Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Buckeyes Receive National Recognition at Lucas Camp

EJ Williams and L'Christian Smith Excel at Elite Camp
After attending John Lucas’ International Middle School Combine in Houston, Texas last weekend, two Ohio players were recognized nationally. EJ Williams (6’9 C Middletown) and L’Christian Smith (6’5 WF Dayton) were both positively featured in Clark Francis’ Hoop Scoop post event report and were ranked among the camp’s top players.  Smith was ranked 3rd overall and was described as “the most versatile player in camp, as well as one of the best players we saw in the stations and drills” by Francis. Buckeye Prep attended the camp and observed Smith in both the skills and drills stations as well as actual games.  In both segments, Smith played hard and excelled.

Francis commented that Williams “has nice hands,” “a high basketball IQ,” and “off the charts potential.” Francis also noted that Williams is projected to reach 7’2 or 7’3 by the time he stops growing, and “has the heart and desire necessary to evolve into a very good player.” Williams was ranked 44th overall. We watched Williams in his opening game and noted that  he did a solid job with finishing close to the basketball and out letting the ball in transition.

The fact that Williams and Smith were lauded by Francis, one of the leading scouts in the country, is significant, as the elite camp attracted 180 very talented 7th & 8th graders from across the country, many of whom will attend high major college programs in the future. Congratulations to both players for their standout performances and for representing the Buckeye State well!


  1. Smith 2019 or 2018?

  2. Should be class of 2016

  3. Smith is in the class of 2018 he was reclassified from 2017. In which he was one of the top guys. He plays up with the class of 2016 this summer the kids has a late birthdate I think he not even 15. Rob you have him listed as a 7th grader is that because you don't know much about the kid? Or is it something else? I have seen in the pasted that you have feature other Ohio players at the camp but you wrote nothing on Smith and EJ Williams. I heard he was a beast at the camp but you feature Chase Adams. Is he a Ohio kid? What's really going on? Rob Really a 5'1 point the best at the camp?