December 3, 2010Texas AAU Basketball
I know little Jimmy just hit his first three pointer. I know the crowd went crazy. I know Jacob hit three treys at the Y. But, this is TEXASAAU.com. We are talking about the best here. We are talking about the kids squaring up in triple threat firing. The coach running sets to get that kid open after he already missed his first four, and he strokes it with no conscience. You feel me? Stopping on the fast break with confidence and splashing it like J.R. Swish, I mean J.R.Smith. Without further delay, the top marksman on the TEXASAAU scene.
(4th and 5th grade eligible only).
Noah Thomas, Rytes Warriors - Great form and consistency on his release. Reminds me of a young JJ Redick. Lights out in the corners. Especially if he has time to set which is often the case against zones. Can hit deep treys in multiples. Don't be surprised if he nails four or five in a three minute span from way downtown. No question, the top shooter in the region.
Pierce Hellums, GCBC - Navy Seal like range. Shoots with good form and rarely passes up open looks. Steve Kerr type fundamentals. Great balance and release. If you have a penetrating one, he is rock solid as a spot up two. Moves well without the ball. Doesn't need much room to get his shot off. Most dangerous against zones coming off screens. Hand down, man down!
Drake Dusek, Texas Inferno - A young Keith Van Horn, Kyle Singler (Duke) type. Good footwork, and fundamentals as he is always shot ready on the catch. A big, prototype wing forward with deep, deep range. Can hit the money ball three and four in a half of basketball once in a rhythm. He plays with a smaller team (Texas Inferno) so he slides to the corner as a shooting 4. Most dangerous on the wing as a three man though. Doesn't matter if you are closing out he still is going to fire. His nickname is 3D. 'Nuff said.
DeVeion Harmon, BU Allstarz - Let's be for real. He was the only legit three point threat last year on the 9U TEXASAAU scene. James Harden, Cuttino Mobley eat your heart out. Lefty with serious range and a quicker trigger. Half court, on the move or in transition he is equally lethal launching before the defense can close out. A big reason for their national success was he kept defenses honest and opened it up for the bigs inside and the slashers to work. His dad should be a shooting coach for my beloved Rockets. Clearly somebody is putting in serious time developing this kids stroke.
Sam Martin, Martin Brothers - Maybe the best of the group as a shooter off the dribble. Jameer Nelson and Mark Price comes to mind as he appears comfortable shooting off the catch or the bounce. Extremely rare trait at such a young age. Very smart player. Knows how to get his own shot, which most shooters don't. Perimeter threat once he crosses the hash mark. The son of a coach and former D1 guard and it shows as his mechanics are nearly flawless.
Tee Shelvin, D Gibs Hoops- A young Boobie Gibson (are they related?). Very, very good form and follow through. Shoots the three ball with little to no effort. High level confidence. Looks as if its supposed to go in and he is shocked when it does not. A zone buster supreme. Plays up and he is very poised as a young player. His shot is undeniable.
TEXASAAU.COM thanks "The Gooch" for submitting the scouting reports.