I got a chance to head out to Forney for the Winter Classic and catch a rematch between Wylie HS and The Colony on Saturday. The game got away from The Colony after Wylie blitzed them out of the gate. What I came away with was that The Colony has two very good unsigned seniors and the youth movement happening in Wylie is serious.
Bryce Okpoh was good from start to finish in this game. He hit the glass, finished above the rim and showed tremendous touch on midrange jumpers. The unsigned senior shot 6/7 in the midrange and had 4 thunderous dunks en route to a 20 point and double digit rebound night for The Colony. Okpoh is a tremendous defender with plus athleticism who has added the midrange jumper to his game. He will be a good late get for some collegiate program.
Garren Davis scored from all three levels in this game. What really stood out was his ability to shoot the three and his range. Davis shot 4/5 from three and a couple of those were from way behind the line. Garren has a strong body, athleticism and a beautiful jump shot. The unsigned senior is a prospect coaches should be flocking to see during the holiday tournament season. He finished with 17 points in the game.
Elijah Taylor began the first half really initiating the offense and setting up easy baskets for guys like Drew Lutcher and John Achebe. In the third quarter he took over the game with his scoring. He scored 10 points in the quarter and finished with 19 for the game. Known as a terrific on-ball defender he showed he can run a team and really score as well. He's extended his range out to the three point line and showed off a nice stroke connecting on 2/4 three point attempts while also getting into the lane at will.
Drew Lutcher started out hot for Wylie. The 6'6 sophomore showed off a beautiful stroke from three connecting on his first three attempts. He has a high release and nice follow through that makes you think every time he shoots the ball it's going in. He rebounded well and looks to have added some muscle since the last time I've seen him. He finished with 13 points in the game.
John Achebe was a grown man in this one. He blocked shots, rebounded, finished everything around the rim and played with unmatched energy. He did everything you could ask from a senior leading a young team. The unsigned senior was named MVP of the tournament after finishing with 20 points and double digit rebounds. John is a collegiate basketball player at some level.
Kellen C. Buffington