INDIANAPOLIS, In. -- The MiddleSchoolHoops Camp at Lawrence North was an awesome chance to get a jump on some of the nation’s best 2019 kids, along with a few 2020s for us to watch in the future. Multiple kids made a name for themselves throughout the camp and the studs we expected to show out did just that.
Because Next Up Recruits does not cover kids who are not yet in high school, we only listed 2019 standouts with a few exceptions of 2020 kids who were too good not to mention.
Francis Okoro – 2019 PF/C – Lighthouse Christian (TN)
A product of the always loaded We All Can Go AAU system, Francis showed a side of himself that we didn’t know he had. He did a lot of work facing up inside the arc, and showed off a decent handle and ability to get to the rim with ease. He hit a few jumpshots that showed he has improved that aspect of his game but it definitely needs work. He has all the potential in the world to succeed, now it’s up to him to keep developing.
EJ Jackson – 2019 PG – Junipo Serra (CA)
Another of the new brand of California PGs, EJ is as flashy as they come. He is similar to recent California products Paris Austin and Elijah Hardy. But don’t get it twisted, EJ is a pure point guard. He is always looking to setup teammates but at the same time can create and get an open jumper. His body control is really good and he is definitely in contention for the best handle in the country.
Marcedus Leech – 2019 SG – Poplar Bluff (MO)
An absolute monster wing prospect, Marcedus started off the weekend with a casual 40 ball and then followed it with nonstop scoring performances, averaging somewhere in the ballpark of 35 points for the weekend. The smooth lefty 2 guard can get hot in a hurry and his athleticism really makes it easy for him to get to the rim. He is easily a top 25 player nationally at the moment and has scary potential to match, but is definitely going to be the next big thing out of Missouri.
Dexter Shouse – 2019 SF – Lawrence North (IN)
A player who is built like a linebacker, Dexter came on strong during the second half of Day 1 at the MSH camp and showed his big time potential. He hit 5 straight 3s to open the all-star game and showing his all around game throughout Day 2. He is very strong in his runs in the rim and can get into spots where he can score easy buckets. His perimeter game has much room to develop but he has a chance to be another really good player out of Indiana.
Marquise Walker – 2019 PG – St. Joseph’s (IL)
After starring as an eighth grader in a highly publicized 1 year move, Marquise has returned to Chicago for his 4 year high school career. He was incredible throughout the weekend, showing why he will likely be one of the most coveted point guards in 2019. He absolutely went off in his last game on Saturday night, posting a huge number in the scoring column and bringing the crowd into a frenzy multiple times.
Judah Jordan – 2019 G – Capitol Christian (DC)
Easily the most slept on kid of the weekend at the camp, Judah was a BEAST throughout the day. He gets to the rim with absolute ease and understands how to operate in the mid-range area. His team was short on firepower throughout the camp at times, but he definitely put the team on his back when he wasn’t making shots. We look forward to tracking his development throughout high school as he continues to make a name for himself.
Keon Brooks – 2019 F – Ft. Wayne Northside (IN)
This super skilled forward showed up just in time to catch our eye on day 2. He is a big time athlete and plays hard on both ends of the court. He rebounds really well in his area and should be another stud in Indiana’s 2019 class. He can create for himself at times but is a really good off the ball player. Ft. Wayne is loaded in high school underclassman this year, and Keon is a big reason why.
Farris Kabalaoui – 2019 F – Park Vista (FL)
Maybe not the best player on the court each game he played, Farris definitely produced at a high level throughout the camp. He is a super skilled forward who excelled at making shots from the perimeter. He definitely can add to his overall game but will be an intriguing long-term prospect.
Jordan Toles - 2020 G – Baltimore (MD)
Possibly the best 2020 guard in attendance, Jordan was good enough throughout the weekend to warrant a mention among the best high school performers at the camp. He is a super smooth combo guard who also possesses big time athleticism, as evidenced by a monster alley oop slam in transition. His jumpshot is streaky but he makes opportunities for himself with ease. He is also a pest on the defensive end and can be an absolute hound when on the ball.
Justin Smith – 2020 F – Baltimore (MD)
While we usually refrain from talking about middle schoolers who have not played high school basketball yet, Justin was another kid that absolutely deserved a mention. He is a long raw combo forward but also possess some nice skill as evidenced by the countless jumpers, however streaky, he hit throughout Saturday. He will be one to watch out of Baltimore in 2020, we will definitely have him on our list for the future.
Jaden Springer - 2020 PG - Lighthouse Christian (TN)
Although he is not technically a high schooler, Jaden does indeed play high school basketball as an 8th grader in Nashville. He was an absolute stud throughout the camp, showing his skills as a scoring lead guard and at times was just on another level. He recently picked up his first D1 offer from New Mexico State, according to his AAU team, and will likely be someone who is heard about on the national radar this season.
AJ Hoggard - 2020 - Pennsylvania
AJ was incredible during day 2, going extremely hard against whoever they matched him up against. He is a thick bodied guard who the game comes to extremely easy as of now. He got buckets and did enough to catch our eye during the camp. Keep an eye on this young stud out of Pennsylvania in the future.