DANIELS: UK Recruit evaluation

Scout recruiting analyst Evan Daniels had an opportunity to see several Kentucky targets in action. Evan tells us his thoughts about Gary Johnson, Patrick Patterson, Jai Lucas and Nasir Robinson. Click the link for the full story.

Patrick Patterson, PF, Boo Williams – The work ethic and intensity he can bring to the table is great. I've noticed he'll take a possession or two off every now and then, but when he wants a rebound or even score deep in the paint it's very tough to stop him. Patterson is the main reasons Boo Williams is in the Semi-Finals right now. I think some recruiting fans have gotten the impression that he's a great scorer at the PF spot. That's not the case. While he has a decent skill set and runs the floor extremely well for a big man, offense isn't where he thrives. Patterson blocks shots really well and is a tenacious rebounder.. In his game against Kyle Singler's, Portland Legends squad he had double digit boards three minutes into the second half.

Nasir Robinson, SF/PF, Team Final – I had no clue Robinson was a Kentucky target until I spoke with him after his quarterfinal loss to Team Melo. Robinson said that Villanova and Pittsburgh have offered him a scholarship. The other schools recruiting him are Syracuse, UConn, Miami, Virginia, Maryland and Kentucky. Robinson is a tricky prospect in a sense, because it's hard to determine what position he'll play in college. He's extremely versatile for a guy his size. He's pretty stock and thick but has the skills to play the SF. He knows how to get to the basket and uses his body well to fend off defenders as well. One thing that makes Robinson stand out is his toughness. He likes contact and isn't afraid to bang with anyone on the court.

Jai Lucas, PG, Houston Hoops – In his quarterfinal game against The Family, Lucas showed off his quickness and fearless mentality. At his short 5-10 size, he's not afraid to take it in inside and if he is feeling it be ware of the floater that he calls the "tree killer". Lucas went for 24 in the best game I've seen on the AAU circuit this year. The Family and Houston Hoops played three overtimes before a winner was determined. Arguably the best single shot in that game was Lucas' off the dribble three as the time expired in the 2nd overtime to tie the game. On the flip side, Lucas is small and is often times forced into taking off balance and tough shots. His quickness helps him some, but going up against a tall PG in college will be tough for him.

Gary Johnson, PF, Houston Hoops – The scouting report on Johnson is probably the same as you've read for the past few years. His motor doesn't stop and he's very intense when he's on the floor. In the quarterfinal game against The Family he got so riled up that he was called for a technical. He has crafty post moves and good athleticism which helps make up for his lack of size. It seems like he rises to the occasion during crunch time, at least he has at the Memorial Day Classic. On Saturday he hit a game winning basket in pool play and against The Family, Sunday night, he had a pair of baskets in each of the first two overtimes that either tied the game or gave the Hoops the lead.

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