More than seventy high school basketball players were in attendance at Coach Haith's first Missouri Elite Camp.
ShowMeMizzou.com was there to observe the talent on hand.
The top player in camp was 2012 C Laimonas Chatkvevicius 7'0" 265 Overland Park (KS) Olathe NW, who has tremendous size potential. He's lean, and can definitely improve his upper body strength in the weight room. He's also very athletic for someone that big. Chatkvevicius, who is a foreign exchange student from Lithuania, also plays for MOKAN Elite, out of Kansas City. He displayed soft hands, good feet, and he had little trouble finishing with authority at the basket. Even in a crowd, he repeatedly caught the basketball on the run, while cutting through traffic in the lane, and threw the ball down with two hands from above the box. I'm sure the Missouri staff took notice.
Another exciting prospect at the camp was 2012 SG DeMarquise Johnson 6'5" Phoenix (AZ) Westwind Prep, who holds a Missouri offer. Johnson is strong, and very athletic. We'll have more on him later.
In addition, the camp was well-attended by players from the major local AAU programs, including multiple players from the Jets, St. Louis Eagles, KC Pump-and-Run, and MOKAN Elite.
Two of the top players in attendance from the Eagles were 2012 PF Jordan Granger 6'8" 215 St. Louis (MO) McCluer North, and 2013 Jordan Martin 6'8" 200 Florissant (MO) Hazelwood Central. Granger was back on Norm Stewart Court, where he helped McCluer North win the state championship about 3 months ago. Martin's a talented prospect who we took notice of at this camp a year ago.
Dana Morgan, a coach with the Belleville (IL) based Jets, took a few minutes to visit with ShowMeMizzou.com about the Missouri Elite Camp, and talked about a couple of his players who stood out during the camp.
"This is my first time being here," explained Coach Morgan, citing the difference between the present coaching staff and previous staffs.
"He's a 6'6" wing kid, who's really good with the ball in his hands," said Coach Morgan, speaking of 2014 SG Darius Austin 6'6" 195 Cahokia (IL). "He's an unselfish player. He can play with his back to the basket. He can get to the basket. He has a great upside! He has a good work ethic, and a good attitude.............................. He needs to improve on being more explosive, but that's going to come."
Austin is awaiting his first offer, but lists Missouri, Illinois, and Purdue as his "top three".
"He had a really good Elite Camp, here," Coach Morgan continued, talking about 2014 combo guard Derrion Reddick 6'2" Oswego (IL). "He's a real strong combo guard, who can really get to the basket, and can finish around bigger kids......................... He's doing real well."
Coach Morgan also talked about 2013 Missouri offer, SG Malcolm Hill 6'5" Belleville (IL) East, who plays for the Jets, but was not in attendance at the Elite Camp.
"He has a great upside! Kid works hard," said Coach Morgan, speaking of Hill. "He's in the gym. He's a real explosive kid. He has a total game. I think that before he's done, he's going to be a top twenty kid."