(Credit to Media Contributors: Tim Littlefield & Brandon Jenkins)
This past weekend saw 85 of the most talented prospects in all of the Tri-Regions converge in northeast San Antonio in our Annual Elite High School Combine. After months of a layoff, there was certainly some rust to shake loose, but it didn’t take long to see that our 5th annual Combine was loaded with plenty of talent ranging from the 2021 to 2025 class.
In addition to posting updates and evals on social media, we start a mini-series of write ups on just some of the top standouts who grabbed our attention and made waves while competing on Friday.
**This listing is in no particular order or ranking**
Kendrick Deluna 6’9” F 2023 (Cornerstone HS)
Continues to develop physically. Has added some strength and weight, and has made tremendous strides in his overall quickness around the hoop, in the paint, and showed consistent ability to handle the ball from 12-14 feet out, attack and easily got by other bigs. Once down low, routinely finished. Is preparing for his sophomore campaign and was in discussion for best overall prospect at the combine.
Kaden Gumbs 6’0” G 2023 (San Marocs HS)
Another one of the top 2023’s in attendance. Has an extra gear and deadly stroke. On multiple occasions blew by would-be defenders from the perimeter with ease, and showed he could score at all levels; At the hoop, mid-range and from distance. His quickness and handles make him a very difficult match-up.
Davion Wilson 6’6” SF/F 2021 (Judson HS)
One of the most physically impressive frames in attendance. Still not clear if he will choose football or possibly attempt both at the next level, but as a basketball prospect is a very athletic wing who will punish the rim in transition. In half-court sets used his muscle and strength to clear out space down low, quick leaper and used his length very well to clean the glass.
Thomas “TJ” Johnson 6’5” SG 2022 (Belton HS)
In our Top 10 for the 2022 class and showed that his stock will be rising. Long, athletic, moves very well laterally, and on point from the perimeter. Was very tough to guard because of his size, and as defenders backed off, he made them pay from outside. Near the end of the combine, finished with a 1 handed flush easily getting above the rim. Will be a D1 prospect.
Diego Colon 6’1” G 2022 (Homeschool)
Opened a lot of eyes, as most had not seen the homeschooled prospect. A true combo guard who impacted games in multiple facets. Had a smooth approach with the ball in his hands, never seemed rush. Made good decisions, knowing when to push and attack, or to reset. Drained it easily from beyond the arc and with relative ease, got to the hoop several times for layups. One of the more unknown prospects coming into our combine, firmly planted himself onto the recruiting radar.
Luke Whidbee 6’5” F 2021 (Boerne HS)
From the onset of drills, showed he can let it fly with confidence and routinely connected from the perimeter until the day was over. High energy prospect who makes things happen. Was constantly on the move looking for an open spot to get his shot off, or would look to set a pick, or was battling down low with taller prospects for boards, not backing down and playing physical when needed.
Joemori Francis 6’5” F 2022 (Hutto HS)
Played with his motor on high. A lanky, long prospect who mainly played down low and in close. Had a knack for being in the right position for rebounding. Does not mind doing the dirty work and banged with bigger framed posts. Does have quickness and athleticism to capitalize when slower bigs try to match-up.
Kollin Allbright 6’7” F 2024 (San Angelo Central HS)
One of only five 8th graders invited to the Elite Combine, and he showed immediately that he could hold his own. He’s yet to officially register his first day of high school and he outdueled current high school prospects on the block and then showed off a very soft and accurate touch from around the arc. Will get stronger and bigger, potential is through the roof with the freshman to be.
Reginald “Jack” Stewart 6’3” SG 2022 (East Central HS)
An above average athlete who also currently plays football for the Hornets. Solid frame and ooze’s plenty of upside. Range 2-3 feet beyond the arc, nice bounce to get up and finish above the rim, plays tough and with a drive, will finish among the trees and uses his lean, cut frame to finish at the hoop.
Kevin Garcia 6’5” F 2022 (Laredo Martin HS)
Showed off his versatility and has drastically improved his ball handling abilities. Versatile in where he could back you down in the low block, but then face up from about 12-16 feet and attack off the dribble. Showed a soft touch on his jumper along the short-corner and wing extended. Is an outstanding rebounder for his size, positions himself well to box out. High effort prospect who leaves it all on the floor.
Be sure to check back in the coming days, as we continue Part II of our "Combine Recap" mini-series.