Look no further than the Carrier Classic as Round Rock (TX) 6'10" Junior, John Henson of North Carolina led the Tar Heels to an opening win with a dominant 12 point, 7 rebounds and 9 blocked shot performance. It's this kind of defensive presence that will have Henson go in the 1st round of the NBA Draft next June.
Henson, circa May 2007 as Texas D1 rocked the throwback UTEP jerseys
Jefferson's turn is coming with the Baylor Bears. He's a defensive difference maker.
Alexander scored his first bucket of his college career for the Aggies in 6 minutes.
Mark Nwakamma Freshman F 6'6" Leander (TX) Hartford
Nwakamma got his feet wet with 9 minutes, 4 rebounds in his college debut.
Joel Smith Junior G 6'4" Leander (TX) Northeastern
Smith who is expected to earn all league honors this year led Northeastern to an OT victory with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists.
Justin Brickman Sophomore G 5'11" San Antonio Clark (TX) Long Island
Now the starter at PG for the Blackbirds, Brickman had 11 points, 5 assists and 3 steals
Brandon Thompson Junior G 6'1" San Antonio Stevens (TX) Long Island
Welcome Brandon back to the D1 ranks. After transferring from Arizona State and spending a year at South Plains JC he should make the Blackbirds a better club.
Jordan Brickman Junior G 5'10" San Antonio Clark (TX) Navy
Welcome Jordan back to basketball. After signing with the Naval Academy he made a decision to stop playing basketball the past two seasons. Once the new staff was hired Mrs. Brickman asked if I could put a word in for Jordan to resume his career. He's obviously taking care of business and after his two year hiatus he played 9 minutes last night scoring 2 points, 2 assists and 2 rebounds.
J.J. Avila Sophomore F 6'7" McAllen (TX) Navy
Last year Freshman Avila was the Newcomer of the Year in the Patriot League. He started his soph campaign where he left off by scoring 11 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists in the opener.
Jake Kocher Freshman G 6'2" Austin St. Michael's (TX) Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Kocher logged 21 minutes scoring 4 points and getting 4 rebounds. He and summer team mate Brian Williams of Oklahoma State briefly guarded each other until Williams encountered early foul trouble.
How about that Austin/San Antonio backcourt Converse Judson's Soph G 6'5" Jordan Clarkson and Freshman G 6'4" Eric McClellan of Austin Stephen F Austin (TX)? Tulsa Head Coach Doug Wojcik knows tha the area has excellent talent supported by a good public school system in the communities and makes Austin/San Antonio a staple of his recruiting strategy.
Jordan Clarkson Sophomore G 6'5" Converse Judson (TX) Tulsa
Clarkson had 15 points and 4 rebounds in the opening win.
Eric McClellan Freshman G 6'4" Austin (TX) Tulsa
True freshman McClellan had 5 points and 2 assists in his first college game.
Trey Lindsey Freshman F 6'7" Austin Bowie (TX) Louisiana-Monroe
After a year at Army's Prep School, Lindsey grew a couple of inches and had 4 points and 4 rebounds in his college opener vs Ole Miss.
Osas Ebomwonyi Sophomore P 6'9" Pflugerville (TX) Lamar
In only 7 minutes, Ebomwonti had 4 rebounds. Hopefully this will provide a springboard for new Coach Pat Knight to recognize the impact he can have on a game defensively.
Travis Jones Senior G 6'6" Georgetown (TX) Texas State
Sharpshooting Jones had 13 points to begin his senior year in San Marcos.
A.J. Hardeman Senior F 6'8" Del Valle (TX) New Mexico
Hardeman begins his senior year with a nice effort, with 13 points and 7 rebounds in only 18 minutes of their blowout win. I'll look forward to seeing him when I attend the New Mexico-Arizona State gaem in Tempe. AZ next Friday.
Trevante Drye Freshman F 6'7" Baton Rouge Glen Oaks (LA) Tulane
Drye made a cameo appearance and notched his first college bucket for the Green Wave.
Cody Doolin Sophomore G 6'2" Austin Westlake (TX) San Francisco
Doolin had 10 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in the opener a shocking home upset for his Dons dampers the stat line but Doolin who averaged over 30 mpg as a freshman played 34 minutes.
Jalen Harris Freshman G 5'10" Pflugerville Hendrickson (TX) Army
Harris scored a bucket and logged 19 minutes in his college debut.
Royce O'Neale Freshman G 6'3" Harker Heights (TX) Denver
O'Neale came out of the gate with 6 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. He'll have a great career in the Mile High City.
Andre Roberson Sophomore F 6'7" Converse Judson (TX) Colorado
Roberson came out with guns blazing dropping 13 points and adding 15 rebounds for the Buffs. He is anticipated to be the #5 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Mock Draft.