Session 2: First day notes

Pure Prep v. SW IL Jets 6:00 pm

Game recap: Defense, ball movement, and grit were all on display in the early evening match-up between Pure Prep and SW IL Jets, a match-up that drew coaches from a bevy of major and mid-major colleges.

The Jets jumped out to an early lead by forcing turnovers and converting layups on the other end. Midway through the first half, Pure Prep made a run behind its half court zone defense and the aggressive play of Xavier Foster. The 7 footer dominated on both ends of the floor, deterring shots on the defensive end and converting in the paint on offense, keeping his team within striking distance. SW IL’s paint attacks drew fouls and helped them to a 26-21 lead headed into the half behind a balanced attack of guards David Roberts and Rashad McDaniels.

The second half started with SW IL looking to take a commanding lead by using their stifling defense to frustrate Pure Prep’s guards into turnovers. After building as much as an 8 point lead in the first 7 minutes, Pure Prep clawed back behind the three point shooting of guards Zach Carr and Caleb Hagg, tying the game at 34 a piece with 10 minutes remaining.

From that point, both teams traded blows changing leads several times. An exchange of corner threes sent the game into overtime as the team continued to trade baskets in OT. In the end, the clutch play of Pure Prep point guard Aquan Smart sealed the game as Pure Prep came away with a 61-54 victory.

Team Magic Elite v. Marcus Denmon Elite 7:00 pm

In what looked to be a game that was getting away from Team Magic Elite early in the first half, the Memphis based squad put together a 10-2 run to start the second that made the game competitive until the final buzzer.

MDE’s size advantage in the post led to multiple put-backs and second chance points that helped the team regain a slight lead late in the second half. The slashing and finishing ability of Jaylon Taylor kept Team Magic Elite in striking distance and combated the penetration and pose of MDE’s Sylvester Union.

A late three by Team Magic Elite’s DeAnthony Hollowell sent the game into overtime where TME closed out the match 71-69.

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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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