ATX Lockdown Basketball could just as easily be named “Central Texas All Stars,” because that team is filled with absolute ballers from the Greater Austin area.
Westlake forward Matt Mayer is the biggest name on the team, who is primarily considering offers from Texas, Texas A&M and Baylor right now. But the 6’7 prospect is not the only player on Lockdown with D1 potential. Listed below are some of Mayer’s teammates I got to see in Sunday’s practice:
Darius McBride – 6’3 – SG – Vista Ridge – No. 28 in Class of 2019 rankings
Daniel Hurst – 6’8 – C – Lampasas – No. 48 in Class of 2017 rankings
Davion Buster – G – Austin – Lanier – No. 26 in Class of 2018 rankings
Shasirae Harvey – PG – Austin – No. 38 in Class of 2018 rankings
Overton Jefferson – 6’5 – F – Austin – LBJ – No. 35 in Class of 2018 rankings
Dreshawn Dorsey – 6’1 – G – Pflugerville – No. 79 in Class of 2017 rankings
The team also included some more young talent that hasn’t yet cracked our top-100, but will get there with a good summer up ahead.
One of the pleasant surprises was Hurst, who showed that he can not only dunk the ball with authority, but can also knock down shots from beyond the arc:
“I’m not a huge guy,” Hurst said, obviously referring to his strength and not his height. “But I know guys that are big, I have more agility than those guys. So I worked on my three-point shot, you know, make them guard me out there, and when they go for that, I just go right by them with my drive.”
The other standout big man was Jefferson, who was an absolute beast on the boards and on the defensive end of the court, causing trouble for the shifty guards trying to get a shot off around the rim.
“That’s what I tell my dad to keep track of,” the LBJ star said, “how many rebounds did I get. I’m averaging around 10-15 a game.”
Role players who enjoy grinding in the paint and hustling on the boards are a prized gift for any coach, and Jefferson possesses that drive in excess amounts. Lockdown coach Derek Dion said if Jefferson could extend his range past the free throw line, the sophomore would be top-10 in the state.
Another player who leapt onto the scene is Buster, who plays bigger than his size and has an uncanny ability to score. His athleticism is a weapon he uses to blow by opponents, but if he used it more on the defensive side, he would be an even bigger threat.
Mayer can put up points in bunches, too, and this short clip just shows how effortless he makes it look when he shoots the basketball (take note of the step-back jumper in the middle of the clip):
Mayer is just one of the many future impact players at the Division I level coming out of Austin, and he said his city does not get the credit it deserves.
“There’s so much talent here,” Mayer said. “We play against talented guys every day. I think Austin is really underrated.”
Challenging these kids with such upside is a difficult task, but managed well by the Lockdown coaches. The staff includes Derek Dion as head coach, and Jack Montagna, Duane Ledien, and Antoine Thompson as assistants.
Hurst said he enjoys the atmosphere the coaches create for the team.
“Here, we all want to get after it,” he said. “These guys all have potential to go to the next level. They all want to play college ball – maybe some above and beyond, you know, they’re all ranked up high in the Texas Top 100, so they all want to play together.”