by Shelby Hodges
This weekend’s 27th annual Great American Shootout held in Duncanville, proved to be another hot-spot for Texas talent. More than 400 teams showed up for the event as well as around 450 college coaches, looking to find the missing pieces to their program puzzles. The four-day show gave spectators the chance to see high-profile recruits as well as underdogs who surprised us with their skills.
ProSkills 17, who was missing Marques Bolden and Schnider Herard because of Nike Global games, ended the weekend as the champions of the NBA Red bracket. Although they started pool play slow, many players stepped up to help them shine on Sunday. Andrew Jones had a stellar weekend, carrying his team through tough match-ups and attracting hoards of coaches to the sidelines. In the process he also picked up another offer from Oklahoma. ProSkills also saw strong performances from Curtis Hollis, who had 19 points in the final game, Tristan Clark and Jalen Harris.
Texas PRO’s Jarrett Allen was the biggest draw of the weekend and performed consistent in front of the major programs there to see him. Alex Hobbs was another standout for PRO, showing feel for the game and toughness, as well as Nijal Pearson, a true playmaker. They took the NBA Green bracket with a one-point win over Nike Team Texas. R.J Nembhard of Team Texas proved his hype with a solid showing over the four days as he played with an ease of natural ability. Adrean Johnson, who played solid inside and C.J Roberts also stood out for Team Texas.
After missing the first two days, Cam McGriff and Jethro Tshisumpa came straight from Adidas Camp to Saturday bracket games, and made a huge impact for Urban DFW Elite. McGriff was a dunking sensation and picked up interest from Oklahoma St., while Tshisumpa was a force to be reckon with on the defensive end. Jules Miranda, Josh Parrish and Jamal Gaines also stood out for DFW Elite as the won the NBA White bracket against Elite Basketball Family. Wing, Jarrett Culver, had a breakout performance for Basketball Family and picked up offers from Lamar and UT-Arlington. (Photo)
The NBA Blue bracket was taken by the Franchize All-Stars who went 7-1 through the tournament. Elijah Schmidt was a consistent scorer from the post position while Jordan Collins excelled as a shooter.
Although FV 5:17 did not win on Championship Sunday, they made a name for themselves defeating both ProSkills and Howard Elite in pool play. Jamar Sandifer played well again this weekend and picked up and offer from Mercer. Big man Hayden Koval, power forward Brandon Battle and quick guard Tylin Lockett also stood out as FV strung together an impressive tournament run.
The SABO Warhawks were another underdog who put up a good fight. Clevon Brown was unstoppable under the basket, offensively and defensively, and had coaches lining up to watch. He picked up offers from Auburn and Illinois. River Reed, who picked up an offer from Stephen F. Austin, and Jeff Fesperman both showed their scoring abilities for the Hawks.
Nike D1 Elite 2018 was a young team playing in the NBA division, but had multiple players show star talent even in their losses. Big guys, Grayson Carter and Russell Barlow, were tough in the paint and held many older guys to low scoring games. We had a chance to talk to top-ten wing, Gerald Liddell, who said having all the coaches on the sideline made him excited. Liddell recently visited Texas where he picked up and offer and also added Baylor to his list after the first day of pool play.
“It’s coming up fast,” Liddell said about his recruiting experience. “But it’s good and I want to be the best player I can be.”
He also mentioned that he needs to work on getting stronger and that he may be visiting Tennessee, who he also has an offer from, before summer is over.
Dallas Showtyme had another strong outing with Kennie Cooper taking the lead and help from Colby Honeycutt. At 6’5 Honeycutt has interest from Texas State, San Francisco, San Diego, and St. Francis. When we spoke to him about this weekend he said the pressure of playing in front of this many coaches is nothing new and it didn’t phase him. He hopes to start taking visits soon and wants to lead his team at Lakeridge to an undefeated season next year.
Armoni Brooks carried his THP Elite squad for the majority of the tournament and was a thrill to watch. The athletic guard said Vegas will be his last tournament of the summer before he takes visits to Fresno State, Houston, Creighton, and Boise State.
Another young group, Lockdown Dion out of Austin, brought skilled talent including 2018, Matthew Mayer. The young forward can knock down the outside shot and drive hard to the basket. Point guard Drayton Whiteside and big Daniel Hurst were also notables on the team.
Other notable performances:
Texas Tiger Elite; Sam Kearns and Devante Ford
D1 Ambassadors; Mongo Cornett and Jalen Weber
Basketball University- AG; Ashtyn Bradley and Michael Williams
Texas Lightning; Devonte Patterson and Keenan Holdman
Deron Williams Elite 17; Zhaire Smith
tNBA; Ashton Charles and Jake Shaper
DFW Spurs Elite; Kobe Magee and Marco Anthony
Dallas Mustangs; Nate Morris
Lone Star Elite; Chris Mullins, Deon Barrett and Larry Wise
Team Hoop Dream; Jalon Gates and Nate Taylor-Velez
Texas Elite; Ricky “Doc” Nelson, Jeremiah Allen and Maxwell Evans
Next Level Raiders; Brandon Armstrong
Houston Havoc; Julian Lightfoot
Dallas Showtyme White; Desmond Lee
Brazoria Ballers; Josh Campbell and Jarlin White
YGC36 Elite 2017; Isaiah Brown and Grant Sherfield
210 Jayhawks; Karthik Reddy and Jarehn White