CONTENDERS, PROSPECTS, & SLEEPERS: UIL 6A III-21
- 28 Oct
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.
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.
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]
- Summer Creek
- C.E. King
- North Shore