New York Lightning Trio Dominates at the John Lucas Enterprises Camp Right Way – East

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. We're talking about a multi-dimensional athletic wing with great body control, is very explosive to the basket, can also knock down the three, rebounds well for his size, and is an aggressive defensive player. And what about the fact that 6'3 8th Grader Gary Grant from Springfield Gardens (M.S. 72) NY, who also plays for the New York Lightning, is ranked #4 in our Ranking of Top Players at the John Lucas Enterprises Camp Right Way - East? What Grant does best is use is combination of strength, athleticism, and excellent moves around the basket to be a dominant force at both ends of the court. He also has terrific hands, is a good shot blocker, and an excellent rebounder and as a result, it's not hard to imagine him being the perfect complement inside to Alexander and Spears on what promises to be one of the club team's of the future in the Big Apple. And the fact that Grant can step out and hit an occasional 3-pointer is just an added bonus.

We also were very impressed with 6'5 8th Grader Zach Martini from Bedford Hills (Rutgers Prep) NY, who has a lot of similarities to Kevin Love with his great hands, excellent outlet pass, and his willingness to use his body when it comes time to mix it up on the boards. He also runs the court surprisingly well, has deceptive mobility, and has good moves around the basket, although we'd have liked for him to have finished a little bit better in the paint. He also has a soft touch on his shot when in the high post, but it's his upside and potential that really gets us excited and, with normal growth and development, there is no telling just how good this skilled post player can become. Rounding out our top five-ranked players in camp is 5'9 8th Grader Antwon Norman from Houston (Thomas Middle School) TX and this tough hardnosed competitor has good ball handling and passing skills for his size and position, is explosive in transition and finishes strong at the rim, and was one of the better 3-point shooters in the camp.

This also is a good place to mention 6'3 8th Grader Zed Key from Bay Shore (West Middle School) NY, 6'1 7th Grader Larry Daniels from Pennsauken (St. Peter's Catholic) NJ, 6'4 8th Grader Zahmir Carroll from Chester (Chester Community Charter School) PA, 6'4 8th Grader Zene Quron from Bloomfield (Sage Park Middle School) CT, and 6'6 7th Grader Trey Patterson from Bedford Hills (Rutgers Prep) NY, all of whom fall into the 6-10 range in the camp. Key has good hands, a soft touch on his hook shot, and he got a lot done around the basket with his ability to score, rebound, and pass out of the post. Daniels also gets the nod as the best 7th Grader in camp and he is very efficient both inside and outside with his excellent athleticism, silky smooth demeanor, ability to finish around the rim, effectiveness on the boards, and high basketball IQ and understanding of how to play the game. Carroll has long arms, good moves is the post, and is quick to the rim. However, it's his length, athleticism, and potential that really gets us excited. Quron clearly was one of the most talented players in the camp and he impressed with his length, quickness, and athleticism around the basket. However, he also had a tendency to over handle and bring the ball up the court, instead of taking advantage of his size and putting up numbers in the post. Patterson is more of a potential guy than a finished product, as he lacks skills and toughness, but has incredible length and athleticism, can run the court, and is an effective rebounder and shot blocker.

We also don't want to forget about 6'0 8th Grader Bryson Perkins from Houston, TX, 5'9 8th Grader Kaden Metheny from Morgantown (Mountaineer Middle School) WV, 5'7 8th Grader Travis Coleman from Elkins Park (Cedarbrook) Middle) PA, 5'11 8th Grader Tyree Myrick from Willingboro (Benjamin Banneker Prep) NJ, and 5'11 8th Grader Phillip Smitherman from Oklahoma City, OK, all of whom belong in the 10-15 range in camp. Perkins is another one of those multi-dimensional athletes with the versatility necessary to play both inside and outside and a knack for being able to thrive in the open court and off transition. We're not sure how well Metheny shoots the three, but nobody played any harder than this tough hardnosed 2-guard and he was very good at picking your pocket in the open court and he made a living off transition. Coleman is more of a slasher and than a shooter, thanks to his good nose for the ball, explosiveness in transition, and ability to finish at the rim. Myrick has a good combination of size and athleticism, shoots the three, gets more than his share of rebounds, and is good enough to be ranked even higher, if he would just stop over handling the basketball. Smitherman is a power guard with a good nose for the ball and he makes a living attacking the basket.

And, when we dig a little deeper, we find that 6'2 8th Grader Shane Dezonie from Tobyhanna, PA, 5'9 8th Grader Zaire Wade Miami Beach, FL 5'9 7th Grader Jaden Hameed from Northfield (Nordonia Middle School) OH, 6'2 8th Grader Xavier Pina from Deptford (Monongahela Middle School) NJ, and 5'6 8th Grade Mick Browne from Flushing (Our Lady of Blessed Sacrament) NY all belong in the 16-20 range in camp. Dezonie is versatile enough to play both inside and outside, but what he does best is work hard, rebound, and not take any prisoners in the paint. Wade's skills have not yet caught up with his natural talent, athleticism, and pedigree (his father is Dwayne Wade), but he's definitely one to keep an eye on in the future. Hameed is an athletic combo guard with good ball handling and passing skills, the ability to knock down the outside shot, and a good feel of the game. Pina is an athletic 4-man with a knack for being able to score. However, he'd be ranked a lot higher if he was a little stronger and took better shots. Brown more than makes up for his lack of strength and size with his great nose for the ball, high basketball IQ, and ability to drain the three.

Our Ranking of the Top Players at John Lucas Enterprises Camp Right Way - East

1) 5'11 8th Grader Posh Alexander from Brooklyn, NY

2) 6'0 8th Grader Amir Spears from Hartford, CT

3) 6'5 8th Grader Zach Martini from Bedford Hills, NY

4) 6'3 8th Grader Gary Grant from Springfield Gardens, NY

5) 5'9 8th Grader Antwon Norman from Houston, TX

6) 6'3 8th Grader Zed Key from Bay Shore, NY

7) 6'1 7th Grader Larry Daniels from Pennsauken, NJ

8) 6'4 8th Grader Zene Quron from Bloomfield, CT

9) 6'6 7th Grader Trey Patterson from Bedford Hills, NY

10) 6'0 8th Grader Bryson Perkins from Houston, TX

11) 5'9 8th Grader Kaden Metheny from Morgantown, WV

12) 6'4 8th Grader Zahmir Carroll from Chester, PA

13) 5'7 8th Grader Travis Coleman from Elkins Park, PA

14) 5'11 8th Grader Tyree Myrick from Willingboro, NJ

15) 5'11 8th Grader Phillip Smitherman from Oklahoma City, OK

16) 6'2 8th Grader Shane Dezonie from Tobyhanna, PA

17) 5'9 8th Grader Zaire Wade Miami Beach, FL

18) 5'9 7th Grader Jaden Hameed from Northfield, OH

19) 6'2 8th Grader Xavier Pina from Deptford, NJ

20) 5'6 8th Grade Mick Browne from Flushing, NY

Written By: Clark Francis (The Hoop Scoop)