LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The John Lucas Midwest Invitational has become a staple of the fall individual camp circuit. Almost 200 of the nation’s top prospects gathered to train and compete. Here is a look at some of the opening day’s standouts:
Class of 2016 forward Thon Maker of Toronto, Ont., is the No. 1 player right now in the BrandonClayScouting.com ELITE 60 Rankings. Though he was not able to arrive until after the dinner break, Maker wasted no time showing why we have him so highly regarded already. The 7-foot prospect handled the ball in the open floor, blocked everything in his way defensively and cleaned the glass for multiple offensive putbacks. Keep an eye on him throughout the winter as Maker is rumored to be eyeing a possible re-class into the class of 2015.
Aaron Augustin of Lawrenceville, Ga., is a blur with essay about help others the ball in his hands. He came in ready to get after it and showed why he’s emerging much in the way that class of 2015 guards Justin Jenifer (Cincinnati verbal) and Kevin Dorsey (Minnesota verbal) did last winter. The point guard’s combination of speed and skill earned him an invite to the Elite Basketball Academy Top 40 Workout next weekend.
Jordan Harris of Iron City, Ga., chose to attend the University of Georgia in the latter part of the summer. He’ll provide Mark Fox and his staff with a smooth, scoring option on the perimeter. Harris is a prospect more than capable of holding his own in an elite setting. He’ll be in the mix when we enter into the ELITE 100 discussion and expand those in the early part of 2015.
Mario Kegler of Jackson, Miss., is a name that our readers can expect to hear more of in the coming months. The talented scoring guard played his way into the ELITE 100 discussion. He’s one of the better essay post office hindi shooting guards that we’ve seen given his combination of size and skill.
We’ve seen Rodney Miller of Laurelton, N.Y., four times this summer. The four-star prospect is an emerging post player who showed here that he is working on his game daily. Miller could very well be one of the 10 best back-to-basket centers in the class nationally before it’s all said and done.
This was our fourth eval on Matt Coleman of Va., since a late-May EYBL stop in Minnesota. He was on one in Colorado at the USA Basketball Mini-Camp last weekend. The talented guard came right back with the same effort here tonight making arguably the premier play of the day as he left an opposing defender on the floor before knocking down the ensuing jump shot.
Like his brother Thon, Matur Maker of Toronto, Ont., arrived after the afternoon break immediately raising the level of talent in the camp. Matur’s growth over the past four months since essay on my house with quotations our NBPA eval was immediately noticeable. He’s growing into his frame and rounding out his game. Look for him to earn a place in the ELITE 25 Rankings that release later this month.
Daniel Mading of Aus., has been a hot name on the recruiting circuit in recent weeks and for good reason. The sophomore forward is actually similar in style and build to the aforementioned Matur Maker. They matched up in a nice battle on the main court Saturday night showing why both are elite NCAA-Tournament caliber program prospects.
Highlights of Matt Coleman’s Play of the Day compliments of Courtside Films:
Brandon Clay is the Executive Camp Director of the Elite Basketball Academy and the owner of Brandon Clay Scouting. Clay is also the owner of Peach State Basketball, Inc., and ProspectsNation.com. He serves Director of Scouting for the OTRHoopsReport.com National Scouting Report. Clay has been involved in the community since 2001 as an evaluator, event operator and trainer. You can reach him at BrandonClay@PeachStateBasketball.com