(Publisher: Antonio Castillo)
For the first time ever, our staff has gone 15 deep in our updated rankings. Clevon Brown of Churchill is the unanimous number one prospect in our updates, while Judson’s Jamell Bradley was the biggest riser from our group, going from unranked into the Top 10. Like never before in Greater SA, 8 of the Top 15 are already committed to D1 programs. Here’s the position breakdown: 10 guards, 1 wing, 2 stretch fours, and 2 power forwards.
1). Clevon Brown 6’8″ PF Churchill (Committed to Vanderbilt)
Since his sophomore season, has been the areas #1 area prospect. The super athletic four man, exploded onto the national scene at Duncanville and went from a state wide recruit to a national prospect. He outplayed bigger and higher ranked opponents. He is very long, with incredible athleticism and unbelievable leaping ability. He uses his quick jumping to flush anything around the rim. Has developed post moves with his back to the basket and also on using a 10-12 foot jump shot when facing up. He can impact the game on defense. For a 6’8″ big man, he uses his length and hops to swat an above average amount of shots that come near him or into the lane. His play on the circuit landed him offers from: Auburn, Kansas State, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Texas and any more. He chose the Commodores over Texas in the end. Rated by Scout.com as a 4-Star prospect, and the 26th ranked power forward in the 2016 class.
2). Ellis Jefferson 6’0″ PG Brandeis (Committed to Central Michigan)
An overall, true point guard. See’s the court in slow motion, and makes the correct decisions you want from your floor general. Whether it’s get out and run, slow it down into a half-court set, he plays with great IQ. Can turn from facilitator to scorer in a snap. Because of his great handles, put defenders on skates and will use his smooth jump shot, from mid range and hurt you from deep. Good athleticism, sturdy frame, and has up’s. For a point guard is an excellent rebounder.
3). Brandon Armstrong 6’5″ SG Brackenridge (Committed to South Dakota)
A long, lanky wing who can play either the 2 or 3. Has a very accurate jumper, with range beyond the 3-point line. Can light it up in a hurry. Has no problem in putting the ball on the floor and getting by his defender. Is very good at finishing when getting to the rim. Has good body control in the air. Because of his size and length, is dangerous in the open floor. Recently decided he’s headed to the Summit League.
4). Lesean Brown 6’1″ PG/SG TMI (Committed to Air Force)
One of the area prospects who really benefited from the summer circuit. Showed he can play the point and direct a team. There’s no denying, he’s a scorer and can do it in multiple ways, by getting to the hole or backing up and letting it fly. Showed more consistency on his long range jump shot, and isn’t afraid of mixing it up, fighting through an injury in playing with a protective mask. Will get down and harass you on defense.
5). Zac Saddler 6’6″ SF/PF New Braunfels
Very productive prospect who is in between positions, either a small forward, or a stretch four. He has the outside shot to be effective from the wing, will make you pay if you give him the space. At 6’6″ does not have ideal low post size, but has a nice build that does let him play with his back to the basket on a smaller defender. Good ability to handle the ball and is a mismatch for bigger defenders in space. Will get out and run, shows nice athletic ability and will finish strong at the rim. Offers from UTRGV and Evansville. Texas State has shown some interest.
6). Jhonathan Dunn 6’4″ SG Alamo Heights
An athletic two guard who can do it both ways, shoot or attack. He has deep range and fires away with no conscience. He can also create off the dribble and get to the bucket. Has got good length, and leaping ability, will finish above the rim. Stays with his man on defense and can be seen usually nabbing 1 or 2 steals. Throughout the recruiting process has had contact from Tulsa, Texas State, Incarnate Word, and Dallas Baptist. If he qualifies, could be a late signing period steal.
7). Karthik Reddy 6’6″ PF St. Mary’s Hall (Committed to Columbia)
Was the area’s first D1 commit and is heading to the Ivy League. Is more of a stretch four than a typical true low post. Uses good basketball savvy around the hoop to finish with a soft touch. Has good handles for a big and will use that touch on a jump shot that can stretch the floor and expand the defense. Is not overly athletic, but has good length to help on the boards and defense.
8). Jalon Gates PG 6’0″ Clemens HS (Committed to Houston Baptist)
Administered a shooting clinic during the summer circuit, has range well beyond the arc. Is the areas most deadly deep threat. Can shoot off the dribble, in transition, the half court set, or catch and shoot. Will work to get free and is always in motion, uses his smarts to lose defenders on picks and rubs. Does not need much room at all. Has improved his ball handling skills in order to transition to the next level. Will join his brother William Gates Jr. at HBU.
9). Jamell Bradley SF 6’6″ Judson HS (Committed to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi)
Opened some eyes on the camp circuit, showing really well at Texas State, UTSA, and A&M-Corpus this past summer. Is long and very athletic. More often than not, can finish strong and well above the rim. Has an extra gear when running the floor and getting down his lane. Has improved his jump shot to be more consistent out to mid-range territory. Stays active on defense, using his length to hit the boards and disrupt passing lanes. Will be headed to the Southland.
10). Jordan Burns PG 5’10” Marshall HS (Committed to Colgate)
Very quick handles, is a fast moving point guard who can either dish or score. Because of his quickness, is very difficult to stop in the open floor and will either find the open teammate or finish on his own. Is a good jump shooter, and will hit the trey. Previously committed to D2 power Midwestern State, but recently re-opened his recruitment, and committed to Colgate after his official visit.
11). Robert Christian SG 6’2″ Sam Houston HS
Is a big reason why the ‘Canes are ranked as the #4 team in the state for 5A. A lanky shooting guard, who can bring the ball up, and excels at attacking and slashing to the rim. Is a strong finisher with his right hand. Uses his handles well to create space and is deadly from 15-18 feet out. Can shoot the set three, but attacking is his strength. On defense, will play you tight, and has a knack for getting into passing lanes.
12). Curtis Allen SG 6’2″ South San HS
We list Allen as a SG, but can play both spots if needed. Will heat up from outside in a heartbeat. Has good form on his jump shot and can shoot it from all spots on the court. Has good handles to run the offense if needed, is not afraid to mix it up and get into the paint. Is deceptively quick, will surprise defenders with his first step in being able to get by them.
13). Lavaris Duncan PF 6’7″ Judson HS
The big man has worked very hard in transforming his body. Improving his lateral ability and endurance. Is not the most athletic, but is a technician down low and will use his frame to push and move defenders off his back. Has a nice soft touch down low around the basket, will go left or right. Has improved a face-up jump shot out to 10-12 feet to add to his game.
14). Demarcus Hartfield SG 6’2″ Athlos Leadership Academy
Dominated in one semester at TMI, then started the spring circuit with a bang and has since enrolled at Athlos Prep. Can flat out score the ball by either driving, using his quickness, or stroking it. Does not settle for the three, which he will drain on you, but will use the pull up jump shot as well. In the open court is a blur in attacking the hoop. If he can stay on the floor, is a Top 10 talent.
15). Markell Lewis SG 6’3″ Reagan HS
A long, athletic shooting guard who is still flying under the radar after playing the summer circuit on a loaded SABO Gold team. Because of his length he looks to be gliding when he slashes to the hoop, where he can finish with either hand. Will use a nice, soft touch mid range jumper from 15-18 feet, and will drill it from beyond the arc. Could be a sleeper as a late signee, drawing interest from Sam Houston State.