John Lucas Camp: 2014 Prospects

LOUISVILLE -- A solid group of incoming freshmen took the court at Hoops in Louisville this past weekend at the John Lucas Midwest Invitational. James Blackmon, Jalen Lindsay and Trevon Bluiett were among the top prospects there.

Quentin Snider, PG – Playing in his home state, Snider got a chance to showcase his talents against some other talented lead guards. Snider, a 5-foot-11 skinny floor general, has impressive vision, a strong handle and a good-looking jump with deep range. Snider also showed a nice mid-range game, where he's capable of pulling up for jumpers or dropping in floaters.

James Blackmon, SG/PG – Already committed to Indiana, Blackmon, who will begin his freshman year at Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers, has a lot to live up to. At this particular event, the 6-foot-2 combo guard, did just that. Over the weekend, Blackmon used his jump shot as his biggest weapon, showing consistency from mid and long range. Overall he has a strong skill set and has the look of a scorer.

Jalen Lindsay, SF – A long, lean versatile prospect, Lindsay is one that already has college coaches buzzing. At 6-foot-6, maybe 6-foot-7, he's a very good athlete with impressive mobility. Lindsay, a native of Tennessee, showed an improved long-range shot. He hunted and knocked down jump shots at a pretty good clip.

Jackson Davis, PF – The first thing we noticed about Davis, a 6-foot-8 power forward out of Lexington (Ky.) Lafayette, was his motor. He seemed to have never ending energy, as he raced up and down the floor blocking shots, grabbing rebounds and playing in an aggressive fashion. Offensively he's a still a little raw, but he seems to get better every time out. Davis is also a pretty good athlete and can finish around the basket.

Trevon Bluiett, SF – The Indiana native can certainly make a case for one of the best 2014 wing prospects at camp. A stocky, long armed 6-foot-5 wing, Bluiett used his strength to bully defenders to the rim. But where he was at his best was burying jump shots. Bluiett, an OK athlete, has good ball skills and shoots it well off the catch and the dribble.

Trayvon Reed, C – You won't find many freshmen taller than Reed, an Alabama native. Reed stands at least 6-foot-10 and for a guy his size he moves up and down the floor pretty well. Offensively he's a little raw, but that's to be expected for a guy his size and age. With all that said, Reed did step out and knock down an 18-foot jump shot.

Tyler Herron, PF – For an incoming freshman, Herron has a great looking basketball body. He has a strong frame at 6-foot-8, 210-pounds and is equipped with a pair of long arms. The second thing he has going for him is how hard he's willing to get after it on the court. He plays with energy and is active in the paint.

Dakari Johnson, C – Unfortunately we didn't get to see his team during the game session, but Johnson, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound big man, certainly stood out during the skill development drills. Johnson has a nice set of hands, good feel on the block and a strong body that he's not afraid to throw around in the paint.

Johnnie Vassar, a 5-foot-11 2014 lead guard out of Illinois, has good speed and a nice mid-range game. Jordan Green, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, will play his freshman season at Lexington (Ky.) Henry Clay. He certainly had his moments at the camp and knocked down jump shots when he had time and space. Deangelo Russell, a 6-foot-3 guard, is a lefty that played well during camp. He shot the ball well off the catch and mixed in a couple of drives to the rim.


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