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Posted On: 06/20/18 5:00 PM
Here is a look at the top Class of 2019 forwards from last weekend’s Lindenwood University Team Camp in St. Charles, MO.
T.J. Hargrove 6’5″ East St. Louis
The top prospect in the team camp, the explosive combo forward had some big time displays of athleticism on both ends of the court. He had several rim-rattling dunks as well as chase down blocks on the defensive end. He is also an aggressive offensive rebounder who has many put backs during the weekend. He is a skilled performer and a solid perimeter shooter.
Will Shumpert 6’5″ Belleville West
A transfer from CBC, the bouncy power forward is a good addition to the Maroons with his athleticism and activity. He has a high motor when it comes to crashing the offensive boards. He ran the court and blocked his number of shots. He displayed some perimeter skills by knocking down some 3-pointers, giving him a boost to his offense.
Marcellus Romious 6’4″ Belleville West
The athletic combo forward had an excellent weekend, culminating with his 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat East St. Louis 49-48 in the championship game. He has good size on the wing and rebounds well, but his strength is 3-point shooting, where he made several triples during the weekend.
Brendan Smith 6’7″ Borgia
A blue collar performer in the paint who just puts on his hard hat and goes to work with his aggressive style of play. He seeks contact and enjoys the physical game around the basket. He does a nice job of using pump fakes to get shot blockers up to draw fouls. He battles for every rebound he can get his hands on.
Josh Rivers 6’4″ Alton
In a pool game against McCluer North, the versatile combo forward scored 16 points in the first five minutes and was dominating the action before injuring his knee and being hobbled for the rest of the weekend. He was really working out from everywhere on the court, knocking down jumpers, scoring in the low post and hitting the offensive boards. It was the most impressive four to five minute stretch I saw during the weekend.
Moses Opkala 6’7″ Ladue
A major college football prospect, big Moses did a solid job during the weekend. At 250-pounds, he is very difficult to move around in the low post when he establishes position. He is a very good rebounder and passer. One thing he did pretty well was knock down the 15 foot jumper. He even did it after a few jab step moves off the catch. I see you Big Moses.