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Parker Jefferson, Nansah Brothers & Tre Johnson Highlight Pangos SW Camp

We’re back! At TBB, we had to make some website tune-ups but the staff is excited to bring back news and notes to the public. We highlighted 10 players from this past weekend at the Pangos Fresh/Soph Camp in Dallas.

 

Parker Jefferson, 2025 PF – Waxahachie: One of the premier players in his class. Parker Jefferson’s size mixed with skill and feel was present this past weekend. Shoots it well from the perimeter, has a soft touch coming off either shoulder, and holds plus vision. Big-time upside with this one.

 

Tre Johnson, 2024 SG – Lake Highlands: Speaking of big-time upside, Tre Johnson has the tools of becoming the next one out of the DFW. Good positional size with length and a natural knack for scoring the basketball. Johnson is currently at the top of our 2024 class and looks to be there for some time.

 

Israel Nansha, 2024 PF – Hillcrest HS: Israel has made large strides in his game. His body has improved and so has his overall instincts. Finishing around the rim, altering shots, rebounding out of his area, Nansha impacts the game in multiple ways.

 

Jed Nansha, 2025 PF – Hillcrest HS: Israel’s younger brother Jed is one to highlight as well. Burly frame, long arms, and plays with a high motor. Jed’s impact on the defensive end was consistently shown.

 

Jamie Vinson, 2024 PF – St. Michaels: I remember Jamie in 7th grade and the progress he’s made then has been tremendous. Even the progress he has made in the past year is night and day. Agile forward that’s athletic and has an emerging skillset. Can hit an open shot from deep, attack off the bounce. There’s still a long way for him but he has made a major jump in his development.

 

Anthony Bates, 2024 CG – Katy Seven Lakes: Strong-built guard with high feel. Was able to create separation off the bounce and score, make plays for others when operating in pick n roll.  Productive ad efficient this past weekend.

 

Benjamin Price, 2025 Wing – Universal Academy: This one will be talked about a lot in the future. Price is long, athletic, and further along skill-wise than people think. This one has a chance!

 

Jakeel Registe, 2024 SF – Bellaire Episcopal: Athletic & strong. Jakeel is a slasher that displays his plus vertical leap in the open court. Functional handle and embraces contact on drives and finishes. One of the more productive players from the camp.

 

Trae Nunn, 2026 Wing – Brentwood Christian School: The only 2026 we will highlight here and that’s due to how well Trae performed. A broad framed, skilled scorer who didn’t shy away from hitting the glass. More than held his own vs the 2025’s and 2024’s.

 

Cameron Jackson, 2024 C -Weiss: Big fella has a big frame and is skilled with his back to the basket. Knows how to use shoulders to generate space inside. Soft hands, good footwork on the block and solid feel for the game.

Jordan Walsh Talks Rankings, Game & Recruitment to TBB


With the Peach Jam being a week away, ESPN updated their class of 2022 rankings, and coming in at No.12 was Jordan Walsh.

 The 6-foot-7, 190 pound forward from Oak Cliff (TX) is one of two five-star recruits in the state of Texas (Keyonte George). 

Walsh was very excited that all his hard work paid off.

“I was ecstatic to see my new ranking and I just stayed in the gym until progress showed in the game.”

Despite flying up the rankings,  Walsh is still focused on taking his game to the next level and has big goals for the rest of the summer.

“I’m looking forward to showcasing my skills in front of NBA and college coaches. One of my goals is to be a McDonald’s All American and to win the Peach Jam.”

He broke down some of the schools he has visited for Texasboysbasketball.com

He said. “I have a Georgia official visit set for September 11.”

TCU: “Had a great coaching staff that I connected with also with there being guys there I knew it was easy to fit in.”

Arkansas: “Had the great coaches too they have 60 years of NBA experience on staff, and that showed.” 

Oklahoma: “Was also good somewhere close to home and had a great facility because of Blake griffins donations.”

Going into his senior year, Walsh transferred to Southern California Academy. He will play alongside other highly recruited prospects such as T.J. Caldwell, Braelon Green, Cruz Davis, and Oziyah Sellers.

“I went to Southern Cal to be able to compete with Division one guys every day.”

Walsh will bring versatility to any program he goes to, and the coaches recruiting him have expressed that as well.

“They can use my versatility to be able to switch on d and be able to stretch the floor and make plays when I get the ball and be smart when doing ball screens.”

The Oak Cliff native wants his college choice to get the most out of him and prepare him for the next level.

“Hard workers who know how to be successful in developing athletes.”

There were seven players from Texas to make the top 30 game at the Pangos All-American Camp. Walsh talks about his experience.

“Pangos was great I competed against the best in my class and tried to make a name for myself.”

 

RJ Jones Talks Game, Recruitment & Pangos Experience To TBB

We are just under a week away from the Nike EYBL Peach Jam, class of 2023 top 60 recruit R.J. Jones is ready to put the world on notice. 

The 6-foot-3, 175-pound guard out of Aubrey (TX) is ready to showcase his full offensive skill set and defensive upside. 

“I want to showcase that I’m not just a spot-up shooter and that I’m a basketball player meaning that I can do everything on the court including shoot, finish, defend, play make, and rebound when people see that I think they will start to look at me a lot more. As a basketball player, I want to progress always on the mechanisms of defense and showcase my ball-handling skills a lot more.”

Jones is having a solid summer. He has picked up USC and St. Louis offers. With several other power-five schools calling as well.

He broke down each school and talks about potential visits for texasboysbasketball.com

He said. “We don’t have any dates set at the moment I am talking to Oral Roberts, Texas Tech, Texas, and USC about going on unofficial visits.”

Texas: “They plan on using me as a good point guard that can get the offense set but also utilize my skillset to get a bucket when they need one.”

Texas Tech: “Plan on as a great scoring guard that has the ability to go get a bucket whenever they need one.”

USC: “Same thing as Texas but with a lot more on the ball type of stuff

Tulsa: PG that can score and get everybody going to make sure that there is a great flow in the offense.” 

TCU: “PG that plays like Mike Miles to be able to score and get the offense moving fluidly.”

St Louis: “PG that has the green light to shoot but also feed other people whenever they get going.”

Despite not being ranked on Rivals top 100, Jones did come in at the #53 spot on ESPN rankings last week. Regardless of the rankings, Jones has a chip on his shoulder.

“It put a huge chip on my shoulder. I want to be on that list and I mean like top 10 so when I step on the court I will always put my best foot forward and showcase my talent to coaches, scouts, and other players.”

Jones will be playing in the Peach Jam for DriveNation, alongside other highly touted recruits such as K.J. Lewis, Ronald Holland, and Justin McBride. Jones has high expectations for his team.

“Expectations for me and my team is that we all come out with our best foot forward and we all come out with high intensity from the jump, if we do that everything will start to flow into motion.”

As Jones continues to have a great summer, he reflects on his Pangos camp experience.

 “The Pangos experience was great, in fact, I’ll be going to California on July 8 for a Pangos event. But the Pangos experience is a great community to be around because everybody is here to showcase their talent and if you don’t perform you have a chance of losing your spot in rankings. But all around Pangos is a great environment to be around especially when you make that top 30 game.”

 

TJ Caldwell Talks Recruitment & Game to Tobias Bass On TBB

Class of 2022 guard TJ Caldwell will finish his high school career at Southern California Academy, he announced Monday via Twitter. He will join two Dallas-Fort Worth stars in four-star forward Jordan Walsh and Oregon State commit Cruz Davis.
The 6-foot-4 guard is one of the most underrated prospects in the nation but has the potential/mindset to be great.
“I felt like the move to SoCal academy was the best move for me in terms of development I just felt like I need to really develop my game a lot more for me to go as far as I want to go in my career.”
It has been a long journey for many of these as their recruiting took a hit during the COVID-19 pandemic. Caldwell is focused more than ever.
“I think the most important part of my journey is just not being worried about rankings and being able to keep working and blocking out all the side noise.”
With the Peach Jam about a month away, Caldwell is already preparing mentally for what he expects of himself and his team.
“My expectations on the EYBL session as a player is to show everyone why I’m one of the best guards in the country and as a team, my expectations are to show everyone why Texas is one of the best basketball states.”
Caldwell currently holds eight division one offers from Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, SMU, TCU, Arizona State, and Tulsa. He is also hearing from schools in the ACC, SEC, and PAC-12.
“Recently I’ve heard from Illinois, Georgia, Iowa State, USC, and Minnesota is showing interest too.”
 “I would say USC, ole miss, and Oklahoma is hitting me up the most right now and I have talked about taking visits to ole miss, and Oklahoma right now.”

Ani’s Notes: Statistical Performances From Lonestar Challenge

The 10th annual Lonestar Challenge commenced at the Duncanville Fieldhouse and the crop of talent that manned the courts was strong. Tournament directing is a beast and the staff caught up on some sleep. Let's get to it with my journal! ‘22 Markel Johnson - Houston Superstars vs OWE The forward prospect out of Center, ... Read more

Lonestar Challenge: Producers Vol. 1

The 10th Annual LoneStar Challenge took place this past weekend and it was an opportunity for some old faces and some new to showcase their abilities on a strong platform against some of the top talent around. Here is part one of  some playmakers who put together a solid body of work over the weekend. ... Read more

Keon Edwards Commits to Nebraska, Talks To TBB

After entering the transfer portal, former DePaul forward Keon Edwards announced his transfer destination. He has committed to Nebraska to join Fred Hoiber and the staff. 

“One of the main reasons is I want to play for a head coach like Coach Hoiberg. He’s a great guy and he’s been where I want to go and that’s the NBA. He can help me become the player that can reach that level.”

Edwards, originally a 2021 recruit and a consensus Top 100 Player Nationally, graduated early and joined Depaul for the 2020-2021 season in the Winter Quarter. 

 

Evaluate 7: 7 Prospects That intrigued me at Combine Houston

Luke Hatcher, 2022 – Stratford: Wiry forward that plays with effort. Liked how he attacked offensive glass and capability of hitting shots from 12-15ft in.

Elijah Bernstein, 2021 Guard – Houston Christian: Shifty guard that thrives in space. Crafty finisher that can connect on tough shots. Very solid player. 

Alex Ferrell, 2022 Guard – Atascocita HS: Physical guard that got downhill. Embraced contact on drives and put pressure on defense. 

Grey Soileau, 2022 Forward – Hargrave HS – Lean forward that showed promising mid-range game. Solid length, plays with effort and has steady touch from perimeter.

Jaden Ross, 2021 Combo Guard – Cy Falls: Strong built, athletic guard that finishes above the rim in space. Liked how he was able to attack with either hand and finish vs contact.

Shey Eberwein, 2023 The Woodlands: Savvy wing with intriguing upside. Promising athlete that creates space off the bounce and can hit shots from the perimeter. One of best prospects at the camp. 

Luke Ramirez, 2022 CG – Bridgeland HS: Crafty guard that can shoot with range. Understands how to play on and off the ball and be effective. Really knows how to play.

 

Cream Of The Crop Evaluation Camp Notes

Kayden Bennet, 2025 Guard Lefty that can really score the basketball and has a knack for putting the ball in the basket. One of the most naturally talented players in his class.Will be at Duncanville next season and will be good to see him under David Peavy’s tutelage. Can be as good as he wants ... Read more

Prospects Shined at The SIB

Mannnnnnnnn, The past 10 days have been a long one. I put on my coaching hat as I arrived at Gatlinburg, Tennessee for 5 days for the East Coast National Homeschool Tournament. As much as I’ve enjoyed my 4th yr coaching, was definitely ready to cue the start of the grassroots season, and what better ... Read more

STARS BREAK THE ICE AT SPRING ICE BREAKER

Over the weekend I had a chance to take in the Spring Ice Breaker put on by RCS Sports in Houston. It was a chance to see players with their club teams get acclimated to the AAU Grind and show where they stand. Here are some stand outs from Saturday   TJ Caldwell (Team Grffin ... Read more

BATTLE OF I- 35 PART 1

THE SHOT HEARD DOWN 35

 AUSTIN BOWIE VS SAN ANTONIO CLARK RECAP

Playoff time!!! Round 3 you get to see the best of the best go head to head most of the time. In this case you have 2 solid teams. Coming in with a talented senior class is Austin Bowie. They come in after knocking off district champion Judson in the previous round so they come in confident. They have one of the best shooters in the state in Army signee Coleton Benson to go along with some good size at other positions. They were up against a solid SA Clark group; the district 28 champs.  Clark comes in on a high after beating Hutto Thursday night in a tight game. Clark features guards ’21 Daylon Whitlock and ’22 Jordan Mason and’21  El Emerllahu who can score and make plays so it had the makings of a strong matchup with several college prospects on the floor.

Austin Bowie has a solid backcourt. To go along with the before mentioned Benson is 6’5 LD Butler. Butler was solid throughout in this one making plays, slashing and scoring around the rim. But as mentioned earlier; Benson being one of the state best got off to a hot start. Showing his ability to shoot it from deep on a couple of them. On display was how well he moves without the ball. The 2 combined for 14 of the teams 18 1st qtr points.  

Clark has several players who can score it and one of them is senior El Emerllhau. His versatility with his size and skill set poses a problem for teams to match up. He showed his 3 point range, mid range and ability to put it on the floor some. Also in on the early scoring was wing ‘ 21Will Harris. Harris scored it in multiple ways early moving without it and getting some easy looks at mid range and the hit from 3. At the end of 1 Bowie led by 6.

In the 2nd qtr some solid adjustments were made on both ends defensively to slow down each teams strengths. Bowie countered with some solid minutes by Branden Myart and some strong play inside by Nathan Thompson. Thompson (10pts) had a relatively strong game inside on the glass and rim protecting. Showed soft touch at the elbow as well.

For Clark ’22 Jordan Mason settled in and made some solid plays creating some easy ones for his teammates and also scoring the ball himself. A point guard with good size and handle, put a lot of pressure on defenders. Had a solid game rebounding the ball as well. 

In the 3rd SA Clark came out of the half and turned up their defensive intensity. They also matched Bowie’s size with some of their own. ’22 Jakobi White was a big part of this spark . Good length and bounce to go along with a good motor allowed him and others to make plays leading to a huge momentum shift. The biggest adjustment was ’21 Dalen Whitlock and his defensive assignment on Benson. His length and activity helped disrupt some of what Bowie wanted to do and it helped Clark take the lead. Bowe was held to 7pts in the 3rd. Most of those points came by way of Butler (13pts) for the game. Knifing his way in traffic and also being active with his length helped stop some of the bleeding.

With Clark now leading by 2 going into the 4th and each possession mattered; they put the ball in Mason’s hand and he delivered in a big way. Multiple times he was able to get by defenders and hit mid range pull ups. On the opposite end with all the attention on Benson, Nathan Thompson stepped up and had a few key buckets to help keep it close. But again Mason made a play at the rim. Going back and forth to include several empty possessions by both teams a big bucket by ’21 Will Harris on the baseline put Clark up 2 and then Coleton Benson 12pts) responded with 2 of his own on a layup to tie it.

A couple more bucket exchanges set the stage; with Bowie having the ball they came up empty on a go ahead opportunity and Clark held it for 1 last possession. A timeout was called with 8.9 secs left and Jordan Mason(14pts) got the entry in the back court, dribbled up the right side and went by the initial defender and crossed over to the left elbow and raised up before the defenders could get there an hit the game winner .  SA CLARK 48 AUSTIN BOWIE 46

 

Zuby Ejiofor Talks Big Win, Recruitment & More To TBB

One of the premier frontline prospects not only in the Lone Star State but in the country, ‘22 Zuby Ejiofor talks to TBB after Garland’s 79-72 win vs Sachse on Tuesday. Coming off an ankle sprain, in which he still isn’t 100% healed, Zuby still impacted the game in multiple ways, and either that was as an interior defender, blocking/altering shots or scoring via face-up opportunities from 12-15ft out.

“It was sore but I was ready to go back to my brothers and play again. We got to a little losing streak and I know I had to come back and get us back on track,” Ejiofor said. 

Zuby’s in a unique situation. Both of his brothers are on the team as well and receive quality minutes. Younger brother in 2023 Chuks Ejiofor & older brother ‘21 Ugo Ejiofor bring production to the table for the Owls. Zuby talks about playing with his brothers.

“This is by far the best season we have had in a long time (Garland is 12-2 on the season). It’s fun to play with my brothers and they had one of their best games of the year tonight.  Just playing with them and the experience has been like no other. We want to win district and go for a state title.”

Let’s switch gears and talk recruitment. Zuby holds offers from Seton Hall, TCU, Houston, Texas, Western Kentucky & Virginia Tech. He talks about schools that have reached out to him as of late.

Illinois, Purdue, Ohio State, Stanford, Baylor, TCU & Texas are ones that have been reaching out. They contact me on a regular basis.

As far as an ideal fit, Zuby said, “A school that will use my versatility. Allow me to take man off the dribble, shoot an open shot and be strong in the paint.”

Notes

Had a good conversation with Dr. Andy Philchak. Someone that has been a huge part in the Ejiofor Family’s life, gave me more insight on Zuby’s recruitment.

-They have spoken to every school in the Big 12

Santa Clara, UNLV, Michigan have also been reaching out

TCU & Texas are making him a high priority. Have been talking to Zuby every day. In my opinion, they have stood out the most so far.

-As previously stated, a school that’ll allow Zuby to operate offensively & utilize versatility will play a factor in decision. Opportunity to make an impact early will as well.

-Location will not play role if school is the right fit

-Look for Zuby to narrow list to three schools once players are able to take official visits

-The plan is for Ejiofor to commit after the EYBL season is over. He will be playing with the Houston Hoops this club season.

Closing Thoughts

Zuby possesses a physical profile that stands out amongst his peers. Legit size, athleticism and plays with motor. Holds big-time rebounding instincts and can affect games on the glass and as a shot blocker. Offensive game has made strides but he still has a lot of room for growth. He started playing basketball in the 8th grade & he’s still 16yrs old so I do believe once he continues to play more basketball he will figure it out over-time.

Part 3: November Standouts

AK Smith (Steele) Has been good in a couple games slashing to the rim and making plays. Good athlete has shown good body control and ability to finish in traffic. Fills the lane well in transition. Hits the mid-range shot. Marlon Linton (Crandall) Crafty lefty that can score the ball. Facilitates, shoots it well. A ... Read more

Traveling With Ani: Memphis, Houston & Back to The DFW

Approximately 24hrs in a car, (albeit 16 of those hrs I didn’t have to drive). Traveling to the city which is dubbed, “Home of The Blues” in Memphis, TN for the Iverson Classic. Back to the place I call home (Dallas) then a quick turnaround trip to “Screwston” (Houston, TX; Named after the chopped and screwed pioneer DJ Screw. Felt like sticking with a music theme) for the Holiday Hoopfest. A lot of gas station stops, junk food eating & basketball watching. Let’s travel with Ani.

 

Memphis, TN 📍

 

Up 5am to get ready and catch my ride. After the car maintenance was complete, we were on the road. I slept about half the way (Shout out to my driver) and arrived at Bartlett HS for the Iverson Classic. The first Premier Matchup of the night included Ischool in a showdown vs a talented Tennessee Prep Team. ‘22 Keyonte George was in a groove the whole game as he finished with 32pts & connected on 8 three pointers. Keyonte holds an effortless shooting stroke & defensively more than held his own. Showed intent on disrupting opponents offensive flow. ‘22 Cruz Davis made an impact on the game and just overall that weekend. Was aggressive with the ball in his hands. Settling less for jumpers & just was getting to the basket & finishing. A wiry lefty that’s showing an improved live-dribble game. Hearing the most from HC  Wayne Tinkle at Oregon State & New Mexico Assistant Coach Ralph Davis. Someone that really caught my eye on Thursday was Junior Jayden Colloway for Ischool. Long, agile forward that was priding himself on the glass & as a rim protector. Still fairly raw offensively but he plays hard, holds a good set of physical tools and looks to slowly be coming together. Ischool gained the win here.

Tennessee Prep had a trio of standouts. Sr. big fella James Flippino is a big body, skilled frontline prospect that early on was giving Ischool trouble. Post spins, hook shots, pump fakes, James was showing full offensive arsenal from 15ft in. Interest from NAU & Missouri State. ‘21 Jalen Brown was big-time with his play. Rangy guard prospect with quick first step. Brown sliced & diced his way to the basket, knocked down a timely jumper to halt runs & competed on defensive end. Senior Lidtrell Blocker led the way scoring for Tenn. Prep with 28points. Excels as a slasher and in transition, he was racking up points by the bunches. Athletic wing that knows how to finish around contact & length. Holds offers from St. Bonaventure, Sienna, Buffalo & hearing from New Mexico & St. Johns.

Day 2 opens up with a premier matchup between traditional Memphis powerhouse Bartlett HS, who sports junior guard Amarr Knox, in which Memphis offered that morning. On the other side was Ischool. It was a back and forth affair, as Ischool held one to two possession leads for most of the day and ultimately secured a 78-75 win. Amarr was fantastic with his overall play. Guard with a big-time first step and touch around the rim. The previous day vs Calhoun HS, who has one of the top guards in 2021 with JD Davidson (Will get to him in a bit) he manufactured a whopping 37 points. Knox can hit shots from deep, although on the streaky end as a shooter, but his handle mixed with athleticism and length was displayed. Along with a Memphis offer, Denver has offered Amarr & he has received interest from Belmont. Another player to note is Terrance Jacobs, who’s a 2022 guard prospect that was stellar with his play. Excelled as a scorer & passer in pick and roll & defended full length of the court. A for sure Division 1 prospect. Jacobs holds an offer from TSU according to source.

Keyonte George continued with his strong play with a 24pt outing. Cruz Davis compiled 12points in a win and 2022 forward Tre Clayton was very solid, obtaining 13points and I accounted for 8rebounds. Doing the dirty work for the Cougars.

Like I previously stated, I’m going to hand out  about my analysis of Alabama signee JD Davidson. Witnessed two games and the one thing I took away on the way back to Dallas was that he holds a mass amount of ability. Next level body, athleticism and when lasered in, he can impose his will on games from both ends of the floor. Was blocking shots as a weak side defender, breaking opposing guards off the bounce to get to the basket, and don’t be late to the helpside, because he’s capable of throwing it down in traffic. Still some things that need to be cleaned up but Davidson possesses a lot of ability.

Arlington HS had a convincing win vs Calhoun on Friday and a ‘21 prospect I haven’t seen in a while in Madison Peaster leads the charge for the Tigers. A strong built, athletic guard that thrives getting downhill and finishing through contact. Senior Isaiah Jones was also impressive, A sturdy built forward with some intriguing inside/out scoring capabilities. Speaking of intriguing, 2023 Javar Daniels is just that. A tall, lanky big man with some skill to him. Physicality and speed sometimes gets the best of him but he shows flashes of promise. A potential diamond in the rough with this one that grew 5inches in the past year.

Now I head back home and I arrived at the crib at 4am.

Houston, TX 📍

Oil change on the car and I’m off to the Bayou City for the 1st Annual Holiday Hoopfest presented by Glen Smith. The Fertitta Center is a beautiful venue to hold basketball games as it’s one of the best atmosphere’s I’ve been to in College Basketball. Anywho, the first matchup of the night was Shadow Creek vs Atascocita. The Eagles took off early vs Shadow Creek holding a double digit lead for most of the first half. Seniors Tom Hart (Physical Guard that puts pressure on defense), Justin Collins (Lefty with shooting stroke and plays with plus effort) & Christian Ashby (Shooter with solid positional size) brought the energy early and were disruptive on both ends. Shadow Creek stamped its way back with strong play from Houston signee Ramon Walker. The summer quarantine weight is off him and he’s been on a year offensively all season. Recorded 28pts and was getting his points in an array of ways. Ramon has entered the conversation as a top 10 player in the state and honestly I don’t like being a prisoner of the moment but could be higher than that with legit argument. ‘22 Cam Amboree was solid. Has made strides as a PG. Doing a better job getting others involved and knowing when to get his as well. Was a steady contributor for the Sharks & has made strides in overall game. ‘22 Shawn Jones had his moments. Slow first half but got it going some in the second half. Started rebounding and getting to the basket to generate a rhythm. Atascosita ended up with the three point win as they are going to be a very tough team to beat in the playoffs.

The nightcap game included an Emoni Bates led YPSI Prep out of Michigan vs “The New Kids on the block” in Legacy School of Sports Science that holds 7 Division One signees right now. Legacy got off to a hot start, Unsigned senior Aaron Scott capped off the 10-0 run with an on-ball steal off of Emoni Bates which subsequently led to a one-handed slam. YPSI got in a groove as the trio of ‘22 Dillon Hunter, Emoni Bates & 2023 prospect Marlon Barnes Jr. Led the way for a 14pt lead vs Legacy.

Dillon Hunter is regarded as one of the better guards in the control. A power athlete, that impacts winning. Rebounds well for size & position, embraces contact & gets to the teeth of the defense, just several things that Hunter did to lead his squad to a victory. Emoni showed why he’s regarded as the best player in the 2022 class and getting looked at as an NBA prospect. Fluid scorer that scores it in all three levels. Smooth jump shooter that’s un-bothered by a contest when launching it. Still was sloppy with ball from time to time, accumulating 6 turnovers but can still obviously see the talent. Marlon Barnes impressed me. Good positional size for a wing with a nice stroke that extends beyond the three point line. Native of Cleveland, Ohio, Barnes is a young prospect that utilizes length defensively and makes defenses pay when given space to shoot.

For Legacy, Prairie View signee, PJ Neal was perfect from the floor. 14pts as he was 5-5 from the field and 3-3 from the free throw line. Neal has made strides as a shooter and although still has ways to go, always good to see progress. ‘21 Aaron Scott was hot early offensively and took the responsibility of guarding Bates. A long, wiry wing-forward with smooth mid-range game. Another unsigned senior for Legacy is Sir Isaac Herron. Had three blocks you see from forwards at a Power 5 School. Shots weren’t falling but his effort, shot altering/blocking impact and willingness to get on the boards was present.

 

Dallas, TX 📍

The late drive back to the DFW is a very common trip and it was as smooth as they come. Three days of high-level basketball providing me good evaluations from a multitude of players. Talk to guys again about the next field-trip.

 

Welcome To Texas: 2022 Tajavis Miller Breaks Down Game & Recruitment

The 2022 Class in Texas adds another highly-touted prospect in guard Tajavis Miller from Anaheim, CA.

The wiry, long guard currently resides in Lubbock, TX & attends Frenship HS.

“I’ve played about six games so far and the basketball has been a physical, defensive brand of basketball,” Miller said. “Excited to get to league play and in the playoffs where I can play some of the best the state has to offer.”

Tajavis gave a self evaluation of his game as he talks about what he brings to the table.

“Offensively I do a good job getting to the basket, can shoot it from three and i rebound well for a guard,” Miller said. “I bring a lot to the table on both ends of the court because I can really defend too.”

On to the recruiting, Miller holds offers from Washington State, Loyola, Pepperdine, San Diego as USC, LSU, Colorado State, LMU, Cal-Berkely and several others have shown interest. He talks about what the schools visualize him in their program.

“All of the schools look at me as a versatile guard that can defend & play multiple spots and score the basketball.”

Eval

In watching a few games on film. Miller sports a big wingspan of at-least plus 4 length, while standing at 6’3. He contains a tight handle, has range that extends to the three point line, while utilizing his length as a finisher, able to get shots off over the extended reach of the interior defender. I’m very intrigued by his upside as a defender. Mobile laterally and with outlier wingspan for a guard, he’s capable of becoming a plus switchable defender now & once he goes to college. Will get the chance to watch him live soon, but has all the tools of being a higher-end D1 player.

Tidbits

The athletic genes run strong in Miller’s family. His mom, Brittney was an All American softball player at the University of Iowa, played professionally & currently holds an assistant softball coach role at Texas Tech. His dad Lathavis Miller played football at Iowa Wesleyan and played Arena League Football also. His granddad was 7ft tall and was a basketball player at Albany State in Georgia.

Tajavis told TBB he will play this spring & summer with Texas Impact 4:13. He talked to us about his relationship with 17U HC & Program Founder, TJ Thomas & their relationship.

“Coach TJ reached out to dad early and once I started building a relationship with him, I knew where I wanted to play my last summer. Our Relationship is growing & he is hard on me. He wants to see me succeed so I felt it was a no brainer.”

Littlefield Thoughts: Westlake v Duncanville Recap

Had a chance over the break to see 2 of the state of Texas top teams in Austin Westlake and Duncanville. Game was played at a neutral site at Mary Hardin Baylor. Neither team disappointed. This game featured SMU Signee Zurich Phelps of Duncanville and KJ Adams a University of Kansas signee. Both teams came ... Read more

November Standouts: Part 2

STANDOUTS FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER With the season now underway Texasboysbasketball has been covering the majority of the state of Texas since mid-November. Despite Covid 19, without any tournaments being allowed this year, God has blessed us to be able to see what we have seen to provide coverage for the young prospects across ... Read more

Performers Of The Month: November Standouts

STANDOUTS FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER With the season now underway Texasboysbasketball has been covering the majority of the state of Texas since mid-November. Despite Covid 19, without any tournaments being allowed this year, God has blessed us to be able to see what we have seen to provide coverage for the young prospects across ... Read more

Austin Look: Littlefield’s Prospects to Watch

Over the summer and early part of fall Texasboysbasketball was able to cover and host several events across the state. With loads of talent on display from the class of ‘21 throughout the incoming class of ’24 here is a look at the players to watch in the Austin Centex area. 2021 KJ Adams (Austin ... Read more

Tim Playmakers: SA Prospect Look

Over the summer and early part of fall Texasboysbasketball.com was able to cover and host several events across the state. With loads of talent on display from the class of ‘21 throughout the incoming class of ’24 here is a look at the players to watch in theSan Antonio South Texas area. 2021 JaSean Jackson(SA ... Read more

Will Shepherd Commits to Oakland. Talks to TBB

Sharpshooting senior, Will Shepherd ends his recruitment and will be heading to Rochester, MI next yr to play for Oakland University. The Universal Academy forward talks about the main factors in his decision and what he’ll bring to the table.

“I felt it was the best fit. They are a shooting team, which is a big strength of mine,” Will said. “Also tenure was big for me. (Head) Coach (Greg) Kampe has been there for over 30 years so I’m comfortable knowing he’ll be there throughout my time there.”

Will also noted that Oakland was the first to offer him and that went a long way for him. Assistant Coach Jeff Smith was the lead recruiter for Will.

Having watched Shepherd since 7th grade, a lot obviously has changed with coordination, size & skill. He expands on the work he puts in & the influence his High School Head Coach Terrelle Woody had on his development.

“Just hardwork every single day. Lifting in the morning, running and getting shots up at noon, then going to practice in the afternoon. I workout 2-3 times a day,” Shepherd said. Coach Woody has been the only skills trainer that I’ve gone to and he’s added layers to my game, gotten me more athletic and has raised my IQ. Has molded me to the player I am today.”

Game Breakdown

At 6’8, Shepherd possesses a smooth shooting stroke and capable launching it from beyond the three point line. Does excel as a spot-up shooter but has added versatility to his shooting as well. Running off screens & attacking closeouts to hit the 15 footer. Will has a chance to accomplish a strong career at Oakland with his ability to shoot mix with size & solid rebounding instincts.

Tim’s Playmakers: South Texas Showcase

TexasboysBasketball.com hosted the South Texas Showcase this past weekend in San Antonio. Teams from South, Central and North Texas came in for this event.

Here are some of the Playmakers from Saturday’s event:

‘21 Shakiru Odunewu (Universal Academy) Double Doubleguy. Big Fella showcased real soft hands and good footwork in the interior. Owned the lane. Wide frame and strength makes him tough to deal with inside. Rebound the ball well on both ends and rim protected.

’21 Jimel Cofer (Universal Academy) Has Russel Westbrookish type athleticism. Can turn the corner and get downhill in a hurry. Extremely fast with the ball in the open floor. Put a lot of pressure on defenders by getting in the lane and finishing or dropping off to teammates. Also showed he can knock down shots.

’22 Robert Jennings (TACA Storm) Intriguing player. Robertwas solid throughout the day. Ran the floor well, showed athleticism finishing at the rim several times. Did some real good things with the ball off the bounce as well. Long arms with good size and does a good job finishing in traffic.

’23 Braylan Smith (TACA Storm) a big wing who can score it multiple ways.  Good length allows him to be solid as a 2 way guy. Was explosive off the bounce at times. Made some big shots in some critical stretches for his group.

’21 JaSean Jackson (SA Wagner) was solid throughout the day making plays on both ends. True 2 way guy. Showed the ability to run a team and get others involved as well as knock down shots.

’22 Austin Nunez   (SA Wagner) productive day overall. Showed ability to create good looks for himself and others. Did a good job creating tempo and stretching the defense with the 3 ball. Has a knack for getting hands on balls on the defensive end creating turnovers.

’21 Al Emerllahu (SA Clark) Showcased versatility to take advantage of the defense. Good footwork in post up situations and then stretched defense by hitting shots from 3 and the mid- range. Did a solid job rebounding the ball as well.

‘21 Aaron Jacob (Lake Travis) versatile big wing who can put pressure on the defense at multiple levels. Shoots the 3 ball with a clean release, good athlete also put it on the floor and attacked 2 level defenders. Solid court vision and awareness. Long .

’22 Jordan Mason (SA Clark) Solid controlling tempo and getting others involved. Handled the ball well vs pressure, made good reads in the half court. Got to the lane quite a bit and got to the foul line and also finished some in traffic.

’21 Gavino Ramos (Antonian) Steady all day; scored it in a variety of ways at multiple levels. Smooth; sneaky 1st step to set himself or teammates up for good looks. Has a real good feel for tempo and how to get buckets at critical times during the game.

’21 Will Shepherd (Universal Academy) Can’t leave him. Does a good job spacing the floor and reading the defense to get open looks. Shoots it clean from deep. Poses a problem to match up with due to his length.

‘21 Darius Sherman (SA Wagner) Glue guy. Makes winning plays and does it with good energy. Long wiry athlete who is always in the right place at the right time. Willing defender who guarded multiple positions over the day. Shot the ball good with.

’21 Santiago Ochoa (Antonian)- Good size guard who can get downhill. Good in traffic and playing through contact. Strong. Makes good reads and sees the floor. Savvy player with a good feel on how to play.

’21 Adam Benyahoune (SA O Connor) Versatile kid who can play several roles. Handles the ball, sees the floor; willing passer. Sets good screens and hurts the defense in pick and pop situations. Solid on the inside rebounding the ball and scoring when necessary. High IQ.

’21 Gavin Walker (St. Mary’s Hall) turned some heads. Really played well in some competitive games. Competed hard on both ends. Made shots at multiple levels. Showed a burst to get by defenders and make good reads.

’21 Isaiah Washington (Judson) had a solid day overall. Can really shoot the ball. Clean, quick release with good rotation with plenty range. Good athlete who showed he can be a 2 way guy. Hit big shots in some critical situations. Played with a lot of confidence.

’21 Issac Orosco (SA O Connor) Savvy, shifty guard who has a good feel how to play. Shot it good from several spots on the floor. Gets others involved. Doesn’t mind getting gritty. Gets to the lane and makes floaters and pull up jumpers from midrange.

’21 Kam Waites (Universal Academy) Another Big with good hands and is strong on the inside. Rebounds and rim protects. Hard to move him. Can play some above the rim. Brings a physical presence and sets screens.

’21 Ja’Kobe Barkley (SA Harlan) Quick off the bounce.Scored it effectively. Quick release, also willing to get to the paint and make plays. Did a good job defensively guarding teams lead guards. Competitive.

’21 Hunter Darling (St. Mary’s Hall)– Competed hard on both ends. Moved well without the ball and scored it effectively. Was efficient getting good looks. Smart… Plays with a good feel and puts himself in good situations to be effective. Was solid rebounding the ball as well.

’21 Jaylen Streeter (SA Harlan) Had a good day overall. Played with good energy on both sides. Got to the lane some and put pressure on defenders. Takes charges. Not afraid to compete inside and rebound from his guard spot.

’21 Mitch Iden (SA Johnson) Saw him this summer and has left impressed and he provided the same time of effort and output. Good energy. Scores it in a variety of ways. Moved well without the ball. Played with a lot of confidence and made defenders pay who left him.

’22 Anarris Brandon (Judson) Played with a high motor on both ends. Ran the floor well, hit shots in the half court from 3 and midrange. Athletic player also got his hands on balls to cause turnovers and scored in transition.

’21 Kendall Dow (SA Johnson) Efficient shooter. Smooth off the bounce. Does a good job reading the floor and defenders to get his shot off.

’21 Luke Whitbee (Boerne) Long player who puts it on the floor and scores it some inside. Good frame allows him to play some through contact. Moves without the ball effectively.

’21 Kyle Castlberry (Churchill) Good size wing who scored it several ways. Plays with a good feel and IQ. Clean release. Played with a good and confidence.

’21 Jalen Bonds ( SA Veterans Memorial) quick off the dribble. Gets to the lane and makes good things happen. Good athlete who did a good job putting pressure on defenders. Quick feet, solid defender.

’21 Caleb McCrackin ( SA Harlan) Light came on this past weekend for him. Caught a few on the block and went through contact and finished. Rebounded effectively. Ran the floor in certain situations well. Big Frame.

’21 AK Smith(Cibolo Steele) Looked like a complete guard. Got downhill, made good reads finishing at the rim, hitting shots from the perimeter or finding open guys. Played with a good pace and with confidence. Was solid guarding the ball as well.

’22 Aaron San Miguel (SA Jefferson) Savvy scorer. Gets to his spots; quick release. Knocked down shots, handled the ball in multiple situations well. Good court awareness on display.

‘23 Matthew Soto (Somerset) Shot the ball effective. Drew extra attention at times. IQ and Court awareness were on display; turned the corner several times and found open teammates for good looks.

’21 Eric Green ( SA Veterans Memorial) Slasher who was effective putting it on the floor and getting to the rim. Long arms, good athlete who plays hard on both ends. Runs the floor and fills the lane and finishes.

’23 Gerry Martinez (Los Fresnos) makes defenders pay for losing track of him. Quick release with good range. Had a stretch of hitting multiple shots in a row. Knows how to get open. Not just a 1 dimensional player. Handled the ball and found open teammates as well.

’21 Kamden Ross(Cibolo Steele) Long wiry athlete who did a good job running the floor and finishing at or around the rim. Active defensively blocking or altering shots. Good looking athlete.

’21 Robert Hunter (St. Mary’s Hall) Slasher who made a number of plays on both ends. Played with good energy and confidence. Scored it multiple ways for his group.

’22 Cristan Rodriguez (Somerset) Did a good job finding holes in the defense to get himself quality looks. Shot it ok from the perimeter and also slashed to the rim to get easy layups. Fought for position defensively and did a decent job rebounding.

Zhuric Phelps Commits To SMU. Talks to TBB

2021 Guard Zhuric Phelps is staying home as he announced tonight that he’s committed to SMU. The Duncanville HS guard talks about main factors.

“My relationship and comfortability with Coach Jank (Head Coach Tim Jankovich) and Coach Duncan (Assistant Jay Duncan) were main factors in my decision. Also a big reason was how their play style fits me & staying close to home,” Phelps said.

Zhuric talks about benefit of staying & playing in the DFW and play style.

“They play through their guards and lets them be playmakers,” Phelps said. “My family are my biggest support system, so it’s good that they’ll be able to come to a lot of my games. Just to have family support and also support from the SMU Staff is huge.”

Zhuric broke out in the summer with stellar play. Showcased more pop and explosiveness when attacking the basket, cleaned up his release on jumpshot & was disruptive as a isolation defender. Zhuric talks about the work he put in when the world was on pause in the spring.

“I worked out everyday. Me, my brother & best friend. Hills really got me athletic. Running those every week and just pushing myself helped me grow.”

When talking about tiers. In regards to the point guard position in Texas, Zhuric Phelps has earned a placed in the top tier. A player we at TBB project to be able to contribute when he performs at Moody Coliseum.

TBB High Academic Camp Notebook

I enjoy all our events at TBB but the High Academic Camp was something we’ve been wanting to do for years. Well, it happened and I feel it was a success. I took some notes and wanted to share my thoughts from the 20th. And speaking of  20, that’s the percentage the staff believe are D1 prospects that participated at the camp.

  • Mitchell Holmes has a chance

-Hasn’t scratched the surface to his potential.

-Long, grows an inch or two every year, can put the ball on the floor in space and jumper has made noticeable strides

  • Nick Donnelly showed on-ball skills

-Reputation for more of a catch n shoot but Nick mainly played primary ballhandler role and was effective

  • Big fella Mekhi Collins is coming along

-Bouncy, rebounds, runs the floor and we expect Mekhi to have a big senior season with Faith Family

  • Speaking of Big fellas, ’22 Caden Powell was impressive

-Has good length, size and is further along skill-wise than initially believed

-Buy stock, the price will  grow

  • I’m staying with the theme of post players

-’21 Cale Martens is a big man that’s fundamentally sound. Can stretch floor and score off either shoulder.

-Works at it

  • Gabe Collins & Jacob Millhouse are available wings to take a look at

-Gabe shot looked smooth off the move, showed confident handle in half-court

-Millhouse is efficient

-Quick on making decisions, can fire it from way deep.

  • Love the energy ’21 Jaden Flournoy brings

-Athletic, thrives as a slasher and has no problem mixing it up inside to grab a rebound amongst the bigs.

  • Rytis Petraitis!

-Long, plays with motor as his size mix with shooting capabilities makes him a next-level prospect

-Air Force, DBU are making big push. Denver has shown interest.

  • 2022 Perimeter player look

-Shooting at a high clip is attractive for any player and when Eli Valentino and making perimeter shots, he gives himself a chance. High IQ guard that can play on and off the ball

-Trey Blackmore can score in bunches.

-Reliable shooter from deep, crafty off the bounce.

-Davion Sykes has made big strides in his development.

-Growth spurt helped, but game has slowed down for him. Still a threat shooting from 3 and now does a better job attacking closeouts.

-Aaron Waggoner was very solid.

-Pass first guard with big-time feel. Thrives getting teammates involved.

 

2023’s

  • Finley Bizjack was steady

-Attacked in open court

-Possesses quick trigger on jumper which allows him to release off hard closeout

  • First look at Hayden Bauer

-Wiry, long wing that is fundamentally stable

-Think there is good upside with him

  • Justin Scott

-Has a bigger basketball frame

-Connected on shots from deep at a high clip.

-Could potentially become a D1 basketball player. A lot of room for growth

  • Got a good look at Everson Armstrong

-Intriguing wing-guard that scored it in volumes.

-Good perimeter stroke

 

Notables

Julian Clearly, 2021 PG – Frisco Heritage (Downhill guard with solid finishing capabilities)

Leandre Brown, 2022 PG – Bosewell (Scoring guard with solid feel)

Payton Miles, 2021 Wing – Lebanon Trail (Hardworking wing that gets down and dirty)

Bobby Slaughter, 2023 PF – Bishop Lynch (Stretch forward that knows how to use broad frame)

Benjamin Ponder, 2021 Wing – Calvary Baptist (Skilled forward with deceptive burst)

Adam Kirby, 2022 PG – Woodrow Wilson (Scoring guard that shoots with range)

Grant Kostos, 2022 PF – Dallas Jesuit (Skilled post that is stretching out his game)

Malachi Farr, 2021 SG – Euless Trinity (Strong body guard that excels shooting off the catch)

Deonte Greer, 2021 CG – Red Oak (Wiry combo equipped with nice scoring package)

 

 

 

 

2022-2024 Notebook From Houston

The beauty of transferring my notes to the site is it takes ole copy and paste (and some proof reading) to do the trick. Below is my notebook from 2022-2024 class during my time in Houston for Marcus Sloan's OTR Fall Showcase. 2022 Cam Amboree is a strong addition for Shadow Creek - Confident shot ... Read more

2021 Notes From OTR’s Fall Shootout

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Recruitment 7 From The ASAK Classic

The inaugural ASAK Classic presented by Craig Carlton of Urban ASAK contained a very competitive brand of basketball with 1st-3rd place donation prizes at stake. A lot of talented players in this one as the TBB staff traveled to Austin to catch a slew of prospects that are in our database. Let’s begin with our recruitment 7 from this weekend.

‘21 Gavino Ramos

Stats: 18ppg 4.6rpg

Analysis: Came out the gates each game aggressive. More-so than previous viewings. Was launching it from deep, getting to the teeth of the defense, and showcased a nice floater game. His aggressiveness came with a reward as he found a home at the charity stripe vs Houston Defenders going 11-16. Albeit being a scorer, Gavino knows how to move the basketball and get others involved on the offensive end. Advancing it up the court & moving off the ball to give teammate space to operate off the bounce. Defensively, he was aggressively playing the passing lanes and the stats definitely showed in Next Level Raiders’ matchup vs Southern Assault were he collected 5stls.

Recruitment Notes: Holds an offer from UIW, St. Edwards, and Our Lady of The Lakes. St. Edwards has a strong chance of acquiring his talents.

‘21 CJ Noland

Stats: 12.6ppg 4.6rpg 3.3asts on 56%

Analysis: Was very solid in Austin. CJ scored within the flow of the offense and did a sound job getting others involved. His high shooting percentage is attributed to his ability to get to the basket, brush off contact, and finish through contact. A ‘bully’ guard, stylistically, CJ punishes smaller defenders utilizing his size and strength. His rebounding numbers should be taken a look at too, averaging 5rebs a game as a guard is a strong number. Securing rebounds with two hands in traffic, Noland has no problem getting there amongst the trees and battling for a rebound.

Recruitment Notes: A plethora of schools have offered CJ and stay in contact with him. He will condense his list today. Kansas State & Oklahoma seem to be making the hardest push for him. Has had multiple zoom meetings with each school. If I had to forecast this, I would say he commits to the Sooners. Still, no exact timetable on an announcement but would plan for a fall announcement from Noland.

‘21 Jalen Lake

Stats: 8ppg 4rebs 2asts on 48% shooting

Analysis: Does 8pts 4rebs a game pop out to you? Probably not but it was Lake’s first game back in a month so there was some leniency in the evaluation. Once his legs got back under him, we got to see why he is labeled one of the best 2-guards in the 2021 class.

“When I was out for a while, it took some time for me to get my legs back under me and get used to playing a fullcourt game. I’m getting back to normal,” Lake said.

Against Texas Hardwork on Saturday, he produced a 13pt 3reb 2asts outing on 83% shooting. Jalen has added to his offensive repertoire, not being just a spot-up shooter but someone that can attack closeouts and generate a clean look when operating off the bounce.

Recruitment Notes: Colorado State has been recruiting him the hardest. Been on Zoom meeting with them essentially every week. Tulsa has also been recruiting him hard. Took a virtual tour with Tulsa a couple of weeks ago. Has a scheduled zoom meeting coming up with VCU & Oklahoma State (Who have also offered).  Plans to cut the list down in the next few weeks and make an announcement in the fall.

‘21 Damon Nicholas

Stats: 7ppg 3.3rpg 2asts on 47% Shooting

Analysis: Again, are those averages sexy? Nope, but Nicholas made an impact in the games that went beyond the stats. A switchable defender that’s capable of guarding three positions and Damon moves consistently off the ball which generates scoring opportunities for himself and teammates. Let’s take a look at Damon’s game vs Next Level Raiders where he strung together 16pts 3rebs & 3asts on 64% shooting. He showed ability to hit shots off the dribble, move, and spotting up due to his pre-shot footwork and smooth shooting mechanics. Defensively was very steady and even held his own when switching on post defenders and battling inside.

Recruitment Notes

Sam Houston State recently have offered Damon and last week a zoom meeting was conducted with the whole staff.

“They feel I can be someone that contributes in many ways. Shooting, passing, defending, rebounding. Just be an overall player for them,” Nicholas said.

SMU, UNT & Oral Roberts have offered Nicholas as well and he told us that Arizona State has shown strong interest and heard from them every week. Plan for a decision to be made during the middle of the scholastic season.

‘22 Shawn Jones

Stats: 9.3ppg 5rebs 2stls on 50% Shooting

Analysis: Very solid numbers for Mr. Jones as he utilized his length and athleticism to make plays inside. Ball-skills have definitely improved as he’s able to attack straight line with either hand to get to the basket.

“I’ve really put focus on my offensive game. Getting quicker so I can get past the defender and also putting a lot of shots up so I can extend my range,” Jones said.

Still, at times he was careless with it which led to turnovers. Jones is an athletic forward that brought versatility on both ends and his strong intangibles to go along with a high ceiling of being a more offensively efficient threat keeps us intrigued. Below is a link to a video of Jones collecting an offensive rebound & finish with a putback to secure the win for Hardwork.

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Recruitment Notes: TCU, LSU, Houston, Tulsa & McNeese State have offered. Houston has been pursuing him the hardest out of the bunch so far. Expect more to check-in, in the next couple of months.

‘21 Mason Gibson

Stats: 8pts 2.5rebs 2asts on 50% Shooting

Analysis: One of those players that holds strong intangibles. Defensively is a pest by being able to get in personal space of the ball-handler and making them work bringing it up the floor. He dives for loose balls, will go get a key rebound late in games. At the end of the day your getting a winner with Gibson. Shot it well in spot-up situations from deep and has made improvements as a decision-maker off drives. Not getting too deep in and getting stuck as much as he would get in the past.

Recruitment Notes: Holds an offer from Central Arkansas and he hears from them every week. Sam Houston State & UTSA have shown interest and Mason has been receiving strong interest from Wofford & South Dakota State.

In His Words

Wofford: “I get a text or call from (Head) Coach (Jay) McAuley or (Assistant) Coach (Dwight) Perry every week. They love my game and just want to see me in person.

South Dakota State: (Assistant) Coach (Tramel) Barnes and I talk a lot. He watches a lot of my film and just wants to see me in person.

‘21 Jimel Cofer

Stats: 8.6ppg 5.3rpg 2asts on 47% Shooting

Analysis: The lefty guard is one of the top point guards in the 2021 class. Explosive athlete that has a strong handle and is equipped with good vision. His jumper from deep still needs a little cleaning up but I believe it will be manufactured and polished in due time. Jimel thrives getting downhill and generating attention from the defense in which he will make the right play. One college coaches should take tabs of.

Recruitment Notes

Has heard from New Mexico and schools have been calling the staff about him. His mix of positional size, athleticism, and ability to create space off the bounce is a reason we are high on his game. Expect his phone to be ringing with much consistency as the season rolls.

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Freshman Report – Welcome The 2024 Class

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‘21 Daimion Collins Talks Playing In Pandemic & Recruitment

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In the department of just evaluating talent, Dallas Skyline’s Ed’Xavier Rhodes has been in the top tier in 2021 for years. Things seem to be really coming together for Rhodes and his recruitment has elevated as well.

Kansas, TCU, Texas A&M & Austin Peay have offered as Virginia Tech, Texas Tech, UNT, Oklahoma State & Texas have shown interest.

Rhodes talks about the schools that have contacted him the most.

Texas A&M

They see me as a all-around player that can shoot the ball. Believe I can play some on the wing and in the post. They reach out to me a lot, every week.

TCU

They feel that I can really be apart of the team. Help them win the Big 12. Mike Miles (2020 Signee) will be there and they feel me & him can be a duo.

Kansas

They came to a practice and they loved my game. Liked how I ran the floor, that I’m a lefty and believe I can help the program. Marcus Garrett is there and he’s been successful at Kansas. I remind them of him and they believe I’ll be successful with them also.

*(Side Note) Rhodes has taken a virtual tour of Kansas

 

Skyline’s Head Coach Paul Graham has been not only a coach for Rhodes but a big-time mentor for him.

“It wasn’t easy at first. Coach gets on us hard and the first year I had a hard time taking coaching. Each year I knew how to take it and I’ve become a better player from it,” Rhodes said. “He talks to me about being a man. He tells me stories about how he came from the struggle. Talks to me about how to direct my life.”

What motivates Ed”Xavier?

“My mom.. She goes to work around 4 in the morning and I just want to repay her for the work she does.”

Notes

Rhodes hit on a few factors in his recruitment.

  1. Location isn’t a huge deal but he does want to be at a school where his family can come see him play numerous times
  2. A school with NBA pedigree that can help him reach his potential and help him be prepared for the level after

There’s no timetable in regards to Rhodes making a commitment as more schools are calling and he wants to go on in-person visits prior to making a decision.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trinity League All-League Teams

Talent was of a plenty in the Trinity League. The staff at Texasboybasketball.com followed each program all season, so we constructed two All-League Teams. Universal Academy arose as champions as they defeated a strong & rising Legacy School of Sports Science Team. Performances were based off what we saw throughout the season and during league play. Lets dive in!

Superlatives

MVP: JaQuan Scott, 2020 PF – Universal Academy: Scott was the most imposing player all season. Averaging an impressive 22pts 14rpg a night, Scott led the way for UA with his dominance inside.

Coach of The Year: PJ Couisinard – Legacy School of Sports Science: A huge turnaround for Coach Couisinard as Legacy’s 2019 record wasn’t anything to write home about. 365 days later and the fortunes turn with a 20plus win season and a TXTL Title shot. The improvement from year 1 to year 2 was very impressive.

1st Team

G – PJ Neal, 2021 – Legacy School of Sports Science

G – Misiel Teklai, 2020 – Universal Academy

F – German Plotinkov, 2020 – Spring Creek

F – Nate Lacewell, 2020 – Legacy School of Sports Science

F – Jaquan Scott, 2020 – Universal Academy

6th  – Will Shepherd, 2021 F – Universal Academy

Summary

Neal showed steady improvement throughout the year, adding to his ability to playmake with the capabilities of knocking down shots. PJ is a D1 prospect that the staff is high on. Averaged 15pts in the TXTL State Tournament. Sharing the backcourt with Neal is Misiel Teklai of Universal Academy. A quick, scoring guard that generated offense for UA throughout the season. Teklai is still available and is definitely a next level prospect. In the front court we begin with German Plotinkov of Spring Creek. The Collin County signee, German has good positional size and can bomb it from deep. Plotnikov concluded his senior year with a 22pt performance vs Legacy School in the State Tournament as he showed his versatility as an offensive player. One of the top availables in the state, Nate Lacewell’s improved game was influential in Legacy’s run to the state title game. His size mixed with skill and shooting capabilities has attracted college coaches. averaged 11pts 7rebounds a game in TXTL State Tournament. Will Shepherd deserves to be on the First Team All-League Team. Produced big in big games all season, most notably vs teams such as Pottershouse and Victory Rock out of Florida. An intriguing collegiate prospect that shoots it, has good IQ and a solid team defender. Averaged 13ppg in the state tourney.

 

2nd Team

G – Jathen Mills, 2020 – Southwest Christian

G – Roderick McGarthy, 2020 – Cy Fair LC

G – Ty Cox, 2023 – Universal Academy

F – Roland McDougal, 2021 – Legacy School of Sports Science

F – Tim Krupihja, 2020 – Spring Creek

6th – Jalen Nettles, 2022 G – Southwest Christian

Summary

Jathen Mills was steady all-season for SCA. The primary ballhandler that excelled in one on one offensive scenarios. Mills engineered a 16pts vs Universal Academy in the State Tournament as he showed a strong floor game and the ability to make shots in key moments. For Cy-Fair, Roderick McGarthy was their most talented player. Size mix with three-level scoring capabilities makes him an intriguing perimeter prospect. Consistency wasn’t where it needed to be but nonetheless the talent is there. The only freshman on the list, Ty Cox more than held his own in high-level varsity play. Cox holds a strong frame, good feel for the game and a solid stroke from beyond the arc. One of the top players in his class. Roland McDougal is a physical, strong forward that makes plays due to effort. Averaged 10ppg in three games at the TXTL State Tournament but was making plays on the glass and collected multiple steals in the backcourt. Joining his high school teammate at Collin County, what Tim Krupihja brings to the table is a post-man that walls up driving lanes and bangs inside. A throwback big that has touch around the basket. Joining Ty Cox as the other underclassman on the All-League teams, Jalen Nettles is a off-guard with length and promising scoring capabilities. Sharing the scoring load with Jathen Mills, Nettles also accumulated 16 points in SCA’s lone game at the TXTL Tournament. A Rising junior with a D1 chance.

Duncan Powell Recruitment is Open Again, Talks To TBB

Duncan Powell re-opened his recruitment after decommitting from Arkansas last week. The rising senior has received a slew of phone calls from college coaches  as Powell talked to the staff on who’s been heavily recruiting him early on.

He touches on his de-committment

“I wanted to make sure I’m making right decision. Arkansas is still high on my list. Coach (Chris) Crutchfield and I still talk a lot and they still want me there.”

Powell said that he has received over 30 calls since his announcement and has heard from a wide-range of schools. Auburn, UTSA, Richmond, Dayton, UNLV, Murray State, Creighton, UNCG and has received an offer from Texas Southern, North Carolina A&T, Tulsa & Tennessee Tech and several others. He breaks down the schools that have been pursuing him the hardest.

 

UTSA: They have been pursuing me hard. I talk to Coach (Scott) Thompson a lot and they see me as a player that they could build around. Their guards will have graduated so they’ll need guys that they can build around. They like my versatility, believe I can play right away if I were to join.

North Carolina A&T: I’m from North Carolina so it would be good to play at home. Also they are an HBCU and that would be big for me to go there. Coach (Willie) Jones & Coach (Ahmad) Dorsett reach out to me. The staff seem real cool, they want me at their program. I could see it as a good fit for me.

Richmond:  Rob Jones is who I talk to from there and I also was working out with TJ Cline (Played at Richmond from 2014-2017. Also Plano West standout, 2012). Good people and want to learn more about the staff and the program.

Arkansas: Like I said Arkansas is still high on my list and I like how Coach(Eric) Musselman runs his offense. More of a pro-style offense where he uses big wings and lets his guys play.

Tulsa: Tulsa I would say has been the most active. Coach (Shea) Seals and I talk a lot and  (offered). They won the American Conference this year and Coach Frank Haith is from North Carolina so there’s a connection there.

Texas Southern: Coach  (Brandon) Chambers and I talked for a good hour when they offered me. We didn’t really talk much about TSU but just life and other things which was good. I would definitely like to take a visit there at some point.

Texas Southern is listed as one of the four schools he would like to go on a visit to this day with North Carolina A&T, Richmond & UTSA.

The world is essentially at a pause with the ongoing fight against Covid19, and in this context with the cloudy skies of any club season resuming, Duncan talks about the potential effects this may have on his recruitment.

“It’s always great to be wanted and I’m not taking anything away from the schools that are recruiting me but I did feel this was going to be a breakout summer for me and we’ll still be able to get back to playing at some point. I just felt ready to make some noise and show I can make plays consistently on the perimeter. Things will get back to normal and I’ll be able to showcase what I can do.”

Ending Note

Duncan talks about planning on making a decision during the middle of his school season and to hopefully have a top 5 prior to the scholastic school season all the way revved up. Biggest factor for Powell will be playing and especially right away. Duncan’s mix of strength, size and capabilities as a lethal inside/out threat makes him a priority for college coaches. Time will tell where he commits to but to keep track of Duncan’s recruitment and other in-state news, log onto Texasboysbasketball.com!

A Week Of Playoff Basketball – Ani’s Anatomy

(*Slightly Off Topic) What’s ironic about ‘Ani’s Anatomy’ is I had a disdain taste for studying the human body in school. However, there weren’t very many classes that piqued my interest period but anytime I can inject basketball into the subject, I was attentive.

Any-who, lets get to the topic at hand and that was my week of covering playoff basketball in the Lone Star State. From Dallas to Houston and not only just covering UIL solely, I also had the chance to take a look at the Trinity League Championships going on during the week. So let the examination begin.

Head

Heading into last week, I knew I would catch a slew of games as the first stop was to Naaman Forest to catch the at-the-time undefeated Carrolton Newman Smith vs Kimball. Then started my Friday with 2 games at Trinity Basin Prep, continuing with 5A Regional Double Header at the Curtis Culwell Center. A smooth drive to Clutch City for John Lucas All Star Weekend (More on that soon) as I was also able to catch the highly anticipated regional final match-up between Fort Bend Hightower & Shadow Creek

Eyes

This section will have two functions for the eye. First is who really caught my eye and that was ’20 Jamarion Brown of Mount Pleasant. In a Regional Semi’s bout with Kimball, Brown took the lead in a comeback attempt vs the Knights. A high-energy, athletic forward that possesses strong intangibles. He finished in the open court, took the ball to the teeth of the defense and defensively utilized his length to collect steals. A player that will/should be rocking a collegiate uniform next basketball season.

Junior Corey Flowers also impressed me. In Kimball’s Regional Quarterfinal match-up vs Newman Smith, Flowers was influential in the victory. He played with a lot of energy which allowed the forward to gain offensive rebounds and generate baskets inside. When Corey is playing with a vast amount of effort and looking to effect shots inside, he becomes a difference maker for his team. Will be the theme on how his Spring/Summer outcome goes.

Next with the eyes is vision and look (No pun intended), Bryce Griggs is heralded for his scoring and rightfully so, especially when 40pt outings become another day in the office for him. However, Bryce’s vision and passing is on par with his scoring capabilities. Being able to make pin-point passes in tight spaces, seeing the play develop early and making the right read, Griggs can effect the game with his passing which opens the game up for him to score.

Legacy School of Sports Science’s season is night and day compared to last year. With 1. A singular win season and  2. An early exit in 2019 at the Trinity League Tournament, Legacy’s fortunes turned as they 1. Reached the championship game this year and 2. The win totals more than doubled. The addition of PJ Neal was a key piece to the puzzle as his ability to make plays for others was definitely noticeable. Neal has always been a very willing passer but now has shown more of an intent to get downhill and put pressure on the defense which has allowed him to find the open man more often.

Ears

A piece of advise that Alan Branch gave me when I started working for TBB was, “If you do more seeing and hearing and do less talking, you’ll have a chance to be successful in this industry.” That’s something I still try to apply to this day but where I’m getting at is with the two freshmen from Mount Pleasant. Payton Chism  and Kelcey Morris held their own in a large stage at Curtis Culwell Center for the Regional Semis against Kimball. Chism didn’t hit shots efficiently but was the primary ball-handler and did a solid job managing pace and handling pressure. Morris is a speedy guard that packs a scoring punch in which jump-started the Tigers in the third quarter to condense a 15pt lead to 5 going into the fourth.

Honestly, ears & eyes are intertwined here but they’re young, equipped with talent/upside and I believe both guards have a chance to be next level players once their high school careers are over. A lot of listening to the right guys, watching basketball and compound that with work in the gym, will have both of them to their destination at the end.

Shoulders

Albeit the game not ending in their favor, Shadow Creek’s 2021 Duo in Ramon Walker (25pts) & Will Young (30pts) shouldered the load and kept the Sharks within striking distance vs Hightower. Young was connecting on shots from deep, which also created driving lanes for himself and his teammates. Walker utilized his size mixed with steady handle, plus feel & touch to finish inside as he also made shots from 15ft out. Walker Received an offer from University of Houston the next day as we expect both players to have big grassroots basketball seasons this year.

We did a recruitment look at Arterio Morris here and he talked about being in a leadership role in his first year at Kimball. We got to catch two games in his team’s playoff run and ‘Terrio’ did a sound job helping shoulder the offensive load for the Knights. A premier guard that was able to capitalize on one on one offense due to his explosiveness, ball-on-a-string handle and capabilities as a shooter from the perimeter. One of the best players in his class, when things are clicking for Morris, he isn’t only dynamic as a scorer but also as a passer. Another player to note is Senior Marcus Bonner who orchestrated two very solid scoring outputs in both games I watched. Definitely a player that fits the mold of a wing we see at Region 5 or Region XIV level.

Universal Academy secured a Trinity League State Title and the top available player in JaQuan Scott was a difference maker for UA. He was active on the glass, utilizing his athleticism to sky for the ball over the out-reach of defenders. He also used his size to gain position inside and finish. Scott displayed a very polished game on Friday and continued his performance the next day in front of our staff subsequently earned him MVP of the tournament.

Heart

We’ve been evaluating 2020 Nate Lacewell for several years now and as mentioned on our social media platforms, we were impressed with the improved toughness he displayed on the court on Friday at the Trinity League State Tournament. His improvement is one reason for Legacy’s improvement as he’s starting to embrace contact better, hunt for rebounds and not get rattled by physicality. He’s by no means a finish product but he’s playing with more heart and his best basketball is ahead of him. Arkansas Little Rock and Collin County came to see him play this past weekend.

Chest

Typically in journalism the inverted pyramid is applied as the ‘main course’ is served in the beginning of the article but I wanted to be a tad unconventional and save the best for last.

I’m going to get this off my chest;  If I had to pick a 2022 player  in Texas today to win me a basketball game, I’m picking Bryce Griggs. There hasn’t been a stage too big for the sophomore guard as he embraces the challenges in front of him and orchestrates a high-level performance. Either that was in Dallas during the Thanksgiving Holidays in which  he scored 40pts and the game-winner vs Lewisville or even more recently vs Shadow Creek in which he scored 43 points, recorded 8 dimes and put his team on his back in order to make the Final 4 of the 5A State Tournament. As a whole, the staff has seen more of these outlier performances from Griggs but have seen him struggle as well. Regardless, Bryce deserves to be in the conversation as the top 2022 player in Texas.

 

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Ani’s Anatomy: Super Sophs Shine In Playoffs

We’re back with a second edition of Ani’s Anatomy and although I drove over an hour long in traffic, the games were worth the drainage of miles. Let’s examine and dissect. 

Head

Was a 6A doubleheader in Forney High School for the first round of the UIL State Playoffs. The first contest consisted of a highly anticipated matchup between Richardson vs Desoto. Side-note: Although I don’t partake in any Twitter squabbles, I did enjoy looking at the back & forth jawing between the students of both programs and that honestly generated added excitement for me to this game. Any-who, back to the players. Richardson sealed the game at the end as the super sophomores of Cason Wallace & Rylan Griffen put on their capes and made clutch plays down the stretch. 

The second tilt was between Longview and Waco Midway with the Panthers pulling out a 62-54 win vs the Lobos. Big offensive contributions from 2020 duo Anthony Scott and UIW Signee Gods Gift was instrumental in Waco Midway being able to keep marching on. 

Eyes

Definite eye opener for me in regards to senior Tavion Carroll of Desoto. A 4-Man with offensive versatility that displayed a sound inside/out game. Size fused with skill & strong frame makes him a player that holds a translatable skill-set. 

Chest

I don’t know if it’ll be a continuing theme for me to get something off my chest but here goes another one.

2021 Duncan Powell provided a double-double for Desoto. His size, strength, rebounding instincts and capabilities as a stretch guy was showcased but Duncan physically was a man amongst boys and didn’t consistently impose his will in the paint. In stretches he settled for contested jump-shots and albeit knocking down a few, I felt that Duncan should’ve exploited the size mismatch he had all game. One of the top forwards in the ‘21 class, In knowing Duncan, he will be using the lost as fuel for a strong club season.

But getting something off my chest isn’t always me critiquing. Midway’s Caden Powell is intriguing. Having grown what seems like 7 inches in the past year, the staff knows his best basketball is ahead of him. Did he make a huge Impact in this game? No. But he did show some toughness out on the floor and made small instinctual plays that we believe will pop-out once his game grows.

Heart

No denying how much heart ‘20 Anthony Scott possesses. He leaves it all out on the court. Having a sense of urgency to keep the opposing guards in front of him, coming victorious in 50/50 ball scenarios and fearless enough to attack and finish at the rim against big-time length. Let’s not forget, he’s only 5’9. Size isn’t ideal in regards to next-level play but we believe Scott will figure out how to niche a role with his translatable speed, toughness and just his strong intangibles. 

Generally the point totals catch the eyes of the audience but what really impressed me with Cason Wallace was his rebounding. The staff here at TBB loves guards that rebound and Cason fought amongst the trees Desoto possesses and secured a multitude of rebounds. We also saw him numerous times fighting post players for position on the block and forcing them into tough, contested shots and honestly, that shows a lot of heart in my opinion. 

Elbow 

Every time I saw George Mason Signee Malik Henry sky for a rebound, his elbows appear to be above the rim. Henry’s ability to get to the apex of his jump quickly allowed him to secure a plethora amount of rebounds, modify shots around the basket and excel in a clean-up duty role after recovering miss shots and finishing it with dunks. 

Continuing to talk about elbows above the rim, ‘21 Chrisdon Morgan for Desoto utilized his length to snatch rebounds and alter shots. The next 12months will be a big one for Morgan because he still hasn’t put the pieces together yet but slowly, the picture has started to form. I believe he’ll have a Jonathan Sanu’ish type year where his recruitment will heavily pick-up during his senior yr with coaches searching for a bouncy big with plus length. We’ll take a look back at this article in a year and hopefully I look more like a fortune teller than a dummy. 

Hands

Oooooohhhhhweeeee Rylan Griffen had the hot hand in Richardson’s win. The standout guard finished with 29pts and he showcased his ability as a 3-level scorer. Connected on shots from beyond the three point arc, exhibiting a nice mid-range game & finishing in traffic when the lanes were present. Griffen is a no brainer top 5 player in his class and it showed on Monday night. 

Toes

Richardson kept their toes down as they weathered the early storm Desoto casted on them. Earlier we talked about the dynamic duo of Cason Wallace and Rylan Griffen but it was the last two minutes that was the most telling. They went on their own 14-2 run in the last two minutes of the game in which the match was tied 49 all. The old adage goes ‘Big time players make big time plays’ and that’s what those boys did in the crunch time of the playoffs. 

Ani’s Anatomy: Examination Of Ischool v Universal Academy Matchup

The school season is in its final stages as it’s playoff time in the Lone Star State. In the first ever edition of ‘Ani’s Anatomy’ I hand out my thoughts through a competitive contest between Ischool & Universal Academy in which there was no shortage of recruitable prospects on hand. 

The Head

As UIL playoffs loom and a day where the seniors were honored by their respective home crowds, one of the headlined matchups in the DFW on Tuesday night  featured two of the premier teams in the area. The first go-around needed 6 quarters to peg a winner as Ischool secured a victory. This second tilt required one overtime as Universal Academy held on for a 65-61 win. Assistants from St. John’s & Dallas Baptist we’re in attendance.

Shoulder

A group of players helped shoulder the load for Universal as 2020 Kylil Anderson led the way with 16pts as he attacked in the open court and finished through contact. Junior Will Shepherd tallied 12pts and is a prospect that is showing a game that translates. A player worth tracking from now till summer’s end. 2021 post Shakiru Odenuwu provided 9pts 3blks and was the most impactful post-man tonight. “Shaq” as he’s called by his teammates has improved noticeably. Moving better, getting up and down the floor, utilizing size and generating gravity from the defense with every touch he secured on the block. The depth of big men in the ‘21 class isn’t very strong compared to previous years but a player like Odenuwu with a big frame and can pin his man deep on the block is intriguing. 

For Ischool, Indiana State Signee, Julian Larry shouldered the offensive load especially with 2020 Wing Quevian Adger in foul trouble. Finishing with floaters/runners over the outreach of the opposing big men. Julian‘s definitely has good feel as a passer, seeing the play develop before it develops and finding his teammates in stride. Will be a good piece for Greg Lansing.

Early scoring was provided by senior big man Austin Lewis. A stretch big that showcased touch around the rim and beyond the arc. An available player with legit size and promising skill. Also worth noting was 2020 Jay Wilson. A stocky forward that was mixing it up inside. Jay’s motor and toughness has taken a 180 and its equating to production. 

Chest 

I want to get this off my chest and the first part of the statement is fairly obvious. When it comes to pure talent, just the physical tools their equipped with, seniors JaQuan Scott (Universal Academy) & Quevian Adger (Ischool) can play at a higher-end division one level. 

Albeit Ischool & Universal Academy having only battled it out just four times…. ever, this game already has a rivalry feel to it. Intense crowds, the jawing back and forth amongst the players, the contests going down to the wire to decide a winner, so with that being said, I was looking for both players to impose their will. I left wanting more. 

Spurts was the theme here. As mentioned earlier, Quevian was in foul trouble and ultimately fouled out. First half was forgettable but was instrumental in a 9-0 run to start the 2nd half for the Cougars in which all 9pts were collected by him. A natural scorer from the perimeter that‘s one of the best one on one offense generators in the 2020 class. 

Scott just made plays here and there. Either that was finishing above the rim inside, skyrocketing for a rebound outside of his area, or attacking off the top of the key and producing a clean look. His broad frame combined with his athleticism and touch from 10-15ft out makes Scott a handful to guard inside. 

In hindsight, it’s one game and at this point I could guesstimate that I’ve seen both players perform 100x so Ive seen them at their best and at their worst but with the scholastic season in its “Curtain Call” phase I selfishly did want what could potentially be my last viewing of them to be memorable. 

2022 Arterio Morris Gives TBB A Look At His Recruitment

A name that has seen a turbo charged up-stick in his rankings not only statewide but also nationally has been 2022 Arterio Morris. In-state programs such as Texas Tech, TCU, SMU, SFA & Texas A&M have offered as well as Big12 Powerhouse Kansas & #13 ranked Oregon. We caught up with the premier guard after leading Kimball to Regional Quarterfinal win vs Newman Smith

“I know last year they lost in the third round so I wanted to make sure we advance past this point and go win a state title.”

Arterio got on a roll early, connecting on two triples, unleashing his speed in the open court which either finished with him laying the ball up or finding his teammates in stride. Morris’ positional size, court vision mixed with shifty handle & explosiveness was on display Tuesday night. 

The Kimball guard talks about consuming the role as a leader and how it was something new for him. 

“It wasn’t a role I thought I would be in coming in my first year but I know the guys look at me when we really need to score,” Morris said. “I know they play off my motor so if I’m engaged, the team really gets going, if not, we don’t play as hard.”

As said earlier, Arterio’s recruitment saw a large spike in the past 4 months.

“I kinda was an unknown in my 9th grade year and now as a sophomore a lot of schools have shown interest and offered. I’m happy I’m able to show my game and people have taken notice.”

Morris talks about Memphis, Texas A&M, & Kansas. 

Texas A&M

Texas A&M reached out to my coach before the last game and wanted me to “ball out for the Aggies,” and that was some motivation but I feel like i did just that (Scored 36pts in 2nd Round game).

Kansas

Kansas reaches out to my coach a lot and they are a place I would like to go visit. They are #1 in the country right now and I could see myself playing there.

Memphis

They haven’t offered me yet but they have shown interest for a while. They send my coach pictures of their facility and their program. I want to go visit there and it would be great playing out there. 

Morris received news that he was invited to USA Basketball Mini-Camp this April during Final 4 Weekend and he talks to TBB about his reaction. 

“My mom actually ‘pulled up’ on me and told me. I didn’t think I would get an invite but she came up to me and told me that this is what my hardwork has turned to.”

It’s still too early to tell in regards to recruitment for Arterio. A to-this-day prediction is If Memphis makes a hard push they’ll definitely be near the top. Kansas and also In state programs such as Texas A&M, TCU & Texas Tech we foresee will be right there for Morris also. 

 

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Jalen Lake Embraced The Moment. Talks Game & Recruitment

There’s no question about the talent ‘21 guard Jalen Lake possesses. Good positional size, length mixed with IQ & fluid perimeter stroke. 

In a premier matchup between two state ranked 6A programs last week, Jalen Lake’s 15pt 4blk performance vs Grand Prairie was beneficial in Waxhachie’s win. 

“My mindset was to come in aggressive and tough out the gate,” Lake said. “It showed on both ends today and we got the win.”

Jalen embraced the moment and constructed one of the most efficient and translatable games we’ve seen him orchestrate this season. Smoothness on his shot while showing versatility and a sense of urgency to make the right play was on display. 

Recruitment 

Lake offer sheet consists of UT Arlington, Troy, Buffalo & Oral Roberts. Belmont, Northwestern & Texas A&M have shown interests.

“Troy has been pursuing me pretty hard. They like my ability to shoot and they think I’m tough enough to play for them,” Lake said. “I plan on taking an official visit their after the season.”

“UTA also likes my ability to really shoot and think I’ve made strides in my ability to score off the bounce.”

The next 4-5 months will be very telling for Jalen as a consistent string of big-time performances could make Lake a priority for Power 5 Coaches. 

“I have to show more toughness and the ability to rebound. It’s big for me to make shots but also show other aspects in my game like my passing and ability to score off the dribble.” 

Waxhachie could make a big playoff push although the road to San Antonio contains a path of formidable foes on the way. We will keep track of Jalen’s performances along the way as he could hold a national label by summer’s end. 

TBB Prospect Look: 2022 Austin Nunez

I had a chance to catch up with ‘22 Austin Nunez at SA Cornerstone. Austin is an explosive guard who has been putting it all together lately.

Has the ability to put pressure on the defense off the dribble as well as knock down shots with his quick release and deep range. He is also coming into his own as a complete guard making good reads in multiple situations and getting others involved.

Austin talked about the daily workouts he and his team would have to do. “I have to make 300-400 shots daily from multiple spots so it’s really helped with my consistency. I have to focus more when I’m here, can’t take plays off, Coach Casey holds me accountable and makes me focus on details, I can’t take days off either.”

 We also had a chance to visit about the upcoming Spring and Summer grassroots season and what he is looking forward to the most.“

 “Getting back to work with my friends and teammates from other schools and also the travel. I look forward to traveling and playing against all of the good teams and players we see on the Under Armour Circuit.”

Austin’s recent play and potential has him on multiple Div 1 recruiting boards. He holds offers from multiple schools Texas, Texas A&M, Georgetown, Baylor, Memphis, Texas, LSU, TCU, UTSA, Wake Forest. Host of others who have serious interest.”

 

TBB Catch-Up: 2020 Jordan Woods

I had a chance to stop by and visit with ‘20 Jordan Wood about his season at SA Cornerstone Christian. Jordan is a 6’8 knock down shooter who has blossomed into a solid all around player.

He says his improved play is a result of the daily grind and practices he and his teammates would go through.

“Playing against and working with the high level caliber players on our team and on our schedule have helped me a lot. It has helped understand how to play faster and also the physicality it takes to play at a high level.”

Jordan created a lot of buzz for himself playing well in several events in Las Vegas and in the DC area. College Coaches have taken notice of his versatility of being able to play off the dribble with his size as well as knock down shots and rebound. As a result he has received some interest from some Pac 12 and Conf USA schools along with a host of others. He has been offered recently by Howard Univ, American and Tulsa.  He is set to visit Tulsa late February.

Colin Smith Emerging As Elite Prospect In 2022

I’ve seen a spike in Colin Smith’s production & efficiency since the start of the new year as his sophomore campaign concluded with being instrumental in St. Marks capturing an SPC State Title. Smith has been playing at his own pace, knocking down shots from deep and showing defensive versatility. One of the top players in his class, Colin updates TBB on his recruitment.

Smith holds offers from Kansas, Baylor, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, UCLA, Georgetown, Texas A&M, SMU, Stanford while as Purdue, Michigan & Florida State have sniffed around.

Smith has been on visits to Baylor and Oklahoma State but recently took visits to Stanford & Michigan.

“Stanford’s campus is beautiful. The coaching staff was great and I got to watch them come from behind and beat Oregon. Atmosphere was great and I can definitely get a quality education there.”

“Michigan had a couple players come for an official so I didn’t get to spend much time with the staff. The players seem to love playing for Juwan Howard and they are fun to watch.”

“I had a great time at Oklahoma State. I have a strong relationship with Mike Boynton and (Assistant Coach) Cannen Cunningham. Down to earth staff and it’s a real cool environment.”

“Baylor was fun. They are playing great right now and the best team in the country right now. They get the most out of their players.”
Kansas HC Bill Self came to a workout at St. Marks over a month ago.

“Coach Self was impressed when he saw me. Liked my IQ, athleticism and my ability to shoot. Great having a guy like him come to your gym.”

St. Marks’ academic standards are high and it’s very demanding academic institution. We asked Smith about how much academics will play a role in his decision.

“Obviously I want to go somewhere where the degree holds a lot of value but I don’t have to go to a high academic school either. St. Marks will prepare me to go anywhere in the country so it’s all a matter if it’s the right fit for me to play in.”

As mentioned earlier, Colin’s sophomore school season has come to a close and Smith has high expectations for the spring/summer period.

“I didn’t feel that I got to show all parts of my game last summer. I believe I’m one of the top players in the country and if I do my part it will be shown. I can score off the dribble, pass and make plays on both ends.”

It’s still too early to tell in regards where Colin will end up but we believe Stanford will be in the mix (Sidenote: Colin’s sister Leilah is a 2020 Stanford volleyball signee). Michigan, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Purdue (In which he’ll take a visit to Lafayette, IN in the next month or two) & Florida State, who has been in heavy pursuit as of late. A prospect with prototypical basketball frame and vertical athleticism, if Smith consistently brings it all together in the Spring, he will see an upward’s motion on his stock.

Obaseki Talks OU, Texas A&M To TBB

High flyer, explosive, dynamic. All descriptions of ‘21 Manny Obasekii’s game. A strong spring/summer followed by consistent production in the school season are reasons Obaseki is a National name. We caught up with Manny after Allen’s Win vs Prosper in which he had a 12pt 4th quarter to seal the win. 

“We were down in the first half and I wanted to take over in the 2nd (half) but at the same time let the game come to me,” Obaseki Said. “The defense was spread out so it allowed me to attack and make plays.”

In regards to his recruitment, two schools have been making a heavy push for Obaseki’s services and that’s Texas A&M & Oklahoma. 

The guard from Allen took an official visit to Norman and talks about his experience. 

“The visit was beautiful. The people there are very sweet and very genuine. They showed a lot of love on my visit and the coaching staff have told me over and over that i can come in and fill in the scoring role that will be missing when I graduate. The players are really cool and funny and I enjoyed hanging with them and hooped some with them as well. I loved it.”

OU currently has a DFW based point guard in De’Vion Harmon who’s starting for the Sooners and averaging 7.6ppg 2asts & 1.2 stls as a freshman. Manny talks about watching Harmon growing up and having the ball in his hands at Oklahoma. 

“You know it’s crazy because I used to watch him growing up in person, on Ballislife, Overtime and just seeing his name on social media. Now I’m in the situation where I can do the same things and potentially better. He’s doing good at Oklahoma and he gets to make plays and I feel that plays a role in me liking OU.” 

“Texas A&M have been very truthful with me I feel like. They emphasize love, work & trust… trust in one another and competing for same team goal,” Obaseki Said. “I’ve built a great relationship with the staff and they believe my skillset and my work ethic can take me to the next level.” 

Obaseki talks about having the mentality to play for a Head Coach like Buzz Williams. 

“I know you have to be tough minded to play for Coach Buzz (Williams) but I definitely can and one thing I loved when talking to Coach was that he genuinely cares not just what goes on the court but off it for me and my maturation. He preaches love, work and trust like I said before and I think A&M is a place I would definitely thrive in.”

Manny plans on taking an official visit to Texas A&M in the upcoming months but also has been hearing some from Texas Tech, Arkansas, Alabama, Texas, TCU and Oklahoma State was in attendance at his game vs Prosper. He’s also recently received interest from Oregon, Ohio State, Depaul & UCLA. A decision potentially can come in the summer but realistically will arrive in the fall. We believe Texas A&M & Oklahoma are ahead of the pack at this stage but stay tune for news and notes on Texasboysbasketball.com

Recap: Cream Of The Crop Southwest

The Cream of The Crop has been a notable, annual event that We at Texas Grassroots Basketball have held for 6 years. 2020 marks the first year of the Southwest Edition in Kyle, TX as some of the top young players from the CenTex area manned the courts on Saturday.

Andre Starks, 2025 PG – Steele & Doble:  Andre had a solid day. Showed ability to score off the bounce. Showed ability to get by defenders and unleashing athleticism in space.

Cristin Good, 2025 PG – San Marcos: Savvy guard showed he could score it some. Good feel, creates space for himself with steady handle.

Jamie Vinson, 2024 Forward – St. Gabriel: Long arms, shoots it’s really smooth with a good clean release and rotation.

Cameron Walker, 2024 Forward – Bernal MS: Big Fella has a strong skill set to go along with his size . Moves well up and down the floor. Has good strong hands and overall just a solid all-around basketball player.

Kingston Fleming, 2025 PG – Luna Brennan: Kid can really play. Scored it all levels. Sees the floor well and makes good reads. HIGH IQ. Tons of play making ability along with getting others involved. Competed on deee defensive end as well. Got deflections and won 50/50 balls.

Ed Onwe, 2025 Wing: Huge Upside!! The lefty was efficient all day. Scored it multiple ways. Showed ability to put it on the floor and create for himself and others. Was solid on the Defensive end and rebounding as well.

Robert Conrad, 2025 PG – Cedar Creek: Real heady player who is crafty with the ball and attacked defenders frequently. Scored the ball from multiple levels.

Jaylen Brazzle, 2024 PG – Cele: Quick guard who shot pretty good at times during live action. Quick feet, solid defender.

Cam Cowgill, 2025 PG – Brennan: Solid, heady Player with a strong IQ and feel for the game. Sees the floor and makes good reads. Strong in ball screen situations. Good clean stroke.

Daniel Soukup, 2025 PG – Danville: Lefty who’s shifty and can create for himself and others. Shot it ok in a couple stretches. Good defender with quick feet and hands.

Karlon Hargrove, 2024 PG – Steele: Young man was on a mission.  Looked solid in drills and it transferred over into live action. Scored in bunches in a variety of ways. Quick off the bounce, got to his spots with relative ease.

Trent Medearis, 2024 PG – Hays: Really quick / fast guard. Can be tough on defenders in transition with his explosiveness. Finished around the rim and hit mid range shots.

Daryl Banks, 2025 Wing – Johnson HS: Nice size combo guard who scored it multiple ways. Looked good early on in drills and in games off the dribble.

Ora Williams, 2024 Forward: Big fella with extremely soft hands who finished well around the rim. Rebounded the ball strong as well. Played with a lot of confidence and was extremely vocal on defense.

Elijah Favela, 2025 Guard -Judson A School:  Scorer!!!! Had a solid day showing off his skill set. Was efficient from the perimeter. Scored it multiple ways during game action and showed ability to play through contact as well.

Roman Flores, 2024 PG -Jefferson MS:  High motor kid had a pretty good day overall.Scored it several ways. Was very aggressive on both ends trying to make things happen.

Hayes Pounds, 2024 PG – Penforth: Smart Heady player who can shoot it pretty good. Shot the ball well in drill action and knocked down several during live action.

Drew Basher, 2024 PG – Danforth: Had a pretty good day overall. Very aggressive and competitive. Won his share of 50/50 balls. Knocked down shots during live and drill action.

 

Going Up! CJ Noland Talks Recruitment, Performance

Stock-riser has been appropriately coined for  Waxahachie product CJ Noland as his production in the scholastic season has upped his recruitment. The stocky, strong built guard has strung together high-level offensive outputs this season and deservingly pegged as one of the top guard prospects in the 2021 class. He talks to TBB about his performances and recruitment.

“I’ve been able to show I can hit shots and lead. We’re looking to make a statement run this season and the hard work I’ve been putting in is starting to show on the court.”

Noland’s offer sheet includes Oral Roberts, UIC, UNT, Sam Houston, UTA  and more recently from SMU & Colorado State. He holds interest from Kansas State and Vanderbilt as well.

Speaking of the latter two programs, both have been heavily recruiting him as well along with Colorado State.

The Breakdown

Colorado State: “(Assistant) Coach Ali (Farokhmanesh) reaches out to me twice a week. I plan on taking an official visit there after the season. They let their guards play so it’s definitely a school I really like.”

Vanderbilt: (Assistant) Coach (Adam) Mazarei and I talk a couple times a week. I will take an official visit there as well during the spring. They play in the SEC and I would love to play in the SEC.”

Kansas State: Kansas State has been reaching out for some time close to 2-3x a week. (Assistant) Coach Brad Korn is the one recruiting me. I’ll definitely take an official (visit) there and I can see myself playing there.”

Analysis
Noland has taken a few unofficial visits, such as with UNT in the fall, also has been present to a few UTA games and was present in Texas A&M’s matchup vs South Carolina. He plans to take an unofficial to SMU possibly in near future.

We project CJ to follow up a strong scholastic season with just as powerful club season. He’s tough, possesses good feel and a combination of athleticism, strength and sound vision makes him a menace in the open court.  It’s too early to tell where his collegiate destination is but there’s a few tidbits to add

-One school he wants recruiting is Alabama

-Kansas State is his father, Belvis Noland’s alma mater where he played his last two seasons from 1993-1995.

-He eyes making a commitment in the latter end of the summer.

We will continue to keep track of CJ throughout the season so stay tuned at texasboysbasketball.com for news & notes.

Performance Breakdown: Friday Night At Xmas Crossover

That’s right! another trip down I45 for me as I went to Jerabeck Athletic Center for the Christmas Crossover which is presented by RCS Sports, OTR Report & DFWHoops. Friday not only allowed us to see a good slate of games but also a strong look at a solid amount of TBB prospects. I analyzed four performances from the first day so let’s dive in and take a look. 

JaQuan Scott, 2020 PF – Universal Academy:

Stat-line: 20pts 15rebs 2blks on 64% shooting.

One of the top available prospects in the Lone Star State, JaQuan Scott orchestrated one of the best performances on Friday. He was aggressive on the offensive glass, rebounding through contact and finishing. When Scott is unleashing this combination of athleticism, motor & toughness inside, he shows he’s a no-brainer higher-end player. 

Recruitment: New Mexico State & St. Johns are ones almost actively recruiting JaQuan. Texas A&M have inquired.

Ja’Vier Francis, 2021 PF/C – Westbury Christian:

Stat-line: 21pts 19rebs 7blks on 81% shooting.

Whopping box-score stats by Francis as he was a terror on both ends. 7 blocks is a very impressive look but he made the opposition think twice of shooting it inside. His freakish length combined with big-time timing & quick bounce allowed him to consistently effect outcome of shots at the rim. Albeit possessing an improved offensive game, there still ways to go for Francis as an offensive player but what he does best right now translates. 

Recruitment: offers from TSU & SFA. Oral Roberts, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Houston & several others have shown interest. Recruitment will pick up heavily in next 4-6months

LJ Cryer, 2020 PG – Morton Ranch:

Stat-line: 32pts On 48% shooting.

Cryer utilized his quickness to get to spots on the floor and generate an clean look for himself. The turnover numbers weren’t ideal (4) but you can live with it as he provided a high-power scoring punch for the Mavs. The Baylor Bears received one of the upper echelon scoring guards in the country and we believe he has a chance to really thrive in Scott Drew’s System. 

Marcus Williams, 2020 2/1 CG – Dickinson:

Stat-line: 40pts 10rebs 6asts 3blks on 58% shooting.

Big-time performance for the Norther Colorado Signee. Knocking down contested shots off the bounce, unleashed his fluid athleticism in open court and was in pursuit of a rebound. Another item to note is his ability to get to the foul-line (7 for 10 from charity stripe) as Marcus embraces contact on drives and knew how to draw a foul. Williams has all the talent and potential to be 4-year contributor for the Bears. 

2020 Availables: Central Texas

Our Central Texas Beat Writer Tim Littlefield gives college coaches a look at the available prospects in the 2020 class from the CenTex area. A slew of prospects with a translatable skillset are broken down. Take a look a read below.

Greg Brown, Wing – Vandergrift: ELITE ATHLETE. VERY EXPLOSIVE Finisher in transition. Runs the floor well, finishes well above the rim. Has expanded his game quite a bit. Has had some monster outings against some quality teams and some highlight reels to go along with it. Special player! Recently visited, Texas, Auburn and host of others.

Jordan Wood, 3/4 -Cornerstone: Currently has offers from Air Force, Navy, Army, Howard University amongst others. Can score it at all levels. Has been steady throughout the year so far. Garnering a lot of attention from several schools as the see his skill level and strength improving.

Journee Phillips, Wing- Wagner: 4 yr Starter, 18-19’ All State kid. High energy wing who excels in transition. Finishes at the rim strong; steadily improving perimeter game; Lock down defender. Has had some strong performances. Several Double Doubles under his belt; currently averaging 17ppg and8.2 rpg while being tasked to shut down opponents top players.

Will Carsten, Forward – Reagan: Averaging a double double. 18.7 ppg and 12 rpg. Continues to be one of the areas surprises. Has a college ready body and good hands; can score it inside with soft touch but can also play on the perimeter; Good athleticism has him in place to be a problem for oppositions all year.

Max Smith, Guard -Austin Anderson: Arguably the best shooter in the Region if not the state. Deep Range. Quick, clean release. Averaging 25ppg and 5 assist. Crafty with the ball to keep defenders honest. Had some huge games do far. Had 17 in the 4th and Hit game winner to open up District play a few nights ago.

Jalen Mangum, Guard – Harlan: Solid guard having a string senior campaign thus far. Avg 20 plus ppg to include a stretch of a couple 30 plus point performances and a 43pt game in the NEISD tournament .Can get to his spots; plays through contact; also can hit the 3. Also a good on ball defender.

Gabe Rayer, 3 / 4 -Vandergrift: Has posted several double doubles this year to form a solid duo with Brown. He is a Good size player gives his team options to score inside and out. Can shoot the ball from 3, also shows good athleticism to finish in and around the rim.

Braelon Seals, SG – Wagner: Come back to Wagner after a year away and brings some offense punch. Improved game the bounce, getting to his spots and can shoot it from deep. Currently at 36 % from 3. Overall averaging 15ppg, 4 assist and 4 rebs a game.

Kino Rodriguez Thompson, Guard – Warren: Has been solid for his group so fat this year. Avg 14.8, 5rebs 3 assist. Has shown ability to beat guys off the dribble and get to the lane pretty consistently.

Breion Powell, Wing – Pflugerville Connally: Has been real solid so far this year. Avg 25 shooting. 51% from the field to include 44% from 3. He is a player who can score in multiple ways. Does most of his heavy lifting off the bounce , but can shoot it obviously from 3. Good athlete.

Nick Vann, Guard – Warren: Has been pretty good so fa this year, hitting timely shots and making plays. He is shooting 38%from 3pt range . -Heady guard , shifty .Consistent making reads to find open teammates or knocking down shots.

Elijah Conley, Wing- Taft: Really long kid. Shown ability to stretch the D with the ball. Can get to the rim and finish. Long arms blocks and alters shots.

Elijah Lomas, Wing – Harlan: High motor, blue collar wing scores it in multiple ways. Can beat you off the dribble, but can shoot it as well.

DeAuntre Davis, 4/5- Chilton: Good size player who has upside. Has been doing well . A strong presence inside with good footwork, can score it inside. Plays through contact. Has ability to face up and hit the mid-range. Good athlete who rebounds it. Had a stretch of games where he avg almost 23 points and 12 rebs.

Kyonte Holden, PG – Judson: Has been good for the Rockets all year. Solid pg. Good ball handler, High IQ, makes the right reads, leads his group along with improved shot making ability. Currently averaging 15.9ppg and shooting 32% from 3. Good defender.

Ambrose Johnson, Wing- Judson: Has really played well as of late. Averaging 14.3ppg. Knocks down shots from multiple spots on the floor. Has had games where he has hit multiple 3s.

Tanner Brown, Guard – Brandeis: High IQ savvy guard makes winning plays, competes hard on both ends and will knock down shots. Had a game of hitting 5 3s in a row. Shooting a solid 54% from the field; 45% from 3. 15.5ppg overall.

Rory Munro, Wing – Westlake: Crafty scorer. Can put it on the floor and get in traffic and finish or knock down open looks. Good size and length allows him to get to his spots and get shots off.

Kyle Schaefer, Wing – Brandeis: Can really shoot the ball with range. Strong build allows him to play through some contact and get good looks. Avg 16.4 a game and 42% from 3. Having a solid year for the Broncos.

Jacob Hester, Guard -Cedar Park: Currently averaging 14ppg . Hester is solid guard who had a strong spring and summer and has carried over into the regular season so far. He is tasked to do a lot for his teams success. Kid can really shoot it. Can come off screens, spot up or is crafty enough to get his own. Solid IQ.

Avery Euguster, Guard – St. Mary’s Hall: Has been on a roll. Had huge back to back tournaments at the South San and the SAISD Tournament against some top competition. Avery is making a ton of plays and filling up the stat sheet along the way. He is currently averaging 22.5ppg, 8.8 rpg 3.2 assist and 2.3 steals.

Ethan Walker, Wing – Austin Bowie: Solid shooter does a good job putting pressure on defense by spreading them out. Good clean release and shoots it for a good percentage. Size allows him to shoot over closing defenders.

Kyle Castille, Wing- Brennan: Is averaging 15 ppg and 7rebs. He is being asked to fill several roles for the Bears, but the Swiss Army knife is up to it.

Blake Spiller, Wing- Anderson: Good Shooter and a good athlete. Moves well with and without the ball. Scores it multiple ways, helps form a solid backcourt.

Carson Perkins, PG- Liberty Hill: Four year Starter. Solid guard who makes plays. Smart, shifty with the ball, knocks down open shots, finds open teammates. Competes hard.

Truett Hentzelman, Wing – Clark: Hentzleman has been solid throughout the year so for Clark. Going into district play he is averaging 14.5pts and 4.1 rpp. He has shown the ability to score in a variety of ways.

Romaelius Moore, Wing- Taft: Moore has been consistent for Taft this year and is a key reason for them having a winning record so far. His avg11pt, 5reb, 33% 3pt fg leads the team.

Ay’ Keen Richardson, Wing- Manor: Richardson has been steady. Averaging 10pts and 7 rebs on a talented Manor group. He has shown the ability to hit the 3 with good range and get to his spots off the dribble.

Prospect Outlook From Warrior Classic

Drove down to the Alamo City for the inaugural Warrior Classic hosted by Cornerstone Christian. Three schools from Florida came to battle it out against three  premier teams out of Texas. A lot of talent was on hand for this one. Let’s dive in!

Texas Performers

Micah Peavy, 2020 Wing – Duncanville: Texas Tech Signee led Duncanville to a 2-0 record in San Antonio. His playmaking abilities combined with size, athleticism and improved shot-creation makes Peavy a matchup problem for opposing defenses. 

Damon Nicholas, 2021 SG – Duncanville: Nicholas brought steady offensive production for the Panthers. Moves to spots to generate clean looks for himself & teammates as well as connect on shots on the move & bounce. 

Tre White, 2022 SG – Cornerstone Christian: The Kansas Commit has a knack for putting the ball in the hole. Showed ability to score on three levels and held own defensively. 

2020 Available Analysis

JaBryant Hill, 2020 PG – Duncanville: Speedy guard that got to the teeth of the defense and made sound decisions with the ball. Albeit on small end for ideal positional size, Hill possesses tools that translate the collegiate level. 

Misiel Teklai 2020 PG – Universal Academy: Guard that packs a scoring punch. Teklai has made strides as a floor leader but showed ability to generate own look. 

JaQuan Scott, 2020 PF – Universal Academy: Was up & down showing for Scott. Fouled out in 10min vs Victory Rock on Friday but came alive in the 2nd half vs The Rock on Saturday accumulating 11pts. Even with struggles, Scott in stretches showed why he is a top 20 talent in the state and one of the top available players in Texas. 

Improved Stock

Will Shepherd, 2021 PF – Universal Academy: Shepherd averaged 15ppg this weekend as he shot 50% from three point land. A stretch forward that has made noticeable strides as a rebounder and team defender. 

Christian Green, 2021 CF – Cornerstone Christian: Two strong outings for Green. Excelled at getting to the cup, absorbing contact & finishing. Christian made presence on both ends of the court this weekend. 

CJ Ford, 2022 PG – Duncanville: Ford compiled an impressive game vs The Rock. He initiated the offense, made shots from deep and was pesky on defensive end. 

Juan Reyna, 2021 CG – Duncanville: One would say Reyna’s 31pt outing at The Cowtown Tip-off would be his coming out party of sorts but at The Warrior Classic, Juan displayed other layers to his game. We know he can really shoot the basketball & possesses deep range but this weekend he made very solid decisions with the ball off the bounce. Passes on drives and nice touch in intermediate area.

Jordan Woods, 2020 PF – Cornerstone: In Wichita Falls, Woods didn’t have his best of showings but this past weekend Jordan came out in attack mode. Connecting on shots from the perimeter but also embracing contact and finishing. Tulsa & UTSA came to see him. 

Texas Underclassman Look

Ty Cox, 2023 CG – Universal Academy: Best 2023 performer in the showcase. Constructed a 17pt outing vs a tough Victory Rock program and followed with a solid showing vs The Rock. Big, strong guard with immense upside. 

Croix Cox, 2023 PF – Universal Academy: Physicality overwhelmed Croix at times but showed flashes of a forward with an effective inside game. 

Ronald Holland, 2023 PF – Duncanville: Hunter for rebounds on both ends. Gives big time energy and sound production with minutes. 

Cameron Barnes, 2023 PF/C – Duncanville: My first good look of Cameron post-injury and he was solid. Used length to alter shots, mobile and has a promising perimeter jumper. 

Austin Nunez, 2022 PG – Cornerstone Christian: Foul-trouble was his cryptonite as he couldn’t  consistently get in a rhythm. However, Austin generated good looks for himself & teammates and has made strides on defensive intent as well. 

Notable Florida Performers

Jalen Speer, 2020 PG – The Rock: A overall sound performance for The FAMU Commit. Deep range on jumper, got to his spots and made plays.

Mayoum Mayoum, 2020 PG – Pottershouse: Big-time athlete that has massively improved handle since he first arrived from Australia. Athleticism mixed with strong frame and stable handle allowed himself to score plenty of times around the rim. 

RJ Jones, 2024 Forward – The Rock (FL): Even as an 8th Grader, Jones more than held his own in varsity play. Made shots from the perimeter, showed touch inside as he averaged a near double double in two games. Has a chance to be a household name in a few years. 

Prince Mosengo, 2022 Forward – Victory Rock (FL): Very intrigued by Mosengo. Even before the game starts you see a kid with great length, good size and walks with some swagger. On the court, Mosengo got things done on both ends. Showed versatility as a defender and on the offensive end displayed a promising inside/out game. 

Kyle Duke, 2021 CG – The Rock:The guard out of Canada was effective either as a primary & secondary ballhandler. Made plays in pick & roll as he showed patience surveying the floor. 

Stars & Stripe Notebook

Spent some time last weekend at Houston Christian for the Stars & Stripes Showcase which was ran by Teddy Wheeler. Good competition, a solid amount of D1 talent and a couple names that we were able to add in our database. 

-Generally tougher for players to get up & be ready for morning battles but 2021 Tyler Pinder was laser focused tallying 45pts in RLTC’s win vs JL Academy from Australia

Pinder scored primarily off the bounce, showcasing promising live-dribble game. 

-St. Thomas Episcopal took a commanding lead in the second half and defeated St. Andrews. STE was paced by the three headed guard monster of ‘21 JaKobe Flores (19pts), ‘20 Melvin Holloway (16pts) & Tyler Thomas (14pts). The trip made a combined 6 triples and knifed their way to the paint. 

-Was impressed by ‘21 Zion Granville of FB Christian. Lanky lefty forward with a quick first step. Definitely a collegiate prospect but needs to continue to polish skillset. 

-Junior Owen Larocca showcased his flamethrower of a jumpshot. Connected on six trey balls and showcased versatility as a shooter.

-For St. Thomas, albeit ‘23 Jake Pike’s box score stats not popping out, he showed some promise as a stretch 4-man with good IQ. We will continue to take a look at him going forward. 

-It was a dog-fight in the Universal Academy v Concordia Lutheran matchup. UA erased a 15pt deficit and captured the win. 

-‘21 RJ Keene was lights out from three. Showing extended range on his jumper with combination of size & quick trigger. Holds UIW & SFA offer. Hearing from Belmont, Princeton, Baylor, UNT, Roy, Lafayette, UTSA, RICE & Texas A&M, Santa Clara, BYU, Purdue, Illinois. 

-‘22 Adam Stewart showed some fight in the paint. Once he got the memo of the aggression of the game, he started rebounding, altering shots around the rim & finishing through contact. Utah State, BYU, UofH, Baylor, Stanford, Princeton, Harvard, Utah have reached out.

-For Universal, Freshman Ty Cox has to be in the conversation with best player in his class. He made shots from deep, competes on defensive end and is a solid decision maker. Cox has more than held his own vs a bevy of higher end opponents on the varsity level and currently averaging 17ppg for The Eagles.

-Seniors JaQuan Scott & Misiel Teklai also were influential in UA’s run. Scott started stringing points from 12ft in & Teklai connected from jumpers from deep. 

-Another dog-fightish contest was between Bishop Lynch & Houston Christian. Houston Christian secured the victory with the help of ‘21 Noah Kon (attack-dog mentality, getting to cup, defensive impact), ‘21 Kobe Haynes (playmaking & shot creation) & ‘20 Austin Smith (Good rebounding instincts, X-Factor). 

-For Bishop Lynch, ‘21 Imo Essien arguably had the one of the best performances on Saturday. Consistently able to hit open shots, broke down defender off the bounce and able to finish vs length. Imo has put his name in the conversation as best point guard in 2021. 

-Can’t take away what William & Mary Signee Jake Milkereit provides for Bishop Lynch. Shot the ball from deep and was the secondary ballhandler for the Friars. Jake has had a strong scholastic season thus far. 

-Cornerstone Christian ran away in their tilt vs Woodlands Christian.

-‘21 Christian Green has been coming to his own. Playing with motor, hunting for rebounds and being effective as a slasher. 

-‘22 Austin Nunez was very solid from the field. Hit a couple of triples, showcased athleticism in open court & craftiness as a finisher. 

-Sophomore Tre White struggled scoring with efficiency but he showed bounce back and finished the second half strong. 

-Junior Jerrell Colbert imposed his will as a rim protector. 11 blocks to go with double digit rebounds. 

-For the Woodlands, Senior Bakari Lastrap stood-out. Scored off the dribble, sees the floor, and holds a promising shooting stroke. 

-Austin Benigni is quick off the bounce. Showed ability to get the rim and provided consistent offense. 

-Westbury Christian defeated Crosby in the finale of Stars & Stripes. 

-‘21 Ja’Vier Francis showcased why he’s a high-end Division one prospect. Accomplished a triple double with a whopping 14blks. Receiving many calls on Francis. 

-Junior Chris Felix was steady as well. Showed solid intermediate game, plays defense with length. 

-2022 Sean Elkinton for Crosby had a strong night with a 16pt 11reb double double. High motor, embraces contact. Showed some inside/out ability. 

-Soph. PJ Haggarty was solid. Definitely can provide a scoring punch but couldn’t find a consistent rhythm. Still one of the most electric guards in 2022 class. 

Austin Player Preview: 2021-2023

Tim Littlefield provides us with a snippet of the top prospects in the Austin area

‘21 KJ Adams 6’7 PF – Westlake- Well Built!!! Can hurt you off the dribble attacking the rim. Strong body ,plays through contact and finishes well in traffic. Puts a lot of pressure on defense because he is a willing passer to open teammates. Improving mid-range game keeps the defense honest. Strong rebounder and finisher.

‘22 LaDarius King ‘22 – St Stephens – Savvy, quick guard who is solid with the ball. Solid in screen roll situations, makes good reads. Good quick release off the dribble or spotting up from 3.

‘21 Colton Benson 6’1 Guard Austin Bowie- SNIPER!!! Real quick clean release. Deep Range. Can get to his spots with good footwork and handle. Moves well without the ball as well. Has good feel and IQ for the game.

‘22 LD Butler, Guard – Austin Bowie – Good athlete who is quick off the dribble. At this best getting to his spots hitting mid- range or getting to the rim.

‘21 Noah Robledo, Wing – Leander- Really Long athlete- Excels in the open floor. Has ability to stretch the defense shooting the 3 , but can beat you off the dribble and get to the rim. Plays solid on interior with good footwork in post up situations as well. Good rebounder.

‘22 Chris Loofe, Forward – LeAnder – Intriguing. Long. Moves well in post. Shows good footwork and some ability to score it some inside.

‘21 Eain Mowat, PG- Westlake- Smart- High IQ guard who knocks down shots. Good with the ball, makes good reads, sees the floor and shoots it for a good percentage.

 

Austin Player Preview: 2020 Class

Tim Littlefield provides us with a snippet of the top prospects in the Austin area

Greg Brown, Wing – Vandergrift – ELITE ATHLETE.  VERY EXPLOSIVE Finisher in transition. Runs the floor well, finishes well above the rim. Expanding his game, can hurt you off the dribble and shooting it from 3. Solid defender and rebounder. Will contest and block shots with his length. Special player! 

Jamal Shead 6’1 PG – Manor – Do it all guard, Fills the stat sheet!!!  has elite court vision, Sees the floor and finds open guys or open attacks gaps with strong body and finishes in traffic. Does a good job playing through contact. Scores it at all levels; Solid mid -range game to compliment his quick 1st step. Puts pressure on offensive players with quick feet and hands. Strong rebounder from guard spot as well. 

Jordan Teal, CG – LBJ – Playmaker!!! Can beat you in a variety ways. Gets to the basket, scores it in traffic, finds open guys and knocks down open looks. Strong off the dribble. Tenacious defender!! Deceiving long arms gets a lot of deflections, quick feet to stay in front. Solid all-around player 

Kevin Jamison, C – St Stephen – Long wiry player who will alter or block a lot of shots on the interior. Improving post play makes him a threat on both ends.  

Max Smith, Guard – Anderson – Arguably the best shooter in the Region if not the state. Deep Range !!! Quick, clean release.  

Blake Spiller, SG  – Anderson – Good Shooter and a good athlete. Moves well with and without the ball. Scores it multiple ways, helps form a solid backcourt 

Carson Perkins, PG- Liberty Hill-four year Starter. Solid guard who makes plays. Smart , shifty with the ball, knocks down open shots, finds open teammates. Competes hard.  

DeAuntre Davis,  4/5- Chilton – Good size player who has upside. Good footwork, can score it inside. Plays through contact. Has ability to face up and hit the mid-range. Good athlete who rebounds it. 

Rory Munro, Wing – Westlake- Crafty scorer. Can put it on the floor and get in traffic and finish or knock down open looks. Good size and length allows him to get to his spots and get shots off. 

 

Jasean Jackson, Big Vince, Milkereit Highlight South San. Tournament

The tournament field was loaded with 30 plus teams from almost every region across the state. Each matchup provided an opportunity to evaluate some of the top talent across the state in multiple classes.

JaSean Jackson ‘21-SA Wagner -Tournament MVP… Solid all the way through out on both ends. Got to his spots regularly with a good change of speeds and hit the mid -range as well the 3 ball with good consistency. When not scoring he got timely deflections and steals to lead to transition buckets.

Journee Phillips ‘20- SA Wagner – Double Double Machine. Had a tremendous affect on the game on both ends as well as rebounding the ball in traffic. Was asked to shut down the oppositions leading scorer in multiple occassions and did so with no problem. Scored it in multiple ways over the weekend.

Kaleb Stewart ‘21- Atascocita – Versatile guard who scored it in a variety of ways. He put a lot of pressure on the defense with his skill set to score it at all levels. Solid defensively as well.

Cameron Morrison’21- Atascocita – Young man was asked to do a lot in some cases and he delivered. Scored it in a variety of ways and battled on both ends in traffic.

Tom Hart ‘21- Atascocita – The skilled pg showed ability to get others involved and also get to his spots to score it when needed. Showed his ability to knock down the 3 consistently.

Imo Essien ‘21- Bishop Lynch – Very explosive in the open floor. Changed speeds and got to the rim and also hit the mid range with some consistency. Floor general anD IQ were on display when he got others involved as well.

Jake Milkereit ‘20- Bishop Lynch – Made an argument to be possibly the best player in the Tournament Field. Showed ability on numerous occasions to knock down shots from all over the floor. Has plenty range. Got to his spots with strong quick dribbles, shot over defenders and went by them. Finished at the rim several times through the weekend. William and Mary have a good one on the way.

Jordan Walsh ‘22 – Oak Cliff Faith Academy- Long Wing showed the skill set to get it done multiple ways. Shot the ball with range, scored off the bounce and in traffic. Length defensively caused some teams problems also.

Trae Clayton ‘22 – Oak Cliff Faith Academy- Strong physical Wing showed ability to score it in traffic off the dribble as well as hit the mid- range.

Vince Iwuchukwu ‘22- SA Cole HS- Showed the skill and ability to be dominant at times. Posted several double doubles in the tourney. Had to fight through traffic often to get it done.

Jonas Carlisle- ‘21 South San – Had a solid tournament. Double digit guy who is smooth of the dribble to get to his spots. Ability to create space for himself and is unselfish to find other guys. Made good reads. Shot it from 3 as well.

Jordan Barajas ‘21- SA McCollum – The wing is tasked with a lot and he answered in most cases throughout the tourney. Put together some solid games against some quality opponents; multiple double- digit games including 25 in the opener.

Cris Villareal ‘22 – SA McCollum- Solid guard who provides a spark for his group. Hit timely shot after shot to keep the defense honest. Shoots it well from deep. Also had 25 in the opener.

Ambrose Johnson ‘20- Converse Judson – Lived mostly beyond the 3pt line, but showed the ability to knock it down with good frequency. Had a game where he hit 5 of them from deep.

Avery Euguster ‘20- SA St. Mary’s Hall- Had a real strong tournament. Led his team in scoring throughout with slashes to the rim and a solid mid -range game. Had 17 in the 4th alone in a tough loss to Plug Hendrickson.

Kino Rodriguez Thompson ‘20 – SA Warren – Was solid for the most part through out. Scored it affectively mid- range and in. Scored in traffic. Showed a burst to get by defenders and put pressure on the defense.

Nick Vann ‘20 – SA Warren – Had some solid performances against some solid backcourts. Got to his spots and hot shots from the mid and deep range. Crafty ball handler got others involved as well.

Braelon Seals ‘20 – SA Wagner – solid combo guard type who hit timely shots to keep teams honest. Several from deep. Showed ability and quick twitch to get to the mid and hit shots. Heady player.

Kaijon Thornton ‘21 – SA Wagner – Made timely play after timely play getting hands on 50/50 balls and leading to scores or locking down offensive players making them uncomfortable. Quick twitch athlete was all over the place.

Jaden Williams ‘21 – Pflugerville Hendrickson – Lefty pg made plays through- out the tournament. Down Hill type kid scored it at all levels. Freakish athlete who puts a lot of pressure on defenders. Real quick feet and hands defensively as well.

Brian Armstrong ‘21 – SA Antonian – 3 double doubles in the tournament. Including a coulle 30 pt outings. Strong guard bullied his way through defenders at times and finished. Shot the ball from various levels as well. Tons of upside fresh off the football field.

Gavino Ramos ‘21 SA Antonian- Had a strong double- double in final game. Was smooth off the dribble, fought through traffic and double teams at times to create for himself and others. Saw the floor and made good reads.

Truett Heintzelman ‘20 – SA Clark- Very efficient with shot attempts. Shot the ball with good range. Good clean release. Showed ability to come off screens and hit shots and got to the basket some. Ran the floor well.

Manuel Paradez -‘21- South San- Had big performances against Cole and hit buzzer beater to knock of 4A State Champ Faith Academy. Showed a lot of grit and will to win against solid competition. Made timely plays and shots when his team needed it most.

Xavier Kirk ‘ 22 – SA Warren – Good athlete who made timely plays for his group. Knocked down open shots but also got to the rim when needed. Played solid defensively as well.

Honarable Mention
Jalen Crocker ‘23 – SA Warren – Strong physical presence inside. Finished around the rim and was also a factor on the glass on both ends and solid defensively.

‘ 23 Ma’ Shay Hill ‘23 – Pflugerville Hendrickson – Long, athletic was affective on the interior as well with his length altering shots and rebounding. Was affective with his touches around the rim. Shows good touch and feel.

 

SA Preview: 2022-2023 Class

Mr. Tim Littlefield delivers Part III of his San Antonio report, this time with 2022&2023 class.

Tre White, Wing – Cornerstone – WOW!! Very explosive guard, Good size, can hurt you by scoring at all levels. Elite ability to get to his spots off the bounce. Committed to Kansas.

Vince Iwuchukwu, C/PF – Cole – Really coming on strong; Athletic, Long,
Good footwork, ability to score inside and out. Finishes at the rim High motor, rebounds and blocks a lot of shots. 

Austin Nunez, PG – Cornerstone – Ultra quick guard with a quick release. Shoots it clean from 3. Ability to play on and off the ball makes him a constant threat. Can beat you in a variety of ways. Can create for himself and others.

Xavier Martinez, PG – Churchill – Savvy guard who gets to his spots, can score or it or deliver it. High IQ.

Kendall Dow, PG – Johnson – Can score it at all levels. Smooth stroke, also sees the floor and makes the right reads. Puts a lot of pressure on defenders.

Richard Torres, Wing – Southside – Good size wing continues to improve. Has ability to score at all levels. 

William Nathaniel, Wing – East Central – Intriguing prospect. Wing who scores it at all levels. Very efficient with touches. 

Kevin Garcia, SF – Laredo Martin – Puts pressure on the defense with his size and ability to score inside and also step out from 3.      

Trey Blackmore, CG – Cole – Good size Combo guard who has the ability to score it. Good size allows him to get shot off in traffic. Sees the floor, has a good feel.

Xavier Kirk, Guard – Warren –  Glue guy who is improving. Strong, athletic, can score it. Real good defender who will give opponents problems.

Caleb Gaston, Wing – Cornerstone – Long wing who can shoot it. Lefty has a clean stroke, improved strength, becoming a good rebounder.

Chris Villareal, PG – McCollum – Quick savvy guard. Very competitive. Will take big shots; floor general.

Seth McCarty, SF – NB Canyon – Improved post play, foot work and rebounding. Will finish in traffic.

Aaron San Miguel, Guard – Jefferson – Long guard who can score it. Will be depended on for teams success.

Jordan Mason, PG – Clark – PG who has the ability to get to his spots and score or find open guys. Solid IQ.

Annaris Brandon, CG – Judson – Athletic wing who can score it at all levels. High motor, good defender 

Mason Wallace, Wing – Judson – Solid wing player who fills up the stat sheet.    

CLASS OF 2023

Kendrick DeLuna, C/PF – Cornerstone – Very intriguing big kid who can move around and give defenders problems with skill set. Can score it multiple ways. Really long

Santiago Ochoa, SG – Antonian – Solid IQ, Savvy guard who makes the right reads and puts pressure on defenders multiple ways. Good body, can score it. 

Matthew Soto, PG – Somerset – Plays the game with a lot of poise, Good IQ, Can really shoot it. Good court vision, gets to his spots.

Malik Pressley, Wing – San Marcos – Intriguing long wing will play a big factor for his team. Can score it at multiple levels. 

Kaden Gumbs, PG –  San Marcos – Quick guard who excels in the open floor. Can hit the mid range as well as 3. Good athlete, good defender.

Jaylen Gardner, PG – Cornerstone Regional – Deceptively long arms, get his hands on a lot of balls. Good athlete who can finish in traffic. Real good in transition.

Johnathan Vega, PG – San Marcos – Good athlete who plays with a high motor, lock down defender ability. Can score it as well.

Jalen Crocker, Forward – Warren – Intriguing Big kid will be one to watch . Lefty is strong in the lane, will finish in traffic and rebound as well. 

RJ Marquez, PG – Pleasanton – High IQ guard who makes plays. Sees the floor, will take and make big shots. 

Dakari Hodge, SG – Boerne Champion – Good athlete who excels in transition. Finishes at the rim.

Robert Jackson, Wing – Brackenridge – Long wing who can score it some. Can put it on the floor and create for himself.

Friday Storylines From Wichita Falls

The month of November means the scholastic basketball season is approaching. Before that, we as a staff travel to The Elite 14,  which holds the top players from the region & the country. We drove in to Wichita Falls on Friday to see the 3-game slate schedule at Hirschi High School. 

Back To The Drawing Board

Was a tough game for Cornerstone Christian vs Trinity Christian International. 2020 UCLA Commit Daishen Nix & Company gave the opposing guards fits with their defensive pressure and applying pressure on the offensive end by constantly looking to attack the basket. For Cornerstone, There were some bright spots to take away from their outing as we project them to be a premier team in the state. 

Here are some notes

  • 2022 Austin Nunez started out with a Triple off the dribble and was aggressive with the ball in his hands early on, getting to the teeth of the defense. Struggled afterwards and forced the issue which lead to turnovers. Nonetheless, good experience for the young guard going against more mature backcourt players. 
  • 2021 Jerrell Colbert was effective in spurts. When he plays with high energy & hunts for offensive rebounds, he is effective. Consistency is a very key for continued growth. 
  • 2022 Tre White produced 21pts 5rebs and was the offensive engine on Friday for Cornerstone. Shot selection was questionable in stretches but when Tre was getting to the cup & generating attention from the defense, that was when he was very effective 
  • 2022 Caleb Gaston is intriguing. Good size for a perimeter player & possess smooth shooting stroke. Has a chance to become a premier prospect in the class down the line. 

Julian Larry Leads the Way For Ischool 

Indiana State secured them a Impact player in 2020 guard Julian Larry. He got wherever he wanted on the floor, showcased an improved shooting stroke as he impacted the game on both ends. With vastly improved guard play, Ischool will be a prominent foe in the state. 

Notes

  • 2022 Cruz Davis was very solid. Lefty guard with fluid shooting stroke and good IQ.
  • 2020 Austin Lewis provided 20pts on Friday, executing on shots inside and showcasing plus mobility for a big man. 
  • Senior wing Quevian Adger was effective as well. Provided a strong scoring punch and showcasing the ability to score in a variety of ways. 
  • 2023 Matt Reed was solid in his minutes. Hit a top of the key three, was physical inside and seemed adjusted to varsity play. 

Lawton Christian, Woodlands Battled it Out

Woodlands Christian

  • Solid Showing From ‘20 Bakari Lastrap. Managed the game, got the ball to his teammates & hit shots within flow of offense. 
  • Senior Tucker Noee had himself a strong game as well. Good IQ, can hit shots from the perimeter and possesses solid touch around the rim.

Lawton Christian

  • Devon Barnes knows how to put the ball in the hole. Getting to the foul line and hitting perimeter shots. 
  • 2022 Big man Didier Maleng was effective in the pint. utilized length to alter shots and collect rebounds. Still raw in some areas offensively but has showed noticeable improvement. 

San Antonio Breakdown: 2020 Class

Excited to have Tim Littlefield on staff covering Central Texas for Texasboysbasketball.com. With many years of experience in the basketball industry, Littlefield will be able to provide in-depth coverage for the prospects in that region. Starting in San Antonio, Tim delivers a  4-part preview of the top & available players in Alamo City. 

Standouts

Zeryk Oneyma, PF – John Jay – The Areas most improved player. Has offers from UTEP, Navy and several others. High Ceiling. Can get it done on both ends. Long , athletic, runs the floor, can score inside and out. 

Logan Bracamonte, Wing – Randolph – The UIW Commit has really improved. Has ability to get to the rim and finish, but his art is his shooting from deep!!!!

Isaiah Kennedy, PG – SA Wagner –  Holds an offer from Hampton Univ. Strong guard who has improved shooting. Good defender, good in transition as well.

Jordan Wood, PF – Cornerstone – Currently has offers from Air Force, Navy, Army amongst others. Can score it at all levels. Has a chance to be a good one.

Journee Phillips, Wing – SA Wagner – 4 yr Starter, 18-19’ All State kid. High energy wing who excels in transition. Finishes at the rim strong; steadily improving perimeter game; Lock down defender.

Norman Beckford, CF – Brennan – The very athletic St Mary’s Commit has shown some playmaking ability. Slashing to the rim to finish, but will find others. High motor is on display defensively and rebounding. 

Jaeden Moore, SF – Brennan –  Committed to St. Mary’s. Has improved as an all around player. Can spot up and shoot it from mid range and deep, but also will get to the rim. Becoming a good defender.

Notables 

These are players that we could place their name in our TBB Top 150 with big-time seasons.

Nick Vann, PG – Warren Cerebral – Guard can hurt you in a lot of ways. Consistent making reads to find open teammates or knocking down shots. Had a strong spring/ summer campaign.

Kino Rodriguez Thompson, Guard – Warren – Part of one of the areas best backcourts. Will fill up the stat sheet. Strong guard who gets to his spots; finishes in traffic, makes good reads, good defender.

Braelon Seals, SG – Wagner – Comes back to Wagner after a year away and brings some offense punch. Improving off the bounce and can shoot it from deep. 

Will Carsten, PF – Reagan – One of the areas surprises. Has a college ready body and good hands; can score it inside with soft touch but can also play on the perimeter; Improved athleticism has him primed for a good year.

Jalen Mangum, PG – Harlan – Solid guard coming off a strong spring and summer. Can get to his spots; plays through contact; also can hit the 3. Good defender.

Elijah Conley, PF – Harlan – Really long kid. Shown ability to stretch the D with the ball. Can get to the rim and finish. Long arms blocks and alters shots.

Elijah Lomas, SG Harlan – High motor, blue collar wing scores it in multiple ways. Can beat you off the dribble, but can shoot it as well.

Jackson Byas, SF – Steele – Coming into his own. Strong body helps him finish in traffic and rebound well; also shoots it good from 3. 

Kyle Castille Wing- Brennan – Swiss Army Knife. Athletic, active wing who makes plays all over the floor. Improved perimeter game and IQ. Can guard multiple positions. Will be key for the Bears.

Garrett Prince PF/C – MAC – Improved post player. Strong on the inside. Can also hit mid range shots. Good rebounder.

Rashod Odomes, Guard – Roosevelt – Multi sport athlete makes plays. Uses athelticism and strong build to create problems for defenders.

DaQwon Kindred, Wing – Roosevelt – Long athletic wing had a solid spring and summer. Can score it in a variety of ways. 

Tanner Brown, Guard- Brandeis – High IQ savvy guard makes winning plays, competes hard on both ends and will knock down shots.

Kyle Schaefer, SG – Brandeis – Can really shoot the ball with range. Strong build allows him to play through some contact and get good looks.

Charlie DeWitt, Guard – Alamo Heights – Had a strong spring and summer season. Can score in bunches in a variety of ways. Will be key to his teams success. Holds and offer from UT Dallas.

Max Terry, PG – St Mary’s Hall –  Solid guard who can shoot it . Had some big games during the spring and summer.

Stephen Quintero, PG – Southside – Can really shoot it. Has some big games under his belt. Over 1000 pt scorer in his career.

Quincy Shepard, PG – Steele – Solid guard who is improving all around , has ability to knock down the 3 or get to his spots in mid range. Solid defender.

Jordyn Arnette, PG – Cole – Big guard; Strong build allows him to finish in traffic. Shoots it for a good percentage. Solid defender and rebounder from wing position.

Michael Chandler, PG – Judson – Coming off and strong spring and summer. Has really good court vision. Strong body fights through traffic and makes tough shots. 

Kyonte Holden, PG – Judson – Pure PG. solid ball handler, High IQ, makes the right reads, leads his group along with improved shot making ability. Good defender.

Ambrose Johnson, PG – Judson – Starting to come into his own. Knocks down shots from multiple spots on the floor also finishes in transition . Will be key to his teams success.

Johnathan Ochoa, Wing – East Central – Can score it in a variety of ways; works well around the rim, hits the mid range.

Parker Delay, Wing – Boerne Champion – Long wing who can really shoot the ball from all areas of the floor.

Isaiah Halliburton, PG – Feast – Quick guard who has a good feel for the game. Can shoot it from 3, but has a mid range game. Good defender. Good IQ.

Austin Kenwisher, PG – Smithson Valley – Coming into his own. Shoots it with good range and consistency. 

Isaiah Valdez, CF – Southwest Legacy – Blue Collar player who can score inside and also hit mid range shots. Good rebounder.

Avery Euguster, Guard – St Marys Hall – Good athlete; good in the open floor; will attack the rim . Has some ability to Score it from mid range and 3.

Ben Auguster, SG – St Marys Hall – Good in the open floor and around the rim. 

Tvonsi Hubbard, Wing – East Central – Athletic wing who can score it in a variety of ways. Will be counted on heavily to help his team.

Robert Gill, PG – Holmes – Crafty guard who can get to his spots and set up teammates or himself . Can score it from 3 or mid range.

Arthur Cellstin, PF – Judson – Had a strong fall as he runs the floor well, finishes around the rim. Also rebounds the ball and will contest shots.

Truett Heintzelman, Guard – Clark – Will be looked at to lead the Cougars. 3 yr starter. Can shoot it from all over the floor. Good IQ.

Silas Livingston 5’9 – Cole – Solid  pg who has a good feel of the game. Quick off the dribble getting to his spots . Sees the floor, will knock down shots. Pesky Defender

Vincent Mann 6’3- Roosevelt – Really good athlete with a good body, very bouncy. Can get to his spots off the dribble and spot up from 3. Good addition for the Riders

Mason Pulliam, Guard – New Braunfels – Good size guard who will score in a variety of ways.

JUCO Storylines: Temple’s Carlton Linguard Is Attracting A Plethora Of Schools

Texas Grassroots Basketball hosted their annual TGB Fall Showcase as a cross scrimmage between programs from Region 5 battled against schools in Region XIV. 

Over 15 College Coaches were present and many D1 prospects manned the courts

His Game 

Linguard was the top prospect  top prospect The talented frontline prospect showcased an array of skills. Albeit lean, he played with physicality, able to maintain position inside. Carlton also showcased extended range on jumper & His plus mobility was on display as he was able to closeout effectively from the perimeter.

Recruitment

 Linguard has been hearing from Texas A&M, Baylor, UT Arlington, St. Johns, TCU, Kansas State, Oregon and several others. Several of the programs mentioned above have traveled to Temple, TX to see Linguard at practice. His recruitment is in the stages of taking off and is considered one of the premier JUCO prospects in the country. 

SA Preview: 2021

Mr. Tim Littlefield delivers Part II of his San Antonio report, this time with 2021 class. 

Jerrell Colbert, C/PF – Cornerstone – SPECIAL!! Really Long, athletic player who can hurt you in a variety of ways. Covers a lot of ground on both ends. Strong Summer lead to looks on USA Basketball Circuit.

JaSean Jackson, CG – Wagner – Showing strong signs as a lead guard. Can knock down the 3 and improving mid range game off the bounce. 

Christian Green, CF – Cornerstone – Intriguing prospect. High motor, makes winning plays on both ends, handles the ball well for his size.

Gavino Ramos, CG – Antonian – Winner! Makes winning plays on both ends. Smart, crafty with the ball to get to his spots and scores it or finds open guys.

Brian Armstrong, CG – Antonian – Athletic combo guard can score it in multiple ways at all levels. Strong body to fight through traffic. Good defender.

Notables

Xavier Martinez 6’0 – Churchill –  Savvy guard who gets to his spots, can score or it or deliver it. High IQ.

Jackson Reid, Wing – New Braunfels – solid wing who can score. Can put it on the floor or spot up from deep. Coming off a strong spring and summer. Good size guard rebounds the ball from the wing as well.

Julian Sanchez, PG – Central Catholic – Crafty with the ball, creates space, Shoots it well from 3 and mid range.

Christian Caldwell, Wing – Central Catholic – Athletic wing type can score. Shoots it from multiple spots.

Jordan Barjas, Wing – McCollum – Pretty good athlete. The wing is coming into his own. Can score it inside and out. 

Matt Monger, Wing – Kerrville Tivy – Solid IQ Wing who can score it multiple ways. 

Al Emerallhu, SF – Clark – Hard worker on the interior strong body. Finishes in traffic.

Isaiah Washington, PG – Cornerstone Regional – Guard who can really shoot it from all over the floor. 

Gavin Walker, PG – St. Mary’s Hall – Cerebral player who is improving getting to his spots. Strong off the dribble.

Kaijon Thornton, CG – Wagner – High energy wing excels in open floor transition. Gets his hands on a ton of balls creating problems for offensive players. 

Hunter Darling, Wing – Boerne Champion – solid wing who can score it at all levels.

Adam Benhayoune, CF – O Connor – Strong hands, strong rebounder. Passes the ball well . Solid IQ. Can face up and knock down open shots.

Stacey Adams, Wing – Cornerstone Regional – Wing type player who excels in the open floor. Can hit the 3; mid range . 

Josh Alcocer, PF/C – O Connor –  Had a solid fall season. Shows good hands and footwork to be a force inside.

Tysen Rogers, Wing – Marshall – Athletic wing type who gets to the rim and will finish.

Joseph Taylor, PG – Johnson – Solid guard who has the ability to score in a variety of ways.

Paul Wood, PG – NB Canyon – Quick guard who excels getting by defenders. Good defender.

Calvin Nance, PG – Brackenridge – Explosive guard who can beat you off the dribble. Will be key for his teams success.

Gavin Gibson, Wing – Brandeis – Improving combo guard who has long arms. Ability to get to the rim or hit open shots.

Stephen Mahler, Wing – John Jay – Long wing with a good stroke from deep. Ability to get to the rim as well.

Jalyleen Streeter, CG – Harlan – Combo guard steadily improving . Can score it from 3 or mid range.

Will Harris, Wing – Clark – Skilled wing who can shoot it and is coming into his own. 

Caleb McCracken, C – Harlan – Very intriguing. Improving daily. Big Body moves around well. Can be a load inside.

Walsh, Roland Highlight Scouts Focus Dallas

Hebron High School was the location for the 5stateHoopReport staff for the Scouts Focus Elite 80 Camp. More than a handful projected division 1 & D2 prospects were in attendance so let’s dive in and on the top prospects.

Michael High, 2023 Forward – Smithson Valley: Popped out on the scenes. The skilled forward out of San Antonio possess good feel for the game and a versatile offensive skillset to mix with size. 

Tobias Roland, 2021 Guard – Putnam City North: A big-time competitor, Tobias brings effort on both ends of the court and has steadily improved shotmaking capabilities. 

Arterio Morris, 2022 Guard – Kimball: Talented guard that when focus, is a real difference maker on the court. Sees the floor, good athlete & can score in bunches. 

Jordan Walsh, 2022 SF – Faith Family: Physical profile stands out with Jordan due to his height & great length.  Flourished in open court as a finisher and has showed noticeably improved handle. 

Mekhi Collins, 2021 PF – Trinity Christian: Wiry, athletic forward that made impact on the glass and the paint. Plays above the rim, consistent motor and shown he possesses a next-level translatable game. 

Jacob Wilson, 2022 Wing – Lee Magnet High School: From Louisiana, Wilson has promising size and shooting stroke. Plays within strengths and a player we will keep tabs with. 

Jovani Benae, 2021 SG – Frisco HS: Mid-Range game was on automatic this past weekend. Plays with good pace and connected on jumpers at a high clip. 

Daniel Sykes, 2022 Guard – Birdville: Knows how to play and Daniel knows how to get stuff done on the court. Gritty defensively, and offensively can wear different hats. 

Carmelo Adkins, 2023 Guard – Fossil Ridge: A promising guard that excelled in the fast-break. Sound handle, solid decision maker and ceiling his high. 

Kylin Green, 2021 Guard – Lewisville: Attacking, strong guard that gets downhill. Kylin will do dirty work on the glass and embraces contact. 

Chauncey Gibson, 2022 Wing – Duncanville: Gibson came for one day and shot it at a high clip from deep. Length mixed with promising positional size and shooting stroke makes Gibson a prospect

Lonestar Top 100 (SG/SF)

2nd Edition of the Lonestar Top 100 Camp Evaluations, we dive in on the 2-Guard’s & 3-Men that highlighted the camp. These positions boasted strong positional size and guys with promising upside. 

Lav Cvetkovic, 2021 SF/SG – Spring Creek: Showcased sound offensive game when operating on the wing. Capable shooter from deep, attacked closeouts and finished with elusiveness around the rim. Big-time positional size.

Jayden Patcha, 2020 SG/SF – Cypress: High motor wing that made plays off effort. Threat in open court as ballhandler & finisher. 

Jean Dodard, 2021 SF – Keller: Shot it at a high clip this past weekend. Release is cleaner albeit still needing some work but Dodard showed reliability as an off the catch shooter & versatile defender. 

Luke Smith, 2022 SF/SG – Flower Mound Marcus: Prospect with good IQ and holds promising length. Smith showed flashes as a playmaker off the wing and could see him being a steady contributor for his varsity team this season.

Isaac Jackson, 2020 SF – Lapoynor: Active, athletic 3-man that finished above the rim in transition. A decent jumpshooter at this stage but utilized quick first step to get by defender and finish. 

Ian Motta, 2021 SF – Allen: Top performer at the camp. Motta is a good athlete that knocked down shots from deep. Impressed with weak-side shotblocking capabilities & and an out-of-area rebounder. Game translates to the division 1 level. 

Patrick Caero, 2021 SF – Trinity Valley School: Compiled multiple solid performances on Saturday. Hit open shots & active on the glass. 

Notables

Haylen Mattizza, 2020 SF – Midlothian:

Trent Lacewell, 2021 SG/SF:

Micah Moss, 2021 SG – Homeschool

Bryson Smith, 2022 2/1 CG – Mesquite Horn:

Guard Outlook From The Lonestar Top 100 Camp

Our Annual Lonestar Top 100 Camp is in the books. Had a multitude of potential division 1 prospects were on hand and we’ll be breaking down our performers by position. Our first edition we look at the backcourt players.

Mike Lenoir, 2020 PG – CYM: Attacking, downhill guard that was a threat in open court. Mike has made noticeable strides in his game. Will need to continue to improve playmaking skills.

Jourdyn Grandburry, 2022 CG – Richland Hills: Jourdyn is very talented and albeit needing to smooth some kinks out, Grandburry was an impact player this past weekend. High Motor, rebounds well for a guard and finished well vs length.

Finley Bizjack, 2023 CG – Byron Nelson: A natural scorer. Finley finds his way to the foul line, drawing contact on drives but he also did a good job knocking down open jumpers. Finley held his own against the older players.

Jaden Phillips, 2023 PG – Clark: Very young but showed flashes of what he can become in the future. Capable jump-shooter, defends using his length, Jaden’s development as a point guard will depend on what level of player he becomes.

Payton Chism, 2023 PG – Mt. Pleasant: As noted on my Twitter Page (Ani_Umana) we regard Chism as one of the toughest guards in his class. Embraces contact, will get physical amongst the bigs and battle for a defensive rebound, and he hit shots off the bounce.

Kasai Burton, 2022 PG – Sherman: Speedy, Downhill guard originally from Oklahoma. Kasai is effective in the open court as a passer & overall decision maker. Will keep track of him at Sherman this year, as we saw a glimpse of his playmaking capabilities.

Nic Romanelli, 2022 PG – Spring Creek: Nic is coming along. Handling pressure better and the game, in general, has slowed down for him. Romanelli was efficient shooting off the catch and setting up the offense.

Sean Calloway, 2022 CG – Brasewell: Sean showcased his reliability as a shooter. Makes shots from deep, handle is decent at this stage but is coming along. Should impact winning for Brasewell this year. 

Deuce Gibson, 2023 2/1 CG – Faith Family: We believe he will figure it out in the upcoming years and one thing Gibson doesn’t lack is toughness & effort. Will be a guard that will contribute to winning basketball. 

Autavious Hobbs, 2022 PG – Little Elm: Shifty guard that creates space off the bounce. Solid toughness, plays with pace and made some plays in pick & roll. 

Other Notables

Nehemiah Weber, 2023 PG – Keller

Aiden Wall, 2023 PG – Keller

 

Session II: TCU Elite Camp Analysis

Session II of TCU’s Elite Camp brought well…elite players. Not only is this just a recap of performers but some recruitment tidbits as well from prospects that attended. Make sure to subscribe and read below. 

Backcourt

‘21 Manny Obaseki was one of the headlined names coming into session II and he didn’t disappoint. Making strides as a playmaker and strong finisher at the rim. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas  are heavily recruiting. Junior Demari Williams is a big guard with plus vision and doesn’t get sped up. Strong summer performances has seen his stock raise. Offered by Buffalo & Baylor. TCU, UofH, Texas A&M and several others have shown interest. 

‘22 Arterio Morris is dynamic with the ball in his hands. Packs a legit first step, sees the floor and can finish vs length. Has gone on unofficial visit to UofH. Recruitment will spike up this year at Kimball. Sophomore Keyonte George was very solid at camp as well. A pure 3-level scorer with fluid athleticism. Will go on unofficial visit to Texas on the 21st of September. Holds offers from Kansas, Texas Tech, Texas, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M & several others. 

Was very impressed with ‘22 Rylan Griffin’s performance. Attack dog mentality on both ends and holds a promising skillset as well. Premier prospect in his class. ‘22 Mason Jones had moments where you see what it could be for the talented guard. Clean shot release, and albeit skinny, overcompensates with aggression. 

Soph. Noah Shelby did a good job moving without the basketball. Always ready to launch it from deep, even on the move. Liked IQ & solid handle. Senior Thailand Elder was on Noah’s team and he was aggressive getting to his shot. A little reckless at times but has made strides as a shot creator off the bounce. ‘21 Chris Felix was a steady contributor. Solid mid-range game and technically sound on defense. New Mexico has shown interest. 

‘23 Drew Steffe was one of the few 2023’s and he was solid. Fluid shooting stroke albeit not falling on Saturday but Drew is a versatile shooter that holds legit positional size for class. Arizona State have offered. Bakari Lastrap saw the floor well & played with good pace. Savvy guard with sound skillset. ‘21 Damon Nicholas knows how to play and was efficient scoring as an off-ball guard. Good mid-range touch coming off the dribble, a solid athlete & really moves the ball. ORU, SMU & several others have shown interest. 

Front Court (SF-C)

‘22 Lee Dort didn’t get much game action due to an ankle injury but in drills & short amount of gameplay showed he is a handful from 5ft in due to brute strength. ‘21 Josh Farmer was a matchup problem in the first game. Motor was high, rebounded and exploited mismatches on the perimeter & block. 

Talk about fluid stroke, ‘22 Ryan Argawal possesses that and he’s been a player we have been high on since 8th grade. Big 3/2 equipped with length. Flower Mound Marcus’ Zane Hicks has a chance of producing a big year. Active forward that thrives in open court as a scorer. 

Another marquee recruit, Junior Daimion Collins is a big-time help-side Shot blocker with great length. Will take official visit to Oklahoma this weekend. Texas A&M & Arkansas have been heavily recruiting him. ‘22 Jordan Walsh was effective in the open court as a finisher. Played with length, he’s athletic & an above the rim finisher. Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Texas & Texas A&M have offered. 

‘21 Chrisdon Morgan is coming along nicely. Nice footwork when operating from 12ft in & also has nice touch. An intriguing prospect that coaches need to keep looking at. On the JUCO side, Souleymane  Doumbia was effective on both ends. Been a while since we’ve seen him but the Navarro JC big man will bring big-time frontcourt production for the Bulldogs. ‘21 Nathan Tshmanga is another prospect to keeps tabs on. Skilled and knows how to use large frame to create space. 

Out of State Notes

Oklahoma 

  • ‘21 Trey Alexander showcased his natural way of being able to get the ball in the basket.
  • Junior Bijan Cortez was very effective running the point. Plays with good pace, has good positional size & a capable shooter from deep. TCU offered this week. 

Tennessee/Iowa/Kansas

  • ‘21 Alden Applewhite construct two sound performances during 5on5 games. Playmaking Wing with an array of skills. 
  • ‘23 Omaha Biliew is very talented. Good size and basketball frame & holds a perimeter game that is very promising. 
  • Sophomore Ruot Bijiek has his moments. Forward with length and an intriguing skillset that if polished, can make him a recruit D1 coaches will go after. 
  • ‘22 Aiden Shaw was a prospect I kept on my notes for sure. More effective in transition at this stage but capable shooter that utilize length on finishes.  

Tre White, Max Anderson Highlight Saturday In San Antonio

By Tim Littlefield 

I stopped by to see the Talent on display Saturday at the Great American Shootout event in San Antonio . Teams came in from the Greater Houston Area, Dallas Metroplex and most of Central and South Texas and drew several D2 and D3 programs out to see. There were also a few mid to high major prospects were on hand and they didn’t disappoint.

Here are some Standouts:

  

‘22 Trey White SA Cornerstone -is as advertised. Showed explosiveness getting to the rim, but also showed deep range with a quick release . You can see why everyone is raving about the ‘ 22 Guard.

‘22 Keontae George Lewisville – future is bright for this one. He scored it at all levels with relative ease. Showed deep ball range on the catch and off the bounce. Real efficient getting to his spots and putting pressure on the defense. Plays through contact as well.

‘22 Vince Iwuchukwu SA Cole – The big fella continues to impress and show high level potential each time out . Showed ability to face up and hit mid range shots, put it on the floor and attack the rim and showed some improved strength fighting through double teams to finish and also rebound. 

‘20 Jamal Shead Manor – The Houston Commit simply makes plays. Scored it at all levels. Put pressure on the defense with his ability to change speeds and his ability to see the floor make the right reads and get others involved was on display as well. 

‘20 Zerik Oneyma SA John Jay- The Intriguing Big showcased athleticism running the floor and finishing at the rim as he also showed the ability to hit mid range shots.

‘22 Austin Nunez SA Cornerstone – Showing continuous improvement as a facilitator. Broke down defenders, made good reads in several situations to get teammates some good looks. Nunez was a pest defensively coming up with several steals with his quick hands and feet.

‘20 Max Smith – Austin Anderson – The talk of the Town !!! Arguably the best shooter in the Region if not the entire State. To back it up he had a couple of 40 + point outings. Max has a quick, clean release and range as soon as he gets in the building. He has ability to come off screens or create for himself with some crafty handle to keep you off balance. 

‘21 KJ Adams – Showcased ability to get to the rim . Strong off the dribble and athleticism on display times . Made good reads and got teammates some good looks

 ‘20 Jordan Wood- Kid can shoot it with good range. Defended and rebounded the ball well in the interior also.

‘21 Jackson Reid – New Braunfels HS: Guard with some good size. Scored it in a variety of ways. Shot it well, from multiple areas on the floor.

‘20 Kino Rodriguez Thompson- SA Warren – Played strong through out the day. Showed an extra burst off the dribble and finished in traffic and put pressure on the defense.

‘20 Nic Vann- SA Warren – much like backcourt mate Vann was solid throughout the day. Shifty pg got to his spots, scored it from mid and deep, also did a solid job getting others involved.

‘21 JaSean Jackson SA Wagner – overall solid handling pg responsibilities. Showed ability to beat double teams and find open teammates and also hit mid and 3 point shots.

 ‘21 Kaijon Thornton – made play after play on both ends . Showed ability to finish in traffic and in transition. High motor of display.

‘20 Ay Keen Richardson Manor -Had a solid day overall. Shot it well from 3. Put it of the floor effectively and created for himself and others.

‘20 Godsgift Ezedinma Waco Midway – showed ability to face up and hit mid range as well and finish through contact on the inside.

‘21 Christian Green – SA Cornerstone was interesting with his high motor. Showed ability to put it on the floor and make good reads for himself or teammates.

‘20 Will Cartsen SA Reagan – Solid on the interior. Good hands and strength to finish inside. Moves well, can rebound it . 

Trinity League Preview: Universal Academy

A program that continues to be a premier team in the state has been Universal Academy. Terrell Woody is in his 4th year coaching the Eagles as they are primed not only to make a push at a Trinity League Championship but to become one of the best teams in Texas.

Roster

There has been some turnover on paper in comparison to the roster of last year to this one but the team has been clicking early on. One of the top available prospects in ‘20 JaQuan Scott will mann the frontcourt as his combination of size, athleticism and promising inside/out game will give defenses fits. 

“This is a big year for me and I just want to show that I’m the best player in the state,” Scott said.  “I have been hearing most lately from Texas Tech, Texas A&M, St. Johns and a couple others.”

“I feel that JaQuan’s growth has been on his IQ. Being able to make High-low passes, being more comfortable making reads,” Woody said.

Definitely intrigued by the backcourt for Universal. Senior guard Misiel Teklai will be the lead ballhandler and has currently been productive in his outings, showcasing the ability to dictate pace but also show scoring punch. 

“I’m just trying to lead. I was getting the reputation of basically being just a scorer but I can lead a team,” Teklai said. “Nothing much is going on in my recruitment but I feel that it’ll jump off with a strong season. I can compete with the best of them.”

“I think Misiel will put people on notice. He does everything ask of him and he’ll have big games in front of a lot of people,” Woody said.”

2020 Kylil Anderson is the 2-Guard for UA and Anderson has been on the TBB radar for a while. Solid positional size, good toughness, motor and has improved as a perimeter threat through the years. 

“Definitely need to step my game up this year. I feel I can compete with whoever is out on the floor but I have to show it, Anderson said.

“Kylil is a smart kid. Academically his grades are high and he is a good player. I think wherever he goes in the next level that coach will get a hard worker and winner,” Woody said.

  • Kylil has heard from a range of levels from Hardin Simmons, Dallas Baptist & Oral Roberts. 

Both Talk about leadership

“As a point guard, I have to be a leader on & off the floor. Make sure the team is ready to play and also get the younger guys up to speed,” Teklai said. “I do feel that I have been someone that has been looked at as a leader. I know it’s important for me to practice & play hard and show the younger guys what’s needed for us to win,” Anderson said. 

2023 Ty Cox will be asked to provide strong production for the Eagles. Albeit being a freshman, Cox possesses a high talent level and good IQ. Having now been cleared to participate, we expect Cox to show he’s one of the premier guards in his class once he gets his legs under him. 

Another senior guard to take note of is Maurice Johnson. Defends with intensity, solid length & a capable jumpshooter. 

Size

Universal Academy have not lacked size in the front court. In their 1st year with Current SMU sophomore Everett Ray, to last year with the frontcourt comprised with JaQuann Scott, 2021 big man Kamryn Waites and big wings like 2021 Arthur Kaluma. 

Scott returns and so does Junior Will Shepherd and Sophomore Croix Cox. The the additions of ‘21 “Shaq” Odunewu, senior Deng Allier & ‘22 Terry Kirwan adds strong depth. 

Their Games

We’ve spoken about Scott, but Odunewu’s size stands out from the jump. Holds a big, strong frame but also shows some promising touch in the paint. When he’s locked in, he makes an impact on the floor. Deng Allier is getting into the swing of things since coming back from injury. High energy, active forward that will make impact on the glass. 

“Shaq is starting to buy in and I think he can be scary. He never really lifted until he got here and he has gotten stronger, his game has improved but it’s all up to him on how good he wants to be,” Woody said 

Kirwan will take some time to get adjusted to speed & physicality of varsity play but has made some strides. Will mix it up in the paint and hunt for offensive rebounds. Relative of current Univ of Minnesota guard Tre Williams and you can see some similarities as far as hunger for the game goes. 

“I’m just adjusting to the speed and winning culture but I don’t care what I have to do as long as we win. I’m getting better every day and when I’m out there I just want to make winning plays,” Kirwan said.”

Will Shepherd is a stretch-forward with nice shooting stroke from deep. Mix of size and touch, Shepherd looks to show other facets of his game to ant-up recruitment.”

“Rebounding has been an emphasis for me. If I want to play at the level that I want I need to rebound more and Coach Woody has talked to me about that,” Shepherd said. “I feel I bring a lot to the table, I’m more athletic than given credit and I know how to play. I’ll show that this year.”

“This will be a big year for Will. Not just school but also in summer ball. He is getting some looks but his urgency to rebound and show he can consistently makes shots will go a long way for him,” Woody said.

Croix is a prospect we have also been keeping tabs of for a while. Scores with back to the basket, plays hard and in time we feel he’ll put it all together. 

“On the defensive end I need to step it up. I’m not grabbing as many rebounds as I should but I’m excited about the team, we will be real good and I’m ready to do what I can to help us win. 

Terrell Woody has led Universal to thirty plus wins each season and this year looks to be another as they are 11-0 starting out. This isn’t his first rodeo as he’s been successful in the grassroots level winning Peach Jam for the 15U Houston Hoops EYBL Team in 2018, has had a stint coaching at USF, so Terrell definitely brings experience to the helm.

“I’m excited about this team. Everybody likes each other, they listen and play hard, Woody said. “I’m enjoying coaching this team and I know a lot of people have counted us out because we lost some guys but I feel that they are a better team than last year and have a chance to be the best team I’ve had in this program.”

Below is the schedule for Universal.

We will continue to keep track of Universal Academy this year and the teams in the Trinity League. Make sure to stay tuned on Texasboysbasketball.com for news and notes. 

 

Jaylin Posey Talks Recruitment, Visits to TBB

One of the top 2020 point guards in the DFW area, Jaylin Posey has been a priority for a handful of programs. We caught up with Posey this past weekend at TCU’s Elite Camp as he talked to us about his upcoming official visits & what is a fit for him.
I have visits scheduled with ORU (Oral Roberts, Sept 6&8), SFA (Sept 21-22nd) & will have one with Troy (Projecting last weekend in Sept.). All of the have been recruiting me evenly & I have built a strong relationship with the coaches.
ORU
I have a strong relationship with (Assistant) Coach Russell Springmann & (Head) Coach (Paul) Mills & really all their staff. They have been recruiting me hard and also telling me the things I like to hear especially how they will use me on the court. Sending me mail, texting me, anyway they can stay in contact they are doing just that.
Troy
(Head Coach) Scott Cross is an amazing dude. He has been recruiting me for a while even when he was a coach at TCU. He took the head job this year at Troy & he says I’m very high on his list. I like Coach Cross & excited to go on a visit there.
UTA
They said I’m going to be Jaylin Posey. Be a lead guard that can thrive in their system by scoring when needed and defending the best guard. They love guards that can make plays and they said I can come up and make an impact right away. UTA is close to home & I have a strong relationship with (Assistant Coach) Snoop Johnson & the entire staff.
SFA
They’ve been recruiting me for years. I have a real good relationship with (Assistant) Coach Wade Mason, prayers to him (cancer diagnosis) but he has played a big part in my recruitment and it’s a school I’m heavily considering.
Factors
Relationship with the staff is very important to Posey.
“I just want to trust the coaches are true to what they tell me. That’s a big thing for me. Building relationships & knowing I’ll have a chance to play the role they said they envision me to have.”
Analysis
Look for an official visit with UTA for Jaylin in early October (Projecting first weekend). Posey will attend Grand Prairie this upcoming season and look for him to potentially make a verbal commitment prior to the fall signing period. A guard that really utilizes his length to make plays on both ends & disruptive as an individual defender, Posey has the tools to offensively be a big-time playmaker at the next level with some polishing. We will keep you guys up-to-date on Posey’s recruitment! stay tuned.

Several High-End Prospects Highlight Session 1 Of TCU Elite Camp

A multitude of prospects came down for TCU’s annual Elite Camp. Where there was a solid mix of strong guard & front-court play, the TBB staff got a good evaluation of players this weekend. Here’s our notes.

Front-Line

Top 2022 prospect, Vincent Iwuchukwu has made strides in his offensive game. Showcased nice touch from 10-12 ft out and his added strength was noticeable in gaining & maintaining position on the block. He showcased why he’s at the top in a loaded class. Speaking about number one, Jerrell Colbert, who we have at the top of the 2021 class displayed some versatility in his game. Better fluidity with the handle, can stretch out and hit an open three-ball and used his length to score inside. ’20 Darius Miles was solid on Saturday. His feel for the game has gotten better and his progress from this time a month ago is noticeable as well. Kansas State & DePaul have shown interest.

’21 Shakiru Odunewu will be suiting up for Universal Academy this school year and he’s a load in the paint once he throws his weight around. Odunewu’s size mixed with a solid back to basket game translates.  2022 Emma Zuberu has come a long way. Lean, but has gotten stronger and was all over on the glass on Saturday. A prospect that continues to  develop and show different facets of his game. 2023 Matt Reed held his own against the older guys. Good IQ and has no problem getting physical. Forward Colin Smith was solid, excelled in open court as a finisher and made plays as a weak-side defender.

Backcourt

One of the top prospects out of Oklahoma, Jaxson Robinson packs a smooth looking shooting stroke as his ability to shoot with range mixed with length allows himself to get his shot off vs hard-closeouts. Coppell’s Anthony Black impacted the game on both ends as he makes winning plays. Rebounds well for his position, knock down shots from deep and was in attack mode when operating off the bounce. Speaking of attack mode, ’22 Cason Wallace was a menace for opposing defenses when he got downhill. A power athlete that gets to the rim & finishes through contact. The other 2023 prospect at the camp was Payton Chism. Tough, contains the ability to score the ball and his development at the PG spot will be influential in his recruitment.

Point guard Austin Nunez was steady at TCU. Made sound decisions in pick & roll as he packs a strong scoring punch. One of the top guard prospects in the 2022 class.  Hebron’s senior guard Logan McLaughlin is primed for another strong season. Quick with the basketball, shoots it from deep, Logan is a talented guard that possesses a game that translates.  One of the top guard performers at the camp was ’20 Jaylin Posey. He utilized his length on both ends as he intercepted passing lanes on defense and showed elusiveness as a finisher in traffic.

’21 CJ Noland was impressive as well.  Holds a strong frame & uses it to create space off the bounce. Noland’s ability to hit shots from deep & finish in the paint was exhibited. Other notables were 2021 Jalen Lake (shotmaking-sound, technical defense), ’22 Vito High (Reliable jump-shooting capabilities), ’22 Nazir Brown (Stable playmaker, offense initiator), 2022 Cruz Davis (Smooth shooting touch, promising physical profile), Dallas Hobbs (Scoring punch combined with edgy approach).

Next week

TCU Elite Camp will be loaded again next weekend. Premier 2022 prospects Jordan Walsh, Keyonte George, Trae Clayton, Lee Dort, Arterio Morris & Chris Marshall will be in Fort Worth. in 2021 Class Manny Obaseki, Josh Farmer & Demari Williams & Chuks Isitua are scheduled to come. in 2020 Class, Gerald Doakes, Allen Udamedu will also participate.

Who Got Next? Cream Of The Crop Analysis

Cream Of The Crop packs a plethora of the players that we’re nationally coveted prospects that participated in the camp before spending a day in high school. From Oklahoma’s De’Vion Harmon, Louisville’s Samuell Williamson, Kansas commit Tre White, national 2022 prospect Keyonte George & the list goes on. So who’s next? Heres our super early take below.

RJ Jones, 2023 SG – Braswell HS: Was a pup last yr at the Cream Of The Crop as an 8th grader but now took the lead as one of the top prospects in this year’s edition. Scored off the bounce and has promising positional size.

KJ McDaniels, 2023 Wing – Lake Hamilton (AR): Lefty with smooth shooting stroke. McDaniels has the tools of becoming a prospect a high-end D1 school would covet.

Darkaun King, 2023 PF – FW OD Wyatt: We’ve been keeping tabs on Darkaun for a while now. Versatile skillset, good size & strong bloodlines.

Finley Bizjack, 2023 SG – Byron Nelson: Strong isolation scorer with quick trigger. Finley continues to add to his offensive repertoire.

Jeff Kirven, 2024 SG – FW Dunbar: Long, active guard that can fill the stat sheet. Secondary ballhandler that has promising playmaking capabilities.

Levi Rutledge, 2023 SF – Cedar Park: Solid IQ & and good size for position at his age. Levi plays within the flow of offense & makes plays utilizing length.

Francis Chukwudebelu, 2025 C – Drive Nation: Big-time size and length. Only a 7th grader, Francis holds strong shot-blocking instincts as he’s furnished with the tools of becoming one of the top players in the country with proper development.

Drew Steffe, 2023 SG – Frisco Memorial: Has a clean shooting stroke but has made strides as a side pick & roll operator. Another prospect with strong basketball bloodlines.

Dean Balo, 2023 PG- JJ Pearce:  Effective with the ball in his hands. Shoots it off the bounce, advances the ball & probes with the ball in his hands.

Liam McNeeley, 2024 Wing – Richardson North: Good positional size packed with an array of skills. Liam was a consistent impact player in the Camp games.

Hilton Harris, 2023 Wing – Cypress Creek: Packs a strong frame and uses overall athleticism to finish around the rim. An open court ball handler that really impressed the staff.

Jackson Ford, 2024 PF – Drive Nation: Hardworking forward that’s a problem on the block. Shown ability to finish with either hand and rebound out of area.

Femi Olanyen, 2023 CG- Allen: Speaking of hard-workers, Femi is a gritty guard that gets to spots. Edgy, equipped with promising positional size & rebounds well for position.

 

Got A Chance

Tyree Graves, 2023 PG – FW Dunbar

Deontrell Barrett, 2024 PG – Faith Family

Rusten Griffen, 2023 Wing – Richardson

Warren Durham, 2024 PF – Kennemer

Riley Shore, 2023 SF – Homeschool

Thomas Hunt, 2024 -JL Long

Nyout Arop, 2023 CF – Chisolm Trail

Jaylen Benard, 2023 – Summer Creek