Friday, April 22, 2016

Manvel's Lauren Taylor makes her decision


I can't remember the first time I actually saw Lauren Taylor play however during a fall league game at Yates three years ago, I had to find out who she was brought heat on defense, she was unconscious from long range and after that caught my eye, I've never stopped watching
Since then, she’s helped Manvel to several wins and picked up numerous accolades along the way including being a big part of their state championship so as talented as she is on the court, she’s also an outstanding student so I asked her on why she chose Dillard University




I chose  Dillard University for a variety of reasons; the coaches, who believed in me and gave me great advice, the family environment which is an important value to me, the staff & players who welcomed me with open arms, and the history and academic excellence of the university.  I feel by choosing Dillard University it will help me excel academically as well as athletically.  I'm looking forward to becoming a student athlete at Dillard University!  Go DU!"

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Mailee Jones makes her decision


I love this picture almost as much as I truly enjoyed watching Mailee Jones operate on the court. I constantly stated she was one of the top guards in the state, I saw that a couple of years ago after seeing her in action and I'm truly happy for her and her family and the next chapter is about to unfold

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I'll close with one of her deep threes she'll close it out later

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Taylor Alexander makes next level decision #GPRUnderTheRadar



So many times I get a chance to watch players at a young age and you know they have something big in their future. Taylor Alexander is one of those players that caught my eye young, initially because of her size,scoring well inside,  tenacity on the boards and the effort she showed defensively but over the past three seasons, she’s learned how to score multiple ways and at a shade or two under the magic number of six feet, she can consistently face the basket and hit the midrange

She’s still a force in the paint offensively and what caught my eye at first, rebounding and defense earned the Channelview senior Defensive Player of the Year in her district. After a sensational summer, there was no doubt in my mind that she was going to have multiple options as far as college and after weighing all of her options she decided University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma would be the best fit for her


I asked Alexander what narrowed the field down and she said “I chose USAO because not only do I feel comfortable with the environment but also with the coaching staff. I know I can come in to the program and use my skills to bring the developing team to many accomplishments” and one thing I know about this young lady is that if she says she’s going to do it, it’s going to happen

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Huskies vs Cardinals open up Southland Conference Tournament


Yesterday was senior day at Sharp and the atmosphere was playoff ready as the Huskies closed out their regular season with a 64-46 victory over UIW

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Speaking of playoff ready, the Southland Conference Tournament starts Thursday, well for the women, it actually begins on Wednesday on the men's side, and HBU will crank it up at the Merrell Center against Lamar at 11am followed by Sam Houston vs Nicholls State at 1:30

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So for Meghan Shank, Ekemeni Essien and Monet Neal, it's definitely been a joy watching you all and the years I've watched local stars Anna Strickland and Rachel Arthur, even before they played at HBU, Anna in middle school and Rachel as a freshman in high school have been nothing but a joy




Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Two big games remain for Huskies


DOUBLEHEADER TOMORROW on ESPN 3 against A&M Corpus Christi, game starts at 5

TAMU-CC has several area players on their roster

Huskies close out the regular season on Saturday at HIGH NOON against Incarnate Word

Next week will be what, the start of the Southland Conference Tournament

STANDINGS

BRACKET

Sunday, February 28, 2016

The Future is NOW for North Shore and Chasity Patterson

I'll never forget the night, it was cold and rainy and I was upset about the traffic as I drove to North Shore so I'm already irritated and the game was definitely heated, don't remember who their opponent was, this was December 2010 folks but from the anyway, I kept hearing YEEEEEEEEE from the top and asked someone who is making all that noise, not those exact words, and who is his daughter and when I was told abut his daughter being in the SIXTH grade, I introduced myself and told him I wanted to see her in action

After watching Chasity Patterson in her "school uniform", I was sold on her being a "can't miss" something that also has translated into game situation as that stroke has been DEADLY from every way imaginable, so over the years when I'm asked me what YEEEEEEEEEE meant, I tell em it probably means yall in trouble

STATE 6A group 

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Clear Springs run enough to get by Cy Fair


Clear Springs has been known to bring energy and excitement since they opened the doors a few years ago and their game against Cy Fair was one of the best I've seen at Campbell Center in this century. With four players in double figures, they get by Cy Fair 71-70 and will face North Shore to see who represents the region in San Antonio

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Angela Harris closes out her career with a bang offensively and over the past three games, I've watched her simply go off and last night's 34 point solidifies what I said about her in the SIXTH grade

Rudder wins thriller against Barbers Hill

When you're tired, there's nothing like something to jump-start your body and I felt that this would be one of the best quadruple-header openers I've seen, it hasn't been an abundance of them since the top two division were split but nevertheless, I got to see some spectacular basketball

Patrickia Daily was simply unconscious dropping three deep ones and an and one finishing with 12 in the opening quarter against Barbers Hill, that number was matched by Eagles sophomore sensation Charli Collier and the game was back and forth

Daily (23) and Suber twins, Kianna (26) and Brianna (23) accounted for all but six of their teams points but this was definitely a total team effort. Collier led all scorers with 36, Barbers Hill just kept coming with multiple players stepping up however Rudder is one step away from heading back to San Antonio as Crosby stands in their path, that game is at 1pm

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Tompkins first trip to semi's more than memorable


Many schools were all over Brittany Panetti prior to her ACL injury but at 6'3, you know there would still be some after. New Mexico landed a prize as the Tompkins senior's best basketball is ahead of her but she's definitely been a very important part of the Knights run. With Allison and Sarah Goss proving #sizedontmatter and Panetti showing #sizedoesmatter, the bottom line is if you're a player, nothing else really matters and they've all come up huge. Kendall Rollins continues to be the glue, she's going to put up numbers some kind of way and this core group that have played club ball together over the past few years are trying to send a message.

They've knocked off the best team record wise in the toughest district, Cy Woods, and they've knocked the best team on paper in that same district, Cy Ranch to get here so now they're going against the best team in the area, North Shore who came from behind to defeat Manvel behind the clutch shooting down the stretch of the young lady I called "The Future" when she was in the SIXTH grade, Chasity Patterson so at 8pm, I think Ice Cube said it best, "Once again it's on" as we're firing it up all day Straight Outta Campbell !!!!!!!

Noah filling up Ark for Bobcats


With back to back double-doubles or close to it, Olivia Noah continues to be the X factor for Cy Fair. You already know that Angela Harris and Kyler Wyatt are aggressive guards that will bring an abundance of heat on both ends, in fact Harris has simply shot the ball exceptionally well from long range en route to Campbell Center but Noah has came up huge as well, filling in many of the blanks

They are going against a ready for anything Clear Springs squad that has a 30 point margin of victory average after the first three rounds so right after the two 5A match-ups, this game should be something to see

BRACKETS

Thursday, February 25, 2016

R-3 5A semi's tomorrow



Let's see, Rudder has those Suber twins and Daily sisters but they are "All In The Family" as they're representing their R-3 title from last season when they defeated a talented A&M Consolidated squad, who happened to be their district rival, for the trip to San Antonio. Fast forward to now, Rudder open the Campbell Center up against Barbers Hill, I just got my hair cut at a shop raised above ground so I don't know what that means but I do know they have one of the top 2018 players in the country in Charli Collier

The 5 pm match-up has an impressive Magnolia squad who appears to have mimicked Tompkins in 6A by knocking off some heavy hitters to get here, most recently Waco. They go against the team I told you was the preseason favorite and even though I've yet to see Crosby, who finished ahead of Barbers Hill to win district, I know they have at least four D1 players but that doesn't necessarily assure anything, Rockwall won a state title with one back in the day and in the top division at that

I'll be a tweeting when I'm in my seat and I'll be eating because they always have treats but may the best team on that day win cause I don't care who gets beat, just play hard and smart, numerous college have verified they will be in attendance and they're not coming to see me

UNSIGNED Claudia Curtis helps lead Flour Bluff to Regional Semi's


Flour Buff hadn't made it to the Elite 8 in over 10 years but guess what, they've gone a step further as they face a tough Vista Ridge squad in the R-4 5A semifinals tomorrow night. I haven't seen Flour Bluff play however I am familiar with one of their talented players, Claudia Curtis, who created HAVOC over the summer for her Corpus Christi club team. Even before that, I was impressed with the young lady when I first caught her with the Hoyas, I love kids that play hard and play smart so that was what immediately caught my eye

Over the years, I just kept watching her add things to her game and with offers pouring, this talented young lady will make a decision soon after she takes a few visits but the visit she's interested in right now is that coveted trip to San Antonio for the STATE TOURNAMENT. In the last game, Curtis finsihed with 16 and probably had close to a double but she knows how to fill a stat sheet

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However it turns out, she's on an amazing run and the race ain't over


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Harris on fire again as Bobcat Fight Never Dies

Over the years, I get wind of things parents say about things I don't say and it's all good because I'm going to say what I see and that's just me, no agendas whatsoever, I'm just going to always keep it real. If I had to pick an Elite 8 MVP based on the four games I've watched the last two sessions, it would be Angela Harris hands down. Last week, I said she played the best half I've ever seen her play and last night she put her team on her back down the stretch for the win against Seven Lakes

Leslie Lockridge helped get them going early scoring 6 and handing out a few assists wile Kyler Wyatt was creating havoc on defense and even though Seven Lakes was coming up with numerous offensive boards, the shots just wouldn't fall. The Spartans did make a late run, Annie Bowman came off the bench to ignite them with a 3, Cydney Varner consistently got to her spot for the midrange and Michelle Fokam, what can I say other that she's a BEAST

Harris showed she was a beast as well, scoring at will off the dribble while knocking down the long ball just for fun but what I'm even more impressed with about her over the past two games is her ability to see the floor and with Olivia Noah running wit her, Harris connected numerous times. They have Clear Springs next who won easily against Hightower, both teams have been to state so that game should be interesting as well

Cinderella Tompkins crashes ball


Tompkins surprised almost everyone but me when they defeated Cy Woods last week and I have to admit that even though I called them a sleeper, I never would've had them beating Cy Ranch with everyone. Even though the Knights beat the Mustangs earlier this season, Ranch was without a couple of starters but last night, the #3 seed showed that they are in it for the long haul

Last week, Allison Goss was the catalyst in their victory over Cy Woods and when she went down early, I'm thinking they were in trouble but they weren't as twin sister Sarah handled the pressure and led the team with 16 points. #SizeDontMatter and "game starts at the one" certainly applied last night as they roll into Campbell Center to face North Shore who came from behind late on the back of Chasity Patterson to defeat Manvel

Tompkins will be making their first regional semifinals and you just never know but that game should be interesting to say the least

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Navasota advances with win over Wheatley


Navasota rolled on to the regional semi's with a 75-65 win over Wheatley however it won't get easier as they'll  be facing the LaVaga vs Mexia winner and I remember Mexia from my last trip to Austin and I'll never forger LaVaga featuring Baylor signee "Juicy"


Last night's game wasn't really as close as the final score indicated, well actually it was because Prairie View signee Eryka Sydney was on fire in the opening quarter scoring 11 and she probably had close to 20 in the final period finishing with my unofficial count of forty-something which included around 10 three's. The Rattler's Keundra  Eddings was dropping three's herself, I think she had five of them including a 4 point play along with back to back layups ve them a 52-32 lead halfway in the third


The game starts at the one and Kalendra Jefferson definitely did a good job of running the point and hitting her teammates with pinpoint passes for gimmes as well as attack strong and finish plus she dropped some long ones. Navasota's inside presence Tashyra Banks and Molly Love were hard to match-up with, Banks had to be close to 20 points and I'm pretty sure she had a double double

From the first time I saw Sidney as a freshman, I knew she was special and to close out her career  with a loss might hurt a little but to be honest the Wildcats showed heart because I expected this to be a blowout and once they were down by 20 they could have just threw the towel in  but they didn't with Mahogany Dancy and Sidney helping them make a run. Sidney will do huge things at Prairie View and guess what, I'll be telling a lot of college coaches I told you so

Monday, February 22, 2016

UNDEFEATED Navasota vs Wheatley @ Cy Ridge 6pm TONIGHT

I haven't seen Navasota play all season, well actually I haven't seen them play in a very long time however I know several of their talented players from watching them in club ball and let me say one thing, the weather is changing outside but I'm wearing shorts because the Rattlers definitely bring heat

The 38-0 #1 ranked team in 4A goes against a very talented Wheatley squad led by Prairie View signee Eryka Sidney and several others on the verge of being household names. This should be an interesting game and I'll definitely be there to catch it

Dekaney streak continues


Back when Jaelyn Richard-Harris was with the Lady Roadriunners, I simply loved the way she loved the game, played with passion as well as a having a high basketball IQ and with her being vocal on the floor and actually telling her teammates to "take the shot," I was sold. Fast forward to her senior season and the talented LSU signee has shown she was exactly what I said, the best PG in the area and her Dekaney team is on the verge of yet another regional semifinal

To get there, they have to beat Round Rock Westlake who I know absolutely nothing about and the winner will play the winner of Killeen vs Richardson, a couple of squads I do know something about. Killeen is filled with athletic players who press baseline to baseline and create lot's of points from their defense while Richardson counters with A&M signee Arleighsha McElroy and Houston signee Dorian Branch who account for the vast majority of their offense while Brianna Lester fills in many blanks

On the other end, Horn vs Midway and Bowie vs Pflugerville should provide some excitement , the return of Texas signee Jada Underwoon has Horn on the verge of making a state run but it should be interesting. Back to Dekaney, can they do it, well their only loss has been to E-8 Clear Springs from R-3 and they've defeated Cy Ranch, Hightower and Seven Lakes, all in the E-8 as well from R-3 and they defeated defending state champs Cy Woods. When you throw in E-8 Barbers Hill (R-5) and Brazosport (R-4) to say their battle tested is definitely an understatement

BRACKET

Region 3 Elite 8 in 4A has surprises


I knew Rudder could take licks, watched them a lot last season and the FBISD Tournament this season but many of the players on the team have been observed by me prior to college and I expected to see them again at the Campbell Center where they earned a trip to Austin, I mean San Antonio, in a hard fought regional final against A&M Consolidated and I was expecting a rematch of that game

That won't be happening, Consolidated lost to Magnolia who will be facing Waco featuring those talented Benson sisters in the E8 while Galveston Ball will be playing Crosby, the team I picked to represent the region in the preseason, after all they have four D1 players including a couple that signed with HBU,  Sydney Carr and Shannon Jones

Back to the top of the bracket, I haven't seen Temple so I don't know if Rudder is running into the "Temple of Doom" or not but I kind of expect to see the young ladies from Bryan playing the winner of Barbers Hill and Beaumont Central and that game will kick off the Campbell Center QUADRUPLE HEADER at 3:30


BRACKET


Sunday, February 21, 2016

Tompkins vs Cy Ranch @ Merrell Center 7:30 pm


The game starts at the one, always has, ALWAYS WILL however when you have a 6'3 like New Mexico signee Brittany Panetti, hey that rhymed, things can happen in huge ways. Tompkins and Cy Ranch have had their share of injuries the past two seasons and the winner of this game will be making their first R-3 semifinal game at Campbell Center, well actually let me take an assist from the Mustangs PG's dad, they actually made it year before last so this would be Tompkins first if they happen to pull it off

Tomkins has the Goss twins, loved them immediately in middle school because #sizedontmatter when you're smart, skilled and can score. The athleticism from Kendall Rollins will make her hard to defend as she knows how to score plus Hannah Hudson continues to fill in many of the blanks however Panetti will have a lot to do with the outcome, btw, what genius called them a sleeper, yep

On the flip side, I said Cy Ranch and North Shore were the most likely to represent the region and although many judge things by wins and losses, I judge things differently and with D'Asia Collins back at the one, she's one of the top "18s at her position, things will go smoothly. Rachel Tapps (UTEP) is one of the most gifted athletes that can play ball, Deauzya Richards was called a Top 100 lock when she was in the 7th grade wearing those orange shoes I love and Arianna Whitfield has become a big time scorer

All four have been hurt at one time or another, many times more than one but there here and ready. Who will win it, I stand by my preseason prediction on who it comes down to but guess what, I ain't playing and I don't really care, I just want to see all of the teams play the best they can and whoever represents the region, take care of business in San Antonio because the heat gets hotter around the AlamoDOME

Cy Fair vs Seven Lakes @Merrell Center 6pm


Go to the archives and read who I said were the top two teams in both D-17 and D-19 and here we are as those two districts account for half of the Elite 8 in R-3 6A. Katy Mills Mall and Orleans Seafood aren't the only reasons I'll be at the Merrell Center to watch the Bobcats battle the Spartans, it's a doubleheader and with the price of gas, it's a no-brainer

Cy Fair has one of the most aggressive back-courts in the area with Kyler Wyatt (Prairie View) and Angela Harris (Houston) so if you can't take their heat, it's going to be interesting. Harris is coming off the best half I've seen her play, almost perfect but the X factor last game was Olivia Noah who came through down the stretch with numerous buckets and rebounds finishing with a double-double

Seven Lakes is led by UNSIGNED Cydney Varner, one of the best midrange shooters in Texas and Michelle Foakam, one of the best 5'9 players around the basket in the state. I mentioned you better be able to handle the heat, well Brooke Biggot and Bailey Brown have done just that every time I've watched them but the X factor last game had to be Hadassah Benenoch who simply was fearless and played one of the best games I've seen her play and she probably was close to a double-double also

Who will win, well Cy Fair hasn't made it to the R-3 semi's since 2010, the year they won their second state title and if the back-court is under control and stays out of foul trouble, well it could be a long night for Seven Lakes because they're good for 30 plus between them. On the flip, Biggot opened up last game with multiple three's, something I've watched Brown do all season while Varner and Foakam simply got theirs in the flow. If all are clicking and Benenoch plays like she did last game, I'm excited just thinking about the game

Manvel vs North Shore Tuesday @ Phillips 7:30 pm

 With three players back from the state championship Manvel won back in 2014, that should actually mean something however it really doesn't because they're going against area top rated North Shore who I picked, along with Cy Ranch, as the teams most likely to get out of here

Lauren Taylor, the explosive UNSIGNED guard, has already shown me she can bring heat on both ends of the floor. Taylor, Imani Wiley and Alley Caudill are all a little under double digits for the season while freshman Mackenzie " Big Mac" Green leads the team with just over 10 ppg and if it'

North Shore is led by Chasity Patterson who is one of top guards in the country, I said that when she was in the 6th grade, I did a YouTube video calling her "The Future" back then so everyone else is playing catch up because either you saw it or you didn't a long time ago.

With that being said, 6'3 North Carolina signee Alyssa Okoene and power PF Victoria Blankenship combine for 50 ppg, Patterson almost half of that . The Mavericks lost by only 5 when they played earlier this season and on paper, they have no chance of beating the Mustangs. Here's the deal, the game isn't played on paper but.........