Monday, October 6, 2008

Austin Bowie HS Boys Preview

Left: Two sport star Deandre Perry. He currently is getting recruited high D-1 for football. However, the kid is a load in the post at only 6'3" because he just flat outworks guys. His mom played basketball at Baylor back in the day. Perry will give great leadership to Celester Collier's troops this season. He's one tough son of a gun. he led the Texas D-1 Ambassadors 2010 team to back to back Kingwood Classic Championships. He was our primary post player, regularly going up against 6'6"-6'9" cats and getting the best of them.

Bowie graduated some outstanding kids this past year in 3 year staters Pat Moore who is now playing JuCo, and G Jeremy Green who is now playing for Stanford University.

I had a chance to speak with Coach Collier today over the phone and he stressed that you just can't replace guys like that. But, as when other great players have left Bowie over the years, Coach Collier will challenge these current kids to step up to the table. In his words, "That's what tradition is all about. We'll work with them and make them the best that they can be."
The Bulldogs are in what I consider to be the toughest 5A District in the Cen Tex area. Coach Collier said , "It's critical that they defend their home court and then steal some games on the road". There are going to be a couple of pretty good teams in that district sitting on the outside, looking in on the playoffs this year folks.

Having said all that, we're not going to shed too many tears for "CC". He's as good a coach as there is in the area, with a college background that includes a stint at Texas State. For those of you old enough to remember Houston Oilers Coach Bum Phillips, he once said this about Miami Dolphins Don Shula. "He can take his'n and beat your'n, or take your'n and beat his'n". Give Coach Collier five 50 year old guys like me and he'll still give you a game. Having said all that, Bowie's cupboard is far from bare.
The aforementioned 2010 P 6'3" Deandre Perry is a nice way to start off with a guy who's going to give 100% game in and game out. Follow that up with 2009 G 5'11" Aaron Urbanus (whose brother Zach plays D-1 at the Citadel) and you've got a nice little one-two punch. Look for 2010 6'4" Trey Lindsey to be a nice perimeter threat. He was injured most of the spring and had a pretty good growth spurt. he shot the ball well at Mike Kunstadt's event.
2009 WG 6'3" Isiah Collier (the coach's son) gets after it on D and has developed a reliable mid range shot. Also look for 2009 Ryan Baxter ( son of University of Texas player Ron Baxter) to make a solid contribution.
Bowie will slow it down, and be very methodical offensively. They'll rarely take a bad shot, showing lots of patience. On defense they'll typically zone you.