Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Dekaney defeats Cy Ranch

I expected a battle and in the first quarter it was as Dekaney's Jaelyn Richard-Harris and Cy Ranch Deauzya Richards were hitting baskets and the quarter ended with Richards dropping a 30 footer to cut Dekaney's lead to 2. In the second quarter, Richard's had to leave after a hard foul and Dekaney simply went on many runs, ignited by Richard-Harris and when you factor in the supporting cast of Jasmine Smith and Makeeda Collins plus Kene Hamilton and Keishawna Scott,, they simply started opening the game up. Big ups to the two sophs I didn't see in the summer, they seem to be getting better every game

Ariana Whitfield is coming off a three for all at the Texas Invitational where I think she tied or set a record for threes, I can't remember but I do remember that this team is better than played yesterday. Rachel Tapps was on the end and it appeared her head was over the rim, this is the athleticism she possesses and the UTEP star is finally healthy and ready to make things happen. A key ingredient missing is D'Asia Collins, game starts at the one and she's one of the best sophomore points in Texas so when she returns, this team will be different

Richards was able to return however the Mustangs just couldn't put together enough to get back in it. Taylor Coleman and Alyssa Guerrero are definitely serviceable in this system, new additions Jalie Burkhalter and Jala Buster will pay dividends when it counts and if this team stays healthy, I'm standing by what I said earlier that they are definitely one of the teams to beat in Region 3

Texas State's Taeler Deer receives honors after going OFFFFFFF

Taeler Deer made the transition from Channelview High School's basketball team to on the court with Texas State last season smoothly as she averaged over 7 ppg as a freshman however her 32 point outburst against North Texas last week was good enough to have her named College Sports Madness Mid-Major National Player Of The Week. Check out the link below


Monday, November 23, 2015

U of H wins thriller against Louisiana Lafayette

All I can say is "what a game"


Dekaney hosts Cy Ranch today after #FBISDTournament title

Senior leadership definitely is playing a part in Dekaney's success as they have played several of the heavy hitters already this season. The host another, Cy Ranch, at 1pm, Lil Mama told I don't wanna miss it so I'm trying to be there

Dekaney was impressive over the weekend winning the Fort Bend Tournament


Duncanville wins #TXInvitational

Zay Green is one of the top 18's and Cierra Johnson one of, if not the best post in the 2016 class help lead the Pantherettes to the Texas Invitational Championship


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Katy Taylor putting it together #FBISDTournament

It's now how you start, it's how you finish and I expect Katy Taylor to put it all together in district because they are definitely showing signs. Delaney Ferguson and Victoria Ukoh can do damage in the paint, both are just under 6'0 but I truly like the upside of 6'3 freshman, Pam Igbowke, a young lady that it just occurred to me I saw late in the summer which even impresses me more on the jump she's made. Loren Ramos, Tristin Scherpereel and Alayna O'Connor  are all capable scorers

Macy Ray is one of the top sophs in the state, she can average over 20 ppg if she wanted however she understands that to win she needs to get everyone involved and she does a good job of that because she still puts up numbers in the flow. I hadn't seen Taylor, I'll get another lake next month in the Katy Tournament

Hastings wins #FBISDTournament Consolation

I tweeted I knew Hastings would be not only athletic but would get after it and that's exactly what they do. Tia Jones goes after everything in the paint, loved the pressure from Ahmir West and Tatiyanni Riley in the backcourt and Kai-Lee Valentine did what I've seen few females do in a high school game and that's catch the ball going out of bounds, do a 180 in the air and pass for an assist, well almost an assist but the pass was definitely a highlight. She also showed she could score from mid and long range which was a good sign

Another good sign was to see Ashley Moore on the court, she also plays volleyball, something I know absolutely nothing about but I do know basketball, I do know she's over 6'0 and I do know she's a D1 player, I don't care what anyone else says or thinks, you can trust me on this one. She does things you can't teach and when you can do things instinctively, well let me describe one play. She's under the goal, Hastings has the ball stolen at the top of the key. She races down the court, blocks the lay-up and outruns everyone for a lay-up back on the other one, thank me later, she's a gift

College Station definitely has talent #FBISDTournament

I can honestly say I didn't recognize Keaton Sayers since her hair was darker but I knew exactly who Kasey Jo Hinton was, her hair is red and both definitely are going to give a boost to College Station this season. Jalie Smith can shoot the midrange while Sydney Johnson definitely showed range but Sayers and Hinton are a couple of players that can punish you inside on both ends

Raven Manley is an explosive guard, good speed and athleticism and can guard on the perimeter while Raenett Hughes has the ability to simply jump over defenders. Although undersized, she is a fighter and gets it done on both ends and can put up numbers quickly

Jersey Village advances to Consolation semis #FBISDTournament

Jersey Village has a chance to win more games this season than the previous two seasons combined and much of that has to do with the Truong twins, freshmen Kayleigh and Kaylynne. I used to be able to tell  them apart as one shot the three more while the other attacked acrobatically more however unless they're changing their uniforms during timeouts, I really can''t tell them apart on or off the court, well off the court I can because one is a little taller

As explosive and talented as the twins are, big ups to the whole team and new coach for turning this once dominant program around, I'm not going to get into specifics but I'm happy the youngsters are in a much better situation. Another set of twins, Kyla and Kyra Collins are talented sophomores, Kyla s long and athletic and a shade under the magic number, that's 6'0 folks while Kyra is simply everywhere on the floor bringing heat on both end. It's always good to have multiple three point shooters and Meghan Hoang and Michelle Macintyre definitely add to list of long range scorers

Saturday, November 21, 2015

#TXInvitational Gold showdown

In one of the more interesting bracket plays I've see in the Texas Invitational, the Final 4 for the GOLD has been set and North Shore takes on Brennan while Duncanville battles Seven Lakes


Three teams from the toughest district in the area battle in the SILVER




Friday, November 20, 2015

Duncanville in "Driver's Seat" #TXInvitational

Duncanville has and always will be one of those teams that simply find ways to get it done and when you have a group of players that "understand the game" and "know their roles" you have some of the main ingredients for success. It also helps when you have players that simply get after it baseline to baseline for 40, well 32 minutes and it doesn't hurt when you have a couple BCS kids on the squad

I've been a Zay Green fan since she was wondering why I was taking her picture when she was I guess in the 6th grade yet I knew she would be among the top 2018 players in the country, she definitely is. I also knew Cierra Johnson (Louisville) would be a BCS player, simply because of her height and physique back when she was in the 9th and usually when I know something it happens.

Johnson has exceeded what I thought she would do, much of that has to do with her leadership qualities displayed last season as she took charge and was vocal on the court however what I saw in her yesterday assures me of what she'll be able to do at the next level as her game has definitely gone to another level

With easy wins under their belt on yesterday, the Pantherettes face a talented Cy Fair team today however they will be one of the teams in the GOLD division. Cy Ranch has Brennan, they too appear headed to the GOLD. North Shore faces Clear Springs who were upset by a much improved from a week ago Cy Falls squad. Falls actually gave the Mustangs all they could handle for most of the opening game on yesterday so this could be interesting if it comes down to a tie breaker and the other showdown has Seven Lakes vs Cy Woods, winner advancing to GOLD



Wednesday, November 18, 2015

UNSIGNED Lauren O'Connell erupts for St Agnes in win

In what seems like has been a lifetime ago happens to be around four years but my initial sighting of Lauren O'Connell dropping deep threes definitely caught my eyes. Over the years, she has shown that she's more than just a player that can nail a wide open three, her ability to catch and shoot and create to the hit the midrange sold me that she can play college ball

Ironically a coach called me yesterday and asked could she play in their league and my response "she can help you right mow" as in this very moment so he told me he was going to see her and what a game he saw as she dropped 30 in St Agnes win against Lamar last night on a variety of shots from numerous spots on the court

SATURDAY San Jac hosts Paris JC

I love this picture, anyway here's the



 Tomorrow, Long Beach State and Sunday, I'll be there, Louisiana Lafayette



Rice is playing Texas A&M Corpus Christi on the road tonight but Maya Hawkins and crew will host Texas SATURDAY. The biggest question, at least for me is will I see my daughter tomorrow at the Texas Invitational lol


HBU Friday and Saturday

Friday night, they host the Huskies, Saturday it's a free clinic read more

UNSIGNED Jada Felder ready to ignite this weekend #FBISDTourney

Jada Felder has always been one of those players I enjoyed watching because no matter if it was school or club ball, her team was up or down big, she always plays the same, hard and smart. Let me take it a step further, one of the many Tip Sheets I mentioned her on, I said "Jada Felder can play multiple positions, quite well" and basically that sums it up because the Kempner star brings heat and I'm talking about both ends on a consistent basis

Felder, who dropped 19 last night against Clements, is definitely ready for this weekend's Fort Bend ISD Tournament as they open up against Memorial. I'll be at Wheeler all day Saturday and click the link below for the bracket, of yeah, today's her birthday so HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!!!!!


2015 HoopAHolics loaded with talent again DECEMBER 13th

I chose this picture for multiple reasons, one is because Myra Gordon is one of the top 2020 prospects in the country, two last week was her birthday and three, North Texas pulled off the biggest upset in their WBB program history by defeating #17 Oklahoma this week

Gordon is one of countless talented players that will be on hand December 13th for @passthaball HoopAHolics Skills Showcase. It's still time to register


UNSIGNED Cydney Varner ready to help ignite Seven Lakes run

The Texas Invitational will be hot and heavy, well I didn't even have to type that because season after season, you get a preview of who will be in the hunt for that coveted Texas State Championship and I also get a pretty good idea on which teams from the area have the ability to pull of a surprise and erupt as a sleeper. I already caught Seven Lakes against Dekaney, they lost in OT and they've also lost close games to both Cy Ranch and Clear Springs, well Ranch was 10 but hopefully you get the picture

I've got several pictures of Seven Lakes over the past two seasons and many of them have the magical Cydney Varner in them. I've called Varner one of the best midrange shooters in the state, she simply has a knack for getting to spots on the floor and elevating over defenders for baskets over and over. She's athletic and also acrobatic which enables her to put herself in and one opportunities and also bring heat defensively

The Spartans open up with North Crowley and The Woodlands on Thursday before battling Cy Woods on Friday in the Texas Invitational so stay tuned and one more time, "one of the best midrange shooters in the state"


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

'17 Ariel Starks on fire for A&M Consolidated

My first look at Ariel Starks came at a camp right after her freshman season and I spoke with her dad and commented that once she understood what she was working with, she was going to be hard to handle. Sometimes players might not realize they have "IT" however Starks definitely showed me as she simply blew up at the Campbell Center last season during the regional playoffs and evidently several colleges including Rice, Temple , Columbia, Texas State, Princeton, Indiana and Utah realize it as well

Over the weekend, the talented Under The Radar star went completely off as she was named MVP of the Dripping Springs Tournament after helping lead her team to the championship. Starks dropped 22 points while adding 14 rebounds, prior to that she scored 30 against DeValle so I kind of think she realizes that she's hard to handle on the court


Unsigned shooter Alexia Torres on fire for Incarnate Word

Over the past four seasons, a team that was on my must see list was the San Antonio Islanders because what they possessed was a group of young ladies who simply played smart, played hard and beat several teams that on paper they shouldn't have.. On top of all of that, they had numerous guards that could drop long ball and anticipate the pass and Alexia Torres simply blew me away watching her over that time span. I haven't seen her play at Incarnate Word however over the weekend Torres helped lead her squad to the Sharpstown Rotary Tournament by defeating three talented teams, SATCH, Westbury Christian and Kinkaid and all three of those teams have legitimate D1 players on them

Torres was named MVP of the tournament averaging just under 14 ppg and she did it without having to shoot the long ball a lot which shows how complete her game has become, she also added 3.6 assists and 2 steals per game for the event, keep in mind Westbury Christian and Kincaid are ranked in the Top 10 on TABC Private School, well so is IWHS but this sort of sets the stage for whats coming. Last night, Torres dropped 17 against TABC 6A #3 ranked San Antonio Wagner, star sophomore Sophia Ramos added 26 as they pulled off a 62-53 win


Monday, November 16, 2015

Truong twins helping Falcons melt Snowman

Kaylynne and Kayleigh Truong are a couple of players I've been waiting to watch play in high school for what seems like an eternity and since that first time I caught them, I'm guessing maybe the 4th grade, I knew that they were going to be good because they simply had a knack for the game. Well that good has gone up several notches in fact the 2019 stars are among the top players in Texas and are putting up numbers showing that they are truly special

How special are they? Jersey Village won 4 games last season and they've already tied that after the first week of the season and that's primarily due to the twins as well as a new staff and system and I even though I haven't seen them, I knew they would make their presence felt almost instantaneously

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Tompkins place four on #SBISD All Tournament

Tompkins took home the Spring Branch Invitational School District Tournament and it also had numerous players on the all tournament team. Here's a list of the whole squad

Brittany Panetti (MVP)
Kendall Rollins
Allison Goss
Hannah Hudson

Sentreal Gregory
Kirby Celestine

Kelsey Slattery
Giuliana Madrigail

Cy Falls
Joanne Allen-Taylor

Tiara Matthews