It happens every year, a prospect is overlooked, and has a heck of a senior year, which in turn results into college interest.
With district play now ramping up, reaching the halfway point of the season, we’re taking a look at some senior’s who have stood out on the court, and are still flying somewhat under the recruiting radar.
Demarus Hartfield 6’2″ SG (Athlos Prep)
A very athletic two guard who is arguably the Lion’s most consistent deep threat. Has an above average vertical, and uses his athleticism to find his way to the hole. Has improved on defense, staying active and using his deceptive quickness to step into pass lanes and pick up steals. College programs such as UTSA and Texas State have asked about Hartfield, using the word “Intriguing” when describing his skill set.
Markell Lewis 6’3″ SG (Reagan HS)
Another athletic two guard who continues to impress. Like Hartfield, was ranked in our initial Top 15 of the 2016 rankings, but is still being slept on. For undisclosed reasons, he did miss some of Reagan’s non-district games, but now appears to be fully in the mix. He can shoot from beyond the arc, or put it on the floor and finish with either left or right, and uses his length well to hit the glass. He caught the eye of the Hartford staff this past week and Sam Houston State had also been showing interest.
Samuel Kearns 6’0″ PG (Clemens HS)
There may not be such an unsung prospect in all of Greater SA. He’s been the constant factor in Clemens success the last few seasons. Possesses underrated athleticism that he uses when running the point spot. Has a good frame and uses it with great control to the hoop. When attacking the rim he looks to be gliding with ease and finishes consistently. He’s a valuable field general, who also has the range and ability to hit from outside. Plays very heady, will pull up and use his soft mid-range touch, or he can set up and shoot from deep. Texas A&M-Commerce has been recently talking with him.
D.J. Johnson 5’11” PG (Madison HS)
Quick left handed point, who has proven tough to stay in front of. Has a good build and doesn’t mind contact while finishing at the tin. Good handles and flies up and down the court in transition with the ball in his hand. Does not have a lack of confidence when shooting the rock. Will fire away from deep, and anywhere on the floor. Is the leader of the Mavericks and will only get better as he learns to harness his emotions and take advantage of his quickness in search of the best shot selection.
Naasier Fludd 6’4″ PF (Churchill HS)
An undersized four man, who is effective down low around the rim, and has added a 10-12 foot jump shot to his arsenal. Has good length that allows him to get his fair share of boards, and finish with high efficiency around the hoop. At times is overlooked defensively, and when challenged, will use his length to send shots back. He gets up and down the floor easily, and plays baseline to baseline.
Phillip (P.J.) Medrano 6’5″ SF/PF (O’Connor HS)
Has shown the ability to play both forward spots. Can play with his back to the basket down low and be effective scoring on the block. Has good athleticism and leaping ability that will let him finish above the rim. In the half-court set is also utilized on the wings and has shown good handles to create space and use his jump shot. His shot making ability also spreads beyond the arc. In multiple games, when left open, Medrano has shown that he’s accurate enough to be a factor from deep.