This past weekend, Texas Top 100 was at the 2017 Cypress Hoops Invitational.
Champions: Denton Guyer
Runners-up: Waxahachie Indians
Third Place: Austin Westlake
Fourth Place: Cypress Falls
MVP: Jalen Wilson 6’8 SF Denton Guyer (2019)
The MVP of the Cypress Hoops Invitational Championship Game was Jalen Wilson of Denton Guyer. Wilson stepped into the championship game ready to play, scoring 11 points in the first quarter.He was aggressive from the jump attacking the basket and finishing through contact, creating and-one opportunities for himself, and dominating the offensive glass. Throughout the rest of the game, Wilson made an impact on both sides of the floor scoring on all three levels offensively and staying in front of his man defensively. He finished with 24 points in the win for the Wildcats.
De’Vion Harmon 6’2 PG Denton Guyer (2019)
De’Vion Harmon as of right now, is playing like the best point guard in the state regardless of class. The number 4 player in the Texas Top 100 rankings is the true definition of a point guard. He is the heart and soul of his team, has a high motor, and is an extension of his head coach on the floor. Every game he played in this weekend, Harmon torched opposing defenses with his ability to see the floor and get to the rim whenever he wants. He did a great job of creating numerous opportunities for his teammates. The stat-keepers did not keep a tally of assists, but watching every game, it was easy to see that Harmon led the tournament in that category by a long shot.
Montre Gibson & Qua Grant 6’0 PG Waxahachie (2018)
Montre Gipson and Qua Grant are two balanced scoring point guards who are pit bulls on the court. They give 100 percent effort on both ends of the floor. Both guards use their tight handle to break down defenders and use their strength to get to the basket to create plays for themselves and others. When they get to the rack, they use their craftiness to finish around and over taller defenders. This weekend, Montre was dialed in from long distance all tournament. He shot the ball well knocking down three triples in the first half in the game vs. Cypress Creek. Montre scored 22 points in the win vs. Cypress Creek and 24 points in the championship loss to Denton Guyer. After a quiet game vs. Cy-Creek, Qua Grant really turned up his level play in the semi-final game vs. Cy-Falls scoring 21 points in the win. Offensively, Qua was unstoppable blowing by multiple defenders and finishing acrobatically at the rim. He also displayed his range behind the arc, hitting three triples in the game. Qua also performed well in the championship game scoring a game-high 25 points in the loss.
Brock Cunningham 6’7 PF Austin Westlake (2018)
Brock Cunningham had the crowd buzzing all tournament. You can count on him to play hard the full 32 minutes of a game. He was easily one of the best players at the Cypress Hoops Invitational. The number three player in the state scored 20 plus points in each game he played. He played hard each minute he was on the court; grabbing most of Westlake’s team rebounds each game, diving for loose balls, and playing great defense on and off the ball. Offensively, the Texas commit is hard to stop in one-on-one isolation situations. He has deep range and is comfortable hitting tough off-balance jumpers from the mid-range. Throughout the tournament, he displayed his great touch in the paint. He finished with either hand, used his go-to turnaround jump shot, and displayed a newly developed running hook shot. He is always aggressive and lives at the free throw line. Brock averaged 25 points per game throughout the tournament.
Other players who stood out:
D.J. Peavy 6’2 PG Spring Dekaney (2018)
D.J. Peavy is a 6’2 combo guard with a smooth shooting stroke from the mid-range and behind the arc. The Mercer commit is a tough-nosed guard who can defend. He has a quick tight handle and is always playing strong with the ball. Peavy is really solid in the mid-range, where he can stop on a dime and pull-up.
Micah Peavy 6’7 SF Spring Dekaney (201820)
Micah Peavy (the brother of D.J. Peavy) is a long and athletic wing that has a lot of upside. He is raw offensively, but has a lot of tools that are eye-opening. Peavy uses his quick first step on the wing to attack the basket and on occasion will surprise the defense and pull-up from mid-range. He needs to be stronger with the basketball when handling it in the open court and can become a better finisher at the basket. Peavy finished with 18 points in the loss to Austin Westlake.
Kobe Shorter 6’6 SF Spring Dekaney (2018)
Kobe Shorter is a 6’6 wing with a college-ready body and uses it to get to the rim. He can shoot the ball out to the three and is a strong finisher in transition. Shorter gets a lot of and-ones and is a great finisher in traffic. Due to his size, he has to play the power forward position for Dekaney and was very effective due to his great help-side defense. Shorter had 16 in the win vs. Port Arthur Memorial.
Noah Thomas 6’4 SG Cy-Fair (2018)
The 37th ranked player in the Texas Top 100 2018 rankings came to play in the game vs. Cypress Falls. Noah Thomas is a smart basketball player who is always looking to make the right play. The combo guard is a good shooter who is always aggressive in looking to attack the rim. Thomas also has the ability to the run point position given his ball-handling and passing skills. Thomas holds offers from Stephen F, Austin and Miami (OH).
Darian Chatman 6’2 PG Port Arthur Memorial (2018)
Darian Chatman is another basketball player that has the strong body of an all-state linebacker. He is the floor general for Port Arthur Memorial’s offense and is hard to guard when he attacks the rim. Chatman needs to become a better decision maker and at times seems as if he does not want to be on the basketball court. But when he is locked in, he is a guard that opposing coaches do not want to deal with.
Jalen Jackson 5’11 PG San Antonio Wagner (2019)
The Under Armour 16U Champion point guard Jalen Jackson showcased why he is one of the best point guards in the state of Texas. Jackson was playing sick in the tournament, but still was able to lead his team on the offensive end and play solid defense on the other end. Jalen is a great floor general who is tough and does not back down from anyone. He has great court vision and is capable of pulling up and knocking down 15-17 foot jump shots. Jackson had 15 points in the win vs. Silsbee and 21 points in the loss vs. Denton Guyer.
Daraun Clark 6’5 SG Converse Wagner (2018)
Colorado-Colorado Springs is getting a steal with a player like Daraun Clark. It was a tremendous weekend for Wagner’s sharpshooting two-guard. The Division I caliber guard will be attending a Division II university and will have an instant impact on the team as soon as he steps foot on campus. Daraun is a long and wiry wing that can shoot the ball with range. He is a streaky shooter, but when he gets he gets hot, he is always a threat to go for 25 plus. Daraun has great size for his position being 6’5 and having the athleticism that will translate to the next level. Defensively, he uses his long arms to deflect passes and disrupts opponents that he is guarding on-ball. Daraun had 33 points in the win vs. Silsbee and 21 points in the loss vs. Denton Guyer
Kevin McCullar 6’5 SF Converse Wagner (2019)
Kevin McCullar had a good showing in the game vs Denton Guyer finishing with 21 points in the loss. Kevin has a great feel for the game and is at his best when he lets the game come to him. He is a threat to score each time he catches the ball on the wing. He can put the ball on the floor and get to the rim or knock down one-two dribble pull-up jump shots.
Tyler McGhie 6’4 SG Denton Guyer (2020)
Tyler is one of the best shooters in the state for the 2020 class. He comes off the bench for a loaded Denton Guyer squad always ready to play. All throughout the tournament, he was on the receiving end of De’Vion Harmon’s kick-out passes and consistently knocking down open looks from three. Tyler has great size for his position and has shown the ability to run the point at times (rarely) when Harmon was not on the floor. He is a calm and poised player to look out for in the near future.
Rashad Perkins 6’1 PG Cypress Creek (2018)
Unsigned Senior Rashad Perkins was on fire in Cy-Creek’s loss to Waxahachie, hitting 5 threes in the game. He scored on all three levels, doing most of his damage from behind the arc. Perkins is a confident shooter, displaying the ability to knock down deep contested threes of the bounce. He has a strong body, sneaky bounce, and knows how to get to his spots to put him in the best position to score. Perkins finished with 24 points in the loss.
JaKobe Coles 6’8 PF Denton Guyer (2020)
JaKobe Coles is a big-time, versatile power forward with a soft touch in the paint. The sophomore ran the floor well and beat his opponents up the court to get easy lay-ups. He is a player that Guyer occasionally runs their offense through in the high post. The high post and low post were two places where Coles did most of his damage. Coles can knock down spot up mid-range jumpers off the triple threat and put the ball on the floor to attack the rack. His versatility was on display as he showed that he is an underrated passer from all areas of the floor and can handle the ball in the open floor. Coles holds offers from SMU and North Texas.
Nigel Hawkins 6’4 SG Cypress Falls (2018)
The returning leading scorer for Cy-Falls this year is Nigel Hawkins. Nigel is one of the most athletic players in the class of 2018. The 6’4 unsigned senior guard moves well without the basketball in the half-court and is always a threat to throw down a highlight dunk in transition. Defensively, he is a great on-ball defender. He moves his feet and uses his long arms to irritate his opponents. Nigel had 19 points in the loss to Waxahachie and 20 points in the loss to Austin Westlake. He holds offers from Stephen F. Austin, Houston, South Alabama, South Florida, Rice, Texas A&M and Sam Houston State.
Kendall Scott 6’6 PF Cypress Falls (2018)
Kendall is the starter on the reigning 6A State Champion Cy-Falls squad that is rarely talked about. He is an energy player who is one of the best rebounders for the Golden Eagles. The 6’6 unsigned senior is a strong big who runs the floor well and finishes most of his attempts in the paint with dunks and easy layups coming off dump-off passes. Kendall also can put the ball on the floor and attack the rack from the perimeter.
Keonte Kennedy 6’5 SG Austin Westlake (2018)
Keonte was impressive this weekend at the Cypress Hoops Invitational. When he is active on both sides of the floor and does not force the issue offensively, he is as good as any guard in the state for his class. Keonte was up to his usual tricks burying triples from behind the arc, but he really impacted the game by displaying his ability to make the smart extra pass. When the Xavier commit is a willing passer, the Chaparrals play better as a team. Keonte also has a lot of upside. At 6’5, he has great size for his position and with his long arms, he has potential to be a really solid defender at the next level. Keonte had 26 in the win vs. Spring Dekaney and 17 in the win vs. Cy-Falls.
Will Baker 6’10 C Austin Westlake (2019)
Showing a drastic improvement from last year to this year, Will Baker has become one of the best big men in the country holding offers from bluebloods such as Kansas, North Carolina, and UCLA. Last year, Will was tall, long, fragile and seemed to lack confidence. This year, however, he looks as if he has lived in the weight room this summer and is confident in his abilities offensively. Every time Westlake brings the ball down the court and sets up in the half- court, Will is battling for position on the block, and demanding the ball. He and Brock Cunningham are the main options on this loaded 6A team. When he gets the ball on the block, he uses a variety of moves in his repertoire to score. Will also can step out to the 3-point line and really stroke it from behind the arc. With his skill set and his ability to run the floor, there is still room to grow for the five-star prospect. Baker needs to take pride in dominating the glass and protecting the rim every minute he is on the floor. He scored 21 points in the win vs. North Shore and 16 points in the win vs. Cypress Falls.
Mekai Pope 5’10 PG Waxahachie (2020)
Another guard that is a part of Waxahachie’s five-out offense is Mekai Pope. The sophomore had the hot-hand in the win vs Cy-Creek. Pope is the youngest player in Coach Greg Gober’s rotation. He is a quick guard that played well on both ends of the floor. He shot the ball with deep range and has a quick release to go along with a pretty stroke on his jump shot. Pope had 22 points in the win against Cy-Creek.