Throughout live period, I will be sending out a recap of what I saw each day. On Friday, I was at GASO in Dallas, where I saw plenty of local teams in action (including several phenomenal 16U games), and six names stood out above the rest.
Chris Green (Texas Elite Rick 16U) - This was my second extended look at Green, who has been touted as a potentially elite scorer, and he lived up to that billing while leading Texas Elite Rick 16U to a hard-fought 75-72 win over Texas PRO. Green finished with 28 points (14 in each half) in one of the most competitive 16U games I have seen all summer. Green likes to attack the basket, and his athleticism got him a ton of easy baskets and free throw attempts. This is certainly a prospect worth following going forward.
DJ Johnson (Texas PRO 16U) - In the same game, Johnson had a monster second half for Texas PRO 16U, scoring 18 of his team-high 22 points after halftime as PRO nearly pulled off a late comeback before coming up 3 points short. Johnson is an elite athlete with a nice first step, and once he got rolling, Texas Elite Rick 16U simply had no answer as he got to the rim at will. Johnson picked up his first offer from Sam Houston earlier in the week, and other schools are certain to get involved once they see him play.
Calvin Solomon (Basketball University 16U) - Solomon has had an excellent two days for BU 16U, who are 3-0 entering bracket play in the 17U division. Over the course of the summer, has become a terrific defensive rebounder/outlet passer while improving his finishes around the rim on offense. His motor never stops, and he always seems to be around the ball. Against Urban DFW 16U, Solomon scored 12 points and made a crucial 3-point play in the final minute to secure a 71-65 victory.
Kevin McCullar (Yes II Success TX Future 16U) - McCullar has been a hot name on the recruiting trail since April, and continued his ascent on Friday evening while nearly carrying his team to victory in a 61-57 OT loss against Houston Hoopstars. He uses his length to make mid-range baskets over defenders, and made a few incredible passes that had the crowd buzzing. McCullar finished with a game-high 22 points, and after recently picking up offers from Tulsa and UTSA, bigger names could soon follow suit.
Kobe Shorter (Houston Hoops DJ) - Shorter remains among the biggest sleepers in the Houston area, and scored 27 points to lead Houston Hoops DJ to a 71-63 victory over Dallas Seawolves. On this team Shorter is asked to be the primary scorer, and while he has proven to be capable of that, this is a gifted two-way player who can lock up multiple positions on defense. At the D1 level, he projects as an elite role player/glue guy who can knock down open jumpers, much like he was at Westfield HS this past season.
Souleymane Doumbia (Basketball University) - Doumbia had his most productive game of the summer, finishing with 19 points as Basketball University won an epic matchup against Marcus Smart YGC36 90-85 in 5OT. While I do not have exact numbers, it’s possible he had 20 rebounds and 10 blocks in this one, as BU was playing with only 6 kids and had no other interior presence. Doumbia is still developing in many key areas, but I love his energy, and he made a tremendous impact in this marathon contest.