Memorial Day GASO Re-cap Part 1

This past weekend the GASO delivered in a major way with matchups. Very competitive games and some big time individual performances.

2019 Urban DFW/ Red Oak 6'2 G Marcus Sasser

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.

2020 Drive Nation/ Arlington Bowie 6'7 G Cade Cunningham

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.

2020 6'8 BMM/ Coppell Wing Quevian Adger

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.

2019 5'11 Allen/ Team Faith PG Isaiah Stevens

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.

2019 Dallas Showtyme 5'11 PG Cobe Williams

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.

2019 6'6 TX Impact/ Mansfield Timberview F Trazarien White

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.

2020 Lone Star Elite/ Lakeview Centennial 6'8 F Donte Houston

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.

2020 YGC36/ Allen 6'2 G Thailand Elder

 

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.

2020 Colleyville Heritage/ 3D Empire 6'0 G Baylor Hebb

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

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Memorial Day GASO Players to watch

The Memorial Day GASO always gives us a chance to see some of the better local teams and prospects compete against each other, this weekend is no different. The GASO is providing us with some big time game and player matchups. Here are a few players to watch this weekend.

2019 Red Oak/ Urban DFW 6'2 G Marcus Sasser: Sasser is from a long line of big time basketball players in DFW, he looks to be the latest addition to the Sasser legacy. Sasser is one of the best scorers in the city and has been posting crazy scoring numbers ALL spring. I expect that to continue all weekend from the 6'2 guard.

2019 Red Oak/ Texas Impact 6'6 Wing Josh Miller: Miller is a big time slashing wing who can really shoot it. He's picked up several offers this spring.

2019 Trinity Christian/ Dallas Mustangs 6'3 G Isaiah Range: Range is a high flying wing who can really get into the paint. He's a good defender who uses his length and athleticism to cause fits for his opponents.

2019 Prosper/ Lone Star Elite 6'3 G Josh Davis: Davis has nice size at the guard spot. He plays with pace and a high IQ. Shoots the ball well from the three point line.

2019 Allen/ Team Faith 5'11 G Isaiah Stevens: Stevens had one of the best spring evaluation periods of any guard in the city. He has picked up several offers and is one of the leading assist men on the Adidas Gauntlet.

2019 Kennedale/ Showtyme 6'4 F Tre Jones: Tre is one of the best athletes in the city. The strong built Jones is a versatile player who possesses eye popping athleticism around the rim.

2019 Conrad/ Showtyme White 5'9 PG Ezekiel Fields: Fields is a dynamic playmaking guard who can really score. Tough kid who really leads his team.

2019 North Mesquite/ Dallas Mustangs 6'0 G Jerry Carraway: Carraway is a big time scorer who can get hot from behind the arc quickly. He defends well and has a solid handle.

2020 Bowie/ Drive Nation 6'7 G Cade Cunningham: Cade is one of the top players in the country. He scores, facilitates, defends and runs the offense for his Drive Nation 16U team.

2020 Flower Mound/ BMM 6'8 F Caleb Lohner: Lohner is a big time wing scorer who can really shoot it and clean up the glass. Lohner is a top 40 player in the country who competes hard every time out.

2020 Coppell/ BMM 6'8 F Quevian Adger: Adger is a long wing who can  score off of strong drives and a nice jump shout out to the three point arc. His development this spring has been tremendous.

2020 Lakeview Centennial/ Lone Star Elite 6'8 F Donte Houston: Donte is one of the fastest rising prospects in the city. His athleticism, motor and soft touch around the basket and as a shooter makes him a big time prospect.

2020 Arlington Martin/ Drive Nation 6'9 C Montreal Pena: Pena may have the most upside of any prospect in 2020. He is long, active and runs the floor like a gazelle. He is a good shot blocker and will finish above the rim off of lobs.

2021 Desoto/ Urban DFW 6'7 F Duncan Powell: Duncan has done very well playing 17U this spring. He is a physical specimen that can really get it done inside and out. Ultra competitor who is as tough as they come.

2021 St. Mark's/ YGC36 6'7 F Harrison Ingram: Ingram is a big time shooter with a strong body that allows him to bang for rebounds and finish around the rim. The future is very bright for this kid. he already holds an offer from Texas A&M.

2021 Lancaster/ Urban DFW 6'0 PG Wade Taylor III: Taylor has been huge playing 17U for Urban this spring. He's facilitated, scored and defended at a high level. Taylor has offers from Florida State and Texas A&M.

2021 Wylie/ BMM 5'10 G Elijah Taylor: Elijah has done an excellent job running the offense for BMM 17's this spring. He is a quick guard who sees the open man and is a terrific defender.

2021 Plano West/ Lone Star Elite 6'6 Wing Christian Green: Green is a long, active wing who can defend, pass and finish above the rim in transition. He's done a good job playing 17's this spring and making his presence felt all over the floor.

Mustangs Classic Re-cap Part 2

Part 2 of our Mustangs Classic coverage will take a look at players who stood out this weekend at the guard and wing positions along with a couple of 2021's who played up and played well.

2019 Hutch/ Mustangs 5'10 PG Davian Sanders

Davian Sanders was good all weekend long for the Mustangs. He was a driving force getting his team to the championship game. Sanders facilitated, scored when he needed to and applied pressure defensively all weekend long.

2019 Mansfield/ Lone Star Elite 5'9 G Evan McCarthy

Evan was arguably the best shooter in the gym this weekend. He shoots the ball with consistency and with deep range. He rarely missed in catch and shoot opportunities. McCarthy also finished well at the basket.

2019 Kimball/ Showtyme 6'2 G Deaunte Lee

Deaunte was his usual self making three's at a high clip. He showed some serious athleticism this weekend finishing above the rim. Lee plays hard every time he steps on the floor. He is an ultra competitive player who makes shots.

2019 Prestonwood/ Showtyme 6'5 Wing Keller Boothby

Keller Boothby is a sniper. He is a tremendous shooter off the catch who makes three's all around the stripe. He has a good size at 6'5 and a quick release. Boothby was one of the best shooters in the gym this weekend.

2019 Hutch/ Mustangs 6'5 Wing Jakevan Leftridge

Jakevan did a little bit of everything this weekend. He handled the ball, scored, made jumpers, rebounded and defended at a high level. He is a versatile prospect who plays hard and is really good defensively with his length and athleticism.

2021 Plano West/ Lone Star Elite 6'6 Wing Christian Green

Christian is a young prospect playing up  in the 17U Division. While raw, he showed flashes of brilliance this weekend. He already has a great body, gets out in transition well, finishes above the rim and has good vision. It is very early in his development but he is definitely one to track.

2021 Madison/ Mustangs 5'10 G Jerome Rogers

I got a chance to see Rogers playing up in the NCAA Division this weekend. He is a very good ball handler who shoots it well. He was good in pick and roll this weekend and made plays for himself and others. Another young guy that should be tracked in the coming years.

 

Kellen C. Buffington

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Mustangs Classic Re-cap Part 1

Good bigs are hard to come by in today's game. We list a few who are beginning to hit their stride at the perfect time.  In part one of our Mustangs Classic re-cap we take a look at big men who played BIG this weekend and improved their stock. 

2019 6'9 C DJ Basey

2019 Mesquite Poteet/ Dallas Mustangs DJ Basey showed some serious flashes  this weekend. He has great size at 6'9 and about 220lbs. He rebounded in traffic, blocked shots and finished at the rim with authority. This weekend is the best I've seen DJ play. With continued effort and energy that he displayed this weekend he is a must see in July.

2019 6'8 C Xavier Cork

2019 Sulphur Springs/ Dallas Showtyme Elite Xavier Cork was very good this weekend. Cork has broad shoulders, a strong body, long arms and big time athleticism. He rebounded like a mad man this weekend snatching boards out of the air at the highest point. He finished dump offs and lobs above the rim and had some big time blocks on dunk attempts. Cork is a true sleeper with upside whose ability to rebound translates to the next level. 

2020 6'8 F Donte Houston

2020 Garland Lakeview Centennial/ Lone Star Elite Donte Houston is fairly new to the scene but has shown quickly he is one of the best in a loaded 2020 class in DFW. At 6'8 he shows the ability to step out and hit the three, a face up game and finishes well around the basket with both hands and above the rim in traffic. He plays an aggressive style with a lot of energy and his motor runs non-stop pursuing rebounds and blocking shots. Houston has a chance to be very good over these next two years. 

Kellen C. Buffington

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2020 Caleb Lohner

2020 Flower Mound HS/ BMM 6'8 F Caleb Lohner

6'8 Wing Caleb Lohner is one of the fastest rising 2020 prospects in the country. He's gone from an unknown to a consensus Top 40 National Prospect and a must see for High Major Programs across the country. I got a chance to sit down and talk with him about life away from the basketball court, his recruitment and what he's looking for in a program at the next level. 

 

 

TheTB5Reports: How's your recruitment going so far? What schools do you currently hold offers from?

Caleb Lohner: "My recruitment so far has been a very exciting experience. It's very motivating to know that all the physical and mental time I spend in this game is paying off and my dream of playing college basketball is right around the corner. I currently have offers from Baylor, Texas A&M, Kansas State, BYU, TCU and Texas Tech."

TheTB5Reports: I heard you're a lifeguard, how did you become interested in that?

Caleb Lohner: "Yes it's true, I am a lifeguard. Ever since I was a young kid I've loved going out on the boat with my family and friends and spending time in the ocean. I guess just my love for the ocean and being out on water gave me my interest for becoming a lifeguard. The various water and CPR training was very interesting and super beneficial."

TheTB5Reports: What are you looking for in choosing a University and a basketball program at the next level?

Caleb Lohner: "What I'm looking for when it comes to choosing a school is where my best option to be most successful. In my opinion this includes being part of a basketball family and surrounded by coaches and staff who push you to be the best person and basketball player I can be. I want to be surrounded by other great players that will have a positive influence on my game and my character."

TheTB5Reports: You've been with BMM and coach Brian since 7th grade. How has he helped you develop as a young man and player?

Caleb Lohner: " I don't even know where to start with Coach Brian. I got invited to play on his team while I was shooting with some friends at Lifetime Fitness and he was training someone. Coach Brian is one of the most solid, well rounded people I know. His character is unmatched. He is the type of coach that wants everyone to be successful and he's willing to do whatever he can to make that happen. Forget about basketball, coach has helped me develop as a person in every way possible. Not only is he a phenomenal coach, he is one of my most influential examples and mentors. Coach Brian has had a huge impact in my life and I'm blessed to call him my coach."

BMM Founder/ Coach Brian Nwelue: "I've never seen a high school kid with Caleb's work ethic. We'll have 7:30am training sessions over the summer, while most kids are just waking up Caleb has already lifted and worked out on his own since 6:00am. Then he'll do our 2.5 hour workouts. With all the success and attention he's receiving he's still as coachable as he was in 7th grade."

Caleb is ranked #37 according to 247 Sports and #41 according to Rivals in the 2020 class. The talent at the top of the 2020 class in DFW is special and he's earned his place amongst his peers. Lohner is consistently productive while  still having tremendous upside as a prospect. I expect his game and recruitment to continue to expand over the next two years. Whichever university lands this young man is getting a big time player and person.

Kellen C. Buffington

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The 3 Amigos

2019 Guards Chris Harris Jr. (Left) Tyrese Maxey (Middle) Devion Harmon (Right)

It is very rare to see a group of high level prospects grow, develop and stay on the same team for years at a time. With so many teams, circuits and parents and players wanting to be "the guy" those days of growing teams together from elementary ages to the 17U level are just few and far between. Chris Harris Jr., Tyrese Maxey and Devion Harmon have found a way to do the unthinkable and max out as a group of prospects who play the same position on the same team.

2019 6'4 PG Tyrese Maxey is a consensus top 15 player who recently chose Kentucky over the likes of Michigan State and Oklahoma State. He is a lock for the 2019 McDonald's All-American Game and Jordan Brand Game.

2019 6'2 PG Devion Harmon is a consensus top 40 player in the country, he's won a Gold Medal with the USA 16U Basketball team ,led his Denton Guyer HS team to a #1 National Ranking for a period of time during this past HS season and has already verbally committed to the University of Oklahoma.

2019 6'3 CG Chris Harris is a consensus top 85 player in the country, helped lead his team to a state final appearance at South Garland and has already verbally committed to SEC power Texas A&M.

Collectively, they haven't done anything but win while on the floor together. They finished as the #2 Nationally Ranked team as 7th graders, went to the 9th grade championship at Bigfoot Hoops as 8th graders and lead their 17U team as sophomores to a long Peach Jam run last year. This year through two EYBL sessions they are leading their division with a 6-2 record and fresh off a 4-0 weekend as a group.

I asked each of them how it's been playing with each other over the years and how they've been so successful individually and collectively doing so.

Tyrese Maxey: "When we first started playing together I thought I was going to get left out because Chris and Devion been playing together since 2nd grade, but they welcomed me and we been rolling ever since!"

Chris Harris Jr.: "We are able to stay successful because each one of us bought into the philosophy of "Everybody eats." When we cooking it makes all of us look better and everybody is unselfish.

Devion Harmon: "People said we couldn't do it, they said we couldn't make it to college playing together, we just kept going." We are the prime example of not listening to the outside noise, if you just stay locked in on  the mission and the ultimate goal then you can accomplish anything." "Kentucky, Oklahoma, Texas A&M.....we're living proof."

I have to be honest, I am one of the guys along with others who thought there was no way these three could stay together and enjoy this much success individually and as a collective group. Harris, Harmon and Maxey give a ton of credit to their fathers for allowing them to make the decision to stay and play together through the years. The parents trusted the process and the players worked hard to put themselves in this position. There is one common denominator that can't go unmentioned in making this work and that is Josh Woodson. Woodson has been able to keep this group together since 6th grade and navigate this whole process with these boys and their families.

They've proven a lot of us wrong, myself included.

Kellen C. Buffington

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Tyrese Maxey selected to USA U18 National Team Trials

2019 6'4 G Tyrese Maxey

2019 South Garland/  Houston Hoops G Tyrese Maxey has been selected to participate in the USA Men's U18 National Team training camp. Maxey previously attended Team USA's 24 player combine during the Final Four Weekend in San Antonio. 

Maxey is a consensus top 15 player in the country and recently released his final 5 schools. Michigan, Oklahoma State, Michigan State, Kentucky and Texas. This is shaping up to be a big week for Maxey being selected to the USA U18 Trials as well as a commitment announcement scheduled for Wednesday May 9th.

Kellen C. Buffington

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Isaac Likekele recaps his visits

2018 6'5 G Isaac Likekele

Rivals 150 Mansfield Timberview/ YGC36 guard Isaac Likekele  just finished up the last of his three official visits this past weekend. Likekele discussed how each visit went and what stood out about each head coach:

 

UTEP: How was your visit to UTEP and how was your conversation with Coach Terry?

Likekele: "The UTEP visit went really well, I enjoyed it and enjoyed seeing the local fans and facilities. My relationship with coach RT (UTEP Head Coach Rodney Terry) is very strong and I like that a lot, that's been my guy for the longest."

Texas Tech: How was your visit to Texas Tech and how was your conversation with Coach Beard?

Likekele: "Texas Tech was a great visit as well. I was able to get in the gym and watch some action happen on the court and got a chance to play with the guys myself. It was a lot of fun. What stands out about Coach Beard (Texas Tech Head Coach) is he seems like he can really bring out the untapped potential inside of me."

Oklahoma State: How was your visit to Oklahoma State and how was your conversation with Coach Boynton?

Likekele: "Oklahoma State was another really good visit, I really enjoyed the location and how everything close is a plus. What I like about Coach Boynton (Oklahoma State Head Coach Mike Boynton) is he's the same type of guy I am, he was doubted by everyone when he got the job, had a great year and proved them wrong. That's basically the same mindset I'm taking to college with me.

Likekele is a very versatile guard prospect who fills the stat sheet. He does whatever it takes for his team to win games. Things have been moving fast for him since reopening his recruitment this spring. He is really focused on making the right decision as he understands how important it is. While there is no timetable for his commitment, we expect for him to announce soon. 

 

Kellen C. Buffington

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DFW Well Represented at USA U17 World Cup Team

The names for the USA Men's U17 World Cup Team Training Camp were released today. DFW is well represented with 2019 PG Devion Harmon, 2019 CG Jahmius Ramsey and 2020 PG RJ Hampton.

2019 Denton Guyer/ Houston Hoops PG Devion Harmon

2019 6'2 PG Devion Harmon returns to USA basketball after winning a Gold Medal with the U16 team last summer. He brings a wealth of international experience, toughness and tremendous playmaking ability at the PG position to the U17 trials.

2019 IMG/ Drive Nation CG Jahmius Ramsey

2019 6'4 CG Jahmius Ramsey will make his first appearance at USA Basketball. Ramsey has risen as fast as any prospect nationally over the last year. Ramsey brings toughness, athleticism, defense and shot making to the U17 trials. 

2020 Little Elm/ Mudiay Elite PG RJ Hampton

2020 6'5 PG RJ Hampton returns to USA basketball after winning a Gold Medal last summer on the U16 team. Hampton is one of the best guards regardless of class and we expect him to be an absolute lock to make this team. Hampton brings elite playmaking ability to the  U17 Trials.

 

Kellen C. Buffington

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