ALL METRO SPORTS
September 14, 2012By Horace Neysmith of All Metro Sports
Houston has been a hot spot for some of the countries best players and the EliteHoopsShowcase Camp has hosted quite a few. Last weekend the EHS held its fourth annual camp with a few of cities top players.
Here are the top performers:
2014 6-6 W Kelly Oubre has been one of the fastest risers since our camp last season. It was at our camp where Oubre first garnered some national attention. Since then the 2014 wing has improved his game and his stock. Known as a shooter, Oubre has expanded his game in a variety of areas. He hits the block when he has a size advantage, improved his ball-handling and passing and affects the game as a weak side shot-blocker on defense. Oubre is holding over 20 offers including Kansas, Texas, UCLA, Arizona, Missouri, Georgetown, Alabama, Baylor, Florida, LSU and UCONN. Ranked 29th by 247Sports, look for the rise to continue during the high school season.
2013 6-8 PF Johnathan Motley was another player that received his first dose of national recognition at our camp last year. The long stretch four displayed the skills that had college coaches trying to grab his attention this summer. Motley can shoot it deep and has a good mid-range. He does a good job of getting out on the break and can create a match-up problem for opposing bigs on the perimeter. Baylor, Texas, Florida, Cincinnati, Clemson and Oregon have offered. Motley has a visit planned at Baylor on September 22nd.
2013 6-2 PG Isaiah Taylor showed why SMU, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Fresno State and Penn State are pushing hard to land him. Taylor uses his speed and quickness to beat his defender and is a very crafty passer. He rebounds his position and with his length can be a high level defender. Taylor is headed to Nebraska on September 28 and Ok State on October 15th.
2013 6-1 PG Darin Minniefield has grown as a player since last season. Although he sometimes plays in one gear, he has improved in playing at different speeds. The area where he's shown the most growth is in the use of the screen and roll, as well as his stand still jumper. Look for Minniefield to grab a few more offers as coaches hit the streets next week. Minniefield has a planned visit to New Orleans this month.
2013 6-7 F Dylan Jones is a player that you want to go battle with. The athletic forward is starting to see the benefit of being an energy player at all times. He is an effective offensive rebounder, runs the floor well and finishes above the rim. He's working hard to add a reliable 15-footer to his game. Jones has offers from Rice, Penn, Tulsa, James Madison, Sam Houston, La Tech, Brown and Tulane. He has official visits to Tulane on Sept. 29th and Brown on Sept. 22. James Madison will be in on a home visit this week.
2013 6-8 PF Joshua Friar is at his best when seeking and finding contact. The beefy big is a solid rebounder on both ends and can finish through contact. He will be more effective as he gets into better condition. New Orleans, Southern, LIU, UT Arlington and North Texas have offered with a planned visit to NT on Sept. 14th.
2014 6-4 WF CHristian Sanders can be considered a power wing. At 220lbs Sanders has deceptive bounce and a quick first step. When not attacking the basket and finishing through the bumps, he has a reliable jumper. South Carolina, Texas A&M and Northern Colorado have offered. Interest from Texas, Washington, Wichita State, Alabama and Marquette
2016 6-2 CG DeAaron Fox is one of the top players in the 2016 class. The lefty has a knack to score the ball and shoots well in the mid-range. The thing I like about him the most is willingness to defend, on quite a few occasions he picked his man up full-court. Look for him to make noise throughout his high school career.
2014 6-6 WF Trevon Woods was a pleasant surprise. Woods shot the ball well from behind the arc, was effective using two dribbles to get to his mid-range and was tough on the break. Woods has UC Davis, Texas Corpus-Cristi, Denver, Tulane, Brown and Nichols State on his offer list.
2015 6-4 WF Terry Jordan showed a lot of promise. He finishes well with contact and has a good stroke to 15-feet. The lefty has a tendency to cruise but I'm sure that will improve through maturity.
2013 6-1 PG Ryan Leiss had a good weekend. He is crafty creating for himself or others off the bounce. Good shooter.
2013 6-2 PG Kevin Zea is almost identical to Leiss as a player. He can create off the dribble and likes to attack the lane. Very consistent all weekend.
2013 6-11 C Brandon Cowart has one thing, size. He's raw but if someone can work with him and he can get in better shape, he can be an effective player.
2013 6-5 WF Jordan Evans was one of the better shooters at the camp. The long shooter does a good job of moving without the ball. I would like to see him attack the basket more.