The 2017 Thanksgiving Hoopfest featured some of the top athletes from around the state, as well as some of the lesser-known rising prospects. We took notes on some of the more notable players and their respective performances in what was a thrilling weekend.
Marcus Hill 5’11 SG Dallas Jesuit (2018)
Marcus Hill was up to his usual tricks, proving that he is still one of the best shooters in the state regardless of class. Friday night in the game against Lee High School (AL), the Air Force commit scored 17 points while knocking down five threes. He has an awkward jumpshot that he gets great elevation on to get it off against taller defenders; and when the ball leaves his hands, there is a great chance that it is going through the net. Hill is a threat to knock down 3 or more threes each time he steps on the court. He is a lethal deadeye shooter.
Michael Jankovich 6’3 SG Dallas Jesuit (2018)
Right beside Marcus Hill on the wing is other sharpshooter Michael Jankovich (the son of SMU coach Tim Jankovich). Jankovich came off the bench for Jesuit with the hot hand, knocking down three pointers off the catch. He also took on the role of handling the point guard duties with starting point guard Max Abmas coming out in the beginning of the game due to injury. He had 15 points in the win. Jankovich holds an offer from Utah State, but SMU seems to be the favorite.
Julius Marble 6’7 PF Dallas Jesuit (2019)
The man in the middle for the Rangers is athletic four-man Julius Marble. Marble has a strong body and is willing to bang in the post. He is a strong finisher around the basket and an active rebounder. At 6’7 he is undersized, but he has a high motor that makes up for it. Marble finished the game with 11 points. He currently holds offers from UTSA and Pepperdine.
Jordan Phillips 6’7 SF Arlington Grace Prep (2018)
In the game against Midlothian, Jordan Phillips struggled to get it going from the field until late in the 4th quarter. However, the Arkansas signee showcased his athleticism and ability to finish in transition. He has a college ready body and is a willing defender. He still struggles to knock down a perimeter jumpshot, but with his athleticism and strong body he will be of strong use to the Razorbacks next season. Phillips finished with 18 points in the loss.
Kaden Archie 6’6 SF Midlothian (2018)
Kaden Archie showed why he is a top 100 player in the country. His athleticism and ability to handle the ball in the open court is what makes him special. The TCU signee wowed the crowd with fantastic windmill dunks in warmups and somewhat brought it to the court when it was gametime. He glides up the court, attacking the rim at will and even knocked down a couple pull-up jumpers. He has a hitch in his jumpshot, but he has shown the ability to be able make open perimeter jumpers when given the chance. Archie finished with 15 points in the win vs. Grace Prep.
Caleb Jordan 5’10 PG Midlothian (2018)
Caleb Jordan is a shifty, electric point guard that is fun to watch. He is also a tough competitor on both sides of the floor. Jordan is a solid on-ball defender who constantly stays in front of his man. On the offensive end, he uses his quick handles to create for others and himself. He had 12 points in the win vs. Grace Prep.
Evan Marshall 6’7 PF Midlothian (2018)
Evan Marshall had people talking on Friday afternoon after scoring 24 points (18 in the first half) while knocking down six threes. He showed his ability to stretch the floor and knocking deep threes off the catch. He can be a solid stretch four at the next level because of his ability to knock down jumpshots off the pick and pop. Marshall has a good size and a strong body to go along with it. He holds an offer from Air Force, but expect for him to pick up more after his eye-opening performance in the win vs. Grace Prep.
Tyreek Smith 6’9 PF Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill (2019)
Tyreek Smith had his worked cut-out for him going up against fellow four-star big man Drew Timme. Smith can be compared to Texas A&M power forward Robert Williams because of his supreme athleticism at his size. He elevated for big time dunks and blocks in the loss vs. Richardson Pearce. He finished with 13 points in the outing. Smith holds offers from LSU, SMU, TCU, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Houston, Kansas State, Texas A&M, Oral Roberts, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State.
Drew Timme 6’10 PF Richardson Pearce (2019)
Drew Timme proved that he is one of the best bigs in the country. He was aggressive and went at Tyreek Smith finishing with 21 points and 9 rebounds in the win vs. Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill. Timme showcased his versatility by being able to put the ball on the floor and create opportunities for others. There were multiple times where he would grab a defensive rebound and lead the offensive break himself. He is comfortable handling the ball in the open court. Timme is also capable of stepping out and knocking down the three. He has a soft touch in the paint and finishes well through contact. The four-star big has been offered by Purdue, Gonzaga, SMU, Texas A&M, and many more; however he will no longer be a four-star if he keeps up this level of play.
Kennedy Milton 6’2 PG Lincoln (2018)
Coming off a shoulder injury, Kennedy Milton played hard against one highly rated point guard in Javonte Smart. He was locked in on both ends and did not back down from Scotlandville at any point of the game. The best part of Milton’s game is his ability to handle the basketball. He is able to use his shiftiness to create for himself and his teammates. He struggles to knock down shots consistently from the perimeter, but still is a solid point guard when locked in. The Oral Roberts signee had 20 points in the loss.
Avery Anderson 6’2 SG Justin Northwest (2019)
Anderson is one of the smoothest guards in the state. He draws comparisons to Jamal Crawford because of his tight shifty handle and his ability to get to the rack or pull-up off the dribble. The four-star guard can score from all three levels. Anderson also showed great court vision using his ability to see back door cuts and make the crisp passes needed to get his teammates in the position to score. He is strong and wiry and slithers in between the gaps in defenses to get to the rim and finish through contact. He is one of the best ball-handlers in the state and excites the crowd every time he steps on the floor. Anderson holds offers from SMU, TCU, North Texas, LSU and Texas A&M.
De’Vion Harmon 6’2 PG Denton Guyer (2019)
It was a terrific weekend for four-star point guard De’Vion Harmon at the Thanksgiving Hoopfest. The Oklahoma commit was fantastic on Friday night scoring a surprising 37 points against a talented South Garland backcourt. The best part about his Friday night performance was his efficiency. He was 13-15 from the field in the win against South Garland. He kept up the same level of play the next day scoring 23 points in the win vs. Austin Westlake. In both games Harmon proved that he is the best point guard in the state for the class of 2019. He is the heart and soul of his Denton Guyer squad and played with so much passion and energy to prove it. Harmon is a terrific floor general who knows when to create for others and for himself at the right times. His broad shoulders and strong frame allows him to shield off defenders when attacking the rack. He also showed that he can knock down deep threes off the dribble with a hand in his face. On the defensive end, he takes pride in stopping his man from scoring. He is a very solid on-ball defender. The Oklahoma commit will rise in a lot of national ranking lists after his stellar performance this weekend
Jalen Wilson 6’8 SF Denton Guyer (2019)
Jalen Wilson performed well in both of his games this weekend. He was aggressive all weekend attacking the rim at will and living at the free throw line. Defensively, he was locked in and doing a great job of moving his feet and stopping penetration from his opponents. He scored 20 points in the win vs. South Garland and 27 points in the win vs. Austin Westlake. Wilson’s stock has been rising prior to this weekend and his performance this weekend only helps his case for potentially being a top 35 player in the country.
JaKobe Coles 6’6 PF Denton Guyer (2021)
Coles is a 6’6 forward who operates on the high post for the Wildcats. He is only a sophomore, but he has a great skillset that is a perfect fit for what Guyer needs on both ends. At 6’6, he is undersized for the four spot, but he uses all of his 220 lbs. to bang down low and battle for boards on the offensive and defensive glass. Coles also has the ability to put the ball on the floor and attack the rim from the wing and high post. He has a soft touch out to 17 feet and can knock down turn out jumpers in the paint when given the chance. The future is bright for Coles if he keeps up this level play. Definitely a sophomore to keep your eye on.
Tyrese Maxey 6’4 SG South Garland (2019)
Tyrese Maxey proved to everybody why he is a 5-star prospect and one of the best combo guards in the country. When watching Maxey play, it’s obvious that he loves the game of basketball. He scored on all three levels in the two games he played in this weekend. The highly rated guard was lethal from the three-point line and beyond. He plays with a ton of confidence. On Friday, he scored 33 points in a loss to Denton Guyer with Kentucky head coach John Calipari in attendance. The next day, he scored 21 points in a win vs. Houston Christian. His “herky-jerky” style of play reminds me of Dwyane Wade. He is a better shooter then Wade is, however the way he attacks the rim, finishes through contact, and lives at the free throw line is the reason the comparison is drawn. Maxey’s latest offer was from the University of Kentucky.
Chris Harris Jr. 6’2 SG South Garland (2019)
Harris is built like a linebacker. He has a strong frame, broad shoulders, and strong legs. The sharpshooter is a bulldog. Harris has became a way more explosive guard since this past summer. He did a great job of knocking down 1 and 2 dribble pullups with ease this weekend. Harris was comfortable making shots with a hand in his face and if there was not a hand in his face, his attempts were most likely going through the net. He was solid in the both games he played this weekend scoring 25 points vs. Denton Guyer on Friday and 18 points vs. Houston Christian. Harris was dialed in from behind the arc all weekend and is looking to take the next step into becoming a four-star prospect.
Miller Kopp 6’7 SF Houston Christian (2018)
Northwestern is getting a solid basketball player in Miller Kopp. He is a tough wing who is a calm but competes at a high level. On Saturday in the loss vs. South Garland, he displayed his range from deep. He is comfortable knocking down shots off the dribble from mid-range and deep. He also uses his strong frame to outmuscle defenders when attacking off the triple threat. Kopp is a great finisher at the rim. The four-star is also scary in transition and loves to get out on the break and flush it when given the chance.
Jalon Clark 6’5 SF Houston Christian (2018)
Jalon Clark was impressive in his performance vs. South Garland. He came into the game with the hot hand, knocking down 4 first half triples. There were also times where he put the ball on the floor and finished with ease in the paint. He showed the ability to post up and be a reliable spot up shooter at the next level. He finished with 19 points in the loss.
R.J. Hampton 6’5 SG Little Elm (2020)
Hampton is without a doubt the best player in the state for his class and one of the best players in the country. He started off slow in his head to head match-up vs a Scotlandville team led by Javonte Smart, scoring only 8 points in the first half (3-9 from the field). However, he picked it up scoring 32 points in the second half and finishing with 40 points in the loss. The second half was a better example of what Hampton brings to the table. The 6’5 lanky guard is wired to score the basketball. He scores on all three levels and has deep range on his jumpshot. He is definitely in the conversation for being the number one player in the country for his class.
Javian Williams 5’4 PG Little Elm (2018)
Javian Williams is a very small guard who is fearless competitor on the basketball court. He shoots the ball with deep range and has a pretty stroke on his jumpshot. He has great court vision for his size and is able to penetrate and create open shots for his teammates. He also does not try to waste time dribbling and continually will advance the ball up the court to put his teammates in the best position to score quick baskets. On the defensive end, he is a solid on-ball defender. His main weakness is height because defenders who are taller can rise above him and knock down jumpers. Williams is a sleeper guard who coaches can count on to play hard and make the right decisions.He had 17 points in the loss to Scotlandville (LA)
Devin Martin 6’7 Forward Universal Academy (2021)
Devin Martin a freshman with a college-ready body. He is physically ready to play at the next level right now and can do many things to help his team win. Martin is a beast on the glass. He outmuscles opponents and gobbles up offensive and defensive rebounds at will. Martin uses his soft touch in the paint to score and can step out and knock down shots out to the three point line. He had 17 points and 10 rebounds in the win vs. Woodrow Wilson.
Justin Webster 6’3 SG Prestonwood Christian Academy (2019)
Sharpshooter Justin Webster struggled in the first half vs. Lee High School (AL) Scoring 9 points including shooting 1-9 from deep. However he got it going scoring 20 points and knocking down four triples in the second half. Webster is one of the best three point shooters in the state and has a pretty release on his jumpshot. He holds offers from Oklahoma (his father’s alma mater) and Oklahoma State. Webster finished with 29 points in the win vs. Lee High School.
Chris Mullins 6’4 SG Mansfield Timberview (2018)
Mullins is hands down one of the best defenders in the state regardless of class. He has long arms, which he uses to pick opponent’s pockets and to deflect and intercept passes in the passing lanes. The Rice commit is not a good jumpshooter, but can occasionally knock down a three off the catch. He does most of his damage by attacking the cup and finishing strong. The reigning 5A State Championship Game MVP finished with 26 points in the win vs. Booker T. Washington (OK).