Day one of action tipped off at the AlamoCityHoops LIVE event on Friday and our staff was in full force, putting eyes on some of the standouts from the day’s action.
Here’s a breakdown of some of the talent who balled out.
Max George (BASIS/SA Tarheels 2024)
Got it done on both ends of the court for the tar heels. His intensity on defense and spark on the offensive end lead the Tarheels back from a 12-point deficit to beat Texas Hardwork in their first game of the day. With his ability to score both inside and out he ended the day with a combined 44 points, 25 and 19, in their impressive wins over Hardwork and Houston Defenders RISE 15U.
Reese Martin (St. Michaels HS/Texas Hardwork 2024)
Had a great start to the weekend draining 5 threes and ending the game with a team high 23 points. Besides his ability to score, Martin showed he can handle the ball and get his team involved.
LJ Willis (Odessa HS/West TX Force 16U)
Young man has a strong athletic build and used it. He was able to get to the basket and finish down low as well as handle the ball and score from all levels on the court. Had an explosive start to the weekend scoring 29 points in a triple overtime game against Texas Hardwork.
Jalon Munoz (O’Connor HS/Arnold Elite 22/23)
Same song different verse. Munoz is one of those guards that just does what his team needs to win. From taking tough charges and knocking down late key free throws. He was a pivotal piece for Arnold Elite to start the weekend and put in 14 Points.
Tracy Godfrey (Frenship HS/Team GPS)
Not only looks the part, but plays it pretty well. At 6’7”, the 2022 senior to be from West Texas is a rebounding machine. He has the handles of a wing and the body of a power forward. Shot range stretches from inside the paint to an easy corner trey. An all-around offensive threat but what really stook out was his lockdown defense. The same player who just grabbed two offensive boards in one possession is also guarding the most skilled player on the other end and doing just about all he can to stop him.
Lawyer Jones (Waco Midway HS/Young Pro Basketball 15U)
Had the scoring performance of the first day, lighting up the nets for 37pts. Connected on three treys, but the majority of his buckets came from inside the arc, slashing and attacking to the hoop. He used a nice mid-range jumper as well, in leading Young Pro past Arnold Elite 24/25.
David McKnight (Waco Midway HS/Young Pro Basketball 17U)
The 6’4” athletic shooting guard started hot and ended that way. Hitting on 3 straight treys in the scoring column, he finished with 4 on the day and dropped a cool 25 points in their win on Friday.
Jelani McDonald (Waco Connally HS/Young Pro Basketball 17U)
A Sophomore from Connally HS, was the most athletic on the floor. He makes attacking the basket look effortless and he does it in just a few steps. His specialty today was fast-break layups with glimpses of creative half court play. His agility gives him an extra step on defense and his bounce makes him a solid shot blocker, had 13pts in the win over Joe Little Athletics.
David Martinez (Atascocita HS/Joe Little Athletics)
This point guard is a true pg who looks for his teammates more often than his own opportunities. Don’t get me wrong, he can score the rock, but he also does very well in the assist column. He’s got great court vision and is smart with his passes.
Kaleb Pouncy (Atascocita HS/Joe Little Athletics)
A 6’6” forward who has the wingspan for a pick and roll lob and the range for a pick and pop. He’s got a great touch around the rim and isn’t afraid to be physical and bang inside, had 12 points in their tough loss to Young Pro Baskebtall.