The John Lucas Midwest Invitational brings some of the best young talent in the nation to Louisville, Kentucky each fall and this year is no exception. We were in attendance at the camp Saturday and here are a few of the stand outs.
Jalen Lindsey, shooting guard, (Franklin, TN – 2014)
Lindsey was one of the top prospects in attendance coming in and he lived up to the billing. He spent a considerable amount of time with his head above the rim as he was dunking everything. Lindsey had several dunks that had the gym buzzing. He has an explosive first step and attacks the hoop with the intent to finish. In the night games his jumper was on as he nailed multiple from the wing. Co-player of Day 1!
Avery Patterson, combo guard, (Alpharetta, GA – 2014)
My other player of day was Milton High School guard Avery Patterson. He has a physical body and good strength. The left handed guard scores in a variety of ways. He is a sniper from deep with a quick release and good mechanics. Patterson also wins off the bounce as he is good getting to the basket and finishing with athletic layups. His passing was a plus too as evident when he drew defenders then dished to his man in the paint for the easy bucket. Defensively he locked in and competed by moving his feet and having active hands.
Carlton Bragg, forward, (Cleveland, OH - 2015)
At 6’9” Bragg has a long and lanky frame that he can continue to add bulk too. He was impressive on both ends of the floor. Defensively he was a presence around the rim blocking and altering shots. Offensively he has a versatile game that allows him to score inside with his quickness. He can also step out and hit a 15 foot jumper and handles the ball well for his size.
Austin Grandstaff, guard, (Rockwall, TX – 2015)
Grandstaff is a prospect that impresses with his presence on the court and his efficiency. He is crafty with the ball in his hands using a good hesitation move. The sophomore has a great feel for what is going on and a plus mid-range game. His shot is very good from all over the floor. He is also a good passer that makes the right play with the ball.
Kobi Simons, shooting guard, (Jonas Creek, GA – 2016)
Simons is a super-athletic guard that knows how to use it in all parts of his game. He attacks the rim strong with a creative handle. His jumper has good mechanics and went down with some consistency. Defensively he gets up in his man and showed effort in the drills including a come from behind block.