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Jul, 2019

Summer Hoopsfest: Top Teams

By: AlamoCityHoops Staff

(Photo Credit: Letty Trevino)

Gym lights were turned off, and basketballs had stopped bouncing. The dust had settled from our SummerHoopspfest and only a few teams were able to stand at the top of their proverbial mountain, going 4-0 in the weekend showcase. We breakdown the “Undefeated” teams and some of the clubs who finished at 3-1.


 HD Toros Elite (4-0)
Coach Lou Martinez and his team showed why they're considered one of the high level AAU teams in the Tri-Regions.  Defeating stiff competition in Centex Attack Parrish, the ATX Knights in a thrilling overtime game, Mustangs 2020, and Houston Top Guns, to stay perfect for the weekend. Senior guard Kyle Castille (Brennan HS/2020) filled up the stat sheet averaging 19ppg, having two 20+ games. Dropping 25pts on the Top Guns and then 22pts to pull out a close OT win over the Knights. In each win someone else stepped up to help share or lead the scoring load with Castille. Avery Eugster (St. Mary’s Hall HS/2020) had 16pts in beating Centex Attack, Jalen Mangum (Sunnybrook Christian HS/2020), Ze’rik Onyema (Jay HS/2020), and Kino Thompson (Warren HS/2020), all had success in getting buckets and sharing the rock.

 HD Toros Select (4-0)
The Select team picked up right where the Elite team left off. Zane Elmore (Warren HS/2021) was a tough guard all weekend. Scoring at will, dropping a 30 piece in their win of Edison HS. He showed a quick first step that got him to the rim at ease, and when he wasn’t slashing and scoring, he was using an effective outside game to score. He finished with 7 three-pointers for the weekend and averaged 18ppg. Adyden Zavala led the way with 25pts in a win over the Next Level Raiders Black, and 6’6” Matthew Owens, exploded for 32pts in their “w” over the ATX Knights Akins. He dropped 4 treys and showed versatility, being able to score down low with his back to the basket, but also connecting from the wing.



Texas Tigers (4-0)
The only other team that went unblemished, this group had a couple of youngsters splash onto our radar. The young trio of
Caleb Williams (San Marcos HS/2022), Quintin Williams (New Braunfels HS/2022), and Chico Strash (Alamo Heights/2023) spear headed the Tigers attack. The Williams boys are smaller guards, but their play was absolutely huge. Caleb was on fire from beyond the arc, connecting on 11 3-ptrs for the weekend, and finished averaging 18ppg leading the charge. He put in a game high 24pts in their thrilling 52-49 OT win against SA Fire 2023. Quintin is very similar in stature and game. Also showed the ability to score from outside or use a burst to attack into the middle of the lane. Our staff was not surprised at all when the talented freshman Chico Strash was out in front, tallying 17pts in their win over the Bulls. All three young ballers were key cogs in why the Tigers went unscathed in our Summer Hoopsfest.  

Here are some other notes and key players on teams that finished with three wins for the weekend:

 Texas Bulls 15U (3-1)
As we mentioned after day one, this young team is loaded with talent and athleticism.
Reginald Stewart (East Central HS/2022), William Nathaniel (East Central HS/2022), and Calig Parker (Roosevelt HS/2022) all have a chance to be legitimate college prospects. Good height, athleticism, and each one showed they just aren’t athletes, they have a developing skillset and perimeter game to go with it. Shane Perales (South San HS/2022), a sharp shooting guard also showed his range and hit numerous long distance shots in the two days of action .  

 SA Fire 2023 (3-1)
This team plays up for it’s age, and they nearly escaped the Summer Hoopsfest undefeated, had it not been for a tough hard fought overtime loss to the Tigers. Speaking of young talent,
Joshua McGuire (John Paul/2023) will certainly be one to watch as one of the new faces at the high school level in SA for the 2023 class. Additionally, Jarek Schmitou (Churchill HS/2023) plays with a quiet confidence and will light it up from the perimeter. Just as important is 2024 Devin McCloud, a physical, mature, well rounded middle schooler who competed and outperformed kids two grade levels above him. This Fire team has the chance to continue and make noise on the AAU circuit.

ATX Defenders 2021 (3-1)
Representing the Centex, the Defenders showed to be a well balanced team that looked like they’ve been playing together for years. Their lone set back was to the Shooting Stars while missing a couple of players, but when together,
Larson Featherstone (Round Rock HS/2021), Chance McDonald (McNeil HS/2021), Braden Lee (Round Rock HS/2021), and Andrew O’Neal formed a quartet of consistency. O’Neal was one of the better shooters on hand, draining an eye popping 12 three pointers. Featherstone flashed his length and athleticism, standing 6’6”, catching our eye getting up and down the floor, and utilizing his length on the boards and in the paint.

 Schertz Cowboys 16U 3-1)
The duo of
Christian Ashford (Steele HS/2021) and Jason Davis (East Central HS/2021) were pivotal in the Cowboys success this weekend. Ashford showed a nice jump shot that with range beyond the arc, and was a threat to score off the bounce as well. He and Davis played well off one another. Jason would lead the Cowboys with 19pts in their win over SA Hoops Elite 2022. In their loss to the Defenders, he dropped in a game high 23pts with 4 three-pointers.

 Shooting Stars Red 16U (3-1)
Credit to the Stars, in their win over the Defenders, 4 players netted double figures, led by
Rhett Evans 14 pts. Isaiah Monroe scored in double figures all four games, and led the way with 14 pts in their dramatic last second win over NW Elite, 70-69. However, it was Jermon Washington who attacked from the left wing, took two dribbles towards the baseline and swished the 12 footer for the victory. An overall solid weekend for the Shooting Stars, their only set back was a 72-63 shortfall to Centex Attack-Dewitty.

Houston Top Guns 17U (3-1)
There were undoubtedly some sharpshooters on hand this weekend, and
Jacob Harvey may have been the most deadly of them all, dropping in 14 three pointers in 2 days of action. It did not matter whether it was the wings, straight away, or the corner. On the move or set, he was dropping shots from all over. Jabari Miller was certainly one of the most intriguing prospects as he showed his versatility, length, and athleticism. Showed a good inside-out game, being able to do damage from the perimeter, and then able to putt he ball on the floor and finish at the hoop. He used his length well to help him finish. RJ Crawford (Langham Creek HS/2020) caught the eye of some of the college coaches on hand, using his mid-range game and distance to compliment the team from the shooting guard spot. Plays inside and out.

 Texas Tigers 17U (3-1)
They carried on the mantra of team effort, rather than one player carrying the load. In their four games, a different player led them in scoring,
Kyle Dow (SA Johnson HS/2019) tied for accomplishing the feat twice. Avery Rhinehart splashed in 6 treys in one win, while Jaylen Farmer (Steele HS/2020) showed his quickness and slashing ability to get to the front end of the rim and fill up the stat sheet. In their lone loss David Gonzalez (Brandeis HS/2020), he set the pace with 21 pts and added 2 triples.

 Next Level Raiders Black 17U (3-1)
Another pair of guards that showed their skills were
Jaylen Streeter (Harlan HS/2021) and JT Taylor (Johnson HS). Athletic guards who thrived in the open court and both were able to get up and finish above the rim. More than just athleticism, they showed consistency with their jump shots, routinely hitting  from the perimeter up to and beyond the three-point line. Kaleb White (Smithson Valley/2020) was the catalyst in their 62-34 rout of Team Fusion Blue, leading the way with 17pts.

 SA Blue Devils 17U (3-1)
Another team with young players, including two freshmen, who did not back down from the challenge and competition of balling in the 17U division.
Matthew Soto (Somerset HS/2023), for his age, had a very impressive 9 three-pointers and in their win over Edison HS, hit 5 treys. Not to be outdone, older brother Marky Soto (Somerset HS/2020), showed his distance, draining 8 treys of his own. The play of combo guard Jonas Carlisle (South San HS/2021) caught the attention of onlooking college coaches. The ability to play both spots at the guard, make plays, find the open man, and shoot the ball, were all impressive. Fellow freshmen Zachary Crawford (Taft HS/2023), used his 6’5” frame very well, and for a freshman was not shying away from being physical and banging down low. Used a soft touch one establish down low. He registered double digits in 2 of the 4 Blue Devils games.