San Antonio Churchill 74 San Antonio Jay 48

Not too many times you watch a 5A game where the Head Coach platoons in his 2nd & even his 3rd unit at any point in the game let alone midway through the 1st period. For all intents and purposes this one was over inside of the first few minutes of the tip as Churchill dominated from the jump.  It seems like such a long time ago that San Antonio Jay was a 5A powerhouse, winning a State Championship on a miracle half court buzzer beater by Chris Ross to beat Dallas Kimball 54-53.

Growth on the Northside of San Antonio has shifted many of the quality athletes who would have attended Jay out to newer schools like Stevens & Brandeis.  Hence, tonight’s score 74-48 in favor of the home team.  Churchill was led in the stat column by 2012 G Scott Mammel with 15 points.  2012 P 6’9″ Connor Lammert had 9 points & 8 rebounds.  Lammert, coming off a cracked vertebrae still looks a little bit tentative and has yet to recover the full bounce in his step.  The more I see him play though, the more I like his ability to make the extra pass, see the floor and finish efficiently around the basket.  2011 Clark Lammert (this week’s San Antonio Express News Player of the Week) scored 7 & added 5 rebounds in about 12 minutes of play as Coach Woods emptied his bench early and often.
2011 Clark Lammert of San Antonio Churchill (l) was named the San Antonio Express News Player of the Week. Shown below with Ansley Benjamin (r) of San Antonio Clark this past summer with the Texas D1 Ambassadors.

The Northeast District is shaping up to be a three team race.  Churchill has superior size, Reagan has superior wing/guard play & MacArthur (last year’s district champs) are the most structured and fundamental of the bunch.  Should be a “fun “year”.
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High School Round Up: Nov. 30

High School Roundup: Featured Games
7pm             Travis HS 55 vs Bellaire 52 @ Bellaire HS

This prime-time matchup could be a potential  playoff preview to come, this game featured

several division one prospects (Travis HS: Aaron/ Andrew Harrison, Anthony Odunsi(Iowa State signee) Bellaire HS(Sheldon McClellan Texas signee) in the battle of two of the cities better public school teams. The city came out to support this matchup, this game was nip and tuck the whole way and went down to the wire. It was Andrew Harrison getting a late steal and fouled on the breakways and making one of his two free throws with 10sec left to give Travis HS a 53-52 lead. McClellan gets the rebound of the 2nd free throw attempt by Andrew Harrison, but Bellaire turns the ball over.  Travis inbounds the ball and scores a late basket to clinch the victory.
               THS- Anthony Odunsi 20pts, Reggie Davis 10
               BHS- Sheldon McClellan 15
7pm             ST. Thomas HS 52 vs Strake Jesuit 55 @ Strake
 In the battle of the two arch rivals in the private school sector, the game was almost standing room only. Several big time college coaches were in attendance to witness the epic battle. The Jesuit faithfuls were out in packs of green , and the Reckling Rowdies from “St. Thomas” came to support the Eagles in black.  Jesuit raced out the gate to a 28-20 lead at halftime behind a hot start from Rasheed Sulaimon(11pts halftime). The Eagles from St. Thomas came out with fire in their eyes after the half and pulled even 38-38 at the end of the 3rd period.  The teams exchanged buckets in the fourth quarter and Strake managed to get a 5 point lead and control the tempo. The Eagles would make one last run to try to steal a road victory, however the Eagles came up a little short.
                 STHS- Andrew Jones 18pts, Christian Sanders 17
                 SJHS- Rasheed Sulaimon 17, John Gillion 14

Andrew Jones

7pm             HCYA 71 vs Dekaney HS 81 @ Dekaney HS
                   HCYA- Justin Jackson 26, Donrand Knowles 12
                   DKHS- Jalen Hughes 32

Justin Jackson 6’7 (2014)

                  
                 

7pm             Aldine HS 74 vs Washington HS 78 @ Washington HS
                   WHS-Darion Cook 20, Tajon Welcome19, Jamarcuz Lampkin 11
                    AHS- Lattimore 20,Bowden 15, Winrr 14, Henderson 11pts,

7pm             Marshall HS 61 vs Clear Lake HS 53 @ Clear Lake HS
7:30pm         Madison 84 vs Jones HS 78 @ Jones HS

High School Round Up: Nov. 30

High School Roundup: Featured Games
7pm             Travis HS 55 vs Bellaire 52 @ Bellaire HS

This prime-time matchup could be a potential  playoff preview to come, this game featured

several division one prospects (Travis HS: Aaron/ Andrew Harrison, Anthony Odunsi(Iowa State signee) Bellaire HS(Sheldon McClellan Texas signee) in the battle of two of the cities better public school teams. The city came out to support this matchup, this game was nip and tuck the whole way and went down to the wire. It was Andrew Harrison getting a late steal and fouled on the breakways and making one of his two free throws with 10sec left to give Travis HS a 53-52 lead. McClellan gets the rebound of the 2nd free throw attempt by Andrew Harrison, but Bellaire turns the ball over.  Travis inbounds the ball and scores a late basket to clinch the victory.
               THS- Anthony Odunsi 20pts, Reggie Davis 10
               BHS- Sheldon McClellan 15
7pm             ST. Thomas HS 52 vs Strake Jesuit 55 @ Strake
 In the battle of the two arch rivals in the private school sector, the game was almost standing room only. Several big time college coaches were in attendance to witness the epic battle. The Jesuit faithfuls were out in packs of green , and the Reckling Rowdies from “St. Thomas” came to support the Eagles in black.  Jesuit raced out the gate to a 28-20 lead at halftime behind a hot start from Rasheed Sulaimon(11pts halftime). The Eagles from St. Thomas came out with fire in their eyes after the half and pulled even 38-38 at the end of the 3rd period.  The teams exchanged buckets in the fourth quarter and Strake managed to get a 5 point lead and control the tempo. The Eagles would make one last run to try to steal a road victory, however the Eagles came up a little short.
                 STHS- Andrew Jones 18pts, Christian Sanders 17
                 SJHS- Rasheed Sulaimon 17, John Gillion 14

Andrew Jones

7pm             HCYA 71 vs Dekaney HS 81 @ Dekaney HS
                   HCYA- Justin Jackson 26, Donrand Knowles 12
                   DKHS- Jalen Hughes 32

Justin Jackson 6’7 (2014)

                  
                 

7pm             Aldine HS 74 vs Washington HS 78 @ Washington HS
                   WHS-Darion Cook 20, Tajon Welcome19, Jamarcuz Lampkin 11
                    AHS- Lattimore 20,Bowden 15, Winrr 14, Henderson 11pts,

7pm             Marshall HS 61 vs Clear Lake HS 53 @ Clear Lake HS
7:30pm         Madison 84 vs Jones HS 78 @ Jones HS

High School Roundup: Monday, November 29th

San Antonio MacArthur 68  New Braunfels 55
At the end of the 1st quarter, Mac pulled ahead by as many as 15 points and excepting a late run in the 4th quarter by New Braunfels (where they cut it to 5) the Brahmas cruised to the win.  2012 W 6’5″ Jordan Pratt played a solid all around game in the victory. He had 13 points, 5 rebounds & 2 assists.  2012 G Matt Gramling’s shot wasn’t falling in the first half, so he got involved defensively and notched 8 steals.  This allowed him to get his offensive game going and his steals & subsequent layups put the game away down the stretch as New Braunfels turned the ball over several times.  Gramling scored 22 points to lead his squad to the W.
2012 G Matt Gramling (l) & 2012 W Jordan Pratt (r) led San Antonio Mac Arthur over New Braunfels.

2012 W Kyle Hittle (l) had 11 points & 2013 G Dylan Larson (r) was the other bright spot for the New Braunfels Unicorns with 7 points.

San Antonio Clark 60  San Antonio Johnson 46
2012 SG Adam Perez led the Cougars past Johnson.  Andre Walker (Texas-Arlington) led Johnson with 14 points.

High School Roundup: November 26-27th

Here’s hoping everyone had a great Thanksgiving Day. There was action o’plenty the day after Thanksgiving on the hardwood.  I headed to Houston to catch Austin LBJ & San Antonio Sam Houston. 
Texas Powerade Jamboree 
Sam Houston jumped all over Houston St. Thomas in the opener.  Terrence Washington, a 2013 SG lit up the St. Thomas players for five 3 pointers in the 1st quarter as they raced to a 14 point lead.  St. Thomas has three D1 players in their lineup though and were not rattled.  They chipped away and fought back behind the shooting of 2012 G Christian Sanders, 2012 G Chase Brogna & 2012 P 6’9′ Jeremy King.
On The Map: 2013 SG 6’0″ Terrence Washington of San Antonio Sam Houston

Austin LBJ  had to go to overtime to put away a pesky Houston St. John’s squad.  After the Jags controlled most of the game, St. John’s clawed back.  They did it without fab freshman, Justise Winslow who fouled out with 10 points.  The 6’4″ Winslow is without a doubt one of the elite players in the country in the Class of 2014.  His bother, Senior Josh Winslow picked up the slack and led St. John’s with 28 points. (They are the son’s of former Houston, Phi Slamma Jamma star Ricky Winslow.)
2014 Justise Winslow of Houston St. John’s
2011 G Robert Lee of LBJ wasn’t impressed by any of that as he sliced and diced his way through the St. John’s D with several emphatic dunks along the way to a game high 42 points.  It was hands down the best performance of the Texas Jamboree Event. My colleague, Marty Richter of ESPN asked me if Lee had played in the D1 Ambassadors program.  I countered that Lee played the last event of the summer (a small event in Oklahoma when most colleges had returned home). 
2011 G Robert “June Bug” Lee of Austin LBJ, D1 steal waiting to happen
Richter said Lee would have 10 scholarships, hands down if he’d had that exposure.  Expect the phone to start ringing at Coach Freddie Roland’s office now that we’re getting the word out.  Lee is a high level athlete who could be a difference maker in any number of non power conferences-Coach Max

Austin LBJ 54  Houston St. Thomas 51

In a see saw affair, Austin LBJ held off St. Thomas in a game where foul trouble kept St. Thomas’ King & LBJ’s Lee on the bench for a big chunk of the game.  D.D. Byrd stepped up for the Jags, leading them with 18 points many of them from the mid range.  2012 G Christian Sanders led St. Thomas for the second straight game with 28 points.  Backcourt mate, 2012 G Chase Brogna was cold for most of the game but came alive in the 4th when he knocked down three buckets from beyond the arc and almost pulled out the win.  Robert Lee, who was the most explosive player in the entire tournament had 14 points for LBJ.
Houston St. Thomas’ 2012 F 6’9″ Jeremy King (l) alters anything in his path & 2012 SG Chase Brogna (r) is one of the better spot up shooters in the Houston area.

Jack Frost Tournament

San Antonio Churchill 86  HCYA 76
This was a big win for Churchill as the Houston Homeschool group is young, talented & tough.  2012 G Scott Mammel led the Chargers with 25 points & 2011 Clark Lammert dropped 20 in the win.

Georgetown 51  New Caney 31
2012 PG Michael Hardge led Georgetown with 16 points.
2011 Clark Lammert (l) of Churchill sports his Jack Frost All Tourny Hardware. 2012 G Michael Hardge of Georgetown (shown below at Max Ivany’s All American Prodigy Camp) was also All Tourny.

Austin Akins 69 Bastrop 60
2011 PG Yolonzo Moore (Hartford) had 29 points for Akins, while Jordan Roach (South Alabama) had 24 in the loss for the Bears.

Georgetown 59  DeRidder(LA) 53
Once again, the Eagles were led by Hardge with 17 points.

Fort Bend Travis 86  San Antonio Churchill 69
2011 G Anthony Adunsi (Iowa State) was too much to handle as he controlled the smaller Churchill guards on his way to 26 points.  2011 F Clark Lammert led Churchill with 21 points.  Lammert also made the All Tournament team.

Jack Frost Championship:   Fort Bend Travis 72  Georgetown 62
Michael Hardge’s 25 points were not even close to enough for Georgetown as Fort Bend Travis won the Jack Frost Invitational going away.  Sporting Iowa State signee Anthony Odunsi and the Harrsion Twins (Andrew & Aaron) two of the country’s elite 2013 guards, they were the class of the tournament.

Copperas Cove 78 Austin St. Stephen’s 76
Cove was led by 2012 6’4″ Ricardo Artis, with 28 points.  Seniors Jeff Livsey & Sterling Green each had 19 points in the Spartans loss.

Austin Hyde Park trounced Henrietta 81-26, and Iowa Park 76-38.  2011 W Brooks Pawsat 27 & 24 in those two contests.  Wichita Falls Hirschi beat Hyde Park 56-45.  2011 W Austin Jenkins had 17 in the loss for Hyde Park.

Jenkins (l) & Pawsat (r) are a potent one-two punch for Austin Hyde Park

Texas Jamboree Recap

Powerade Texas Jamboree
The 8th Annual Texas Jamboree featured teams from Austin, Alabama, Dallas, Houston, New York, and San Antonio. Many came from far and wide to show how they ball in their respective cities. The event featured 17 games over the two day period, 20 total teams and several dozen future college basketball prospects. Anyone in attendance witnessed a treat in a variety of games, and to me is a perfect way to cap off any holiday weekend.
                                                             All Tournament Team

Anthony Collins

Anthony Collins -(6’0 pg2011 Westbury Christian)- The best point guard in the event without a question. This guy is a winner made play after play on both ends of the floor and kept teammates involved.  Has tremendous floor vision.

Robert Lee-(6’2 cg 2011 Austin LBJ)- The most athletic guard in the event by far, scored inside and outside. Several impressive dunks, scored 43 in his 1st game.

DeMarkus Johnson

DeMarkus Johnson– (6’5 forward 2011 Jones HS)- A forced around the rim, can play inside or outside. His motor runs continuous. Blocks shots and rebounds extremely well. Double double in both games average 19pts 13rebs in the event.

Chase Brogna– (6’0 pg 2012 St. Thomas HS)- A savy guard that shot the ball well from behind the arc and finished well inside the lane. Unselfish player who has very good court vision and feel for the game.

Chase Brogna

Justice Winslow-(6’6 wing 2014 St. Johns HS)- Left that is extremely athletic runs the floor like a jack rabbit, had several impressive dunks. Can handle the ball and create for his teammates.

DeMarco Brown-(5’9 guard 2013 Jones HS) – Scored 34 in one game, can shoot the ball from behind the arc, plays hard and with a lot of confidence. See’s the floor and excels in the fast pace style of play.
Charles Allen-(6’3 guard 2011 Second Baptist HS)- Big time scorer who can play both guard positions. Makes plays down the stretch and will surprise some with his athleticsm. Scored 33 in one of his games.

Charles Allen

Devin McNeil-(6’1 guard 2011 Central Park Christian AL) Samford signee- Derek Fisher like qualities makes plays is very consisitent. Can shoot it for behind the arc and finish around the rim.

Christian Sanders

Christian Sanders-(6’3 guard 2012 St Thomas HS)- Play making guard who can score in bunches, not afraid to take the last shot. Has a great feel for the game and posses a high skill level and bball iq.

Sheldon McClellan-(6’5 guard 2011 Bellaire HS)-Texas signee- Silky smooth guard that has an array of offensive moves, scores in bunches and has tremendous athleticism. Makes the game look easy on both ends. Extremely high skill set.
Devon Turk-(6’3 guard 2012 St. Pius HS)- Big time scorer has deep range and gets buckets in a hurry. Can explode for a big night on any given day.
Rasheed Sulaimon-(6’3 guard 2012 Strake Jesuit HS)- Smooth guard that can score from anywhere on the court. Very unselfish, makes the game look easy. Extremely high skill set.
Kevin McDaniels-(6’9 forward 2011 Central Park HS AL)- Long range and super athletic big, plays well above the rim. Is a force on both ends of the floor attacks the glass with vengence.

Texas Jamboree Recap

Powerade Texas Jamboree
The 8th Annual Texas Jamboree featured teams from Austin, Alabama, Dallas, Houston, New York, and San Antonio. Many came from far and wide to show how they ball in their respective cities. The event featured 17 games over the two day period, 20 total teams and several dozen future college basketball prospects. Anyone in attendance witnessed a treat in a variety of games, and to me is a perfect way to cap off any holiday weekend.
                                                             All Tournament Team

Anthony Collins

Anthony Collins -(6’0 pg2011 Westbury Christian)- The best point guard in the event without a question. This guy is a winner made play after play on both ends of the floor and kept teammates involved.  Has tremendous floor vision.

Robert Lee-(6’2 cg 2011 Austin LBJ)- The most athletic guard in the event by far, scored inside and outside. Several impressive dunks, scored 43 in his 1st game.

DeMarkus Johnson

DeMarkus Johnson– (6’5 forward 2011 Jones HS)- A forced around the rim, can play inside or outside. His motor runs continuous. Blocks shots and rebounds extremely well. Double double in both games average 19pts 13rebs in the event.

Chase Brogna– (6’0 pg 2012 St. Thomas HS)- A savy guard that shot the ball well from behind the arc and finished well inside the lane. Unselfish player who has very good court vision and feel for the game.

Chase Brogna

Justice Winslow-(6’6 wing 2014 St. Johns HS)- Left that is extremely athletic runs the floor like a jack rabbit, had several impressive dunks. Can handle the ball and create for his teammates.

DeMarco Brown-(5’9 guard 2013 Jones HS) – Scored 34 in one game, can shoot the ball from behind the arc, plays hard and with a lot of confidence. See’s the floor and excels in the fast pace style of play.
Charles Allen-(6’3 guard 2011 Second Baptist HS)- Big time scorer who can play both guard positions. Makes plays down the stretch and will surprise some with his athleticsm. Scored 33 in one of his games.

Charles Allen

Devin McNeil-(6’1 guard 2011 Central Park Christian AL) Samford signee- Derek Fisher like qualities makes plays is very consisitent. Can shoot it for behind the arc and finish around the rim.

Christian Sanders

Christian Sanders-(6’3 guard 2012 St Thomas HS)- Play making guard who can score in bunches, not afraid to take the last shot. Has a great feel for the game and posses a high skill level and bball iq.

Sheldon McClellan-(6’5 guard 2011 Bellaire HS)-Texas signee- Silky smooth guard that has an array of offensive moves, scores in bunches and has tremendous athleticism. Makes the game look easy on both ends. Extremely high skill set.
Devon Turk-(6’3 guard 2012 St. Pius HS)- Big time scorer has deep range and gets buckets in a hurry. Can explode for a big night on any given day.
Rasheed Sulaimon-(6’3 guard 2012 Strake Jesuit HS)- Smooth guard that can score from anywhere on the court. Very unselfish, makes the game look easy. Extremely high skill set.
Kevin McDaniels-(6’9 forward 2011 Central Park HS AL)- Long range and super athletic big, plays well above the rim. Is a force on both ends of the floor attacks the glass with vengence.

Jack Frost Invitational: Georgetown, TX

Considering I was playing golf in 87 degree weather on Tuesday, I’m not too sure why the folks in Georgetown named their tourny, “Jack Frost”. We do have a cold front coming in though, and for the visitors to the site from up North, I am sorry to inform you that I finally had to turn my air conditioning off a couple of hours ago.  Brrrr! 
Now, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. I am sitting on my duff in San Antonio, just watching the Cowboys shoot themselves in the foot.  Let’s hope there’s a reprieve tonight as the Longhorns take on those pesky Aggies.  Meanwhile, there is high school basketball being played.  The host Georgetown Eagles just finished the opening game of their tournament, the aforementioned Jack Frost Invitational.
Georgetown 77  Austin Reagan 45
The Rattlers got frost bitten by the host team who got balanced scoring from Seniors David Kerr with 19 & Logan Webb with 15. 2012 PG Michael Hardge had 17 as he quarterbacked his squad to the onesided win.  Brandon Golden added 10 for Reagan in a losing effort.

San Antonio Churchill 79  Austin Akins 64
Fresh off a big win yesterday over San Antonio Stevens, Churchill took the 2 hour drive up I-35 on Thanksgiving Day to take on a salty (although not deep) Austin Akins squad.  Senior Clark Lammert led Churchill for the 2nd straight game as he dropped 26 points.  He’s a 6’6″ kid with outstanding grades and an increased confidence on the hardwood whose stock is rising in his senior year. Who’s hot at Jack Frost? 
2012 G Michael “Too Live” Hardge of Georgetown & 2011 G Yolonzo Moore (r) of Austin Akins.

Akins was led by Yolonzo Moore with 29 points.  Churchill broke Akins’ pressure early and often building a 13 point half time lead.  Akins stormed back in the 3rd quarter, getting it down to a 2 point game.  However, with the recent loss of Senior shooter Jeremy Mendez with a torn ACL Akins has little wriggle room for foul trouble.  They tired in the 4th and Churchill salted it away.

High School Roundup: Wednesday November 24th

San Antonio Roosevelt 70  San Antonio Brandeis 57
2013 G Justin Graham had 15 in the loss.

Austin Westlake 61  San Antonio Madison  54
Austin Westlake had a 10 point lead at halftime before San Antonio Madison roared back to take the lead with less than 2 minutes in the game. 2011 P  Drew Wikelius hit a clutch turnaround shot in the low post to make it a one point game and then 2013 PG Will Morse hit 8 straight free throws to win the game 61-54. Morse lead the Westlake in scoring with 23 points (five 3-point baskets) & rebounds with 7. Senior Tom Fisher scored 9 points and had 4 assists.   San Antonio Madison received 20 points from G Andre Scott.
2013 PG Will Morse (l) is quickly becoming one to watch for Austin Westlake, while 2011 WG Max Yon (r) looks great as he leads San Antonio Reagan to an early 7-0 record.

San Antonio Reagan 52  San Antonio Clark 50
This one went down to the wire, including Clark firing up a three that rimmed in and out at the end of the game.  Max Yon led Reagan with 16 points, and as I remarked to my friend , Blue Zertuche of Texas Hoops: “Can you believe the steal that Air Force has gotten with an athlete of this caliber?”  Zertuche concurred.  Reagan had what looked like an insurmountable lead late in the game until 2011 WG Jacob Palacios hit two long threes to make it a barnburner.  It should be interesting at Clark when footballer Ansley Benjamin is back in the mix with his tough inside play and physical presence.

San Antonio Taft 73  Pflugerville 70
The Raiders went on the road and took care of business as Texas D1 Ambassadors summer club mates Pflugerville’s Deon Mitchell (Northern Iowa-17 points) was bested by Taft’s Dylan Elias (Northern Colorado)

Dylan Elias (l) led San Antonio Taft to the road win over Deon Mitchell’s (r) Pflugerville squad.


Austin Anderson 57  Austin Lake Travis 47
Yesterday’s doormat, Anderson has infused it’s lineup with young talent and they’re making a little bit of noise out of the gate. 2012 G John Gramlich led the way with 18 points in the win.

San Antonio Churchill 81 San Antonio Stevens 73

My spotlight game of the day was the Churchill v Stevens battle.  Stevens features two D1 candidates in 2012 WG 6’5″ Uche Ofoegbu & 2012 WG 6’5″ Marcus Roper.  Churchill is led by the Lammert Boys; 2011 F 6’6″ Clark their leading scorer & 2012 P 6’9″ Connor Lammert in his first significant action since cracking his vertebrae last June.

This was a see saw battle until late in the 4th quarter.  Stevens got to the goal with regularity as Roper & Ofoegbu imposed their will on the smaller Churchill guards.  Churchill was playing without 2013 shooter deluxe Taylor Sutlive who’s out for a few weeks nursing an injury putting most of the permieter burden on 2012 G Scott Mammel. Today, Churchill missed a lot of perimeter shots before they started to go inside and ply their trade in the paint.  It was then that the firm of Lammert & Lammert went to work.  They were particularly effective when the elder Lammert entered the ball from the wing, down low to his “little” borther, Connor.  Although lagging at times, and not in game shape he gutted it out and scored 19 points, double digit boards and altered numerous shots defensively.

It’s time to invest in the firm of  Lammert & Lammert on the Futures Market. BUY BUY BUY!

Clark Lammert led the Chargers with 25 points, including one NBA range three pointer.   Uche Ofoegbu had 22 for the Falcons in the loss & Roper added 18.

Roper (l) & Ofoegbu (r) give Stevens a pair of lanky 6’5″ WG who are high level athletes.