Camp Right Way 2011 Post Event Write - Up
By Darnell ''Tate'' Johnson
HoopScouting.com & HoopsReport.com
This was another outstanding John Lucas Basketball Resources camp that was run the right way and had a vast array of talent. I was impressed with the efforts of the majority of the kids in the camp. There was a great mixture of “Bigs” and Perimeter and Point Guards in the camp. There are a lot of kids I’m expecting to become big impacts on the high school level in the next few years. The following is just a few of the kids that really impressed me during the camp.
Thon Maker - 6'11 - Power Forward (LA) 2016 Class. You can tell sometimes that Thon doesn't realize how good he is. Then you have to step back and think, he's just a 14 year old 8th grader. His game is so polished for his age. He brings great energy that shows he loves what he's doing. The real special thing about Thon is his basketball IQ. He knows where he should be at all times and where his teammates need to be. He has a great personality and is a great teammate. He’s always encouraging his teammates whether he’s on or off the court.
Mark Vital - 6'3 – Shooting Guard (LA) 2016 Class. He definitely was the surprise of the camp. He’s strong with the ball and stays active, attacks the basket and has a great body for an 8th grader. Mark also plays with an edge most kids his age don’t have. Mark is high school ready right now!
Joseph Caldwell - 5’8 – Point Guard (TX) 2016 Class. He was silky smooth with a nice stroke. He simply looks like a “Balla”. He played with that edge you want in your PG. The type of PG you can definitely see playing big varsity minutes as a freshman.
Mongo Cornett - 6'6 – Power Forward/Center (TX) 2016 Class. He played to the level of competition in front of him and has the potential to be really good. Although he played great against some of the number one 8th graders in the country, Mongo sometimes loses focus.
Gilbert Thomas - 6'4 – Power Forward (TX) 2016 Class. He is a raw talent with not many bad habits. He simply plays hard. Gilbert has the body and athletics to be the best defender on the floor. Can defend at multiple positions and is a great, great energy guy.
Darren Harvey - 6’4 – Wing Forward (AL) 2016 Class. He was skilled and worked hard at the stations. Darren showed improvement on both days of the camp. His work ethic will definitely help in his development. He has a very good upside and was one of the top big men in the camp.
Ra'Shawn Langston - 6'1 – Center Guard (AR) 2016 Class. He has good bounce and runs like a greyhound. He seemed to get all the loose balls and offensive rebounds. Jacob Valero - 5’11 – Point Guard (TX) 2016 Class. A crafty and strong PG that knew how to play with and without the ball. He posted smaller guards and blew by bigger players. He did a good job of getting teammates involved. He still needs to understand every play doesn’t have to be a highlight, but has a chance to be very, very good. Harrison Henderson - 6'7 – Power Forward (TX) 2016 Class. He has raw potential, good length and nice stroke, but sometimes tries to do too much. Harrison also has great energy. I’m going to love watching his progress over the years. Some would say that Henderson also has great genes
for the game; his dad is Phil Henderson, a star player from Duke University. Courtney Lark - 6' – Small Forward (TX) 2016 Class. Had a real good feel around the basket, runs the floor well and exhibits “In your face” defense. Courtney has a nice touch from 20 feet in. I loved the way he used both hands to finish and absorb contact and it didn’t bother him. He played well above his age. Elijah Lee - 5'6 – Point Guard (TX) 2016 Class. He had “mad handles”, used both hands equally, great court awareness and can “GO!” I love his flair and feel for the game. He sometimes gets caught up, but that's understandable…he's only in the 8th grade. Nijal Pearson - 6'3 – Center Forward (TX) 2016 Class. His game improves every time I see him. He’s playing a lot more aggressively and his skill set has definitely gotten better. Nijal has a great attitude and understands what working on your game can do. Kameron McGriff - 6'4 – Power Forward (TX) 2016 Class. Kameron is raw, but plays hard at all times. You can tell he's really just starting to learn how to play. He has good instincts and good upside. Adrien Lawson Jr. - 6’4 – Power Forward (TX) 2016 Class. Adrien has a lanky, long wing span and plays with a good pace. He knew when to explode and when to back up. Jhacobe Cochran - 5’5 – Point Guard (TX) 2016 Class - Good feel PG. Played with attitude and wanted the big shot. He wasn't afraid to go in with “trees” and finish. My little guys with big games and big hearts… Cody Graham 5'1 – Point Guard (TX) 2017 Class. Malachi Rice 5'3 – Point Guard (IN) 2017 Class. Daniel Venzant 5'2 – Point Guard (TX) 2016 Class. Ricky Nelson 5’0 – Point Guard TX 2017 Class. Derrick Harrick 5'3 – Point Guard (LA) 2017 Class. Jules Miranda 5’3 – Point Guard (TX) 2017 Class. My favorite lil men in the camp!!! They all bring a little something different to the court. They all handled the ball extremely well on both days. Cody's my little killer. He hit clutch jumpers on the first day of camp and showed a mental toughness beyond his years. Malachai's my lefty pit bull. He just attacked and attacked and never showed he was tired. He played relentless defense. Daniel was just the most seasoned of all four. He showed such poise and focus. You can tell he approached this like a job and you can tell he spent his own money to come. Ricky was great in stations and was one of the hardest worker on both days. You watch him play; you can see his skill set. Derrick just had what you call that “swag” to his game. He was on a team full of guards, but every time I watched him, he was making plays. He was great at stealing, passing, shooting and rebounding for his size. Little Jules just had a knack of making plays and putting his teammates in the right spot to score. He is definitely a floor general with flair
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