HYATTSVILLE, Md. -- Terrapin Times dropped by the Lawson/Oladipo Camp at DeMatha Catholic HS July 15 to catch a little action. Here are some capsules on several players:
Jalen Smith, 6-8, F, Mt. St. Joe's (Baltimore, Md.) (2018): "Sticks" Smith has major upside. He's a very thin, gangly athlete, who runs sort of stiff-legged, but absolutely flies up and down the court. Despite his lack of strength, he was a force on the boards, showing quick leaping ability and a motor that doesn't stop. Towards the end of his game, he made all the plays: tough boards in traffic, crisp passes, and then knocked down a trey from the top of the key to seal the victory. This rising sophomore has a chance to be a special player, and he's apparently a big Terps fan, who recently made an unofficial visit to College Park, Md.
Luke Garza, 6-9, PF, Maret (Washington, D.C. (2017): Garza, who will be playing for new Maret coach Chuck Driesell, is a load. He's a legit 6-9, and probably about 240 pounds. Some reports have indicated Maryland interest, but I'm not sure he'll be a priority recruit. Garza does have good hands, a firm knowledge of the game, and polished, effective post moves. What hinders him is a lack of athleticism, in terms of leaping ability, quickness and especially end to end speed. That said, his skills in the right system will be effective, most likely in a mid-major program. Driesell certainly has a building block in his first year at Maret.
Myles Douglas, 6-7, F, Friends School (Baltimore, Md.) (2017): Douglas already has a Terp offer, and he showed flashes as to why. He handles the ball very well on the perimeter, sees the floor beautifully, and possesses a nice touch. The skills and polish are there to succeed at the high-major level. What he'll need to do , however, is get much stronger, more assertive, and improve on his solid, but not exceptional, athleticism. Douglas, who may also be transferring from Friends this summer, almost projects as a point forward type, who does his best work 15 feet away from the hoop. His skills and knowledge of the game are impressive; we just need to see it on a more consistent basis.
Cameron Reddish, 6-5, SG, Haverford School (Philadelphia, Pa.) (2018): Reddish, still another likely transfer possibility, is (after Tony Carr and Quade Green) the next big thing from Philly. He's an exceptional wing prospect with advanced skills. I would think Reddish will be a target Maryland will focus on in the coming years, given their recent attention to players from the City of Brotherly Love. This kid is going to be really good.
Quinton Rose, 6-5, SG, Bishop Kearney HS (Rochester, N.Y.): There's no evidence of Maryland involvement with Rose, but perhaps there should be. Rose, another Albany City Rocks player, is a skinny, long, athletic two-guard, who threw down a monster slam in traffic, and was clearly one of the very best prospects we saw at the camp. He handles the ball well, makes intelligent plays and shoots it pretty well. His game reminds me a lot of top Terps target Brandon Robinson, as he plays passing lanes well, and just makes winning plays. He has offers from GW, Temple, Wake, Miami, Minnesota and others. And, again, should the Terps miss on some other targets in 2016, I'd think the Terps would make a run at Rose, who, admittedly, will have to hit the weights hard. That said, this kid can play the game.
Lawson/Oladipo Camp: Part Two
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