Midwest Invitational: 2014 & 2015 Standouts

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- John Lucas' Midwest Invitational had a strong collection of 2014 and 2015 prospects. Among the top performers in those classes were Diamond Stone, Justin Jackson and Jalen Lindsay.

Trey Lyles, PF – An early Indiana commit, Lyles is rated as one of the top 10 prospects in the 2014 class. At the John Lucas event, Lyles showed why he's so highly regarded. Offensively he's skilled, has a great set of hands and has developed a handful of scoring moves with his back to the basket. To top it off, Lyles, a 6-foot-8 power forward, is also capable of stepping out and knocking down jumpers from 18 to 21-feet.

Dakari Johnson, C – One of the biggest prospects in all of high school basketball, Johnson, who is now at Montverde (Fla.) Academy, put together a solid camp. At 6-foot-10, 235-pounds, Johnson can carve out space on the block and is tough to defend because of his size and strength. Offensively, Johnson has a nice set of hands and has turned his hook over his left shoulder into his go-to move on the block.

Joniah White, C – At first glance White, of Madison (Miss.) Central, is a long, but thin 6-foot-10 post prospect. White runs the floor fine, caught entry passes thrown is way and showed a left jump hook. He is a bit raw on the offensive end, but he's certainly someone with an upside because of his size, mobility and length.

Justin Jackson, SF – There aren't many 2014 prospects that played up in the 17's division of the EYBL. But Jackson did so playing up with the Houston Hoops the past two years. The experience seems to have paid off, as Jackson seems confident and aggressive when playing against players his own age. At 6-foot-6, maybe 6-7, Jackson's frame is starting to fill out and he's equipped with an impressive all-around offensive package. He's one of the top wing prospects in the entire class.

Casey Schlatter, PF – Already the local schools in Iowa are making this 6-foot-7 power forward a priority. During camp ball Schlatter, a standout at Iowa Falls (Iowa) Alden, showed off his skill set. He runs the floor well, has a good set of hands and is capable of stepping out and hitting jump shots. He'll need to get stronger and add weight to his frame, but he's a sophomore to watch.

Joe Burton, SF – As the camp wore on, Burton, a strong 6-foot-5 wing, seemed to get better. In the last game of the event the Porter (Tex.) Lutheran North product put up some serious points. He knocked down a trio of three-pointers and finished at the rim as well. His body is more developed than most of his peers and he has good skill and solid athleticism.

Jalen Lindsay, SF/PF – One of the top performers of the event, Lindsay, a 6-foot-7 combo forward, played with energy and consistency. He attacked the basket, knocked down mid to long range jump shots and went to the glass looking to for rebounds. Lindsay is playing with more confidence than he did during summer ball and appears to be one of the top forward prospects in the 2014 class.

Trevon Bluiett, SF – On the second day, Blueitt matched up with arguably the top player in high school basketball in Jabari Parker. During the match up Blueitt rose to the occasion, stringing together a couple of scoring plays and a strong defensive effort. Now we aren't comparing him to Parker, but it was great to see him step up his game against stiff competition. Blueitt, who is known for his ability to knock down jump shots, appears to be working on getting his body in shape.

Omega Harris, SG – One of the better scorers at the camp, Harris, of Oklahoma City (Okla.) Putnam City West, looked to get to the rim or drop in mid-range jump shots every opportunity he had. Always in attack mode, the 6-foot-2 guard finished well at the rim and was creative when he got there. He already has a big reputation in Oklahoma and that should grow nationally.

Diamond Stone, C – One of the top prospects in the 2015 class in attendance, Stone, who already stands every bit of 6-foot-9, made his presence felt in the paint throughout the two-day event. Stone's length affected shots on the defensive end, while his great set of mitts and touch around the basket helped him on the offensive side of things. High majors are already stopping by his high school.

Malik Newman, SG – During this camp last year, Newman erupted and scored bucket after bucket against the upperclassman. This time around, Newman, a 6-foot-4 scoring guard, played well and appeared wired to put up points in a hurry. For an incoming freshman, Newman, a native of Mississippi, is quite skilled and has a legit jump shot with range. He's also developed a middle game that includes floaters and pull-ups.

Justin Jennifer, PG – Don't let his size fool you, Jennifer, a 5-foot-9 guard, can play. He's quick, handles the ball well and is crafty and creative. He didn't have an issue getting by defenders and once he got in the lane he dished the ball off to teammates or found ways to score. Already a talent, if he grows over the next few years he will be a tough one to contain.

*Melvin Swift is a standout because of his mobility and athleticism. At 6-foot-7, he runs the floor quite well and is active blocking shots and on the glass. The Houston area has pumped out a lot of talent recently and Swift is one of the better young prospects in the area.

*Leron Black, a native of Memphis, is a 6-foot-7 forward with a long, lean frame. Black uses his athleticism and length to try and affect shots. On the other end he looks to face up defenders and attack the basket or shoot mid-range jump shots.

*Justise Winslow, of Houston (Tex.) St. John's, is a big, physical wing prospect. He's a unique prospect that is somewhat in between positions, but is still quite effective and one of the better overall talents in the 2014 class.

*Larry Austin, of Springfield (Ill.) Lanphier is a guard prospect in the 2014 class that caught our attention. He was a member of the U16 National Team last summer and is a guy that plays hard on both ends of the floor.

*A pair of guards out of Indiana had solid showings. Indiana commit James Blackmon shot the ball particularly well when we watched, as did 2014 guard P.J. Thompson.

Jalen Lindsay has scholarship offers from Alabama, North Carolina State and Memphis. He also has strong interest from Vanderbilt, North Carolina, Louisville and Tennessee. He will visit Memphis for midnight madness.

Justise Winslow has interest from Texas, Florida, Texas A&M, Houston, Arizona, Arizona State, Kansas and Kentucky.

Diamond Stone said Marquette, Wisconsin, Tennessee, DePaul and Minnesota have all been by his school to watch him work out.

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