2020 guards Baylor Hebb and Logan McLaughlin make up the state of Texas' highest scoring backcourt in 2020. Individually they are extremely talented, together they have been unstoppable all summer scoring the ball and winning a ton of games together. Their flair, toughness, ball handling and shot making ability make them fun to watch. At first glance they don't stick out but once that ball is tipped it's clear they are two of the better players on the floor regardless of who they are playing. Abilene Christian thought enough of them to offer them both.
Baylor has had some of the biggest single game scoring performances of any player in the state regardless of class this summer. He is always in attack mode looking to make plays and score the basketball. He shoots it well from all over the floor, has a tight handle and is a very good finisher around the rim considering his lack of size. Baylor is a high IQ player who can really score. As Baylor gains strength I expect his recruitment to really pick up as his production has been consistent all summer.
Logan is a strong built guard who can really score off the bounce. He is outstanding in the mid range and understands how to get to his spots on the floor. He plays with his athleticism and will finish above the rim over defenders. Logan had some big scoring games this summer and he was excellent in Las Vegas. I expect the 2020 guard to have a huge high school season and his recruitment to pick up heading into his junior year.
Mike Miles is and has always been a pass first point guard, it's just his style of play. Miles is looking to score more this week while still facilitating for his teammates. The Titans are off to a 2-0 start at the FAB 48 in Las Vegas and Miles has played a huge role in their start. Miles seems to be looking to get his teammates easy looks early in games and in the second half he's really looking for his own offense and scoring opportunities. Miles scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half in a win last night and finished with 15 points, 10 of those coming in the second half in the first game yesterday. Miles has been watched closely by Oklahoma State, TCU and LSU this week and holds offers from all three of those programs amongst others.
Thailand Elder has gotten off to a hot start with his YGC36 16U team. He's played a vital role in the team's 2-0 start. Elder had the whole package on display through two games yesterday. He slashed, made three's, defended and finished at the basket. He played with a ton of energy in a huge 95-41 victory in the first contest.
The Allen HS guard does a lot of things well and makes winning plays for his team. Elder shoots it well out to the three point line, plays very good on ball defense and he's a big time athlete. He made a couple of plays yesterday finishing above the rim that caught me completely off guard. Elder is a big time competitor who can get going quickly offensively. Elder is one of the most underrated guards in a loaded DFW 2020 class.
Jaquan Scott is taking advantage of his opportunity playing 17U in Las Vegas this week. The 6'8 forward had a very good opening at the Las Vegas Classic. Scott played with a high motor, rebounded, and scored at a high level against UA Arizona Powerhouse. He finished with a game high 23 points, double digit rebounds and a few blocks in the win for the Houston Hoops 17's.
Jaquan rebounds at an elite level using his length and athleticism to rebound in and out of his area. He has really good hands that allow him to make tough catches in traffic on dump off passes and he changes ends well. Scott, while still a little raw offensively oozes with upside as a prospect who is improving at a rapid rate. He put on a show Wednesday night in front of 50+ coaches and has received interest from a handful of a high major programs to go along with offers from TCU and UTEP.
Jay Wilson has been consistently productive in the month of July. The 6'7 F is picking up a lot of interest on the recruiting trail with his high energy play. Wilson runs the floor well, rebounds and finishes above the rim. He's shown the ability to step out and make jump shots as well. Wilson has been a steady presence to the Drive Nation 16's as they are playing their best basketball of the summer right now.
Wilson is hearing from a host of mid major programs and they have all been in attendance to track his progress this week in Las Vegas. He plays with an edge and toughness that coaches tend to value with interior players. His frame is beginning to fill out and his athleticism is always on display. I expect his recruitment to continue to trend up heading into his Junior season at Denton Ryan High School.
Class of 2019 this is your last weekend of grassroots basketball if you do this the right way. Year after year I see the tweets and the tears of players who realize the finality of this journey. The ones who seem to struggle with the ending the most are the ones who didn't seize every opportunity to achieve the goal of receiving a scholarship.
I hear a lot of players and parents talk about how the journey went by so fast. Many players and parents will blame the 1-5 different organizations they played with through the years as the reason they didn't receive the attention they deserved, etc. I've learned in this business politics play a role but not the way production does. You can't blame anybody for you not working, not being talented enough or choosing the wrong organization. You have to own those things yourself.
Players, take this weekend to reflect on what you've done over the years. Enjoy playing with your brothers for the last time and play as hard as you possibly can. Parents, take this weekend to enjoy traveling with and watching your child play in what may be their last summer basketball event. Lastly, remember you only get out what you put into this. If you have any regrets and you didn't do everything you possibly could to improve your chances to be recruited don't blame anyone but yourself.
Drew Timme has been one of the most productive players in the country the entire summer. This week was no different for the Top 40 ranked 6'10 forward. Timme's ability to rebound and start the break allows his team to get out in transition time after time as he creates easy baskets for himself and his teammates. Timme is unstoppable from 15 feet and in with his face up game and ability to score over both shoulders on the block. Timme rebounds in and out of his area and is double double machine. His recruitment has really picked up over the last few months. He has offers from the majority of the Big 12 and recently picked up an offer from Michigan State. As the summer comes to an end look for Timme to continue his production in Vegas and continue to tantalize coaches with his talent.
Isaiah Range has been really good all week at The Main Floor and The GASO. The 6'3 G saved his best performance for last. Range showed off his entire package in a big game against Drive Nation today. He shot the ball well from three, played excellent defense, made strong drives and finished through contact at the rim. Range was one of the best players on the floor today in a game with several collegiate prospects. He earned an offer from Midwestern State today and finished with 23 points in the contest.
Baylor Hebb has put up some of the highest single game point totals of any prospect in the DFW this summer. He routinely has games of 20+ points and owns a handful of 30+ point games as well. Yesterday he added another big game with 43 points against Cooz Elite. Hebb isn't just a shooter, he scores off the bounce, finishes around the rim and facilitates for his high scoring teammate Logan McLaughlin who finished with 21 points of his own in this game. Baylor has been one of the most underrated 2020 prospects in Dallas up until this weekend. His performance yesterday helped jumpstart the recognition for what Hebb has been doing all summer.
JaKobe Coles is as versatile offensively as any prospect in the country at his position, he had the package on display in a big win over the Houston Defenders. Coles scored at will against the Defenders big men all night to the tune of 22 points. Coles scored on post-ups, dribble drives and shot it very well from three.
Mike Miles is one of the premier floor generals in the country. He played an outstanding floor game in the triple OT thriller against the Houston Defenders. Miles got his teammates easy baskets, defended and scored in the crucial moments of the game. Miles finished off the Defenders with back to back baskets in the final 52 seconds to seal the win for the Titans. Miles finished with 14 points in the contest.