2019 Larry Hughes Elite Camp Preview

Press Release
August 2nd, 2019

RecruitLook Hoops will once again host the Larry Hughes Elite Camp on August 10-11, 2019 in St. Louis. This is an invite-only camp that will bring in some of the top high school basketball recruits from across the country. The two-day event will feature a mixture of 60 national recruits in the 2020, 2021, and 2022 recruiting classes – all getting the chance to learn from NBA-veteran and skills trainers.

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NBA veteran, Larry Hughes, along with state-champion high school coach, Justin Tatum, will be the lead instructors for the Camp that will take place at Hughes’ brand-new facility.

Hughes has an impressive resume having played thirteen seasons at the highest level of professional basketball in the NBA. He was drafted by the 76ers in the 1st round (8th overall) of the 1998 NBA draft out of Saint Louis University, where he was named Freshman of the Year. Hughes was recognized as a versatile and athletic guard with strong defensive abilities, and was selected to the 2004-2005 All-Defensive 1st Team.

“Larry is passionate about spreading his basketball knowledge to the younger generation, which aligns with our vision and overall goal of RecruitLook Hoops,” says Mike Enright, Founder of RecruitLook. “It’s paramount that we have an influential partner like Larry to assist with the development of the next generation of basketball players.”

This camp will also feature wearable technology that is found in top-notch NBA facilities, including the RSPCT Basketball System to track shots, and the Kinexon’s sports technology cameras to measure player movement. All the data is tracked and logged into a digital locker, which will be shared to college coaches of all levels.

“We founded Larry Hughes Basketball Academy as well as our BTS (Basketball Training System) to develop athletes’ basketball abilities and basketball IQ — as well as their character and life skills,” says Larry Hughes, Founder of LHBA and BTS. “We share the same vision when it comes to assisting youth within the sport of basketball. We’re excited to build leaders on and off the court.”

The Larry Hughes Elite Camp provides athletes with an opportunity to showcase their skills against elite competition, while also learning more about the game of basketball and life-skills from special guests. In addition to the drill work and skills sessions the campers will receive, the camp will focus on teaching valuable lessons off the court.

The camp is not open to the public, only family members of the campers. Media requests need to be submitted to

Here is a look at some of the prospects coming to the Larry Hughes Elite Camp:

Xavier Foster, 2020, C, 7’0, Pure Prep (TBD on attendance based on prior commitment). Foster is a 5-star player out of Iowa, ranked #24 overall in his class, and has just about every college program in the country checking in on him. At 7’ he does a lot of things that have even NBA Scouts tracking him. He runs the floor, can knock down the three, and is an excellent rim protector. 

Offers: Kansas, Mizzou, UCLA, USC, Baylor, St. Louis, Iowa, Iowa State and others

Jermaine Hamlin, 2020, C, 6’10, Bradley Beal Elite. Ranked #8 in the state of Missouri in his class. Hamlin reclassed to 2020 and will attend Link Year Prep this year. His skills and overall game have come a long way the past couple years, and he’s likely going to continue to develop at Link Year Prep. The muscular big has terrific hands and is powerful in the paint when he goes up for dunks.

Offers: North Dakota, South Dakota, Purdue Fort Wayne, Eastern Illinois

Tamar Bates, 2021, 6’4”, Guard, KC Run GMC. Bates is ranked #110 overall in the 2021 class and the #1 guard in the state of Kansas.  Bates is a long guard who uses it best when he’s in defense. His length causes great matchup problems for opposing guards, which leads to a lot of fast breaks for him and his team. The lefty can shoot but his shiftiness and ability to get to the basket is what stands out the most. 

Offers: Wichita State, Creighton, Abilene Christian, Missouri State 

Aquan Smart, 2020, G, 6’4”, Pure Prep. Aquan is a facilitating point guard that makes the game easy for everyone around him, he will find open players in transition or in the half-court. The passes he typically makes are either in the shooters pocket or leads to a layup, he also does a good job at getting to the basket and finishing over or through people with either hand. Knocking down jumpers, which has been weak spot of his game, but it’s evident that he’s been working on it as his jumper has improved each time we’ve seen him. 

Offers: UAB, SEMO, East Tennessee St., FIU, Illinois State, UW-Milwaukee and others.

Jalen Myers, 2020, SF, 6’8”, Team Carroll Premiere. Myers is a long and athletic wing that can score it at all 3-levels. His jump shot has vastly improved and he’s able to pull the defenders out more, which opens up his driving ability and slashing ability. He’s a stat stuffer… can attack the glass, can create turnovers, run some PG if need be.

Offers: Auburn University, UIC, San Diego State, Jacksonville, Troy

Trinity Bell, 2021, PF, 6’8”, Team Carroll Premiere. ESPN has him ranked as the #12 rated Power Forward in the country for 2021. A physically strong post-player that is a force down in the paint – he can score it in a variety of ways with his post moves, and is probably most effective with his back to the basket. His game is starting to evolve outside the paint, which will elevate his stock at the next level.

Offers: Jacksonville State, St. Louis, UAB, Samford.

Zocko Littleton, 2022, PG, 6’2”, Team Carroll Premiere. Littleton is a scoring point guard that has tight handles and advanced passing skills for his age. He played up on the 17u Adidas Gauntlet circuit this year, and landed on the radar of high major coaches. Littleton can push the tempo…plays with energy…and loves to defend full court.

Offers: Xavier University, Mississippi State

Preston Murphy Jr., 2021, PG. Ranked by 247Sports as the #87 overall player in the country for his class. An explosive point guard with his first-step burst…hard for defenders to stay in front of him. He’s tough and fast with the ball along with terrific court vision. He’s a solid jump shooter when set, and his stock will continue to rise as he gets more consistent with his jumper.

Offers: Rhode Island, UMASS, UNLV and Buffalo

Ray’Sean Taylor, 2020, G, Gateway IL. Can play PG & SG. Big-time scorer. Broke a 59-year old scoring record at his high school for points in a season. He was the 17u MVP for our RecruitLook Hoops League this year – willing his teams to victories. 

Offers: North Florida, UMKC, Southeast Missouri State, SIUE, Wright State, Akron, Indiana State, UW-Milwaukee

Prince Aligbe, 2022, PG, Grassroots Sizzle Suggs. Listed as a PG but plays more position-less style. A freak athlete that can play above the rim and score at all three levels. He can defend all 5 positions with his 6’6” frame. He’ll be ranked nationally when his class is officially ranked.

Offers:  Minnesota, Florida, Maryland, Iowa, Western Kentucky, Illinois, Arkansas, Mississippi State, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mizzou, Georgia, Minnesota and others

Hunter Sallis, 2021, Guard, 6’4”, OSA Crusaders. Sallis is ranked #56 overall in the 2020 class. A long and lanky combo guard that does most of his damage from the outside – whether that is draining 3’s or getting to the hoop – he’s a tough matchup with his shooting abilities, long frame, and creative scoring/passing abilities as he attacks the rim.  

Offers: Creighton, Iowa State, Nebraska, Ole Miss, UCONN, Drake, Iowa, Kansas State

Micawber Etienne, 2021, PF, 6’11”, PSA Cardinals. Ranked #74 overall in the 2020 class. Mac is shooting up the rankings in recent months. He’s very agile for his size with a muscular build to him. He dunks everything and is a very good rebounder. He plays with a lot of intensity and passion out on the court. He’ll stock continue to rise as he continues to develop his offensive game and shooting. 

Offers: UCONN, East Carolina, Iowa, Wake Forest, Providence, Xavier, Syracuse, St. John’s, Pittsburgh, Marquette, VCU and others.

Graham Ike, 2020, PF, 6’10”, Colorado Hawks. Ike is a double-double machine. He controls the paint with his size and is a fearless rebounder. He’s got a nice low-post game and knows how to get solid position inside.

Offers: Loyola Marymount, Air Force, Akron, UMASS, Rider, St. Louis, Northern Colorado

Jalen Weaver, 2021, SG, 6’4”, Billups Elite. Weaver is ranked #113 overall in his class. Weaver reminds us a lot of DaJuan Gordon from 2018 Larry Hughes Camp. Gordon signed on with K-State. Weaver is a scorer at all 3-levels and has a pure jumper — his form is the same no matter where he is pulling the trigger from. Can score it at the rim and will throw down some monstrous dunks.

Offers: UMASS 

Javonte Johnson, 2021, Small Forward, 6’6”, Billups Elite. Johnson is ranked #118 overall in his class. He could be labeled a shooting guard with the way he plays and scores on the outside, but it’s his ability to work from mid-range and the post that makes him more of a forward. He’s a tough matchup with his size on the outside and the way he moves without the ball. He can defend out top and is versatile enough to matchup with Power Forward around down-love. Love his potential.

Offers: Loyola Marymount, Cal-State Fullerton, San Jose State, New Mexico, Montana, Denver University, Northern Colorado.

Latrell Wrightsell Jr., 2021, PG, 6’1”, OSA Crusaders. Latrell has the basketball genes…his dad played at Creighton. Wrightsell Jr is a PG that is more of a score first point for his high school team. His jumper has NBA range and he’s not afraid to shoot it. He’s maturing as an overall hooper and college coaches are starting to take notice.

Offers:  Northern Illinois, South Dakota State, SIUE, Pittsburgh State, North Texas

Jayshawn Moore, 2020, SG, 6’4”, Detroit REACH. Tall, long, and athletic perimeter scorer. He is extremely tough to defend in the open court as he attacks the basketball. Quick hands on defense along with his size/length on defense will create turnovers and makes it tough for opponents on the perimeter. 

Offers: Cleveland State, Oakland, Detroit.

DaJion Humphrey, 2020, G, Detroit REACH. Interchangeable guard with extreme athleticism. He’s a microwave on offense – can heat up at any moment. He can score from the outside and attacking the basket…finishes well with contact. Super quick hands on defense and good at reading angles.

Offers: Kent State, Sam Houston State, Brown University, Cleveland State, Lafayette University

Tyson Acuff, 2020, G, Detroit REACH. Ranked #190 overall for 2020 class. Tough as nails point guard with tight handles. Knows how to run a team and be a coach on the floor. He can score in a variety of ways and facilitator on offense…and he rarely turns it over. Tough on ball defender that moves his feet well.

Offers: Buffalo, Central Michigan, Siena, Cleveland State, Detroit

Rashad Weekly-McDaniels, 2020, PG, SW IL Jets. Big physical guard that can get buckets at all 3 levels. He’s tough to stop when he gets in his zone and playing with confidence, and we love a point guard that isn’t afraid of the big moment.

Offers: Western Illinois, SIUE, UW-Milwaukee, Central Michigan

Josh Wallace, 2020, SF, 6’6″, Bradley Beal Elite. The bouncy wing will be attending this year at Link Year Prep. Wallace is a beast on the boards as he uses his jumping ability and big frame to snatch rebounds out of the air and away from opponents. He is a terrific defender with his size and athletic ability. He does most of his damage slashing and working the put back misses. He can score from mid-range in and is tough to stop if he gets going downhill towards the rim.

Offers: Bradley University, SIUE 

Jack Molloy, 2021, Small Forward, 6’6”, PSA Cardinals. Interesting prospect with his high basketball IQ and ability to stroke it from outside. Molloy isn’t afraid to attack the glass and do some work in the paint too. Doesn’t make a lot of mistakes out on the court and knows how to play quality basketball. Wouldn’t be surprised if Power 5 schools started getting more involved. 

Offers: Penn, UMASS, Yale, Columbia, Brown, Dartmouth 

DK Middleton, 2020, 6’3”, PG, Primetime Ballerz. Shifty combo guard that likes to get in the paint and score. Good body control to play through contact and finish. Played exceptionally well this spring and summer – starting to hear from all levels of college coaches.

Tayven Glasgow, 2020, 6’2”, Point Guard, Team KC Black & Silver. Glasgow is a table setting Point Guard. We like Glasgow’s game because he’s high energy, has a high basketball IQ, and has the mental mindset to be good. He’s crafty at getting buckets…has nice post up moves for a guard. If he can work this season on his jump shot, he could be a major contributor for a college program.

Ben Palacios, 2020, 6’4”, Wing, Marcus Denmon Elite. Palacios is a walking bucket – he can score it in a variety of ways, and does a lot of damage off the ball working off screens and cutting. He is just as effective with the ball – scoring from all 3 levels. Palacios recently represented his country at the NBA Basketball Without Borders Camp in June.

Offers: Truman State, Drury University

Mason Hanback, 2022, C, 6’10”, Bluff City Legends. Hanback is a prospect with an extremely high ceiling. His shooting and basketball IQ for his size is advanced for his age. He’ll be getting more MM+ to HM attention the next couple of years.

Offers: Southeast Missouri State University

JaVeon Tolliver, 2020, G, Wisconsin United. Impressive pulling up off the dribble in the mid-range. Great change of pace ability with hesitation & crossover dribbles. A smaller guard a 6’ but can get his shot off against most defenders with his quickness and elevation. Should be getting D2/LM looks.

Jordan Pickett, 2023, G, SW IL Jets. Younger brother of Javon Pickett (Mizzou). His game is already mature. He’ll be on a lot of D1 coaches radar as he gets older. 

DeMarcus Sanford Jr., 2021, PG, St. Louis Blazers 16u. Long, athletic, great ball handler. Ranked #28 in the state in his class. 2x Nike Cougar Classic All tournament team.  

Zach Olson, 2020, 6’6”, Small Forward, OSA Crusaders-Franzese. Olson likes to do most his damage from on the perimeter. Olson is a great jump shooter that can get his shot on the outside and in the mid-range with his long wingspan. 

Shaun Riley, 2021, 6’5”, SF, SW Illinois Jets. Riley is a bouncy forward with nice moves around the basket. Athletic to get out and run & convert in transition. As he extends his game away from the basket, he’ll start to see his game & recruitment take off. Has tons of upside with his athleticism and playmaking abilities.

Moory Woods, 2020, 6’4”, Wing, Gateway IL. Long athletic wing that can get to the rim at will. A very solid defender too. He’s the type that can score if you need him to score or just lockdown the opposing team’s best player. A total team player that can play at the next level.

Braxton Bayless, 2020, Point Guard, All-Iowa Attack. Bayless put on an impressive performance at our Sunflower Showcase, scoring 23 points against a very solid Team KC squad. Bayless showed elite court vision and his ability to score at all three levels in both games. He creates opportunities for his teammates and is great at creating his own shot.

Offers: Missouri Baptist University. 

Chase Carter, 2022, Forward, 6’6”, Grassroots Sizzle. Carter is the son of former Minnesota Gophers Power Forward, Randy Carter. Chase is only a sophomore but has the skill set of a much more mature player. His shifty moves and ability to finish with the right or left is tough at his age. He also can bury it from beyond the 3-point line. Chase is still growing and developing — he’ll be a force inside/outside as he puts on more muscle.

Offers: West Virginia, University of Florida, Vanderbilt, Minnesota

Ethyn Brown, 2021, Point Guard, 6’1”, SW IL Jets. Ethyn played so well this spring and summer on the RecruitLook Hoops League that he was named our 16u MVP. Ethyn is a gamer…flat out. He gives it 100% on every play, wants to play against the opponent’s best player, and plays with a ton of confidence. He’s a very strong 6’1” and his fearlessness at attacking the rim is fun to watch. He’ll start to get more MM+/HM attention as his point guard play continues to evolve… he’s just scratching the surface on what he can do.

Offers: SIUE

Armond Williams, 2021, Center, 6’8”, SW IL Jets. Armond is a long and lanky post player that has a knack for blocking shots. His long wing-span is lethal on defense…deflecting passes, changing opponents shots, and blocking shots. He runs well and has good lateral movement. His offensive game has developed from the first time we saw him early April to just recently in July. With added muscle and a consistent 12-15’ jumper, he’ll be getting a lot more college offers.

Offers: SIUE, SEMO

Full Camp List

Jersey NumberFirst NameLast NameHeightGrad YearState
52MacEtienne6’112021New York
33Jayshawn Moore6’52020Michigan
35BenjaminPalacios 6’42020Missouri
1ZockoLittleton jr6’3 2022Georgia
12LatrellWrightsell Jr6’32020Nebraska
42LarryHughes II6’32022Missouri
13JordanPickett 6’22022Illinois
14DemarcusSanford Jr6’22021Missouri
17MaricusGrant Jr6’12020Missouri
19BeauFrericks 6’12020Illinois
21PrestonMurphy jr6’02022Nebraska
22DamionByrd II5’102022Nevada

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