Tuesday, October 6, 2015
SA Brennan made it all the way to state two years ago winning over 30 games and last season they moved up to 6A and still had a more than respectable season winning over 20 games before losing in the third round to R4 state representative SA Wagner. This season has the making of another state run, after all they have one of the top long range shooters in the state, Megan Valdez, who committed to Houston Baptist a few weeks ago, she's only a junior, as well as Monique Terry, an athletic and underrated star who gave the thumbs up to San Diego State a few months ago
To top that off, they have even more in their arsenal of explosive players that can score including Kenzie Heinerman and Camille "SUPER" Cooper so this seasons Texas Invitational should be a good test for the talented squad as the TI is once again loaded
Monday, October 5, 2015
One or thing you can always bet on is that I will pull for the underdog especially if #sizedontmtter plays into it and the first time I saw Jaelyn Richard-Harris at Dekaney as a freshman, I knew she had something going for her however when I caught her with the Houston Lady Roadrunners that same summer, there was no doubt she would be a D1 player.
Richard simply blew up this past summer with AD Elite however if you follow me, I said two years ago she was the best PG in the area and I based that on not only heart and desire but basketball IQ and the will to want to do what a true PG can do, make her teammates better. She can handle under pressure, she can defend but whether her team is up or down 20, she’ll never quit on you and when you have as many attributes as she has, things simply will fall into place
Richard-Harris sent me a thank you note for believing in her as well as putting her out there which was nice but she made everything easy for me and was simply a joy to watch. Several MAJOR D1 schools obviously felt the same way as offers galore were on the table however she decided LSU would be the right fit and I asked her what made her choose the Tigers
“I chose LSU because they presented a challenge. Standing at 5'1 many coaches have discontinued their recruitment with me but they didn’t, they saw something else in me. Not only did they believe in me but they showed that my strive for success, my intensity, my aggressiveness, and my leadership is something they want. Welcoming me with open arms I felt secure & saw myself as a valuable contribution. They let it be known that it won't come easy, but it'll definitely be worth it.”
Duncanville has plenty of history, use the search bar on here and you can check it out or better yet, Google how potent they've been, not just in this century but since, well forever. One of the top Texas programs who has garnered national attention even if they didn't play in the out of state tournaments has simply been impressive for me to watch this millennium as they've consistently had some of the top talent in the state
You can't see her face but 00 is all you need to member and Zay Green is one of the top 2018 players in the country. She along with 2016 Cierra Johnson, one of the posts in this class, lay the foundation down for the team heading tot he Texas Invitational next month, 19-21. Rosie Davis, Aaliyah Caldwell and a host of other talented players will be in the mix of star studded tournament
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Keep in mind she's only in the 6th grade and last year she did plenty of damage playing two years up at MAYB Nationals but always remember you can't teach speed and I haven't been wrong about a young player yet, I won't be this time either.
Saturday, October 3, 2015
The 2015 Texas Invitational will have a little bit of everything this season featuring some of the areas top squads, if you read my blog you'll see I've already touched on some of local squads but some of the schools want to show they're just not in the rebuilding mode. Alyssa Okoene (North Shore) exploded and elevated her game to go along with her 6'3 height over the summer and many coaches jumped on the bandwagon for this exciting player I've been raving about the past two seasons but at the end of the day North Carolina is where she decided she wanted to go read more
Kyler Wyatt (Cy Fair) is one of those success stories I love seeing and writing about, I've been watching her since she was about 9 or 10 and one thing you could never teach that she always had was heart and when I hashtag this #sizedontmatter she is definitely one to think about as she has become one of the top defensive guards in the state, both teamed up with the Houston Lady Phenoms this summer and Wyatt's accomplishments gave her an opportunity to get on the map, via 290 West she will be playing for Prairie View after high school
You have some action coming at you, I'll try and break down at least 10 squads over the week as I crank things up to another level but here are the teams that are playing
Friday, October 2, 2015
The Gym (2325 Atascocita Road, Humble, TX 77396) is inviting local Varsity and JV teams to participate in their “It’s All about the Girls” pre-season basketball event on Saturday, October 17, 2015. Games will begin at 2:00pm. Each team will play 2 games in round robin style. The entry fee is $75 per team, and each player will receive a tournament memoir. Regular high school rules will apply. The door entry fee will be $5 per attendee, and the snack bar at The Gym will be fully staffed.
Coaches, you could utilize this pre-season event as an evaluation tool for roster purposes to see how your girls play against other teams as opposed to inter squad scrimmaging.
For more information, contact Anissa at 281-540-4496 OR firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited, register early. Be sure to tell her you saw this on Girlz Prep Report.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
I love seeing great things happen to great people and this week it was announced that Amber Gregg would be joining the University of Louisiana Lafayette as an assistant coach. This is one of those young ladies from another era, before the onslaught of experts who now recognize Texas as a hotbed for talent, she was in the mix as one of the top players in the 2007 class when she graduated from Round Rock McNeil. Gregg is definitely one of the top scorers I've ever seen from Texas but this didn't happen overnight, I caught her even before high school as a star for Austin Elite being coached by her dad Tommy Gregg and the things she showed me early told me she'd do quite well at the next level
That "next level" came oh so fast as she decided to stay close to home and wound up doing huge things at UTSA achieving numerous honors including Player of the Week and All Conference selections, but even more than that was her ability to shoot the long ball which when you add all of the other offensive weapons she had, this made her a definite threat every time she stepped on the floor. Gregg ended her career scoring over 1000 points for the Roadrunners and decided to give back by joining the Austin Elite staff as a coach and helping to develop the younger players.
Numerous young ladies have benefited from not only her coaching but ability to teach and to take it up another notch, she started coaching AE boys which included a young man I've been watching since he was four or five, Aaron Gregg who is one of the top 2017 players in the state. One evaluator wrote this on Aaron, "his motor won't stop, his outside shooting is way above average and his desire to be better than his peers fuels into his hunger which is unimaginable" well this mirrors what I thought about Amber who I'm expecting great things from at yet another level
Sunday, September 20, 2015
I ventured out the Beltway yesterday to catch a young lady I had heard so much about that I'm just glad I got a chance to see Ameria Castillo in person. Over the summer, she toned her skills with the Lake Houston Angels but the 2022 star had a chance to show me a few things in a co-ed league held at The Gym and to say she was one of the best players on the floor would be putting it mildly
When she walked in the gym, I saw poise and confidence before she even got on the floor and after the first couple of possessions, I knew she had some tools to work with. When you understand the "concept" and simple things of basketball like following your shot and anticipating the pass at a young age, well you're ahead of the game
It also helps if you have speed, love that first step, and she definitely knows how to attack the rim from the wing and being a girl playing against the boys, it's a double plus to not only take the contact but finish after taking it. To sum it up, she's athletic with good BB-IQ, that's definitely ahead of her years, but her ability to see the floor and change directions dribbling in traffic tells me she has a bright future ahead
Friday, September 18, 2015
Dekaney has made a trip to the state championship and flirted with several others over the past two seasons and has consistently been the area's best team in the R2, okay now that we've got that out of the way, let me say me more time, the game starts at the one and Jaelyn Richard-Harris is the best true point guard area. Speed, handles, wait, speed with the ball and the ability to change directions, she defends, sees the floor but more importantly than everything else, she make her teammates better. The Wildcats lost Lauren Grigsby to Rice, GO OWLS, had to put a plug in for my baby, in fact my older daughter taught at Dekaney for two years, talk about Six Degrees of Whatever
You never know what they have coming in, year after year freshmen have stepped right into the fire so I'm guessing Dekaney will be in the hunt. The inside presence of Makeedah Collins, great body and the ability to damage on both ends of the paint and a kid that simply blew me away when she wore that orange and white with the Cy Fair Heat when she was in the 7th grade, Jasmine Smith. Smith excelled over the summer, several schools have offered but the talented 2017 is more than ready to continue showing she's legit
Yeah I remember it all too well, in fact, that's actually how my daughters started out before I found out about AAU, what I commonly refer to as club ball now but it served it's purpose and now 20 years later, I'm sure it's doing the same thing. I've glanced at a few leagues since then, time usually doesn't permit the ability to venture out all over the place however I'm making a special trip tomorrow to see a young lady I've heard so much about in a short span of time
Ameria Castillo just looks like a baller and the numerous stories I've already heard tell me I'm going to be in for a treat so I'll have a little recap coming your way soon
Thursday, September 17, 2015
If ever I was proud of a player overcoming adversity, Brynae Thompson's named would be among the top of the list. You see I've found out that a lot of this stuff is about everything but the kids and sometimes this has been a detriment to many who just gave up but now BT who showed me as an 8th grader she had plenty of potential, not to mention a left handed stroke that had me watching her drop eight 25 footers in a row in one game while double digit three's in many others but what I loved most of all was her desire to give back and help developmental players in our organization
As a freshmen, she immediately brought respectability back to Jersey Village, a program that had the cities first MDAA Nina Norman and were in thick of it with numerous D1 players like Norman and CoCo Reed (Texas) and the Isom sisters , Brittany and Natasha (Northwestern State) and it appeared they were head back with a solid nucleus in Thompson's group. Nevertheless, that never happened mainly because of pettiness across the board and Thompson finished out her career with Cy Fair who were arguably one of the areas top programs last season.
Thompson is now ready for her freshman season, she still reminds me of that eager to get after MS balla I caught way, way back and I'm looking forward to seeing her in college. Here's a flashback on what I've said about her game read more
Marissa Banfield has plenty of trophies, in fact as a 10 year playing 2 or 3 years up, I knew she would be a trophy as well, as far as the recruiting process goes. The GPR Under The Radar star is definitely on plenty of radars now and as I revisit the shooting performance she put on at the Rice camp,, 8 or 9 3s in a row and missing only a couple out of maybe 15, keep in mind while being guarded, well she's definitely continued to show she's putting in the work. IMHO, she's among the top PGs in the state for the 2017 class, kid is just solid, knows how to run a team yet can takeover when needed
Banfield and Tyra Cormier formed a nice duo last season however, the addition of '17 Laura Daulton, 6'3 and can control the inside as well as '17 Emer Nichols, she's 6'4, has me thinking this Wildcat squad would make the playoffs in probably every 6A district and win the many of them, that's keeping it real from someone that actually knows what they're talking about. Daulton's and Nichols' presence on the inside will free up Cormier to step out to the wing but that has got to be one of the most impressive interior's in the state because they also added 6'2 Mia Perkins
Clear Springs has made noise since the doors opened a few years ago and although I don't have time to go through team wins over the past seven years, let it be known that the Chargers have won 198 games, with over 30 wins in three of the past four seasons and for the area, that has to be among if not the top win total during that span. The era of "The Chosen One" had a hand in the majority of those wins however that dynamic 2017 duo of D1 locks Tasharian Robinson and Sierra Cheatham both made the transition to varsity easily as freshmen and are among the top juniors in the state
Big ups to the improvement of several Clear Springs players I caught in the summer, it's not what you do it's who you do it against and even more importantly, who you do it in front of and the Jackson duo, Labraye and Brianna as well as Destini Hall are more than ready to bring that "energy" "heat" or whatever term or phrase you want to use for the trio of seniors that help fuel the fire on both ends of the court.
Janay Redic also came into her own over the summer and with the kind of ball Clear Springs has played like forever, it's always good to have an abundance of weapons but peep this, one of the biggest weapons you want to have is one where the game starts and that's at the one where Dymond Gladney simply came into her own midway through last season and never looked back. The 2018 PG has "yours truly" seal of approval as one of the top points in the 2018 Texas class and what she did over the summer solidified her status and this is yet another team that could get out of here
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Jasmine Harvey and Taylor Howard, pictured above, are two of a group of five talented 2017 players that are going to make even more noise than they did last season. Harvey, a long ball extraordinaire and Howard, long and athletic, both had huge games numerous times last season for Hightower
Big summer for Eneily Rodriguez, she was doing something positive every time I saw her in the summer on both ends plus a healthy Treazure Mouton, one of the state's top defenders and Lenecia Mitchell who hasn't really showed what she can do on varsity yet due to the injuries, trust me, she has the package, gives the Hurricanes a solid five that will be in the mix not only this season but the next one as well and all five are definitely next level players at various levels, that's my birthday freebie to you college coaches
I don't know who Hightower has coming in or moving up this season but I definitely know some of their players that would love to go out with a bang in their senior season. Panebi Shirey's length and athleticism created problems on both ends last season as well as her height as she stands over the magic number.
Rachel Brown showed she could run both the one and the two as well as knock down the long ball, I don't know why I wrote that, I said it when she was in middle school and it ain't like she forgot but let's not forget the explosive Madison Glass who simply bring so much the table from the one on both ends that this group is going to definitely make some noise
Monday, September 14, 2015
I've been throwing out a few mini stories o teams that could possibly make runs, please the disclaimer I throw out every year, "I don't know who's where because of incoming freshmen or transfers" but the teams that I have a pretty good idea about are the ones I'm commenting on, as far as with enough firepower to head 1-10 West come March as far as the public schools. Seven Lakes came up 4 points shy of their second Campbell Center appearance in three years losing to Westside in a tough one however the Spartans simply have enough to make it back this season
Cydney Varner is one of the best midrange shooters in the state, I've been saying that the past three seasons, she simply elevates over defenders and creates well of the dribble. Varner and Michelle Foakam provide a 1-2 punch offensively that few teams can handle, Foakam herself plays as if she's over 6 feet however at 5'9 she gets the job done on both ends. Hadassah Bennedoch truly elevated her game the past season, she's actually a shade under the magic number but the athleticism and energy she brings coupled with Foakam is going to definitely be a threat down low
Bailey Brown and Anna Bowman both played huge roles in several of the Spartans games I watched last season, Bowman in fact went off offensively when I saw her in the summer and one thing I know and you should too is that you can never have too much firepower when you're attempting to make run. Solid play from Brooke Bigott in her freshman season will also be a plus for Seven Lakes this season because one more time, the game starts at the one and usually that helps dictate where a team finishes and this group could actually get out of here
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Okay fasten your seat belts for one top freshman in the country, Briauna Johnson. She may not be a household name yet but you just have follow my consistency, 100% so far, on telling you how it is . The Under The Radar player should create plenty of buzz immediately because she has several tools you just can't teach on top of that, she's ready to run with the big girls, well that's something she's been doing since the 6th or 7th grade
This is a star studded 5A squad that has the "capability" to run with with the top 6A schools when you look at who's driving the Carr as in Sydney Carr (HBU) one of my top players in the Texas 2016 class, I only go by what I see and she definitely showed me she was legit years ago. Another 2016 player who is unheralded and underrated probably should be, no definitely should have been on many schools short list is the electrifying Shannon Jones who was one of those middle school Lady Phenoms I raved about in the pink attire
Paris Netherly got some national buzz over the summer, she's among my Top 2018's in the state as well and that group in itself is going to create plenty of problems if they stay healthy and the killing part is that they have several other players who have the "go to girl" capability and mindset
I can't think of any other team that has had to deal with injuries to key players three seasons in a row and still manage to be in the hunt than Cy Ranch. Like the other Mustangs (North Shore) this Mustang squad could easily be the team that represents R3 in the 6A division because of numerous D1 players. High flying Rachel Tapps (UTEP) is coming off of a brilliant summer as she continued to defy gravity and when you throw in that she sometimes sings the National Anthem, well this could be a story within a story itself
The Mustangs also have a couple of the top 2017 players in the state, Deauzya Richards is listed by many services as a national Top 10 lock, if you do your research I think I called that back when she was in the 7th grade wearing those orange shoes and as usual, if I call it someone will answer and she definitely get's off to the challenge. Arianna Whitfield blew up after the summer, I hate to say I told you so, well actually I don't , but Whitfield is a gamer and has turned out to be someone who relishes pressure situations
One of the states top freshmen last year was D'Asia Collins who I knew would be a college player back in the 3rd grade simply because of her mindset and BB-IQ, well also that mental toughness that you can't teach. Well she's continued to raise her game and stock and should be ready after an injury over the summer which is very important since the game starts at the one. Cy Ranch has plenty of firepower, the previous four players have all shown they can score double digits consistently and the way Alyssa Guerrero drops the long ball, that's at least five coming at ya