March 7, 2017
If we had any doubts about the fact that 6'0 7th Grader Bryce Griggs from Lake Jackson, TX is the best player in the nation in the Class of 2022, he eliminated them at this year's John Lucas All-Star Weekend, which was held over the weekend in Houston, TX and featured a number of the top middle school teams and players from around the nation. We're talking about a strong physical athletic combo-guard who knows how to compete, is explosive off the dribble, has deep range on his jump shot, and is capable of putting up prolific numbers. He also handles the ball well against pressure, has a good feel for the game, is not afraid to put a body on you when he attacks the basket, and was the catalyst for his team advancing all the way to the Championship Game of the 7th Grade Division, where NIKE Pro Skills lost to the ATL...more
March 7, 2017
By: Nick Milosevich (Top 100 Talent)
John Lucas All-Star Weekend is one of the premier middle school tournaments in the country, and the 2017 edition, which featured over 160 teams, must be considered the best in the history of the event. Each year, All-Star Weekend seems to attract a deeper pool of talent, and bracket play on Sunday featured several of the most competitive matchups I have ever seen at the 6th-8th grade level. Below are recaps for the teams who had the most success over a busy two days at the MI3 Center.
Houston Hoops Blue Chips 2023 - The core of this group has been together for some time, and that showed in crucial moments throughout the event as the team rallied from deficits in both the quarters and semis before dispatching North Coast Blue Chips 53-40 in the final. Wesley Yates is a fantastic shooter who always seems to knock down big buckets. Corey Kelley is a force inside, and made the game-winner at the buzzer in their 56-54 victory against Tennessee...more
by Nick Milosevich ( Top100Talent.com)
John Lucas Enterprises brought its Future of the Game series to St. John’s School in Houston over the weekend, and the two-day camp featured 70 of the best 5th and 6th graders from Texas and throughout the country. Below are evaluations of the 15 players who stood out most at the event, listed in alphabetical order.
Owen Berry (2023/6’0’’/140/Dallas, TX) - Tall, skinny post player with nice handle for a big man. Runs the floor well, consistently beating the opposition down the floor in transition. Solid finisher through contact who will improve further as he gets stronger physically.
Jacolb Cole (2023/5’7’’/110/Houston, TX) - Terrific all-around player, best on-ball defender at the camp. Thrives in transition, where he is equally adept at finishing at the rim or finding an open teammate. Always seems to be around the ball making plays, and has a solid mid-range jumper.
Camden Cowgill (2024/5’0’’/85/San Antonio, TX) - Perhaps the best shooter all weekend, consistently poured in...more
By: Santon Jones (Balln Prep Basketball)
The WOODLAND TX – John Lucas Top 160 brought kids from as far up North Canada to as far South Florida. Watching these girls compete at or above the 110% level showed how dedicated these Top 160 kids are and how bad they want to continue playing at the next level.
In the Spotlight
20’ Bella Lachance (Weston, FL)- 5’6 Guard that can go left or right, makes great decisions with the ball and know how to keep everyone involved. Really loved her leadership.
17’ Megan Walker (Richmond, VA)- 6’1 Forward has a really smooth game with a nice jumper. Really understands the game and knows how to score from any position on the floor. Never forcing anything just being a true team player and dominate when needed to.
17’ Lexi Gordon (Fort Worth, TX)- 6’0 Guard shot the ball really well,...more
By: Larry Curry (Balln Prep Basketball)
The Woodlands, TX – The John Lucas Top 160 Invitational was the place to be this past weekend September 3rd-4th. The event was filled with some of the top girls basketball talent in the country. The girls trained with some of the top trainers and got a little taste of what the next level is going to be like. The camp also provided the players an opportunity to compete against one another and showcase their talents to tons of media and they didn’t disappoint.
’17 Maya Dodson 6’2” F – When you watch Maya Dodson play the talent is obvious. She has great length and size combined with an outstanding set of tools at her disposal. Dodson has great hands and catches every single pass thrown her way. When she catches she plays true to her size and finishes above the defense with both hands. What I love about her game the most is that she always goes 110% all the time no matter the situation.
’18 Shakira Austin 6’4” F/C – Shakira has dominate post player written all over her. She...more
By: Darnell "Tate"Johnson (All Metro Hoops)
Some of the nations top girls highlight showcase
John Lucas has run some the best boy's camps in the country,...it came as no surprise when he launched his first ever all-girls camp with similar results. I was highly impressed.
From top to bottom this camp may have had the highest number of D1 prosepcts of any Lucas camp that I have had the pleasure to cover. My estimates and I mean just my estimates, project over 10 future McDonald's All-Americans with as many as 100 plus D1 players. Now understand, I don't cover girls a lot, but talent is talent and that's something I know about.
With all talent in camp, this was just a few standout players:
2017 Rennia Davis 6'1 G/F (Ribault) Jacksonville, FL
I know I don't see the high school girls as much as I would like, but Davis was very very impressive. I know their were a number of players in the camp ranked ahead of her, but to me, she was by far...more
By: Pass Tha Ball
Another successful John Lucas Camp with talent and great instruction from the staff. By far one of the best camps around that is a must attend event if you can get to Houston,Tx. Standouts from Saturday Only include:
Gabby Connally 2017
Kayla Owens 2017
Chasity Patterson 2017
Juliette Smith 2019
Lexie Gordon 2017
Reigan Richardson 2021
Neaveah Caldwell 2021
Christina Morra 2018
Kaylah Brown 2018
Alissa Pili 2019
Rennia Davis 2017
Megan Walker 2017
Maya Dodson 2017
Liz Scott 2019
Ashley Owusu 2019
Kennedi Jackson 2019
Raija Todd 2018
Kasi Kushkituah 2017
Tehya Lyons 2018
Breanna Beal 2019
Deja Kelly 2020
Jewel Spear 2020
Morgan Jones 2018
Kelsey Marshall 2017
Myra Gordon 2020
Angel Jackson 2019
Brooke Moore 2018
Cameron Swartz 2018
Xaria Wiggins 2018
Keira Neal 2019
Makalya Edwards 2019
September 6, 2016
John Lucas Top 160 – 2016
By: Shane Laffin (Premier Basketball Report)
Labor Day Weekend 2016 brought us what has become an annual must see skills, drills, and competitive camp in the John Lucas Top 160. Players from classes 2017 – 2021 and from all over the continent, including Alaska, Hawaii, and a few from Canada, visited the Legends Sports Complex in The Woodlands, Texas to participate and gain some wisdom and add to their game.
As registration started and players started pouring into the gym, voluntary early drills were already going on at every basket. There is no wasted time at the John Lucas Top 160 camp. You walk in, get your shoes on, get warm, start working, and you do not stop.
To kick things off, the players and parents were gathered all around so the staff could be introduced and the tone could be set. John Lucas explained the intention of the camp, the methods, a general outline of activity and timeline, and shared his vision for young...more
August 31, 2016
Written By: Darnell "Tate" Johnson (All Metro Hoops)
This year Camp Right Way-Chicago, was loaded with very good guard play. The guards played with higher I.Q's then in past years. This was one of the most unselfish Camp Right Ways I ever covered. Even though its called Camp Right Way Chicago, there was player represented from over 23 states and Canada. Two of the NBA retired players (Juwan Howard and Larry Hughes) had their sons in attendance and felt this camp has value for their kids.
Below is just of a few standout players I observed from the camp:
2021 Michael Mitchell G 5'11 (Harker) San Jose, CA
He has very good size for a PG his age. He was one of the smoothest guards in camp. He played with good pace and made good decisions. He could score at all three levels. He had a sweet stroke that never looked rushed. He could be more aggresive on defense.
2021 Jaylon McDaniel PF-C 6'4 (Delta Woods Middle School) Lee Summit,...more
Published on August 31, 2016 by Clark Francis
Over the weekend we attended the 2016 John Lucas Camp Right Way-Chicago, which was held at Quest Multi-Sport Complex in Chicago, IL, and, any way you slice it, the best player in camp was 6'2 8th Grader Daylan Jones from Wichita, KS. We're talking about somebody with the athleticism and versatility necessary to play multiple positions, but is ideally suited for the 2-guard spot due to the fact that he can really score. And he can do so in a variety of ways, as was evident by the fact that he was almost impossible to stop with his moves and quickness to the rim, knack for being able to pull-up and hit the mid-range shot, and soft touch on his outside shot. He also has good ball handling and passing skills, a willingness to compete, and a great nose for the ball, plus he is talented enough...more
September 1, 2016
Written By: Ben Perkins (Top 100 Talent)
Caleb Corro (2021/5’7/135/Elmwood Park, IL) - Solid point guard with excellent handle. Has a real flair for making plays and possesses a high basketball IQ.
Jeremiah Dotson (2021/6’0/145/Brown Deer, WI) - Athletic slasher that played aggressive all weekend. Finished at a high percentage around the rim. Nice frame and has plenty of upside.
Ihsan Duncan (2021/5’11/160/Hampton, VA) - Elusive guard that made a living getting in the paint. Finished strong at the rim through contact and ran the team well.
Jett Howard (2022/5’9/135/Miami, FL) - Long guard that has a shifty handle. Shoots the ball efficiently and has a quiet release. Has improved finishing ability in the paint.
Elijah Jackson (2021/5’10/145/Mason, OH) - Athletic wing that showed off a variety of moves in the paint. Rebounded at a high rate and pushed the ball to create transition opportunities.
Daylan Jours (2021/6’2/140/Wichita, KS)...more
July 5, 2016
Written by: Darnell "Tate" Johnson (AllMetroHoops.com)
Each year the FOTG-East becomes more of a national event. This year there was kids represented from over 20 states and as far away as California. Its seems like the kids in attendance this year were more attentive and ready to learn. At this age all I can do is evaluate, because 85% of the kids in camp are guards and their true position will not be defined for years to come.
Below are a few standouts from that weekend:
2022 Jaden Bradley 5'11 (Cannon School) Charlotte, NC
Long and athletic for his age. He plays very aggressive and is skilled for his age. He's a very good rebounder on both ends. He's is a man amongst boys at this age.
2022 Jonathan Starling 5'9 (Ray Middle School) Syracuse, NC
He has one of the purest strokes I ever seen for a kid his age. He also knows how to get to the cup and finish with either hand. He's also a very unselfish player, that sees the whole...more
Written by: Clark Francis (The Hoop Scoop)
He wasn't as good as he was when we saw him a month ago at the 2016 John Lucas Enterprises Lab Experience., but 6'6 8th Grader Gregory Brown from Austin, TX being the best player over the weekend at the John Lucas International Middle School Combine at the Legends Sports Complex in The Woodlands, TX was kind of like a high priced stakes-winner dropping down in class and winning a cheap claiming race in horse racing. In other words, Brown did not play with the same zest and zeal that he did when he was teamed with 6'11 Frosh Charles Bassey from San Antonio (St. Anthony Catholic) TX and was challenged by playing up in class against freshmen, sophomores, and juniors and high school. However, he was the class of the field in this event and, before we start tossing out Jared Vanderbilt-like comparisons, it's important to remember that Brown does have a tendency to play hard when he's challenged, shoots it better from out on the perimeter than...more
May 9, 2016
Written by: Nick Milosevich (Top 100 Talent)
Coach John Lucas puts on many fantastic camps and clinics, but perhaps his signature event is the International Middle School Combine, which was held this year at Legends Sports Complex in The Woodlands, Texas. Gathered in the gym were nearly 200 of the nation’s finest 7th and 8th graders, who put their talents on display over Mother’s Day weekend. Below are evaluations of the 25 players who stood out the most at the event, listed in alphabetical order.
Jabri Abdur-Rahim (2020/6’6’’/165/W) - Long and athletic, thrives on competition and takes over games for long stretches. Despite his slender frame, is not afraid of mixing it up inside, and is a proven finisher through contact. His size allows him to get off perimeter jumpers without much space. Excellent rebounder on both ends and takes pride in playing strong defense.
Allen Adenadu (2020/6’9’’/210/F) - Raw prospect and excellent athlete who made his presence felt on the defensive...more
May 2, 2016
Written by: Darnell "Tate" Johnson
Each year skill level of the 5th & 6th graders attending the camp, seem to be getting better and better. I like the development of he young kids. I wish they get tougher and get in better shape. If you haven't attended a John Lucas, your in for a rude awakening. It's high intense and non-stop camp.
Below is a list of young players that stood out to me:
2022 Derian Ford 5'9 (Magnolia Central Middle) Magnolia, AR
Derrian has great size and a motor for his age. He goes hard an never seem to take a play off. Hes a craty lefty, that when he attacked the cup was unstoppable all weekend. He seem to get in trouble when he falls in love with his jump shot, it needs a lot of work. He's a physical defender and a very good offensive rebounder.
2022 Jeremiah Dargan 6'2 (Kings Valley Christian) Concord, CA
Jeremiah may have had the highest potenial of any kid in camp. For his height, he has very good coordination for his age. He has good touch and decent range on his jumper. He has...more
May 2, 2016
Written by: Clark Francis (The Hoop Scoop)
We attended the 2016 John Lucas Future of the Game-West, which was held over the weekend at the Tarkanian Center in Las Vegas, NV, and the race really was too close to call among the likes of 6'2 8th Grader Jeremiah Dargan from Concord, CA, 5'1 6th GraderVincent Cruz Davis from Plano, TX, 5'5 6th Grader Jeremiah Johnson from Oklahoma City, OK, and 5'9 8th Grader Derrian Ford from Magnolia, AR when we start talking about who the top player was in camp. However, in the final analysis, we gave the nod to Dargan for a number of reasons. First, he's got the skills, athleticism, and versatility necessary to play both inside and outside. Second, he's got big hands and feet, tremendous length, and it's our guess that he will top out in the 6'10 to 7-foot range someday. Third, he's not a tough customer and will need to get bigger and stronger physically, but we liked the way he ran the court, competed, and was willing to get after it on the boards....more
April 2, 2016
Written By Darnell ‘Tate’ Johnson
This was a first time event for Coach John Lucas and for me it was a great success. The Lab is his baby and it's legendary for not just young kids better, but also bona-fide stars like the Clipper DeAndre Jordan better.
So with that being said my evaluation will definitely be a little harsher because the 'Lab' quote, un-quote isn’t nothing nice.
Below is a few of my standout and high potential players that stood out to me.
2017 DJ Harvey 6'6 SG/WG (DeMatha) Washington D.C.
I been watching DJ play for years now and there’s not a skill set he doesn't possess for you prototypical SG. He can knock down the three, he can take you off the dribble and will drop dimes if your open. He can guard the two and the three and some fours. He athletic with bounce. Now what disappoints me at times he just won't be there. It's like he knows how good he is and feels he can turn it off and on when he wants. That's a no no when a player that skilled has the ultimate goal to play at the top level. Now this weekend, kind...more
April 6, 2016
Published by Clark Francis (The Hoop Scoop)
Among the many things that we did at this year's NCAA Final Four in Houston, TX was attend the 2016 John Lucas Enterprises Lab Experience, which was held from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM on Saturday and on Sunday morning at Legends in Spring, TX And, once again, 6'10 Frosh Charles Bassey from San Antonio (St. Anthony Christian) TX solidified his spot at the top freshman in the nation. We're talking about somebody with tremendous length, agility, and athleticism, excellent post moves, a terrific nose for the ball, and great timing when it comes to blocking more than his share of shots, and has the ability to run the court and step out and hit the mid-range and long range jump shot. And, if that weren't enough, he also has a good motor and plenty of upside, especially if he doesn't lose any of his speed, quickness, and athleticism, as he gets bigger and stronger physically. In other words, we're talking about somebody with incredible...more
This two day workout was directed by John Lucas and held during Final Four Weekend in Houston. The games was great to see and I had the opportunity to see a lot of kids in a limited amount of time. It does not take too long to identify who can, as well as who cannot play. There are many different views of how to approach camps as a player. Obviously so much emphasis is placed on scoring the basketball, most believe scoring is all that matters, but that is NOT all that evaluators are looking to see.
How well you score the basketball definitely matters, but myself, I like to first identify who really wants to compete. Who is the best competitor on the court? Do you play as hard on the defensive end, as you play on the offensive end? Once locating the best competitors, for me, then the process of breaking down a skill set to key in on the things that separate players. Starting with who know how to play, the right way. Many confuse getting buckets and quality buckets. Truth be told, even though scoring will always be at a premium, the emphasis needs to be placed on how many...more
April 4, 2016
Once again, Coach John Lucas brought in nearly 200 of the best players from the Houston area and around the country for The Lab, a camp held at Legends Sports Complex in The Woodlands over Final Four weekend. Below are evaluations of the players who shined brightest in both the drills and the 4-on-4 games that took place, listed in alphabetical order by class.
Jase Febres (2017/6’5’’/180/SG) - Streaky shooter was nearly automatic from 3-point range this weekend. Febres is among the best scorers in Houston, and his marksmanship allows him to go by defenders and get to the basket, where he can finish with either hand. His elite size for the position also allows him to fire in mid-range jumpers with little room to maneuver. Should draw some interest from high majors if he continues making shots at this frequency.
DJ Harvey (2017/6’6’’/210/SF) - DeMatha product was in Houston all week and impressed me in his workouts at Fonde and in this event. Harvey is a mid-range shotmaker who can execute several different pivots and fakes, and often...more
March 9, 2016
Written by: Clark Francis (The Hoop Scoop)
Who do you like better - 6'6 8th Grader Jabari Abdul-Rahim from Granite Bay, CA or 6'7 8th Grader Greg Brown from Carthage, TX? That was the big question we kept asking at the John Lucas All-Star Weekend, which was held over the weekend at the MI-3 Center and Legends Sports Complex in Houston, TX And, in the final analysis, we give Abdul-Rahim the nod after watching him knock down four 3-pointers, finish with 24 points, and make a number of big shots and help his team erase most of an 18-point deficit down stretch in the round of 16 against God First 2020. Abdul-Rahim is a big time athlete with long arms, quick hands and feet, a competitive edge, and the ability to play both inside or outside, thanks to his quickness to the basket, aggressiveness on the boards, good ball handling and passing skills for somebody his size, and ability to knock down the outside shot. He also appears to be a chip off the old block, as is evident by the fact that...more
March 6, 2016
Written by: Ani Umana
It’s 9:30 a.m on Saturday in the MI3 center and parking in the lot was almost non-existent for me. I finally found one and when I got in the gym, there was talent on each court. This day one recap I will highlight top performers and also talk about the top games I got to see.
Flight Elite out of California were a very fundamental team. Led by guards Jared McCain, Aiden Mahaney and post Jeremiah Dargan, they were able to lead their team to an impressive victory over Nike D1 - Premier. McCain does a good job breaking defenders down and getting into the lane. He also shot 40% from three in his first two games. His problem is that he didn’t finish well in the paint but he had no problem getting inside. Drew Steffe for D1-Premier was impressive. With that team being down a guard and a post, Steffe stepped up and looked to be more aggressive with the ball. Usually he allows the game to come to him which is fine but on Saturday was coming off screens and looking to score knowing his team needed someone to step up. D1-Premier fought hard on...more
March 6, 2020 1am
Written by: Ani Umana
Championship Sunday consisted of some highly anticipated and close games. When bracket play came around, the intensity heated up and emotions were high.
Lets start with 2022 and Austin Nunez of Hardwork. He has gotten better every time I see him and he is such a threat from the perimeter that it allows his teammates opportunities to score. His IQ is high on offense and his ability to find the roll man on picks and to dribble out of presses was good to see.
Bryce Griggs had a solid showing as well although his team lost earlier than expected. Griggs had to lead the team or be top three in multiple categories this weekend. He was a do it all guard.
Harrison Alexander for GC Ballers is long and athletic. He is versatile on offense and defense which allowed him to play different spots on the floor and still be effective. I liked how he played on Saturday, but on Sunday he was being smarter with the ball and was crashing the boards better.
For Pray and Play, Adriel Smith impressed me on Sunday. The guard loves to push the ball and...more
March 5, 2016
Written by: Nick Milosevich (Top 100 Talent)
John Lucas All-Star Weekend always brings together some of the nation’s finest young basketball talent, and the 2016 event got started on Saturday with pool play action. The oldest three divsions were held at the MI3 Center, and many of the games were well-played, tight contests that were decided on a few crucial plays.
The morning session was highlighted by the spectacular play of the God First 14u squad, who were led by the nation’s top 2020 player Kyree Walker. The overall court vision and passing ability of Walker cannot be overstated, and his presence on the floor led to a spree of easy baskets for an already loaded God First team. They won their two contests by 35 and 37 points, setting a benchmark for the other 14u squads later in the day. Adam Kanafani also stood out for God First, displaying a versatile offensive game that led to scores from a variety of spots on the court.
Among the other pool winners in the 14u division...more
March 6, 2016
Written by: Nick Milosevich (Top 100 Talent)
After an exciting Saturday to open John Lucas All-Star Weekend, Sunday would bring the tournament to a close with the knockout rounds. In the 14u division, the quarterfinals were perhaps the highlight of the event, with the four games being played simultaneously in front of huge crowds lining the courts. Texas Titans, after struggling for much of Saturday, finally found their rhythm thanks to the point guard play of Mike Miles. Miles scored at will and also found teammate Karson Stastny for a couple of long jumpers as they easily defeated Team KC by a final of 64-44.
Team Thad appeared to be in line for an upset victory over Select One, leading by as many as 12 points in the second half behind the superior inside play of Chris Moore. Team Thad was the only team in the tournament who could match Select One’s size in the frontcourt, and Moore outplayed the opposition, making many key plays on the offensive glass. However,...more
February 2, 2016
The best player at the John Lucas Enterprises Camp Right Way - East, which was held over the weekend at Competitive Edge Sports in King of Prussia, PA, was 5'11 8th Grader Posh Alexander from Brooklyn (I.S. 392) NY and he has all of the ingredients necessary to project as one of the next great guards to come out of New York City. We're talking about a tough hardnosed competitor with big time athleticism, the ability to lock his man up defensively, and a knack of being able to both go strong to the basket and beat you with his outside shooting. He also has good ball handling and passing skills, an unselfish demeanor, and is capable of playing either guard spot, although we like him better at the 2-guard spot due to the fact that he's such a great scorer and he's likely going to grow a lot more.
However, it appears that Alexander is the point guard on his club team and, ironically, 6'0 8th Grader Amir Spears from Hartford (Sage Park Middle School) CT, who is Alexander's backcourt mate on the New York Lightning's 8th grade team, checks in as our second best player in camp....more