Saturday, January 10, 2009

Austin Round Up

2009 unsigned senior G 6'4" Joel Smith of Leander
2009 Lamr University Signee 6'8"Osas Ebomwonyi of Pflugerville (shown here during the summer with the Texas D-1 Ambassadors blocking an unidentified player's shot at the prestigious Duel in the Desert. was in the house at Akins HS last night for a key 25-5A matchup between the Eagles and Pflugerville. Although much improved, and with aspirations to make the playoffs Akins is simply not close enough to Pflugerville in both depth of talent and really "knowing how to win".

From the opening whistle both teams missed countless chippies and layups but Pflugerville's interior defense coupled with better shot selection made this one a foregone conclusion by the end of the 1st quarter.

Although in foul trouble early, 2009 P 6'8" Osas Ebomwonyi either blocked or altered enough Akins shots to be a big early factor. Lamar University has gotten a steal in the raw shot blocker. Look for the Westlake-Pflugerville matchups to decide this district, along with a pinch of C.C. Collier's Bowie Bulldogs trying to spoil the party.

Joel Smith is emerging as the clear leader in the Austin area as far as unsigned's go. The 6'4" combo guard has been MVP of the Hays Tourny, All Tourny at DFW last week and is regularly scoring 20 plus points a game for the upstart Leander Lions. I've called several D-1's in the past week strongly suggesting they pull the trigger and offer this kid. He's academically sound and getting better by the day. Nicholls State, Sam Houston State and Evansville are flirting with him.
The best team in the Cen Tex this year may well come out of 4A and not 5A. Killeen is really coming together now that their football players in the rotation and with 6'9" shotblocker and Baylor signeee Cory Jefferson really amping it up they are a load. Jefferson had 6 dunks in the 1st quarter last week when I saw him play in San Antonio.
District mates Lake Travis are 19-1, and led by Senior Jordan Jahr a 6'5' WG who has signed with the Air Force Academy. The two district games between these two foes will go a long way in deciding who'll represent the region in the State Playoffs at the Drum in Austin in early March.