Lamptey Wants To Dominate

Julius Lamptey is a man of few words, but actions speak volumes about his hoops potential. "My game does all the talking," said Lamptey, an unsigned 6-foot-11, 290 pound banger from Northeast High School in Oklahoma City, Okla. "I'm much more skilled and athletic than most big men. I can do it all."

Lamptey Has High Expectations

After a solid performance at last month's Nike All-American Basketball Camp and a successful summer stint with Oklahoma City-based AAU power Athletes In Action, Lamptey's value has skyrocketed. "I really stepped up and improved my game a whole lot (this summer)," said Lamptey, a Top 100 prospect (No. 61). "I think I showed out in every game I played. I definitely raised my stock."

Lamptey's stock features a daunting presence on both ends, an arsenal of power post moves and a velvety 15-to-18 foot jumper. "For a big man, I've got a nice shot and great hands," said Lamptey, "I feel like I'm a cut-above the edge, because I'm such a versatile threat (inside and outside)."

Lamptey qualifying status is murky at best. He has yet to take the ACT, but has made plans to take the test on October 27. "I took the pre-ACT and made an 18," said Lamptey, who boasts a 2.8 grade point average on 4.0 scale. "I don't know if that counts for nothing, but I think I'll pass the test."

When asked to rank his top three schools, Lamptey rattled off Illinois, Oklahoma State and Iowa State in that order. He also suggested Cincinnati (fourth) and Oklahoma (fifth). "I really haven't decided on it (signing) at all," said Lamptey, who hinted last month he would ink a letter-of-intent during the early signing period, but indicated yesterday (Thursday) he will now sign late.

"I like each one of those schools (top three), because they have a history of sending good players to the league." Lamptey does not have any campus visits scheduled, but expects to settle on eight in-house visits. Those eight suitors mentioned by Lamptey (in order) might be Illinois, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Georgia, Virginia Tech, Iowa State and Kansas.

Lamptey indicated that his decision will not be affected by Terry Evans' recent hiring at Oklahoma. Evans was Lamptey's coach for Athletes In Action."(Terry) probably won't influence me, because I'm doing this myself," said Lamptey, who hopes to commit in mid-January. "I like the Sooners and all, but I'm not shooting them out of the water. They're definitely in my top-five." Last year, Lamptey averaged 17 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks a game for a Northeast squad (14-13) that failed to qualify for the state's Class 4A tournament.

"It's time for me to take charge," said Lamptey, who patterns his game after Minnesota Timberwolves superstar Kevin Garnett. "I'm going to dominate and start going for 40-50 points a game (this season). I'm jumping on everything and getting it (done)."

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