Posted On: 06/18/18 6:00 PM
Here are some takeaways from last weekend’s Lindenwood University Team Camp in St. Charles, MO.
Class of 2019 point guards
*There was a talented group of point guards in the Class of 2019 on display at Lindenwood during the weekend. They included 5’11” Yuri Collins of St. Mary’s; 5’10” Malek Davis of Cardinal Ritter; 5’10” Lawrence Brazil of Belleville West (IL), 5’10” Damien Loyd of Kirkwood, 6’3″ Trent Champagne of St. Charles West and 5’8″ Mekai Ray of McCluer North. All of these quality guards have different skills and talents for the collegiate recruiter’s palate.
West is Best
*It was a very productive weekend for Belleville West, who won the team camp championship for the second consecutive year. The Maroons did it this year despite not having IL Player of the Year E.J. Liddell, who was participated at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Virginia. West was also without 6’5″ power forward Keith Randolph, who was with the football team. The Maroons still looked formidable with Brazil’s leadership at point guard and group of excellent athletes.
*Francis Howell Central had a very busy weekend on the camp circuit. Earlier in the week, they spent two days at the Central Methodist Team Camp in Fayette. After finishing in CMU, they came back home to St. Charles and played two more days at Lindenwood. In all, the Spartans played a total of 14 games in four days. Throughout the entire four days, the Spartans maintained a level of intensity and enthusiasm for each other.
A few new faces
*During the weekend, I got a first look at a few young players who bear watching in the future. One was 6’5″ 2022 forward Tarris Reed of Chaminade, who has a nice, versatile skill set for a youngster with good size. He is going to be a good one…..Raynard Horry of Christian-O’Fallon is a stout 5’9″ 2022 point guard with nice handles and a pure stroke from 3-point territory….Colin Parker of Montgomery County is a talented 6’5″ 2021 wing player with a nice perimeter skill set and a 6’9″ father. Once he gains physical strength, he is going to be a problem.
Metro East flavor
*Although much of the field at Lindenwood was from the St. Louis area and St. Charles County. There was also a good group of teams from the Metro East IL area who were very good, including IL Class 4A state champion Belleville West, East St. Louis, Alton, Belleville East, Belleville Althoff, Alton Marquette and Mascoutah. Along with them came top prospects such as 6’6″ 2019 T.J. Hargrove of East St. Louis, 5’10” 2019 Lawrence Brazil of Belleville West, 6’6″ 2019 Donovan Clay of Alton, 6’2″ 2019 Isaiah Ervin of Alton Marquette and 6’7″ 2020 Patrick Readye of Belleville Althoff.