Friday, May 31, 2013
Ashley O'Block has been cleared and is ready for action. O'Block can shoot the ball, in fact at last seasons Prime Time Nationals she had multiple games with multiple threes including eight in one game. Ashley is a legitimate scoring threat with range from anywhere
Jasmine Butler continues to elevate her game like she elevates off the ground and she's on the verge of being a dominant force not only in the paint but facing the basket as well. She's one of the reasons that her high school team, Pearland, made it to the area F4 which surprised a lot of people except, well when I call it you need to answer
Anyway Butler and her Cy Fair 15U Nike National teammates put on an impressive run as Kingowood and The Taz were represented nicely as well
Weekend after weekend, Austin Elite is placing two of their teams in the semis or mighty close and when you have firepower like they do, the Tyrone Johnson Showcase is going to be off the chain, plus I'll get a chance to run over to the Texas Elite camp as well
Why will Duncanville make another run? It's more than Tasia and Triple A, stay tuned #siminator
I take a lot of pictures because they come in handy and since pictures are worth a thousand words. Okay that doesn't apply to every picture however one thing the Lady Dominators apply is HEAT!!!!!!
I'll be at the Prime Time qualifier right there in the pressure cooker as I take a peek at who will be with me at Prime Time Nationals next month, play like it's June 1st so I don't have to edit this
Deja Hughes and company won't be editing anything as I'll bring you live coverage from court-side, actually I won't but I will bring you entertaining news along with yet another GPR Tip Sheet from the event
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Deyona Gaston is standing tall and hard to handle. This weekend she and her HTX Fire teammates will be among the hundreds of young ladies attempting to qualify for Prime Time Nationals. Girlz Prep Report coverage begins tomorrow night and here are the schedules for the various division
Tyler Davis played a big part in Cy Woods run last season and her heroics down the stretch in the second half of district play through the playoffs had me label her one of the most exciting player in the area. Davis continues to bring excitement this season, more recently at the #3rdCoastMSW
Arianna Whitfield isn't a name you hear a lot about because she plays on a star studded team but trust me, she's as huge as anyone else in the 2017 class and remember it isn't where you start, it's where you finish.
She was on par to make one of my Tip Sheet's but she had a minor injury and didn't play the last day of the 3rd Coast Memorial Weekend Showdown
No problem, she gets a page all to herself because not only can she score, she's very unselfish and she loves to defend, not to mention bang under the basket with bigger players. Next level won't be a problem, D1 won't be a problem and how she rises is in her hands and if you saw how she recovered after the hit, the smart money is on her blowing up
I'm not like the other SC worrying about who has been naughty or nice, this SC know when you've been working or having a little too much social networking. Believe me, this young group of DFW stars to be are constantly working and they're nice, off the court of course
Every time I see one of their teams play, I know I'm in for a treat and hopefully I get to see the top squad because from what I hear, they might be the best club team in the state and that in itself speaks volumes. In July, if you see TPE, be sure to catch them and you heard it from ME, that's a rhyme!
She also reminded me that they played in the toughest district with the top team in the nation last season and took them to overtime, I said I got it. Bennett is an absolute beast on the floor and whatever she's lacking is correctable and I expect huge things for her at the next level. She didn't make one of my Tip Sheets this time, she's made plenty before, but here'a tip and a freebie, she's unsigned and she's a legitimate high D1 player.
I'm not talking about roadside assistance however this young lady doesn't mind handing out assists nor leaving defenders on the road when she decides to take a game over. Ariel Atkins is simply amazing, I said the same thing about Alexis Jones because when I see a young lady that does things like guys do on the floor, that's truly something
Atkins adjusted her shot in mid air, not once but twice as she defied gravity and nailed the bucket, I've seen that move from her before however one move off of an inbounds play left me speechless as she blurred away from the defense for a wide open lay-up and we all know or should know that I'm rarely without words
Jack Nicholson played an astronaut, John Glenn was an astronaut, it's that simple or better yet it's simply amazing
I'll see Saundra Guillory in a few weeks as she continues to be one of the summers most explosive players however I'm sure I'll catch a lot of excitement over the next two weekends while I'm covering a couple Prime Time events. Remember two things, talent is everywhere and I know how to spot it!
Here's a grammatically incorrect statement that's really correct. If you ain't where I am, you're doing your players an injustice!
Believe my I'm constantly working on getting next level players names out there and you can tell by some of my early morning posts that I'm accessible all the time
Girlz Prep Report Scouting Service has been approved by the NCAA once again and college coaches here is the link to subscribe
Remember I called Recee Caldwell (UCLA) and Terriell Bradley (Kansas) in middle school and I'm pretty sure I was the first person to write about Brianna Turner (Notre Dame). I used three of the top players in the country because it's a fallacy that Texas players won't leave and with any argument I get into, I back it up with not only reasoning but facts
The fact is there are more next level players in Texas year after year than available scholarships from Texas institutions, simple reasoning with a logical response
Remember I called Ariel Atkins two years ago and we all know how that has worked out
Kajera Mays and Kia Peterson were smoking throughout the event and the basically got to the rim whenever they wanted while playing solid D. Mays handled the ball extremely well and set her teammates up nicely for assists time and time again. Peterson simply is relentless on both ends and rebounds larger than her size
This season, she's been on fire, wait it started when I caught her with The Woodlands HS team at the Sandra Meadows Classic and it has continued each tournament I've seen her play on, most recently at the Team Ichibans Memorial blast as she was launching missiles from planets far away but not only does her offense grab your attention, she just plays hard every play
Mahoney is one of my 2014 Under The Radar players and she is ready to help lead The Woodlands on another run
Johnson has simply began to show dominance since I caught her last season and I'm talking both ends of the court. Akinwole is "ultra" athletic, another phrase I use that simply states she's "more than" and her upside is through the roof.
Everything happens in cycles and basketball is no different. 2005 was one of the hugest classes from Texas as far as players going on to play at the next level only to be topped by 2012. From what I've observed, 2017 is going to blow the roof off and I know I probably overuse the monster class as I describe what's going to happen, I truly believe it and week after week I'm just seeing more players that are simply way ahead of the game for their ages
Alex Coleman and Tia Wright are only two of the bright young stars from Cy Fair Nike Elite AC and each time I watch that team I know there is a very high probability that each player will be somewhere at the next level. When you have young ladies that truly understand basketball like so many in this class, you have something to work with and this group not only understands, they can play as well
Oh and one more time for the road, at least until July, "Tia Wright is DYNOMITE!"
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
More from Team Ichiban's 3rd Coast Memorial Weekend Showcase including the rise of Texas Preps Elite. 2014 sharpshooter Kaylie Black just joined the club however her presence was felt immediately and at 5'10, this young lady is showing me a different look each time I see her and she's also one of the reasons Aledo might be heading back to state
DiDi Richards lands in this D1 photo filled with players from Cy Fair Ogwumike and Team Ichiban. Richards is ready to parlay this summer over to her school season in R3's toughest district when she heads to Cy Ranch. I picked Cy Woods as the favorite, Richards has other ideas and she might be on to something
Wouldn't it be something if these two soon to be freshmen help lead their teams to the area F4 at Campbell Center next year? Yes it would!
Coach Jackson made a statement years ago that has been retweeted years ago regarding parents complaining about their teams coach. He said "I know I can't coach but can your daughter play?" "Kobe is Kobe no matter who he plays for"
Well let me say this, Calveion Landrum, aka Juicy is a player no matter what team or colors she wears and at Team Ichiban's 3rd Coast Memorial Weekend Showdown, she suited up for her dads squad, she plays for DFW T-Jack.
2016, 2017, 2018 Texas is LOADED!
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One thing I can count on from DFW Elite Marques Jackson is they are going to bring the heat from baseline for the start of the game until the final buzzer and this enabled them to capture the runner up prize in the HS Division of Team Ichiban's 3rd Coast Memorial Weekend Showdown
This team is loaded with talented players and I'll get to see Lauren Lee, Charsima Matlock, Sarah Cantu and the rest of the gang in a few weeks when I cover the Big State Flava Jam. Get your tickets now, aka register, because we all know that no one does it like I do
I'm just amazed at what I'm seeing from the younger players and the more I see Texas Preps Elite 2017 the more I know that this class is going to be a monster, well I've said that numerous times. I probably won't see them again until July but I;ll be ready and I'm sure they will too
Terriell Bradley is one of the top players in the state and has committed to Kansas, if you read my blog you knew that. Her younger sister, Mikayla Hutchinson, caught my eye last season in Kentucky after being visibly upset after missing couple of shots in the game with I believe their freshmen team. I asked her what grade she was in afterwards and she said 5th. I responded, quit tripping, let me take your picture because you are going to be a star
Whether I meant it or not, it made her smile and after watching her this weekend, I too started smile because I'm right even when I don't know it. Hutchinson filled in for a team that was shorthanded and set her teammates for several easy buckets even though she had the opportunity to score, this says a lot
On Monday she got a chance to play up with her big sister to be honest, the 2019 star to be had me smiling even more as she handled herself quite well against varsity players and everything was capped on a touchdown from big sister for a lay-up. MIKAYLA HUTCHINSON!!!!!
Brooke Jolivet, Gabby Stanton and Charlotte Hodges have several things in common. They are all from 2015 class, they are all varsity players on Kingwood's HS team, they all play on Cy Fair Nike Nationals 15U team and they are all on my GPR 2015 Under The Radar list.
All that's fine and dandy but the most important thing they did this past weekend was play extremely well at Team Ichiban's Memorial Weekend Showdown. I expect Kingwood to be a major player in the school season and these three are going to be huge
All three continue to improve, Jolivette's ability to finish was huge this weekend along with battling in the paint. Hodges is facing the basket more and nailing the sort jumpers extremely well while also finishing on the inside. Stanton ran the point to a tee and and set her teammates up for several easy baskets while nailing an abundance of sots from everywhere