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Posted On: 06/19/18 10:00 AM
There was an impressive group of Class of 2019 point guards at the Lindenwood University Team Camp in St. Charles, MO. Here is a look at those players.
Lawrence Brazil 5’10” Belleville West:
An impressive floor leader who led the Maroons to the overall team championship. He has really developed into a excellent all-around guard who runs the team and makes big shots in clutch situations. He was the heartbeat of a IL state championship team. In the camp finals against East St. Louis, he set up a comeback rally with two free throws, a big 3-pointer and a steal. His quickness, toughness and overall toughness is vital in the Maroons’ quest to repeat.
Yuri Collins 5’11” St. Mary’s
With an entire group of talented players graduating, Collins is now in charge of a young and inexperienced crew of new players. His leadership skills are coming through with his ability to keep the team organized and serve his younger teammates with room service passes in a position for them to be successful. He runs the show on offense, hawks the ball on defense and it at his best on offense when attacking the basket.
Malek Davis 5’10” Cardinal Ritter
A speedy, yet crafty veteran point guard who is also the leader of a young team full of speed and quickness. He has developed into a good facilitator over the course of his career while maintaining his excellent scoring prowess. He did an excellent job of changing speeds and directions and getting to his spots on the court where he could get buckets. He is a quick ball hawk on defense and he is quite capable of picking the pocket of an opposing ball handler.
Damien Loyd 5’10” Kirkwood
The slick point guard continued his excellent play in June as he facilitated and got buckets to lead the Pioneers to three victories on Sunday. With many key players at other activities for other sports, Loyd has been able to keep things together with his talent and floor leadership. He does a nice job of keeping things organized, plus he displayed the ability to get buckets in the lane or from 3-point range.
Trent Champagne 6’3″ St. Charles West
The rangy combo guard enjoyed an excellent second day at Lindenwood, including a dominant performance against Ladue in which he scored 16 points in the second half of a close victory. I was impressed with his ability to score from all three levels. He has one of the best pull up mid-range jumpers around. It’s cash money. His 3-point stroke was just as consistent as he knocked down the long ball and made himself even more difficult to guard.
Mekai Ray 5’8″ McCluer North
One of the smallest players in the team camp, but also one of the quickest as well. He is a good playmaker who keeps the action moving fast on both ends of the floor. He is good an penetrating in the lane and finding the open man. He is also a catalyst on defense, where he fuels the Stars’ pressure defense.