Although I couldn’t personally make it to the Tyrone Johnson Showcase, as I always tell people “talent is everywhere” and with the exposure events approaching, remember “there are eyes everywhere” so treat your July experience like a job interview and be on your best behavior on and off the court because you never know who’s watching or what they’re looking for. Girlz Prep Report correspondents were on hand for the event and here’s what they saw
The 14th Annual TJ Showcase moved to the new multiple court Round Rock Sports Center, but had same deep pool of talent…..dun da dun, dun da dun. And I must say, the home cooked food in the hospitality room alone is worth the trip to Central Texas. Coach Fonzell Martin & Tommy Gregg of Austin Elite continues to raise the bar on this event. Here’s a tip – there’s talent everywhere. Best game of the tournament may have been the double OT sudden death thriller between Fort Worth Lady Hornets and Austin Elite RFW.
2017 P Jhyrah Cobb (Fort Worth Lady Hornets) – Best player throughout the event. Dominant on the block with back to basket but also showed face up game. Finesse moves but holds position. Went beast mode in championship game with a coast to coast finish that brought the crowd off their feet. #REALDEAL
2017 PG – Emily Daniel (Austin Elite RFW) – Pull up game on point. Versatile, long point guard that consistently made plays to stop the other team’s runs. Has a 3 pt shoot to compliment her automatic pull up. At 5’8 she rebounds well for a guard.
2017 P Ireneshia Johnson (Houston Hoops) – Showed strength but quickness around the basket and at times was an absolute load to deal with. Loves to attack the rim off the dribble after a turn and face move. Quick on the rebounds.
2017 G Chantel Govan (UBAVE) – Who has #23 was a constant phrase being heard. Answer was it didn’t matter as she got to rim at will and should good poise running UBAVE spread offense. Another kid who is better now than in March and that’s a scary thought.
2018 W Kansas Watts (Team Ichiban) – Does a great job of rebounding because she attacks the ball in the air. Was very active blocking shots, disruptive and with help defense. Once she gets a lil more consistent scoring the ball…..look out.
2017 PG Brooke Elliott (Fury Haney – Orange) – Showed great vision in open court and was able to get where ever she wanted to on the court. Complete SSP player, was smart, can shoot it and can pass with the best of them.
2018 PG Diamond Morrison (Austin Elite RFW) – Been keeping an eye on this one. Nice quicks with college body. Pull up game is probably he strength at the moment although she showed she could hit a three, attack the rim and play solid on defense.
2018 G Jessica Ray (DFW Elite Cannon) – Attacks very well, good handles with vision and played relentless on defense game in and game out. More comfortable getting to the rim vs jumpers but her talent jumps off the court almost as high as she does.
2018 F – Sydney Brock (Austin Elite Black) – Had a great weekend showing ability to score inside and out. Very patience on post moves. Another up and coming player that has grown in confidence. At 5’10, if she gets her handles a little tighter, skies the limit.
2021 F Anaya Freeman (Rising Stars) – Long, slender athlete that can play 2-5. Tremendous upside if she continues to hone her game. Great instincts for the ball as it seems to always find her hands.
2021 5’11 Trinity Valentine (DFW Elite Houston Young Guns) – Very active on defense and ran the court very well. Player to watch.
2022 W Carleigh Wenzel (South Texas Hoyas Gray) – This playa is as aggressive as they come. Competes on both ends and plays with an edge. Further along offensively than defensively but has the chops to be all-state caliber in high school.
In memory of long time Austin Elite Coach Louis Monroe, the Monroe Division featured top varsity boys and saw Team Gregg crowned champs in a 3 pt win over Centex Attack. Monroe daughters Raven, Kayrin, Kaylin and Reann all suited up for Austin Lady Knights and Austin Elite over the many years. Louis had a great smile that would light up the room and his presence and gifts will be missed but never forgotten.