The 2014 crop of talent at the SLU Elite Camp was fairly strong. Here is a rundown of guys that caught my eye (in no particular order).
Justin Diecker, 6'9" F/C. He plays with the St. Louis Eagles on the AAU circuit which helps with his exposure, because small-town Freeburg High School doesn't present much competition. My favorite part about his game is his ability to turn over his left shoulder and finish with great consistency. His touch is exceptional. He needs to add an element of toughness to his game, but the motor certainly isn't lacking.
OG Okolie, 6'9" F. He's only been here for 9 months in the US, but he has a world of potential. He got injured midway through the camp, but still showed lots of strong flashes. He is extremely raw, but the upside is there. He plays for the Arkansas Wings on the EYBL circuit.
Dylan Miller, 6'7" F. He wasn't going to wow you with his flash, but Miller ran the floor extremely well and provided some timely buckets for his squad. You always have to appreciate a kid that comes to a camp setting and works hard and makes his teammates better.
Rashad Lindsey, 6'2" G. Rashad has always been tough to stay in front of, and he proved that once again today. His quickness is top-shelf. He must work on strength and getting a reliable outside jump shot, but I could see him fitting in at a low-major D-I program and doing well.
Pat McCaw, 6'6" G. There aren't many players out there with the physical attributes of McCaw. He's grown to a legit 6'6", and can play any of the three guard positions. He plays well in transition and can take smaller defenders into the post and score as well. He'll be one that SLU continues to track throughout July. There had been some talk about him going to prep school this upcoming year, but I'm hearing he will either stay at CBC or could transfer to U-City if his dad gets the job there.
Ike Okwarbizie, 6'8" F. Quite simply put -- Ike is a freak athlete. He wants to dunk absolutely everything and is physically already a college athlete. At 6'8", 240 pounds, he is very imposing. His skill set is still quite raw, but the ceiling is extraordinarily high. His offers are from Southern Miss and SIU-Edwardsville, but expect that to change in the very near future.
Ray Doby, 6'7" F. Just like Ike, Doby is a tremendous athlete. He had several plays today where he seemingly floated in the air and made plays. He was downright dominant for stretches. The only question with him is will he mature off the court enough to have a mid-to-high major program give him a chance?
Austin Gillmann, 6'10" C. Gillmann struggled against stronger competition today, but he worked well in the post at times defensively to alter shots. I'd like to see him get into the weight room, but his fundamentals are fairly sound which is an important piece of the puzzle.
Armon Fletcher, 6'6" F. Fletcher surprised me today and continued to improve throughout the sessions. He is a strong athlete with a nice wingspan. He had a couple impressive dunks and worked well off the dribble. He's one to watch, as he has some nice upside.
Taishaun Johnson, 5'11" PG. Johnson has extremely solid vision. He was a member of the 2013 class originally, but he's going to prep school. A low-major guard that will be eager to get some other looks, he certainly proved that he's worthy of mid-major consideration.
Clayton Jones, 6'0" G. The brother of Indiana guard Verdell Jones, Clayton is also an original member of the 2013 class. He has great handles and a solid shot. It will be interesting to see how he develops over his prep year.
Ronnie Suggs, 6'6" G/F. Suggs' brother also played D-I ball -- Scott Suggs at Washington. Although his younger brother isn't the same type of player, that doesn't mean he's not effective. Ronnie has improved so much since I saw him last winter, and his jumper is near automatic at times. He will certainly be one to keep on the radar.
Elliott Welmer, 6'7" G/F. Welmer was impressive in the big man drills, and he has the touch from deep. I was very impressed with him today. He will need to bulk up to play at the next level, but the upside is there. The one difficulty is who does he guard? He's not quick enough to guard a 3, and he's not strong enough for a 4.
Shawn Roundtree, 5'10" G. I absolutely love the way this kid plays. There is no one that plays harder than he does. His size will likely cut off any chance of him playing at the mid-major level, but low-majors are flocking to watch him play and with good reason. He makes the right place most of the time and can knock down the jumper if given space.