CONTENDERS, PROSPECTS & SLEEPERS: UIL 6A III-19
- Published: Monday, 26 October 2020 08:52
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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Pre-Season Player of the Year
Jake Arnold is my preseason player of the year. He recently committed to Houston Baptist University. Arnold is a big time three-point threat that will shoot your lights out. He also is good off the dribble and can score in the mid-range and get to the rim. Last season he averaged 23.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2 assists per game. His season high was 39 points, while making over 100 trey balls at a good clip of 39% from behind the arc.
Team to Beat
Katy Tigers should be the team to beat in this district this season. They bring back the majority of the team from last season that went 18-14 overall and 7-5 in district play finishing second in the district. They lost in the first round of the playoffs last season. All of their district wins last year were really close games. They will be led by Dayvaughn Froe who is a rhythm scorer off the dribble. He has good strength as he is able to finish through contact at the rim. As his games continue to mature you can expect him to lead the way for the Tigers.
Katy Tompkins Falcons went 14-19 overall and 6-6 in district play to finish in third. They also went to the third round of the playoffs last season. With a healthy team they should be a threat in this district and could potentially be the best team. They have had a ton of movement this summer/early fall going on. They did lose a key player from last year's squad in Jason Clark who will be attending The Village School but added in a transfer from Cypress Lakes in Joshua McMillian II. They will feature a Standout Junior in BB Knight, a big game shooter that has a smooth game. If you can hoop in converse you have to have the game to back it up and he does just that. He’s coming back off of an injury but has looked really good this fall. They also received another transfer in Joel Oluwakon who will hold down the paint. He has good hands and a soft touch around the rim and can make a hook shot as well. Runs the floor well also.
Katy Taylor Mustangs is a sleeper in the district. They look to make a lot of noise this year. Last season they went 10-19 overall and 4-8 in district play. You can expect a big change this season from last season as they are playing more as a unit this year still anchored by preseason player of the year Jake Arnold who should have an even bigger season but he will receive key help from his two senior running mates in Luke and Anthony. Luke St. Julien is a tough skilled lead guard that is playing a lot more comfortable in his role. Knocking down jumpers and getting a lot of paint touches as well. Anthony Pelzer is a transfer from rival Mayde Creek. He will provide a lot of energy and grit for the Mustangs.
Top Prospects to Watch [Last Year Award]
Dayvaughn Froe 6’3” CG Jr. Katy [All-District 1st Team]
Aydan Perdue 6’6” F So. Katy
Jake Arnold 6’3” SG Sr. Taylor [All-District 1st Team]
Anthony Pelzer 6’3” F Sr. Taylor [transferred in from Mayde Creek]
Luke St. Julien 5’10” PG Sr. Taylor [All-District 2nd Team]
Ethan Shiflet 6’4” W Sr. Morton Ranch
Dylon Syas 6’2” G Sr. Morton Ranch
Kuot Weil 6’1” G Sr. Morton Ranch
Jermon Washington 6’2” PG Sr. Mayde Creek [District Newcomer / All-District 2nd Team]
Josh Vanegas 6’2” G Sr. Mayde Creek
Angel Sonnier 5’10” PG So. Mayde Creek
Brian “BB” Knight 6’3” SG Jr. Tompkins
Joel Oluwakon 6’7” PF Jr. Tompkins [transferred in from St. Johns XXIII]
Hunter Betke 6’5” SG Jr. Cinco Ranch
Braedon Edison 6’2” W Sr. Cinco Ranch
Anthony Bates 6’1” PG Fr. Seven Lakes
4. Mayde Creek
5. Morton Ranch