CONTENDERS, PROSPECTS, & SLEEPERS: UIL 6A III-20
- Published: Tuesday, 27 October 2020 09:36
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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Pre-Season Player of the Year
This preseason I don’t have a clear cut favorite to win the MVP. It will be a toss up for the season but here are a couple of prospects that could take the crown. Josh Faniuel is the returning leading from Elkins and was the second leading scorer in the entire district and won offensive MVP last year. So on paper he is a favorite to take the crown. Last season he averaged 15.9 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game. Has a solid frame and absorbs contact to finish around the rim. Mehki McIntyre is a smooth guard from Travis High School that has some bounce in his game and is a hard-nosed on-ball defender. He earned All-District 1st team honors last season and was significant in the Tigers success last season. Then you have the two young guns (sophomores) in Chris Johnson (as seen in the picture) of Elkins High School who had a big summer and has matured in his game and is a promising prospect that has picked up a couple of NCAA D1 offers and Tyler Smith a 6’9” SF from Bush High School who stretches out the floor and whose game continues to grow and blossom amongst his peers and he is ranked Top 10 in the country according to ESPN.
Team to Beat
Elkins Knights are the team to beat this year. Last season the Knights went 20-14 overall and 8-6 in district play and finished 4th overall. They lost in the 1st round of the playoffs. They bring back 4 of their 5 starters and a lot of varsity experience at the point guard slot with four year varsity letterman Jacolbi Harris who is shifty with the rock and a good facilitator but is a DAWG on the ball as a defender. Great lateral movement and scrappiness to go with quick hands and in your face trash talk. They also bring back Shane Bell (as seen in the picture) who is a streaky shooter and when he is on he is on. His game has improved as well over the summer. Last season offensive MVP in Josh Faniuel and District Newcomer in Chris Johnson. Expect for this squad to be locked and loaded to get the season cracking this year with a deep playoff push towards state. They also won the Super 16 Extravaganza back in early october.
Travis Tigers will be the biggest threat in the district and will fight for the crown. Last season they went 31-7 overall and 13-1 in district play taking the title and made it to the 3rd round of the playoffs. They lost D1 prospect Justin Hill who carried the load but had a great supporting cast around him that are returning this season. Mehki McIntyre could be the district’s MVP at the end of the year. They also bring back two more All-District honoree’s in 1st teamer Cameron Oliver who is that dude on the football field and brings that same toughness to the basketball court and 2nd teamer Cam Crockett (as seen in the picture) who holds a couple of NCAA D1 offers and should be starting to turn that corner this season.
George Ranch Longhorns is more than just a newcomer into this district but they are the sleeper of the district as well. Last season in District 23 they went 19-14 on the season overall and won their district with a 11-3 record. They lost in the first round of the playoffs. They also have a new Head Coach at the helm for the Longhorns - Brian Henry as they look to make more noise this season playing in a new district and bringing back all of their honoree’s from last season, but when facing their current district foes last year they went 1-3. They have some size but their main guys are guards who all play very similar. They are going to get up on you and play defense. They are going to move well without the ball in their hands. They are going to get after the 50/50 balls and be scrappy on the glass. The two first teamers from last season were Ori Limbrick (as seen in the picturte) and Stephen Woods. The two second teamers were Jordan Lewis and Julian Camper. Then they had a newcomer winner as well in Zion Harper who was solid on the glass and bought into the system.
Top Prospects to Watch [Last Year Award]
Josh Faniuel 6’5” F Sr. Fort Bend Elkins [Offensive MVP]
Chris Johnson 6’3” CG So. Fort Bend Elkins [Newcomer of the Year]
Shane Bell 6’2” G Sr. Fort Bend Elkins [All-District 1st Team]
Jacolbi Harris 5’9” PG Sr. Fort Bend Elkins [All-District 2nd Team]
Matthew Lewis 6’2” SG Jr. Fort Bend Ridge Point [All-District 2nd Team]
Kolby Granger 6’4” SF Sr. Fort Bend Ridge Point [All-District 2nd Team]
Caleb Hill 5’10” G Sr. Fort Bend Ridge Point [All-District 2nd Team]
Reggie Prudhomme 5’11” PG Sr. Fort Bend Ridge Point [All-District 2nd Team]
Mehki McIntyre 6’1” PG Sr. Fort Bend Travis [All-District 1st Team]
Cameron Oliver 6’1” G Sr. Fort Bend Travis [All-District 1st Team]
Cam Crockett 6’6” W Jr. Fort Bend Travis [All-District 2nd Team]
Brandon Love 6’9” PF Sr. Fort Bend Bush [All-District 2nd Team]
Tyler Smith 6’9” SF So. Fort Bend Bush Ranked Top 10 Nationally ESPN
Ori Limbrick 5’11” PG Sr. George Ranch [All-District 1st Team - District 23]
Stephen Woods 6’1” PG Sr. George Ranch [All-District 1st Team - District 23]
Jordan Lewis 6’0” G Sr. George Ranch [All-District 2nd Team - District 23]
Julian Camper 5’11” PG Sr. George Ranch [All-District 2nd Team - District 23]
Zion Harper 6’3” F Sr. George Ranch [Newcomer of the Year - District 23]
Myles Wilburn 5’9” PG Sr. Fort Bend Clements [All-District 1st Team]
Divine Ugochukwu 6’1” PG Fr. Fort Bend Clements
Tray Williams 6’0” PG Sr. Fort Bend Dulles [All-District 1st Team]
KC Udolisa 6’4” F Sr. Fort Bend Austin