John Lucas Midwest Invitational Recap

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- For the third year in a row John Lucas held his Midwest Invitational camp at the Hoops facility. The camp consisted on a solid list of underclassmen and players like Carlton Bragg, Gary Clark and Justin Jackson managed to stand out.

Christen Cunningham, PG – Since his freshman year, Cunningham has made drastic improvements to his game and his body. Against some good competition, Cunningham played under control and with poise. He's crafty with the ball, makes good decisions and rarely forces bad shots or passes. The 6-foot-1 lead man is primed for a big year at Lexington (Ky.) Henry Clay.

Logan McLane, PF – It was clear that McLane, a standout at Winterville (N.C.) Greenfield, showed up in Louisville ready to make a statement. McLane played with effort and energy, but also played smart and showed his skill. He has good touch inside, has confidence in his left hook and can hit mid-range jump shots. The 6-foot-8 power forward runs with Team Loaded in the spring and summer.

Elisha Boone, SG – When watching Boone play the first thing that sticks out is his ability to put up points. The New Yorker is wired to score. While most of his points came off strong drives or finishes in transition, Boone is capable of knocking down jump shots. He could tighten up his handle some, but he's a good athlete that finishes well around the rim.

Jalen Lindsey, SF – One of the top rated prospects heading into camp, Lindsey certainly showed why many think highly of him. A very good athlete, Lindsey did some nice work attacking the basket and finishing in the paint. He has very good size for the wing position (6-foot-6) and is working on his overall scoring package. In drill work he appeared to be gaining confidence in his one dribble pull-up.

Jackson Davis, PF – Over the past year, Davis, a 6-foot-7 power forward, has shown notable improvement. He's gaining consistency on the block and seems much more comfortable playing in the paint. He showed an ability to score with either hand on the block and was aggressive when he had scoring opportunities. Davis runs the floor well, will contest shots and makes an effort on the glass.

Quentin Snider, PG – Although I was focused on watching some of the younger prospects in attendance, in one half of camp ball on Sunday, Snider stood out. His skill set, poise, passing ability and IQ are why he's among the better lead guards in the country. Throw in his threat to knock down shots and Snider, a Louisville commit, is difficult to defend.

Gary Clark, PF – One of the more consistent prospects at camp was this 6-foot-6 combo forward out of Clayton (N.C.) High. Clark brought energy when he hit the court and showed off an improved skill set. While his ball skills and ability to face up and attack are improved, I like him as a stretch four that can hit pick and pop jump shots and attack slower and less athletic defenders. Clark used his athleticism around the rim, finished well and rebounded the ball well.

Isaac Haas, C – A pair of college coaches recently warned us about Haas and his improvement. Well they were right, as the strongly built 7-footer showed some impressive flashes in camp games. For his size, he has a soft set of mitts and pretty good touch in the paint. He even hit a turn around jumper from 12-feet. Haas is one to watch in the 2014 class, as he has legit size and is improving, especially on the offensive end.

Jerrelle DeBerry, SG – Although I didn't catch him in game action, DeBerry certainly showed off his ability to score during the drill work. The freshman out of Milwaukee is a strong 6-foot-3 guard that knows how to put the ball in the basket. He uses his body well when going towards the rim, but he's also confident in both his mid and long-range jump shot.

Carlton Bragg, PF – Based on performance, I thought Bragg was arguably the top player at the John Lucas camp. A 6-foot-8 mobile forward, Bragg impacted the game in a variety of ways. Offensively he showed an ability to score on the block with hook shots, but also by facing up for mid-range jump shots. Defensively he contested shots and showed energy on the glass. He runs the floor with ease and is a pretty good overall athlete. He's a legit high major prospect.

D.J. Williams, PF/SF – One of the better long term prospects in attendance, Williams impressed with his ball skills. At 6-foot-7, Williams brought the ball up the court for his camp team and showed good vision and passing. A fluid athlete, Williams moved up and down the floor well and showed good touch when he had scoring opportunities at the rim or in the open court. At this stage, I'd classify him as a face up four-man with a high skill level and IQ.

Kobi Simons, SG – A long, wiry wing prospect, Simons impressed with his ability to slash to the basket and score. He was comfortable handling the ball, found ways to get into the paint and well around the basket. Simons, a native of Georgia, showed a nice IQ and made the right plays when he had the ball in his hands. He's certainly one to keep an eye on in the South.

Mario Kegler, SF – Jackson (Miss.) Callaway has another talented youngster headed their way. Last year it was Callaway guard Malik Newman who impressed at the Lucas camp. This year another freshman from the area stood out. At 6-foot-7, Kegler is a long, wiry forward with impressive athleticism and slashing ability. It's obviously still very early, but Kegler is a talent that already holds high major attention.

Justin Jackson, SF – Jackson has already built quite the reputation in Canada. A 6-foot-6 wing prospect, Jackson has a great looking basketball body that is equipped with long arms and wide shoulders. Jackson is a pretty good athlete, but what stood out at camp was his passing and vision. He also managed to knock down mid-range jump shots and fought for rebounds. Jackson was one of the best long term talents at camp.

*Justin Jenifer, a quick and elusive guard out of Baltimore, had his moments at camp. He can get a tad too flashy at times, but he does have impressive vision, a solid handle and a nice burst of speed in the open court.

*A big wing out of Porter (Tex.) Atascociate, Joe Burton put together a solid camp. At 6-foot-6, Burton has good size on the wing. He shot the ball well off the catch and didn't have any issues finishing in transition.

*Georgia guard Avery Pattersion, of Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton, has a scorers mentality. Every time he touched the ball he was looking to find a way to scorer and he did a good job doing so. His shot looked good, as he made shots from mid and long-range.

*Keondre Dew, a native of Los Angeles (Calif.), was active and aggressive in drill work at the John Lucas camp. At 6-foot-7, Dew had the look of a face up four-man. He hit mid-range shots and showed a jump hook.

*Although I never got to see Rodney Miller during game play, in drill work he stood out. A freshman at Newark (N.J.) St. Benedict's, Miller already stands 6-foot-10, moves well and showed good hands. He will be one to pay attention to over the next few years.

*A 2016 guard out of Campbellsville (Ky.) Taylor County, Quentin Goodin played well Friday night during a five on five drill. He already has a strong frame at 6-foot-2 and showed an ability to knock down deep jump shots.

*Sadiq Inuwa is an undersized, but energetic and athletic four-man out of Texas. He runs the floor well, rebounds in and out of his area and uses his athleticism well inside.

*Much like Inuwa, Leon Gilmore is an impressive run and jump athlete. He has wide shoulders, long arms and is a very good athlete. He used that athleticism in the open court and dunked everything he could.

*Sean Sellers, a 2014 prospect, showed an ability to knock down shots off the catch. At 6-foot-6, he'll need to continue to add strength to his frame, but he's skilled and finishes well with both hands around the basket.

*Isaiah Manderson looks much improved since the summer. At 6-foot-10, Manderson is a big, strong low post player that is gaining confidence with his play around the basket.

*According to Justin Jackson's travel team coach Jordan Mcfarlane, the talented freshman out of Toronto has already heard from Illinois, Wake Forest, Michigan, Harvard, New Mexico State and Ohio State.

*Carlton Bragg currently holds a scholarship offer from West Virginia. Dayton, Ohio State, Illinois, Indiana and Louisville have all been by his gym. Texas and Mississippi are expected to stop by this week.

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