CNR Winter League: Player Notes

Since high school basketball in Illinois is on hold; a league in St. Louis was formed to give teams a chance to play. 

Here are a few Guys who caught our attention during the first weekend of the league 

Mekhi Phillips, 6’0, Guard, Decatur MacArthur, 2022
Since we saw him last he has really worked on improving his body. Still one of the state’s top marksmen. Really sits down and guards.

Brylan Phillips, 6’1, Guard, Decatur MacArthur, 2022
Another kid that has improved his body. The floor general was dynamic leading his team and making shots. His passing ability is second to none. 

Jalen Watson, 6’7, Forward, East St. Louis, 2021
Continued to improve from his good summer.  Continues to show an improved stroke from the outside. Jalen makes his money on the glass and scores effectively from the paint 

Tommie Williams, 6’3, Guard, Belleville West, 2021
Really looked good shooting the ball and running his team. His constant motor and improved jump shot will be an intriguing option to colleges later this year 

Demarcus Bean, 6’7, Center, Metro East Lutheran, 2022
Continues to improve and score around the basket. His ball-handling has improved and his Motor is now on all the time. 

David Granger, 6’7, Forward, East St. Louis, 2021
The Athletic forward continues to expand his game. Can take it off the glass and go coast to coast. Blocks everything in the paint. 

Nate Hall, 6’7, Forward, Collinsville, 2021
The stretch 4 looks more confident in his shot than he was this summer. Looks leaner and his ball-handling looks smoother. 

KJ Debrick, 6’8, Center, Lanphier, 2021
Kid is a presence around the rim. Block shots without fouling and great touch around the basket. An intriguing prospect that will make some team very happy. 

Ryan Stevenson, 6’3, Guard, East St. Louis, 2021
We weren’t sure what to expect but after 2 long 3s we are intrigued. Smooth wing with a great stroke. Looking forward to seeing more of him. 

McCaleb Rich, 6’4, Forward, East St. Louis, 2023
He’s one of the best sophomores in the area — just looks great with the ball in his hands. Has improved his handles and looking for his shot from the outside. Just a Freakish athlete 

Jamarkus Gary, 6’1, Guard, Alton, 2021
We have not seen this Jamarkus before. He scored from everywhere. Always plays with a great motor and made 5 threes with several drives to the rim. 

Dante Herrin, 6’3, Forward, Alton, 2021
The energizer bunny. When the ball is on the rim he goes after it like no one else. Takes charges and showed the ability to get to the rim 

J’Laun  Patterson, 6’3, Guard, Belleville West, 2021
This smooth wing continues to make strides. Hit several jumpers and smooth drives to the wing. Has definitely worked on his body. 

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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.

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

Get the preview of Campers attending…