Texas Boys Basketball

Live Period Prep! Elite 32 Storylines

 

The focus is geared towards the fast approaching NCAA Live Period but quality games and a good quantity of prospects played basketball this past weekend. First, let’s take a look at some of the standouts from the Elite 32 which was hosted by TJ Thomas of Texas Impact and Kenny Wright of The Program.

Stock Riser Alert! Ft Ian Motta

One of the top performers from the inaugural 5state Elite Showcase, 2021 Ian Motta orchestrated a strong performance at Triple A Academy. Showcased versatile skillset combined with size and IQ, Motta will climb up the charts on our 2021 Rankings. 

Mr. Reliable – Ft Harrison Ingram

Already regarded as one of the top players in the state, arguably the best, one thing that’s not disputed is how reliable of a producer Ingram is. Harrison knows how to find teammates on kick-outs, be an effective rebounder and his great feel for the game allows him to adjust to the tempo. When shots are going on, like it was at the Elite 32, Ingram will have a field day

The 22’s

The Rising Sophomore Crop has a chance to be as strong if not better than the 2019 class. With that being said, we got a chance to get a good look at Jace Wilson of YGC36. The younger brother of Kansas Signee Jalen Wilson, Jace draws similarities to his eldest brother in regards to motor and attack style of play. Jace was a big-time contributor in YGC36 15U’s win vs Texas Impact 15U. Speaking of Texas Impact, ‘22 guard Jourdyn Grandberry Showcased why a few Power 5 schools have shown interest. Good positional size, length and shooting touch from deep. Point guard CJ Booker made shots at a high clip from deep and showed he possesses  leadership qualities to run a team. RL Turner’s Kenton Wright of The Program was solid. Burly guard that’s steady operating as secondary or primary ballhandler. For Dallas Showtyme, Arterio Morris is lethal once he gets downhill as he displayed his explosiveness around the rim. A top 10 player in the state of Texas, Morris has a very high ceiling. Their Frontcourt tandem in Kyron Henderson and Cam Williams were a force inside. Both used big frames to finish inside and exploit mismatches in the block. 

Standouts 

Donte Houston, 2020 PF – Dallas Showtyme: Donte’s debut with Dallas Showtyme didn’t end the way he would of wanted (got hurt) but when he was on the court he adds a different dimension for Showtyme. His rebounding prowess combined with his athleticism and improved ball skills makes him a mismatch problem.  

Kameron Pruitt, 2020 SF/PF – Dallas Showtyme: Kameron hit shots and showcased sneaky vertical athleticism in traffic. Consistency is key for him going into Atlanta. 

Micaiah Abii, 2020 PF – Texas Impact: Speaking of consistency, If Abii can string himself several strong outings in Atlanta, his recruitment will take off. A versatile forward that can attract higher End D1 Coaches. 

Imo Essien, 2021 PG – Texas Impact: His progression has been noted here at TBB. Imo looks comfortable taking shots from 12-15ft out and finding his own looks within flow of offense. 

Quintezz Grimes, 2020 CF – Urban DFW: Weekend did a lot of good for Quintezz. Grimes excelled as a slasher and made some plays with the ball in his hands that he wasn’t able to consistently do in April. 

Kylon Owens, 2020 C – Urban DFW: Was effective when walling up driving lanes and altering shots around the rim. “KO” recruitment has seen a slight upstick and a strong week in Alabama will see it take off some. 

Rytis Pertratais, 2021 SG – Texas Impact 16U: Holds a smooth jumper from deep, Rytis with space is ready launch and make defenders pay. 

Julien Larry, 2020 PG – YGC36: Speedy, gritty guard that made plays in open court. Facilitated in pick & roll, was a hard cover when in full go-mode