Nike Hoop Jamboree Report

Xavier Henry, George Goode, Lance Storrs and Torres Roundtree - just a few of the talented kids in action in St. Louis at the Nike Hoop Jamboree. Kansas fans might as well get familiar with a number of these potential Jayhawk targets.

Considering that there were 40 underclassmen in the Nike stable who have already earned invitations to Nike All-American camp in July, the loaded field at their underclass camp in St. Louis last week was pretty impressive. There were 120 kids in town spread out among the classes of 2007,2008, and 2009 and it was a deep and talented group.

Among the field were some guys that KU fans are already or will be familiar with as well as a few regional guys worth keeping tabs on. Keep in mind that is still very early in the process for most of these guys but it doesn't hurt get an early look that Jayhawk fans can't find anywhere else.

Xavier Henry - The son of former Jayhawk Carl Henry and the little brother of Jayhawk commit -- and NY Yankee first round draft pick -- CJ. It is hard to believe that he hasn't even made it to high school yet (he'll be a freshman at Putnam City next year) because Henry was arguably the single most promising talent in the camp. He's 6-5, long, extremely athletic and already has pretty advanced ball skills. He's a lefty with personality and will be among the most touted freshman in the country next year for good reason. You don't want get too into trying to figure out where a freshman to be rates as a talent, but he's off the charts for a kid his age. Hopefully he'll continue to develop.

George Goode - Had to have made the folks at Nike happy for taking a chance on inviting a kid that usually plays for a Reebok program. Had his jumper rolling all week and is proving more and more that he may be able to play the wing full time at 6-7. Showed to be a better ball handler and passer than most would have imagined. Not out of line to say he cemented himself as at least a top 50 prospect nationally in the class of 2007.

Torres Roundtree - Remember this name, outside of Travis Releford he is the best 2008 talent that the state of Missouri has to offer. A 6-3 combo guard, Roundtree is athletic, shoots well, has a nice feel for the game and good bloodlines. His brother is former ACC player of the year Chris Carawell and many think that Torres has a chance to be a better player. There is a pretty good relationship between his high school coach Randy Reed and the Kansas staff and it would be a surprise if he doesn't end up on their radar. It is scary to think that his precocious talent won’t turn 15 until July.

Kalin Lucas - If Kansas does indeed go after a PG in the class of 2007, you can be sure that Lucas is going to be a guy they inquire about. A tough six footer from St. Mary's Prep in Michigan who plays each possession like it may be his last, Lucas was the best PG prospect in attendance. He's a terrific shooter, quick and makes plays happen on both ends of the court. Plays somewhat like a young Chris Paul.

Willie Warren - This 6-3 combo guard made a name for himself as a freshman at Cedar Hill (TX) High last winter but is probably transferring to Mansfield (TX) Summit next year. Last Tuesday Warren stopped by the Kansas campus for an unofficial visit. He’s a big time talent who was among the top 10 players in camp. An explosive athlete who gets to the rim and is a streaky jump shooter, Warren already has a terrific frame and is still growing. He has a chance to be an elite talent in the class of 2008.

Kenneth Gilbert - A 6-5 WG from Denver (CO) East, don't be surprised to see him end up on the KU radar as well. An assistant at his high school (Mark Perlmutter) was a manager on KU's 88 championship team and I know he's made the staff aware of Gilbert. Sweet shooting native of Atlanta with a high basketball IQ. Solid ball handler and helps out on the boards for his size.

DeAndre Jordan - Considering how well he had played for much of the spring, it was a surprise to see how poorly the 6-10 BF/C from Houston (TX) Episcopal played. A quick lefty who blocks shots and rebounds, Jordan's game was MIA for much of the camp. He's only a rising junior so he's going to have his up and down moments, but based on his play so far this spring most figured he would dominate in St. Louis but it wasn’t the case.

Lance Storrs - This 6-5 WG/WF from Decatur (GA) Columbia took an unofficial visit to Kansas on Sunday. He's long, athletic and plays the game with a lot of passion. Already plays at full speed and gets into the lane at will where he is a clever passer and good finisher. He does have a tendency to roam the perimeter and settle for jumpers a little too often considering his ability to create in the lane and at the rim. Storrs is certainly a guy to keep watching because he's very talented.

Jeremy Price - Storrs' teammate in high school and on the Georgia Stars, Price was among the top big men in camp. At 6-8 he's got a strong 250 pound frame that he already uses to his advantage. He's very quick around the basket and loves to spin by defenders for dunks and finishes with either hand. His jump hook is going to be a dangerous tool and he's a blue collar guy with some offense who should be considered a top 50 big man nationally.


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