The Dallas Mustangs/Oklahoma Elite game brought plenty of excitement as the crowd, coaches and players all came ready for a battle. It seemed that when the Mustangs made a run to inch closer, the Wizards had an answer, and it came from behind the three-point arc. After being down by 10 throughout the first half, the Mustangs gave the ball to their top gun, Admon Gilder. The Mustangs finished on top of the Wizards behind Gilders 32 points, but it was his defense and rebounding that sparked his squad to victory.
It's no surprise that Gilder is performing at a high level, and as it has been noted before, Gilder has offers from Texas, Baylor, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Kansas State, Oklahoma, UNLV, Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Houston, Vanderbilt, and Arkansas. Gilder said that he will cut his list at the end of summer and have a decision sometime in September.
Edric Dennis of DJH5 is a man that can play multiple positions, but most importantly he knows how to put the ball in the hole. The multi-purpose guard attacks the rim and is a crafty scorer. He showed that he is energetic and active on both ends. There is a uniqueness to his game and most don't know who this 9-5A Player of the Year is. Well, he explains that he isn't playing for himself.
"I like to be as good as I can be, not for myself, but for my teammates. I take what comes to me and I try to open up the game in transition and get everyone involved. There are times that I feel that I can beat the defenders down the court and finish, and I think I can play anywhere on the court."
Took a look at Andrew Dotson of the Dallas Showtyme program where he is playing with the Select team to give him more of an opportunity at running the point. Dotson is 6-foot-3 and has always ran the two-guard for the better part of his three years at Arlington Martin. Well, after seeing him in complete control of the basketball, it's easy to see that he is getting more comfortable with his teammates and his ball handling skills are easily shown as he takes the ball from baseline to baseline. By moving over to the point, the one thing that Dotson hasn't lost is his ability to score. Putting up 30 points against Red Storm (LA) while sinking six-threes. Calling him a combo guard is a safe bet, but we will defiantly be utilized at the next level where he can be a weapon.
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In his game against DJH5-Baker, Nate Morris countered Edric Dennis' 27 point outing with a 20 point performance of his own. The 6-foot-10, No. 4 player in the TexasHoops.com 2016 state rankings has an incredible build with and is really good athlete. With his powerful frame, Morris works from block to block and explodes around the basket for dunks, or tip-ins. He runs the floor and gains position on both ends. Morris is becoming one of those rare "true" big-men that will no doubt get all the attention he needs from college programs from around the nation. Morris has offers from South Florida, Baylor and Texas A&M.
Basketball University's Elijah Lee continued to grab TexasHoops.com attention with his solid play. The 5-foot-9 point guard understands the position and knows when to take his shots. Once he gets to the lane he will use his body to create the contact, though he is never the biggest player on the floor.
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Michael Mayhew hit 28 in a three point loss to Texas Hardwood Prospects, 81-78. Mayhew dazzled by hitting tough perimeter shots with defenders contesting his every move. One thing to know about Mayhew is that he is a competitor and strives off the pressure of his opponents. He does such a great job of squaring his body to the basket, always in line to shoot. Besides just a simple catch and shoot guard, Mayhew can get separation off his dribble and he can also put the ball on the floor to get to the rim. The 6-foot-2 shooter has an offer from Northern Colorado, and getting interest from others.
With 2015 Ryan Woolridge's point production, the GP Blazer won an overtime thriller against Dream Elite 17s, 87-85 to puth them in the semis. It was Woolridge that penetrated with time winding down and dumped the ball off to his teammate on the block for an easy score as the Dream Elite's middle defenders collapsed on Woolridge. The ball went in as the buzzer sounded.
The biggest surprise of the tournament so far has to be the emergence of GP Blazer's point guard Woolridge. Now, TexasHoops has seen plenty of Woolridge in the past, but he was a bit hidden behind other division-I signees at Mansfield Lake Ridge where he attends high school. He was a typical pass first player, but after last night in his 39 point game, Woolridge is ready to take control of both his traveling and high school team. Woolridge has super long arms and has very quick moves off the dribble to blow by his defender. Once in the lane, he was good at finishing through contact, controlling his body. Exploding passed the defense Wooldridge didn't have to do much of his scoring from the perimeter, but he added three three-pointers.
Not to be out done by Woolridge was Dream Elite's 17's Olin Carter. Carter matched Woolridge shot for shot down the stretch of the game and did his scoring off the dribble pulling up for 15-foot jump shots. He added five three-pointers for 25 points.
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