All three of the above players are superbly talented. The sky’s the limit, and once these young athletes “get it” that intensity and focus is what separates the men from the boys then look out world. I am proud to say that all are extremely receptive to my input and to Coach Mike Hardge who is doing an excellent job with all the kids.
OK, it’s off to the golf course.
I had a brief opportunity to zip over to the complex at Lewisville, TX where the 8th graders were playing last night and had a chance to view several of the Austin area’s top prospects. As with many grade school games, athleticism on one dominates and the other is simply overwhelmed and gets blown out by 50 plus points. Thus, it’s tough to give an extensive evaluation. However, some things are easy to see.
Trey Dilworth III 6’2″ SG (incoming to Pflugerville) Dilworth had several dunks, hit the mid range and also knocked the perimeter shot. He’s got a wonderful basketball body (or football), runs fluidly and is clearly way ahead of the curve. Another great guard prospect in Pflugerville’s long history of D-1 talent.
Joeseph Mitchell 6’1″ W (incoming to Pflugerville Connally) Mitchell will be welcomed by my old friend, Coach Marshall Sanders of Connally who coached my son back in the day. He looks like he’ll end up to be about 6’4″ and hit five 3 pointers while I watched him play.
Chase Carlton 5’10” PG (incoming to Austin Westlake) I’d seen Carlton play prior at one of my tournaments. He will flat get after you as an aggressive defender, offensively he has a nice jumper, and he also showed off a smooth running teardrop in the lane as well.
Garrett Gray 6’4″ P (incoming to Marble Falls) Gray, is a long, powerful athlete that I understand is a football stud, the diistrict champ in the 100 meters, etc. Currently a post, but likely needs to begin facing the basket more often in the future. Exhibited an ability to finish around the goal, a quick first step and was a quick, tireless rebounder/leaper.
Abrian Edwards 6’2″ W (incoming to Pflugerville Hendrickson) Edwards is a smooth athlete that runs the floor extremely well. Skill set is still developing but looks like a player who’ll have an impact for years to come.
D-1 Ambassadors-Hargis 66 Tulsa (OK) Junior Hurricanes 60
A good win in that the team fought from 10 points down to pick up the victory. The best effort player on the floor was 2011 P 6’7″ Zac Chambers who gives 100% every time out. This time his effort showed tangible results as he scored his buckets down low as a result of doing the “dirty work” and grabbed his share of rebounds and added a couple of blocks too.
Houston Franchize All Stars 60 Texas D-1 Ambassadors-Hargis 57
With a 9 point lead and roughly 6 minutes to play, D-1 shot themselves in the foot with five consecutive turnovers on inexplicably bad decisions by the ball handlers. To their credit, Franchize kept competing and had a big 3 with less than a minute left that sealed the win. D-1 was led by 2011 SG Cole Martinez of San Antonio Central Catholic who had 18 points. Martinez has a pure shot and rarely pulls the trigger unless he has his feet set and a good look at the rim. He led the team in scoring in all 4 games they played.
ATX 76 Texas D-1 Ambassadors-Cress 64
ATX was led by 2011 G Devonta Brown of Killeen Ellison as he scored 18 points and played tough defense. 2011 WG Keith Beasley of God’s Academy (Dallas, TX) had 15 points and 10 rebounds in the loss. Ball pressure was the key to the win.
Dallas Mustangs 15U 83 Texas D-1 Ambassadors-Cress 74
After having an 11 point halftime lead, D-1 folded their tent and the talented young Mustangs team kept making plays. Coach Booker is doing a great job with these youngsters who have a core of players from the Richardson Berkner area. Could be a powerhouse in the making at RB.