This the first year of the JL Elite Invitational and it was loaded with talent. It has some of the most elite kids in the midwest in the 2020, 2021 and 2022 classes. The guard play was outstanding and I would say overall there may have been over 90 to 100 division 1 prospects and that may be low. This is a mist event of the fall and I cant see it not getting bigger and better in the future.
Below is just a few of the standouts I observed below:
2021 Foster, Michael Milwaukee, WI Washington High C. 6’9. 220
The big came to camp and showed why he’s garnering all this national acclaim. He’s agile and athletic, he can put the ball on the floor and make a move outside the paint. He’s the first big man down on the break and finishes above the rim. When he’s motor going full throttle he’s unstoppable. He has a decent touch from 17 feet in.
2019 Ramsey, Jahmius Dallas, TX Duncanville High School G 6’4 180
This young mans one of the most explosive players in his class. He’s dynamic off the dribble and finishing on the break. His first step is incredible. He finishes everything above the rim. His motor is non-stop and is very hard to match. His jump shot is decent and the more consistent that it gets the better he will and that can be scary.
2019 Williams, Donovan Missouri City, TX Fort Bend Elkins G 6'6" 170
Williams has ever skill you want from aa wing player. He has deep range, he can put it on the floor and has nice bounce. He can score at all three levels. He’s a versatile defender by being able to guard multiple positions. He’s definitely fun to watch.
2019 King, Elias Suwanee, GA Lincoln Academy G 6'9" 170
He can shoot the heck out of it and put it on the floor. At times it looked like he was bored this past weekend, but you could see the talent. Because of his skill set and size, he’s s definite mismatch problem. He rebounds well from the wing.
2019 Baker, Will Austin, TX Westlake C 7'0" 240
He has great size and a great body. He runs the floor well for his size. He finishes well off the break, in traffic and above the rim. He has a soft touch on his jumper and is a excellent rim protector. He’ll surprise you by knocking down the 3 ball. When he gets to college and tightens up his body, his game will take a tremendous leap.
2020 Robinson, Chanse Ruston, LA Lincoln Prep Highschool G 6’0" 175
This kid is taking the nation by storm and I can see why. Straight off scoring two touchdown last Thursday, then coming to camp and being one of the most aggressive, athletic and skilled kids here. He was punishing off the dribble and terrific off the bounce. From coast to coast, there was no player faster then him in the camp. On the defensive end he played with the same aggressiveness and energy.
2020 Stone, Jayden Anniston, AL Sacred Heart 2020 G 6’3” 175
This was only my second time seeing Jayden play. The first time he was more of an attacker and bucket getter. This time he played with more patience. He got his teammates involved and showed more floor general potential. Im impressed with his range and physicality. He played through contact and finished.
2021 Blackmon, Jalen Fort Wayne, IN Marion High School G 6'2" 155
He’s the last of the Blackmon brothers and it seems he done soaked up a little knowledge from all of them. He’s skilled and crafty. He has the family knack for getting buckets and can do it in bunches.
2020 Cryer, L.J. Katy, TX Morton Ranch Junior High G 6'2" 175
He’s your prototypical combo guard. He can lead from PG, but looks more comfortable when he’s moved over to SG and allowed to be aggressive and attack. He does most his work going to the basket, but he can knock down the 3 ball and has a decent mid-range game. His a physical combo guard.
2020 Key, Zed Bayshore, NY Long Island Lutheran F 6'8" 230
He has a strong body and decent footwork. He plays physical and will punish you. He knows his strength and plays to them. If he gets to his spot in the post your in trouble. He had a nice mid range touch.
2021 Mutombo, Bretner Suwanee, GA Lincoln Academy C 6'11" 195
This young fella played with much energy and was very physical against the older players. He showed good touch around the basket. He was tenacious on the glass on both ends. He contested shot after shot. He still needs to work on his footwork and range on his jump-shot.
2020 Lampkin, Eddie Katy, TX Morton Ranch High School C 6'10" 285
The big boy has a chance to be special, when he sheds 35 to 45 pounds. He has soft hands and light feet. He strong and plays with power. He has very good footwork. He plays with energy and enthusiasm. He’s definitely fun to watch. If he wants to be great, it’s all on him.
2020 LeBlanc, Isaiah Missouri City, TX Ridge Point High School G 6'3" 175
This young man been balling for years. He gets buckets and will score in a variety of ways. He loves attacking the rim and that’s always a positive, but if that’s the case you must stay healthy and absorb the contact.
2020 Dawson, Dylan Humble, TX Atascocita G 6'3" 175
He had a very nice stroke and played with patience. He let the game come to him and had nice maturity to his game. I like the way he played with much confidence.
2020 Brown III, Gregory Austin, TX Vandegrift High School F 6'9" 195
Gb, has a chance to be a very, very special player. If theirs a more versatile player in his class please show me. He’s putting it on the floor and leading the break, he’s worked on his post play and footwork. He’s jump-shots getting better. He’s a very active and versatile defender and a very good shot blocker. The skies the limit for this young player.
2020 Long, Jahari Houston, TX Bellaire Episcopal G 6'4" 190
I liked how he attacked the basket. He got to the rim and finished with contact. He had a nice mid-range game. He had decent ball handling skills, but still could use some work. He needs to work more on getting teammates involved.
2020 Howard, Jace Fort Lauderdale, FL NSU Lauderdale G 6'6 200
He’s strong guard that plays downhill. When needs to he can finesse you. I liked the way he absorb contact and finished. He has decent ball skills and court vision. When he wants, is a very effective defender.
2020 Lane, Niels Freehold, NJ The Perkiomen School G 6'5" 196
He plays coast to coast and played aggressive from the start of camp until the last game. He guarded 94 feet and made it a problem for opponents getting to where they wanted to go. He played with a little nastiness and attitude. If you were caught sleeping he made you pay.
2020 Peavy, Micah Dallas, TX Duncanville HS G/F 6'7" 210
This may be the best I’ve ever seen this young man play. He had the whole arsenal in effect. He was knocking from deep and attacking the rim with authority. He was playing very good defense. He was rebounding and blocking shots, but the most important thing he was physical and seemed to welcome the physicality.
2020 Jackson, Jonathan Stilwell, KS Blue Valley High School G 6'4" 185
He has all the mannerism of his older brother, North Carolina star and NBA 1st round pick Justin Jackson. He has the same sweet stroke, the mid-range game and the feel of the game.. he just wasn’t blessed with the 6’9 height. With all that being said Jonathan knows the game and can ball.
2020 Hefner, Hayden Nederland, TX Nederland High School G 6'5" 170
He was one of the most impressive kids at the camp. You really had to know basketball to see his game, because he didn’t force nothing and played under control at all times. He has a sweet stroke and major bounce. He can handle and has good court vision and awareness. He surprised me and was a way better defender then I expected.
2020 Hale, Nicholas Pearland, TX Shadow Creek High School F 6'6" 180
A lefty with a nice stroke that knocked down 3 after 3. He runs the floor and gets to his spot and seems to always be in position to let it fly. When he wasn’t shooting he wasn’t doing much else. Has the ability to do more.
2020 Johnson, Isaiah Cerritos, CA Bishop Montgomery F 6'7" 198
He oozes talent and when he plays is very effective, I just like to see him do more. He has good footwork and a nice shot. He didn’t get to physical and needs to play way more aggressive.
2021 Adams, KJ Austin, TX St Andrews G/F 6'7" 205
You can argue that KJ needs to bring it all the time, but when he does there’s not many in his class are older that can hold him. He has decent handles, is strong off the dribble. He can score in the paint with either hand and finishes above the rim. When he decides he wants to dominate night in and night out, he will become a major, major problem.
2021 Powell, Duncan Desoto, TX Desoto high school G/F 6’8" 220
He’s gotten stronger and always has been skilled. He has a nice touch from midrange. Good footwork And can score with either hand. He may not get taller but against taller players you wont outwork him. He has so much Perry Ellis (past Kansas great),in his game, that’s it’s crazy.
2021 Ingram, Harrison Dallas, TX St Mark’s School of Texas G 6’7" 205
This young mans been on the map in Texas for a minute. He’s now showing the whole country his real value. He has great size and a good skill set for his age. He showed good touch from 20 feet in. I really liked his hands and footwork.
2021 Onu, Sam San Antonio, TX Texas Christian C 7'0" 235
The big fella got a chance. He was the most aggressive that I’ve seen him in along time this past weekend. He rand the floor and contested shots. He finish at the rim and played within himself.
2021 Frederick, Sherwin Port St Lucia, FL Treasure Coast High School G 6’2 130
He’s a little light in the seat but he can play. He played within himself and under control. He let the game come to him and didn’t force nothing. He must get stronger and more aggressive.
2021 Colvert, Jerrell Pasadena, TX Sam Rayburn F 6'9" 196
The young fellas long and athletic. He has a nice skill set and decent stroke from 15 feet in. I liked how he ran the floor and finished. He has a very good upside. I don’t think he realizes his true potential yet.
2022 Holloman, TreJuan Minneapolis, MN Cretin Durham Hall G 6’1" 165
I was highly impressed with the young fella from Minnesota. He played in gears and handle the ball on a string. He’s jet quick and there’s nowhere on the court he cant get. He competed just ass hard on the defensive end and guarded 94 feet. He has a decent jumper and knocked down a couple floaters. He’s going to be a problem for anybody trying guarding him, here on out.
2022 Stewart, Adam Houston, TX Waller High School F/C 6'10" 215
The young man was aggressive and played with a good motor. He wasn’t afraid to bang. He showed good offensive moves in flashes. Believe me he has a lot of work in front of him, but you cant teach size and coordination.
2022 Griggs, Bryce Fresno, TX Hightower High G 6'2" 170
He always been one of the best payers in his class and still is. He’s strong, decent handles and bullies his way to the cup. He has very good court vision and strong handles. Now for him to maintain his excellence, he must evolve his game. I love to see him learn to play with the screen and make the game easy for him. He’s a great kid, with a tremendous work ethic, so I have no problem seeing continued success.
2022 White, Tre' Dallas, TX Little Elm High school G 6’4 190
Hes worked so hard his game, that when I last saw him play I felt he was a wing player. After this past weekend I can see him playing some lead guard in high school. This plays like seasoned senior. He very poised and plays with a flair. He being receiving a lot of accolades lately and they seem well deserved. This kids a baller.
2022 Nunez, Austin Garden Ridge, TX Randolph High School G 6’0" 140
There be no kid in the country, in his class playing with the level of confidence he’s playing with. The way he’s stroking the ball is outstanding. When closed out on, he’s putting on the floor and getting to the cup. He dropped the occasional dime and he can do more of that. He always been on the Texas seen, but nationally he’s starting to make his mark.
2022 Perkins, Chanse Spring, TX Homeschool F 6'3 170
The strides this young mans made in his game has been incredible. Just two years ago he wasn’t good enough to play with just the good players in his class, now he’s playing with some of the elite players two grades up. He plays within himself and just lets the game come to him. His jumper gotten better along with his ball handling skills.
2022 Rice, Marquise Creedmoor, NC Durham Academy G 6'5" 205
He was a young bull. He was aggressive and scored in the paint at will. He dominated with his physicality. He was also skilled, he had decent handles and could pass the rock. He was a very aggressive rebounder on both ends. He was punishing all weekend.
2022 Stewart, Kaleb Crosby, TX Crosby High School G 6'3" 168
The young mans jet quick and can get to anywhere he wants on the court. He loves attacking the basket and most the time finished are dropped off a dime. He’s young and its expected, but he must play more under control. I also liked the way he defended.
2022 Ngom, Mohamed San Antonio, TX Texas Christian F/C 6'10" 200
He’s athletic and bouncy. He runs the floor like a greyhound. He’s a terror on the glass on both ends. He seemed to contest every jumper that went up. I loved his motor and his upside.
2022 Hutchinson-Everett, Elijah Montclair, NJ Immaculate Conception High School C 6’10 234
The young fella definitely looks the part. He showed potential in flashes but he still has major, major work in front of him. He was aggressive at times and played hard. He did finishes around the basket a good portion of the time, when he had chances. He’s definitely a player on my list to watch his development the next few years.