Saturday, January 17, 2009

San Antonio Round Up

2009 G Brandon Thompson (above) of San Antonio Stevens did not sign in the November period as he was still awaiting his SAT scores. Now with the April signing period just around the corner things are really heating up for the quiet, confident kid who can do it all; defend, shoot, take it to the hole and sees the floor extremely well. USC & Baylor are making overtures and other big names are sure to follow as I am fielding several calls per week from mid to high major programs about him.

2010 PG Paul Garnica continued his torrid scoring pace with 34 in a win for San Antonio Lee v San Antonio Churchill as he maintains his San Antonio Metro scoring lead with almost 26 ppg.

2010 G Jonathan Perry of Kerrville Tivy, probably the hardest working kid in the San Antonio metroplex went off for 29 last night against Cibolo Steele.2009 P Jonathan Landry of San Antonio Madison actually did most of his damage today against San Antonio Reagan from the Wing. Just got in from the highly anticipated matchup 26-5A between State Ranked San Antonio Madison and upstart San Antonio Reagan. I say "upstart" because despite always being very tough, Reagan is now in a mode where their best players are underclassmen. Each game out they appear to be getting better to me. Should be a good game.

The first half was all Madison. They broke out to an early lead with several pretty easy transition buckets mixed in with three point shooting. 2009 P Jonathan Landry who has signed with Coppin State in the MEAC is showing nice progress to becoming a wing player. His shot is looking very smooth. He was 2-3 from beyond the arc and also hit the midrange in leading the Mavs with 12 points. 2010 W 6'7" Steven Baird was surprisingly quiet with only 2 points and severely restricted playing time in the 2nd half. Not sure if he tweaked something, or if it was Coach Valenzuela's rotation.

The 3rd quarter was Reagan's. The 2011 duo of G 6'2" Tre Demps & W 6'4" Max Yon was very effective. Yon finished with 10 for the Rattlers, including a couple of high energy buckets and a block which amped his squad up. Demps was solid, although personally I would have liked to see him handle the ball a little more. Many times in their sets he gets it on the wing only. When he does make up his mind to get to the bucket he is strong in both directions and pulls up for the jumper in the lane showing good strength and body control. He had 11 points for Reagan.

The 4th quarter was nip and tuck. Madison's perimeter shooting had turned erratic and 2010 P 6'7" Ray Chase did some nice work on the boards and altered several shots defensively as well for Reagan. As with most veteran, quality teams Madison finds a way to win close games. 2010 6'7" Tyler Woods came off the bench and gave Coach Valenzuela some quality minutes, hitting a three and also punching one home under the basket. His 8 points all came from the end of the 3rd quarter on and were instrumental in the win. Having said that, the Rattlers shot themselves in the foot with some atrocious ballhandling/decision making on 4 straight trips in a row when it was a 2 point game and under 3 minutes left. They never even had ONE look at the bucket, and this is where Madison sealed the deal.
2010 G Jonathan Perry of Kerrville Tivy dropped 29 on Cibolo Steele in a 69-37 waxing.

2010 WG Jordan Clarkson of San Antonio Wagner dropped 15 in a 90-63 drubbing of South San.
State ranked Converse Judson hammered East Central 73-43. St. Edward's bound Chris Wacker led his dad's squad to the victory with 12 points.

2009 G Brandon Thompson did as always. In big games, he steps up and takes control. Against a very tough San Antonio Clark squad the versatile combo guard posted 29 points. Look for Brandon to sign with a high major in April. Baylor, Southern Cal and others are starting to move on him.