I-35 Austin San Antonio Challenge: Class of 2015

Sometimes when you anticipate watching a UFC or boxing fight card, all the buzz is about the “Main Event”.  However on any given day the undercard or preliminary bouts can steal the show.  That was the case on Sunday as the Class of 2015 put on a show for everyone on hand.  I guess the final score is important, otherwise why would we keep track?   This one ended up 83-82 for the North in an overtime thriller.

2015 North Team

2015 G 6’3″ Jorden Kite led all scorers with 20 points (4 assists), and at one point really heated up bringing the San Antonio lads back from a double digit deficit to take the lead.  When the chips were down though, it was 2015 W 6’3″ Rashard Odomes of Copperas Cove who took care of business, finishing with 19 points, many of them down the stretch and in OT as he sliced and diced his way to the rim.

2015 South Team

Top Performers/Prospects
2015 P 6’8″ Tony Lewis of San Antonio Central Catholic was clearly the prospect with the highest ceiling.  He’s simply too big and strong for his peers.  Sometimes it’s a negative when a youngster grows so quickly, but I see no sign that Lewis won’t meet the high major potential I see in him.  He combines athleticism with power and basketball savvy.  Lewis had 17 points almost all around the rim but it was his work on the boards that impacted the game where he had 12 rebounds and 4 blocks.

2015 Tony Lewis

2015 W 6’3″ Rashard Odomes of Copperas Cove is raw, but man is he a difference maker.  He had 13 points and 10 rebounds. That is a scary thought as once he learns to be a complete player under the tutelege of former Austin LBJ/St. Mary’s forward. Copperas Cove Head Coach Billy White he could be off the charts.  You can’t buy this kind of athleticism folks.  He was devastating in transition and played well above the rim.

2015 Rashard Odomes of Copperas Cove

2015 G 6’3″ Jorden Kite of San Antonio Central Catholic has a totally different body type from his older brother Jerred.  At the moment he can run the point because of his size and skill set.  As he progresses he may become more of a big combo.  He did show nice court vision and rose to the occasion down the stretch taking several big shots in a row both from the perimeter and in the mid range.

2015 Jorden Kite

2015 W 6’2″ LaKendric Hyson of Mumford was a devastating athlete complimenting Odomes with his own ability to play above the rim.  He has quick hands defensively and runs the floor like a deer.  Hyson had 13 points and 6 rebounds.  He’ll be a difference maker right out of the gate this fall for tiny 1A Mumford.

2015 LaKendric Hyson

2015 F 6’7″ Zach Madlom of Boerne is spindly legged and still growing. As mentioned in my All American Prodigy Camp recaps last week I love his skill set as he displays a nice baby hook with either hand and signs of a nice face up game.  Madlom could end up being a stretch four man a la Texas commit, Connor Lammert.  Has good footwork, bit he’s easy to push off the block at the moment. That will change as he matures.

2015 Zach Madlom

2015 F 6’5″ Celneque Bobbitt of Harker Heights finished with a stat line of 6 points and 10 boards.  He did not show his sthree point shooting range (which he displayed in a GASO event a few weeks back) but what really impressed me was his willingness to compete and sometimes go at Lewis and Carr.  He was undersized compared to them but he was fearless and effective. 

2015 Celneque Bobbitt

2015 P 6’5″ A.J. Carr of San Antonio Central Catholic started slow but became a force as the game wore on.  There’s a lot of pressure for a youngster when he knows the name he carries and the pedigree of being the son of NBA player Antoine Carr.  He’s a big boned kid that you know is going to be an absolute load as time goes on.  He had 4 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks shedding would be opposition rebounders and grabbing anything within reach.

2015 A.J. Carr

2015 G 5’9″ Joseph Nava of San Antonio Central Catholic dropped 14 points and added 3 assists.  When he was in the game he dominated handling the basketball.  Already an extremely solid kid, the question mark is whether he grows much or not. It’s my understanding he’s a very good football player too.

2015 Joseph Nava

2015 G 5’7″ Demarius Cress of Killeen almost ended the game in regulation with a 50 foot atempt that rimmed out at the buzzer.  Although that one was out of his range, it wasn’t by much as the Area’s best long range gunner hit a couple from the volleyball line finishing with 11 points.

2015 Demarius Cress

2015 W 6’4″ Jordan Murphy of San Antonio Central Catholic has all the tools.  Now he needs to understand that you have to assert yourself in showcase type events.  He’s got the body and the skill set to be one of San Antonio’s and Texas’ best players in the Class.

2015 Jordan Murphy

2015 F 6’5″ Zackery Jonas of Boerne Geneva was always around the ball.  He was a relentless rebounder finishing with 6 points while wiping the glass clean 10 times.

2015 Zackery Jonas

2015 6’4″ Jonathan Jones of Round Rock Westwood was Jonas’ alter ego on the North squad.  He didn’t try to assert himself offensively but was on the boards , snagging 9 and getting work in.  Great body, athletic and looks like he’ll grow substantially.

2015 Jonathan Jones

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