Emmitt Williams

Who stood out at the John Lucas Midwest Invitational?

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Every year the John Lucas Midwest Invitational showcases some of the nation's top underclassmen. This year wasn't any different. Among the standouts were Silvio De Sousa, Emmitt Williams and Quentin Grimes.


What immediately stood out about Silvio De Sousa was his improved conditioning and the work he’s done to get his body in shape. DeSousa was physically bigger and stronger than the competition at camp. DeSousa was aggressive, played hard and finished well around the rim. The 6-foot-8 power forward was aggressive when he got touches and especially did a good job as the roll man in pick and roll situations. He still needs to fine tune his offensive game, but he’s already showing improved confidence in that area.

Recruiting: Florida StateFlorida, Louisville

http://www.scout.com/player/207697-emmitt-williams If there was a setting tailored made for Emmitt Williams this was it. The 6-foot-6, possibly 6-7 power forward, excels in transition because of his high-level athleticism, mobility and ability to finish at the rim. Williams played with good energy on both ends of the floor and played like he had something to prove. Williams also did a good job on the glass, pursuing rebounds with two hands and securing a number of put back opportunities on the offensive end.

Recruiting: FloridaFlorida StateLSUTexas A&MLSU


One of the most impressive prospects at camp was Fran McCaffery’s son, Patrick McCaffery. The 6-foot-8 versatile forward impacted the game in a variety of ways. At his size, McCaffery showed an impressive skill level. Not only did he make catch and shoot three-pointers, but he consistently ran the floor for easy points, showed very good touch from close range and played hard on both ends. He’ll need to get stronger, but he had one of the eye opening performances of the event.

Recruiting: Iowa


Coming into the event I wasn’t familiar with Texas native Jahmar Young, but the 6-foot-8 forward caught my eye due to his size, length, mobility and how hard he played. Young, who displayed good athleticism, ran rim to rim with ease and was able to beat the opposition to the opposite end for easy finishes a number of times. Young lacks strength and can’t play physical at this stage, but there’s some impressive tools to work with and he appears to be just starting to scratch the surface of his potential.

Recruiting: TCUBaylor, Rice


Quentin Grimes showed up to camp as one of the top rated prospects and he proved why on the court. At 6-foot-4, Grimes is versatile enough to play either guard position and have success. As a point guard, Grimes is valuable because of his feel for the game and ability to stay under control at all times. Grimes does a good job of changing speeds and keeping defenders off balance with hesitations and ball fakes. Grimes scored the ball well at the rim, but also created plays for teammates and showed his impressive passing ability.

Recruiting: OklahomaArizonaKansasVirginiaBaylorTexas A&MKentucky


Another breakout prospect at the Midwest Invitational is 5-foot-11 wiry guard Ronaldo Segu. Playing alongside Silvio DeSousa, Segu consistently found ways to get him the ball. The two perfected the pick and roll, as Segu came off ball screens looking for the roll man time and time again. Segu has good vision and put his passes on the money. He’s also slippery with the ball in his hands. He’s a good, skilled ball handler that also possesses good quickness. Segu already has some college interest, but look for it to continue to grow.

Recruiting: Florida State, UCF, Murray State, VCU, FIU, Louisville


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