Monday, March 12, 2018

Nicholls State proves to be #BOTH as they win 2018 Southland Conference Tournament

I just tweeted about being " lucky and good" a few days ago and this time #BOTH came into play for Nicholls State as they simply capped some amazing performances and comebacks to head to the NCAA Tournament. Oddly enough, this may not have happened as they opened Day 2 against Texas A&M Corpus Christi in a battle and having the ball with the shot clock off and only a few seconds left in te game, an ill advised missed 3 that fortunately turned into an offensive rebound that saved the day because the script could've changed right there

I've been working on my vertical so my knees are sore and I didn't get a lot of pictures but the picture in my head had Lamar up in the semis 21-11 and to be honest, I thought it was over but the fire and never quit attitude from #GeauxColonels enable them to win come from behind games against both Lamar and Stephen F Austin to head the NCAA war so if you weren't there and had a chance to be, you definitely missed some exciting and entertaining basketball and the fight to the finish over and over was something to see. Great job and good luck but importantly, thanks to all for their effort


Northeastern Junior College star Kiara McElroy ready for next chapter

This young lady has and always will be one of my all time favorites because no matter what obstacles were in front of her, she overcame them and continued to battle and that shows not only character but the ability and desire to succeed and from that bright eyed middle school player who was somewhat shy to become the young lady and basketball player she became keeps me smiling. One thing that remains, she is not only one of the best clutch long ball shooters I've seen come through here, she also has more four point players than any player I've witnessed since they brought the three ball in. The novice might wonder "what does that mean" and before someone gives you the wrong answer, it shows mental toughness and concentration to not only take the lick, because you know it's coming, but keep on ticking because she knows it's going in

Sunday, March 11, 2018

2018 Rice Basketball MS Tip Sheet

The 2nd Annual Rice Basketball Tournament had me glued to my seat for the most part as I had a chance to catch some up and coming players, many of which are on their way to the next level and their hard work and progression will determine how high they actually will be able to compete but as I always say, don't turn your backs on anyone, especially at this stage because I can tell you some stories that are not fables but even more importantly always remember talent is everywhere and Nicholls State incredible Southland Conference Tournament win sums up both sayings but here are a few of the standouts I saw extensively and even though I din't have a roster for Phoenix Revolution, they had some talent I'll catch later

Katy Rebels-King 2023

Emma Potts- right last name because she can cook on the court and she stayed hot throughout the event. Good size and showed a knack for getting to the basket whenever she wanted and rebounded well on both ends. She does so many little things that grabbed me but her work ethic definitely will take her places combined with everything else

Loghan Johnson- nice hesitation in the open floor mixed with great athletic ability is definitely a starting point but ability to blow by defenders with a deceptive first step and attack basket relentlessly are all pluses at her age but the exclamation point is that she finishes strong with contact. Huge upside

Fiyin Adeleye- she has good size, she's also strong and understands how to use her body on the inside but on top of that she's athletic, runs the floor, on both ends and can be overpowering at times. As good as she was in the paint, she also faces the basket and scores from 10-12 feet and when you add that she goes after everything on the boards.....

Lake Houston Angels 2023

Jade Williams- attacks basket from every angle imaginable and finishes strong, with contact, handles ball well in open court and showed she could stop on a dime and hit the pull-up. Good defender and guess what, she plays the passing lane

Kaia Henry-was worth the wait, trust me on that but her upside is unlimited yet right now she's doing HS things. She anticipates passes, she blows by defenders and she uses her athleticism to elevate over them as well. That phrase "she doesn't realize how good she is" applies but when it clicks, she will definitely be hard to handle

Jayda Woods- 6th grader playing up but I never would've known because she already gets it. The phrase I use a lot is "size don't matter when you can play" applies because she can definitely play. Range, mid to long, handles ball under pressure, gets to the basket for buckets and defends but on top of that, she knows how to run a squad and gets teammates involved

Cy Fair Elite 6th Grade

Zachara Perkins- mom and dad both played at the next level, mom actually played in WNBA as well so that definitely says something or does it. What I love about this young lady despite DNA is BB-IQ and when you STUDY the game like she does and apply what you've seen, that supersedes anything else. Gets to the basket, scores from midrange and I'm definitely going to enjoy her progression

Shreya Jateggonkar- players that can shoot the midrange at this stage are definitely up on it and she definitely was putting them up and in it. Don't get tit twisted, she attacks well off of the dribble and just keeps coming at you but she also understands how to create her own shot which opens things up for her

Jada Harvey- 5th Grader playing UP UP AND AWAY because her game definitely has that type of potential. She small yet powerful and already knows how to create issues for those guarding her and with her variety of offensive weapons, her defense also stood out and she rebounds but when I speak of upside, ain't no telling how high she flies

So much talent with the even younger squads, when I saw the little girl with the fro, I had to check that squad out and Summer Williams and her Lake Houston 2025/26 teammates were getting after it. Summer's older sister Jade made the Tip Sheet and she too will be maikng many but the Nemesis Crushers were super athletic, Jalina McGrough was one of many as well as DC Queens who had speed from everywhere, Kamora Carroll, Kalyn Toussaint and Braeon Arceneaux while HTX Watson had an array of bright young stars, the light was definitely bright on Skyrise-Ray with talent from everywhere including a couple of players I had just seen the week before, Asia Waddell and Andrea Sturdivant. Always remember, ROSTERS are a pet peeve of mine so please give me what I need, wait, with errors, with last names and even more importantly with jersey numbers and contact info 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Lake Houston Angels 2023 adds excitement to Rice Basketball Tournament

I had a chance to catch some talented players in MS and younger last weekend at Rice University's 2nd Annual Basketball Tournament, I'll revisit that with a Tip Sheet on some of players throughout the event later but Lake Houston Angels 2023 definitely had some promising players. Jayda Woods is definitely ahead of the game, she and Jade Williams are the lone 6th graders on the squad and will join Kaia Henry on Tip Sheet with other players from Katy Rebels and Cy Fair Elite in the MS Division as well as some of the even younger players I glanced at and that's coming up later

This picture sums it up with Laila Mouton battling Fiyin Adeleye ( Katy Rebels) who will also be on the Tip Sheet. Love Mouton's upside as she and Ava Cianciotto both showed they could hit the midrange. Matti McDaniel was injured early, I've heard a lot about her so I'm sure I'll catch her soon and while I'm talking about upside, J'Nyah Holman did some promising things and when you combine what she's doing now with her length and size, she is going to make some noise along with Brinn Rhodes  who gets after it

Ameria Castillo is a baseline to baseline player, she's been bringing heat since I saw her for the very first time and I'm definitely enjoying watching her midrange game especially since she's creating her own shot in traffic. This young squad has some talented players on the verge of breaking out. I've seen Amaya Dubose and Kira Zaruba before and observed their progression along the way while Elizabeth Brown is shooting the mid and long range well. Again, this team has some up and coming talent, the main thing is to continue to work and with the mindset I picked up on from the squad, I'm sure they will

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

2018 SkilledUp Evaluation Combine MS Ballers were more than ready to perform

This was a solid event across the board, the younger kids came from all over town as well as from down I-10 West from Katy to Austin to San Antonio to showcase their skills at Lutheran North. Many of these young ladies have already given me the opportunity to observe them and for a few others, this was my initial sighting and what I'm always looking for is progression and many of them are already making big jumps in a short amount of time. I picked 14 of the top players for the Tip Sheet, you can check that out right here

Let me drop a little on some of the other MS players that are already showing promise


Khady Samb- love her size, she's just under 6'0, as well as her wingspan but upside is definitely there as she has good timing, alters shots, runs floor well and rebounds

Amanda Crowninshield- definitely a #sizedontmatter guard, she's heady, understands the game very well and can take over with flair. Scores off dribble or drops them from another time zone

Taylor Howard- has made adjustment from being a back to the basket player to one that can not only score from the outside but defend on the perimeter. Rebounds on both ends and can handle ball

Kori Neal-relentless defender, good handle and nice midrange shooter but on top of all that, she keeps coming at you

Skyler Tabeb- two things she did over and over thatb I love and one is a nice pull-up that she can nail on the money and she plays passing lane

Mia Grace Thompson- has a knack for getting to the rim from multiple angles which is only superseded by her ability to finish over and over with contact

Belica Martinez- had one of the best step backs at the combine, creates her shot well under pressure, gets to the basket and anticipates well on defense


Mackenzie Johnson- the jump she's made in a few weeks has my head spinning. She gets it and she's giving back and when your comprehension is there, everything will fall int place when you apply it and she is 

Kaitlyn Evans- athleticism bursting out, huge upside, she anticipates, has a nice first step, is long  and is showing a variety of offensive weapons already

Macy Spencer- another young lady that understands the benefits of playing the passing lane and her desire to want the ball as well as defend are thing you can't teach

Lyric Barr- the words are there and the bar will be raised as I played on words using her name but with size, length and strength on the table already, other things are shaping up to be set

Kiyah Tarver- showing signs of being an explosive player, reacts well on both ends, recovers well on defends and can get to the basket

Shavani Sancho- very athletic is a good thing especially when you know how to use it and she does. Gets to the basket with ease and finishes, her length gives her options, many options


Asia Waddell- I love young players that think the game and use whatever to their advantage and usually having an older sister enables you to observe older players as your game begins to develop so her BB-IQ , her "never quit" mindset and that drop step she showed me tells me a lot already, huge upside

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Like I said, TX 2020 would be a monster calls , well how about

After seeing Sarah Andrews, Deja Kelly, Jordan Merritt and Deyonna Gaston just to name a few, I knew 2020 was going to be a force to be reckoned with and having a chance to eclipse maybe the best class I saw, 2005 and if you weren't around, your opinion has no value or validity so there you have that and the sad part about it is that if you haven't seen the REAL product, well let me put another way, I've always been a straight shooter, never used one so I sort of know

I'm dropping a Tip Sheet of some 2020 players I saw at Pass Tha Ball's Diamond in The Rough, 24 to be exact but to show how prophetic I am in this, being in MENSA doesn't translate to knowing talent or maybe it does for me but Arrianna Sturdivant did enough to be on my Skilled Up HS Tip Sheet, she's a 2020 and her sister, Andrea, simply blew me away as she'll be on the MS edition, she's a 2025 and what she and LA Sneed did, also a 2025 has my mind clicking about that year already because you know I don't turn my back on TALENT

The original TV Tiffany Valentine earns honors

Before I called Tatum Veitenheimer (TV) at 9 or 10, there was a young lady named Tiffany Valentine who I started calling TV around the same age four years earlier and I actually had a chance to coach the latter so I observed several positives at a young age that I knew would have her in the right spot when the time came. Always a hard worker, absorbed what she was taught and implemented that on the court, hold on for the GIF

Not only did she put in work throughout her career at Lutheran North but she sent a message playing club ball and as you can see in this slight piece, this truly doesn't do her justice as she went from a back to the basket player to be able to knock the midrange and here are some of the stories I wrote about her


Tiff  has always defied the odds and battling minor injuries wasn't a deterrence at Spring Hill as she relished the opportunity to show everyone "she wasn't done" and show them she did as she was named SIAC Player Of The Year averaging just under 18 ppg so congratulations to a wonderful young lady who continues to show "it ain't over until she says so"

SIAC Article 

Friday, February 23, 2018

Final Four Friday is here for 2018

I could've chosen a better picture however months ago after witnessing no apparent favorite however and this is documented with the phrase "double digit teams have a chance to win REGION" as well as "the most wide open REGION I've seen" so your top conference drops two #4 seeds in the Elite 8, that sort of tells you something right? Not exactly because in this roller coaster season of girl's basketball where anything could happen, it has somewhat with three teams, Atascocita, Summer Creek and Cy Creek, making it to the regional semifinals for the first time in history, not the first time that's happened because it was the first time for all 4 were it was initiated and hopefully you caught that

Jersey Village has been in this position with Nina Norman and Coco Reed, both starred at Texas, Norman was the first McDonald's All American from here, played in inaugural girl's game, yeah I've said it before but I say a lot of things that are missed yet come right back at ya to fall into that "I told you so" category so I guess the question is who will win. Jersey Village is capable of getting out of here but so are the other three and although I haven't seen Summer Creek, never count ANY SC out no matter what and that definitely is a fact so  Merrell Center action starts tonight at 6pm

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Lot's of firsts for 2018 Regional Semifinals

I know many don't keep up with history and just go with the flow on what they hear and although it irritates me it also enables me to have a platform to go off which always pleases me so I tweeted awhile back after reading about Jersey Village being put on the map this year being totally incorrect because they were once one of the teams you had to go through to get to Austin so I'm assuming since the state tournament is now in San Antonio, they were talking about the map heading that way so okay, I get it now, well actually I don't but one more time


What is true is that Jersey Village is the ONLY team that has made it to the Regional semifinals and they match up against Summer Creek at 6pm on Friday, followed by Atascocita and Cy Creek at 7:30, all of this in Katy at the Merrell Center which means 2 things, Orleans and Katy Mills but another two things it means is I don't recall two teams with two freshmen playing major roles in their teams making it to this stage, Jersey Village with Briana Peguero and Gia Adams who have gone completely off in multiple games, Peguero was HUGE last night , plus Jersey Village has two sets of, you got it, TWINS, seniors Kyla and Jade Collins and juniors Kaylynne and Kayleigh who in the 5th grade I said, you already know

I guess Cy Creek's freshmen duo of Kyndall Hunter and Rori Harmon were in the 5th grade as well when I first saw them play and usually in a couple I can tell, that's minutes, not games but let me say this, both are beyond their years as far as basketball talent and knowledge of the game, their explosiveness and ability to make teammates better is one of the main reasons why they're here but Creek got a big lift from their reserves, otherwise they may have been up the Langham Creek in that overtime thriller. I'm telling you, this was as close to what it used to be as I've seen all season and if you weren't around or knew what you were looking at, there's really no need to respond but the game has definitely changed as a whole and it was refreshing to say the least to see some real action so I can't wait

Monday, February 19, 2018

Alvin and Langham Creek prove 4+4 = Elite 8

I caught Alvin back in FBISD Tournament against Crosby in the Consolation Simmies, okay semis and I loved their grit, they played smart, were well coached and the most important thing that somehow slips away, they played within themselves so needless to say, it was refreshing to see a throwback squad getting after it. Andreea Mancha always showed she could shoot the long ball and she's definitely on fire in the playoffs while Natali Miller's inside play as well as Brooklyn Sutton, Mariah Byrone and Madison Becker, who I teased about the TV show, all filled in many blanks as well as their solid bench play but to say I'm somewhat surprised they made it to the Elite 8 would be an understatement since I had Pearland as one of the teams that had a shot to get out of here. That shows one thing, well actually a lot of things but always remember, the game is played on the court and in the playoffs, anything can happen and finishing #4 in District 24 and making it this far is truly a major accomplishment

Langham Creek on the other hand really isn't surprising me that much at being a #4 and making it this far. I noticed many had them losing in the 1st round but  I didn't see that happening and I knew the 2nd round game would be close so here we are and when you play in the toughest district in the area, that sometimes helps get you ready for this right here. Langham has been battling with injuries to key players all season, Kaley Perkins, that 6'0 shoot the lights out freshman, is missing from the playoffs however her sister Briley Perkins and Dyani Robinson are two of the areas top sophomores, both are very explosive scorers that can create problems. Dezi White has always been in the mix since I saw her in MS and she and fellow senior, Mariel Wade have definitely stepped up to the occasion, Wade simply went completely off in the previous round and speaking of stepping up, Atlantis White, another talented sophomore, played  solid and as I roll back to the opening paragraph, within herself  so it should be an interesting game tomorrow as District 17 will send two teams to the R-3 F-4


Saturday, February 17, 2018

Jersey Village's Truong twins on fire as Falcons head to E-8

A lot of people don't realize that Jersey Village once was in the mix among teams to beat on the girl's side at the turn of the century as they were led by future Texas stars Nina Norman and Coco Reed, in fact Norman was the first MDAA from the Houston area and that success continued through the years of the Isom sisters, Brittany and Natasha as well as Tracy Ray who ended her HS career at Cy Fair but all were D1 players, wait, legitimate D1 players so the Falcons have been flying high before, so just throwing a little knowledge and history at you in the age of being thrown BS and misinformation but this seasons squad has definitely been exciting to watch all season as they've provided some impressive moments, including defeating Desoto which was ranked very high in the Sandra Meadows Classic and splitting with defending R-3 Champ Cy Ranch, the preseason fave by free magazine and expensive newspapers and they break the tie at the Berry Center on Tuesday in a D-17 doubleheader which also features Langham Creek vs Cy Creek

How awesome was it for Google photos to catch both Kayleigh and Kaylynne Truong's pics annd animate them but after Seven Lakes jumped out to an 8-2 run fueled Brooke Biggot, Jada Lake and Cassie Hopkins, those talented freshmen of Gia Adams and Brianna Peguero provided the fuel and then the match was scratched by the Truong's and the fire kept burning as they closed out the quarter with an 11-4 run and really never looked back going up by double digits at the half and over 20 after three. I called this game, well hashtagged it #TossUp but once the shots started falling, it was a wrap. Jersey Village opened the game going small which definitely worked out in the long run as Kyla and Jade Collins, also twins, provided serviceable minutes on both ends and Michelle Macintyre definitely got the fans going after her 3 which shows it truly takes a Village and in this case, a Jersey Village as they brought a crowd


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Few surprises after opening round in R-3 6A

I guess everyone wants parity in sports, it makes in interesting and if you want to spin that as what the game has become, well there you go however I don't look at it that way and we'll revisit that later but there was definitely no surprise at at D-17 sweeping D-18 in the opening round, Cy Fair has been one of if not the toughest district in the area most of this century, I ain't just start saying that, it's documented over and over and over

I guess the question is will they have two teams representing the district in the Regional semifinals, that could be interesting because both Cy Ranch and Jersey Village have tougher games to get there than probably Cy Creek and Langham Creek but with Alvin defeating Pearland, although unlikely, it's possible they won't even have a team in the seimi's but again that's unlikely. I said there were double digit teams capable of winning R-3 6A so out of the 16 left, I still feel that the upsets are not over


Saturday, February 10, 2018

GPR Monday Doubleheader @ Alief Taylor

I'm ready for the action to begin as , one more time, this is the most wide open R-3 race in 6A I've seen this  decade, well this century because I still believe over 10 teams can get hot at the right time and do some damage. After watching Atacocita and Hightower early in the year at FBISD Tournament, they both had a little of everything to make a run as well as Cy Ranch, the defending R-3 champions. Clear Springs is always in the hunt , that pressure continues to create problems for many squads and Westside and Pearland, both with injuries early, definitely had a legitimate shot at being sleepers. Seven Lakes is in the midst of yet another run but the bottom line is several other teams could got hot at the right time and head to state and one of the hottest right now is that explosive Cy Creek squad so we'll see

I haven't seen the Chronicle post the playoff parings, maybe tomorrow or the day of the game, who knows but I'll be at Alief Taylor for a double header on Monday between Katy vs Ridgepoint at 6pm and Travis vs Katy Taylor at 7:30 and again D-17 has shown that they are one of, if not the toughest district in the area could be on it's way to sending two teams to the regional semifinals

Friday, February 9, 2018

District's 17 vs 18 should be interesting to say the least

The Cy Creek Cougars , #1 in D-17, definitely have a shot to go deep in the playoffs with that high powered freshmen back court of Kyndall Hunter and Rori Hunter, two of the best freshmen guards in Texas and a couple of players I called D-1 locks when they were around 10 or 11 years old and also eyeing to make a run is defending R-3 champion and runner-up Cy Ranch led by one of the state's top PG's D"Asia Collins and super athletic Jala Buster. The toughest district in the area's top two squads open against Lamar and Heights respectively while #3 Jersey Village and the Truong twins, you know who Kaylyne and Kayleigh are now I guess take on runner-up Bellaire while Langham Creek and their talented sophomore duo of Dyani Robinson and Briley Perkins are the 4th place team that has to go against Westside who won their district, I called Westside a sleeper earlier in te season but injuries have hurt both them and Bellaire, keep in mind I haven't seen them in district play but this could be interesting as Langham Creek, who has also battled nagging injuries from key players, definitely have the firepower, along with Jersey Village, to pull off a sweep for 17. Always remember two things, I'm a basketball genius but that means absolutely nothing because the game is played on the court and let the ball bounce where it may

Berry Center
6 pm - Langham Creek (@LanghamWbb) vs Westside
7:30 pm - Cypress Creek (@CyCreekGBB) vs Lamar

HISD's Delmar Fieldhouse
6 pm - Jersey Village (@Jvhsgirlsbball) vs Bellaire
7:30 pm - Cypress Ranch (@CyRanchGBB) vs Heights