Talent Stockpiled at SW Invitational Camp

Houston, Tex. – The first live event of the July has come and gone. John Lucas hosted the Southwest Invitational Camp on July 5 and 6 with Monday being the first day college coaches could rush through the doors to begin the evaluation period. As is the case with any event Lucas places his stamp on, the talent on hand was very impressive with the 2011, 2012 and 2013 classes leading the way.

Houston, Texas was the site of the Southwest Invitational Camp that had plenty of talent from across the country. There were also plenty of college coaches in attendance as it was the first day they could be out evaluating in July.

Say hello to forward Robert Gilcrest of London, England. The 6-7.5 forward displayed and impressive all around game on Monday. He showed bounce off the floor finishing with dunks in traffic and in transition. The international sleeper from Barking Abbey showed the ability to put the ball on the floor and drive a big man, knock down the open three and score on a fluid fade awy over taller defenders. Gilcrest, who will play with the Wisconsin Gators Elite in July, says Marquette is showing the most interest. Gilcrest can expect more interest after Monday.

Texas A&M commit Toby Oyedeji did what many have come to expect. He blocked and changed more than a few shots, ran the floor fluidly and finish with touch in the paint. Oyedeji and Robert Gilcrest had a good battle for a few minutes Monday with Gilcrest getting the upper hand.

Oklahoma City big man Marquis Baxton-Hill had his moments on Monday powering through defenders scoring a number of easy baskets as well as tip ins off of offensive rebounds. At 6-8 and 235-240-pounds, Baxton-Hill was one of the more physical players on Monday.

Texas commit Sheldon McClellan was his normal self Monday scoring the ball in a number of ways from the pull up three to a pair of big time reverse lay ins playing through contact. When McClellan turns it on, he shows a ton of ability. He rose high above the rim making a big time block as well as scoring on an offensive rebound over a pair of 6-8 players.

Dulles High in the Houston area is home to a guard that hasn't received a lot of attention, but had a very good day on Monday. D'Angelo Harrison, a 6-2 shooting guard, scored in bunches Monday in transition and from the three-point line. Harrison, who averaged 15.6 points as a sophomore, will very likely see his stock rise in July.

One of the top guards on hand was Jaylen Beckham of Lexington Catholic in Kentucky. The 6-0 sophomore to be used his quickness and speed to blow by defenders and finished well around the rim. Defensively, Beckham played the rol of pest with active hands that turned into more than a few turnovers.

Zach Peters was on hand and excelled in the drill work driving the ball from the wing with an improved fluidity off the bounce. Peters day was cut short by a minor lower leg injury.

Houston Second Baptist guard L.J. Rose was smooth as always. Rose plays with terrific pace and feel seemingly never forcing a shot or tough pass in traffic, but always making a play. Rose has range out to 22-feet and is long armed, disruptive defender. Rose can be seen with the Houston Hoops and will be at the Peach Jam next week.

Houston Hoops teammate J-Mychal Reese had his moments as well. The 6-1 left-handed guard is a scoring point guard that excels getting to the mid-range and finishing with a scorers touch. Reese has above average quickness, but not the elite quicks of others. His hoops IQ and improving range on his shot makes him tough to defend.

Stillwell, Kansas is home to a talented member of the 2012 class. Clint McCullough is a 6-5 wing that knocked down multiple three-pointers on Monday. While his release is low, he has the feel for creating space and the understanding for getting clean looks. McCullough also proved to be an advanced post entry passer and played very hard on both ends of the floor. McCullough plays at St. James Academy.

Aaron Harrison of the Houston Defenders and Stake Jesuit was the top 2013 prospect on hand scoring in a variety of ways and making several nifty passes to teammates for easy scores. At 6-4 with long arms, a physical attitude on the court and range out to 23-feet, Harrison is a tough guard for players in the class of 2011 let alone 2013.

Harrison's twin brother Andrew Harrison had his moments, but plays the role of playmaker instead of featured scorer. The twins are physical on both ends of the floor and have th ability to break down defenders off the dribble. Andrew was active on the defensive end and in transition Monday.

Albuquerque El Dorado freshman to be Cullen Neal may have the best feel for the game of any prospect on hand at the event. The 6-2.5 guard has range out to 22-23-feet, the understanding of a low inside shoulder driving the ball and the feel for sliding around defenders and scoring the ball off the glass with touch. The son of New Mexico assistant and former Georgia Tech standout Craig Neal is also a playmaker from the wing position. Simply put, his hoops IQ is off the charts and he competes on both ends of the floor.

Lucas' event brought out many head coaches on Monday morning including Bill Self of Kansas, Lorenzo Romar of Washington, Travis Ford of Oklahoma State, Doug Pelfrey of Arkansas, Mark Turgeon of Texas A&M, Pat Knight of Texas Tech, Rex Walters of San Fransisco, Tom Penders of Houston and many others.

Many college programs were represented by assistant coaches as well including Texas (Rodney Terry), Georgia Tech, Maryland, LSU, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Baylor, Villanova, New Mexico, Memphis (Willis Wilson), Arkansas (Rob Evans), UTEP, Oral Roberts, Central Florida, TCU, Wichita State, Tulane, Washington, Texas State (Terrence Rencher), FIU, and every Southland Conference program.

One former coach that stopped by to watch for more than an hour was Jeff Van Gundy formerly of the Houston Rockets and New York Knicks.

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