Wednesday, October 12, 2011

John Lucas Camp Recap: Class of 2016 Part 1

Thon Maker Played Huge

Even though these kids were pitted against players in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 classes they more than held their own. The 2016 class definitely has some special talent and I look forward to seeing these kids develop.

Thon Maker 7'0 from Australia played with maturity beyond his years and was not as easily pushed around inside as his frame would suggest. His shot blocking ability sets himself aside from his class with timing and length that guys in his class simply do not have. I liken him to a tougher harder playing Isaiah Austin at this stage. He brings energy to the game and hates to loses. One to keep an eye for the future.

Khalea Turner 6'8 from New Orleans, LA was the talk of the camp while battling with 6'10 sophomore Dakari Johnson who regularly had his way with the young fella but there was no backing down from Turner. His hands and touch around the basket were on display, and his post passing was up there with the best in the camp. In terms of guys getting the most out of the camp Turner surely had to come away knowing where he wants to go that his conditioning and competing hard on every play must be improved.

Trevor Stanback 6'10 from Hidden Hills, CA is a very intriguing prospect who you know right away his best basketball is way down the line. He is still growing into his body but has soft hands and a good work ethic as he was noticeably very attentive in stations. He will be a face up big man with a soft touch down the road and he defensively already knows how to change the game on the defensive end.

V.J. King 6'4 from Charlotte, NC was hard to find because we thought he was a junior at first couple looks. He is a well built athlete who has a strong handle and looks like he belongs out there with older players. Had a couple of nice dunks on the break, goes to the offensive glass and played well defensively which not all guards do when playing older players.

Devearl Ramsey 6'0 from Hidden Hills, CA . Devearl had me having flashbacks of the great Pearl Washington in his prime. He was strong with the ball and loved to attack the basket. If you played him to close he will embarrass you.

Ryan Murphy 6'0 from Los Angeles, CA. Ryan really surprised me. He came in camp and did more than just competed, he stood out. He has a great IQ for the game and is as tough as nails. He comes from the Dreamvision program in California and reminds me a lot of their 17u starting PG Joe Rahon. Ryan has the maturity to be a 4 year starter in high school.

Michael Corchiani 5'7 from New Orleans, LA is a heady point guard who knows when to make the right pass, and can knock down the open jumper.

This report was written by Darnell 'Tate' Johnson of and Hoopscouting. He has over 10 years of scouting high school and middle school basketball.