Sunday, May 27, 2012


                                                John Lucas speaking to the campers.

    The 2012 John Lucas IMSC was packed full of major talent this year. The camp catered to elite players of the class of 2016; which I believe has the potential to be one best classes we've seen. There were also some elite 2017 campers in attendance. Day one started out with John Lucas addressing the players and letting them know that he expected them to work hard and give their all while there. Then the players took a test which asked questions which could help forecast a future career.  The test was a nice addition to the camp which showed the kids that life is not just about basketball, its also about planning for a future beyond basketball.

Campers taking their tests
    Next up was a warm up period which consisted of stretching. Then came the station segment of the camp. The stations were dynamic and consisted of ball handling, pull up jumpers, combo moves and several other game situations. There was a yoga station and a strengthening and conditioning station that took place outside on the track. The players went hard at each station; giving each other all they could. There was one station that had the players go one on one that was great. I got the chance to see Jayshaun Agosto and (2017) Jaylin Fleming go at each other in that station. (Click on the last sentence to see video of the two.)  The part of the camp that we all were waiting for was next and that was the scrimmage play of the teams the staff had pre-selected to team up and battle each other. Every position was represented well, from the bigs to the guards. There were tons of high light reel dunks, drop steps, threes, cross overs and lets not forget defense, lol. Day two of the camp was just as good as the first. The players stretched and got right into their stations. During the scrimmage play I noticed that some players had stepped up their game from the day before. That's just a testament to the talent that was on hand. Over all this camp had the most talent I have ever seen assembled in one venue from kids in this class. The camp was well ran and very organized. The staff on hand was very knowledgeable and knew exactly how to push each player. I can't forget the man "John Lucas".  He spoke to the kids from his heart about his life story and what path to take to get what they need out of this game. So good job Mr. Lucas, Brian Merrit and staff.

                            JOHN LUCAS IMSC TOP 30 PLAYERS

1. Deron Davis 6'9 Denver, CO

2. Joshua Langford 6'4  Huntsville, AL

3. Khalea Turner  6'8 Marrero, LA

4.  Rodney Miller Jr.  6'9  Laurelton, NY
5.  Jayson Tatum  6'5 St. Louis, MO 
6.  Raekwon Bush 6'7 New Orleans, LA
7.  Nnamdi Collins 6'9 Little Rock, AR
8.  Benjamin Coupet 6'6 Chicago, IL
9.  Christian Ellis 6'2  Tracy, CA
10. Adrian Moore  6'3 Conway, AR
11. Mongo Cornett 6'6 Houston, TX
12. Nyrhique Smith 6'2 Tinton Falls, NJ
13. Mario Kelger 6'6 Jackson, MS
14. Algevon Eichelberger jr 6'6  Saginaw, MI
15. Omili Maxwell 6'8 Benton, AR
16. DeShawn Wilson 6'3 Colorado Springs, CO
17. Gilbert Thomas Jr 6'5 Houston, TX
18. Mark Vital 6'3 Lafayette, LA
19. Devin Young 6'6 Citrus Heights, CA
20. James Walker 6'3 College Park, GA

21. Cameron McGriff 6'4  Grand Prairie, TX
22. Nijal Pearson 6'4 Beaumont, TX
23. Kobi' Jordan Stephens Sims 6'4 Alpharetta, GA

24. Derrick Daniels 6'7 Dayton, OH
25. Quentin Goodin 6'2  Campbellsville, KY
26. Christian Turner 5'9 Tyrone, GA
27. Wayde Sims 6'5  Baton Rouge, LA
28. Reggie Taylor 6'8 Memphis, TN,
29. Loren Jackson 5'4  Bradenton, FL
30. Jashoun Agosto 5'5 Federal Way, WA                                                    

Friday, May 18, 2012

2012 Buckeye Prep Invitational

  Nations Elite Prospects made its way to Ohio to check out the Buckeye Prep Invitational Tourney.This years Buckeye Prep Tourney in Columbus, Oh. was a huge success. I watched a lot of games and was really impressed with the talent level. Teams from all around came to lay claim to the Buckeye Prep championship trophy. There were several good teams and stand out players in the 14u thru 17u divisions. Below are the tournament winners and MVP players. 
                                             Dorians Pride-8th grade Champions
                                        Algevon Eichelberger Jr.-8th grade MVP

   The 8th grade Dorian Prides team had an uphill battle getting to the championship game. They dropped two games the first day of play. One of those loses was to TNBA. The team they ended up defeating in the championship game. Dorians Pride was lead by the play of Algevon Eichelberger jr. He lead  his team with 27pts. and 12 rebounds per game. He was the MVP of the 8th grade division. 

                                      All Ohio Purple-9th grade Champions

                                                  James Bolden-9th grade MVP  
   All Ohio Purple played great the entire tournament. They played good defense which led to a lot of easy buckets in transition. They really played great together as a team. In the championship game they played against All Ohio Elite.  They were lead in the championship game  by James Bolden their 5'10" pg. Bolden can flat out play! Bolden has great handles and a very high basketball IQ.  He received the nod for MVP for his strong performance and smart play.  

                                          Ohio Varsity-10th grade Champions

                                               Davaunte Wilson-10th grade MVP

    The Ohio Varsity 10th grade squad is starting to make some noise around the Ohio area.    They took down a tough Dayton Net/Buckeye Prep team for the Championship. They moved the ball well and made several key stops to get to the victory. They were led by the stellar play of Davaunte Wilson who was chosen as MVP.

                               King James Shooting Stars-11th grade Champions        

                                                     Aaron Jackson-17u MVP      

     We didn't get to catch the championship game between the Shooting Stars and Nova Village but we heard the Shooting Stars put on a clinic. We were told that they were running on all cylinders. They were led by the talented Aaron Jackson who received the MVP trophy for his strong play.

                                 World Wide Sun Devils (GA)-4th grade Champions

                                                  Caleb Murphy-4th grade MVP 

     Normally we don't report on the young kids but we had to make an exception this time. We were watching another game and heard a lot of commotion on another court and decided to take a look. It was the 4th grade World Wide Sun Devils versus Team Toledo  Flash. It was a very close game but World Wide pulled out the win. That was only a pool play game! They met up again in the championship game which was just as entertaining as the  1st game. World Wide pulled out a victory in the championship game also. Kudos to two well coached young teams.