HOUSTON -- Jack Yates High School was the site of the 2011 Super 16 Extravaganza also known as the" Fall High School Championships" sponsored by Jim Hicks of RCS Sports (Recruiter's Cheat Sheet) who does a tremendous job with this annual event to showcase high school basketball from the city of Houston.
Damyean Dotson (Houston/Jack Yates)
2012, SF, 6-5, 181 pounds
The versatile and very athletic wing played with great energy and urgency every second he was on the floor. Dotson can not only play all three perimeter positions, he can easily defend them as well. Dotson can handle and pass on the move, get to the rim and finish above it on the break and hit a number of 3s in a row -- though he can be a bit streaky. He is the glue guy on his team and his upside is scary. Dotson has a good hoop body already and great frame to add strength to. If he can perform at this level on a consistent basis, watch out. Dotson said he has offers from Oregon, Colorado, Texas Tech, Georgetown, TCU, Dayton and Arkansas.
Josh Gray (Houston/Wheatley)
2012, PG, 6-1, 173 pounds
College: Mississippi State
The future Bulldog can flat-out move with the ball. He breaks down defenders with a variety of dribble moves and gets to the rim at will, where he will dunk on an unsuspecting defender who gives him a clear path. He passes with flare and can knock down midrange jumpers, as well as a number of 3s when in the flow. Gray is also an excellent on-ball defender. He pressures the ball and anticipates in the passing lanes off the ball. At times, Gray can get loose with the ball, force shots and is not aware of time and score but all these things can be fixed to take this very talented point guard's game to the next level.
Calvin Guidry III (Houston/St. Pius)
2012, SF, 6-6, 215 pounds
College: San Diego
Guidry is a tough and competing wing who has continued to improve. He looks to be in better shape, stronger and does a great job of getting to the rim where he welcomes contact. Guidry was very patient and efficient on offense where he also stepped out and hit midrange jumpers and open 3s off the catch in rhythm. He plays with urgency on both ends and has all the makings of being a very good player at San Diego.
(Cypress, Texas/Cypress Falls)
2012, PG, 5-11, 160 pounds
Badillo is the ultimate floor general who runs the team and takes care of the ball with toughness. He has a great basketball IQ and feel for the game but his command of the ball, court vision and game management are what make him special. He is not going to wow you with athletic ability, but after watching him a few possessions you quickly learn he is the MVP of his team.
Ruston Hayward (Houston/Wheatley)
2012, SF, 6-4, 205 pounds
College: Mississippi Valley State
Hayward is a high-energy and athletic small forward who makes plays off the bounce, on the break and from the wing in the half-court set. He runs the floor well where he is a threat to catch the lob on all clear paths to the rim. Hayward also has a great command of the ball, is a very good rebounder and can lead the break. His toughness allows him to block shots and defend both wing positions as well. The Mississippi Valley State commit must work on his jumper but does so many other positive things to help his team and will be an immediate impact player for the Delta Devils.
Josh Friar (Kingwood, Texas/Kingwood)
2013, PF, 6-8, 219 pounds
Friar is a long and very athletic post with tremendous upside. He runs the floor well and already has pretty good strength that he uses to post and seal his defender deep in the lane. He can finish above the rim with ease and does a good job off scoring over his left shoulder with his back to the rim. However, Friar will have to work on his ballhandling and extend his range in order to add to his weapons. Marquette, Cornell, South Florida and Oklahoma are showing serious interest.
2013, SG, 5-11, 165 pounds
Martin is a tough and super athletic guard who makes plays on both ends of the floor with his elite athleticism. He plays above the rim on the break and is a tip-dunk threat, if not aggressively boxed out. He slashes in between defenders for acrobatic finishes over and around the rim. At times, it seems like Martin simply jumps and figures out how he wants to finish the play on his way down. He must work on his skills, but when he is in a groove there is not much he can't do including hitting an open 3 with needed time and space. He is terrific at anticipating in the passing lanes and pressuring the ball on defense. He never gives up on the play and is someone his coach can depend on. Martin is a wing in the body of a point guard but has the heart that all coaches look for. Martin's recruiting is starting to heat up with Holy Cross being his only offer so far, but that could change very quickly if he continues to play like he did this past weekend.
Players to watch
Johnathan Motley (Houston/Northshore)
2013, SF, 6-8, 195 pounds
The long and athletic forward has a great motor. He runs the floor and finishes above the rim every opportunity he gets. Motley does a good job of keeping the ball high on offense and his hands up on defense. He is a good two-dribble, straight-line driver who does a good job passing in the post areas, especially in high-low situations. Motley is raw but more skilled than he appears. He must develop his back-to-the-basket moves and add strength, but he has great upside. Motley said he has offers from Houston, Rice and Nebraska and interest from Texas, Oklahoma, Marquette, Baylor, South Carolina and Wichita State.
Brandon Etienne (Houston/Northshore)
2014, PG, 5-11, 159 pounds
The smooth, true point guard has good command of the ball. He advances passes on the break and does a good job delivering the ball in drive-draw-and-kick situations. He has a sweet midrange pull up, is patient and makes pretty good decisions with the rock. Etienne must extend his range to the arc and add strength, but he is a lead guard to keep a close eye on. He is receiving interest from Butler, Marquette, Georgetown, Texas Tech, Baylor and Nebraska.
Joseph Anderson (Houston/Jake Yates)
2015, PG, 6-0, 142 pounds
The young lead guard has excellent court vision and feel for the game. He is smooth and understands how to get teammates involved with penetration and drive-draw-and-kick or drop-off passes. Anderson has a nice handle and sweet little floater in the lane. He works hard defending the ball on defense as well. He must add strength and work on his jumper, but Anderson has all the tools to be a very special guard. Baylor, Georgetown, Houston, Texas Tech and Louisville are showing strong early interest.
• SF 6'2 Warren Muldrow (Cypress, Texas/Cypress Falls) is a very good athlete who scores on the break and off quick first-step slashes to the rim. He had some impressive plays in traffic.
• C Jeremy King (Houston/St. Thomas) had a good weekend and was as aggressive as we have seen him. He ran the floor, hit the offensive glass and had a few impressive above-the-rim finishes in traffic. He also scored in the low post over his left shoulder. He needs to add strength and consistency to take the next step forward.
• ESPNU 100 PG and Baylor commit PG L.J. Rose (Houston/Westbury Christian) played well. He was aggressive and made winning plays late in the game. Rose got to the basket and as usual he was excellent at finding the open man when he drew a second defender with his penetration.
• ESPNU 100 SG and Duke commit SG Rasheed Sulaimon (Houston/Strake Jesuit) was in full attack mode. He finished above the rim with authority on the break and scored in the lane with acrobatic layups. His jumper was also clicking from beyond the arc. Sulaimon competed and played to exhaustion.
• ESPNU 25 SG Justin Jackson (Houston/HCYA) made some high-level plays using his length and skill. His floater along the baseline and in the lane is money and he can deliver the ball against pressure with either hand. Jackson said Duke, Florida and North Carolina have expressed great interest and Ohio State, Texas and Washington among others have offered.
• Class of 2014 forward Melvin Swift (Houston/Jack Yates) said he is hearing from Memphis, Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Florida, Oakland, South Carolina, Kentucky and Kansas
• Stanford commit SG Christian Sanders (Houston/St. Thomas) displayed his textbook stroke of the catch from 3 and with one dribble pull ups.
Reggie Rankin was an assistant coach at seven schools for 13 seasons, most recently at Dayton. He played at Ohio University from 1986 to 1990 and was a first-team All-MAC selection his senior season. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter.