Aaron Simpson, PG – One of the surprise prospects of the event was this explosive lead guard. A product of North Chicago (Ill.) High, Simpson is a talented passer that has impressive vision and speed in the open court. On top of that he's an above average athlete that gets terrific lift on his jump shot. Speaking of his shot, he had it working on Saturday from both mid and long range. He's at the least a solid mid-level prospect.
Mike LaTulip, SG – The best shooter in attendance was this 6-foot, 150-pound sophomore from Arlington Heights (Ill.) Prospect. Through the first day of camp we didn't see him miss a three-pointer and he kept his stroke going well into day two. While shooting off the catch is clearly his strength, he's capable of going one or two bounces and pulling up for jumpers.
Chris Harrison-Docks, PG – This was the first place we spotted Harrison last year. The sophomore, who just transferred to Okemos (Mich.) High, made a return to the Windy City and had quite a weekend. He's a quick and creative lead guard that has plenty of impressive attributes to his game.
He was one of, if not the, best ball handlers at camp and despite a slight hitch at the top of his shot he was one of the better shooters. While ball handling and shooting are both strengths, his best weapon is his ability to pass the ball. He's got tremendous vision and loves to set up his teammates.
Chris Hearney, SF – After an incredible start at camp, Hearney quickly earned the nickname "Buckets" from a group of scouts evaluating the event. The 6-foot-3 guard is a creative scorer that just continued to find new ways to score. He's got great touch around the rim and has a solid looking jump shot.
Akeem Springs, SG – The more we see this Waukegan (Ill.) High standout the more we like him. Springs, a 6-foot-2 combo guard, has a solid all around game. Off the catch he's developed into a pretty good shooter from long range, but he's also more than capable of attacking off the dribble, as he's a pretty good athlete didn't have many problems getting to the rim.
DeJuan Marrero, SF – It's hard to not enjoy watching Marrero, a standout at Gary (Ind.) Bowman, play. He plays with a great amount of intensity and aggression on both ends of the court, and it's clear he takes pride in rebounding and defending.
At 6-foot-6 he's capable of taking defenders to the block and scoring, as well as heading out to the perimeter and attacking guys off the dribble. Stronger and more athletic than most guys his age, Marrero is able to bully defenders and that's what he did this weekend. He was especially in impressive in transition as well.
Darrell Bowie, SF – This long, lean 6-foot-6 hybrid forward out of Wauwatosa (Wisc.) East had a great overall camp. Bowie is an active forward that moves very well, loves to push the break and just seems to make plays. He'll need to continue to spruce up his jump shot, but we like his potential and think down the road he could be a pretty good wing prospect.
Sean Sheldon, PF – This pick and pop type big man put together a strong camp, earning a trip to the Top 25 Cream of the Crop game. Sheldon, a 6-foot-7, possibly 6-8 big man out of Traverse City (Mich.) St. Francis, has a nice set of hands, a good looking jump shot and soft touch around the basket. He also showed use of both hands, as he's capable of dropping in jump hooks with the right or left hand.
Raphael Davis, SF – The Purdue commit put up big numbers during the All-Midwest camp and his jump shot was working from long range. In the Top 25 game he managed a trio of three-pointers. Despite a slight hitch at the top of his shot, he was consistent with his shooting and even showed range well past the three-point line. Going forward he'll need to fine tune his ball handling and continue to develop his mid-range game.
Lamar Walker, PF/C – One of the biggest prospects at camp was this 6-foot-8, 190-pound post prospects. At this stage his defense is ahead of his offense, as he was a nightmare for the opposition inside because of his length, timing and all around shot blocking ability. Offensively Walker, who attends Detroit (Mich.) Community, must continue to gain confidence, but did sport decent form on his mid-range jumper. Walker is also a quality rebounder and a guy that ran the floor well.
Lorenzo Dillard, PG – Easily one of the most talented guards at camp was this Evanston (Ill.) High freshman. A 6-foot lead guard Dillard has the speed, athleticism, ball handling, vision and intangibles to be a high major point guard down the road. He also proved he could score by attacking the rim and pulling up for jumpers. With that said, Dillard will need to become more consistent with his efforts on the court.
Deonte Burton, SF – Remember this name because it is one you'll be reading a lot about over the next four years. Burton, a freshman at Milwaukee (Wisc.) Vincent, is a high level athlete equipped with 6-foot-4 frame with a large wing span and a pair of massive hands.
On the court he uses his already strong frame and his solid ball handling to attack the rim. Throughout the two-day camp he was virtually unstoppable when attacking the basket. The southpaw rarely shot jumpers, but when he did his form looked pretty good. High majors should do their homework, as this guy has a chance to be an elite prospect in 2013.
Akoy Agau, PF – This 6-foot-7 forward is quite an intriguing prospect. Agau, a native of Sudan, has been in the states for nearly six years. Prior to his arrival, Agau didn't play basketball. Now after playing for the past four years, the Omaha (Neb.) Central product has turned himself into quite a player.
For a guy his age and size he's fairly skilled and showed that he could face up defenders and take them off the bounce or knock down mid-range jumpers. With his size and length, down the road we think he could be quite effective inside. Obviously strength is an area concern at this point, but that should come with age.
DeJuan Marrero claims scholarship offers from Ohio State, Purdue, Indiana, Illinois, Valparaiso and Cincinnati. He said Marquette, Kentucky and Michigan are showing interest. He's already visited OSU, Purdue and Illinois.
Malcolm Hill-Bey, a 2012 standout at Chicago (Ill.) Mt. Carmel is a speedy floor general that can handle and pass. He was only in attendance on day one, but certainly stood out. Although we don't go out of our way to watch eighth graders, when talented ones are put in front of you it's hard not to notice. This camp yielded a pair of 2014 prospects – Milik Yarbrough and Trevon Bluiett -- that will likely receive a lot of ink in their day. Both are wings that stand 6-foot-3 and have impressive basketball frames. Chicago (Ill.) Whitney Young will continue to be strong. They had a trio of sophomores at camp that stood out. Jordan Smith, a 6-foot-3 wing, and Nate Brooks, a 6-foot-5 post prospect, both had solid camps. Derrick Randolph, a lead guard at W.Y., only played one game, but he showed off impressive speed and ball handling. He also proved to be a talented long range shooter. Deontre Brown was one of the better scorers at camp. The 6-foot-1 thin combo guard had his jumper working and was relentless attacking the rim.