CONTENDERS, PROSPECTS, & SLEEPERS: UIL 6A III-21

Written by: Geoffrey Day (RCS Sports) 

It is October and it’s less than 20 days before the season kicks off. Let’s take a dive into the various districts, and begin previewing teams and players to watch!  Today we dive into the 6A-III District 21!

Pre-Season Player of the Year

Kaleb Stewart is my pick for preseason player of the year. Stewart is committed to Louisiana Tech University. He was District 22 MVP last season as a junior. He looks to be crowned MVP once more during his senior campaign. Kaleb is a part of the 1,000 point club and will be joining the 2,000 point club at some point this season. He is an athletic lead guard with good floor vision. He knows where his hot spots are on the court and he gets to them. He is explosive and a solid on-ball defender as well. Last season he averaged 16 points per game, 4 assists per game, and 2 steals per game on the season. You will be able to get to know more about this prospect in my first baseline to baseline article that will be released in November. 
 

Team to Beat

Atascocita Eagles will be the team to beat in this district. Although this is a different district than last year i still expect for them to be the front runner. Last season they went 32-6 on the season overall and 14-2 in district play finishing in second place, they got bumped in the third round of the playoffs by a team who was crowned as State Champion. Coach Martinez will have his squad ready to roll as they are returning the majority of their team from last season as they only lost two seniors one in whom went on to play NCAA D1 basketball. This year they will receive key contributions from these prospects. Kaleb Stewart the Louisiana Tech commit. Tom Hart who is athletic and a slasher that can also shoot the ball. Christian Ashby (as seen in the picture) plays with a lot of energy and is a strong guard that will cause havoc for opponents. Cam Morrison is the glass cleaner and bruiser for the squad has a great feel around the rim and is a solid interior defender. Kaleb Pouncy is uber bouncy and likes to play above the rim. It will be interesting to see how he fits into the rotation after the big summer he just had. 

Biggest Threat

Summer Creek Bulldogs should be the biggest threat within the district. Last season they went 34-6 overall and 15-1 in district play then fell in the fourth round (regional semifinal) of the playoffs. They may have lost some key pieces with two seniors who both went on to play college ball at the NCAA D3 level and Javon Jackson who transferred out. Coach Coleman has a system in place and it is next man up for him and they also received a transfer from Port Arthur Memorial in Amaree Abrams who has picked up several NCAA D1 offers this season. He is a strong lead guard that can get to the rim with ease. He has improved his outside jumper and just has a great feel and understanding of the game of basketball. They will also receive contribution from the senior leader (as seen in the picture) in Reyce Allen, a post/wing small college prospect that is a force to be reckoned with on the interior. He is very consistent 15 feet and in. 

Sleeper

C.E. King will be the sleeper of the district this season. Last season they went 14-18 overall and 4-10 in district play. They have a new coach at the helm and with him comes his son Javon Jackson who was awarded District MVP as a sophomore and District Offensive MVP last year as a junior both years playing for Summer Creek HS a District foe. They also add in another transfer student from Summer Creek in Tyshaun Archie, a guard with a slender frame that has some shiftiness in his game. They will get big production from Lavar Johnson who will be a senior that most never seen play before. He is athletic and will punch it in on his opponents. He has a solid handle on the ball and has a great motor. Kenneth Lewis who is another bouncy prospect that has good downhill speed with the ball in his hands. They have a lot of new faces and the question everyone is asking is can they put it together to have a big season, I think they will be a team that may get overlooked. 

Top Prospects to Watch [Last Year Award]

Kaleb Stewart 6’3” PG Sr. Atascocita [District 6A-22 MVP] Louisiana Tech

Christian Ashby 6’3” G Sr. Atascocita [All-District 6A-22 2nd Team]

Cam Morrison 6’5” F Sr. Atascocita [All-District 6A-22 2nd Team]

Tom Hart 6’2” G Sr. Atascocita [All-District 6A-22 2nd Team]

Kaleb Pouncy 6’6” SF Jr. Atascocita 

Reyce Allen 6’4” F Sr. Summer Creek [All-District 6A-22 1st Team]

Amaree Abrams 6’3” PG Jr. Summer Creek [All-District 5A-21 1st Team transfer from Port Arthur Memorial]

Jaylen Johnson 5’10” G Jr. Summer Creek 

Jaleen Goodman 5’8” G Jr. Summer Creek

Billy Gould 5’11” PG Sr. Kingwood [All-District 6A-22 1st Team] Alma College

Demi Areola 6’7” PF Jr. Kingwood 

Mason Carlos 6’5” F Jr. Kingwood

Jakari Marshall 6’2” G Sr. North Shore [All-District 2nd Team]

Ja’Quan Yates 5’9” PG Sr. Beaumont West Brook [All-District 2nd Team]

Ikechukwu Nwaobi 6’5” G Sr. Beaumont West Brook [All-District 2nd Team]

Kaeden Sims 6’1” G Sr. Humble [All-District 6A-22 2nd Team]

Javon Jackson 6’1” CG Sr. C.E. King [Offensive MVP 6A-22 transfer from Summer Creek]

Lavar Johnson 6’6” F Sr. C.E. King 

Kenneth Lewis 6’4” W So. C.E. King 

Tyshaun Archie 6’0” G So. C.E. King [transfer from Summer Creek]

Top Contenders

  1. Atascocita
  2. Summer Creek
  3. Kingwood
  4. C.E. King
  5. North Shore

CONTENDERS, PROSPECTS, & SLEEPERS: UIL 6A III-20

Written by Geoffrey Day (RCS Sports)

It is October and it’s less than 20 days before the season kicks off. Let’s take a dive into the various districts, and begin previewing teams and players to watch! Today we dive into the UIL 6A-III District 20! 
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WOOTTENS TOP 150 CAMP STANDOUTS !!!!

Written by: Geoffrey Day (RCS Sports)

Coach Wootten’s Top 150 Camp was held in Mansfield, Texas October 24-25, 2020. The camp featured prospects from all over the country. Coach Wootten said the goal was to pick a centralized location in a metro area and that all flights into the DFW are 3 hours no matter where your flying in from. Next year, they will bring the camp back to DFW, featuring the Top 100 seniors and the Top 50 juniors in the country. The fact that we are still in a worldwide pandemic led to a lot of Top participants turning down invites due to fears of possibility of contracting COVID. Overall, the camp was well ran, especially if you factor the girls' side into the equation. I spoke with a lot of prospects to get a feel about how they felt about this camp. The majority expressed this was the best camp that they’ve attended - mainly because of the competition, and you have to bring it every game. There were so many prospects to watch, and I took notes on almost every player. Plus, even captured some games with my camcorder. Here are Top 20 prospects (in alphabetical order) whom stood out overall from both days, and all sessions of the camp.

 

56 - Ahmad Bynum 6’2” CG 2021 | Simeon Academy - Chicago, IL | DePaul

The future Blue Demon nicknamed "BlackCat" has some tough combo dribble moves that allow him to create space to get his jumper off. He has really good elevation on his shot and also made some tough tightly contested jumpers from the mid-range and from deep. He is uber bouncy and displayed some acrobatic dunks on fastbreaks. He was a tough on-ball defender who was picking his opponent’s pockets.
 

2 - Anton Brookshire 6’0” PG 2021 | Kickapoo HS - Springfield, MO | Missouri

Committed to MIZZOU, he is a tough lead guard that runs the show. He created for his teammates. He also was a tough assignment for his opponents. He would go on big runs by himself. Shifty guard that has good strength and good awareness. Learns his opponent quickly and finds the mismatches to feed his teammates quickly. 

 

37 - Arterio Morris 6’4” CG 2022 | Kimball HS - Dallas, TX

This junior held his own against the competition. He was his team leader and showcased his athleticism. He will punch it on you and caught a body in the 3v3 drill. He scored well in the midrange and finished over bigger defenders at the rim. He was pinning almost everything at the rim. It didn’t matter if it was a Guard, Wing, or a Big he went up and denied it. He has a big wingspan and can guard multiple positions. 

 

64 - Ben Roy 6’1” PG 2021 | Manasquan HS - Manasquan, NJ
Shifty guard that is tough in isolation. Keeps his dribble low to the ground and pounds that rock. He also was passing the pill off getting assists after assists as well. Has a good shot and moves when he doesn’t have the ball. Had some tough lays at the rim inside hand and some reverse lays with great body control. I liked his pace, his poise, and his control of the game. 

 

105 - Brandon Miller 6’8” SF 2022 | Cane Ridge HS - Antioch, TN
Brandon has Power 5 schools after him right now and rightfully so. He has a good handle on the rock, and can be used as a combo forward. He has good strength and was able to body opponents to get to the basket. Has a good stroke from the perimeter and was solid on the defensive side of the ball as well. He is a willing passer and was always looking to make the right plays. You can’t give him too much space or guard him too closely but you must pick your poison.

 

38 - Daeshun Ruffin 5’9” PG 2021 | Callaway HS - Jackson, MS | Ole Miss

The Ole Miss commit may have been the shortest player at the camp but with his play, you couldn’t tell. He is bouncy, quick, and explosive on everything he does from his first step, his jumping, and lateral movement defensively. Reads the court well in pick-n-roll sets and can create for himself and his teammates. Quick hands defensively 
 

110 - Daimion Collins 6’10” PF 2021 | Atlanta HS - Atlanta, TX

This senior is still undecided on his collegiate choice but he has over a handful to choose from at the Power 5 level. Runs the floor really well and all his finishes were dunks. He has great timing on the defensive end as well as he was swatting shots left and right. He may not look like it, but he is very physical and was able to move people around and sustain his position on the court. 
 

129 - Favour Aire 6’10” C 2022 | Bishop McNamara - District Heights, MD

This prospect was a beast on the interior, and he never let up no matter if it was drills, 1v1, 3v3, or 5v5 games. He has a presence that is not to be ignored when he is on the court. He threw down everything with authority. He was blocking shots with ease. He is a putback machine on the offensive glass. He has a great motor and great hands as well. Sets solid screens that had players complaining to refs about it. It is no wonder why he has 11 NCAA D1 offers with 9 of them being from Power 5 Universities.

 

177 - Jackson Grant 6’10” PF 2021 | Olympia HS - Olympia, WA | Washington

The Huskies commit was solid with his back to the basket. Has some nice moves out of the post and also runs the floor well. Good hands and soft touch around the rim. He was throwing it down aggressively making the rim pop. He also was altering shots defensively and cleaning house on the glass. 

 

43 - Jaden Jones 6’7” SG 2021 | St. Louis Christian Academy - St. Louis, MO | Rutgers

The Scarlet Knight commit was a big-time bucket. He has all the measurables and the skill set to become a special player. He was super consistent with his scoring from all levels on the court. Has a super feel for the game and the athleticism to go with it. Big time motor and IQ on both sides of the ball. He was a serious problem for opponents. 

 

121 - Jaylen Martin 6’6” SG 2022 | Florida State University School - Tallahassee, FL
This prospect is a shooter that you need to know where he is at all times on the court. Talk about a wing-guard prospect that has rim protector capabilities look no further. He is also tough as nails when paying on-ball defense. It was always a 2-3 dribble and he was at the rim. He finished at a very rate above the rim and around the rim. Has a solid mid-range game also. Very expressive after every play.

 

134 - Jaylon Tyson 6’7” SF 2021 | John Paul II - Plano, TX | Texas Tech

The Texas Tech commit showed that he can play with the best of them and then some. Smooth game with a good feel. He has good body control and strength and used it when attacking and balancing himself on off-balanced shots and tough lays at the rim. He shot the ball really well also and created for his teammates. 
 

107 - Jordan Nesbitt 6’6” CG 2021 | St. Louis Christian Academy - St. Louis, MO | Memphis

The Tigers get this long athletic combo from just up the Mississippi River. Jordan made a lot of tough plays on the court. He also was tough for opponents to keep in front as he would utilize his dribble combo skillset to create space or get by them. Finished above the rim and had some tough pull-ups in the mid-range. Created for his teammates as well as for himself. He hit some big game shots in every game that he played that played a key role in momentum shifts and clutch moments. 

 

39 - Jusaun Holt 6’7” SG 2021 | St. Francis Day School - Roswell, GA | Alabama

The BAMA commit is a mid-range killer. He knows how to get to his spots on the court and he takes advantage of his opponents and reads the way they are guarding him to pick his time on when to pull-up. He has really good speed with the rock in his hands and was abusing his opponents when going downhill. He had some nasty windmill dunks in games also. 

 

112 - Malique Ewin 6’9” F 2022 | Berkmar HS - Atlanta, GA

This rising junior made people take notice of his game. He has a solid frame with quick reaction time. He scored the ball from behind the perimeter and inside the paint. He was the best passing post player and was dropping off dimes to his teammates. Has a good skill set in the post and was posting up players in the short corner as well as the high post. Good pick-n-pop player that is athletic and has a good motor. He had a couple of big-time blocks as well. 

 

3 - Nisine Poplar 6’5” SG 2021 | Math, Civics, and Science Charter School - Philadelphia, PA | Miami

Athletic guard that is committed to “The U” Miami University. He attacked the rim aggressively and finished everything at and above the rim. Moves well without the ball in his hands and is a slasher. Nice cuts to the rim and always replacing himself on the floor. He shot the ball well also and has a tight handle on the ball. Very poised under pressure also. 

 

109 - Trey Alexander 6’3” PG 2021 | Heritage Hall HS - Oklahoma City, OK 

The undecided senior prospect was arguably one of the best prospects at the entire camp. His game is super smooth. He has a great feel for the game and was that dude in every single game that he played. Great floor vision and made all the right reads all the time. Great elevation on his jumper and shot it at a high rate under tightly contested shots. No matter if it was the pick-n-roll or pick-n-pop set, he made the right reads. Whichever University gets this prospect they will be landing on a ready to go college player. 

 

133 - Tyler Powell 6’6” SF 2021 | Ribet Academy - CA | Seton Hall
The future Pirate of Seton Hall is a perimeter threat. He shot the ball exceptionally well from behind the trey ball line. He also is athletic and got downhill quickly off the wing. He finished everything around the rim. He also has a solid build and frame and was able to bang with the bigs also. Very vocal on the court and is a leader on the court. 

 

59 - Tyrese Hunter 6’0” PG 2021 | St. Catherines HS - Racine, WI | Iowa State

This Iowa State commit is a shifty point guard with a super high IQ. Plays with pace and knows when to speed it up and slow it down. Had some ankle-breaking moves because his first step is so quick. He had a lot of high-quality paint touches breaking down defenders and finding his shooters. He also has bounce and if given a clear lane will dunk on you. 
 

57 - Wade Taylor IV 6’0” PG 2021 | Lancaster HS - Lancaster, TX | Texas A&M

The A&M commit has blow-by speed and was a problem on the floor for his opponents. He is tough and gritty and doesn’t back down from anyone. He also locked in defensively on his opponents and forced a lot of turnovers. It was good seeing him play in the half-court set where he was a maestro on the court orchestrating everything for his team.

CONTENDERS, PROSPECTS & SLEEPERS: UIL 6A III-19

By: Geoffrey Day (RCS Sports)

It is October and it’s less than 20 days before the season kicks off. Let’s take a dive into the various districts, and begin previewing teams and players to watch! Today we dive into the UIL 6A-III District 19! 
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