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 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 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.
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.
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.
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