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Greater San Antonio is known for being a guard driven recruiting ground and the 2017 class has plenty of D1 talent that will fit that mold. There is one true low post making our watchlist with plenty of potential and upside, when it’s all said and done he could at the head of the class.In anticipation of releasing our Top 10 list for the 2016 class, our staff first takes a look at the top sophomore prospects to watch in the area for the 2017 class.
**The order of listing does NOT indicate a ranking
Tristan Clark 6’8″ PF (Judson)
Offers: UTEP, Rice, Incarnate Word
Can impact a game in several ways and is still developing offensively and physically. Very long, will swat anything coming his way and uses his size and length to crash the boards. Is developing offensively by playing with his back to the basket and will shoot face up with consistency from 8-10ft out.
River Reed 6’6″ PF (Reagan)
Offers: Incarnate Word
Interest: UTSA, Virginia, Texas Tech, Bucknell, TCU, Weber State, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Creighton & Rice
Is a “Stretch 4.” Will run the floor and has ability to handle the ball and get into the lane to attack. When trailing will shoot from outside and use his perimeter game. His length can be an asset when battling for rebounds. Like Clark, will need to add strength.
Kobe Magee 5’9″ PG (Brandeis)
Interest: TCU, Texas, Middle Tennessee State
As of late, has been playing more 2 guard in the Brandeis system, but his size projects him at point at the next level. One of the fastest and better ball handlers for this class. Will use either hand to penetrate and attack, very quick first step. Has consistent range from outside and will light it up from deep.
Marco Anthony 6’4″ SG/SF (Holmes)
Built like a linebacker. Is a lefty who has a versatile game and puts it up in buckets. Because of his strength and size, he can attack the hoop and finish. Can shoot off the dribble using his mid range game and will connect from beyond the arc. A little more growth and will project at the 3 spot.
Greg Bowie 6’2″ SG (Johnson)
Interest: UTEP, Stanford, Tulsa, Tulane, Texas, Northwestern State, IUPUI
Has a good jump shot that can hurt you from mid-range or from deep. Good quickness and is not afraid to lower his head and get physical in getting to the bucket. Will also be a factor defensively. Also works to create opportunity and find the ball. His athleticism helps him when penetrating and attacking the hoop.
Isaiah Thorne 5’11” PG (Warren)
Interest: UTEP, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Texas State
A quick point who can handle the rock with either hand. Is elusive and finds ways to navigate to the hoop where he can score or kick out. Plays with good speed and is a leader on the floor being vocal. Can shoot from beyond the arc as well.
Jeff Fesperman 6’2″ SG (Churchill)
Interest: Houston, Colgate
Will do damage from the outside and beyond the arc. Has good enough handles to get into the lane and get to the hoop. Brings a tough, hard nosed attitude when hitting the floor. Is undersized at the 2 spot, but his skillset transitions him there rather than point. Is capable of shooting from on the move and on a dime.
Stanley Umude 6’3″ SG/SF (Warren)
Passes the eye ball test. Has long arms and is a threat in the open court. Is more of a slasher than jump shooter at the moment. Will attack the hoop, but will need to improve his assertiveness. Can shoot a set shot from deep. Uses his length defensively to key in on takeaways.
Shelby Adams 6’2″ SG (Judson)
Interest: Creighton, TCU, Weber State
Very athletic and uses a good first step to beat his opponent and get into the lane. Will finish in traffic and can also use his jump shot to punish any defenders who sluff off on defense. Will shoot the 3-ball and because of his athleticism excels in transition. Good leaping ability that lets him block shots and uses his length to interrupt the passing lanes.
Frank Harris 6’1″ PG (Clemens)
Interest: Baylor, TCU, UTSA, Texas State, Arkansas, Texas A&M (All for football)
A lightning quick point guard who also excels on the gridiron as well for Clemens. Not too many defenders or presses can bottle up the speedy lefty. Has no problem in penetrating, then kicking or finishing. Above average handles to rid himself of any would-be defenders and connect with his jump shot. Will drill it from 3-point land and is very active on defense. Uses his speed and athleticism to hound opposing point guards.