by Rodger Bohn / @rodgerbohn

From our friends at John Lucas Basketball Resources:

The 2nd annual John Lucas Future of the Game West camp kicks off May 5th at the Tarkanian Basketball Academy in Las Vegas. Players will be drilled by top coaches from around the country for a grueling three hours each day over a variety of skills. Focal points will include passing, ball handling, proper spacing, defensive positioning, shooting and scoring one on one. Last year was a huge success having attracted top players such as Jaylin Fleming, Chris Giles, Jared Vanderbuilt, Doc Nelson, Deshawn Wilson, Jaylen Nowell, Matt McCabe, Caleb Nero, Justin Roberts and P.J. Washington. That group of select players have gone on to be invited to the International Middle School Combine in Houston in May 2012 for the top 8th graders and select 7th graders in the country.

Clark Francis of the Hoopscoop will again be in town to check out the talent and speak to the kids about what it takes to reach your potential as a player and recruitable athlete in the recruiting process down the road.  MiddleSchoolHoops.com and Rodger Bohn of SLAM Magazine will also be in town to evaluate  Coach Lucas is extremely excited about the growth of the camp as well

“Last years camp was as good as a first year camp we have ever had from high school camps to the pro camps we have run. The intensity and dedication of the players and parents was off the charts and I am just very please with where the camp is going,” the former #1 pick in the NBA Draft and NBA head coach said. “All these kids say they dream of playing in the NBA one day, well we are just trying to give them a taste of what it is like and the intensity level they have to compete with to make it.”

Some of the top players who will attend Future of The Game West include Pierre Crockrell from Seattle WA, Courtney Ramey from St. Louis MO, Terrell and Ti Strickland from Lexington, KY, Gavin Schoenwald from Nashville, TN, Evan and Isaiah Mobley from CA.

The John Lucas Future of The Game West camp will take place this Saturday and Sunday at Tarkanian Basketball Academy, located at 2730 Rancho Drive, Las Vegas, NV, 89102. Games begin at noon on Saturday.