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Posted On: 03/3/18 3:00 PM
DuQuoin 2020 small forward Lamontay Daughtery is the #3 2020 prospect in the state of Illinois and a high major prospect. The progression he has made in his game continues to impress us each time we see him. Daughtery stands at 6’6” with a long and athletic frame. Will definitely need to continue to add strength going forward. Offensively at times he forces things and tries to do too much for his team. As a sophomore he is clearly the best player and has to take on a huge load. His jump shot continues to progress. Connects on pull up jumpers and can stop and pop from mid-range. Much more consistency on the shot and mechanics look sound. His athleticism plays well when attacking off the bounce. At times he can be a bit loose with it, but he has a great burst with the rock in his hands getting to the rim. Likes to shield the ball with spin moves in the lane. His post-game is an area that works for him against smaller defenders. He uses his quickness inside for hook shots. As a rebounder he is solid. Defensively he is still up and down. The down is he will get lost every now and then or he won’t slide his feet and his man gets by. The good is he has extremely active hands in help defense getting deflections and steals at a high rate. Once he learns how to play hard all the time on that end and defend on the ball with intensity he has the physical tools to be a plus defender. Length allows him to block shots including on the perimeter. Daughtery has high-major talent written all over him!
He chatted with us about his sophomore season.
“I think I have improved. I got a lot stronger getting to the basket easier. Now I am using my length. I think I am playing good.”
He has taken a newfound confidence into this season and averaged around 18 points per game this past year.
“My coach told me to just play my game and slow things down. I have to let the game come to me. I am getting more comfortable with my shot.”
What are the strengths in his game at this stage?
“Getting to the basket, finishing strong, and knocking down open shots.”
He will return to Brad Beal Elite this spring where he played 15U last summer.
“Hopefully I want to play on 17U. That is the top level where all the good players are. I can’t wait to get back in the gym with Coach Frazier. They taught me to slow down the game and let the game come to you. Have better IQ and learn how to play the game correctly.”
SIU was the first school to extend a scholarship offer.
“It was my first offer so I was excited. It is close to home. I am still thinking about it. I am waiting to see what else I get.”
According to his high school coach Justin Barrington Indiana State and Bradley have been to games this year. Iowa State, Loyola, Illinois, Kansas State, and Evansville have all shown interest. Illinois would like to get him on campus this spring.