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Bluestar Sports Acquires Krossover

Bluestar Sports continues it’s rise to the top of the youth sports world. Today, the Frisco based startup announced the acquisition of Krossover Intelligence. Krossover Intelligence is the leader in film breakdown and statistics. Launched in 2010, Krossover builds video and data management tools for sports teams at all levels of play. “It’s an exciting opportunity to join the Blue Star Sports family and accelerate Krossover’s growth in the greater sport community. We’ll now be able to provide our current and future customers a wide variety of technology solutions for their teams, all directly complementing the products Krossover already...

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Great American Shootout Day 1 Standouts

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...

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Memorial Day Great American Shootout – Top Performers

The Memorial Day Great American Shootout took place at the ASC facility in Carrollton, Texas. Teams from across the state of Texas and Oklahoma were in attendance. Games were gritty, old faces performed well and new faces emerged. Here are a few players who consistently perfomed well over the three day weekend.   Isaiah Stevens, 5-10, Triumph Gold (TX), 2019 I got my first glimpse of Stevens last year in the same event. At the time, he was a rising sophomore who showed a great deal of promise. Now, Stevens has blossomed into a solid lead guard with a bag full of skills. He is the consummate play maker, always looking to get his teammates involved. With a knack for the “right play” he handles ball pressure well and limits turnovers. In a game against 3D Nation, Stevens was virtually unguardable down the stretch with an array of layups ,floaters, and pull up jumpers. He is a non-circuit player definitely worth the trip off the beaten path. Jock Hughes, 6-3, All 4 Sports Dream Team (TX), 2018 Hughes is instant offense. From the opening tip to the last whistle you must identify him early as he is able to get his shot off under pressure and from multiple angles. He is quick off the floor and is deadly from behind the arc but can also get to his spots...

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Coast 2 Coast Preps National MS Elite Showdown: Standout Players

In partnership with Primetime Sports, Coast 2 Coast Preps hosted the National Middle School Elite Showdown at PSA 2 in Plano, Texas. Teams from across the south and midwest were in attendance and several players from 3rd – 8th grade stood out. Here is who caught my eye over the two day event. Jaelon Germany, Mason Williams, and Isaac Hayes, 2026, RM5 Elite– This trio was unstoppable the entire weekend. Williams, the son of NBA vet Mo Williams, is the engine at point guard while Isaac Hayes is the assassin. Jaelon Germany may be the most skilled of the bunch with...

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