The Cream of the Crop from the Texas Super Showcase are an outstanding group. Felony warrants should be issued for Grand Theft to San Francisco Head Coach Rex Walters, Northern Colorado Head Man Tad Boyle, and Lamar Boss Steve Roccaforte as all three have flat out stolen quality players from Central/South Texas for their teams. PG Cody Doolin (San Francisco), PG Paul Garnica (Northern Colorado) and W Demetris "Cleveland" Smith (Lamar) are all players who attracted "bigger name" schools. But hats off to the recruiting jobs done by the various staffs to make these kids feel comfortable in choosing their respective programs.
Above & Below: Austin Westlake's Cody Doolin did everything a leader needed to do in spearheading his squad to a 4-0 record. He scores when needed, penetrates and dishes to the open man, and simply competes every minute he's on the floor like it's his last time to ever play the game. Westlake has a legitmate opportunity to be the first 5A team from Austin to get to The Drum in a long, long time.
Below: WG Demetris "Cleveland" Smith could easily have been the MVP. I would have given him the nod if Pflugerville had beaten Westlake in the final. He's a bundle of energy, has great range on his shot, has much improved handles and finishes strong at the rim. On top of that he rebounds like a demon.
Below: It was 2010 PG Paul Garnica and the 7 Dwarfs, otherwise known as the San Antonio Lee Rebels as the took on Austin Lake Travis in the opening game. Paul was up to his old tricks right out of the gate as he gave the most scintillating individual performance of the day when he dropped 50 points on Austin Lake Travis which has a pretty fair defensive ethic. Garnica is an unconscious scorer who also loves to drop a pretty dime. He has a shot at breaking NBA player Devin Brown's career scoring record for the City of San Antonio this season. I predict he will do it.
Below: The Baby Faced Assassin, 2011 G Deon Mitchell of Pflugerville showed his silky smooth offensive game in leading the Panthers to the Championship game. He's a deadeye three point shooter who gets to the rim whenever he wants, drawing contact and finishing with either hand. Mitchell is big time, already attracting Big East, Big XII and PAC 10 interest.
Below" 2010 P Gus Leeper ofAustin Westlake is almost unrecognizable compared to last spring. His strength and agility has improved by leaps and bounds and he's now becoming sure of himself on the offensive end of the court. He's an above average shot blocker and takes up a lot of space in the paint. Gus visits the Sunbelt's University of Arkansas-Little Rock on Thursday. They've already offered and my gut feeling after visiting with Gus and his Pops, Rick is that they will accept sooner rather than later. Gus can hardly contain himself when he talks about the chance to be coached and developed under Assistant Coach Joe Kleine who starred for the Arkansas Razorbacks and had a long career in the NBA. Stay tuned.
2010 W 6'3" Kevin McFarland of Austin Akins is becoming a bonafide college level player. He competed as hard as anybody showing a solid perimeter shot, an ability to drive to the hole with authority as well as rebounding much bigger than his size. McFarland's wide body allows him to bang with players much taller than him.
2011 PG Yolonzo Moore of Austin Akins continues to impress. I first had a chance to really watch him closely at my All American Camp a couple of weeks ago, with a follow up peek at the Texas Super Showcase. He's a pass first guard, strong off the dribble with excellent court vision. He's able to get to the hole, create for others and also showed good range on his shot. Bursting onto the scene as a D-1 prospect.