2011 Malcolm Canada (left) & 2011 Yolonzo Moore (right) will lead Akins Eagles
San Antonio Reagan: How tough was this event? Reagan has the tools to be a Regional contender, and yet they went 0-2. It was a great matchup vs Bryan High and then a heartbreaking buzzer beater vs Pflugerville. But all that means nothing as they'll be anchored by two D1 seniors: 2011 PG Tre Demps (Northwestern) & 2011 WG Max Yon (Air Force). Throw in 2011 P 6'6" Brad Coulter, 2011 Brian Hardy & an intriguing pair of underclassmen in 2013 G Mike Williams who's extremely mature for his age, & 2012 W 6'4" Jack Johnson who looks like a pup. I had a chance to visit with Johnson who informed me he moved here mid year from Italy. New Head Coach John Hirst who came over from San Antonio Stevens will not have a bare cupboard anytime soon. I look for the Rattlers to have a potent bite for quite a while.
2011 D1 commits Max Yon (left) & Tre Demps (right) lead San Antonio Reagan
Austin Westlake: Not too many schools can graduate a pair of D1 guys (PG Cody Doolin (San Francisco) & 6'9" P Gus Leeper (Arkansas-Little Rock) and be immune to a fall off. Westlake will be young this year, but they've got a bright future. Their 2013 class is pretty good. PG Will Morse will be a 3 year starter, and definitely has the skill set and poise to be a Division One guard. 2013 classmates Patrick Floyd and Vince Deblasio also bring something to the table. The wildcard will be the health of 2012 P 6'6" Drew Wikelius. When healthy, he brings a nice low post presence, great footwork down low & a knack for being in the right place at the right time on the glass.
2013 PG Will Morse shows his picture perfect jumper with the Texas D1 Ambassadors
2014 W Garrett Gray (left) & 2011 P 6'9" Shane Minnick are the foundation of the Mustangs
Pflugerville Connally: My old buddy (and my son's high school coach) Marshall Sanders can trot out an impressive array of athletes but there's definitely some sorting out to do regarding chemistry issues. In his defense, he was looking at 15 guys during the Showcase so that affected their continuity. They'll definitely need leadership from Seniors Dion Gaddy & Dadrian Gage. The best hope may be in the future though as there are two promising freshman in Cougarland. 2014 P 6'4" 250lb Joseph Britton & G Dyshon Riddic could be contributors in their first year in high school.
2011 Dion Gaddy & 2014 youngster, Joseph "Big Baby" Britton are the present & future of the Connally Coogs
San Marcos: As goes, 2012 G Colin Hart & 2013 W 6'5" Allex Austin, so will go the Rattlers. A new coach means a fresh start for the boys in purple. Hart is a tough guard who handles the ball adequately, competes hard and can knock down shot after shot from beyond the arc. The energy, and athleticicm on the squad is definitely Austin. The slender high riser likes to finish with authority, can shoot the perimeter shot and also is an above average shot blocker. As his ballhandling improves, his stock will rise from mid major prospect to the "sky's the limit".
2012 Colin Hart (left) & 2012 high flyer, Allex Austin will anchor the San Marcos Rattlers
Austin St. Michael's: The top private school program in the Austin area prides itself with their outstanding record agains tpublic schools over the past couple of years. This was not their day as they took two swift kicks in the pants from Austin High & Pflugerville. They showed no desire to defend in this preseason event. Having said that, they can score with the best of them. 2011 Jake Kocher is the best scorer in the area, bar none. He led the City of Austin with just a shade under 30 points last year. Don't expect him to slow down this season. He's put on about 20 lbs of muscle which is allowing him to finish at an even higher rate in traffic as well as behind the arc. I expect him to make his decision in the next week as to which D1 school he'll accept his scholarship at. The Crusaders also have 2011 Adam Whitlock who can flat out fill it up from beyond the arc, and 2011 Austin Burch who can score in bunches as well.
2011 W Adam Whitlock (left) & 2011 SG Jake Kocher (right) of Austin St. Michael's
Austin Waldorf: Waldorf is to be commended as the small private school didn't shy away from the competition. They got after it hrd in both games, getting leadership from 2011 PG Santiago Paredes who is the straw who stirs their drink. I was also pleasantly surprised by rawboned 2012 P 6'4" Zachary Rosanova who has packed on muscle during the offseason and has a high revving motor on the boards. Rosanova was also a surprise at the D1 Nation All American Prodigy Camp as he tested out as one of the quickest players in attendance.
2012 P Zachary Rosanova of Austin Waldorf
The Hyde Park duo of 2011 W Austin Jenkins & 2011 G Brooks Pawsat could have a banner year
2013 G Dylan Larson (left) of New Braunfels & 2013 G Rasmus Bach (right) of Austin Anderson