Successful trips in back to back weekends in Las Vegas, NV at the Fullcourt Press Easter Classic & in Denver, CO at the Double Pump Spring Classic has thrust some new names from Texas into the National prep spotlight. The following are excerpts from national writers:
Van Coleman of www.hoops150.com who viewed the Top Players of the Full Court Press Easter Classic had this to say:
Devon Turk 6-3 SG Texas D-1 Ambassadors (TX) – This athletic wing man can flat out stroke it from three, he hit four while we watched in first half last night. He has solid ball skills and can get to hoop too.
Alex Caruso 6-6 P/WG Texas D-1 Ambassadors (TX) – This long and athletic combo guard was the major find of the event so far, He can handle rock in transition or make pinpoint pass, and oh yes he can bring it at the rim and dunk on bigs and sets it up with solid perimeter jumper. He will get high major looks this summer!
Kendrick Morris 6-8 PF (2013) Texas D-1 Amabassadors (TX) – He has good skills on the blocks, hit 10 footer on pop out and did good job on the glass. he needs to hit weight room and get stronger to reach full potential.
Jonathan Motley 6-8 PF (2013) Texas D-1 Ambassadors (TX) – Another Surprise, this long and bouncy forward can finish with dunk or elbow jumper. He has immense upside so stay tuned!
Kenyon Willis 6-9 W/PF (2011) Texas D-1 Amabassadors (TX) – B/T athlete showed he can get it done in quarters going for 29 points. He has big-time hops and ability to finish around the rim with flush or touch off the glass. He can face and drive on bigs from the wing. Late bloomer for mid to high majors.
Adam Gorney of http://www.rivals.com/ had this to say:
Alex Caruso (2012, Texas D-1 Ambassadors Houston) – Caruso was the biggest surprise Friday night. With only an offer from Sam Houston State, the College Station (Texas) A&M Consolidated recruit has a bright future ahead of him and should pick up more offers soon. His father is in the athletics department at Texas A&M and Caruso was the Aggies’ ball boy growing up so there’s a good chance he could end up staying home but he definitely has Big 12 talent. Caruso is crafty with the ball, takes it to the rim well and can also hit the outside jumper.
Devon Turk (2012, Texas D-1 Ambassadors Houston) – Turk listed Cal Poly, Rice, San Francisco, Weber State, Sam Houston State and Oregon State as the schools involved and said Sam Houston State and Weber State were the two standing out most. Either school would be getting a steal in Turk, a spot-up three-point shooter who basically knocked down every shot Friday night. He doesn’t do much going to the basket but once Turk catches the ball on the perimeter he is money from behind the line.
Joel Francisco of http://www.espn.com/ said:
Alex Caruco (College Station, Texas/Texas A&M Consolidated)
2012, WF/SG, 6-6, 180 pounds
Caruso might be the last guy you look at during warmups, but his game will immediately grab your attention. The slender wing-type can play all three perimeter positions because of his passing, explosiveness and willingness to make big plays. Sam Houston State will not be his only offer.