Top Prospects - Houston vs. The Nation

Baylor, Arizona and LSU had their future additions deliver the most from the deep field

Jan. 1, 2008

By Van Coleman &

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HOUSTON, Tex. - The Houston vs. the Nation Tournament is now history, and the teams holding the home court at the Aldine-Campbell Center did an excellent job by winning 9 of 11 games.  They also provided some of the top talent we observed in Houston, as did the national teams in what was a solid field of prospects in the Lone Star state.  




Class of 2008 (listed by height): 


Anthony Jones 6-foot-9 PF Houston Yates, Tex. (No. 51 / Baylor) - This talented big man will be moving up in our next ranking update in mid-January.  He was stellar in both games capping off his weekend with a 25-point and seven block effort in an upset of St. Patrick's.  He was controlled, hit his shots, and played with confidence inside-out.  Looking very similar to LSU freshman Anthony Randolph and should have an immediate impact at Baylor.


Quintrell Thomas 6-foot-8 PF Elizabeth St. Patrick's, N.J. (No. 105 / Kansas) - Played his way into the Top 100  with his solid game in Houston.  He was tough on the boards and is very efficient around the hoop.  He had 22 points and 13 rebounds before fouling out with two minutes to play versus Wheatley.  His absence was the difference that took St. Patrick's down.  Bill Self was in the stands to watch his power forward recruit on Friday night.


Steve Tchiengang 6-foot-8 PF Montverde Academy, Fla. (No. 64 / Vanderbilt) - Physical insider disappointed at times by spending way too much time just hanging on the perimeter.  He has a decent outside shot but is at his best rolling to the block and dominating in the paint, which is something he can do in the SEC for the Commodores.


Dwight Miller 6-foot-8 PF Houston St. Pius X, Tex. (Pittsburgh) - This active rebounder and low block scorer had some moments in Houston, scoring 13 points and grabbing eight rebounds in the game we watched.  If he ups his intensity he will be a force.


Antuan Bootle 6-foot-7 PF Houston St. Thomas, Tex. - Active rebounder caught our eye going for 20 points and pulling down 15 rebounds.  He uses his body to finish inside and can fill the lane in transition or pop the 12-footer facing the hoop.  Mid-major programs on up should take a look.


Jonathan Simmons 6-foot-5 WF Houston Smiley, Tex. - This athletic wing shooter can knock it down from around the arc when left open.  He has good bounce off the dribble, but looks for shot on perimeter first.  Had 20 points including 4-threes in game we watched.  Has interest from Baylor & Marquette along with a number of mid-majors.


Phillip McDonald 6-foot-5 SG Cypress Cy Springs, Tex. (No. 90 / New Mexico) - This athletic wing man can flat out knock down the three if left open.  He has explosion off the floor to create highlights on the oop pass, and tools to attack hoop with either hand.  He should be good one for Lobos from day one.


Marcus Capers 6-foot-4 SG Montverde Academy, Fla. (Washington State) - This tough wing man can attack the glass with long arms and quick hops.  He has nose for ball and is tough off the dribble on offensive end where he slashes to hoop and finishes with thunder dunks.  He will add another dimension to WSU's offensive attack.


Brandon Provost 6-foot-4 SG Katy Seven Lakes, Tex. - This sweet shooting wing man knocked down seven from beyond the arc going for 25 points versus Smiley.  Has good Basketball I.Q. and knows how to get open against quick athletes.  Sleeper for mid-major schools.


Jesse Sanders 6-foot-3 SG Houston HYCA, Tex. - This tough wing prospect had 19 points and 10 boards in his only outing in Houston.  He has good handle, can create his shot, or finish at the rim.  He has Rice, Air Force, New Orleans, Northern Iowa, Centenary, and Stephen F. Austin on his list of schools.


DeShaun Garrett 6-foot-3 SG Houston Wheatley, Tex. - Sleeper wing man has a real nose for the ball off the glass, makes big play on defense, and showed he can knock down 17-footer off the dribble.  He had 27 points and 7 rebounds versus DeLasalle.  Sleeper for mid-majors.


Richard Brown 6-foot-2 SG Houston Madison, Tex. - Another athletic sleeper who can shoot it from beyond the arc or finish in traffic.  He had 27 points and 13 rebounds versus Oak Hill.  He should be drawing top notch mid-up D-1 interest in the spring.


Brandon Jennings 6-foot-2 PG Mouth of Wilson Oak Hill, Va. (No. 1 / Arizona) - Once again he was stellar offensively going for 31 and 36 points on successive nights while averaging six assists.  He is so explosive off the dribble, even with two or three defenders running at him. His shot was a little off all weekend as he faded on his jumper beyond arc, so who knows what he would have done if three-ball was falling.


Brandon Williams 6-foot-1 CG Houston Aldine, Tex. - Wingman can run point in a pinch as he is a good passer, but is at his best looking to attack hoop off the dribble or pop open jumper from around the arc.  He averaged 20 points an outing in Houston.


Xavier Robinson 6-foot-1 CG Houston Yates, Tex. - He shot lights out versus Oak Hill and followed it up with solid floor effort versus St. Patrick's.  He is explosively quick and can blow by defenders off the dribble.  He sets it up with a solid perimeter jump shot.  Mids on up should be calling this explosive combo guard.


Demetri Goodson 6-foot PG Spring Klein Collins, Tex. (Gonzaga) - Crafty ball handler can really break you down off the dribble and finished in traffic in Houston.  He has to really work on his outside jumper and efficiency at the free throw line to be the go to guy down the stretch for the Bulldogs, but tools are in place.


Dashan Harris 6-foot PG Montverde Academy, Fla. (No. 94 / Texas A&M) - Solid ball-handling point struggled from the field in Houston, something we hadn't seen in the past.  He has a solid stroke, but seemed to be rushed this past weekend.  He sees court well and can deliver the rock.  Look for shot to come around once he gets to College Station.


D.J. Stern 6-foot SG Houston Wheatley, Tex. - Sweet shooting wing man seemed to hit big shot every time his club needed it.  He needs to work on creating shot off the dribble, but knows how to use teammates to get his shot.


Chris Iles 5-foot-9 PG Houston Hastings, Tex. - Strong scoring point has tools to run show, but is asked to score first averaging 19 points an outing this past weekend.  He is a physical defender with potential to be a lock down guy that D-1's should give a look in the spring.


Class of 2009: 


Ruslan Pateev 6-foot-11 C Montverde Academy, Fla. - Raw big man can score around the hoop or stop and pop from 17-feet.  He's a little mechanical on the blocks but keeps ball high and has soft touch.  High majors should start to monitor his progress.


Keith Gallon 6-foot-9 C Mouth of Wilson Oak Hill Academy, Va. (No. 27) - This wide-bodied 300-pounder can flat out score and board with the best.  He had 24 points and 18 rebounds in finale.  He is deceptively quick end to end.  Like Glen "Big Baby" Davis, Tiny is going to have to make a decision to cut weight to make it to NBA down the road. It's up to him!


Justin Wesley 6-foot-8 PF Spring Klein Collins, Tex. - This active insider does the little things it takes for his club to win.  He gets on glass, can finish in traffic, or step out and pop 17-footer.  He is a glue type guy with above average bounce and foot quicks.  Sleeper for D-I schools.


Augustine Rubbit 6-foot-7 PF Houston Smiley, Tex. - This man sized rebounder and inside scorer will crack into our national rankings this month.  He had 32 points and 17 rebounds versus Seven Lakes en route to leading all rebounders at the Houston vs. The Nation.  He has excellent hands, great bounce and a real nose for the ball.  High majors should be all over this active big man. He's already hearing from Kentucky, Houston, Texas, Texas A&M, Tulane, Baylor and Marquette.


Glenn Bryant 6-foot-7 CF Mouth of Wilson Oak Hill, Va. - This bouncy combo forward continues to impress us with his effort on the glass or defensive end.  He had 13 points and 8 boards in win over Madison, but has major upside on offensive end.  High majors should be calling.


Royce White 6-foot-7 CF Minneapolis DeLasalle, Minn. (No. 41) - Skilled face-up four man can knock down 17-footer or take big men to hoop off the dribble.  He's at his best going inside-out, but is working to become perimeter player.  Has to improve lateral quicks to defend three, but wants it.  He is hearing from Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan State, Illinois, Kentucky, USC, Seton Hall, Marquette, Northern Iowa, Iowa State, Cincinnati, and Miami (FL) among many on long list.


Erik Williams 6-foot-7 WF Cypress Cy Springs, Tex. (Marquette) - Another solid Top 30 type prospect who can knock down perimeter jumper or explode to hoop and create highlights at the rim.  He has a real nose for the ball and is willing to do dirty work for his club.  Look for him to make an immediate impact for Golden Eagles.


Dexter Strickland 6-foot-3 PG Elizabeth St. Patrick's, N.J. (No. 9) - One of the nation's top junior guards, he is explosively quick with the ball off the dribble, can stroke three with regularity and sets up his teammates with pass off penetration.  He is reportedly down to North Carolina and Florida.  Either school will be getting an impact talent when he arrives two years from now!


Aaron Mike Davis 6-foot-3 SG Houston St. Pius X, Tex. - One of the surprises in Houston, this athletic scoring wing man can flat out score with the ball.  He had 21 & 22 points on successive nights.  He has range to three and quicks to attack the hoop.  Sleeper for mids on up.


Brandon Williams 6-foot-2 Houston Yates, Tex. - This big-time athlete is a two-sport star (football) who was a highlight waiting to happen.  He has crazy hops and left crowd buzzing on number of occasions.  He is a decent handler and shooter inside arc that will have to decide what sport is in his future.


Tommy Mason-Griffin 5-foot-10 PG Houston Madison, Tex. (No. 81 / LSU) - Tough ball handler can shoot three or finish in traffic versus best.  He had 36 points including five-three pointers versus Oak Hill.  He doesn't back down from a challenge and should be a good one for Tigers once he arrives in Baton Rouge.


Class of 2010: 


Tobi Oyedeji 6-foot-8 PF Bellaire, Tex. - Long and lean young insider has excellent hands, good feet and ability to score in paint with touch.  He dominated on defense in spurts as well.  Definitely will see lots of high major interest after this past weekend.


Papa Samba Ddao 6-foot-8 PF Montverde Academy, Fla. - Another intriguing but raw talent who blocked shots and threw down some power dunks.  He showed touch from elbow as well.  As he matures strength-wise he can become a real inside-out threat.


Ja'Darius Davis 6-foot-7 PF Houston Hastings, Tex. - Athletic young insider can pop 12-15 footer or dunk alley-oop pass on baseline.  Still a work in progress but the tools are developing into a future D-1 power forward.


Shavar Fields 6-foot-7 PF Albany Academy, N.Y. - Solid insider can score and board for one so young, he had 15 points and 12 rebounds in action we watched. He has good quick feet on blocks and nose for the ball off the glass.


Jamel Outler 6-foot-3 SG Bellaire, Tex. - This wing man can pop jumper off the dribble or from beyond arc.  He had 13 in one outing hitting six of nine from the field.  Handle is key to level he will play in D-1.


Brandon Peters 6-foot-2 SG Houston Yates, Tex. - He had 12 and 11 points on successive nights versus Oak Hill and St. Patrick's.  Third or fourth option on "O" finds ways to help his club.  Mids on up should be monitoring his progress.


Jamel Fields 6-foot-2 SG Albany Academy, N.Y. - Other half of brother duo had 19 points when we watched.  He has range to arc and can create dribble drive.  Young guard with major upside.


Tevin Svihovec 6-foot-1 PG Kingwood, Tex. - This young floor leader can pop three or set up teammates with solid pass.  He battles you on both ends of court.  Will be a good one down the road.


Class of 2011: 


Michael Gilchrist 6-foot-7 WF Elizabeth St. Patrick's, N.J. - One of the nation's top freshman, he has wing skills and confidence to play against top notch competition.  Strength and maturity will make him one of best in his class.


Sheldon McClellan 6-foot-4 WF Bellaire, Tex. - Talented athlete can score off dribble or pop jumper from around the arc.  He is just scratching surface of future game.  High majors should be monitoring his progress.