Nike Hoop Jamboree Recap

The Nike Hoop Jamboree is the proving ground for up and coming freshman and sophomores every year. Big time prospects emerge from the camp every year and the 2004 version should be no different. Prep Spotlight&#8217;s <strong>Vince Baldwin</strong> gives GBW an overview of local players that performed well and The;s <strong>Dave Telep</strong> checks in with a national report.

Leon Freeman’s name has been bandied about on the in-state seen for over a year. When he traveled to the Nike Hoop Jamboree last week, many thought he’d receive national recognition as well. The Belleville (MI) star was well on his way to being named one of the camp’s top 10 players when he had to return home for personal reasons. His athleticism was on full display according to Prep Spotlight’s Vince Baldwin. “His tip dunk over two players left people talking about him long after he was home in his own bed,” Baldwin said.

Freeman wasn’t the only player from the state of Michigan to do well at the camp. Romulus sophomore Devin Searcy (a recent open gym visitor in Ann Arbor) also garnered praise from the Midwest scout. If he focuses on playing in the post and prevents himself from wandering out to the wing, he could become a big time player. “He proved to many that he can be an elite prospect in the 2007 class,” Vince said.

A few others from the Great Lake State that raised eyebrows with their skills were Class of 07 players Durrell Summers (Detroit Deporres, 6-3 SG) and Kalin Lucas (Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, 5-10 PG). Summers was particularly impressive according to Baldwin. “Summers' jumper is a thing of beauty and his ability to drive and finish (dunk) is very underrated,” Vince said. “He's a big time prospect. One of the top 25 players in the camp.”

Venturing a bit south, a few Ohio underclassmen also had impressive performances. The Ohio class of 06 is one of the Buckeye State’s best crops of hoopers in years. Daequan Cook and David Lighty have already been recognized as high-major prospects, as has James Dews. Another name to add to the fold is Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary's Marcus Johnson. Johnson (6-3, 175) is an ultra-athletic player that needs to improve his jumper to become truly elite. Nonetheless, he is a prospect on the rise. “He had several highlight plays including a two-handed monster dunk over two 6'8 players,” Vince said. “One of the top 20 players in the camp.”

Others of note from the state of Ohio were 6-7 wing Raymar Morgan (Canton McKinley, class of 06) and 6-8 forward Josh Chichester (Lakota West, class of 06).

For more from Vince Baldwin, check out’s Dave Telep checked in recently with a report that gives a national overview of the camp. To view the story, click here.

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