Temperatures above 90 degrees and Texas Hoops’ Memorial Day Great American Shootout officially marked the first day of summer basketball.
Mike Kunstadt and the crew provided everyone in attendance with fabulous day one matchups, here is who caught my attention.
2019 5’10 G Isaiah Stevens, Triumph 17U Gold – Stevens continues to show elite playmaking ability. The 2019 point guard is a wizard with the ball and plays with excellent feel and pace. He made plays for his teammates but also displayed an ability to knock down open shots.
2018 6’8 F David Nzekwesi, Triumph 17U Gold– The big fella does a solid job inside as a true power forward but it was his stretch ability that caught my eye. He hit a couple of threes and looked very comfortable shooting the ball from beyond the arc.
2018 6’0 G Mar’Qualen Grant, Yes 2 Success Future– Grant is as cool as the other side of the pillow. He seems to never get rattled and is very strong with the basketball with an ability to get to the rim and hit jump shots.
2018 6’0 G Xavier Bryant, Texas Impact– Bryant’s Texas Impact squad pulled off an upset against Yes 2 Success and Bryant was a main contributor. Bryant was gritty on both ends of the floor but it was his control of the tempo for his team that was instrumental in the victory.
2018 6’2 G Kennedy Milton, Urban DFW Elite– Urban DFW Elite was extremely dominant on the day and the Adidas Gauntlet top 5 assist man was the reason. Milton was aggressive in transition and consistently opened the floor up for his teammates. He had a beautiful reverse slam on a fast break.
2019 6’6 F JB Mukeba, Texas Bluechips SW Elite– Mukeba, who is very raw, was one of the more intriguing prospects on the day. He is long, athletic, and played with great energy.
2018 6’7 F Vincent Lee, Lonestar Elite– Lee has established himself as one of Texas’ best interior forwards and with his effort on the day there is no questioning why. He worked hard inside on the offensive and defensive glass while showcasing excellent footwork from the block and a smooth stroke out to 15 feet.
2018 6’3 G Addison Wallace, Lonestar Elite– Wallace showed flashes of being a serious problem. Possessing an excellent frame, he looks to be a play maker with high level skill. Will definitely watch more of him and his Lonestar Elite this weekend.
Note: Led by coach Brian Nwelwue, Basketball Means More 15U is ‘playing up’ two years in the highly competitive NBA division. With a core group of interior players (6’7 Caleb Lohner, 6’7 Quevian Adger, and 6’7 Duncan Powell) with ball handling ability and aggressive guards with length (6’2 Darius Whittingtonand 6’2 Emmanuel Obaseki), this will be a group to watch for the next three years.