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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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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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.
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 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.
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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.
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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.
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.
Will Dillard shocked the world with his windmill dunk as a seventh grader last year, and has continued to progress his game ever since. He started on the varsity level as an eighth grader for Greensboro Day School and helped pace the school to the state title game. Dillard showed the experience that he gained against some of the nation’s best at the CP3 Rising Stars Camp.
Playing against his peers for the first time in a while after playing with Team Felton at the 16U level in AAU, Dillard used his outstanding athleticism to play outstanding on-ball defense. His mature body and great lateral quickness enabled him to put massive amount of pressure on the ball. On the offensive end, Will thrived in transition via his tough finishes above the rim. He stepped out to hit a few jumpers and while he needs to improve his game off of the bounce, clearly established himself as one of the South’s best in 2018.
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Keifer Sykes seemingly has always fallen under the radar, but those who were in the know, knew that he had some serious game. Dating back to his tenure at Marshall HS in Chicago, Sykes was always a productive player, but people questioned whether his size would translate to the next level. Heading into his final campaign at Green Bay, Sykes seems to finally be getting the respect that he deserves.
At the CP3 Elite Guard Camp, Keifer was given the opportunity to show his stuff in front of representatives from nearly every NBA team. The reigning Horizon League POY was super shifty with his change of speed, shot it well from deep, and had no problem finishing in the paint amongst bigger guards. During the breaks in camp, he made the most of his opportunity to play in front of scouts, showcasing his absurd athleticism throughout a number of impromptu dunk sessions. Naturally, a camp like this did not offer an opportunity for Sykes to show his point guard skills, but he did enough to firmly supplant himself on the radar for NBA scouting staffs for his final year in Green Bay.