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Written by Doug Jones   
Friday, 27 February 2015 10:03


On Saturday and Sunday, Clyde Jackson and the Gulf Coast Blue Chips will host the Houston Hardwood Classic in Channelview. The tournament will have 5 boys age divisions from 3rd grade through 8th grade. They will also have 4 and 5th grade and 7th grade girls. Clyde has always thrown great tournaments with top notch competition and this weekend should be no different. A couple of teams to watch should be the 4th grade group from GCBC as well as their 5th grade group. Also the Pearland Bulldogs always have strong teams as well as TJ Ford. I will be in attendance this weekend checking out the action. Should be fun.

Written by Jim Hicks   
Friday, 27 February 2015 00:00


During the weekend of February 20-22, 2015, The Alario Center in New Oreleans, LA was the place to be!  The annual John Lucas All Star Weekend Tournament officially tipped off the non-scholastic season for boys & girls ranging from 3rd to 8th grade. 

The state of Texas produced champions in the Boys 4th grade (GCBC 10u), 5th grade (Houston Hoops 11u), 8th grade (Texas Texas 14u), and Girls 8th grade (D1 Shooters Orange).  

The Gulf Coast Blue Chips routinely attracted standing room only crowds as many fans got a glimpse of LeBron James Jr aka "Bronney".  He is a great passer who doesn't get rattled on the floor.  More importantly, "Bronney" is a great teammate who is simply a Toys R Us kid on the floor (just trying to have fun) while kicking plenty of butt in the process.  Orlando Horton Jr is this team's pint sized yet gutsy floor general.  Jared Harris (a 3rd grader playing up) made several plays on both ends of the floor.  However, the best player on this team is without question Wesley Yates III, a strong swagger toting power guard who can get to any place on the court without much hindrance from defenders.  In the championship, GCBC overwhelmed B'more Finest while generating a double digit lead, and never looked back.  This Baltimore squad featured Samartine Bogues-Christian (the grandson of NBA Hall of Famer, Mugsy Bogues).  In case you didn't get the memo, Yates III ate his lunch.

The Houston Hoops 11u lost their first game in pool play (vs NightRydas) then proceed to reel off 5 staight wins including a championship claiming thriller over Dallas based D1 Shooters.  Make no mistake about it... D1 Shooters have serious talent such as Austin Nunez, Cruz Davis, and Omari Abor.  However, there was not player in the building who could contain Bryce Griggs of the Hoops.  Although he must learn to contain his emotions, this young man has a chance to truly be special.  Griggs reminds me of a 5th grade version of Tommy Mason Griffin.  A couple other players on the Hoops team who caught my eyes were Randy Master and Dylan Glover.

Nike Team Texas won all 5 games by at least 15pts, punctuated by the thrashing of Georgia Stars 85-69 and Louisiana Red Storm 79-58 in the final two rounds.  Dallas based Team Texas got some outstanding productivity from Davion Harmon and Chris Harris.  

The Girls championship came down to the final possession as the D1 Shooters Orange pulled out the thrilling 47-46 win over South Texas Hoyas. 

In addition to the players mentioned above, there were several standouts who highlighted the 71 teams participating in this event.  Here are some names to remember...

11u  -  #25 Jarace Walker 5'8 (Bmore's Finest Class of 2022), #3 Antonio Sellers 5'7 (NightRydas Elite),  #25 Knasir "Doug" McDaniel 5'2 (NightRydas Elite)

13u  -  #30 Jason Harris 6'5 (NightRydas Select 2020),  #8 Shermar Morrow 6'3 (NightRydas Select 2020), #3 Trammon Marks (God First),  #25 Stacye Thomas (God First)

14u  -  Chandler Lawson 6'5 (Georgia Stars 2019), #4 Robert McCrae 6'2 (Florida Elite Ballers),  #15 Jordyn Adams 6'2 (409 Elite),  #5 Jarvis Johnson 5'11 (Texas PRO),  #23 Joe Rollins 5'11 (Texas PRO)


Qtrs:  Texas PRO / Louisiana Elite def Texas PRO,  Red Storm def Elevation Skills,  Nike Team Texas def  Louisiana Jaguars, Georgia Stars def Miami Elite Ballers

Semis:  Red Storm def Louisiana Elite,  Nike Team Texas def Georgia Stars

Finals:  Nike Team Texas 79 Red Storm LA 58


Qtrs:   D1 Shooters def Red Storm, Worldwide Wildcats def AK Jayhawks, NightRydas def Atlanta Playmakers, God's First def Hammond LA

Semis Nightrydas def God's First,  Worldwide Wildcats def D1 Shooters

Finals  Worldwide Wildcats GA 71 Nightrydas FL 62


Qtrs:  Team Takeover def Bmore Finest,  Orlando Jayhawks def Game Time,  NightRydas def Baton Rouge Blazers,  Oakland Soldiers def USA Elite

Semis Takeover def Jayhawks,  Oakland Soldiers def Nightrydas

Finals:  Oakland Soldiers 60  Team Takeover 30


Qtrs:  Houston Hoops def D1 Finest,  Bmore Finest def GCBC,  NightRydas def Grind Time,  D1 Shooters def True Ballers

Semis:  Houston Hoops def Bmore Finest (OT),  D1 Shooters def Nightrydas (OT)

Finals:  Houston Hoops 51  D1 Shooters 48


Semis:  GCBC def All Ohio Red,  Bmore Finest def D1 Shooters

Finals:  GCBC def B'more Finest

For other bracket results , visit 



Reserve your spot for the Rcs Sports Spring Ice Breaker (March 20-22, 2015 in Houston).

Action will start 4pm on Friday and conclude around 4pm Sunday.  All teams are guaranteed 3 games.

Last year the SIB had over 225 teams which made it the nation's largest showcase of March.


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Thursday, 22 January 2015 00:00

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CAMP RIGHT WAY 2014 RECAP! Print E-mail
Written by Jim Hicks   
Thursday, 08 January 2015 17:22

The annual Camp Right Way, directed by John Lucas was once again a great way to end the year.  Approximately 150 middle school campers from across the nation participated in the popular annual holiday camp which was originally designated for Houston area players.  Due to popular demand, combined with the thought of Lucas not wanting to decline the young hoopers of the opportunity to enhance their skills, the camp attendance has tripled since originating in 2006.  

I was present for the second day of CRW, and was excited to absorb the competitive atmosphere.  Near the conclusion of camp, the young men absorbed inspiring and motivating words from guest speakers including Abdul Rahim, TJ Ford, Chris Walker, Marland Lowe, Rhossi Carron, Alan Branch and myself. 

Meanwhile, I got a chance to speak with each camp counselor who also served as a coach of one of the pre-assembled teams.  They shared thoughts on the campers and assisted with determining which ones were the most productive throughout the two-day session of drills and games. 

Congrats to the following 48 stars who shined brightest at CRW 2014:

76ers 148 Ashton Collier 5'10 Hoover (AL) 2019
  62 Joshua Williams 5'6 Cypress 2019
  92 Jordan Turner 6'4 Conroe 2019
BUCKS 51 Sam Martin 5'8 Spring 2019
  18 Russell "Deuce" Dean 6'1 Columbia (SC) 2019
  39 Jarvis Johnson 5'11 Houston 2019
BULLS 43 Michael Wiley 5'7 Houston 2019
  158 Jaylen Davis 5'9 Houston 2019
  38 Marlon Jackson 6'1 Houston 2019
BULLETS 63 Marcus Tillman 6'2 Orlando (FL) 2019
  00 Dillon Glendening 5'9 Plano 2019
  26 Tayvion Fisher-Peavy 5'6 Richmond 2019
COWBOYS 100 Francis Okoro 6'10 Jackson (MS) 2019
  66 Savier Wheeler 5'4 Houston 2019
  95 Jaylen Thomas 6'1 DeSoto 2019
HORNETS 180 Pierce Hellums 5'9 Magnolia 2019
  187 Adam Kanafani 6'1 Missouri City 2020
  160 Donovan Ethridge 5'5 Laredo 2019
LIGHTNING 173 Trey Johnson 6'3 Birmingham (AL) 2019
  91 Keyon Thomas 5'8 Kansas City (KS) 2019
  174 Keon Jones 5'5 Houston 2020
LONGHORNS 46 Kenneth Lofton 5'8 Port Arthur 2020
  69 Reese Watson 5'9 Austin 2019
  0 Jaron Presley 5'3 Katy 2019
ROCKETS 168 Genson Hooper-Price 6'4 Houston 2019
  105 Zechariah Selvage 5'5 Katy 2020
  87 Dante Wynn 5'8 Nashville (TN) 2019
SHARKS 15 Keionte Cornelius 5'10 Houston 2019
  102 Jordan Wright 6'2 Waggaman (LA) 2019
  45 Tyrus Baynham 5'6 Lavergne (TN) 2019
SONICS 71 Byron Scholby 5'5 Dallas 2019
  124 Lewis McDaniel 6'2 Antioch (TN) 2019
  65 Joe Rollins 5'11 Humble 2019
SPURS 165 Chris Hollins 5'6 Houston 2019
  171 Jaylen Jackson 5'3 Houston 2020
  68 Nazim Pierre 5'0 Brooklyn (NY) 2019
TERPS 10 Keiman Capers 6'4 Houston 2019
  170 Olu Ibidapo-Obe 6'0 Sugarland 2019
  166 Melvin Holloway 5'0 Houston 2020
THUNDER 89 Jame Wiseman 6'6 Nashville (TN) 2019
  25 Tariq Aman 5'8 Coppell 2019
  147 Michael Coleman 5'4 Fort Worth 2019
TROPICS 163 Justice Hill 5'10 Little Rock (AR) 2019
  73 Thomas Gordan 6'2 Houston 2019
  125 Bryce Griggs 5'4 Lake Jackson 2020
WARRIORS 189 Isaiah Kennedy 5'8 Beaver Creek (OH) 2020
  99 Lawrence Williams 6'2 New Orleans (LA) 2019
  197 Troy Abmas 5'8 Rockwall 2019


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