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31 Jan

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1/31/23 RESULTS:  TOP 10 GAMES TO SEE RCS PREDICTIONS
WOW! Grand Oaks 70  Conroe 66 Grand Oaks by 4
  Seven Lakes def  Paetow Seven Lakes by 14
WOW! Atascocita 40  CE King 46 Atascocita by 7
  Beaumont United 84  Summer Creek 72 United by 3
  Strake Jesuit 47  Dawson 51 Dawson by 6
  Baytown Sterling 37  Barbers Hill 56 Barbers Hill by 13
  Goose Creek Memorial 42  Crosby 49 Goose Creek by 8
  Texas City 50  Galveston Ball 60 Texas City by 2
  Tomball Memorial 43  Klein 49 Tomball Memorial by 4
  Klein Cain @ Klein Collins Klein Collins by 9

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 DISTRICT STANDINGS UPDATED!
-  Tuesday / Wednesday Preview!
-  College Freshmen Report!
-  TABC State Rankings

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MIDDLE SCHOOL CITY CHAMPIONSHIP

The following teams have been approved to participate in the prestigious Middle School City Championship (Feb 18-19) @ Aldine Mac Arthur HS:

8th GRADE TEAMS (23 of 24):  Alice Johnson (Channelview ISD), Angleton (ISD), Autumn Ridge (Humble ISD), Bammel (Spring ISD), Bay City (ISD),  Blocker (Texas City ISD),  Fleming (Houston ISD),  Fort Bend ChristianFriendswood (ISD),  Grand Lakes (Tomball ISD), Holub (Alief ISD), Humble (ISD), Imani AcademyLanier (Houston ISD),  Lynn Lucas (Willis ISD),  McAdams (Dickinson ISD), Meyerland (Houston ISD),  Needville (ISD),  O'Donnell (Alief ISD),  Shotwell (Aldine ISD),  St Thomas More (TAPPS), St Vincent de Paul (TAPPS), Westlake (Humble ISD)

7th GRADE TEAMS (15 of 16): Alice Johnson (Channelview ISD),  Bammel (Spring ISD),  Blocker (Texas City ISD),  CE King (Sheldon ISD), Friendswood (ISD), Manvel (Alvin ISD),  MC Williams (Houston ISD), McAdams (Dickinson ISD), Null (Sheldon ISD), O'Donnell (Alief ISD), Smith (Cypress ISD), Stafford (MSD),  Grand Lakes (Tomball ISD),  West Brazos (Columbia-Brazosport ISD), York (Conroe ISD) 

IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT THIS EVENT!
1.  This is a NON scholastic event (not governed by UIL) same as when high schools play Fall or Spring Leagues.  Although it's good to have their blessings, you do NOT need any type of permission from the school or district to assemble a team.

2.  Scholastic Coaches can NOT sit on bench. Teams normally get a parent or ex player to coach the team. 

3.  All players must attend the same school (OR) have been listed on the team's roster this season.

4.  Tournament format - guaranteed 3 games.  All teams will play both days.  $200 per team (due Feb 11)

5.  Each champion will receive a $500 donation to their program

HOW DO YOU GET A TEAM INTO THIS EVENT?
Send an email with the following information:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
- Name of school 
- Grade of team (8th or 7th)

- Current win / loss record
- Name of contact person and cell number

D1 CRAB(S) BUFFET!

Every week RCS Sports provides you with a D1 College Freshmen Report (posted in VIP NEWS) that includes games played, and minutes, points, rebounds, and assists per game. This provides a great snapshot of how these Freshmen are faring during the three sections of a college basketball year - non-conference, conference and post season tournaments. As many Division 1 teams are beginning conference play, this is a good time to look at how the Freshmen in the class of 2022 are faring.
 

RCS provided its first report on November 14th when most teams had played just a few games. The report features 36 Freshmen, including some players who redshirted the 2021-2022 season and are still considered Freshmen for this season. At that time (Nov. 14th), only a dozen freshmen saw any playing time to start the season.

As we look through January 2nd, we see that only 15 Freshmen have played in a majority of the games this season - approximately 40%. It should be noted that 5 of these players; Brian Gordon, Charles Chukwu, DJ Richards, PJ Neal, and Shaun Walker, graduated in the Class of 2021 and either did a post grad year (DJ Richards), or already took a college redshirt year.

RED-SHIRT OR NOT?
There are 12 players who have played four games or less making them eligible to count this season as a redshirt year - approximately 33%.

The remaining 9 players have played at least 5 games, but have not touched the floor during the past two weeks.
Bryson Burns - DRAKE 5 games

Cam Amboree - ORAL ROBERTS 7 games

Dubem Muoneke - ABILENE CHRISTIAN 7 games

Chandler Pigge - HARVARD 5 games

Jackson Peakes - RICE 5 games

Jake Arnold - HCU 6 games

PJ Haggerty - TCU 6 games

Shawn Jones Jr - MISSISSIPPI STATE 6 games

Trey Harris - LAMAR 7 games

HICKS SIX!
Of the ten (10) Class of 2022 high school graduates who are playing a majority of the games, only 6 players (16%) have played an average of 10 minutes per game. RCS does not typically report in detail on college players but I think the information below will help as high school parents and players navigate recruitment. The article "Transfer Portal" as published in “Da Magazine”, provides plenty of statistics and details about recent Greater Houston players. (By the way, you can still get a copy of “Da Magazine” - scroll down the homepage).
 

RCS highlights and congratulates the following 6 players for navigating a regular spot playing significant minutes as a freshman. As you can see, players who went high and low, who committed early and late, who are short and tall, are all having success.


Amaree Abram (Ole Miss) has burst on the scene as a standout freshman for the Rebels. In high school, Abram played for Port Arthur Memorial and Summer Creek while starring with the Nike EYBL Houston Hoops during the grassroots season. Abram originally committed to Texas A&M in August 2021 as he transferred to a prep school in California for his senior year. Then, he decommitted in November 2021 and finalized his commitment to Ole Miss on March 6, 2022.

Austin Benigni (Navy) attended Woodlands Christian and played his 17U season with Nike EYBL Houston Hoops. He committed to the Navy Academy in the fall of his senior year. In college, he saw his minutes increase immediately and has started the last few games.  This lets us know he approached college basketball with the same extreme work ethic that marked him as special in high school. He is averaging 7.4 points per game on 50% shooting from the field.

Brody Robinson (Chattanooga) originally intended to reclass into 2024 by attending a prep school. To that end, he played in the scholastic live period and finished the July live period in 2022 with Under Armour sponsored Houston Defenders. Immediately afterwards, Robinson was able to commit and reclass back into 2022.

Chas Kelley (Boston) attended Cy Creek HS before announcing in June 2020 that he was going to a prep school and reclassing in light of the uncertainties surrounding Covid-19. He was able to play an extra summer with Nike EYBL Team Durant on the East Coast before committing in September 2021.

Jackson Fields (Troy State) attended Elkins where he starred in both football and hoops. In Fall of 2021 mid season, he decided to hang up the shoulder pads and focus solely on accomplishing his short term dream of playing D1 basketball. He turned heads during the Spring 2022 live period with independent grassroots team, Houston Superstars Elite as an unsigned senior. In May 2022, Fields accepted and offer from Troy State, and immediately shut down his summer ball stint before jumping right into college summer conditioning.

Trey Miller (Incarnate Word) started all but the first game and is averaging 30.5mpg. He was one of the last signees in the 2022 class, signing on May 25, 2022. However, he found a perfect fit in Incarnate Word and has been given the opportunity to run their offense. He has had a couple of high scoring games but he makes his impact nightly on the defensive end. Miller starred at Concordia Lutheran HS and Cooz Elite during the grassroots season.

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Prospect Upshot: Manvel vs SA Brennan

Written by: Geoffrey Day (RCS Sports)

 

This edition of The Prospect Upshot was a Texas Invitational 3rd Place game in the Division 1 Gold Bracket of the tournament. Manvel High School (Manvel, TX) is currently sitting at [5-1] on the season, and was faced up against Brennan High School (San Antonio, TX) who is [4-2] on the season. Both teams are state ranked by TABC. Manvel who is 5A is #10 and Brennan who is 6A is #2. 

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