,19) 7th Grader Malik Onyeali from Chicago, IL,20) 5'3 8th Grader Joseph Johnson from Indianapolis, IN, 21) 5'11 8th Grader Antoine Davis from Houston, TX, 22) 5'6 7th Grader Antonio Reeves from Chicago, IL, 23) 5'4 8th Grader Tai Strickland from Lexington, KY, 24) 6'1 8th Grader Dorian Tisby from Louisville, KY, 25) 6'2 8th Grader Davis Bryant from Louisville, KY, 26) 5'6 7th Grader Rylan Jones from North Logan, UT, 27) 6'4 8th Grader Jamal Whittlesey from Wilmington, DE, 28) 6'3 8th Grader Musa Jallow from Bloomington, IN, 29) 6'2 8th Grader Kellen Witherell from Northbrook, IL, 30) 5'8 8th Grader A.J. Green from Cedar Falls, IA, 31) 5'9 8th Grader Anthony Lynch from South Elgin, IL, 32) 5'10 8th Grader Curtis White from Little Rock, AR, 33) 5'7 8th Grader Christian Payne from Yorkville, IL, 34) 4'11 7th Grader DeSean Woods from Morehead, KY, 35) 4'9 7th Grader Frederick Cleveland from Richton Park, IL, 36) 5'11 7th Grader Grayson Green from University Heights, OH, 37) 5'8 8th Grader Xavier Castaneda from Chicago, IL, 38) 5'9 8th Grader Kenneth Daniel from Mequon, WI, 39) 5'10 8th Grader Darius Kinnell from Blackwood, NJ, and 40) 5'3 8th Grader Timothy Steward from Detroit, MI.

Camp Right Way Chicago Top Prospects

Written by: Van Coleman   September 07, 2012

We attended John Lucas Camp Right Way this past weekend and had the opportunity to see some of the top middle school talent in the Midwest at the Attack Facility on the west side of Chicago. Unfortunately it was a big weekend for middle schools in the Windy City and kept about a dozen of the Chicago areas best from coming, but despite that there was a talented group of players at Lucas Camp Right Way and heres a look at the top talent we observed this weekend in Chicago.

Elite 8 - (Listed by Height)

Kelvin Calhoun - 6-5/2017 Warrenville Heights, OH Memorial MS - Strong and physical big really worked glass and finished in paint. He needs to work on conditioning to lift game to level skills promised around the hoop.

Brian Bowen II - 6-4/2017 Saginaw, MI MS/HS - Top overall prospect in Camp, he can score from arc to rim. Long and skilled wing who can dominate in the paint on defensive end with his length and timing. He reminded some in attendance of young Anthony Davis skill-wise ... just needs to add six inches.

Jamal Nixon - 6-3/2017 Plainfield, IL Aux Sable MS - Skilled wing can take it off glass and go End to End. He hits mid-range J off the dribble. He is just scratching surface on offensive end. He has good length and showed he can defend staright up and block shots.

Connor McCaffery - 6-3/2017 Coralville, IA North Central MS Sweet shooting lefty has combo skills and flat out strokes it from three or off the dribble on the pull-up from 17-feet to the baseline. He has good size and doctors project he will grow to 6-6 before he tops out.

Trevon Duval - 6-1/2017 New Castle, DE Standford School - Active wing, got on glass finished drive and is good passer in the open court. He hit pull-up from 15-feet, but needs to extend his shot to the arc to reach future potential athletics promise.

Nojel Eastern - 5-10/2017 Chicago, IL Chute MS - Quick and explosive point guard can create or score then lock you down on te defensive end of the court. He is a cerebral floor leader who has potential to develop into a elite point in the future.

Justin Roberts - 5-11//2017 Indianapolis, IN Lincoln MS - Strong & quick point can knock down the three, penetrate and finish in the lane or dish it to the open man. He dominated game at times with his ability to set you up with his perimeter jumper than attack the hoop off the dribble.

Willie Herrenton - 5-9/2017 Quick point w/range to three with handle to create dribble drive, then finish or hit open man on wing or baseline cutter. He can lock you down on "D" and was a terror when his team was pressing.

Sweet 16 plus 1

Will Rodgers III - 6-3/2017 Saginaw, MI MS/HS - Long and bouncy forward can score around hoop or pop out and hit elbow jumper. He gets on glass and can start the break with pass.

Phillip Flory - 6-2/2017 Wisconsin Rapids, WI MS/HS - Good shooting wing with range to three cn knock it down if left open on perimeter. He has ok handle and showed he could drive, but needs strength to reach potential game shows.

Carson Newsome - 5-11/2017 Waukegan, IL Jefferson MS - Long wing who can score off dribble in traffic. Good defender who uses his length and quicks to "D" you up. He has solid handle to create drive and pull-up jumper.

Tommy Schmock - 5-10/2017 Middleberg Heights, OH St. Bartholomew - Scoring combo just missed top list. He has range to three and the handle to create shot going left or right. He has good mid-range game and did finish at the hoop too.

Isaac Ng - 5-8/2018 Las vegas, NV Calvary Christian - Jeremy Lin look-alike & play alike can flat out score from around the perimeter with his jumper or off the dribble with floater in the paint. Strength ket to future levels.

Zion Young - 5-8/2018 Dolton, IL Christ Our Savior - Quick slasher can score off dribble or with 15-footer on pull-up off the drive. He is aggressive defender whose stock will rise as he extends his shot and improves his decisions.

Duane Washington Jr - 5-7/2017 Caledonia, IL MS - Solid point came into own day two and drilled jumper from three all over the court and showed he had a solid pull-up game too. He sees court and can deliver the rock off the dribble.

Jaylin Fleming - 5-7/2018 Chicago, IL Home schooled - Talented young lead guard has excellent ball handling skills and ability to deliver the rock off the dribble. He has length and quicks to become a top notch defender in time too.

No.11 Quam Ayo Dosunmu - 4-10/2018 Chicago, IL Beasley MS - Young, but small point has excellent floor leaders skill set. He can shake and bake bigger guards and is a pinpoint passer. He can hit shot if left open. One to watch as he adds inches in future.

Top 25 - (Best of the Rest)

T.J. Waldon 6-4/2018 Indianapolis, IN - Long, but young insider really came on day two. He really finished around hoop with length and bounce.

Justin Smith 6-3/2017 Buffalo Grove, IL Aptakikisic MS - Physical insider can post and score around the hoop or board and start the break.

Brennen Woods 6-1/2017 Carpenters. IL Dundee MS - This front court talent finishes on the baseline, created floor burns with his effort, and showed he can score on pop out from 12-feet with jumper.

Derrick Veasley Jr. 5-8/2018 Euclid, OH Forest Park - Solid lead guard who can deliver the rock off the dribble to open man or who can drive and finish in the lane. He had range to arc to set up drive.

Gavin Root 5-8/2017 Elizabethtown, KY Bluegrass MS - This young combo came on over the weekend, he has solid range to three point arc and is good shooter off pull-up too. He is a solid passer who got ball to post.

Tyree Spencer 5-7/2017 Berkeley, IL MS - Solid combo can attack the hoop with both hands and finish in the paint with floater or pull-up. He showed range to three to keep "D" honest.

Bryan Blanks 5-7/2017 Kansas City, MO Hogan Prep - Solid ball handler with combo skills can pass it off the dribble or knock down jumper from the arc or in the mid-range.

Isaiah Rice 5-4/2017 Carmel, IN MS - More the combo/scorer of the talented young brother duo, he can finish in traffic and hit jumper to the arc. Just needs inches to reach potential.

Malachi Rice 5-4/2017 Carmel, IN MS - Excellent ball handler with all the point guard tools delivers rock to the open man with regularity.

There were another 18 players at the Attack Facility over the weekend that showed the potential to play college basketball in the future. We hope we get the opportunity to see them progress over the next couple of years and reach their goals of playing at the division one levels.


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