NFHS Develops a Criteria for June Basketball Scholastic Events

 

We now have official dates for Scholastic Events for evaluation of prospects playing with their high school teams. The dates will be June 21-23 and June 28-30. It will be interesting to hear the feedback from coaches across the country as more details come to light. The link for the press release is posted below.

 

http://www.nfhs.org/articles/nfhs-develops-criteria-for-june-scholastic-basketball-evaluation-events/

 

Kellen C. Buffington

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TheTB5Reports DFW Season Preview/ Top 10 Rankings

The DFW High School Basketball season is always heavily anticipated locally, regionally and across the country. The city produces some of the best teams and players in the country year after year. Just a few years ago the city had two teams finish in the top 10 nationally in 2016 with Desoto finishing at #4 and Lancaster finishing at #9 in Max Preps rankings. The 2008 Duncanville high school team led by Shawn Williams, Roger Franklin and Perry Jones was the pre-season #1 team in the country and the Chris Bosh led Lincoln High School team finished #1 in the country in 2002. There is a rich tradition here and I expect that to continue in the 2018-19 season. 

This year looks to have some intrigue headed into the first week of practice for boy's basketball in DFW. The city had a few really talented players leave for prep schools (Cade Cunningham to Montverde) and (Tre Williams to Wasatch). We've also had a few imports in Micah Peavy (Duncanville) Jahmius Ramsey (Duncanville) Jonathan Aku (iSchool Entrepreneurial). 

We give you a look at TheTB5Reports Pre-Season Top 10 Rankings and  Preview of each team.

1) Denton Guyer : Key Returnees 2019 6'1 G Devion Harmon 2019 6'8 F Jalen Wilson  2020 6'8 F JaKobe Coles  2020 6'4 G Tyler McGhie

Guyer is lead by one of the top floor generals in America in Oklahoma commit Devion Harmon. Harmon makes them go in every aspect, he sets the tone offensively and defensively. Jalen Wilson the 6'8 F Michigan commit gives them big time versatility with his ability to play several positions and ability to stretch the defense with his perimeter shooting. Add 6'8 2020 F JaKobe Coles and his ability to play both inside and out and you can see why this is a preseason top 15 team in the country. They will be tested early and often with tough games at the Cowtown Shootout against #5 Lancaster, The ARS National Rescue Rooter National Hoopfest vs #6 team in the country Dematha HS, (Maryland) and the Thanksgiving Hoopfest .

2) South Garland: Key Returnees 2019 6'4 G Tyrese Maxey 2019 6'3 G Chris Harris 2019 6'0 G Keyon Craddock

South Garland is battle tested. After going on a historical run all the way to the State semifinal they return three of five starters. Lead by Kentucky commit 6'4 G Tyrese Maxey and 6'3 G Chris Harris Jr. there will be no shortage of scoring for this South Garland team. A key piece to this year's team will be  6'0 G Keyon Craddock and his ability to lock up the opposing team's PG and initiate offense for his teammates.  The loss of 6'10 post Dearon Tucker will sting for sure but their guard play will be unmatched in the area. South Garland will face #4 Duncanville at the Cowtown Tip-Off  along with games in the Thanksgiving Hoopfest against #7 nationally ranked Sunrise Christian (Kansas) #5 ranked Lancaster, #8 ranked Little Elm and head to Kentucky for the Marshall County Hoopfest.

3) Justin Northwest:  Key Returnees 2019 6'2 G Avery Anderson III 2019 6'9 F Sam Freeman 2020 6'1 G Julien Smith

Justin Northwest returns three starters from a team last year that reached the 5A State Championship game. They will be led by Oklahoma St. commit 6'2 PG Avery Anderson III. Avery will be the focal point of every defense opposing Northwest. 2020 6'1 G Julien Smith will take on a larger scoring role this year with the departure of Mason Hix. The most important piece for Northwest's return trip to San Antonio will be 2019 6'9 F Sam Freeman. His ability to rebound, protect the rim and run the floor will be a huge advantage for this year's team. Justin Northwest will be tested early at the The Thanksgiving Hoopfest.

4) Duncanville: Key Returnees 2020 5'10 G JB Hill 2020 6'2 G Eyan Gooden         Key Additions: 2019 6'4 G Jahmius Ramsey 2020 6'7 Wing Micah Peavy 2020 6'1 G Derek Luna

Duncanville and new head coach David Peavy are looking to reclaim the throne in the DFW starting this year. The new look Duncanville team will feature two of the best prospects in the country in their respected classes with 2020 6'7 wing Micah Peavy and 2019 6'4 G Jahmius Ramsey. Add Derek Luna who has amassed 1,000 points through his first two years of high school basketball along with 2nd team All-District pick from last year 2020 5'10 G JB Hill and the expectations are high for Duncanville to make a run at a state title. Duncanville will be challenged early and often in the Cowtown Tip-Off against #2 South Garland, the Cy Falls Elite Tournament and the Thanksgiving Hoopfest.

5) Lancaster: Key Returnees 2020 6'2 G Mike Miles 2021 6'0 G Wade Taylor IV 2020 6'1 G Marco Foster Key Additions: 2019 6'6 F Brandilon Kirk

Lancaster is always in the hunt for a state title appearance year after year, 2018-19 won't be any different. Lancaster will be led by one of the most dynamic back courts in the state with 2020 guards Mike Miles and 2021 Wade Taylor IV. The tandem did major damage together in an improbable run to Garland last year and just missed a state title appearance by a three pointer at the buzzer. Look for the hot shooting Marco Foster to increase his scoring and new addition Brandilon Kirk to help provide a presence inside and out for the Tigers. Lancaster will play in the Cowtown Tip-Off against #1 Denton Guyer, versus #2 South Garland and the ARS Rescue Rooter National Hoopfest against Huntington Prep.

6) Carter : Key Returnees 2019 6'3 G Zahad Munford 2019 6'4 F Kyree Rogers

Coach Love always has his teams competing and playing hard every time they step on the floor. This team will be no different.  The team will be led by 2019 G and Grambling commit Zahad Munford. Look for Carter to make a run back to San Antonio. Kyree Rogers is an absolute animal that scores, rebounds and defends. This team will share the ball and be one of the best defensive teams in the city.

7) Kimball: Key Returnees 2019 6'2 G Deaunte Lee 2019 6'8 F Kenyawn Bowie 2019 6'2 G Cole Williams Key Additions: 2019 6'0 G Cobe Williams

The Knights are loaded with talent, toughness and experience on this year's squad. Coach Smith will have these guys playing fast and looking like some of the state title Kimball teams. They are going to shoot the three and guard, typical of very good Kimball teams. The addition of Cobe Williams at the point guard position was big. Cobe is one of the most electric players in the state and can get into the paint whenever he wants to. Deaunte Lee will be a marksmen and the improved play of 6'8 big man Kenyawn Bowie has turned a lot of heads this fall. Look for them to be right in the hunt for a trip to San Antonio when the dust settles. Kimball will get an early test in the Thanksgiving Hoopfest.

8) Little Elm: Key Returnees 2020 6'5 G RJ Hampton Key Additions 2022 6'5 G Tre White

Little Elm will be led by two of the best guards in the country in their respective classes with 2020 #5 nationally ranked RJ Hampton and freshman Tre White who holds several D1 offers headed into this high school season. RJ can keep a team in the game with his scoring as he is one of the best scorers in the country and everything will be predicated around him. Tre gives Little Elm some versatility with his size, skillset and athleticism. This team will go as far as RJ Hampton takes them. Little Elm will play in the Cowtown Tip-Off vs Rockwall,  the Thanksgiving Hoopfest and host #2 South Garland early in the season.

9) Universal Academy: Key Returnees 2020 6'3 G Jaylin Posey 2021 6'8 F Arthur Kaluma 2021 6'10 C Kamryn Waites Key Additions: 2020 6'8 F Jaquan Scott 2021 6'3 G Jamil Cofer

There may not be a more talented team in the city than Universal Academy. The only reason they are ranked at #9 is due to their youth and integrating new pieces. Coach Woody has put together his most talented team to date at Universal Academy. The returners start with Jaylin Posey and Arthur Kaluma. Posey has been one of the hottest names in the state in recruiting circles and Kaluma is arguably the best 2021 prospect in the state. The addition of Jaquan Scott puts this team over the hump, the 6'8 F is one of the best front court players in the state in 2020 and holds a handful of high major offers already. Look for this team to get better as they gel and gain more experience. Universal will get an early test at the Thanksgiving Hoopfest.

10) iSchool Entrepreneurial Academy: Key Additions 2020 6'7 Wing Quevian Adger 2020 6'10 C Jonathan Aku

This will be iSchool Entrepreneurial Academy's first year with a basketball program and they are starting off with two big time prospects and a nice schedule. Coach Brian Nwelue has done a good job of putting this team together as they will feature two of the best prospects in the country in the 2020 class. Quevian Adger and Jonathan Aku will lead this team offensively and defensively and will look to get solid guard play in order to stay in the Top 10.

 

With the usual suspects, several new faces, the resurgence of a few historical programs and the rise of a few new programs I expect this season to be exciting and full of big time games. It's a great time for high school basketball in the DFW area!

Kellen C. Buffington

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Twitter: @TheTB5Reports

 

 

 

 

 

Jaylin Posey is Becoming a Hot Name on the Recruiting Trail

2020 Universal Academy 6'3 G Jaylin Posey

2020 G Jaylin Posey is arguably the hottest recruit in Texas right now. He has picked up offers from TCU, Texas A&M, Houston, UNT and Texas Tech over the last two months. All of these programs have been in to see him this fall and have really been impressed with his combination of size, skillset and basketball IQ.

Jaylin attended The Next Wave Camp last month along with several other high major prospects and proved to be one of the best prospects in the camp. Posey can score from all three levels, he's an ELITE defender and he makes tremendous reads in pick and roll situations. Posey was known early on as a scorer but has improved greatly with his decision making and ability to facilitate from the point guard position.

I expect Jaylin to continue his rapid ascension up recruiting boards as he is primed for a big high school season this year on a very talented Universal Academy team. They will play a big time schedule and have recently added another big time prospect 2020 6'8 F Jaquan Scott who is also seeing his recruitment soar. Posey will have the keys to the car at Universal Academy and will look to continue his torrid play this season.

Kellen C. Buffington

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Twitter: @TheTB5Reports

DFW Prospects Headed to USA Mini-Camp This Weekend

A few of DFW's finest prospects will head to Colorado Springs this weekend to participate in the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team October Mini-Camp. The camp includes prospects from the classes of 2019-2022. With DFW being a hotbed for talent we have four prospects representing the city. 

2019 6'4 South Garland G Tyrese Maxey

Tyrese Maxey makes a return trip to Colorado Springs for USA Mini-Camp. The #7 ranked player in the 2019 class and University of Kentucky verbal commit will look to stake his claim for another opportunity to represent his country. Maxey is arguably the best guard prospect in the country and will continue to exhibit this weekend. Fresh off of a Gold Medal playing with the U18 USA Men's Basketball Team Maxey will look to use that experience to his advantage in camp.

2019 6'2 Denton Guyer G Devion Harmon

Devion Harmon makes a return trip to Colorado Springs for USA Mini-Camp. The #33 ranked player in the 2019 class and University of Oklahoma verbal commit has to feel like Colorado Springs is a second home. He's spent as much time in Colorado as anybody over the last few years. Harmon has won two gold medals at the U16 and U17 level and will look to continue his international dominance this weekend in camp.

2020 6'5 Little Elm G RJ Hampton

RJ Hampton makes a return trip to Colorado Springs for USA Mini-Camp. The #5 ranked player in the 2020 class has already put together a nice international resume. Hampton already has two gold medals in tow playing at the U16 and U17 levels. He must feel pretty comfortable in Colorado Springs as he's spent as much time as anybody there the last few years. Hampton will look to continue to build on his international resume in camp this weekend.

2020 6'7 Montverde G Cade Cunningham

Cade Cunningham will make the trip to Colorado Springs to attend USA Mini-Camp for the first time. The #12 ranked prospect in the 2020 class will look to make a great first impression on the USA Basketball Staff. While this is Cade's first time at USA Mini-Camp he is no stranger to competitive environments with some of the nation's best players. Cade had big time performances at the Nike Elite 100, NBA TOP 100 and Pangos All-American Camps this summer to solidify himself as one of the top prospects in the country. 

 

The mini-camp is the first camp following USA Basketball's announcement to partner with the NCAA, National Basketball Players Association and the NBA. To go along with the on-court sessions the camp will also include sessions that focus on the usage of social media and character development. 

I'm sure each of these young men will make a very good impression on all of the staff, coaches and media in attendance at the USA Mini-Camp this weekend.

 

Kellen C. Buffington

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The Future is Now

The Next Wave was specifically for 2020 and 2021 prospects. There were a few 2022 prospects in camp who showed they are ready to play with the older guys now and didn't need to wait until "their time." These guys really seized an opportunity to compete against some of the best prospects in the state and more than held their own against the upperclassmen.

2022 6'6 G Colin Smith (St. Mark's) - Colin is a long wing who can really shoot the three ball. He plays with high IQ and is very versatile offensively. He crashes the glass for offensive rebounds and can shoot it off the catch or the bounce. He was one of the few guys in camp who showed the ability to be a threat setting screens and using the ball screen for himself. Colin will team with a few other very talented prospects at his high school and will be counted on heavily to score and hit the glass from day 1.  His size, versatility, IQ and skillset justify the offers he has before he's even played a HS basketball game. Colin holds offers from Georgetown, TCU and Texas A&M.

2022 5'10 G Vincent "Cruz" Davis (South Garland) -  Cruz flat out understands how to play basketball. That keeps him in the mix to be one of the best PG prospects in the state for his class. He has grown a few inches since the spring and is now a legit 5'10 with long arms. He understands how to play with pace and really operates well in pick and roll. He shoots the ball well out to the three point line and uses his quickness and tight handle to weave through defenders and touch paint. Cruz is in a situation where he gets to learn from two of the best guards in the country in Tyrese Maxey and Chris Harris along with a veteran laden South Garland group looking to get back to the state tournament.

2022 6'0 G Isaiah Foster (Frisco Memorial) - Isaiah wasted no time asserting himself offensively with the big boys. He used his speed and quickness to get in the lane and finished well over bigger defenders. He made shots from all over the floor and defended well. Isaiah will get the ball from day 1 at Frisco Memorial in it's first year of operation. I expect him to hit the ground running and be able to score the ball early in his high school career.

2022 6'0 G Nazir Brown (LD Bell) - I talked about Nazir in the initial article from The Next Wave and I'm going to talk about him some more now. Nazir looked comfortable early on at the camp playing against the older prospects. Nazir is physically mature with his rock solid body and mentally mature with his approach to scoring. He doesn't waste dribbles and understands where his spots are and how to get there. I expect him to score a ton of points over the next four years at LD Bell.

2022 6'2 G Anthony Black (Coppell) - Anthony is an intriguing long-term prospect. He has tremendous length and bloodlines.  (Father is in the Baylor Hall of Fame) Anthony is a long and wiry skilled player who understands the game and how it's played. He can make shots, defend, handle and pass. As Anthony adds strength his game will continue to grow. He is a prospect that won't surprise me at all if he finishes as one of the best in the state when this marathon in the 2022 class is over with.

 

Kellen C. Buffington

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Familiar Faces

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

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Twitter: @TheTB5Reports