John Lucas: Recruiting Notebook

While at the John Lucas Midwest Invitational we compiled updates on Dikembe Dixson, Lucas Johnson, Mario Kegler and Thon Maker.

Dixson garners interest in Kentucky

The past few years new names seem to pop up in Kentucky. This year it's Dikembe Dixson, a 6-foot-6 athletic wing prospect.

Dixson, who transferred from Ashland (Ky.) Paul Blazer to Bardstown (Ky.) Thomas Nelson last year, performed well at the John Lucas Midwest Invitational and was among the top 2015 performers.

Using his athleticism, Dixson, a long, wiry prospect, was at his best getting out in the open court and making plays at the rim.

"Driving to the basket, creating and getting some assists," Dixson said when asked to describe his game. "I can do a lot of stuff. I like to pass more than score, but if I have an opportunity to score I'm going to take it."

Dixson said West Virginia, Connecticut, Western Kentucky and Morehead State have been by his school this year to evaluate him. Dixson, who has a 3.7 GPA, also claims interest from Purdue and Stanford.

High majors on 2016 Kegler

Mario Kegler already has a host of high major schools recruiting him.

According to his travel team coach Ohmar Carter, Kegler has Ohio State, UNLV, UCLA, Texas, Duke, Arizona and Kentucky showing him attention. Kegler has seen two of the schools on his list.

"I wouldn't necessarily say visits, but we've been to Ohio State and Duke, but we have players at both," Carter said. "They used it as recruiting they showed him around and showed the locker room and talked to him."

"Over the summer he played point for us a lot and Duke loves that about him," he added. "Duke is definitely interested because Mike [Krzyzewski] loves big guards."

Carter also said John Calipari stopped by Jackson (Miss.) Callaway to Kegler, as well as 2015 top recruit Malik Newman.

"Kentucky came to his school," Carter said. "Calipari talked to him."

Johnson breaks out

Lucas Johnson used the John Lucas Midwest Invitational to make a name for himself.


Johnson breaks out
Heading into the event the Charlottes (N.C.) Kennedy Charter standout wasn't a national name, but his play at the event certainly put him on Scout.com's radar.

"I played pretty good," Johnson told Scout.com shortly after the camp finished up. "I think I showed I could pass more and my guard skills got better as well as my jumping ability and athleticism."

At 6-foot-5, Johnson is an impressive athlete. He aggressively attacked the basket, played with energy throughout the event and made plays in transition.

"I got to the rim," he added. "That's my game."

Although he doesn't hold any scholarship offers, Johnson said he's heard from East Carolina, Western Carolina, Charlotte, VCU, St. John's, St. Joseph's and SMU. Johnson said he's taken an unofficial visit to ECU.

Maker isn't rushing things

Thon Maker may be a special talent in the 2016 recruiting class, but he's not rushing his recruitment.

At the John Lucas Midwest Invitational, Ed Smith, Maker's guardian, told Scout.com they have heard from a host of schools including Kansas, Kentucky, Duke, Arizona and Ohio State.

Maker took unofficial visits to Georgetown and Virginia during the season last year. While it isn't set in stone, Smith said Maker, a five-star center, may visit Duke for their midnight madness festivities.

Perhaps the best prospect at the event, Maker dominated at times on both ends of the floor. At 7-feet tall, Maker runs the floor well, plays with great energy and is quite skilled on the offensive end of the floor.

Maker is currently ranked No. 3 in the 2016 recruiting class.


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