Thursday, December 22, 2011

Austin Westlake Holiday Classic Preview

In only it's second season the Westlake Holiday Classic has quickly established itself as the go to event of the prep basketball holiday events in the Austin area.  Westlake Coach Tres Ellis, along with Craig Carlton and John Rowan have established a strong field with marquee players for Austin fans to get a peek of after they digest their Christmas dinner.  The tournament starts on starts on Tuesday, December 27th at 8:30am when Austin Westlake takes on El Paso Socorro and concludes with the Gold Championship at 5:30pm on Thursday, December 27th.

Pools A:                    Pool B:                     Pool C:                   Pool D:

Bryan                       Westlake                  Pflugerville          F.B. Bush

Westbury                Willowridge            Montwood           A&M Consol

Clear Lake                Socorro                   Wagner                 Cedar Hill

Marquee' Players  Class of 2012

1. Cameron Ridley     C  6'10"        Fort Bend Bush            Texas
Ridley is one of the best the country has in the Class of 2012.  The Longhorns commit is unstaoppable when he receives the ball in the low block.  Along with Alex Caruso, he is one of two players in the Westlake Holiday Classic who were at the prestigious NBA Players Camp this past summer.

2. J. Mychal Reese     G 6'2"           Bryan                             Texas A&M
J. Mychal was consesnsu All State in his first three years of high school at the Texas 5A level, a feat never accomplished before. Unfortunately he sustained a knee injury near the end of his summer and has not played yet this fall.  We wish him a speedy recovery.

3. Alex Caruso            G  6'5"          A&M Consolidated     Texas A&M
Caruso is the truth.  Make no mistake about it, he could have played anywhere in the country.  he can defend, pass, score and shoot it.  His father, Mike is Associate AD at Texas A&M, so it was hard to escape the Aggies.
4. Aaron Durley         P 6'10"            Fort Bend Bush            Marquette
I first saw Aaron at my All American Prodigy Camp in Austin, TX as he was entering the 8th grade.  He'd just returned to the States from Saudi Arabia.  Signed with Marquette, I thought the story below would be a nice change of pace.  He is the biggest player to ever participate in the Little League World Series.

5. Zeldric  King          P 6'7"            Cedar Hill                      Tulsa
Tulsa has gotten a nice wide bodied player with touch and an ability to finish around the rim.  He is strong, handles the rock well for his size and moves well out on the perimeter too. (Photo compliments of Texas Hoops.)