The UA Rise circuit has been good to Texas this year. We have a total of 6 teams and 5 of them have winning records. Two of them haven't lost a game yet. We'll recap our coverage of the teams starting with the two undefeated programs.
TX Impact 4:13 is sitting atop of the standings at 8-0 in the Anotomix Division. They were stellar this weekend blowing out most of their opponents. This team is well balanced but the unquestioned star is Top 150 ranked 2020 6'11 C Jon Aku. Jon has been a staple this summer for TX Impact. They have gotten consistent contributions from 2020 6'7 F Michaiah Abii, 2021 6'0 PG Imo Essien, 2021 6'3 PG Zhuric Phelps and 2020 6'4 G Drake Muller among others. This team plays for each other and their 8-0 record on the UA Rise reflects that. They should be one of the favorites to win the inaugural UA Rise Championship in July.
Dallas Showtyme is sitting atop the Drive Division at 8-0 after two UA Rise sessions. Big E always has his team playing tough and getting better headed into the summer months. Showtyme has received big time contributions from a host of different players. 2020 6'5 wing Sherman Brashear has had a coming out party this summer. 2020 6'4 F Day Day Hall has been a monster around the rim and 2020 5'10 PG BJ Francis has been a steady hand at the point guard position. Expect the Gorillas to make a run at a UA Rise Championship in July.
Cooz Elite is right in the thick of things on UA Rise at 6-2 in the Drive Division. Their guard play was phenomenal this weekend. Getting big contributions from 2020 6'3 PG Jahari Long, 2020 6'4 G Rubin Jones, 2020 6'1 G DA Houston and 2020 6'1 G Elijah Elliott. These 4 guards give Cooz a chance to win every time they step on the floor. If they can find a way to consistently rebound in July they'll have a chance to knock off a few teams in search of a UA Rise Championship.
Lone Star Elite-Mustangs had a 3-1 weekend to get right back in the race. Sitting at 5-3 in the Anotomix Division they look primed to make a run. This team can really shoot the basketball. 2020 6'2 SG Devon Hancock was one of the leading scorers on the Rise this weekend and 2020 6'1 G Mekai Pope opened the weekend with a 30 point, 8 rebounds and 8 assists performance. 2020 6'7 F CJ Kelley registered two double doubles this weekend. With this type of production the Lone Star Elite-Mustangs will be look to make a deep run towards a UA Rise Championship.
BMM struggled this weekend but they still sit at 5-3 in the UA Rise Drive Division. 2020 6'7 wing Quevian Adger is one of the top players in the country and he showed it in a matchup with Cooz Elite. He scored from all three levels and played excellent defense. With Adger, BMM will always have a chance to win games as most times he's the most talented player on the floor. They have received contributions from 2021 5'9 PG Elijah Taylor, 2020 6'4 G Preston Lawrence, 2020 6'7 F Kobe Ollison and 2019 5'10 G Tre Hester. They will need more from all of those guys to help them make a run at a UA Rise Championship in July.
Micah Peavy had a heck of a run in helping lead his Duncanville High School team to a 6A State Championship. He capped the run with an MVP selection after averaging a double double in San Antonio. Peavy seems to have carried that momentum into one of the best spring live period performances in the country this year.
Peavy was one of the best players in Session 1 of the EYBL. He averaged 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists per game while leading his team to a 3-1 record. He has recently re-opened his recruitment from his final 5 and has picked up offers from Arkansas, Oklahoma St., Texas and Oregon in the last two weeks. Peavy looks like he's playing with serious confidence and his production is at an ELITE level.
Peavy is right on the cusp from a rankings perspective for some McDonald All-American and Jordan Brand game invites. Currently ranked at #42 in the 2020 class according to ESPN gives him a chance to get into these games with continued production like he had during the first live period. He has definitely put himself in a position to continue his ascension as a prospect in the 2020 class.
The world knows about Harrison Ingram the basketball player. He is a consensus Top 30 prospect in the class of 2021. He holds offers from the likes of Baylor, Stanford, UCLA, Kansas, Texas, TCU, Illinois and a host of other Power 5 programs. The 6'7 versatile wing does a lot of things very well on the basketball court. He can score, rebound, pass, defend you name it. He led his St. Mark's team to an improbable run this year to a DISD championship game appearance. These are all things the average basketball person already knows about Ingram.
Harrison Ingram the student might be a better prospect than Harrison Ingram the basketball player. Ingram attends one of the top high school academic institutions in the country at St. Mark's. There is a rigorous process for admission and students leave there prepared to receive an Ivy League degree.
Ingram's ability to excel at both academics and athletics at such a high level isn't the norm. This is one of the attributes that separates him from many of his peers. The ability to lock in and work hard enough to be considered an ELITE student and athlete takes a lot of sacrifice and hard work. I expect for Harrison to be one of the most sought after 2021 prospects in the country over the next two years.
Baylor Hebb and Logan McLaughlin took the state by storm last summer with their ability to score the basketball. Fast forward a year later and now America is taking notice. One of the most dynamic backcourts in the state has continued to produce at a high level and show no signs of slowing down.
Logan is out nursing a broken wrist and just picked up an offer from Wisconsin-Green Bay, that tells you how talented this young man is. Logan was off to a hot start this spring before the injury and his recruitment shows that. The 6'2 guard holds another offer from Abilene Christian and has received interest from Kansas St., Northern Iowa, Iowa, Oklahoma, UNT and a host of others. Logan is a couple of weeks out from being cleared and I expect his recruitment to take off once coaches get to see him live in July.
Baylor Hebb has raised his profile as a prospect as much as any guard in the state through the first live session. The 6'2 G has torched everybody he's played this year. He hit Texas Hardwork for 34 in a win and the Texas Titans for 28 in a win. During the spring live period at NY2LA Hebb went for, 24, 48 and 28 in three games and has started to pick up offers and interest. Hebb currently holds offers from Abilene Christian, UTA, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Ohio and Bucknell. He is drawing serious interest from Colorado, Colorado St., Illinois, SMU and Texas. The baby faced assassin is as mean as they come on the floor and can score from every level as he's proven this spring. Look for his recruitment to continue to grow in the coming weeks.
The duo holds the same offer from Wisconsin-Green Bay and Abilene Christian. Can you imagine them teaming up in college and doing this in the NCAA Tournament one day? I surely can. For now they will continue to make up one of the country's top backcourts and represent the 3d Academy moniker "Flame Thrower U."