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It was an action packed weekend of hoops as the Great American Shootout came to Mission Concepcion Sports Park. We now breakdown some of the top performers and prospects who caught our eye from the action.
Some prospects are already ranked by our staff for the 2017 Greater SA class, cases were made re-solidifying their position or even pushing for a climb. A couple of 2018 kids surprised, along with some high-flying Houston prospects and regional talent stretching to Metro Austin and West Texas.
Here’s a shotgun look at highlighting some of the talent that we saw first hand.
Joshua Pitts 6’8″ PF/C, HD Toros (Memorial HS) 2017
One of two big men for the Toros, really opened our staff’s eyes with his athleticism on offense, and activity on the defensive end, hitting the boards and swatting shots. Has a very solid frame, looking every bit of 220lbs-230lbs, or even more. Finsihed strongly above the rim multiple times.
Stanley Umede 6’5″ SG/SF, Next Level Raiders (Warren HS) 2017
Showed great range with a fluid, smooth jumper. Was hitting from behind the arc on regularity. Put the ball on the floor to attack and was a blur in transition. Showed no ill effects of his leg injury.
Aundre Jenkins 6’2″ SG, Carter Elite (Roosevelt HS) 2017
Shot the ball without conscience, and consistently drained it from all over the floor. Good accuracy from deep, mid range, and the ability to use his quickness to get to the hole and finish.
Darian Washington 6’2″ SG, Next Level Raiders (Antonian Prep) 2018
A good athlete who made plays on both sides. Attacked the hoop with ease and was very successful when slashing. On the defensive end, would consistently get into passing lanes and bear down on his assignment.
Antonio De La Trigg 6’0″ SG, HD Toros (Clark HS) 2017
Benefited from great ball movement, and showed a good stroke nailing jumper after jumper. His range was on from 3-point land. Showed no problem in putting the ball on the floor and scoring. Is very active on defense, and for a smaller two guard, hits the boards.
Burone Edwards 6’5 ” SF, Carter Elite (Roosevelt HS) 2017
A Top 6 player in our 2017 Greater SA rankings, he showed why he’s merited that ranking. Displayed good accuracy with his jumper, and was effective from three-point land. Could not be stopped when attacking the hoop, uses his length and athleticism to finish. On defense, his length creates problems and shows a good nose for the ball when rebounding.
Daniel Venzant 5’9″ PG, D1 Ambassadors West Texas (Midland Trinity HS) 2017
The small point guard was unstoppable for the most part, all weekend. Whether in transition or the half court set, he had his way attacking the hole and scoring. If he didn’t score, he drew contact and was money from the free throw line. As one college coach told me, “He’s a D1 player.”
Jeff Fesperman 6’2″ SG, SABO (Churchill HS) 2017
Has definitely gotten leaner, showed a cut frame and serious athleticism to go with his deadly shot. Poured in shots from all over the court, and left onlookers impressed with his ability to drive, and then climb the ladder with a 2 handed finish. Is currently ranked #5 in our 2017 rankings.
Justice Tolbert 6’6″ PF, Texas Tigers (Wagner HS) 2018
Was actively on his feet, getting 2nd and 3rd chances on the boards. Also showed an improved ability to put the ball on the floor and attack bigger defenders. Used his length not only to hit the glass, but also alter or block shots in close.
Jaylon Williams 6’4″ SF, Houston Defenders (Beaumont Central HS) 2018
An electric high-flying athlete showed off his athleticism and leaping ability with arguably the dunk of the weekend, a one-handed tomahawk in transition. Good length and constantly used it when putting his head down and driving to the hole.
Bryson Ettiene 5’11” PG, Houston Defenders (Fort Bend Bush HS) 2018
A sharp shooting point guard who routinely hit the bottom of the net with his shot, good ball handling and quickness to attack. Showed the ability to hit the clutch shot when he nailed a corner three pointer at the buzzer to clip the Texas Tigers.
River Reed 6’8″ PF, SABO (Reagan HS) 2017
Banged down low among a lot of bigs. Held his own and played with an edge of toughness. Was a factor on the boards and a mismatch for bigger defenders as he used a nice outside touch from 12-18 feet on pick and pops.
Jacob Wiley 6’5″ SF, Texas PRO (SATCH) 2017
Wirey and long athlete, with incredible athleticism. Ran like a gazelle in transition. His length and quickness made it easy for him to drive to the rim. He also showed a good mid range jump shot, with plenty of elevation.
Charles Bohannon 6’1″ PG, TX D1 Ambassadors (Hays HS) 2017
A tough rugged guard who displayed his quickness on offense and defense. Would start and stop on a dime, showed the ability to use and nail the outside jumper, and use his strength to finish in traffic. Range stretched out to the 3-point line. On defense, is very problematic with quick hands. Came up with more than a few steals.
Keonte Kennedy 6’3″ SG, Urban ASAK Elite (Vista Ridge) 2018
Went on his own personal scoring run to help steal a win against an impressive Defenders squad. The two guard has plenty of range, even taking a step back three for that game winning shot. Plenty of length and athleticism to be an impact on either end. When not using his jump shot, had no issues with ball handling and was effective off the dribble, especially attacking from the wing.