TheTB5Reports Starting 5 For The Week of Jan. 21st-26th

The DFW provided us with more big time individual performances in wins last week. Big time players are making big time plays as guys continue their playoff push in the second half of district.


2019 JJ Pearce 6'10 F Drew Timme

Drew was phenomenal in a win over Richardson last week. The Gonzaga signee had 31 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists and the game winning score to lead his team to victory. Timme has arguably been the best player in the Metroplex this year.


2020 Newman Smith 6'3 G Jarren Cook

Jarren was on fire leading his team to a victory over Conrad. The junior sharp shooter made 7 three's and finished with 33 points. Cook has been on a scoring tear all year and has Newman Smith primed for the playoffs.


2019 Colleyville Heritage 6'3 G Niko Bossinakis

Niko had it ALL working in a rivalry win versus Grapevine last week. The senior guard finished with 25 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and hit the game tying three to send it to OT at the buzzer. Colleyville Heritage is having a fantastic season so far and Bossinakis has been a key cog in the team's success.


2022 Little Elm 6'5 G Tre White

The freshman Tre White erupted for 47 points and 10 rebounds and 5 assists in a win over Lake Dallas last week. The top 25 talent showed why he is so highly recruited and touted nationally. Little Elm will try and make a deep playoff run and Tre will need to play a huge role in the drive for a 5A state championship.



2019 Mansfield Timberview G CJ Smith

Senior guard CJ Smith had it working for Timberview in a win last week. Smith made 7 three's and finished with 30 points in a win. Timberview has been one of the best teams in the state and Smith has done an outstanding job leading his team. CJ is the maestro for Timberview and a run at another state championship will be heavily impacted on his play the rest of the year.


Kellen C. Buffington

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Sam Williamson McDonald All-American Selection Interview


Sam Williamson will represent DFW along with Tyrese Maxey in the McDonald's All-American Game. Sam sat down with us to speak about his selection to this prestigious event.

TheTB5Reports: How does it feel to be selected to a prestigious event like the McDonald's All-American Game?

Sam Williamson: It’s an amazing feeling to be selected to the game and it’s something I dreamed of since I was a little kid. My journey was different than a lot of other players that make this game. I was relatively unknown 2 years ago and 3 years ago I was playing freshman basketball... but I just kept working. Coming from the bottom and being unknown and then now being a McDonald’s all American it’s just so rewarding knowing my work has payed off.. but I’m not done yet!!

TheTB5Reports: Of course this is a huge individual honor, who helped you get to this point?

Sam Williamson: So many people have helped me at this point from my parents, to my trainers and coaches and to the voters and media that has voted for me and pushed for me to be selected

TheTB5Reports: What are your goals for the rest of your last HS season?

Sam Williamson:I have one primary goal for this season and that’s to win state.. at this point in time I’m not worried about individual awards I just want to finish my high school career on top !


Kellen C. Buffington

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Tyrese Maxey and Sam Williamson selected to the Prestigious McDonald’s All-American Game

The 2019 Mc Donald's All-American Game will be played March 27, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. Dallas, Texas will be represented by South Garland 2019 6'4 G Kentucky signee Tyrese Maxey and Rockwall 2019 6'7 G Louisville signee Sam Williamson. These two young men are outstanding on and off the floor. The two prospects who will now be rivals in the annual Kentucky vs Louisville game next year took different paths to get to this point.


South Garland 2019 6'4 G Tyrese Maxey

Tyrese Maxey has long been regarded as one of the top players in his class. He's taken on every challenge and came out on top for the most part over the last 4 years. I think a lot of people knew before Tyrese even got to HS he would definitely be in the conversation for this game.

TheTB5Reports: How does it feel to be selected to a prestigious event like the McDonald's All-American Game?

Tyrese Maxey: It’s honestly a dream come true! I’ve Been working hard for this day and I’m just glad I can scratch this achievement off a list of many goals!

TheTB5Reports: Of course this is a huge individual honor, who helped you get to this point?

Tyrese Maxey: Praise to the man upstairs who blessed me with these talents and big shout-out to my family members who’ve been by my side through the entire process! Also special thanks to Coach Josh he always put me in position to play against the best so I could prove I belonged! Coach Rod and Coach Tim have also helped me develop my game and continue to get better! Last I’d like to thank Coach Parker for holding me accountable these last 4 years which has made me a better player and more importantly a better person!

TheTB5Reports: What are your goals for the rest of your last HS season?

Tyrese Maxey: I want my state ring!! That’s my main goal this year and was a huge reason why I returned to South Garland for my senior year!


Rockwall 2019 6'7 G Sam Williamson

Sam Williamson was a relatively unknown prospect until after his sophomore year of HS. He has ascended as much as any prospect over the last two years in the country with some huge individual performances on big stages. Sam went from being unranked to top 30 in the country in about 18 months. That is a testament to his hard work and development.


Kellen C. Buffington

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TheTB5Reports Starting 5 For Jan. 14th-19th

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.


2020 Duncanville 6'7 wing Micah Peavy

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.


2020 Grand Prairie 6'7 wing Donald Gholdstone

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.


2019 6'5 wing Jakevan Leftridge

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.


2019 Desoto 6'3 G Jairus Hicklen

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.


2019 Frisco Lonestar 6'6 F Isaiah Lewis

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.


Kellen C. Buffington

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TheTB5Reports Starting Five For January 7th-12th

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.


2019 South Garland 6'3 G Chris Harris Jr.

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.


2019 South Garland 6'4 PG Tyrese Maxey

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.


2022 Lewisville HS 6'3 G Keyonte George

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.


2020 St. Mark's 6'6 F Andrew Laczkowski

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.


2019 Duncanville 6'5 G Jahmius Ramsey

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.


Kellen C. Buffington

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Jakevan Leftridge Has Been On An Absolute Tear This Season

2019 Hutch 6'5 wing Jakevan Leftridge

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.


Kellen C. Buffington

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Garland Lakeview Centennial Has Another High Flying Prospect : Meet Donte Houston

2020 Garland Lakeview Centennial 6'8 F Donte Houston

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.


Kellen C. Buffington

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St. Mark’s vs. Bishop Lynch Recap

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.


2021 Bishop Lynch PG Imo Essien

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.


2019 Bishop Lynch 6'5 F Zach Muller

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.


2020 St. Mark's 6'6 F Andrew Lazckowski

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.


2021 St. Mark's 6'7 wing Harrison Ingram

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.


Kellen C. Buffington

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Stars and Stripes Is An Experience Not Just a Showcase

I wasn't sure what to expect for the inaugural Stars and Stripes event held by Rhossi Carron and Ted Wheeler of Basketball University. Whatever my expectations were they were exceeded tremendously. From the time you walked into the gym at Houston Christian the music was blasting from the speakers, the Eastbay Experience was on hand with all kind of things to do for all fans of any age and there was basketball being played with several Top 100 type talent on the floor.


2020 iSchool 6'10 C Jon Aku

2020 Top 150 prospect Jon was active from the tip for iSchool Entrepreneurial Academy in a matchup against Top 10 2021 6'10 Jerrell Colbert and Texas Christian. He really crashed the glass and finished well around the basket. He handled passes in traffic and finished above the rim. Jon finished with 20 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks.


2020 iSchool 6'7 wing Quevian Adger

2020 Top 150 prospect Quevian struggled to find his shot early but he used his versatility as a player to impact the game. He rebounded, handled the ball and made some nice passes to Jon Aku for easy looks. When the game got tight Quevian started getting to the basket for scoring opportunities. He finished with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists.


2020 Houston Episcopal 6'4 PG Jahari Long

Jahari Long was big in a win over Universal Academy. The Top 150 prospect showed why he is so highly regarded nationally. Long has good size for the PG position, excellent vision, burst and a tremendous floater that he finishes consistently once in the lane. He picked the defense apart last night finding teammates for easy baskets. You can tell he really enjoys passing the ball and he's really good at it. Jahari finished with 10 points and 7 assists in the win.


2020 Universal Academy 6'8 F Jaquan Scott

Jaquan didn't get many touches within the offense last night but he didn't let it affect him. He just went to the glass for rebounds and created his own scoring opportunities. Jaquan is one of the best rebounders in the state due to his toughness, athleticism, length and motor. He played with some finesse as well hitting a couple of nice jump hooks in the lane. While he didn't connect from deep last night he has shown the confidence and ability to knock down jumpers. Jaquan finished with 9 points and 13 rebounds in the game.


2021 Universal Academy 6'8 wing Arthur Kaluma

Arthur always shows flashes of brilliance when you watch him play, last night was more of the same. He rebounded, made jumpers, attacked the basket of the bounce and played excellent defense for stretches. Kaluma is so versatile as a basketball player offensively and defensively. At times he has the tendency to over handle the ball and that results in turnovers. I think he'll be ale to shake that as he matures over the next few years. There just aren't many prospects in the 2021 class with his combination of size and skill. Kaluma finished with 11 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks and 3 steals.


Kellen C. Buffington

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Marco Foster Has Been a Major Key to Lancaster’s Early Success

2020 Lancaster 6'2 G Marco Foster


Lancaster shooting guard Marco Foster has had some of the best shooting performances in the state over the last two seasons. He may have arguably had the best one last season when he made 7 three's against Oak Hill in a game. Foster's name must be mentioned when talking about some of the best shooters in the state of Texas.

This season Marco seems to be more consistent with his play and doing more than just making shots. He's handling the ball more and making plays for his teammates while still knocking down three's at a high percentage. The play of Foster this season along with his backcourt mates Wade Taylor IV and Mike Miles has led Lancaster to a 10-1 record. These three guards are playing like the best backcourt in Texas and show no signs of slowing down. If Foster can continue with his consistent play, look for Lancaster to make a long playoff run that may end with them cutting down the nets in San Antonio.


Kellen C. Buffington

Twitter: @TheTB5Reports