Saturday, August 30, 2014

Hosey and Higgs at Cy Fair Fall Classic

Let me see, both Jordan Hosey's and Lashaan Higgs' last names start with H, both played for the same club team, Cy Fair Ogwumike, both will be attending the University of Texas and both should be MDAA locks, I don't have a vote yet I should but nevertheless, both will also be on hand with their respective high  school teams, Manvel and Cedar Ridge at the Cy Fair Fall Classic

Gordon's Flashing into stardom as Lexi get's ready for #40/40Combine

Myra Gordon was one of the top performers at the Pass Tha Ball Camp I covered last December in Duncanville and the 2020 star continued to impress me all through the club season with Higher Elevation and it seemed like the more I saw her, the more I saw she was working. Older sister Lexi simply blew me away last summer with Texas Adidas Elite Franey and blew opponents away at Bell HS in her freshman season and after watching her again this past club season, she's continued to add even more to her arsenal of weapons. Lexi will be on hand next weekend at the 40/40 Combine as well as some of the top players not in only in Texas, but across the

2018 stars committed in more ways than one

As Shae Routt and Charli Collier enter their first year of high school, both have dome some amazing things along the way which has led them to both commit to the University of Texas before scoring their first points or grabbing their first rebounds in high school. The two young stars have both committed to improving their games and this is something both have definitely done since I saw them I guess around the 6th grade. Routt will be making noise and Kempner, not sure where Collier is but it will be noisy as well and you'll be reading about it right here as they head the list of area stars that will make immediate impacts as freshmen

Friday, August 29, 2014

Watts Athletics Showcase coming in October

        2014 Fall Hosted Events

           “Watts Athletics 1 Day Showcase I”
·         Date:  October 4, 2014     
·         Who:  4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th grade Boys
·         Location:  Episcopal High School (Houston, TX)
·         Cost: $115.00 (2 games guaranteed)
·         4 teams per division (First 4 divisions that fill up will make)
·         Boys evaluator TBA

“Watts Athletics 1 Day Showcase II”
·         Date:  October 11, 2014    
·         Who:  4th, 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th grade Girls
·         Location:  Episcopal High School (Bellaire, TX)   
·          Cost:  $115.00 (2 games guaranteed)
·         4 teams per division (First 4 divisions that fill up will make)
·         Simmie Colson – “Girlz Prep Report” will be in attendance

For more information on these and other events being hosted:

Contact:  Coach Gene Watts
Cell:  817-372-8021

'15 Thompson hoopin with Hawks at Last Run September 27-28

Clear Lake star Torrie Thompson had some kind of season last year in high school only to have that overshadowed by a very impressive club season where in many games, she simply went off.  Thompson is one of the GPR Under The Radar players playing in John Lucas' The Last Run as she joins '17 Jade Leblanc-Ernest with the Pearland Hawks. Ernest is also coming off a big club season so these are a couple of players you definitely want to see


'19 Montgomery made gigantic strides

Reagan Montgomery has to wait another year before she makes her presence felt in high school however the strides she made over the short time I saw her in various events with Centex Elite tells me she's going to definitely be a  difference maker. In the initial sighting, the first thing I noticed was how she reacted in certain situations and she not only handled double teams with ease, she saw the floor extremely well so with her ball handling and good skill set, I'm thinking I'm on to something however over the course of the summer, the Under The Radar star showed me she could definitely shoot it and when you combine all of that together, well you'll be hearing a lot about Reagan over the years

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Although there's plenty of info out there

A lot of the info is bad and the worst thing that can happen is that information can have you like the ball, STUCK. Social media has simply gone haywire, some of the stuff I see has me scratching my head and although many think they know, just because a player can make a lay-up and shoot the three doesn't mean she can play at the next level

There's a saying going around that there is enough scholarships for everyone, well that's untrue and that saying is like someone telling you if you listen to a Doobie Brothers record you'll get hungry, it ,makes no sense

Know your options from someone who will ALWAYS keep it real and I'm talking with parents, players and college coaches


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

'19 Reece elevates BEAST status

Under The Radar star was simply one of the most consistent performers I saw at multiple events in July with Oklahoma Select. I know, she's still in middle school but keep in mind I'm no ordinary guy with a take and Jim Rome's comment on having a take comes to mind. Reece simply won't let you outwork her so always be ready for a battle as the throwback player dives on the floor and into the stands but the young stars ability to battle while scoring ad rebounding in the paint was only overshadowed by her perimeter shooting and defense

Levings sisters ready after Swarm

Kendra Levings is a player I haven't seen a lot of but from what I've seen, there is no doubt in my mind that the 2018 Under The Radar star will have colleges all over from, well all over before it's all said and done. She''s 5'10 and has dropped close to double digit threes in multiple games, yes 2018, 5'10 and multiple 3's so that in itself tells you something. Levings game is more than just that, she bring a lot to the table and the table is still being set as she enters high school

Kendra's younger sister Katelyn kept me in a trance at Prime Time Nationals and I was sold on the the 6'2 Under The Radar player simply because of her size and age, she's a 2020, and I didn't need an eye exam to know that I had perfect vision on this one. To sum it up, she'll be a triple double waiting to happen, oh yeah, and like big sister, she can shoot the three. Both young ladies played for the Oklahoma Swarm 2018 and 2020 teams respectively and I can't wait to see them again

Monday, August 25, 2014

Accept the challenge

Here's to the players as school begins and your season isn't far behind the numerous camps and fall events coming up so be ready to accept the challenge. That ain't liquor in the glass, only ICE and WATER and speaking of that

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Even more PRIME TIME coverage for 2015

Made it to the ATL last season and it was a blast. More Prime Time events coming next season, in and out of Texas along with as much coverage as I can give you from the always exciting Prime Time Nationals

Check it out


'18 Schenck more than ready for larger role

Sometimes you can just tell when you spot players at a young age, wait, I can tell for certain and after watching a few minutes of Mikayla Schenck, based on what she was already doing, along with her age and size, I knew bigger things would be coming. The Under The Radar star has been in the gym for a long time, either playing or watching older sister Madison put on several shows and believe younger sister has benefited because she not only observes but comprehends and the jump she made over the past year along assures me she will continue to move even higher among D1 programs short lists

Saturday, August 23, 2014

'20 Kelly ain't no baby and is ore than ready for #40/40Combine

I made a comment about Deja Kelly being able to play major minutes on  every HS team in the area last season and I'm sure some scratched their heads in disbelief however always remember, when I give you a tip, well we all know how they turn out. Wait, I ain't got time to play with yall, check this out

You're welcome!!!!!

'18 Ghavidel already a Champion

Katlyn Ghavidel has been doing some amazing things for quite some time and after setting numerous made three point records along the way, her freshman season at Boerne Champion will create lots of interest. Ghavidel's smoothness on the court didn't happen over night, neither did an abundance of weapons she's added to her offensive arsenal since playing with the South Texas Hoyas however what this Under The Radar star continues to show is growth and progression and watching her catch and shoot, with accuracy, from long range is simply something to see.

Friday, August 22, 2014

'18 Caldwell in for #40/40Combine

I saw the future years ago and when I call it. well we all know. Desiree Caldwell showed me a little something even before I saw her perform on the court when she was watching older sister Recee going completely off time and time again, yep called her too, so when I had a chance to see DC in action, well I don't write for the comic book but I knew this young lady had powers, hopefully you caught that, but even if you didn't, Caldwell will be on hand for the John Lucas 40/40 Combine

'18 Ott keeps moving up spots

I am going to figure out a way to see Lake Travis this season and one of the main reasons is Under The Radar star Jordan Ott. The gifted guard showed me she was ore than a next level player after a couple of minutes and with the letters and offers she has received before playing her first high school game, well that speaks volumes in itself. Smart and skilled, Ott knows the deal as she can score multiple ways but we'll bring you more as the season progresses

'18 Tolbert accepts challenge

Someone said the "Monster Class" of 2017 would have several players making immediate impacts with their high school teams off the top and low and behold that someone was correct. That same person is telling you to expect  much of the same fro this group of incoming freshmen as they're ready to take charge. Under The Radar star Tia Tolbert showed me what she could do over the past two seasons however a healthy Tia Tolbert truly had me gushing with excitement this past season as the young lady has not only matured but expanded her game. More on Tolbert in a couple of  weeks as she joins a "Who's Who" list of players at the 40/40 Combine

Comprehension is very important

I used the pink shirt to show my soft side in case this comes off wrong and if you follow me on Facebook and (or) Twitter, you have probably seen me post things like don't tag me in events I'm not covering or put me in long group messages, especially when it doesn't apply to me and sometimes I tell people different ways using a variety of terminology but that's just me

It's only 24 hours in a day, I spend a lot of time doing what I do and I just don't like being bothered with nonsense and the most recent example was an IM asking me to bring my team out to the coast, I forgot which one and I responded back by asking do you know me or even know what I do and I even put links to both my blog and website. Well the response I got back was "all I want to know is if you're interested in bringing a team and if so what age group" and this tells me they never took the time to click on the link

Comprehension on and off the court is a must and I've given you numbers, stats and everything else as far as making it to the next level and based on the NCAA


That's pretty cut and dry so cover your bases and maximize your daughter's chances because I actually watch the kids play and will always keep it real


'18 Patin ready for 40/40 plus

I'll never forget catching Rayven Patin on day 2 when I covered John Lucas All Star Weekend in New Orleans and after see her throw a couple of passes, I knew something was definitely up and as usual I was correct. The Under The Radar star was one of the standouts at Lucas 60/60 as well as Prime Time Nationals with her New Orleans Lady Trojans squad and the future Cabrini HS star, trust me, will be on hand for the 40/40 as the countdown continues

Thursday, August 21, 2014

'17 Leblanc-Ernest accelerates process over summer

What do I preach over and over? If you said progression pat yourself on the back because you are definitely paring attention and if you've been paying attention, like Jade Leblanc-Ernest does on and off the court, that's even better because if there's one thing I love more than progression it's comprehension because if you don't get it, well that's a problem. This young Under The Radar star caught my eye a couple of years ago with the Pearland Hawks because I saw she actually got it, see I watch kids on the floor and in the huddle and if I'm close enough, I also get to see how they react to what's being taught. Over the course of these two years, not only is she getting it, she's giving it as well and I'm talking either with HCYA or a breakout summer with the Hawks. Hold on, a picture is worth a thousand words right, well this video is........

'17 Gonzalez ready for #40/40

I love finding new talent and over the years, I have not been disappointed in my travels across our fair state and this past summer has been no different. 2017 Under The Radar star showed up at The Blueprint after being one of the standouts at PGC and I had a chance to watch her in action with her Shooting For Success club team. Almost instantaneously, I saw something as and as the game progressed, I knew even more as the 5'10 guard is going to be a name you might want to jot down right now. It gets even better, she'll be on hand at the John Lucas 40/40 Combine coming up in a couple of weeks and I'll be doing play by play, well sort of, so stay tuned

Basketball IQ Camp September 6-7 in Metroplex area

Teddy Dupay and the smart players academy are teaming up Sept 6/7 2014 in Dallas to conduct a 2 day scoring, shooting and basketball IQ camp teaching players the same drills, skills and routines that Teddy has used to become the most prolific scorer in Florida High School basketball history ( 41.4 PPG) and lead the University of Florida to the NCAA final four.
This is an incredible opportunity for both players and coaches to spend 2 days with Teddy Dupay learning the same strategies that the pros use.
This camp is for serious players – both boys and girls.
In this camp you will learn…
•         How to get your shot off every single time (Even as an undersized player)
•         How to develop a QUICKER release (without sacrificing accuracy)
•         How to extend range beyond the 3 point line
•         Great scoring footwork and how to position your body in the lane and take appropriate angles to the rim to score at will
•         Dribble moves and how to reproduce them in a game setting
•         Mind Triggers to produce consistency and confidence
•         How to create space and separation from the dribble

•         How to bust a shooting slump

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The Last Run September 27-28 plus bonus on 26th

'17 Banfield leaving em standing still

How would I sum up Under The radar star Marissa Banfield in one sentence? She simply gets the job done. As a 10 year old, I KNEW she was going to be a player, one of the "girls" and make it beyond just being a next level player because she has "it". I can't describe what that is, I only know it when I see it and one thing you can take to the bank is I haven't been wrong yet

Banfield is rarely wrong either as she handles the most important position with ease and wit her having one of the highest assist/turnover ratios going, it's no surprise that colleges not only know who she is but she's landed on quite a few of their short lists, in other words, she's a #D1LOCK

Banfield went off with her GTE club team this past summer and she'll be doing the same again with Westbury Christian at The Last Rub, yeah, yeah, yeah I'll be there

Why is the Richardson duo smiling?

First of all, I rarely catch them in a photo when they aren't smiling, in fact I think I've only caught Dorian Branch once and Arleighsha McElroy a handful more but back to the topic, why are they smiling? You see Richardson is going to make a run this season to Austin, I mean San Antonio and after both not only putting together strong seasons with DFW Elite, that old Paul McCartney song "Someone's Knocking At The Door" seems to fit because offers galore are on the table

The BCS duo is capable of scoring around 50 between them if needed so I can't wait to catch them down the road and these are two of the reasons why, @phatnation and "Bet the Ranch on Branch"

Spark from '17 Starks helps make her mark

I kept hearing about this freshman from A&M Consolidated and after catching Ariel Starks at the Cy Fair Evaluation Camp, I knew this young lady was going to be special. Throughout the season, she continued to progress on her Cy Fair Shock club team and the colleges took notice, especially after she put together a very impressive July. Starks can score, defend and simply comprehends the game and she's also one of those players that gets it done in the flow. Starks will be on hand at the 40/40 Combine next month, so will I

'17 Hernandez makes another jump

This is one of my favorite pictures of Bianca Hernandez simply because even after she goes all out on the court, she loves to observe and her adding the attribute of being a student of the game has helped her even more. This young lady caught my eye dropping the long ball and although that doesn't equate to being a next level player, her ability to catch and shoot with accuracy along with her being in the 8th grade gave me plenty of insight. Not only have I seen more, I've seen much more from this Under The Radar star and the killing part about is she hasn't peaked but just take a peek for yourself,  don't you love the play on words? Showing that step back huh  B !!!!!!!

Cy Fair Fall Classic September 27-28

Two things you count on that I always say, talent is everywhere and no one does it like I do and putting that together means that I will be super busy next month as I will also be covering the Cy Fair Fall Classic being held on the 27-28. Fasten your seat belts because Houston will be on fire and here's another one, I love the heat

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

'16 Miller ready help Cougars return to yesteryear

A revamped Cinco Ranch should make some noise in district as several new faces will be ready to step into the spotlight. One of those players, 2016 Anna Miller, simply showed much improvement this club season with Katy Rebels A'ddieco. Miller could always shoot the long ball, that wasn't the problem, however as she became more aggressive on both ends will be one of the keys for the Cougars this season

Wat up J as '16 Stover takes it to another level

Jordan Stover knows two things, how to win and how to run a team, well she actually knows a lot more than those two but she's shown that no matter what the name on the uniform says, her game speaks for itself. After another huge summer, the colleges definitely know who the UTR player is and although she's not Under The Radar anymore, Stover simply flat out went off. If you need a prototype PG that sets her teammates up, that's J, or if you need one that can score when needed, that's also J and I'll be keeping an eye on her this season at Life School Oak Cliff after another outstanding summer with DFW Elite

Is Wagner in the driver's seat in R4?

San Antonio Wagner made it to Austin last season and since they're moving the State Championship to the Alamo City, I wouldn't be surprised if they were back along with an enormous amount of fan support. When you have a BCS duo like Kiana Williams and Amber Ramirez to try and guard, good luck because if you try and double either, you're in for a long night. Williams showed me she was good a couple of years ago but what she did over the summer simply has her as one of the top 2017's in the world, just that simple and I don't what else I can say about Ramirez because watching her throw a no look 40 foot pass on the money sold me then, she was in the 7th grade, in fact she completed the cycle of amazing things I've personally watched her so this summer as well

'16 Jones ready for Reagan run

One of the many bright spots I saw for the first time was Mailee Jones playing with her Shooting For Success squad and after watching her shoot, I knew she would have plenty of success as far as colleges that would have her on their short lists. This young lady is what I call a "D1 lock" and her strength, ability and skill set has her more than just that because I honestly think she will be a mid to high without a doubt. Jones helped San Antonio Reagan to a 28-5 last season before losing in the 3rd round to eventual R4 representative Wagner however with the core group back and Jones on the attack, I will be heading I-10 West multiple times this season

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

All is well as things are swell for '16 Schnell

Cori Schnell is very deceptive and I found that out after watching her score 16 straight points the first time I caught her. If memory serves correct, it usually does, she hit a put back, a three, a midrange, a four point play, a lay-up and and an and one, yep that's 16 on a variety of ways which is why I say what about her over and over, "she finds ways to put the ball in the basket."  Over the summer, she did a lot of the same with DFW Elite and as she continues to set records at Prince of Peace HS, this Under The Radar star is not under it anymore

'16 Schenck shakes em off in a big way

The difference between and some people as there is no need for a grapevine because I put my stuff in print and as I told you a couple of years ago about what I saw coming from Madison Schenck has played out like a great western as she gets ready to ride off into the sunset a winner, well sort of. Schenck still has some time but the time she's put into her game off the court has me somewhat speechless as she's evolved from being almost six feet and a back to the basket player to someone who can not only ignite the break but run it herself or just drop a 25 footer for fun. After a big season with Texas Adidas Elite, her mailbox has been full and I'll catch her soon with SATCH

'16 Panetti more than ready at 6'2

This will be the first season of varsity for Tompkins HS in Katy Texas however the emergence of Brittany Panetti over the past two seasons in club ball has been as huge as the 74 inches she has on the court. Panetti has baffled skeptics and has made that jump from being not only a next level player but falling into the Mid to BCS category and here's why the Under The Radar star has jumped. After establishing her presence in the paint and putting together numerous triple doubles, Panetti has shown she can face the basket and score, I mean mid to long range and when I saw her drop 3 three's in a row at the Texas A&M  team camp with her Katy Rebels club squad, what's that saying, all bet's are off which means don't bet against her

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'16 Tapps explosion still booming

Cy Ranch is going to be in the mix, well provided everyone stays healthy and that's a disclaimer I add each year because when a "key" player goes down, that lock can't be opened all the time. Under The Radar star Rachel Tapps has experienced nagging injuries in her first two seasons at Cy Ranch however I knew she was legit the first time I saw her. I've touted her as being one of the top defensive players in her class but the raves she received from her offense over the past summer enabled her to receive several offers as she enters her junior season. I took a picture of Tapps blocking a shot in San Antonio, well actually it was the bottom of her shoe and if you get that, you understand what type of athleticism this young lady has and don't surprised if the Mustangs will be riding off into the sunset, aka state tournament

Monday, August 18, 2014

'15 Johnson ready to catch and shoot with Hutto again

It's amazing watching players in different settings and although I remembered Under The Radar Dasia Johnson from last summer, she simply exploded this season with Austin Elite. I knew she could shoot but I didn't know she could shoooooooot, sort of like the sing and sang analogy. How about this, five three's in the opening two minutes of a game, or three four pointers in a game or just simply range starts as she steps on the floor, hopefully you get the picture because the one above shows intensity as well, she has that too

'15 Burke finishes club season on roll

Katie Burke averaged close to a double double this past season with her Legends club team and as she enters her final season at The Woodlands, that should be a big help as the Highlanders will again be in the mix for a district title. Burke was the team Defensive Player of the Year the season before and she's never had a problem being able to put the ball in the basket however over the summer, I saw a growth in both confidence and endurance largely because of weight training and nutrition which made the Under The Radar star a definite must see. Video coming Burke down the road

40/40 Countdown starts now

Two of the things that pop into my head from this picture is the ball is pink and the players had to think as I'm throwing you a Monday morning rhyme promoting my return to cover the John Lucas 40/40 Combine September 6-7 . I covered it last year and I was somewhat overwhelmed by the talent in this type of setting and based on the invites that have gone out and calls I've received, I think this season will be even better

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The 2015 Kingwood Under The Radar trio of Charlotte Hodges (HBU) Brooke Jolivette (North Texas) and Gabby Stanton (Rice) were among the standouts last season and I'm sure you'll be hearing about a wide array of talent that will be signing early next season like they will in November

40/40 Info

'15 Thompson ready to close it out with a bang at Clear Lake

I caught a glimpse of Torrie Thompson last season at a tournament and after a few minutes, I got it, she was a player that definitely had the skills and drive to play at the next level and along the way, I saw more and more of the Under The Radar star who started doing even more every chance I saw her. With the district race wide open, Thompson is ready to help Clear Lake make not only a district run but do some damage in the playoffs and after an exciting club season with the Pearland Thunder, she's more than ready and an updated video will be coming

'16 Forsythe ready after breakout summer

2016 Under The Radar Maci Forsythe caught my attention year before last with her shooting and I'm not talking about hitting open threes, I'm talking nailing big shots when the game was on the line. Well the line has been extended because I saw more aggressiveness in her game on both ends of the court as she helped lead her Lady Big Dogs squad to another impressive run during the club season. Forsythe is now doing a little bit of everything and with the work ethic she's shown on and off the court, a stronger body as well as game will have her helping her Godley HS team make a run at not only a district title but during the playoffs as well.

Here's her latest highlight video

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Coming at ya so be ready

There is nothing I admire more about players who use logic on why something I say won't happen and one thing I can say about Chasity Patterson and Deauzya Richards is neither has never lacked confidence in their game nor their teammates and as two of the top 2017 players in the galaxy head into their sophomore seasons, wait three more years, it may come down to a North Shore vs Cy Ranch in R3 in the newly aligned, well made, 6A Conference

District 17 will have three heavyweights from the Cy Fair area in Ranch, Fair and Woods and until I know where players land after this thing gets rolling, I just threw a little something on the front page but I'll be trying to figure it out, yeah right, as the season nears. Other than Charli Collier, I wonder who will have some of the biggest impacts right off the top from the 2018 class so we'll dabble at that as well

Next week I'll be dropping mini  stories fro the July events I covered, well the next two weeks as I continue to tedious task of updating players and always remember you can't get a hit unless you step up to the plate

Friday, August 15, 2014

'18 Reagan Heun mixes it up as she gets ready for HS

Once I saw "the look" on Reagan Heun's face, I knew she was going to bring it at the TRB Camp and although I hadn't seen a lot of her during the club season, I saw all I needed to see at the camp.. Now as a bonus, I just caught more of the 2018 Under The Radar's moves and grooves and believe me, she brings a whole to the table. I knew she could rebound and hit the midrange but she has a knack for scoring off the dribble and the floater and crossover only adds to what I saw, keep your ears open on this one

Basketball IQ Camp September 6-7 in Dallas area

Teddy Dupay and the Smart Players Academy are teaming up Sept 6/-7 2014 in Dallas to conduct a 2 day scoring, shooting and basketball IQ camp teaching players the same drills, skills and routines that Teddy has used to become the most prolific scorer in Florida High School basketball history ( 41.4 PPG) and lead the University of Florida to the NCAA final four.

This is an incredible opportunity for both players and coaches to spend 2 days with Teddy Dupay learning the same strategies that the pros use.

This camp is for serious players – both boys and girls so to read more and register, click link below


Thursday, August 14, 2014

'16 Claudia Curtis ready for big season and video shows it

How did I describe 2016 Under The Radar Claudia Curtis earlier in the season? Already a force, nice pull up jumper that was consistent along with anticipating and rebounding extremely well for the South Texas Hoyas this past season and I expect more of the same at Flour Bluff HS this season. Here's a link to her being mentioned in the earlier story along with a link to her highlight video

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