WOOTTENS TOP 150 CAMP STANDOUTS !!!!

Written by: Geoffrey Day (RCS Sports)

Coach Wootten’s Top 150 Camp was held in Mansfield, Texas October 24-25, 2020. The camp featured prospects from all over the country. Coach Wootten said the goal was to pick a centralized location in a metro area and that all flights into the DFW are 3 hours no matter where your flying in from. Next year, they will bring the camp back to DFW, featuring the Top 100 seniors and the Top 50 juniors in the country. The fact that we are still in a worldwide pandemic led to a lot of Top participants turning down invites due to fears of possibility of contracting COVID. Overall, the camp was well ran, especially if you factor the girls' side into the equation. I spoke with a lot of prospects to get a feel about how they felt about this camp. The majority expressed this was the best camp that they’ve attended - mainly because of the competition, and you have to bring it every game. There were so many prospects to watch, and I took notes on almost every player. Plus, even captured some games with my camcorder. Here are Top 20 prospects (in alphabetical order) whom stood out overall from both days, and all sessions of the camp.

 

56 - Ahmad Bynum 6’2” CG 2021 | Simeon Academy - Chicago, IL | DePaul

The future Blue Demon nicknamed "BlackCat" has some tough combo dribble moves that allow him to create space to get his jumper off. He has really good elevation on his shot and also made some tough tightly contested jumpers from the mid-range and from deep. He is uber bouncy and displayed some acrobatic dunks on fastbreaks. He was a tough on-ball defender who was picking his opponent’s pockets.
 

2 - Anton Brookshire 6’0” PG 2021 | Kickapoo HS - Springfield, MO | Missouri

Committed to MIZZOU, he is a tough lead guard that runs the show. He created for his teammates. He also was a tough assignment for his opponents. He would go on big runs by himself. Shifty guard that has good strength and good awareness. Learns his opponent quickly and finds the mismatches to feed his teammates quickly. 

 

37 - Arterio Morris 6’4” CG 2022 | Kimball HS - Dallas, TX

This junior held his own against the competition. He was his team leader and showcased his athleticism. He will punch it on you and caught a body in the 3v3 drill. He scored well in the midrange and finished over bigger defenders at the rim. He was pinning almost everything at the rim. It didn’t matter if it was a Guard, Wing, or a Big he went up and denied it. He has a big wingspan and can guard multiple positions. 

 

64 - Ben Roy 6’1” PG 2021 | Manasquan HS - Manasquan, NJ
Shifty guard that is tough in isolation. Keeps his dribble low to the ground and pounds that rock. He also was passing the pill off getting assists after assists as well. Has a good shot and moves when he doesn’t have the ball. Had some tough lays at the rim inside hand and some reverse lays with great body control. I liked his pace, his poise, and his control of the game. 

 

105 - Brandon Miller 6’8” SF 2022 | Cane Ridge HS - Antioch, TN
Brandon has Power 5 schools after him right now and rightfully so. He has a good handle on the rock, and can be used as a combo forward. He has good strength and was able to body opponents to get to the basket. Has a good stroke from the perimeter and was solid on the defensive side of the ball as well. He is a willing passer and was always looking to make the right plays. You can’t give him too much space or guard him too closely but you must pick your poison.

 

38 - Daeshun Ruffin 5’9” PG 2021 | Callaway HS - Jackson, MS | Ole Miss

The Ole Miss commit may have been the shortest player at the camp but with his play, you couldn’t tell. He is bouncy, quick, and explosive on everything he does from his first step, his jumping, and lateral movement defensively. Reads the court well in pick-n-roll sets and can create for himself and his teammates. Quick hands defensively 
 

110 - Daimion Collins 6’10” PF 2021 | Atlanta HS - Atlanta, TX

This senior is still undecided on his collegiate choice but he has over a handful to choose from at the Power 5 level. Runs the floor really well and all his finishes were dunks. He has great timing on the defensive end as well as he was swatting shots left and right. He may not look like it, but he is very physical and was able to move people around and sustain his position on the court. 
 

129 - Favour Aire 6’10” C 2022 | Bishop McNamara - District Heights, MD

This prospect was a beast on the interior, and he never let up no matter if it was drills, 1v1, 3v3, or 5v5 games. He has a presence that is not to be ignored when he is on the court. He threw down everything with authority. He was blocking shots with ease. He is a putback machine on the offensive glass. He has a great motor and great hands as well. Sets solid screens that had players complaining to refs about it. It is no wonder why he has 11 NCAA D1 offers with 9 of them being from Power 5 Universities.

 

177 - Jackson Grant 6’10” PF 2021 | Olympia HS - Olympia, WA | Washington

The Huskies commit was solid with his back to the basket. Has some nice moves out of the post and also runs the floor well. Good hands and soft touch around the rim. He was throwing it down aggressively making the rim pop. He also was altering shots defensively and cleaning house on the glass. 

 

43 - Jaden Jones 6’7” SG 2021 | St. Louis Christian Academy - St. Louis, MO | Rutgers

The Scarlet Knight commit was a big-time bucket. He has all the measurables and the skill set to become a special player. He was super consistent with his scoring from all levels on the court. Has a super feel for the game and the athleticism to go with it. Big time motor and IQ on both sides of the ball. He was a serious problem for opponents. 

 

121 - Jaylen Martin 6’6” SG 2022 | Florida State University School - Tallahassee, FL
This prospect is a shooter that you need to know where he is at all times on the court. Talk about a wing-guard prospect that has rim protector capabilities look no further. He is also tough as nails when paying on-ball defense. It was always a 2-3 dribble and he was at the rim. He finished at a very rate above the rim and around the rim. Has a solid mid-range game also. Very expressive after every play.

 

134 - Jaylon Tyson 6’7” SF 2021 | John Paul II - Plano, TX | Texas Tech

The Texas Tech commit showed that he can play with the best of them and then some. Smooth game with a good feel. He has good body control and strength and used it when attacking and balancing himself on off-balanced shots and tough lays at the rim. He shot the ball really well also and created for his teammates. 
 

107 - Jordan Nesbitt 6’6” CG 2021 | St. Louis Christian Academy - St. Louis, MO | Memphis

The Tigers get this long athletic combo from just up the Mississippi River. Jordan made a lot of tough plays on the court. He also was tough for opponents to keep in front as he would utilize his dribble combo skillset to create space or get by them. Finished above the rim and had some tough pull-ups in the mid-range. Created for his teammates as well as for himself. He hit some big game shots in every game that he played that played a key role in momentum shifts and clutch moments. 

 

39 - Jusaun Holt 6’7” SG 2021 | St. Francis Day School - Roswell, GA | Alabama

The BAMA commit is a mid-range killer. He knows how to get to his spots on the court and he takes advantage of his opponents and reads the way they are guarding him to pick his time on when to pull-up. He has really good speed with the rock in his hands and was abusing his opponents when going downhill. He had some nasty windmill dunks in games also. 

 

112 - Malique Ewin 6’9” F 2022 | Berkmar HS - Atlanta, GA

This rising junior made people take notice of his game. He has a solid frame with quick reaction time. He scored the ball from behind the perimeter and inside the paint. He was the best passing post player and was dropping off dimes to his teammates. Has a good skill set in the post and was posting up players in the short corner as well as the high post. Good pick-n-pop player that is athletic and has a good motor. He had a couple of big-time blocks as well. 

 

3 - Nisine Poplar 6’5” SG 2021 | Math, Civics, and Science Charter School - Philadelphia, PA | Miami

Athletic guard that is committed to “The U” Miami University. He attacked the rim aggressively and finished everything at and above the rim. Moves well without the ball in his hands and is a slasher. Nice cuts to the rim and always replacing himself on the floor. He shot the ball well also and has a tight handle on the ball. Very poised under pressure also. 

 

109 - Trey Alexander 6’3” PG 2021 | Heritage Hall HS - Oklahoma City, OK 

The undecided senior prospect was arguably one of the best prospects at the entire camp. His game is super smooth. He has a great feel for the game and was that dude in every single game that he played. Great floor vision and made all the right reads all the time. Great elevation on his jumper and shot it at a high rate under tightly contested shots. No matter if it was the pick-n-roll or pick-n-pop set, he made the right reads. Whichever University gets this prospect they will be landing on a ready to go college player. 

 

133 - Tyler Powell 6’6” SF 2021 | Ribet Academy - CA | Seton Hall
The future Pirate of Seton Hall is a perimeter threat. He shot the ball exceptionally well from behind the trey ball line. He also is athletic and got downhill quickly off the wing. He finished everything around the rim. He also has a solid build and frame and was able to bang with the bigs also. Very vocal on the court and is a leader on the court. 

 

59 - Tyrese Hunter 6’0” PG 2021 | St. Catherines HS - Racine, WI | Iowa State

This Iowa State commit is a shifty point guard with a super high IQ. Plays with pace and knows when to speed it up and slow it down. Had some ankle-breaking moves because his first step is so quick. He had a lot of high-quality paint touches breaking down defenders and finding his shooters. He also has bounce and if given a clear lane will dunk on you. 
 

57 - Wade Taylor IV 6’0” PG 2021 | Lancaster HS - Lancaster, TX | Texas A&M

The A&M commit has blow-by speed and was a problem on the floor for his opponents. He is tough and gritty and doesn’t back down from anyone. He also locked in defensively on his opponents and forced a lot of turnovers. It was good seeing him play in the half-court set where he was a maestro on the court orchestrating everything for his team.

CONTENDERS, PROSPECTS & SLEEPERS: UIL 6A III-19

By: Geoffrey Day (RCS Sports)

It is October and it’s less than 20 days before the season kicks off. Let’s take a dive into the various districts, and begin previewing teams and players to watch! Today we dive into the UIL 6A-III District 19! 

Pre-Season Player of the Year
Jake Arnold is my preseason player of the year. He recently committed to Houston Baptist University. Arnold is a big time three-point threat that will shoot your lights out. He also is good off the dribble and can score in the mid-range and get to the rim. Last season he averaged 23.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2 assists per game. His season high was 39 points, while making over 100 trey balls at a good clip of 39% from behind the arc. 

Team to Beat
Katy Tigers should be the team to beat in this district this season. They bring back the majority of the team from last season that went 18-14 overall and 7-5 in district play finishing second in the district. They lost in the first round of the playoffs last season. All of their district wins last year were really close games. They will be led by Dayvaughn Froe who is a rhythm scorer off the dribble. He has good strength as he is able to finish through contact at the rim. As his games continue to mature you can expect him to lead the way for the Tigers. 

Biggest Threat
Katy Tompkins Falcons went 14-19 overall and 6-6 in district play to finish in third. They also went to the third round of the playoffs last season. With a healthy team they should be a threat in this district and could potentially be the best team. They have had a ton of movement this summer/early fall going on. They did lose a key player from last year's squad in Jason Clark who will be attending The Village School but added in a transfer from Cypress Lakes in Joshua McMillian II. They will feature a Standout Junior in BB Knight, a big game shooter that has a smooth game. If you can hoop in converse you have to have the game to back it up and he does just that. He’s coming back off of an injury but has looked really good this fall. They also received another transfer in Joel Oluwakon who will hold down the paint. He has good hands and a soft touch around the rim and can make a hook shot as well. Runs the floor well also. 

Sleeper
Katy Taylor Mustangs is a sleeper in the district. They look to make a lot of noise this year. Last season they went 10-19 overall and 4-8 in district play. You can expect a big change this season from last season as they are playing more as a unit this year still anchored by preseason player of the year Jake Arnold who should have an even bigger season but he will receive key help from his two senior running mates in Luke and Anthony. Luke St. Julien is a tough skilled lead guard that is playing a lot more comfortable in his role. Knocking down jumpers and getting a lot of paint touches as well.  Anthony Pelzer is a transfer from rival Mayde Creek. He will provide a lot of energy and grit for the Mustangs.

Top Prospects to Watch [Last Year Award]

Dayvaughn Froe 6’3” CG Jr. Katy [All-District 1st Team]

Aydan Perdue 6’6” F So. Katy

Jake Arnold 6’3” SG Sr. Taylor [All-District 1st Team]

Anthony Pelzer 6’3” F Sr. Taylor [transferred in from Mayde Creek]

Luke St. Julien 5’10” PG Sr. Taylor [All-District 2nd Team]

Ethan Shiflet 6’4” W Sr. Morton Ranch 

Dylon Syas 6’2” G Sr. Morton Ranch

Kuot Weil 6’1” G Sr. Morton Ranch

Jermon Washington 6’2” PG Sr. Mayde Creek [District Newcomer / All-District 2nd Team]

Josh Vanegas 6’2” G Sr. Mayde Creek

Angel Sonnier 5’10” PG So. Mayde Creek 

Brian “BB” Knight 6’3” SG Jr. Tompkins

Joel Oluwakon 6’7” PF Jr. Tompkins [transferred in from St. Johns XXIII]

Hunter Betke 6’5” SG Jr. Cinco Ranch

Braedon Edison 6’2” W Sr. Cinco Ranch

Anthony Bates 6’1” PG Fr. Seven Lakes

Top Contenders
1. Katy
2. Tompkins
3. Taylor
4. Mayde Creek
5. Morton Ranch

WOOTTEN'S TOP 150 CAMP: TEXAS YOUNG GUNS

Here are 5 prospects from Texas Class of 2023 who played in the Wootten Camp held in Mansfield, Texas. This camp was filled with a lot of D1 prospects, including some whom already have made verbal commitments. These young prospects did not miss a beat while playing with and against the upperclassmen filled roster. 

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CONTENDERS, PROSPECTS & SLEEPERS: UIL 6A III-18

By: Geoffrey Day (RCS Sports)
It is October and it’s less than 30 days before the season kicks off. Let’s take a dive into the various districts, and begin previewing teams and players to watch! Today we dive into the UIL 6A-II District 18!
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