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August 31, 2011
EliteHoopsShowcase Houston recap
HOUSTON, TX - The EliteHoopsShowcase has been a national launch pad to quite a few players out of the Houston camp over the past three years. In year one it was D'Angelo Harrison (St. Johns University), Rasheed Sulaimon, then a freshman committed to Duke and probable McDonalds All-American, Joe Burton and Mavin Saunders (Both Adidas Nations). In year two it was 2014 wing Justin Jackson, Malik Morgan,Daryl Milburn, Danuel House, Josh Gray...all nationally ranked players, among others.
This year that distinction goes to 6-foot-8 WF Johnathan Motley out of Northshore HS in Houson, 6-foot-5 2014 lefty wing, Kelly Oubre out of Fort Bend Bush in Houston and 2013 PG DJ Griggs out of Brazosport HS in Lake Jackson, TX . Motley is a long WF with a variety of skills reminiscent of Baylor's Quincy Miller. Motley can beat you off the dribble, has the ability to knock down jumpers and is skilled on the block. On the defensive end he did a good job of blocking and altering shots. Look for Motley to crack the Rivals Top 150 in Tuesday's 2013 Rankings update.
6-foot-5 2014 WG Kelly Oubre (Fort Bend Bush - Houston, TX) is a smooth, slashing lefty wing who effectively uses his hesitation dribble to get to the basket for finishes at the rim. His ability to hit the perimeter shot also opens up his driving lanes. His game is not one-sided as he battled on both back-boards and defended well. Oubre has a UCONN and Texas A&M offer and is hearing from Marquette, North Carolina, Baylor and Texas among others.
6-foot-2 2013 PG D.J. Griggs is a physical point guard who finishes well with contact and knows how to setup his teammates. His quick first step and strength allows him to beat his man to the lane. Griggs, a tough defender, also is one of the better rebounders at his position. The work he's putting in has payed dividends, look for Griggs to debut in the Rivals 2103 rankings Tuesday as well.
6-foot-1 2012 PG Josh Gray (Christian Life Center - Houston, TX) - Gray, a Mississippi State pledge, jumped on the scene at last years camp and his continued improvement is evident. Alway's tough attacking the basket, Gray has improved the consistency on his jumper and has more bounce to his game. Gray made a strong case for national rankings honor.
6-foot-2 2013 PG Isaiah Taylor (The Village - Missouri City, TX) - The Oakland transplant really helped himself this weekend. He has the quickness and ball skills to beat his man consistently. When in the lane his vision allows him to find teammates for easy buckets. Has very good defensive instincts. A sleeper in the city. High majors need to take a look.
6-foot-7 2013 PF Dylan Jones (The Village - Missouri City, TX) - The Pepperdine commit has a great motor. He was active on both ends, rebounding and blocking shots. He did a god job of beating his man down the floor for easy baskets. Finishes well with contact.
5-foot-9 2013 PG Shawndre Jones (Fort Bend Bush - Houston, TX) - Jones is very good at using high ball screens to create scoring opportunities for himself and others. When not getting in the lane Jones was knocking down shots from behind the arc. Solid defensively. Has the look of a good mid major point guard.
6-foot-0 2012 PG Luke Savoy (LaMarcus Consolidated - Sugarland, TX) - Crafty point guard with good mid-range game. His penchant for creating for others makes him a good floor general.
6-foot-6 2012 WG Bridge Lavey (Anascocita - Humble, TX) - A deep threat who has improved handling the ball. He used shot fakes well to beat his man for pull-ups. Competes.
6-foot-1 2012 PG Ryan Garcia (Jersey Village - Houston, TX) - One of the camps best defenders who competes on all possessions. Did a good job of taking what the defense gave him, making the simple play leading to easy baskets. Shoots it well
5-foot-10 2014 PG Brandon Etienne (Northshore - Houston, TX) - One of the top young guards in the area. Etienne is good attacking gaps and finding shooters. Etienne is a division one prospect.
6-foot-1 2013 PG Darin Minnefield (Westbury Christian, Houston, TX) - At his best in transition, where he makes athletic plays. Very effective with the catch-and-go in the half court set to beat his man. Good on the ball defender. Minnefield has a chance to play at the high major level. He is already hearing from Florida state, Kansas, Texas and San Fran. among others.
6-foot-1 2012 Combo Garrett Wilson (Cinco Ranch - Katy, TX) - One of the camps top shooters. Wilson can beat you off the catch or dribble with his jumper. Plays the passing lanes well.
6-foot-7 2013 PF/C Joshua Friar (Kingwood - Kingwood, TX) - Friar got better as the weekend went on. The physical banger finished plays, rebounded outside his area and was a defensive presence inside. Good looking mid major prospect.
6-foot-8 2013 PF Andrew Kelly (Klein - Houston, TX) - Very good shooter who is effective on the pick and pop. A position rebounder who battles on the glass. Nice looking low to mid major prospect.
6-foot-4 2012 F Jarrain Jenkins (Whitecastle - Whitecastle, LA) - Another undersized forward with a sweet shooting stroke and a load on the block. Had a good understanding of where his advantages were...took the smaller players to the block and bigger players to the perimeter.
6-foot-6 2013 F Cori Hoffman (Montgomery - Montgomery, TX) - Banger, works hard on both ends. Consummate hustle man with a good nose for the ball.
6-foot-3 2012 WG Terrance Fair (Whitecastle - Whitecastle, LA) - Another shooter with range. His ability to shoot allows him access to drive the gaps.
6-foot-4 2012 SG William House (Antascocita - Humble, TX) - Slasher that does a little bit of everything. Did a good job of filling the lanes and getting on the offensive glass.
6-foot-2 2013 Combo Trayvond Collins (Humble - Humble, TX) - Collins really got his shot going in the Top 20 game. Has good range and moves well without the ball to get his shot.