This past weekend the GASO delivered in a major way with matchups. Very competitive games and some big time individual performances.
Marcus Sasser was my overall MVP this weekend at the GASO. Sasser scores from all three levels and can make plays for others. He came up with big play after big play in Urban DFW's championship run. He put up big time scoring performances all weekend. Everybody knows Sasser is a tremendous scorer, what goes unnoticed is his defense. He has active hands that cause deflections and really gets in the passing lanes for steals. He currently holds an offer from Texas St. and is picking up interest from schools in the AAC and the Big 12.
Cade Cunningham looked the part of a top 5 player in the country this weekend. He's playing PG for his Drive Nation 16U team and he looked comfortable facilitating and scoring. He has an excellent feel for the game and understands how to get teammates involved as well as score. He's playing with IQ, pace and athleticism. Dunked over defenders several times this weekend, made three's and made some outstanding reads in pick and roll.
Quevian Adger is a prospect I've seen several times this spring. He's always shown flashes of upside but now he's being consistently productive. He showed off step back jumpers, a tight handle, the ability to finish above the rim over bigger defenders and he's an excellent defender. With his length and skillset it makes it easy to like his upside as a prospect. While his team struggled this weekend Adger helped raise his stock with several big time performances.
Isaiah Stevens was a maestro at the PG position for his Team Faith team during their championship run. He excelled all weekend in pick and roll, breaking down defenders, creating easy looks for teammates and scoring. Stevens changes speeds to keep the defense off balance, he just gives opposing defenses fits because he gives so many different looks. Stevens has one of the most complete offensive games of any PG in the state.
Cobe Williams is one of the best athletes in the state regardless of position. He showed it this weekend with his speed and several acrobatic finishes. He shot the ball really well this weekend from three. He was at his best in a win against Team Faith. He showed good vision finding teammates for easy layups once he got in the paint, shot the ball really well and played good defense.
Trazarien is a hybrid forward that plays with a motor and unmatched athleticism. He was huge for TX Impact during their championship run. He rebounds, defends multiple positions and finishes above the rim. Showed a nice face up game this weekend as well. White has improved and seems to add more to his game every time I see him.
Donte Houston continues to impress me every time I see him. This weekend it was his ability to block shots. He has excellent timing to go along with his length and freakish athleticism. He is a big time rim protector, rebounder and finisher at the basket. Houston is a top 10 prospect in what is shaping up to be an incredible 2020 class in DFW.
Thailand Elder was a nice find this weekend. His YGC36 2020 team had a tremendous run to the championship game and he played a key role. Wesley shot it well, handled the ball and finished above the rim. Wesley has long arms, good instincts and great foot speed which make him a tremendous defender. He had an outstanding weekend and should definitely be tracked in July.
Baylor Hebb was a prospect I heard a lot about and hadn't gotten a chance to see. I saw him this weekend put up point totals of 34, 31, 27, 25, 27 and 15 points. He was as consistent of a scorer as anybody in the tournament. Hebb is more than just a scorer, he plays with feel, high IQ and is very crafty with the basketball.
Kellen C. Buffington