Monday, September 30, 2013
Maker, Adebayo star in John Lucas camp
By John Stovall
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The John Lucas Midwest Elite camp attracts many of the top underclassmen in the country. The camp’s focus is on skill development -- the players go through various stations designed to help improve different parts of their game as well as compete in games. Here’s a look at who stood out:
Best Pure Scorers
Prince Ali (Weston, FL./Sagemont)
6-foot-3, 185 pounds, Class of 2015, SG
Prince is a powerful and athletic natural scorer. He is tremendous in transition where he finishes well above the rim and with authority. He is a streaky shooter with range to 20 feet. He is best when moving forward and attacking the rim. Prince has solid length and a strong frame. He was very hard to stop at this event.
Thon Maker, who is the No. 1 player in the 2016 ESPN 25, showed his skills at the John Lucas Midwest Elite camp.
Antonio Blakeney (Orlando, FL./Oak Ridge)
6-3. 175, 2015, SG
Blakeney is blessed with the ability to put the ball in the basket. He is a shooter and a scorer. He has solid range to 22 feet and is excellent both in transition and when slashing in the half court. Blakeney is always aggressive offensively which adds to his high profile. The best thing for him is -- though he is aggressive -- the ball usually goes in which makes him one of the Class of 2015's best.
Best Big Men
Thon Maker (Martinsville, VA./Carlisle)
7-1, 205, 2016, C/PF
People can argue all day about who is the best in the 2016 class. My argument is I will bet anything that no one has seen a 7-foot sophomore as skilled as Maker. This is my 19th year in the business and I have not seen anyone close at this age (Kevin Garnett would be the closest). The thing that really sets Maker apart is his ball-handling ability and his ability to create space against his defender in order to get off his jump shot. Say what you want but Maker is a unique talent.
Edrice Adebayo (Jacksonville, N.C./Northside)
6-8, 230, 2016, PF
Adebayo's battle with Maker was one of the better matchups at the camp. Adebayo is coming along with his skills as he can now knock down face up 17-footers consistently. He is also getting bigger and stronger as he is nearly 6-9 now and a solid 230 pounds. He is turning into a monster.
Jarred Vanderbilt (Houston, TX./Victory Prep)
6-7, 175, 2017, SF
Vanderbilt is in the argument for the No. 1 freshman in the country. He is a skilled lefty who projects to be a wing (if he doesn't outgrow the position). He has a solid handle and a decent shot with range to 19 feet. Vanderbilt is very long and is a solid athlete. He is good now and has tremendous potential.
Carlton Bragg (Cleveland, OH./Villa Angela - St. Joseph)
6-8, 210, 2015, PF
Bragg is one of the most talented players in the 2015 class. He is very long and athletic. He skill level is high for a 4-man. Bragg can shoot face-up jump shots out to 22 feet. He is good in transition where he can "drop from the ceiling" for dunks. Carlton has the physical makeup to be whatever he wants.
Best Floor General
Xavier Simpson (Lima, OH./Central Catholic)
5-10, 165, 2016, PG
"X" is a super solid point guard with natural leadership abilities. He seems to have a knack for knowing when to score and when to pass. Simpson is a solid defender that keeps getting bigger and better each time I see him.
Braxton Beverly (Hazard, KY./Perry County Central)
5-10, 185, 2016, PG
Beverly really understands how to run a team for such a young player. He is a pass-first point guard who is like a coach on the floor. Beverly is a solid and clever passer and really understands pace. He is a good shooter to 19 feet and can score when needed.
Jashaun Agosto (Seattle, WA./Garfield)
5-8, 140. 2016, PG
Agosto is the epitome of a pass-first point guard. He is always thinking pass first and seems to take more pleasure in his teammates scoring than he does in scoring a bucket. Agosto is quick and can get into the paint where he looks to create for others, though he is a solid finisher.
Matt Moyer (Gahanna, OH./Lincoln)
6-6, 195, 2016, PF/SF
Moyer was roughly 6-3 last high school season. He has grown three inches, improved his skill level and greatly improved his motor. Right now he is a skilled 4-man but could end up as a 3-man when it is all said and done.
Trey Kalina (Kennesaw, GA./North Cobb Christian Academy)
6-10, 230, 2015, C
A year ago Kalina's best asset was his size. He is really improved as a scorer as he was able to get buckets both on the low block and facing up to 17 feet. At his size he is going to make himself into a priority for many SEC, ACC and any other teams that recruit the South.
Deng Adell (Bradenton, FL./Victory Rock Prep)
6-7, 185, 2015, SF
Adell is a skilled wing with great size who recently came to the United States by way of Australia. He needs to improve his motor but his talent and skill are unmistakable.
Dikembe Dixon (Bardstown, KY./Nelson)
6-7, 185, 2015, SF/PF
Dixon is a raw combo forward who is very active. He scores in various ways and has a developing skill set. He needs to continue to improve but his size and athletic ability give him a great upside.
Michael Hanson Jacobson (West Des Moines, IA/Valley)
6-6, 215, 2015, PF
He is a strong and active 4-man who is versatile offensively. He is tough on the low block with his strong body, has a nice skill set down low and is a solid athlete. Jacobson can put the ball on the floor some and is a good face-up shooter to 17 feet.