Friday, October 31, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Top Right 2011 Austin Williams
Monday, October 27, 2008
Spoke to Vikings Head Man John Reese on the phone this evening about this upcoming year at Bryan HS. There is no doubt going to be some differences this season as he lost 6'7" Rayland Robinson and three year starter PG Allyn Cooks both who signed with Temple College. Cooks was an extremely late qualifier so expect him to be gone D-1 after one year at Temple JC. He was a great leader and competitor, it's hard to replace that kind of player.
The difference this year is that Big Reese loses even Bigger 6'10" Chris Jones. CJ hasn't scored a bucket in 15 years but the loyal and highly qualified assistant Coach will no longer be Coach Reese's right hand man in practice and on the bench, as he's taken the Head Coaching job at Bryan's new HS, Bryan Rudder.
Rudder HS will compete this year at the 3A level.
Several of the players that could have been a key part of the Bryan HS program have opted to go to the new high school and get an earlier opportunity to play, so I do not expect the Vikings to have the depth of years past. Don't expect too much to change though as Coach Reese says, "We'll be pressing as soon as we get off the bus."
The cupboard isn't bare though with 2009 6'4" Terrance Wilbert who played key minutes last year returning for his senior campaign. Wilbert plays tough D and can get after it in transition as well as having a nice mid range face up game. 2009 F Cory Burleson also brings athleticism and toughness to the undersized Vikings. As always, their lack of height will be neutralized by their high tempo designed to wear bigger teams out.
Reese is modest/cautious in speaking about his biggest asset. After what seems like 20 years, Coach Reese has an opportunity for the next 4 seasons to coach his son, J. Mychal at the high school level. J. Mike has been the most written and talked about schoolboy player on the planet over the last 5 years. As the concensus number one PLAYER IN THE COUNTRY over that time this youngster and his family have been scrutinized in every way possible. A 5 page spread in ESPN The Magazine, appearances on ESPN's Outside The Lines, and a variety of other media exposure has put a target on this kid's back for what seems like forever.
A credit to Coach Reese, his wife Celeste and family, J. Mychal keeps a humble, hard working no nonsense approach to his basketball world and is treated like any "ordinary kid" at home so that there is no opportunity to get a big head. Don't expect a levelling out of his talent. Expect Bryan HS games to be full of D-1 coaches, and why not...they were there for his Middle School games! That's right, his MS games were moved to Bryan HS just to accommodate the crowds. As an 8th grader young Reese was offered by Arizona and Texas A&M.
Bryan will be tough as usual, but Killeen Ellison, Harker Heights, A&M Consolidated and possibly Temple will all have something to say about it in District 12-5A.
20 Yard dash
1. Miles Williams 2.68
1. Jarrin Johnson 2.68
3. R.J. Rowan 2.74
4. Matt Tyson 2.75
5.Davon Henry 2.77
1. Spencer Phillips 31.2"
2. Jarrin Johnson 28.4"
3. Miles Williams 27.8"
4. Nigel Robertson 27.3"
5. Matt Tyson 27.0"
Standing Broad Jump
1. Spencer Phillips 8'5"
2. Miles Williams 8'0"
3. Matt Tyson 7'8"
4. Matt Gramling 7'7"
5. Will Cefai 7'7"
Pro Agility Shuttle
1. Matt Tyson 4.69
2. Spencer Phillips 4.81
3. Davon Henry 4.90
4. Matt Gramling 4.93
5. Michael Hargis 5.00
Hot Shot Shooting Drill
1. Collin Tubbs 6/10 37.00 seconds
2. Spencer Phillips 6/10 38.74 seconds
3. R.J. Rowan 6/10 39.57 seconds
4. Matt Gramling 6/10 40.00 seconds
5. Drew Wikelius 6/10 42.08 seconds
1. Michael Hargis 6'8"
2. Jamaal Shabazz 6'7"
3. Drew Wikelius 6'5"
4. Davon Henry 6'4"
5. Christian Davis 6'2"
5. Jarrin Johnson 6'2"
There was only one true Big in the Class of 2012 and that was a player likely to turn out to be a very nice college "4" when it's all said and done.
2012 P 6'5" Drew Wikelius showed nice range on his shot and advanced footwork in the post. He also has a strong body. Once he improves his footspeed the sky's the limit. Look for Wikelius to not only make the varsity at 5A Austin Westlake but to also be a solid contributor by the time district play rolls around.
2012 W 6'3" Michael Hargis has as strong a set of post moves as anyone in the CenTex area as a freshman. His future will not be in the post though, it will be on the wing. He should make the talented LBJ varsity as a freshman. His strengths at the moment are that he's a strong rebounder. However he's a more than adequate ballhandler and as the son of former college Coach Mike Hargis (Jacksonville College and Huston-Tillotson) he'll be sure to continue to improve.
2012 W 6'4" Davon Henry is fast, strong and talented. He can bang inside, runs the floor, can take you off the dribble and has decent range on his shot. Look for big things from him.
2012 G 6'3" Jamaal Shabazz has a nice wingspan for a guard at 6'7". His handles are solid and he has range to the three point line on his shot. Runs the floor extremely well and will be a nice prospect.
2012 PG 5'6" Spencer Phillips showed the most all around athleticism of anyone in the Class of 2012. He won two timed events and finished second in two others. Phillips knows how to run a team, and can shoot the ball too. As he grows, his stock will continue to rise. Expect him to get significant varsity minutes this year as a freshman on the Hyde Park Varsity.
2012 PG 6'0" Matt Gramling of San Antonio projects to being a Division One point guard. He's in the top end of athleticism, but in addition this kid knows how to run a team. He's been playing up on the summer scene for several years now, so he is battle tested. He'll likely top out at about 6'3" which is great size for a true point. The kid can score too.
2012 W 6'1 Miles Williams was right there with Spencer Phillips as the best raw athlete in the Class of 2012. He shot the ball well too. Continued improvement of his ballhandling will be the key to how far he can rise.
2012 5'9" R.J. Rowan can really shoot lights out.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
2013 W 6'2" Tyler Eyre of Austin ran a 3.04 20 yard dash and hit an above average 6 in the Hot Shot Shooting drill. Needs to work on his agility but had a good understanding of getting position when he chose to go down low. Well defined 186lb body can move people around when it's time to bang.
2013 6'1" Desmond Lowe of Austin had a 20 yard time of 3.07 as well as 20.4" vertical. He showed above average post moves alnog with a great attitude as he absorbed instruction. Needs to work on his face up game.
2013 P 6'6" Dominique Woodson of Round Rock also measure out at a 6'9" wingspan. He oozes potential. Once he gets really motivated to work, the sky will be the limit. Dominique lugged his 206lb big body to a top time of 2.98 amongst the bigs. A 20 inch vertical and a 79 inch broad jump coupled with the aforemnetioned stats makes him a big time prospect. He shows some pretty polished post moves and good footwork for a young Big.
2013 P 6'4" WF Vinay Reddy was the most accomplished Big at the Combine. His wingspan was also 6'9". I really did not see a flaw in his game, other than he needs to start to put weight on his frame and get in the weight room. Reddy's huge feet and lanky frame makes me think he could end up being around 6'10". He handled the ball as well as some of the guards, shot it in a superior fashion, hitting 7 of 10 in the Hot Shot Shooting drill, had an outstanding 95" borad jump and showed tremendous hustle as well. This makes Vinay one to watch in the Class of 2013!
Friday, October 24, 2008
Left: 2015 Harrison Hackney Right: 2015 Rashard Odomes
This is my 9th year looking for young talent. Seems like only yesterday, my own son was a 6th grader. So, I've seen them all (or darn near most of them) over the years when they've been youngsters. Kids like J. Mychal Reese of Bryan, and more recently 2015 Malik Ellison of New Jersey. I had the pleasure of seeing current college guards Bryan Beasley (Rice), Nic Wise (Arizona) and A.J. Abrams (Texas) when they were 6th graders. I believe we have truly found our next player who shows signs of this type of talent, at the same point in their young playing careers in 2015 G 5'7" Rashard Odomes of Copperas Cove.
I had a chance to visit briefly with Rashard, his mom and his club coach, Robert Orr of the Cobras who has done a great job in training him over the last couple of years. I believe he has the demeanor and work ethic that will not see his potential slow down over the next few years. In short, he can be as good as he wants to be.
Athletically Rashard was superior. His 2.99 time in the 20 yd dash showed his straightline quickness. He was one of only a handful of guys who broke the 3 second barrier, even amongst the 7th and 8th graders. His vertical of 24.2 was in the same category. Young Odomes topped it all off by knocking down 8 shots in the Hot Shot Shooting Drill. However, it was in the scrimmage portion of the program where you could see that along with the "superior numbers" Rashard was a step ahead of his peers and older players too. He handled the ball extremely well and had a great first step to the basket. I loved the fact that he was fearless going to the rack. I didn't see a great premium on point guard floor vision but that may have been because he could pretty do much he wanted to get his own shot. The sky's the limit for Rashard Odomes!
Likely in most any other camp or testing session 2015 G 5'6" Harrison Hackney of Austin would have been the man. Hackney showed very good athleticism and with a quick time in the Pro Agility Shuttle had upper end times in this drill which tests lateral quickness and ability to change direction. I loved his desire to get after it on defense, and thought he showed the most hustle amongst the youngsters. In addition, Harrison showed great court vision and shot the ball extremely well.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Coach Max Ivany & Coach Lute Olson at this August's Arizona Elite Camp.
Just got off the phone with one of my players. It's confirmed, they just had a team meeting and Coach Olson is stepping down as Head Coach of the Arizona Wildcats. Reasons have not been confirmed, but my gut says it's health reasons. He is truly one of the gentlemen in this cut throat high stakes game of college basketball. He will be missed.
He was a players coach. I was priveleged to work his Elite Camp this past August. The number of former Wildcats who are pros who came and just hung out, out of respect for Coach was astounding. Mike Bibby, Sean Rooks, Saleem Stoudamire...all the guys were there. They were FAMILY.
Another friend of mine, Mike Dunlap will take over as the interim Head Coach. Much of the protocol, curriculum and testing for the All American Prodigy Camp and the TexasRecruit.com Ranking Showcases was developed with the input of Coach Dunlap. He was an Assistant for the Denver Nuggets before returning to the college game this past year.
ESPN and other major media outlets beat around the bush and could not confirm this story until several hours past the time I'd posted it on our little old site here. Remember, if you want the NEWS, it's right here folks!
Also, they are reporting that the program may be in somewhat of disarray and that there may be decommitting of recruits. I assure you that this is not the case. Although it wasn't expected that Coach would step down today, the hiring of this experienced coaching staff was with the realization that Coach Olson would step down sooner than later. You heard it here that their recruiting class will be solid for the most part, ( give the credit to recruiter deluxe Assistant Coach Russ Pennell who has been an assistant at Ole Miss and Arizona State) although the top point guard in the country Abdul Gaddy could possibly wriggle off the hook. If he does there is only one other place he could end up and that's Memphis because of his relationship with former longtime Arizona Assistant, Josh Pastner.
Well, I was right on some stuff, wrong on other's. Coach Dunlap passed on the Head job and they installed another friend of mine, Russ Pennell as the Interim. I got to know Coach Pennell extremely well when he and I guided Texas D-1 Ambassador Garland Judkins through the recruiting maze and he was the one who offered Judkins hid scholarship through a phone call with me. He's a sincere guy and a straight shooting decent moral human being. U of A is making it tough on themselves though with this seeming instability, so the 2009 commits are now jumping ship.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
The deepest Class at the TexasRecruit.com Showcase for the girls was the Class of 2014. It was loaded with above average shooters.