Texas Jamboree recap
Future Mizzou Tigers Tony Mitchell and Phil Pressey steal the show
HOUSTON -- Rick Nelson of Elite Action Sports once again assembled a terrific field of teams and players from the states of Texas and Louisiana for the seventh annual Texas Jamboree. This Thanksgiving weekend event was held at the prestigious Strake Jesuit College Preparatory High School. The talent was plentiful, and two future Missouri Tigers stole the show and were a treat to watch compete. Combination forward Tony Mitchell (Dallas/Pinkston) and point guard Phil Pressey (Dallas/Episcopal School of Dallas) will team up next fall in Columbia and were dominant at times, along with local sophomore star L.J. Rose (Houston/Second Baptist). Pressey and Rose went head to head a majority of the time defending each other, making great scoring plays and creating opportunities for teammates.
Tony Mitchell, PF/SF (6-8, 215)
Mitchell was simply terrific, displaying high-level athletic ability on both ends of the floor. He finished around the basket with power dunks on clear paths and in traffic. He rebounded at rim level in and out of his area on a consistent basis. Mitchell also is an excellent ball handler for his size and is great pushing the ball after pulling down a defensive rebound. He is a threat to go coast to coast if not brought under control by the transition defense. When Mitchell was not looking into the rim on one of his many dunks, he hit the midrange jumper with needed time and space. He also posted smaller defenders and elevated over them with ease to score in the lane. Mitchell can run the floor like a gazelle, and on defense, he has the speed, quickness and lateral movement to guard the 2, 3 or 4 position. He must add strength and work to extend his shooting range, but this live-body forward will keep Tigers fans on their feet with his high-wire act. He was by far the best player this weekend.
Phil Pressey, PG (5-10, 162)
Pressey is the perfect point guard for Missouri's style of play. He can play extremely fast on both ends of the floor and be highly productive. At times he can force the issue or take chances with the ball, but for the most part he makes the right decisions and makes difficult plays look easy. Pressey displayed great court vision as he changed speeds and directions. He put lob, drop-off and kick-out passes on the money to teammates throughout the game. He can also set the offense and work off ball screens where he can get a floater off in the lane or knock down the deep jumper if the defense goes under the screen. Pressey plays with great confidence and never seems to get rattled. He is sneaky athletic and will finish above the rim versus much taller players without thinking twice about challenging them. He applies good ball pressure and has a nonstop motor with many gears to beat defenders. Pressey is one of the more exciting players in the 2010 class.
L.J. Rose, PG (6-2,170)
Rose shot the ball extremely well coming off on-ball screens, midrange dribble pull ups and 3s with space. He competed against Pressey and traded baskets with him on a number of possessions. Rose also showed his ability to penetrate and kick to teammates for wide open shots. What makes Rose a special point guard is that he has great size, which allows him to score and pass over or around smaller defenders. He can pass with either hand and although he can make multiple shots in a row when needed, he is very unselfish. Rose loves to shoot the 3 or score off the dribble with his floater from the right side of the floor where he can attack going to his left toward the lane, although he can go both ways this seems to be his favorite. Rose played with confidence and did a great job of balancing scoring and creating opportunities for teammates. He has an excellent all-around game and basketball IQ for someone his age.
Tobi Oyedeji, PF (6-8, 210)
2010, Bellaire, Texas/Bellaire
Oyedeji has continued to add to his scoring package in addition to his ability to play with great energy and urgency the entire time he is on the floor. The future Aggie hit 15- to 17-foot jumpers on a consistent basis when the defense backed off. He shot the ball with confidence and without hesitation. He drove to the basket from the high post as well to keep the pressure on his defender. Oyedeji also attacks the glass on both ends of the floor. He rebounds in and out of his area and at times simply outworks opponents for possession of the ball. He runs the floor on a consistent basis with great pace and is a tip-dunk threat, if not boxed out physically and aggressively. Oyedeji's upper body seemed to be more defined and he looked and played more physical. If he continues to improve at this fast pace, the sky is the limit on how good he can become.
Tre Lynch, PG/SG (6-1, 165)
2010, Lancaster, Texas/ Lancaster
Lynch is very quick with the ball and loves to attack the rim in transition. He slashes in between defenders with excellent body control and does a great job of drawing fouls. The Lamar signee can also hit the midrange, pull up in traffic and knock down the open 3 when his feet are set with excellent elevation. He can also scoring during end-of-clock situations. Lynch would make shots at a higher percentage if he would not drop his hands and finish his shot, but he can get hot and make some tough shots look easy. His athletic ability also allows him to be a capable defender. He has the speed and quickness to defend both guard positions. When Lynch draws multiple defenders he does a nice job making drop-off passes to open teammates as they cut to the basket. Lynch can also share time at the shooting guard position because of his ability to score. He played very well as he lead Lancaster to a hard-fought win over a very talented and deep Bellaire team.
Perry Jones, PF/SF (6-11, 220)
2010, Duncanville, Texas/ Duncanville
The No. 3 overall player in the class of 2010 has off-the-charts talent and skill, but his production is nowhere close to what it should be. Against Bellaire, he had two points at halftime and finished the game with nine points and four fouls. Jones started the second half with three consecutive midrange jumpers before picking up his fourth foul early in the third quarter, which forced him to sit until about the six-minute mark of the fourth quarter. He is a terrific athlete who can score anywhere on the floor. His upside and potential have NBA written all over, but before that can happen, he must learn to dominate high school games on a consistent basis and prepare for life as a Big 12 player for Baylor.
Jones is a very unselfish player, almost to a fault. He needs to play in attack mode more often in order to get the production he is capable of and the result will be more wins for his team. He is an above-the-rim rebounder and a coast-to-coast threat in transition. He can post up, hit jumpers to the arc, pick and pop or make plays off the dribble with ease. Jones is a good area rebounder and average shot-blocker. He has the athletic ability and lateral foot speed to defend positions 2 through 5 in a defensive switch situation. He runs the floor with great speed and just wows you with some of the plays he makes, except these great plays are few and far between. Jones seems to be a great teammate and team player, but needs to demand the ball and dominate the game the way we have seen him do at times.
• Power forward John Bohannon (Lancaster, Texas/ Lancaster) is a UTEP signee who put together two very productive games this weekend. The 6-7, 180-pounder displayed a nice skill set with range to about 19 feet and made plays off the dribble mostly from the high post. Bohannon competed, showed excellent versatility and is a nice fit for the Miners.
• Oklahoma State signee SF Brian Williams (Baton Rouge, La./ Glen Oaks) was very impressive at times with his excellent middle game and athletic scoring moves in the lane. Williams also hit the boards on both ends and competed the entire time he was on the floor.
• Class of 2012 wings SG Christian Sanders (Houston/ St. Thomas) and SF Trey Guidry (Houston/ St. Pius X) displayed excellent skill and promise. Sanders is very skilled and has an excellent midrange game. Guidry has good size and can get to the basket -- especially going to his right -- and can hit the open 3 with time and space, and plays with urgency on both ends of the floor. It will be interesting to see how these two young players develop because they both have great upside.
• Freshman PG Chandler Malone (Dallas/ Episcopal School of Dallas) made his presence felt right away with his ability to handle the ball and knock down the floater in the lane. This young 5-10, 160-pound lead guard competed. He is one to watch and should improve at a steady rate competing against Pressey in practice.
• Power forward Erron Chesterfield (Baton Rouge, La./ Glen Oaks) is raw, but very long and athletic. He blocks shots and scores by running the floor or on put backs. Chesterfield is built like Chicago Bulls forward and former LSU star forward Tyrus Thomas and has tremendous upside.
• Skilled power forward Anthony Horton (League City, Texas/ Clear Springs) will be a nice addition for Campbell next fall with his touch around the basket and ability to face up and knock down pick and pop and trail 3s.
Reggie Rankin was an assistant coach at seven schools for 13 seasons, most recently at Dayton.