Midwest Workout features Illinois stars


LOMBARD, Ill. -- This weekend’s first-ever “Midwest Workout” highlighted 45 players selected from Illinois and the surrounding region. The concept was to bring in three groups of 15 players and put them through roughly an hour of drills, implement basic principles and then allow 30 minutes of controlled play using the concepts learned.

Mike Procopio, a former scout with the Boston Celtics and operator of Hoop Consultants, conducted the five-hour workout.

From an evaluation standpoint, the event allowed you to see how a prospect reacts to the implementation of concepts and gauge an overall skill level. There were players ranging from low to high major. In an era where exposure events are the rage, Procopio’s workout was a welcomed change where real basketball concepts were taught and emphasized. In short, the 45 kids who were hand picked to attend were subject to improvement.

Standout Performers

Victor Law (Chicago/St. Rita), SF, 2014

Providence, Bradley, Colorado, Loyola and Chicago State have offered this junior forward, while Georgia Tech and Oklahoma are close. This was the best prospect at the camp. He’s a lock high major and the big dogs need to commit time to go and see him. Law has a classic small forward frame with upside and a jump shot. He oozes potential and stood out in terms of the entire package.

Trevor Manuel (Lansing, Mich./Sexton), PF, 2015

Manuel was one of the most talented players in attendance. He has uncommon touch for a big man that extends to midrange. His ability to make shots in the paint and put away finishes with touch is impressive for a young kid. He also makes himself a big target in the lane. Manuel said NC State and Providence are recruiting him the hardest.

Kendall Pollard (Chicago/Simeon), SF, 2013

The Dayton Flyers should feel real good about this kid. He’s a monster and is bigger, stronger and ready to make an impact for Dayton. He’s not a perimeter player but a guy who can pass, rebound, and bring lots of strength and energy. He made a college decision that should ensure his success over four years.

Breakout Performers