Player Focus: Braden Lamar

As the summer recruiting season nears its end, rising seniors are preparing to make their final argument to coaches around the country for offers. One of those seniors is Braden Lamar (2020) of Bishop Gorman, a guard/wing whose stock continues to rise over the summer competing with the Las Vegas Knicks in the Adidas Gauntlet. Today, we had the opportunity to discuss his summer before the final stretch of games and only NCAA certified period in July.

RLH: Tell us about your experience playing AAU this summer. How has it been different from other summers?

BL: My experience playing AAU this summer has been awesome. It has been different than other summers due to the level of competition. Last year I played 16u in the Nike circuit, this year I am playing 17u in The Adidas Gold Gauntlet. The jump from 16u to 17u has brought my game to a new level. As I play multiple positions, I am having a great and competitive experience on The Gauntlet. It is fun to play against such high level players. I feel like it has made me a better and smarter player all around.

RLH: What has been your most memorable moment from competing over the summer thus far?

BL: My most memorable moment of this summer so far was while playing with my high school team, Bishop Gorman High School, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Our team was able to take down Mater Dei in the Section 7 finals in Phoenix, Arizona. I was able to play hard and it led to success. It was an amazing experience to be able to play against and beat such a great team to end the June season.

RLH: Who has been recruiting you the summer?

BL: This summer I have talked to many coaches from a variety of great schools. I am excited to move forward in the recruitment process.

RLH: What aspect of your game have you been working on the most this summer?

BL: I have been working on handling the ball under pressure well. I’ve never had a problem with the ball in my hands, but I feel like if the ball is on a string and no one can take it from me, it will up my game to an even higher level.

RLH: What events are you looking forward to attending as you round out the summer?

BL: I’m very excited to finish out the Adidas Gauntlet in Birmingham, Alabama playing with the Las Vegas Knicks, and hopefully, the Gauntlet Finale in California. I will be playing in the Las Vegas Classic and maybe the Las Vegas Big Time Tournament at Bishop Gorman as well. I am also excited to say that I have received an invite and will be participating in the Larry Hughes Elite Camp near St. Louis, Missouri, in August. I can’t wait for these events and to be able to show my ability and value to college coaches.

RLH: Who has influenced your game the most?

BL: I believe my grandpa, Jack Morrical influenced me the most. He was a division one college athlete and I am hoping to follow in his footsteps. When I was extremely young, he had me doing dribbling drills every day. He taught me how to hold the ball when I shoot. He showed me proper shooting mechanics. He taught me the importance of physical and mental toughness. Without him, I wouldn’t be where I am today and I know that he is watching over me and is proud of the player, student, and person I have become.

RLH: Once the ball stops bouncing, what do you want to spend your time doing?

BL: When the ball stops bouncing, I would love to pursue a career in Broadcast Media. While attending Bishop Gorman, I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to write stories, color commentate, create packages, edit, and be the on air sportscaster for our in circuit news channel, BGTV. I have edited a few personal highlight videos which can be found on my YouTube channel linked here.

RLH: What’s your favorite basketball movie and why?

BL: My favorite basketball movie of all time is Hoosiers because it shows how to be a team and never quit. Also, Hoosiers was based in Indiana where my mom was raised. My Grandpa, Jack also played basketball at the same school that the film is based upon. I have seen the movie countless times and it never gets old.

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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

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