Rivals.com Basketball Recruiting Senior Writer
Rivals.com spent the weekend on Louisiana Tech's campus in Ruston, La., for the Get Exposed Fall Workout and Exposure camp, hosted by the Louisiana Select AAU program. A handful of players caught Justin Young's eye, and he breaks down the top performers from the one-day event.
Get Exposed Fall Workout Top Performers
SG John Isaac, New Llano (La.) Pickering (2011 class)
Of all of the players in the camp, the strong-bodied wing was the best looking long-term college prospect of the bunch. The class of 2011 guard got better as the camp went along, using his great natural strength, athleticism and confidence to overpower defenders en route to the basket. Isaac has a high-major frame and a game that translates well at that level. He is a confident ball-handler who loves to do his best work at the basket by slashing with power. His perimeter shot will be the difference maker in his development. Isaac said his recruitment is in its infancy and doesn't know who is involved. The high-majors most certainly will be when all is said and done.
The future Texas A&M big man was the most talented player in the gym and had the biggest reputation among all of the players. Simply put, there just wasn't a challenge for him outside of T.J. Williams (mentioned below). Roberson had his way around the basket. Roberson displayed great passing skills for his size, faced up quite a bit and showed off his shooting touch. While the camp didn't bring out his inner competitor, Roberson projects to be an important prospect for the Aggies because of his natural skills and size.
The 6-foot-5 wing took advantage of the big stage and played his way into the spotlight. There wasn't a better defender in the camp, and he took pride in finding another way to stand out among his peers. His energy and ability to play multiple positions was another separating quality about his game. Robinson did a great job of showing his perimeter shot and confidence from beyond the arc. His shot was on point throughout the day, and his offense was founded upon his ability to knock down the 3-pointer. Robinson said he is hearing from Oregon State, Tulane, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe and New Orleans.
The 6-foot-3, 180-pound shooting guard got exposed – in a good way – which was the purpose of the camp. Johnson always seemed to be making plays in the backcourt. He showed he can shoot, handle the ball, score from the perimeter and defend, and he also displayed solid athleticism. The long guard is a good-looking, low-major sleeper and is already receiving interest from that level. Southeastern Louisiana, Texas-Pan American and Northwestern State are involved at the moment, he said.
The 6-foot-6 forward entered as the No. 2 big man in the camp. When he matched up with Roberson in the most anticipated pairing of the day, Williams won the individual battle. He's a tough customer around the paint. An average athlete, he doesn't explode off the floor. However, he did a good job of getting up and down the floor and playing smart below the rim. Williams is a good rebounder who will likely be looked at by some mid-majors. Williams said he is hearing from Southeastern Louisiana, Grambling State and Louisiana Tech early in his recruitment.
The 6-foot-2 senior walked across the street from his high school to Louisiana Tech and looked comfortable in his hometown surroundings. Spivey shot the ball well, played with good speed and defended with a purpose. He said he has an offer from Louisiana-Monroe and interest from Southeastern Louisiana, Northwestern State and Louisiana Tech.
One of the most athletic kids in the camp, the 6-foot-3 class of 2011 prospect did a good job of playing multiple positions on the floor. He doesn't have a true defined position because he isn't the best shooter or most fluid ball-handler. But he is high-energy guy with good bounce, a desire to defend and the ability to score tough shots around the cup. Time is on his side and he comes from a basketball family, two things that clearly work to his favor. Martin said he has early interest from Northwestern State, Miami and LSU.
Tomeny was one of the better shooters in the camp, although his shot is somewhat unorthodox. The tight end look-alike has great range and confidence in his shot and fired away at will, hitting a high percentage of his shots from beyond the arc. At 6 feet 4 and 210 pounds, Tomeny is better suited at the power forward position. He's a strong player who is a good position rebounder with average athleticism. A good student and fundamentally sound, it wouldn't be a big surprise to see his recruitment welcome academic programs and low-majors.