Memorial Day GASO Players to watch

The Memorial Day GASO always gives us a chance to see some of the better local teams and prospects compete against each other, this weekend is no different. The GASO is providing us with some big time game and player matchups. Here are a few players to watch this weekend.

2019 Red Oak/ Urban DFW 6'2 G Marcus Sasser: Sasser is from a long line of big time basketball players in DFW, he looks to be the latest addition to the Sasser legacy. Sasser is one of the best scorers in the city and has been posting crazy scoring numbers ALL spring. I expect that to continue all weekend from the 6'2 guard.

2019 Red Oak/ Texas Impact 6'6 Wing Josh Miller: Miller is a big time slashing wing who can really shoot it. He's picked up several offers this spring.

2019 Trinity Christian/ Dallas Mustangs 6'3 G Isaiah Range: Range is a high flying wing who can really get into the paint. He's a good defender who uses his length and athleticism to cause fits for his opponents.

2019 Prosper/ Lone Star Elite 6'3 G Josh Davis: Davis has nice size at the guard spot. He plays with pace and a high IQ. Shoots the ball well from the three point line.

2019 Allen/ Team Faith 5'11 G Isaiah Stevens: Stevens had one of the best spring evaluation periods of any guard in the city. He has picked up several offers and is one of the leading assist men on the Adidas Gauntlet.

2019 Kennedale/ Showtyme 6'4 F Tre Jones: Tre is one of the best athletes in the city. The strong built Jones is a versatile player who possesses eye popping athleticism around the rim.

2019 Conrad/ Showtyme White 5'9 PG Ezekiel Fields: Fields is a dynamic playmaking guard who can really score. Tough kid who really leads his team.

2019 North Mesquite/ Dallas Mustangs 6'0 G Jerry Carraway: Carraway is a big time scorer who can get hot from behind the arc quickly. He defends well and has a solid handle.

2020 Bowie/ Drive Nation 6'7 G Cade Cunningham: Cade is one of the top players in the country. He scores, facilitates, defends and runs the offense for his Drive Nation 16U team.

2020 Flower Mound/ BMM 6'8 F Caleb Lohner: Lohner is a big time wing scorer who can really shoot it and clean up the glass. Lohner is a top 40 player in the country who competes hard every time out.

2020 Coppell/ BMM 6'8 F Quevian Adger: Adger is a long wing who can  score off of strong drives and a nice jump shout out to the three point arc. His development this spring has been tremendous.

2020 Lakeview Centennial/ Lone Star Elite 6'8 F Donte Houston: Donte is one of the fastest rising prospects in the city. His athleticism, motor and soft touch around the basket and as a shooter makes him a big time prospect.

2020 Arlington Martin/ Drive Nation 6'9 C Montreal Pena: Pena may have the most upside of any prospect in 2020. He is long, active and runs the floor like a gazelle. He is a good shot blocker and will finish above the rim off of lobs.

2021 Desoto/ Urban DFW 6'7 F Duncan Powell: Duncan has done very well playing 17U this spring. He is a physical specimen that can really get it done inside and out. Ultra competitor who is as tough as they come.

2021 St. Mark's/ YGC36 6'7 F Harrison Ingram: Ingram is a big time shooter with a strong body that allows him to bang for rebounds and finish around the rim. The future is very bright for this kid. he already holds an offer from Texas A&M.

2021 Lancaster/ Urban DFW 6'0 PG Wade Taylor III: Taylor has been huge playing 17U for Urban this spring. He's facilitated, scored and defended at a high level. Taylor has offers from Florida State and Texas A&M.

2021 Wylie/ BMM 5'10 G Elijah Taylor: Elijah has done an excellent job running the offense for BMM 17's this spring. He is a quick guard who sees the open man and is a terrific defender.

2021 Plano West/ Lone Star Elite 6'6 Wing Christian Green: Green is a long, active wing who can defend, pass and finish above the rim in transition. He's done a good job playing 17's this spring and making his presence felt all over the floor.

Mustangs Classic Re-cap Part 2

Part 2 of our Mustangs Classic coverage will take a look at players who stood out this weekend at the guard and wing positions along with a couple of 2021's who played up and played well.

2019 Hutch/ Mustangs 5'10 PG Davian Sanders

Davian Sanders was good all weekend long for the Mustangs. He was a driving force getting his team to the championship game. Sanders facilitated, scored when he needed to and applied pressure defensively all weekend long.

2019 Mansfield/ Lone Star Elite 5'9 G Evan McCarthy

Evan was arguably the best shooter in the gym this weekend. He shoots the ball with consistency and with deep range. He rarely missed in catch and shoot opportunities. McCarthy also finished well at the basket.

2019 Kimball/ Showtyme 6'2 G Deaunte Lee

Deaunte was his usual self making three's at a high clip. He showed some serious athleticism this weekend finishing above the rim. Lee plays hard every time he steps on the floor. He is an ultra competitive player who makes shots.

2019 Prestonwood/ Showtyme 6'5 Wing Keller Boothby

Keller Boothby is a sniper. He is a tremendous shooter off the catch who makes three's all around the stripe. He has a good size at 6'5 and a quick release. Boothby was one of the best shooters in the gym this weekend.

2019 Hutch/ Mustangs 6'5 Wing Jakevan Leftridge

Jakevan did a little bit of everything this weekend. He handled the ball, scored, made jumpers, rebounded and defended at a high level. He is a versatile prospect who plays hard and is really good defensively with his length and athleticism.

2021 Plano West/ Lone Star Elite 6'6 Wing Christian Green

Christian is a young prospect playing up  in the 17U Division. While raw, he showed flashes of brilliance this weekend. He already has a great body, gets out in transition well, finishes above the rim and has good vision. It is very early in his development but he is definitely one to track.

2021 Madison/ Mustangs 5'10 G Jerome Rogers

I got a chance to see Rogers playing up in the NCAA Division this weekend. He is a very good ball handler who shoots it well. He was good in pick and roll this weekend and made plays for himself and others. Another young guy that should be tracked in the coming years.

 

Kellen C. Buffington

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Mustangs Classic Re-cap Part 1

Good bigs are hard to come by in today's game. We list a few who are beginning to hit their stride at the perfect time.  In part one of our Mustangs Classic re-cap we take a look at big men who played BIG this weekend and improved their stock. 

2019 6'9 C DJ Basey

2019 Mesquite Poteet/ Dallas Mustangs DJ Basey showed some serious flashes  this weekend. He has great size at 6'9 and about 220lbs. He rebounded in traffic, blocked shots and finished at the rim with authority. This weekend is the best I've seen DJ play. With continued effort and energy that he displayed this weekend he is a must see in July.

2019 6'8 C Xavier Cork

2019 Sulphur Springs/ Dallas Showtyme Elite Xavier Cork was very good this weekend. Cork has broad shoulders, a strong body, long arms and big time athleticism. He rebounded like a mad man this weekend snatching boards out of the air at the highest point. He finished dump offs and lobs above the rim and had some big time blocks on dunk attempts. Cork is a true sleeper with upside whose ability to rebound translates to the next level. 

2020 6'8 F Donte Houston

2020 Garland Lakeview Centennial/ Lone Star Elite Donte Houston is fairly new to the scene but has shown quickly he is one of the best in a loaded 2020 class in DFW. At 6'8 he shows the ability to step out and hit the three, a face up game and finishes well around the basket with both hands and above the rim in traffic. He plays an aggressive style with a lot of energy and his motor runs non-stop pursuing rebounds and blocking shots. Houston has a chance to be very good over these next two years. 

Kellen C. Buffington

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2020 Caleb Lohner

2020 Flower Mound HS/ BMM 6'8 F Caleb Lohner

6'8 Wing Caleb Lohner is one of the fastest rising 2020 prospects in the country. He's gone from an unknown to a consensus Top 40 National Prospect and a must see for High Major Programs across the country. I got a chance to sit down and talk with him about life away from the basketball court, his recruitment and what he's looking for in a program at the next level. 

 

 

TheTB5Reports: How's your recruitment going so far? What schools do you currently hold offers from?

Caleb Lohner: "My recruitment so far has been a very exciting experience. It's very motivating to know that all the physical and mental time I spend in this game is paying off and my dream of playing college basketball is right around the corner. I currently have offers from Baylor, Texas A&M, Kansas State, BYU, TCU and Texas Tech."

TheTB5Reports: I heard you're a lifeguard, how did you become interested in that?

Caleb Lohner: "Yes it's true, I am a lifeguard. Ever since I was a young kid I've loved going out on the boat with my family and friends and spending time in the ocean. I guess just my love for the ocean and being out on water gave me my interest for becoming a lifeguard. The various water and CPR training was very interesting and super beneficial."

TheTB5Reports: What are you looking for in choosing a University and a basketball program at the next level?

Caleb Lohner: "What I'm looking for when it comes to choosing a school is where my best option to be most successful. In my opinion this includes being part of a basketball family and surrounded by coaches and staff who push you to be the best person and basketball player I can be. I want to be surrounded by other great players that will have a positive influence on my game and my character."

TheTB5Reports: You've been with BMM and coach Brian since 7th grade. How has he helped you develop as a young man and player?

Caleb Lohner: " I don't even know where to start with Coach Brian. I got invited to play on his team while I was shooting with some friends at Lifetime Fitness and he was training someone. Coach Brian is one of the most solid, well rounded people I know. His character is unmatched. He is the type of coach that wants everyone to be successful and he's willing to do whatever he can to make that happen. Forget about basketball, coach has helped me develop as a person in every way possible. Not only is he a phenomenal coach, he is one of my most influential examples and mentors. Coach Brian has had a huge impact in my life and I'm blessed to call him my coach."

BMM Founder/ Coach Brian Nwelue: "I've never seen a high school kid with Caleb's work ethic. We'll have 7:30am training sessions over the summer, while most kids are just waking up Caleb has already lifted and worked out on his own since 6:00am. Then he'll do our 2.5 hour workouts. With all the success and attention he's receiving he's still as coachable as he was in 7th grade."

Caleb is ranked #37 according to 247 Sports and #41 according to Rivals in the 2020 class. The talent at the top of the 2020 class in DFW is special and he's earned his place amongst his peers. Lohner is consistently productive while  still having tremendous upside as a prospect. I expect his game and recruitment to continue to expand over the next two years. Whichever university lands this young man is getting a big time player and person.

Kellen C. Buffington

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The 3 Amigos

2019 Guards Chris Harris Jr. (Left) Tyrese Maxey (Middle) Devion Harmon (Right)

It is very rare to see a group of high level prospects grow, develop and stay on the same team for years at a time. With so many teams, circuits and parents and players wanting to be "the guy" those days of growing teams together from elementary ages to the 17U level are just few and far between. Chris Harris Jr., Tyrese Maxey and Devion Harmon have found a way to do the unthinkable and max out as a group of prospects who play the same position on the same team.

2019 6'4 PG Tyrese Maxey is a consensus top 15 player who recently chose Kentucky over the likes of Michigan State and Oklahoma State. He is a lock for the 2019 McDonald's All-American Game and Jordan Brand Game.

2019 6'2 PG Devion Harmon is a consensus top 40 player in the country, he's won a Gold Medal with the USA 16U Basketball team ,led his Denton Guyer HS team to a #1 National Ranking for a period of time during this past HS season and has already verbally committed to the University of Oklahoma.

2019 6'3 CG Chris Harris is a consensus top 85 player in the country, helped lead his team to a state final appearance at South Garland and has already verbally committed to SEC power Texas A&M.

Collectively, they haven't done anything but win while on the floor together. They finished as the #2 Nationally Ranked team as 7th graders, went to the 9th grade championship at Bigfoot Hoops as 8th graders and lead their 17U team as sophomores to a long Peach Jam run last year. This year through two EYBL sessions they are leading their division with a 6-2 record and fresh off a 4-0 weekend as a group.

I asked each of them how it's been playing with each other over the years and how they've been so successful individually and collectively doing so.

Tyrese Maxey: "When we first started playing together I thought I was going to get left out because Chris and Devion been playing together since 2nd grade, but they welcomed me and we been rolling ever since!"

Chris Harris Jr.: "We are able to stay successful because each one of us bought into the philosophy of "Everybody eats." When we cooking it makes all of us look better and everybody is unselfish.

Devion Harmon: "People said we couldn't do it, they said we couldn't make it to college playing together, we just kept going." We are the prime example of not listening to the outside noise, if you just stay locked in on  the mission and the ultimate goal then you can accomplish anything." "Kentucky, Oklahoma, Texas A&M.....we're living proof."

I have to be honest, I am one of the guys along with others who thought there was no way these three could stay together and enjoy this much success individually and as a collective group. Harris, Harmon and Maxey give a ton of credit to their fathers for allowing them to make the decision to stay and play together through the years. The parents trusted the process and the players worked hard to put themselves in this position. There is one common denominator that can't go unmentioned in making this work and that is Josh Woodson. Woodson has been able to keep this group together since 6th grade and navigate this whole process with these boys and their families.

They've proven a lot of us wrong, myself included.

Kellen C. Buffington

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Tyrese Maxey selected to USA U18 National Team Trials

2019 6'4 G Tyrese Maxey

2019 South Garland/  Houston Hoops G Tyrese Maxey has been selected to participate in the USA Men's U18 National Team training camp. Maxey previously attended Team USA's 24 player combine during the Final Four Weekend in San Antonio. 

Maxey is a consensus top 15 player in the country and recently released his final 5 schools. Michigan, Oklahoma State, Michigan State, Kentucky and Texas. This is shaping up to be a big week for Maxey being selected to the USA U18 Trials as well as a commitment announcement scheduled for Wednesday May 9th.

Kellen C. Buffington

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Isaac Likekele recaps his visits

2018 6'5 G Isaac Likekele

Rivals 150 Mansfield Timberview/ YGC36 guard Isaac Likekele  just finished up the last of his three official visits this past weekend. Likekele discussed how each visit went and what stood out about each head coach:

 

UTEP: How was your visit to UTEP and how was your conversation with Coach Terry?

Likekele: "The UTEP visit went really well, I enjoyed it and enjoyed seeing the local fans and facilities. My relationship with coach RT (UTEP Head Coach Rodney Terry) is very strong and I like that a lot, that's been my guy for the longest."

Texas Tech: How was your visit to Texas Tech and how was your conversation with Coach Beard?

Likekele: "Texas Tech was a great visit as well. I was able to get in the gym and watch some action happen on the court and got a chance to play with the guys myself. It was a lot of fun. What stands out about Coach Beard (Texas Tech Head Coach) is he seems like he can really bring out the untapped potential inside of me."

Oklahoma State: How was your visit to Oklahoma State and how was your conversation with Coach Boynton?

Likekele: "Oklahoma State was another really good visit, I really enjoyed the location and how everything close is a plus. What I like about Coach Boynton (Oklahoma State Head Coach Mike Boynton) is he's the same type of guy I am, he was doubted by everyone when he got the job, had a great year and proved them wrong. That's basically the same mindset I'm taking to college with me.

Likekele is a very versatile guard prospect who fills the stat sheet. He does whatever it takes for his team to win games. Things have been moving fast for him since reopening his recruitment this spring. He is really focused on making the right decision as he understands how important it is. While there is no timetable for his commitment, we expect for him to announce soon. 

 

Kellen C. Buffington

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DFW Well Represented at USA U17 World Cup Team

The names for the USA Men's U17 World Cup Team Training Camp were released today. DFW is well represented with 2019 PG Devion Harmon, 2019 CG Jahmius Ramsey and 2020 PG RJ Hampton.

2019 Denton Guyer/ Houston Hoops PG Devion Harmon

2019 6'2 PG Devion Harmon returns to USA basketball after winning a Gold Medal with the U16 team last summer. He brings a wealth of international experience, toughness and tremendous playmaking ability at the PG position to the U17 trials.

2019 IMG/ Drive Nation CG Jahmius Ramsey

2019 6'4 CG Jahmius Ramsey will make his first appearance at USA Basketball. Ramsey has risen as fast as any prospect nationally over the last year. Ramsey brings toughness, athleticism, defense and shot making to the U17 trials. 

2020 Little Elm/ Mudiay Elite PG RJ Hampton

2020 6'5 PG RJ Hampton returns to USA basketball after winning a Gold Medal last summer on the U16 team. Hampton is one of the best guards regardless of class and we expect him to be an absolute lock to make this team. Hampton brings elite playmaking ability to the  U17 Trials.

 

Kellen C. Buffington

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April 27-29 GASO Re-Cap

The second viewing period of the GASO gave us a look at some new faces in the city. A couple of 2019's made a strong case for themselves and some underclassmen established themselves as big time prospects this weekend. Here are the prospects who really helped themselves this weekend:

2019 6'2 Kimball/Dallas Showtyme G Deaunte Lee

2019 6'2 G Deaunte Lee: Lee had arguably the strongest showing of any 2019 DFW prospect this weekend. He made shots, strong drives and defended at a high level. Lee is a tough kid who does all of the dirty work and makes threes from all around the arch. He helped himself tremendously this weekend.

2019 6'0 PG Rudder/ TX Impact KJ Cunningham

2019 6'0 PG KJ Cunnigham: KJ had an excellent weekend at the lead guard spot for TX Impact. I was really impressed with his strength, quickness and ability to make plays for himself and others off the bounce. He made good decisions all weekend and had plenty of coaches there to view him. 

2020 Mansfield Timberview/ Hoops 6'8 PF JaQuann Scott

2020 6'8 PF JaQuann Scott: Scott was amazing in his Saturday morning game finishing with 23 points and 15 rebounds in a win. He is what a young high major PF prospect looks like. Long arms, broad shoulders, great hands and  big time athleticism. He is a fluid athlete who changes ends well, rebounds and finishes above the rim in traffic. He made jump hooks over both shoulders and played with more energy than we've ever seen him. When he plays with that motor there is nothing you can do to keep him off the glass. Scott is being tracked closely by a few Big 12 programs and we expect that to continue moving forward. 

2020 Universal Academy/ Hoops 6'3 G Jaylin Posey

2020 6'3 G Jaylin Posey: Posey was good all weekend long. He is a very versatile guard who can play on or off the ball. He has a strong body and a freakish wingspan that allows him to be a terror defensively on the ball and in passing lanes. He has a chance to be one of the best defenders in the city with those attributes. He is also very good offensively with the ability to shoot the three ball at a high clip as well as finish above the rim in traffic. Posey is a prospect colleges should familiarize themselves with early and often.

2020 Coppell/ BMM 6'8 Wing Quevian Adger

2020 6'8 Wing Quevian Adger: Adger has been as consistent as any prospect we've scouted during the spring. We've talked about his potential as a prospect for a few years and now he's producing on a consistent basis. He had 24 points in a win over Urban ASAK Friday night. Adger was in attack mode from the tip using strong drives to get himself going from the free throw line. He is a good shooter out to the three point line, and handles the ball a lot better than given credit for. Adger has been consistently productive while still having tremendous room for growth as a prospect. He is really starting to figure out his game and where he's effective. Adger has picked up an offer from  Central Connecticut St. this spring.

2021 Universal Academy/ Hoops 6'6 F Devon Martin

2021 6'6  F Devon Martin: Martin at first glimpse looks like a grown man. He has a tremendous body especially considering he just finished his freshman year of high school. He rebounded, got out and finished above the rim in transition and really shot the three well. While it is still too early to tell how good Martin will be, he's well on his way to being very good by the time schools can actually begin to recruit him. Definitely one to track the next few years.

 

Kellen C. Buffington

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Under Armour Re-Cap

DFW's lone representative on the Under Armour Circuit this year is Mudiay Elite. They have assembled some big time talent on their roster. We got a chance to see them this weekend and here were the prospects who stood out:

2020 6'5 PG Little Elm/ Mudiay Elite RJ Hampton: Hampton is well known across the country as the #1 PG in the 2020 class. He did nothing to have that questioned at all this weekend. He scored at will, made plays for his teammates and made some good defensive plays for his team. When locked in there is no one way to guard Hampton. His advanced feel for the game and ability to score at all 3 levels makes him almost impossible to guard at the HS level. 

2019 6'8 F Trinity Christian/ Mudiay Elite Tyreek Smith: Tyreek was in rare form this weekend blocking shots, rebounding and dunking on anything and everything around the rim. Tyreek has things you can't teach, length, freakish athleticism and tremendous timing blocking shots. He blocks and alters shots as good as any player in the country. He was consistent this weekend protecting the rim defensively and finishing around the rim offensively.

2019 6'4 Wing Mansfied Timberview/ Mudiay Elite Rodrigo Soares: Soares had his three ball working all weekend long. He had arguably the best shooting display we saw last weekend. In a loss to Oklahoma PWP Soares shot 8-10 from the field and 7-9 from three for a game total of 23 points. He didn't hit the rim on makes and his only 2 misses went in and out. Soares is a big time shooter who can really knock down shots off the catch.

 

Kellen C. Buffington

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