Friday, October 2, 2009

What to watch for this weekend

It is a busy weekend for basketball all over the country but there are two spots that the National Hoops Report will be watching the most.


I’m heading south to attend Matt Ramker’s adidas Superstar Showcase at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. There should be a good group of players from the Sunshine State at the two-day event. Some of the notables include: Fab Melo (Syracuse), Ishmael Douda (2012/Miami), Cady LaLane, Marvin Baynham (Georgia Southern), Harold Doby (Georgia State) and a host of other young players.

Ramker said the young players could be the story of the camp. He’s excited about the prospects. Some notables include: Cleon Roberts (Miami Norland/2012), Quentin Payne (Bishop Verot/2013), Malik Martin (Miami Pace/2013), Stephon Blair (Ft. Lauderdale Dillard/2012), D.J. White (Ciega St. Petersburg Boca/2013) and Deon Clark (Naples/Barron Collier 2012).

I’ll have a camp recap on Monday here on the National Hoops Report.


Jim Hicks, the king of all things Houston basketball, editor of RCS and the king of the quote, shot me an email about the Super 16 Extravaganza Fall High School Championships presented by Boost Mobile this weekend at DeKaney High School.

The event boasts the top players in the always-loaded Houston area.

Houston Bellaire will be there. Texas A&M bound senior Tobi Oyedeji, Texas Tech bound Jamel Outler and junior Sheldon McClellan, a Texas commitment, lead the top team in the city. On a side note, think there is a strong sense of inner team rivalry with these three Big 12 bound players? And when will Baylor snatch up a Bellaire kid?

Other players of note in the event include: Wannah Bail (Lutheran North/2012), Amos Olatayo (Stephen F. Austin commitment), Aaron Durley (St. Thomas/2012), Nick Shepard (Westbury Christian/2010), Darrius Richardson (UT-Arlington commitment), Jon Caleb Sanders (Liberty commitment), Steven Baird (Liberty commitment), Justin Coleman (Christian Life/2010), Chris Coleman (Christian Life/2011), Jason Carter (Christian Life/2010), L.J. Rose (Second Baptist/2012), Anthony Norris (Sam Houston/2011), Andrew Harrison (Strake Jesuit/2013) and Aaron Harrison (Strake Jesuit/2013).

Teams in the event: Alief Elsik, Bellaire, Bush, Christian Life, Clear Springs, DeKaney, Dickinson, H.C.Y.A., Jones, Kingwood, Klein Forest, LaPorte, Lutheran North, North Shore, Sam Houston, Second Baptist, Seven Lakes, Strake Jesuit, St. Thomas, Westbury Christian and Wheatley.

“This could be the most balanced crop of teams in the six year existence of the event,” Hicks said. “Trust me when I tell you, several of these teams have enough octane to kick like a well fed mule.”

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