Another week, another Starting 5. The DFW area continues to provide us with special performances and big wins. A few new faces in this edition.
Micah Peavy exploded for 38 points in a win last week, 24 of them came in the first quarter. Peavy has been a key cog for the #1 team in the state for 6A.
Donald Gholdstone has been very good for Grand Prairie this year. He had a big time performance last week scoring 30 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in a win last week over state ranked Mansfield Lakeridge.
Jakevan continued his dominate play last week for state #1 ranked 4A team Hutch. He totaled 60 points and 23 rebounds in 2 wins last week.
Jairus has been tremendous all season long for Desoto. The unsigned senior had games of 23 and 20 points in 2 wins last week for his team. He's filling the stat sheets with points and rebounds as well.
Isaiah was huge in 2 wins for Lonestar last week. The Northern Arizona commit scored 30 in a win and was big time down the stretch in a win vs rival Frisco Wakeland.
After a short Christmas break we are back at it with our Starting Five highlighting big performances from this past week. There was no shortage of competitive games and individual performances.
Chris Harris Jr. led his team to a big district win over a young and talented Wylie HS team. The Texas A&M signee was just too much for the young Wylie Pirates hitting five triples en route to a game high 23 points and 7 rebounds.
Tyrese Maxey played a superb all around game in a 64-44 win over district foe Wylie HS. He finished with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. The University of Kentucky signee scored and facilitated at a high level.
Keyonte is the first freshman to make the Starting 5 this year and he's earned it. The freshman phenom has been one of the better scorers regardless of class this season. He scored 31 points to lead his Lewisville team to a victory over Flower Mound Marcus.
Andrew was phenomenal in a win against Bishop Lynch last week. He scored 25 points, made 5 triples and pulled down 8 rebounds. Andrew picked up an offer from San Diego in that game and on Friday he accomplished the 1,000 points milestone at St. Mark's.
Jahmius Ramsey has been on a tear the last month and his Duncanville team has benefitted from it. Ramsey has helped lead his team to a #1 state ranking. He scored 23 points in a big district win over JJ Pearce. Ramsey seems to have it clicking at the right time as does Duncanville HS.
Jakevan Leftridge has been on absolute tear leading his Hutch team to a #1 state ranking in class 4A. The unsigned senior does everything his team needs him to do in order to win. Lately they've needed scoring and he has done that in a big way. Leftridge scored 50 points to go along with 11 rebounds and 6 steals vs. Roosevelt last week and had 33 points and 12 rebounds in his last game.
Leftridge is a prospect who continues to get better and has seen his recruitment spike after some big time performances. Schools from the Southland and WAC conferences are ramping up their involvement with the DISD star. I expect Leftridge to continue his production and for him to become a major priority for schools headed into the late signing period.
Garland Lakeview Centennial has had their fair share of prospects come out of the program. Players like Chris Jones and Philadelphia 76ers Zhaire Smith are a few who come to mind. The latest big time prospect is 2020 6'8 F Donte Houston. Donte isn't a secret anymore as his consistent production this year has attracted college coaches to see him.
Donte plays with a relentless motor, toughness and big time athleticism around the rim. While his athleticism is a huge part of his game it isn't the only thing he can do. The 6'8 forward has also shown the ability to knock down the three ball as well. Donte will definitely be a prospect coaches should track headed into the April evaluation period.
The St. Mark's vs. Bishop Lynch matchup wasn't short on prospects at all. Some of the best players in the city in their respected classes were on the floor last night. St. Mark's ended up getting the win behind outstanding performances from 2020 wing Andrew Laczkowski and 2021 wing Harrison Ingram as well as 2022 G Colin Smith and 2022 G Noah Shelby. Bishop Lynch was led by fast rising 2021 PG Imo Essien who played an outstanding game from start to finish and 2019 unsigned senior Zach Muller.
Imo was tremendous in defeat for Bishop Lynch. He is a guard that doesn't get sped up and is always in control of the game. He finished with 22 points scoring from all three levels and got his teammates involved with his facilitating.
Zach was productive as always last night for Bishop Lynch. The unsigned senior rebounded, scored from 17 feet and in and showed his athleticism with a big time baseline dunk. Zach really understands how to play, D2 schools should be recruiting this prospect feverishly.
Andrew got it done in a major way last night. He scored at will and led his team with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Andrew connected on 5 three's and shot it well in the midrange. His team won and he picked up his first offer from the University of San Diego.
Harrison Ingram had a workman like performance in this one. The top 25 national prospect finished with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. He was just too much to handle for anyone Bishop Lynch put on him.