John Lucas Midwest Invitational Recap

LOUISVILLE -- Every year the John Lucas Midwest Invitational provides a good look at some of the best underclassmen in the country. This year was much of the same, as players like D.J. Harvey, Matt Coleman and Daniel Mading had impressive outings.

Harvey & Coleman pick up where they left off

D.J. Harvey and Matt Coleman were two of the better prospects at the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Mini-camp last weekend and both picked up where they left off at the John Lucas Midwest Invitational.

In fact, Harvey, a 6-foot-5 wing out of Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic, was arguably the top performer of the weekend.

Harvey was aggressive with his drives and tough to contain when he was able to get out in transition. In the half court set, Harvey consistently made his mid-range pull-ups and knocked down threes as well. Harvey has shown constant progression in his game over the past year and that was evident the past two weekends.

While Harvey was effective on the wing, Coleman, a 6-foot-1 lead guard, made plays with the ball in his hands.

Coleman was arguably the top lead guard at John Lucas’ camp. Coleman is quick and able to get into the paint when he needs to, but he also has keen vision and is a tremendous passer. While running a team is what he does best, Coleman flashed a floater and made pull-up jumpers.

New names emerge at camp

Every year a few new names emerge at the John Lucas Midwest Invitational. Last year Deng Adell was one of the players that emerged from the event. This go around a trio of prospects – Daniel Mading, Oshae Brissett and Markelle Fultz – stood out as breakout performers.

Daniel Mading was a breakout performer
Mading, a 6-foot-9 forward, showed good mobility and impacted the game with his length, athleticism and ability to finish plays around the rim. A 2017 recruit, Mading is tracking as a high major prospect.

Brissett, who attends Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep, stands 6-foot-6 and is a versatile prospect. While I’d classify him as a wing, he’s able to impact the game with his effort, on the glass, his defense and his driving ability. Brissett was one of the top performers of camp and appears primed for a big sophomore season.

Fultz, of Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic, also was a camp standout. At 6-foot-4, Fultx is a talented athlete. He made a number of plays in transition and displayed good scoring ability. DeMatha has a history of cranking out talented players and Fultz appears next in line.

Other Top Performers

  • Jarrett Allen, C: Allen was as good of a prospect as any player at the John Lucas Midwest Invitational. At 6-foot-9, Allen is mobile, has good hands and touch and plays with energy. He impacted the game on both ends and was effective as a rim protector. Offensively he was assertive, hit the offensive glass looking for put backs and showed confidence in his right jump hook. A five-star prospect, Allen lived up to his ranking.

  • Ibrahim Doumbia, PF: A 2017 prospect out of Jacksonville (Fla.) Arlington Country Day, Doumbia impressed onlookers with his mobility and athleticism. At 6-foot-8, Doumbia ran the floor, corralled rebounds, threw down impressive dunks and looked to grab boards in and out of his area. He’s not polished on the offensive end, but he has upside and at his age there’s a lot to like about him as prospect.

  • Mario Kegler, SF: A big wing at 6-foot-6, Kegler scored attacking the basket and by knocking down perimeter jump shots. Most high school defenders struggle to guard Kegler because of his strength and athleticism. He certainly scored his share of points off physical drives to the rim, but he also made threes and pull-up jump shots. Kegler was also effective as a rebounder from the wing position.

  • Javin Montgomery, PF: My first look at Montgomery was NBPA camp and he looked improved since the event in June. Montgomer, a 6-foot-8 post prospect, played effort and engery. He ran the floor, used his athleticism around the basket and consistently put back misses. He didn’t get post touches – not many post players at this event did – but he made the most out of his opportunites and used effort to impact the game.

  • Derek Funderburk, C/PF: Funderburk was one of the best post prospects at the event. He was consistent with his effort and played with impressive energy. He raced end-to-end, used his athleticism in the paint to reel in boards and showed consistency with his mid-range jump shots. Funderburk also flashed a good set of hands and very good touch on his hook shots.

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