Lancaster and Kimball are two of the most historic programs in Dallas. They squared off last night in a heavily anticipated matchup that didn't live up to the hype. Lancaster came out hot and led Kimball 28-13 after the first quarter and never looked back. Lancaster won the game 84-60. Mike Miles and Wade Taylor IV combined to score 51 points for Lancaster and Cobe Williams finished with 27 points for Kimball.
Wade Taylor IV got the party started early for Lancaster. He came out guns blazing finishing the first quarter with 13 points. He was aggressive attacking the basket and was dialed in from three. He hit some deep ones early. Wade finished with a game high 28 points and also had 4 rebounds and 3 assists.
Mike Miles had it rolling for Lancaster last night. He got teammates the ball, rebounded and was still able to score efficiently. Mike is attacking the basket more and living at the free throw line. He controlled the tempo last night and finished with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.
Cobe Williams' team may have lost this one but his play amazing. His team got down early and he went in to attack mode trying to will his team back in it. The 6'0 PG and recent Louisiana Tech signee scored from all three levels in this one and got his teammates involved. His ability to shoot it last night made him tough to guard with his blazing speed. He finished with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
We knew early how special this 2019 class had a chance to be in DFW. Many of these prospects were identified early and like always we had some insert themselves into the bevy of talented DFW prospects late. To this point we have 24 prospects who have verbally committed or signed to Division 1 schools. This number is really amazing when you think about it. These young men have worked tirelessly and performed consistently to have this opportunity to commit to their school of choice early. I believe by the late signing period we can have 30-35 Division 1 prospects in this 2019 class. Here is the list of early signees/ commits.
South Garland HS 6'4 G Tyrese Maxey Kentucky (signed)
Rockwall HS 6'7 G Sam Williamson Louisville (signed)
Duncanville outlasts Mansfield Lakeridge in a high scoring affair 100-93. This was a high scoring game that didn't feature much defense from either side. With this amount of points scored on both sides you can imagine there were some stellar individual offensive performances. Here are a few who stood out in the game last night.
Duncanville 2020 6'7 Wing Micah Peavy scored 26 points and had 12 rebounds in last night's win. Peavy was a terror in transition finishing above the rim and used his body and athleticism to really get on the glass. He was aggressive attacking the basket and got into the paint whenever he wanted to. Peavy has the size, IQ, versatility and athleticism to be a dominant high school player. When he's locked in nights like this should come relatively easy for Peavy.
Duncanville 2020 6'2 G Eyan Gooden had the three ball working for him last night and his team needed every one of them. The junior guard shot 6/7 from three. Eyan was dialed in offensively and was one of the few players who played defense in this game. He played with a ton of energy and confidence. It was right on time for Duncanville as they needed a second scorer to step up in this high scoring affair.
Mansfield Lakeridge 2019 6'1 G Tahlik Chavez was on fire last night scoring 26 points. He scored from all three levels and really showed a nice handle. Chavez showed the ability to create for himself off the bounce. He made some big time shots off the dribble from deep. The unsigned senior can score in bunches when rolling. Tahlik is one of the best available unsigned seniors in the DFW.
Mansfield Lakeridge 2020 6'4 Wing Joey Madimba finished with 24 points and close to 10 rebounds. The explosive wing got to the basket at will and finished through contact. He continues to show improvement on his jump shot as well as extending his range out to the three point line. Once he tightens up his handle some Joey is going to be very tough to deal with. The junior already holds offers from UNT and UAB. I expect his recruitment to continue to rise over the coming months.
There were a few prospects who really stepped up big for their teams in some big time matchups this weekend at the Cow-Town Tip-Off. Most times in big games the role players make the difference, these guys were the difference for their teams and will be leaned on heavily moving forward.
Alec Grandstaff had arguably the best performance of anybody not named Jahmius Ramsey on Saturday. The 6'2 G drilled seven three's en route to a 27 point performance in a win for Rockwall. Grandstaff sprayed three's from all over the floor and used a quick release and great footwork to get them off. Grandstaff backed up the talk of him being one of the top shooters in the state of Texas with his display on Saturday.
Simply put, Jordan Harris won the game for South Garland. With his brother Chris Harris Jr. dealing with cramps and Tyrese Maxey dealing with foul trouble Jordan stepped up for his team. Jordan made plays on offense and defense, diving on the floor for loose balls, getting steals and made big shots including the three that gave South Garland the lead for good. Jordan is a crafty guard with a nice handle that can really shoot the basketball. If he can continue this type of effort South Garland will be very tough to beat this season.
Tyler Mcghie was the difference in Denton Guyer's big win against Lancaster. He had an amazing shooting performance. Mcghie made six three's and he made some timely ones. The way the Guyer team is built allows Tyler to get open looks from three. He will make open shots all day long. The 6'5 G put the city on notice he will be a huge factor in Guyer's drive for a state championship.
JB Hill played tough for Duncanville in a loss to South Garland. He was fearless attacking the basket and he really set up his teammates well for easy baskets. JB was able to break down the defense time after time and get to his spots. He played tough defense and showed he can be counted on in big games. JB will be a key component to Duncanville's success moving forward. His quickness, vision and ball handling are a huge asset to his team.
The #36 prospect in Rivals 100 Duncanville 2019 6'4 G Jahmius Ramsey has announced his commitment to Texas Tech. The 6'4 G will make an immediate impact upon his arrival to Lubbock. Ramsey is a physical combo guard than can really score, he uses his body and athleticism to attack the basket and finish through contact. Ramsey has extended his range over the last few years and has turned himself into a consistent threat from the three point stripe. With his commitment out of the way look for Ramsey to have a huge year for Duncanville.
Ramsey chose Texas Tech over Memphis, Louisville and Ohio St.
Arlington Martin High School has a special talent walking their hallways right now. Montreal Pena Jr. has as much upside as as any 2020 prospect in the state of Texas. That is saying a mouthful because the 2020 class in Texas is as good as any state in the country. Several high major schools are beginning to take notice. Montreal was off the radar to many people and programs headed into the spring with Drive Nation's 16U team. It didn't take long at all for him to introduce himself to the city as a top prospect.
The 6'9 forward possesses attributes you just can't teach. He runs like a gazelle, has a 7'0 + wingspan, great hands and ELITE athleticism. Pena also has a soft touch out to about 17 feet that he's added to his game over the last few months. Right now he is an elite rim protector who can rim run and finish way above the rim.
Several schools have been in to see him this fall and are tracking his progress headed into his junior season. Pena currently holds offers from TCU, Baylor and Oklahoma St. Each one of those programs has made him a top priority in their 2020 class. I expect for his game and recruitment to continue to grow immensely over the next year. Pena is one of those rare prospects who combines immense potential with steady on court production. He affects the game using his length, athleticism and high motor. Pena is just scratching the surface of what he will be as a player, he will only continue to get better as a prospect.
The Cowtown Tip-Off heads into it's second year of existence. If last year was any indication of how this event will be , we are in for some of the best games and individual matchups in the state. These games involve great coaching, high level prospects and a shot clock. That is a recipe for BIG TIME basketball. This year's matchups don't disappoint at all. Here is a preview of can't miss games and prospects.
Desoto vs. Jesuit 7pm at North Crowley HS
This should be an interesting matchup to kick off the event. 2019 6'0 G Oral Roberts commit Max Abmas and 2019 6'8 F Julius Marble lead an always dangerous Jesuit team while Desoto will be led by 6'7 F Duncan Powell, 6'5 F Claven Wilson and 2019 6'3 G Jairus Hicklen. The Julius Marble vs. Duncan Powell matchup should be a good one.
North Crowley vs. FW Dunbar 8:30pm at North Crowley HS
This rivalry is always a good and the gym will be packed and loud for this one. 2019 Dunbar 6'1 G Jeremiah Keys will lead Dunbar into a hostile environment to attempt to get a big win on the road. North Crowley 2019 high scoring wing Isaiah Crawford will look to hold off Dunbar's charge on Friday night.
Duncanville vs. South Garland 8pm at North Crowley
This game will feature four players ranked in the Top 100 prospects in their respected classes. 2019 Kentucky commit #9 Tyrese Maxey, 2019 #39 Jahmius Ramsey, 2019 Texas A&M commit #90 Chris Harris Jr., 2020 #88 Micah Peavy. This looks to be a heavyweight battle of two of the best teams in the state in 6A. There will be no love lost in this one. Ramsey will look to come out and try to add to his resume for McDonald's All-American Game voters against a lock for the game in Tyrese Maxey. Chris Harris Jr. and Micah Peavy will be a big time matchup as well. Chris always seems to show up BIG in games like this and I expect him to have a great game in this one. Peavy's size and versatility will have a huge impact on the game as well. Look for this to be a high scoring and very entertaining contest. This one will come down to which team's role players are the most productive.
Denton Guyer vs. Lancaster 6:30pm at North Crowley
This game will be a matchup of contrasting styles and personnel. Denton Guyer comes in as the #12 team in the country and #1 in TheTB5Reports DFW Top 10 Ranking. This team features 2019 Oklahoma commit #33 Devion Harmon, 2019 Michigan commit #36 Jalen Wilson and 2020 6'7 F JaKobe Coles. They will be tough to beat with their size on the inside and offensive versatility. Lancaster will counter with 2020 #143 Mike Miles and reigning DFW Newcomer of the Year Wade Taylor IV. Lancaster is one of the favorites to get to San Antonio this year and Coach Doug always has his teams ready to compete. Lancaster will play fast and look to use their speed, defensive tenacity and ability to shoot the three against Guyer. Guyer will look to pound the ball inside and really hit the glass to exploit Lancaster's lack of size. 2019 6'5 F Devon Miller will be huge in this one for Lancaster. The team that imposes their style of play will win this game.
Little Elm vs. Rockwall 3pm at North Crowley
This will be a matchup of two of the top players in the country in their respected classes. 2020 #5 RJ Hampton will lead his Little Elm team into battle against Louisville commit 2019 #34 Sam Williamson. Sam will look to continue his campaign for a McDonald's All-American Game bid in this high profile matchup. Look for 2022 6'5 G Tre White and 2019 6'2 G Alec Grandstaff to play a major factor in the outcome of this game.
Desoto vs. Justin Northwest 5pm at North Crowley
Justin Northwest is a heavy favorite to win state in 5A after a loss in last year's state title game. They return all but one key piece from last year's team. Led by Oklahoma St. commit 2019 #126 Avery Anderson III and 6'9 C Sam Freeman Northwest is looking to make a deep run starting Saturday. Desoto won't be easy to beat, head coach Chris Dyer will have his team ready to play. Sophomore 6'7 F Duncan Powell and senior 6'5 F Claven Wilson will lead a tough team into North Crowley on Saturday for this matchup. Guard play for Desoto will be critical in this game and look for 2020 6'2 G Julien Smith to play a major role for Northwest in this one.
Waco Midway vs. Waxahachie 12pm at North Crowley
The Waxahachie Indians will have a completely new look this season after graduating three of the programs best players in 2018. Larry Wise, Tre Gipson and Marqualen Grant are all playing college basketball and standout two way athlete Demani Richardson is out for the season. The Indians will also be without starting guard 2020 Mekai Pope for this one as well. The cupboard isn't bare though with the return of 6'4 2019 wing JT Warren and 2021 6'4 wing CJ Noland. The addition of 2020 6'11 C Darius Miles and 2020 5'10 G BJ Francis make this team talented. It might be a tough start for the Indians this season working with a new team but coach Gober always has his guys fired up and ready to play. Waco Midway will come in with a very talented group led by 2020 6'7 wing Michael "Bubba" Jefferson. Add 2020 6'8 F God's Gift and the engine that makes that squad go 2020 5'9 G Anthony Scott and this looks to be a team looking towards a deep playoff run.
JJ Pearce vs. Mansfield Timberview 1:30pm at North Crowley
This matchup features one of the top players in the country 2019 #29 Drew Timme for Pearce against one of the most successful programs in the DFW over the last four years. Timberview will feel the absence of Jaquan Scott but this team is filled with seniors who have had a ton of success during the current run at Timberview. 2019 6'5 F Air Force commit Trazarien White will lead this team along with senior 6'4 F Rodrigo Soares and 5'9 G CJ Smith. Drew Timme will bring his lofty ranking into this one as he does everything for JJ Pearce. 2019 senior 6'2 G Sterling Hopkins will also provide ball handling and scoring for Pearce.
In the last addition of our Elite 14 Showcase Recap we take a look at a few underclassmen who played big in Wichita Falls and introduce you to a big time scorer from Europe.
Arthur Kaluma is the best player in Texas in the class of 2021. I've watched him closely the last few months and he just continues to dazzle with his play. The 6'8 sophomore has been consistent in every environment . He was the C0-MVP of the Pangos Camp and played extremely well at Elite 14 this past weekend. Kaluma's combination of skill, length and athleticism is second to none in Texas in his class to this point. It is still very early for the 2021 class but right now I believe Kaluma is clearly the best prospect in the class. His versatility, ability to handle the basketball and shoot it with range make him a deadly mismatch. Kaluma was outstanding against Sunrise on Friday night showcasing an array of skills against one of the best teams in the country.
Wade Taylor IV had as decorated of a freshman season as any prospect in Texas. The 2021 G looks to be in for a big time sophomore campaign based off what I saw in Wichita Falls. In the first game against JJ Pearce Taylor had it going early and often for the Tigers. He got to his spots, scored at will and played excellent defense. Taylor uses his speed and quickness on both sides of the ball and can really shoot the three with deep range and accuracy. Wade is arguably the best guard prospect in the 2021 class in Texas. He will be a key cog in Lancaster's run for a state title appearance in San Antonio.
Petar Krivokapic was a nice find on Friday night playing for iSchool Entrepreneurial Academy. He started off slow but had an 18 point outburst in the second half against Bishop Lynch. The 6'3 SG can really shoot the basketball and showed the ability to get in the lane and finish. Petar is a crafty guard that plays a European style of basketball. He can fill it up quickly when he gets into a rhythm by evidence of his 18 points in 18 minutes Friday night. He is definitely one that should be tracked in the 2020 class.
In Part 2 of our Elite 14 Showcase coverage we continue to look at standouts from this weekend.
Mike Miles had it rolling in a tough game against Lewisville. He facilitated as usual and really scored the ball efficiently. He made a strong drive and finished with a big dunk that shocked the entire gym. Mike made play after play down the stretch for Lancaster in a tightly contested game to help his team get a tough win. Mike rebounded well and really played tough on the defensive end. His body has changed drastically over the last year with added muscle. He displayed burst and athleticism on Saturday and showed the added muscle hasn't slowed him down at all.
Imo Essien might have had the biggest coming out party of any prospect this weekend. The 2021 G had a big time showing on Friday night to propel Bishop Lynch to a huge win. He was masterful orchestrating the offense for his team and scored from all three levels. He had close to a double double in points and assists while limiting his turnovers. Imo plays with tremendous feel and pace. UNT was on hand to watch him and extended an offer to the sophomore.
Tre White played with the poise and feel of an upperclassmen in his games on Saturday. The 6'5 playmaker plays with a high IQ and was one of the best passers I saw in the entire event. He played well alongside RJ Hampton in a Robin role while also picking his spots for his own scoring opportunities. Tre projects to be a big time prospect that will be recruited at the highest level of basketball. He picked up an offer from Kansas after his outstanding play in front of Kansas assistant coach Jerrance Howard.
KJ Pruitt played big in a tight contest against Lancaster Saturday. The 6'4 guard showed off an improved stroke from three nailing 3 three pointers and showed his athleticism with a big slam. He competes hard and does a little bit of everything for an undersized Lewisville team.
Julien Smith had it rolling all day Saturday scoring the basketball. He buried jump shots off of pick and roll and coming off of screens. He scored the ball efficiently in all three games. Julien is a big time shooter who when he gets hot he just flat out doesn't miss. I expect him to score a ton of points for a very good Justin Northwest team this season.
Several DFW prospects shined during the Elite 14 Showcase this past weekend. The event gave teams an opportunity to compete at a high level in front of college coaches. There were a few players who gave us an early glimpse of who may be in store for a huge high school season in 2018-19.
Drew Timme was amazing on Saturday. He did everything you could ask of a top 30 player in the country. He handled the ball against pressure, rebounded and scored consistently against double and triple teams in the paint. Timme is an excellent passer who gets his teammates easy baskets. He is set to make his decision in the coming week. He's down to Gonzaga, Illinois, Texas A&M and Alabama.
Jahmius Ramsey was a scoring machine this weekend for Duncanville. In the first game he made four straight three's in the game off the bounce and the catch. He played above the rim all day as well. Jahmius really looks like a grown man playing against boys at times with his size and skillset. He looks to have settled in with his new team and is ready to make a run for a few post season all-star events.
RJ Hampton did everything for Little Elm on Saturday. He scored from all three levels and really showed his athleticism on offense and defense. Hampton made strong drives and finished over and through defenders once he got to the rim. What really stood out to me was how well he used his athleticism and IQ to get into passing lanes defensively. Hampton used his length and great anticipation to get steals and deflections. RJ looked every bit of a consensus top 10 prospect in the 2020 class.
Jaquan Scott made his Universal Academy debut this weekend at Elite 14 and he didn't disappoint. The hybrid forward played with toughness and skill. In a matchup against Sunrise he battled on the glass and defended at a high level. He is showing the ability to consistently step out and make the three ball as a pick and pop threat and trailing the break. His ability to rebound in and out of his area coupled with his skill will continue to make him a priority for HM schools moving forward.
Jake Milkereit was on fire for Bishop Lynch Friday night. He made shots, scored from all three levels and was very efficient. Jake is a shot maker who really doesn't need much time or space to get his shot off. He has tremendous footwork that allows him to be ready to shoot before he gets the ball. He is an underrated ball handler as well. Jake is fresh off an offer from Northern Arizona to go along with UMKC. I expect his recruitment to continue trending up as he is primed for a HUGE high school season.