Future of the Game - Houston

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 shots in tight windows off the dribble after creating space for himself, and gave great effort defensively at all times,

David Delancy (2023/5’9’’/130/Miami Gardens, FL) - The most talented player at the camp, flashed excellent handle, got to the basket at will, and showed off a smooth perimeter jumper. Also was impressed by his overall demeanor and willingness to get his teammates involved.

Kingston Flemings (2024/4’9’’/65/San Antonio, TX) - One of several small 2024 point guards at the camp who have a ton of potential. Showed off very deep range on his jumper, and was nearly unstoppable going to the basket, where he often found teammates for easy baskets.

Braxton Ford (2023/5’3’’/110/San Antonio, TX) - Glue guy who constantly makes plays at both ends and always seems to be in the mix. Terrific shooter from midrange and beyond, willing rebounder, passer, and excels in transition. Nice all-around package.

Corey Kelly (2023/5’11’’/165/Katy, TX) - Big-time defensive presence has improved on the offensive end in recent months. Proficient at initiating the break, and stepped out and hit a couple midrange jumpers to complement his scoring around the basket.

Zyon Little (2023/5’9’’/160/Webster, TX) - Excellent around the basket, he is the farthest along physically of all the bigs at the camp. Also nailing threes on a few occasions, he has been among the best players in the area for some time and looks set for further improvement.

Q Murphy (2023/5’6’’/85/Westport, CT) - Outstanding outside shooter who is always talking with teammates and looks like a coach on the floor. Hustles hard on both ends of the floor, and is not afraid to attack the basket even though his perimeter game is his strong suit.

Austin Pickett (2023/5’5’’/120/Arlington, TX) - Big point guard who lived in the paint all weekend. Possesses a nice blend of size and athleticism, and his physical profile made him tough to stop, whether creating for himself or others.

Corey Skillman (2023/5’6’’/95/Slidell, LA) - Smooth 2-guard who was effective at scoring from all over the floor. Likes to use a crossover to create space, and possesses a spot-on midrange jumper. Another who excels in transition, willing passer, and converted tough finishes at the rim.

Tyler Smith (2023/5’10’’/120/Houston, TX) - Long and lanky, did the majority of his damage from close range, but has the look of a kid who could develop into a dynamic wing prospect in the future. Must improve his finishing ability, but is definitely one to keep an eye on moving forward.

Joshua Washington (2023/5’10’’/145/Gretna, LA) - Most dominant offensive player at the camp, his teams played some lopsided periods during the games on both days where he scored at will in the paint. Grabbed every board that came his way, motor never stopped running end to end.

Montana Wheeler (2024/5’0’’/80/Houston, TX) - Fantastic creator offensively, always looking to push the tempo and gets his teammates easy looks. Uses his quickness to force turnovers on defense, and can finish at the rim or from the perimeter.

TaSean Williams (2024/5’0’’/75/Wichita, KS) - Fantastic two-way talent, lightning-quick, perhaps led the event in steals. Shifty point guard can also change the pace, and has several go-to moves he uses to get to the basket, where he made difficult layups and floaters with ease.