Dallas Showtyme Classic Recap Part 2

In part two of our recap we continue highlighting players who stood out at The Dallas Showtyme Classic.

Nike EAD Ducks 2019 6'6 Wing Sama'Zha Hart: Hart guest played this weekend with the Ducks and played at a high level. Hart possesses everything you look for in a high major wing. He his athletic, shoots it and guards. He played with more freedom this weekend and his upside is through the roof.

BMM 2020 6'8 Wing Caleb Lohner: Caleb was a monster this weekend. He made three's from all over the floor, rebounded and finished at the rim. Caleb is one of the hottest recruits nationally in the  2020 class and it showed this weekend.

BMM 2020 6'8 Wing Quevian Adger: Quevian played with energy, athleticism and continues to add to his skillset. He made shots, finished above the rim and guarded the other team's best player. Quevian will be a national name in the 2020 class after July. Count on it.

Lone Star Elite 2021 6'6 G Christian Green: Christian gets better every time I see him. He did an excellent job defending multiple positions and setting up his teammates for easy baskets with his ability to break down the defense and find them. Christian will be as highly recruited as any 2021 player in the state when it's his time. You heard it here first.

Houston Hoops 16U 2020 6'8 F Jaquan Scott: Jaquan played very well this weekend. He rebounded, started the break, finished around the rim and blocked shots. He was a key piece in the Houston Hoops 16U run to a co-championship.

Houston Hoops 16U 2020 6'3 G Jaylin Posey: Posey was phenomenal all weekend in the Hoops run to the championship game. He was a maestro in pick and roll making all the right reads. Posey scored from all 3 levels, facilitated and defended this weekend.

Pro Skills 15U 2021 6'4 Wing Shannon Lowery: Shannon did an excellent job playing up tw0 grades this past weekend. His body, athleticism and IQ allow him to compete at a high level playing up. That team as a whole is a very good 15U team but he makes them go.

Urban DFW 2021 6'7 F Duncan Powell: Duncan rebounded and defended at a high level this weekend. He tossed in a 20 point game against Texas Impact as well. Duncan is an ultra competitor who plays with toughness and skill.

Urban DFW 2021 5'11 G Wade Taylor: Wade played big for Urban DFW in their run to the championship game. He made some crucial shots in some tough games this weekend. He made plays on offense and defense to help lead his team to a championship.

Dallas Mustangs 16U 2020 G DL Lias: Lias played lights out this weekend. In a big time matchup with Urban 16's he did whatever he wanted to against whoever was in front of him. He scored and passed at a high level.

Dallas Mustangs 2019 6'0 G Jerry Carraway: Jerry made shots all weekend long. He was tough, played defense and shot a high percentage from three. Vocal leader who leads by example and production.

Urban DFW 2020 6'1 G Eyan Gooden: Eyan had it going early and often from three in t heir matchup against the Mustangs 16U team. He made four three's and had some acrobatic finishes around the rim. 

Dallas Showtyme 2019 6'0 G Keyon Craddock: Craddock played very well against BMM attacking the basket. He finished well at the rim and made plays for his teammates.

Urban DFW 2020 6'7 F Quinntez Grimes: Grimes played as well as I've seen him all summer. He was a monster on the glass and played excellent defense. He was big time in Urban DFW's run to the championship.

Dallas Mustangs 15U 2021 6'8 F Ed'xavior Rhodes: Rhodes is a tantalizing talent that when he's locked in is as good as any player in the city in his class. He rebounded, finished above the rim and passed well from the high post.

Houston Hoops 16U 2021 6'6 F Devon Martin: At first glance Devon looks like a football player (he is) but he is a serious prospect on the court. Devon made three's, strong drives and finished above the rim this weekend for the Hoops.

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Dallas Showtyme Classic Recap Part 1

The Dallas Showtyme Classic gave the city some great team and individual matchups we all look forward to seeing. This past weekend I got a good look at several prospects.

2019 5'11 PG LaQuan Butler

Laquan Butler was arguably the best PG I saw this weekend in a tournament loaded with D1 caliber guards. He was tremendous setting up teammates and picking his spots for scoring opportunities. Butler was big time in a matchup with Urban DFW on Sunday. He manipulated pick and roll to perfection making all the right reads time after time. Butler will do a post grad year and since the switch to 2019 his recruitment has taken off. 

2019 5'11 G Cobe Williams

Cobe was his normal dynamic self this weekend. He really pushes the ball and finishes around the basket at a high level. He has a pull up jumper that is almost impossible to guard because of his speed. He made plays for himself and others. Williams had a 26 point outburst in a game this weekend and consistently got in the paint to make plays.

2019 6'2 PG KJ Cunningham

KJ Cunningham was good for the co-champs all weekend long. It's his steady play at the PG position that sticks out. He's what I like to call a "steady hand." He is strong and understands how to use his speed and quickness to score and facilitate. 

2019 6'2 G Howard Turner

Howard is literally a bucket. When he's rolling he scores from all three levels off the bounce and the catch. He was rolling in a win over Urban DFW. Scored it in an electric fashion that had the crowd buzzing. He finished with 25 points in the contest.

2019 6'2 G Marcus Sasser

Marcus had some big time scoring games early in the tournament. Marcus is a player who only needs to see the ball go through the net to get going. He seems to hit shots when his team needs him most. He hit a big shot after big shot all weekend to help lead his team to the Championship.

2019 6'9 C DJ Basey

It is amazing more coaches aren't calling and or recruiting the 6'9 athletic Basey. He gets better every time I see him. He played  very well against a big and talented Urban DFW front line. He is strong, athletic, long, blocks shots and finishes above the rim. Coaches in need of a big must see this kid in July.

2019 6'5 Trazarien White

Trazarien is one of the most consistent prospects in DFW. He plays with a motor and his athleticism every time he's on the floor. His ability to guard multiple positions, rebound and finish at the rim makes him a handful for opponents.

2019 6'8 Xavier Cork

Xavier has gotten better every month. Initially he just looked like a big time athlete. He's more skilled than what I thought. He is scoring on face ups, making jumpers out to 12-15 feet while still being a monster on the glass, blocking shots and finishing above the rim.

 

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RJ Hampton and De’Vion Harmon chosen for the USA U17 World Cup Team

Playing for their country and trying to win a gold medal is becoming a common theme for 2020 #1 PG RJ Hampton and 2019 Top 40 prospect and Oklahoma Sooners commit De'Vion Harmon. These two young men played a huge role for the U16 USA World Cup Team capturing gold last summer. Being veterans in the USA Training Camp experience was very beneficial in this process and a second appearance with Team USA.

2019 Denton Guyer 6'1 PG De'Vion Harmon

TheTB5Reports: How does it feel to represent your country playing basketball?

De'Vion Harmon: As a younger kid playing the game of basketball, I honestly never thought I'd be playing for USA Basketball, let alone playing for my second gold medal. I'm having a ton of fun with the game of basketball and I won't rest until it's done.

TheTB5Reports: What will it mean for you to win a gold medal?

De'Vion Harmon: It will mean everything to me. I'm going for Gold Medal #2. At 17 years old, I could possibly say I have two gold medals and I haven't even finished high school yet. That's a blessing from the man above.

TheTB5Reports: What was your USA training camp experience like?

De'Vion Harmon: It was amazing competing at a high level every day with GREAT players. That brings out the greatness in you. I love to compete!

 

 

2020 Little Elm 6'5 PG RJ Hampton

TheTB5Reports: How does it feel to represent your country playing basketball?

RJ Hampton: It's a great feeling because there are so many guys  deserving to be on the team.  Just to put USA on my chest again and to have that feeling makes me so proud to wear this USA uniform.

TheTB5Reports: What will it mean for you to win a gold medal?

RJ Hampton: To win gold would mean everything. That's the one and only goal we have. We are focused and locked in and bringing that gold medal back home would be such a blessing.

TheTB5Reports: What was your USA training camp experience like?

RJ Hampton: This training camp was a war. It was the toughest camp I have ever been to. We competed from start to finish. Everyone brought their A game up until the last practice spots were open. All the guys were deserving to make the team. Spots were earned and not given!

I expect both of these talented young men to play a major role in USA's quest for another gold medal. Both are returning players and  they understand what it takes to win gold.

Team USA will begin the preliminary round June 30th in Argentina against China.

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Memorial Day GASO Recap Part 2

In Part 2 of our recap we highlight 2019 G Evan Anderson and some high level 2020 and 2021's who should be on coaches radars in the coming years.

2019 Hebron/ 3d Empire 6'1 G Evan Anderson

2019 G Evan Anderson: Evan was a pleasant find this weekend. He was one of the best three point shooters we saw this weekend. He was able to make three's off the bounce and the catch from all different spots. I watched him Friday night make his first five three-point attempts. He is a crafty guard who can score and make plays. High academic prospect as well.

2020 Frisco Lonestar/ YGC36 6'2 PG Julian Larry

2020 G Julian Larry: Julian was tremendous the entire weekend leading his YGC36 16U team to the championship game. He was the best passer I saw this weekend. His ability to break down the defense and find open teammates for easy layups and open looks on kick outs was on display. Julian is a tough, strong built guard with a tight handle, tremendous vision and big time athleticism. 

2020 Euless Trinity/ YGC36 6'3 F Marcus Ervin

2020 F Marcus Ervin: Marcus did everything you could think of for a winning team. He rebounded, scored inside and outside, defended bigger guys and played with a motor all weekend. Ervin was the heart and soul for a team playing up that made it to the championship game. This kid impacted winning as much as any prospect in the tournament this weekend. Selfless player who does whatever it takes to help his team win games.

2020 St. Mark's/ Drive Nation G Andrew Laczkowski

2020 G Andrew Laczkowski: Andrew is as good a three point shooter as we have in the 2020 class in DFW, he isn't just a shooter though. Andrew is excellent in transition running the floor and finishing above the rim over defenders. He can handle the ball, shoot it with accuracy and deep range and has terrific size at 6'5 with long arms for the shooting guard position. His stock will only continue to rise with steady performances like he had this weekend. I've seen him a ton this spring and summer and he is always consistently productive.

2021 Desoto/ Urban DFW Elite 6'7 F Duncan Powell

2021 F Duncan Powell: Duncan is one of the toughest players on the floor every time he plays. Just a rising sophomore he plays with a toughness and tenacity that far belies his years. He plays with toughness and has a very nice skill set as well. Duncan made fade away jumpers, jump hooks over both shoulders, played above the rim in traffic and shot the ball well out to the three point line. Duncan is a very versatile offensive threat with his ability to pass, handle and score. He holds an offer from SMU. He was a huge factor in Urban DFW 17's championship winning weekend.

2021 Lancaster/ Urban DFW Elite 6'0 G Wade Taylor

2021 G Wade Taylor: Wade played very well this weekend for Urban DFW 17's in their championship winning weekend. He is a blur with the basketball in transition and he shoots the three at a high clip. He is the primary ball handler and playmaker for this team and played a balanced game this weekend. Wade played in pick and roll and made some nice passes to get teammates open looks when he got in the paint. Wade is a big time defender on and off the ball with active hands, instincts and quickness that allow him to get steals and deflections at a high rate. Wade already holds offers from Texas A&M and Florida St.

 

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Tyrese Maxey will represent DFW and the USA on the U18 Men’s National Team

2019 South Garland/ Houston Hoops 6'4 G Tyrese Maxey

2019 South Garland/ Houston Hoops 6'4 G Kentucky commit Tyrese Maxey has been chosen as one of the 12 finalists for the 2018 USA Men's U18 National Team. Here is what he had to say about his experience at training camp and making the team.

TheTB5Reports: How does it feel to represent your country playing basketball?

Tyrese Maxey: The feeling is unreal.... I’m just glad to be apart of something special!

TheTB5Reports: What will it mean for you to win a gold medal?

Tyrese Maxey: Winning gold is the only focus... we have to represent the country the right way!

TheTB5Reports: What was your USA training camp experience like?

Tyrese Maxey: This training experience was crazy ... multiple practices every day... and just staying focused on making the team is very tough but I really enjoyed the competition, and it really paid off.

Maxey has been tremendous this summer playing with the Houston Hoops 17U team on the EYBL . His big time performances this summer rolled right over to the USA Team U18 training camp to secure a spot on the 12 man roster. Maxey is one of the best and most complete guards in the country and I expect him to make plenty of winning plays for this team's push for a Gold Medal. Tournament play runs June 10- June 16 in St. Catharines, Canada.

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Adidas Qualifier DFW Regional Recap

Rhossi Carron and Basketball University hosted the Adidas Regional Qualifier in DFW on Memorial Day Weekend.  The atmosphere was crazy with teams battling for a spot in the Adidas Gauntlet Finale in Westchester, NY during the first live viewing period in July. I got a chance to see a few prospects who were standouts at the event.

2019 Jesuit/ YGC36 6'8 F Julius Marble

2019 F Julius Marble: It was good to see Julius healthy and moving at 100 percent this weekend, he had been out since late December. He looks to have slimmed down some and is a legit 6'8 225lbs with little to no body fat. Marble was really good facing the basket and operated comfortably 17 feet and in. He showed athleticism blocking shots, running the floor and finishing above the rim.

2019 Jesuit/ 3D Wolverines 6'0 G Max Abmas

2019 G Max Abmas: Max looked good as always this weekend. He made shots and played with a high IQ. He looked really good playing on the ball and made great reads in pick and roll. Abmas is a crafty guard who is quick in tight spaces and displays burst off the dribble. He gets into the paint because defenders have to honor his accuracy and range on his three point shot. Max has added some strength to his frame and it shows with his ability to finish in the paint.

2019 Frisco Lonestar/ YGC36 6'6 F Isaiah Lewis

2019 F Isaiah Lewis: Lewis looked good slashing to the rim, defending and his jump shot was really good this weekend. Lewis is a versatile player who can handle in the open floor, defend multiple spots and make jump shots out to the three point line. He is a long athlete that can really get out in transition and finish above the rim.

2019 Justin Northwest/ 3D Wolverines 6'9 C Sammie Freeman

2019 C Sammie Freeman: Sam Freeman was his usual self blocking shots and rebounding at a high level. The 6'9 225lbs. C rebounds in and out of his area and has great timing and length that help him be a good shot blocker. Sam showed the ability to score over both shoulders with right and left hand jump hooks in the paint. Sam has a tremendous frame that can easily add another 20 pounds once he gets to college and runs the floor as well as any big in the city.

 

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Pangos All-American Camp Recap

I made the trip to beautiful Los Angeles, California for The Pangos All-American Camp run by grassroots pioneer Dinos Trigonis. Every big time player you can imagine was in attendance at the camp. Pangos had a different feel this year with 20+ NBA Scouts sitting along the baseline watching and evaluating every move of the campers. DFW was represented with seven prospects, Niko Bossinakis, Cade Cunningham, Chris Harris Jr., Tyreek Smith, Drew Timme, Sam Williamson and Tre Williams

2019 Colleyville Heritage/ DFW Defenders 6'3 G Niko Bossinakis

2019 G Niko Bossinakis: Niko competed at a high level all weekend. He played hard defensively and really had the three ball working. He finished with his best performance in the camp finale Sunday morning with 13 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists. Niko is a prospect who will make the open three and will score off of one and two dribble pull ups. Bossinakis took an unofficial visit to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo this weekend after camp concluded.

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

2020 G Cade Cunningham: Cade was simply one of the best prospects in the entire camp, his full array of skills were on display from the time the event started all the way through the end. He was as consistent as any player in the camp. He finished 6th in scoring at 15ppg shooting a blistering 58.3 percent from the floor, he also finished with the 3rd highest single game scoring output with 24 points on a 10-15 shooting night.  Cade's body is beginning to fill out as he is 6'7 210lbs with athleticism, tremendous feel and an ELITE skillset for his position. Cade left a huge impression on NBA scouts and media in attendance. His stock is definitely on the rise after his performance against some of the best players in the country. Cade made the Top 30 Cream of The Crop game being recognized as one of the top 30 players in the camp.

2019 South Garland/ Houston Hoops 6'2 G Chris Harris Jr.

2019 G Chris Harris Jr.: Chris was the primary ball handler for his team this past weekend. He did an excellent job of mixing facilitating with scoring. Chris finished in the top 20 in the entire camp in scoring and rebounding with 12ppg and 4 rpg. Chris is known nationally for his ability to make shots and defend, he is grossly underrated as a playmaker for himself and others. He displayed a tight handle, excellent decision making in pick and roll while still scoring efficiently. Chris was chosen to play in the Next 20 Cream of the Crop game being recognized as one of the top 50 players in the camp where he finished with 11 points.

2019 Trinity Christian/ Mudiay Elite 6'8 F Tyreek Smith

2019 F Tyreek Smith: Tyreek was an animal this weekend. He was active, ran the floor well, finished above the rim and blocked shots. He was top 10 in scoring at 14.8 ppg, 3rd in FG% shooting an amazing 71.4% and top 10 in rebounding averaging 5 rpg. Tyreek is an ELITE athlete who plays with a high motor. He displayed solid ball handling skills with his ability to rebound and push the ball full court for some big time dunks. Tyreek made the Final 20 Cream of the Crop being recognized as one of the top 50 players in the camp game where he finished with 7 rebounds and 2 blocks.

2019 JJ Pearce/ Drive Nation 6'10 F Drew Timme

2019 F Drew Timme: Drew was consistently productive this weekend. His offensive versatility was on display and it gave opposing bigs fits. His ability to rebound coupled with his skill level to push the ball in transition and finish or find open teammates is special. Guards don't need to come back to the ball when Timme rebounds, they can just sprint the floor. He shot the three ball well this weekend and his passing in the half court is as good as any big in the country. Drew finished top 10 in scoring at 10.3 ppg, #2 in rebounding averaging 9 rpg. He is a walking double-double. Timme made the Top 30 Cream of The Crop game being recognized as one of the top 30 players in the camp where he finished with 5 rebounds and 4 assists.

2019 Rockwall/ Drive Nation 6'7 G Sam Williamson

2019 G Sam Williamson: Williamson is a smooth scorer who had his mid range jumper falling all weekend. He was efficient shooting 58.6% from the floor. Sam really sprinted the floor well in transition and finished above the rim over defenders. Sam knows where his spots are on the floor and how to get to them for shot opportunities. His length allows him to get into passing lanes to get steals and deflections. Williamson's stock has risen as much as anybody in the country because of performances like he had this weekend. Williamson made the Top 30 Cream of The Crop game being recognized as one of the top 30 players in the camp where he finished with 6 points and 3 rebounds.

2019 Wasatch/ Drive Nation 6'4 G Tre Wiliams

2019 G Tre Williams: Tre was the loudest player in the gym this weekend. He talked on defense, fought over screens and directed the offense for his team. His passion for the game is evident every time he steps on the floor. He plays unselfishly and really wants to win every game he plays. Williams is a tenacious defender who can guard multiple spots and will finish above the rim in traffic. Tre made the Final 20 Cream of The Crop game being recognized as one of the top 50 players in the camp where he finished with 13 points and 3 rebounds.

 

The DFW prospects were some of the best players in a field loaded with high major talent and future lottery picks. They represented themselves, their parents, AAU and HS teams in a major way. Our city is doing an amazing job promoting and preparing our players to compete on the biggest stages in America.

 

Kellen C. Buffington

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