John Lucas hosted some of the top players in the nation... we gottem on tape going head to head such as: Te'a Cooper, Brook McCarty, Brianna Turner, Zaire O'Neil, Jamie Cherry and more!

John Lucas hosts star studded event

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September 9, 2013 - 8:09am
After a strong summer, Zaire O'Niel continued to play well at this weekend's 40/40 event hosted John Lucas. (File photo by Kelly Kline)

After a strong summer, Zaire O'Niel continued to play well at this weekend's 40/40 event hosted John Lucas. (File photo by Kelly Kline)

WOODLANDS, TX--The John Lucas 40/40 Camp was simply off the chain from start to finish, there was nothing but high quality play as some of the top players from across the country were in attendance, some of which I’ve had the pleasure of seeing before and some that I hadn’t -- which left me somewhat speechless. Many of the best in Texas were in attendance as well, including some BCS freshmen you will be hearing a lot about as well as some of the Lone Star state’s and nations best including many that will be considered for WBCA and McDonald’s All American.

2014

Brianna Turner, 6-3 post. Manvel HS (Manvel TX)

Turner is the number one player in the 2014 Full Court Fresh 50 and is in the top three of every poll and scouting service in the country. Her performance over the weekend showed exactly why the Notre Dame commit is one of the best in the nation. She dominated both offesively and defensively in this very talented enviornment -- my prediction: she’s going to average a triple double in high school this season and don’t be surprised if she pops up with a few quadruple’s.

Zaire O'Neil, 6-1 forward, Malcolm X Shabazz HS (Newark NJ)

Talk about playing bigger than she is, the Georgia Tech commit simply blew me away in July and continued her play this weekend. She’s strong and mobile and doesn’t mind getting physical. Her spin move is one of the best I’ve seen, I’m talking boy or girl, and she’s shown the ability to knock the midrange, even with defenders hanging on her.

Jamie Cherry, 5-6 guard, West Craven HS (Grove City NC)

When I took a glance at the roster I chuckled after seeing her high school because even with the T, she was still a Nightmare on the court throughout the event. The North Carolina commit is strong and handled the ball with ease under the pressure, she got her teammates involved yet when needed she scored sometimes almost at will. The stutter step kept defenders leaning and she can shoot the long one, in fact, she connected on a few four pointers which tells you how strong she really is.

Brooke McCarty, 5-5 guard, Clear Springs HS (League City TX)

When the Texas commit plays, nothing she does surprises me and after watching her as an eight year old, I started calling her The Chosen One. She’s simply the prototypical point guard and one of her biggest assets is the fact that she makes her teammates better. Don’t be mistaken, when needed she can score from a variety of ways and her basketball IQ is probably one of the best I’ve witnessed.

Tory Jacobs, 5-10 guard, Irving MacArthur (Irving TX)

The Minnesota commit made her presence felt early on opening day during the one-on-one drills and she used her size and strength to continue making it felt during the scrimmages. Her ability to put it on the floor and finish with contact is only overshadowed by her outside shooting and ability to create.

2015

Te’a Cooper, 5-8 guard, McEachern HS (Powder Springs GA)

I didn’t take a lot of notes on the PG who recently de-committed from North Carolina, she’s one of those players I looked at for the first time and it’s now embedded in my memory. She was definitely one of if not the top performers at the camp and she simply does, well everything. She understands the game, is smooth and her ability to set up defenders multiple ways will trickle over at the next level. She can score from anywhere and watching her thread the needle for assists was a work of art.

Alexandria Gulley, 5-8 guard-Skyline HS (Cedar Hill TX)

When you commit to Baylor, it’s huge. When you do it in middle school is, I definitely take notice. Gulley was a work of art at a young age however injuries slowed her down the previous two summers. I’m to say that painting is looking priceless as she showed her old form and was simply amazing the whole event. She picks defenders apart and keeps them guessing and her midrange game was smoking over the weekend.

Darby Maggard, 5-5 guard, Fort Wayne Canterbury (Larwill IN)

Most of the female players I’ve seen from Indiana have been lights out shooters, throw Maggard in that bunch but also add the fact that she has a razz in her dazz and by that I mean she is a crowd pleaser. Her ballhandling and passing will sometimes amaze you more than her scoring and she doesn’t let her size be a deterrent as she challenges defenders who try to stop her from scoring going to the basket.

Taja Cole, 5-8 guard, Lloyd C Bird HS (Richmond VA)

When you look at my notes, I sometimes scribble signs that might appear to like a cross between the Zodiac and a music sheet however let me go on record and combine them and say she has a very bright future at the next level and this will be the tune -- She’s explosive and has a very quick first step, handles the ball well; I’m talking under pressure not just during the drills and can score. She’s a lot stronger than she looks and can defend.

Caliya Robinson, 6-2 forward, McEarchern HS (Powder Springs GA)

Robinson is athletic nightmare for defenders. She's long and fast and simply covers ground quickly. She plays around the rim and her ability to not only elevate but regroup is a rare gift.  Blocking shots and rebounding against anyone wasn’t a problem as she started and finished many fast breaks by simply out hustling defenders and sometimes teammates down the floor.

Jordan Hosey, 6-1 forward, Manvel HS (Manvel TX)

Hosey elevated her status on a national level even more during the summer but I always knew the Texas commit would be in the running for numerous awards by the time she was senior. Hosey has polished up her game, continued to work on weaknesses and can play multiple positions. She controlled both ends at times over the weekend and was ready for any challenge thrown at her.

2017

Megan Walker, 6-0 wing, Monacan HS (Chesterfield VA)

I liked her game when I thought she was a junior however I was blown away when I checked the roster. This young lady will be a household name, she’s strong, can handle the ball and more importantly finish with contact. Wait, she battles under the boards and I mean battles plus she can face the basket and step out and hit mid or long range jumpers with ease.


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