Carlton Bragg recaps UK Big Blue Madness

Kentucky has reeled in the top recruiting class in the nation for six years in a row now and there is a reason why. Aside from getting guys to the league every year, their fans are the best in college basketball and they showed that the 2014 Big Blue Madness, impressing one potential recruit.

“I was blown away. I didn’t expect that,” Ohio Basketball Club’s Carlton Bragg said of the 24,000 plus in attendance. “The energy when you were walking to the stands was crazy and then Drake came out.”

Announced as the last member of the team, Drake then returned the favor by introducing Coach Calipari himself. Aside from taking in all of the festivities that the event had to offer, Bragg spent some time with a UK player that had a mutual connection.

“I’m closest with Tyler Ulis. He’s also from Ohio,” explained Bragg. “It was an AAU connection and we talked about how he played for Mike Duncan’s Ohio Basketball Club.”

The VASJ senior has been expanding his game even more on the perimeter, making him even more of a problem to guard. He shot 37% from three on the Adidas circuit and approaching 6-foot-9, still is one of the better offensive rebounders in the class of 2015. Bragg is eager to show off the improvements he’s made in his game, just like the UK players were able to do in their pro combine last weekend.

“I loved that,” admitted Carlton of Coach Cal’s innovative idea. “It gives you a chance to experience what the pros are looking for at the next level before you ever play a college game.”

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2014 Kentucky Big Blue Madness Top Plays

Though Kentucky’s 2014 Big Blue Madness merely consisted of two nine minute halves and a little three on three, there was no shortage of excitement for the 24,000 plus in attendance. The nation’s #1 team has at least six potential NBA Draft picks for next year and as you can imagine, they provided plenty of highlights. Click above for all of the top plays that the 2014 Big Blue Madness had to offer.

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Drake introduces Coach Calipari at 2014 Kentucky Big Blue Madness

Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness doesn’t have all of the skits and dancing that many others do, but UK keeps it relatively simple. As opposed to waiting two hours to get to the men’s hoops, the Wildcats kept it short and sweet. After all of the players were introduced, they introduced one more honorary member: Drake. Drake then introduced Coach Calipari. Watch above.

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Jashaun Agosto and Damon Harge battle at John Lucas Midwest Invitational

There have been few guards in the YouTube generation that have generated more buzz than Damon Harge and Jashaun Agosto. While many of these guards have failed to develop, these two have both proven themselves to be viable D-1 talents early in their high school careers.

Jashaun took more of the scoring role in the matchup with these two. He looked to attack the basket every time he got the ball, but kept the defense honest with his ability to drill deep three pointers. His blazing end to end speed was simply too much to stop, resulting in a lot of conversions at the rim in transition.

Harge, on the other hand, did the bulk of his work as a facilitator. He made crisp passes with either hand to teammates in scoring areas, but also looked to score when the opportunity presented itself. Damon’s outside jumper wasn’t falling at the rate that it usually does, but he impacted the game in countless other ways.

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2014 Adidas Midwest Elite Camp Recap

Mike Duncan has been getting it done with the Adidas Midwest Elite Camp for quite some time now. It served as the event that put Bucks point guard Brandon Knight on the map (he was the #1 player in the country early in his high school career) and CJ McCollum scorched the nets there before he even had a single division one offer. Having moved the event to Garfield Heights, the event offered many of the region’s best.

2017 East Tech point guard Markell Johnson stole the show and made his case for top player in Ohio’s sophomore class. Antwon Lillard, Montell McRae, Devon Andrews, Yavari Hall, Willie Jackson, and Frankie Hughes all showed why they are highly sought after D-1 prospects. Andy Lucien and Anthony Carmon may still be under the radar, but both also showed why D-1 schools should be paying closer attention to them.

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Damon Harge shows all-around game at John Lucas Midwest Invitational

Damon Harge has made his tour on the camp circuit this fall and lived up to the hype. After his outstanding performance at the CP3 Rising Stars Camp that resulted in the selection to the DunkDog All-American Game. Taking part in the Nike Team Florida Workout, Harge picked up a few new college offers and made the journey to the John Lucas Midwest Invitational.

Playing alongside elite 2017 point guard Matt Coleman, Harge showed that he could do work while not being the primary ball handler. He made pinpoint passes off of the bounce and showed an improved ability to finish amongst the trees. Toss in some strong pick and roll play and you can see why bigs enjoyed playing with Harge. He enjoyed playing at the camp, too.

“I loved the camp,” exclaimed Harge of his time at the John Lucas Midwest Invitational. “I had a chip on my shoulder for not getting the invite to USA Basketball, so I had something to prove. I wanted to prove that I’m one of the top point guards in my class.”

That he did, especially on the defensive end. Previously simply too small to defend more physically mature guards, he used his lateral quickness and quick hands to not only play good defense, but to put the clamps on people defensively. Harge not only has the ability to defend, but has the willingness to defend as well. These advancements in his game were enough for Louisville to invite him out to come check out campus during his time in the Bluegrass State.

“I loved Louisville. The visit was great,” Harge admitted. “I would have commmitted if the offer was there.”

Damon will be taking a visit this weekend to NC State for their Pack Madness, and already owns offers from Memphis, Depaul, North Carolina Central, and Pacific.

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Jashaun Agosto with sick overhead dime at John Lucas Midwest Invitational

Jashaun Agosto has been making headlines since middle school and while it’s hard to believe that he’s still in high school, the junior has continued to progress his game. An absolute world class athlete, he showed that his game has made some serious progress as well. One of the more unselfish guards in the camp, his vision was on display with his ridiculous overhead pass.

Stay tuned to CityLeagueHoops for more Jashaun Agosto footage this week.

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Even the coaches at the John Lucas Midwest Invitational have game

John Lucas is known for his selective process for coaches working his camps. The vast majority are former college coaches or players, with a few former NBA players/scouts paired in. Everyone knows the game and quite a few of them can still play it, as we saw this past weekend in Louisville.

Down a player due to injury in the drills, Lucas’ longtime camp counselor Tony Lusk stepped in the action. He grabbed a loose ball that sent a defender diving to the ground and fired a a behind the back pass to a teammate, which was not converted. Either way, he proved that despite his age, he could still get out there and go with some of the nation’s finest high school players.

Stay tuned to CityLeagueHoops for more coverage from the 2014 John Lucas Midwest Invitational.

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Super sophomore Matt Coleman drops defender at 2014 John Lucas Midwest Invitational

Ever since we initially saw Matt Coleman, we knew that he had a chance to be a special prospect. Starting on the 16U team for the legendary Boo Williams AAU program as an eighth grader, you could see the long term potential that he had. After an outstanding performance at the 2013 CP3 Rising Stars Camp, he cemented himself as a top 25 player in the class of 2017 and after the performance that he put on this weekend at the John Lucas Midwest Invitational, it looks like people may still be sleeping on him.

Clearly the top point guard in the camp, Matt showed a video game like ability to change speeds with the ball in his hands. Not only possessing end to end speed, he knew when to change gears and hit the turbo button, leaving defenders behind him. Coleman showed off an improved jumper and ability to finish amongst the trees in the paint, proving that size is no problem for him whatsoever. Additionally, he had one of the top highlights of the weekend with this ridiculous move that sent his defender collapsing to the ground.

Stay tuned to CityLeagueHoops for plenty more of Matt throughout the coming months.

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Dondre Griffin posters defender at John Lucas Midwest Invitational

Always known as being an explosive athlete throughout the state of North Carolina, Dondre Griffin showed scouts from all over the country at the John Lucas Midwest Invitational. The 6’3 combo guard came flying down the right lane and threw down a poster dunk over a post player who we’ll opt not to name. Already owning offers from Hampton, Houston Baptist, and Coastal Carolina, expect that list to grow as more teams see him with the emerging Team Felton program on the AAU circuit.

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