The Next Wave had some of the top prospects in the state of Texas in attendance. An old term, "The cream always rises to the top" has never been more true. I'm a firm believer in guys being recruited and ranked for the most part based on their consistent production when the lights are the brightest. These prospects continued to show why they are held in such high regard by college programs and media services.
2020 6'8 F Jaquan Scott (Mansfield Timberview) - Jaquan looked like a man amongst boys during the camp. He ran the floor, finished above the rim, blocked shots and shot the three off the bounce and in catch and shoot opportunities. Jaquan is flat out one of the best prospects in Texas. His toughness and fast improving skill set make him a player who will be a priority for high major schools in this region. He currently holds offers from Illinois, TCU, UTEP and Oklahoma St.
2020 6'3 PG Jaylin Posey (Universal Academy) - Jaylin had the full array of skills on display in camp. He was tremendous in pick and roll finding teammates and scoring the basketball. He showed his athleticism finishing above the rim in traffic and was a terror on defense. Posey's recruitment has taken off and he's one of the hottest names in the 2020 class. Last month alone he received offers from TCU, Texas A&M and Houston. Posey's production coupled with his upside make him one of the top PG prospects in the country.
2020 6'9 F Montreal Pena Jr. (Arlington Martin) - Montreal is DIFFERENT! The skills that he brings to the table can't be taught. His length, athleticism and motor make him effective every time he touches the floor. He is a shot blocking and rebounding machine. He rebounds outside of his area as well as any prospect in the country. Montreal is only scratching the surface of his immense potential. The staff came to consensus that Montreal was the best prospect in the entire camp. Montreal has no ceiling as a basketball player and can be as good as he desires to be. Montreal holds an offer from TCU.
2020 6'2 PG Mike Miles (Lancaster) - Mike was typical Mike at the camp. He made shots, facilitated and led his team to several wins on the day, including a half court buzzer beater to win a game. Mike has been so good for so long I think we sometimes take his talent for granted. He has grown and is starting to play with physicality on both sides of the ball and scoring more than I've been accustomed to seeing him. Mike is one of the top point guards in the country and he didn't do anything to make us question that. Miles holds offers from TCU, Oklahoma St., LSU, Houston and Old Dominion.
2020 6'8 F Donte Houston (Lakeview Centennial) - Donte played with energy and athleticism in camp. He rebounded, blocked shots, showed nice touch around the basket and shot it from deep consistently. Donte's size, athleticism, motor and ability to shoot the three ball make him a big time prospect who should be tracked closely this high school season. He is more skilled than he gets credit for and continues to improve every time I see him.
2020 6'2 G Logan McLaughlin (Hebron) - Logan is a walking bucket. He continues to impress and put up numbers against some of the top players in Texas. Logan had everything working in camp. He scored at a high level against anybody in front of him and finished above the rim in transition. Logan is a confident player who doesn't have many holes in his game. He continues to be consistently productive. Logan holds an offer from Abilene Christian.
2020 6'2 G Julien Smith (Justin Northwest) - Julien was in attack mode in camp. He is a tremendous shooter off the catch and in pick and roll. He showed some playmaking ability setting up teammates. Julien plays with a high IQ and can catch fire and run off 4-5 three's in a row like he did in the Top 20 All-Star Game. Julien will help form one of the top high school back courts in Texas with 2019 Oklahoma State commit guard Avery Anderson and try to get Northwest back to State Finals.
2020 6'1 G Baylor Hebb (Colleyville Heritage) - Baylor Hebb is one of the most underrated players in Texas and I can't understand why. His ability to make plays for himself and others is second to none. Baylor is known for his ability to score the basketball, in camp he showed the ability to facilitate as well. Baylor is a high scoring point guard who can run an offense and get others involved. He's added muscle to his frame since the summer and I believe he is closer to 6'2 than he is 6'1. Baylor holds an offer from Abilene Christian.
2020 5'9 G Cody Deen (Bossier) - Cody made the trip from Louisiana and showed why he is a bad dude. I saw him put 30 on Woodz Elite in July and knew then he was a player. His production in camp was much of the same. Cody was big time in pick and roll, finished in traffic over the trees and made deep three's. Cody is a dynamic playmaking guard who can really score the basketball and is a big time on ball defender.
2020 6'11 C Darius Miles (Waxahachie) - When Darius Miles walks into a gym all eyes remain on him. He's always been a big kid, now he's showing signs of being a big man who can really operate on the block. Darius looks to be putting some things together and his development has taken a jump. Possessing great feet and soft hands Miles scored repeatedly over both shoulders in camp. He showed some face up game as well operating from the mid post. While still improving his conditioning Darius has shown you can play through him on the block for stretches at a time. Definitely one to track for any collegiate program.
2021 6'7 G Christian Green (Plano West) - Christian was one of the most intriguing prospects in camp. His combination of length, speed, skill and athleticism put him in play to be one of the top players in the state in 2021. He is a legit guard with his ability to handle the ball in tight spaces and hit the open man. What separates him is his defense. He can guard 1-4 easily and really takes pride in locking up his matchup. Christian has a chance to be a very special prospect.
2020 6'2 G Derek Luna (Duncanville) - Derek came into camp known as big time scorer, he left with the impression that he is much more than that. Derek made play after play in camp and showed he can do more than score. He facilitated, rebounded, defended and still scored. Derek is a prospect that makes winning plays. He has a strong body and some wiggle that allows him to get into the paint to score or get his teammates easy looks. Luna played himself into the Top 20 All-Star Game.
2020 6'11 F Austin Lewis (Frisco Wakeland)- Austin played HUGE in the Top 20 All-Star Game. He ran the floor, made jump shots and had a few big time finishes above the rim over defenders. Austin has always been known for his ability to step out and shoot the basketball, he's beginning to round out his game and show some versatility. Austin still needs to add strength to his slight frame, when he does he has a chance to be very good.
2020 6'7 F Jay Wilson (Denton Ryan) - Jay Wilson is a big time athlete with a motor that runs non-stop. He played well and within himself at camp and was consistently productive finishing above the rim, rebounding and blocking shots. Jay has extended his range some on his jump shot and continues to evolve as a player. He is being tracked by a handful of mid major programs.
2020 6'5 F Hayden Brittingham (Crowley) - We all know Hayden as one of the toughest and most athletic prospects in the city, nothing has changed. He played above the rim the entire camp and had several crowd pleasing finishes. What he did differently was show an improved handle and I saw him make three three pointers in a game. I've never seen that out of him before. While it was a camp setting I think he's working on adding some pieces to his game, if he can consistently make shots he will become a big time 3 and D guy.
2020 6'11 C Eduardo Andre (Woodrow Wilson) - Eduardo is a tough matchup when he's locked in. His versatility offensively and defensively make him tough to deal with. He is a legit 6'11 with very long arms and good anticipation defensively. He played well in the Top 20 All-Star Game and showed some flashes. He is a long-term prospect that has a chance to be very good.
2020 6'5 G Nate Dominick (Plano John Paul) - Nate was very good in camp. He is one of the more versatile prospects in DFW. His ability to pass, shoot, handle coupled with his high basketball IQ make him a threat from every spot on the floor. Nate is very undervalued as a prospect and is a swiss army knife that will fill up a score sheet. His is a high academic prospect that really understands the game. Ivy leagues and high academic programs should be all over this prospect.
2020 6'5 F Kylil Anderson (Keller Central) - Kylil was a nice find. I hadn't seen him a lot prior to the camp and he was very impressive in that environment. A versatile prospect that does a lot of things well that help a team win games. He is another high academic prospect that schools should be tracking. He and Latrell Jossell should make a nice 1-2 punch at Keller Central this year.
2020 6'1 G Thailand Elder (Allen) - Thailand did what he normally does. He defended, made three's and finished above the rim. Thailand is a tough kid who really competes every possession. He excels defensively and in transition and can really shoot the three ball.
2020 6'2 G Julian Larry (Frisco Lonestar) - Julian has been playing QB for one of the state's best football teams and stepped away for a minute to compete at The Next Wave. He performed very well considering he's splitting time between football and basketball and right in the middle of the football season. Julian's ability to see plays before they happen make him special. He played well, showed athleticism and made the right plays all camp long.
2020 6'5 Wing Joey Madimba (Mansfield Lakeridge) - Joey showed he belonged among all the top players in the city at his position. The 6'5 versatile player did everything you could ask of from a player. He showed big time athleticism, shot the ball from three and handled the ball well in the open floor. Joey is a legit wing prospect that should be tracked closely by college programs. He took an unofficial visit to UNT this past weekend.
2020 6'7 F Chris Turner (South Grand Prairie)- Chris competes as hard as anybody and he makes shots! Chris rebounded well and played good defense. He uses his wingspan to get his hands on rebounds and get deflections in passing lanes. He's added bulk to his frame and continues to be a mismatch with his ability to shoot the basketball out to the three point line.
Kellen C. Buffington