Now that the summer has come and gone, you don't find many travel team events. Instead, the late summer and early fall calendar are filled with workout and exposure camps. Over the weekend, Louisiana Select program director Mike Theus hosted his second annual Fall Showcase on the campus of Louisiana Tech offering a chance for many regional players to get a look. Along with a surprise appearance from one of the top players in the class of 2011, LaQuinton Ross, the event gave several under the radar guys and future Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown a chance to shine.
Markel Brown, SG- Brown says that he was recruited to play some point guard and he plays the position for his high school team. But, we really like him on the wing and he stood out there in Ruston. Long and wiry, he's an obscene leaper with a tremendous first step and lateral quickness. He dunks in traffic, hits deep jumpers and plays pretty hard. In transitioning to the Big XII, the future Oklahoma State Cowboy needs to focus on tightening up his mid-range game and decision making.
T.J. Williams, PF- A bit of an under the radar guy, Williams is a solid and hard working four man. He's got a good body to work with, is a very good straight up leaper and he doesn't mind getting a bit physical. He works his jump hook, gets on the glass, fills lanes in transition and is a guy who should continue to draw looks from mid to upper mid level programs.
Kourtney Roberson, PF/C- Originally a member of Texas A&M's 2009 recruiting class, Roberson is spending a prep year at Christian Life in Humble, Tex. Physically, he was too big and strong for anybody in the camp to deal with and he looks like a grown man. A fine athlete, it's all about continued skill development in the low post for him. According to Roberson, he remains solid with the Aggies.
LaQuinton Ross, SF- Playing most of the summer with an ankle injury, Ross was the subject of some pretty intense scrutiny and harsh criticism at times. Whether it's fair or not, it's something that comes with the territory when you are considered one of the top guys. On Saturday, Ross worked his step-back jumper, filled lanes in transition, mixed in some scores around the bucket, hit from the mid range and pretty much scored when he wanted to. Now, as Ross looks to reclaim his standing among 2011's elite it's up to him to show that he can play with consistent fire on each end of the floor while adding some needed strength to his frame.
A'Torri Shine, SG- The bespectacled Shine was easily one of the top athletes in camp. A wiry 6-foot-4 wing, he gets to the hole in a hurry and can finish over the top of just about anybody in his way. He popped in a few jumpers and uses a very effective floater in the lane.
Leron Barnes, SF/SG- Given that he's yet to see his 16th birthday, Barnes is quite young for his class. The slender 6-foot-5 wing is also quite talented and made positive play after positive play while emerging as one of the top prospects in the camp. He's got a good looking pull-up jumper, moves his feet well, gets on the glass, defends and has plus athleticism.
Craig McFerrin, PF- Put this guy on the floor and he just keeps plugging away. With good footwork, patience and hard work he gets a lot done on both ends of the court and he's got a sturdy 6-foot-6 frame. He's got a great approach and works just as hard during drill sections as he does during games.
Michael Lewis, PF/C- This long and wiry lefty is still maturing physically but he shows plenty of promise. He runs the floor pretty well, has good enough hands and is the owner of a frame that should fill out quite nicely. He's not a true high riser, but is athletic enough to do some damage as a weak side shot blocker.
Casey Oliverson, PF- One of the camp's most pleasant surprises, he's a 6-foot-7 four man with a very high skill level. He shoots the ball with an effortless release and deep range, battles for rebounds and has excellent footwork in the paint. He plays hard on both ends and is a guy who will have schools on all levels keeping close track.
Michael Qualls, SF- A pogo stick athlete, the 6-foot-5 Qualls was looking to dunk the ball as often as possible. He threw down in the open floor, off of tips and while slashing the buckets. With tremendous quickness and long arms, he has the tools to be a high level defender and could develop into a very intriguing prospect as he develops his skill level.
Stan Mays, PG- Perhaps the best shooter in camp, this baby faced point guard knocked pretty much every open look he got. A good ball handler who makes top notch decisions, he was among the most fundamentally sound players in camp. He's just a pup physically, but is working with a solid base of skills and feel for the game should only be enhanced as he matures.
Blessed with a strong body and plenty of athleticism, Troy Jones is a good looking power forward prospect from the class of 2012. He's a little undersized, but we loved the way he took the action right at anybody in his way . … Only a freshman, Carlton Lowe is an intriguing 6-foot-2 shooting guard. The lefty has good quickness, can create some off the bounce and looks like he'll develop into a threat from deep once he gets the footwork on his jumper tightened up. … There's no question that Treshawn Bolden is starting off his high school career with some physical tools. While only a freshman, the 6-foot-8 insider already has a tremendous frame and plays hard around the rim. He had his struggles, but the effort level was huge and bodes well for his future. … DeSharick Guidry is a good looking prospect for at least the mid level. A long and athletic 6-foot-4, he made plays on the defensive end and slashed to the cup for scores on offense. He plays hard, shoots it to 17 feet and looks to have plenty of room to improve as a player. …
LaQuinton Ross is nowhere near ready to make a decision but mentioned that Kentucky, Mississippi State, Baylor, Memphis, North Carolina State and Syracuse have been putting in the work on him. T.J. Williams is working with offers from Tulane, Louisiana Monroe, Louisiana Lafayette, Southern, Grambling, Murray State, Texas San Antonio and Texas State. He'll trip to UTSA in a couple of weeks. … Craig McFerrin has already heard from Murray State, Southeast Louisiana and others. … Leron Barnes mentioned that LSU has been in touch with his coach and plans to watch him this fall. …