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 in the mid range with relative ease. Hughes already has offers from several Southland Conference schools. If his shooting continues into July he will definitely have several more schools vying for his services.
Braden Bell, 6-6, Urban DFW Elite (TX), 2018
Playing next to 2018 studs Kaden Archie and Feron Hunt, Bell has slipped under the radar and smart money tells me the University of New Orleans wants it to stay that way. If Bell plays anywhere near his output from this weekend, in July, he will have several schools to choose from. The 6’6 forward is gritty and competes on both ends of the floor. He blocked several shots and at times rebounded like a mad man. He finishes well around the rim and he showed serious improvement out to 15 feet.
Mason Hix, 6-6, 3D Nation (TX), 2018
Hix can do a little bit of everything. At times, he initiated the offense and is always a rebound and go threat. Against bigger, slower bigs he is elusive and has a solid balance of outside scoring and inside finishing. He was solid from the top of the key all weekend. In a game against Triumph Gold he went coast to coast in 3.4 seconds for a game winning layup.
Vincent Lee, 6-7, Lonestar Elite (TX), 2018
The DMV transplant has a college ready body and works extremely hard inside. He has solid footwork from each block and can stretch the floor out to 17 feet.
Ousman Ndim, 7-0, Yes 2 Success Texas Future, 2018
As Texas Boys Basketball scout, Alan Branch, put it, ” You never have to throw Ousman the ball, he loves being the enforcer and blocking shots.” The 7-footer is a true rim protector that plays with a ton of energy. He is a vocal shot hunter and seems to enjoy offensive players challenging him anywhere in the paint.
Kevin McCullar, 6-5, Yes 2 Success Texas Future 16s, 2019
McCullar is a prototype wing with excellent size that even showed some promise as a lead guard. A very fundamentally sound player he consistently did all the right things over three days. He has natural instincts, rebounds well on both ends and a very smooth jumper.
Xavier Bryant, 6-0, Texas Impact, 2018
Texas Impact convincingly beat two Adidas Gold programs, Yes 2 Success and Urban DFW Elite, and Bryant was the catalyst. He was excellent controlling the tempo, getting into the lane and his grittiness on defense caused problems for every opposing point guard he faced.
Darius Whittington, 6’2, BMM 15U Black (Texas), 2020
Whittington’s 15U squad played in the 17U division the entire weekend and the 6’2 guard was, at times, magical. He has excellent length and above average athleticism. When scoring got tough, he was often the one to answer the bell with straight line drives and contested pull ups.