With the 2021-22 Texas UIL season fast approaching, Prep Hoops Network previews several players in Region 2 of the 6A conference for this next season. This article focuses on point guards in the senior class. 6A seniors’ player previews: Region…
With the 2021-22 Texas UIL season fast approaching, Prep Hoops Network previews several players in Region 2 of the 6A conference for this next season. This article focuses on point guards in the senior class.
– 6’0″ – PG – Rockwall – Triumph Basketball
Shelburne embodies the meaning of speed, agility, and quickness in every aspect of his game. His ball-handling, his shot attempts, his passing and decision making, his hands on the defensive end, he does everything at a faster pace than anyone else on the court and he does it with control. He can stop on a dime, blow by a defender with a sharp crossover, and then has the ability to hit the midrange jumper, utilize his smooth floater, or deliver accurate passes to cutting teammates. Defenders must stay glued to him on the perimeter as he has one of the quickest catch-and-release mechanisms in the game. His footwork and quick hands make him just as big of a threat as a perimeter defender, as well, staying in front of his man and forcing turnovers against anyone that gets too relaxed with their handle. Shelburne put a special focus on his strength this offseason and wants to improve on “getting to the basket and finishing through contact,” and even with his elite speed already in hand, he wants to get even faster and quicker, and believes he can reach another level in that regard.
– 6’3″ – CG – Garland
Bratton is a long playmaker that can do it all on the court. He has a strong handle and uses an array of moves to get to his spots, with the ability to score from anywhere on the court, but he looks to create for his teammates more than anything. He has the IQ and awareness to read and manipulate opposing defenses with his ball-handling and driving abilities, and he always keeps his head up, ready to deliver strong, quick, and accurate passes to open teammates as the opponent collapses on him or even if they turn their head for a split second. He’s aggressive on the boards and pushes the pace on offense and he can also guard multiple positions on defense due to his length and athleticism, making him an elite all-around talent. Bratton spent this past offseason working specifically on his long range shooting and his strength, with the intention of opening up the rest of his game. He explained to Prep Hoops, “being able to make the defense have to guard above the three will make my game a lot easier and will open up more opportunities for teammates.”
Autavius Hobbs Jr. – 6’0″ – PG – Naaman Forest – Basketball Means More
Hobbs is an energizing playmaker with unlimited range. Not only can he consistently hit his shots from several feet behind the 3-point line, but he has an extremely quick release off the dribble and off the catch, making him difficult to defend on the perimeter. He attacks the basket with a combination of strength, speed and control that makes him a dangerous weapon on the fast break or in the half-court. His most valuable skillset is his vision and passing ability, though. He can make accurate full-court passes and he gets the ball to his teammates through traffic even when it seems impossible. Speaking with Prep Hoops, Hobbs gave credit to his AAU coach, Coach Brian Nwelue, for helping him work on reading ball screens this summer and he believes he’s made “huge improvements in this area and [he is] continuing to focus on that daily in practice.” He is also looking to continue communicating more on offense and defense, “to try to be that coach on the floor which will help make [his] teammates better.”
– 6’1″ – PG – Harker Heights – Drive Nation Austin 2022 Black
Evans is a strong defensive point guard that can finish at the rim as good as anyone and create for his teammates. His combination of strength and quickness make him an elite on-ball defender. He has the timing, strength, and confidence to challenge any opponent at the rim and his quick hands and aggressiveness create problems for opposing ball handlers on the perimeter. He’s a shifty ball handler and his strong frame gives him the edge when driving into the paint with an explosive finishing ability and an elite skillset at putting the ball in the basket. His defense and driving abilities are his elite talents but he can also step out and hit the long-range shot when called upon, and he is a willing passer, creating for his teammates when the defense collapses on his strong drives to the hoop. Coming into his senior season, Evans is looking to be more vocal on the court and is focused on being a leader, getting more comfortable running the team from the point position.
– 6’0″ – PG – Cedar Hill – Urban DFW Elite
Justice is an elite threat with the ball in his hands with an aggressive and sharp handle and a lethal jump shot. He has quick hands and is a ball hawk on defense, pushing the ball downhill off of every turnover, and creating multiple fast break opportunities each game. His high point release and smooth jumper is dangerous from anywhere on the court, even with a hand in his face, but it’s his mid-range game that really stands out and keeps the defense guessing at all times. His quick and decisive handle is difficult for any defender to keep up with, making it easy to create for himself and others in a half-court set. Justice moves well off the ball too, creating space for his teammates and diversifying his many points of attack on the offensive end.
– 6’0″ – PG – Duncanville – Southern Assault
Ford is a lethal 3-point shooter, an acrobatic finisher, and a leader on both ends of the court. He sacrifices his body and looks to take charges at the right opportunities and he is a strong defender on the perimeter. He has a well-developed shooting form that makes him a knockdown shooter from anywhere on the court, off the pass or off the dribble. His physical strength is apparent in every part of his game, especially his ball-handling and driving ability, where he can finish through contact with ease, but he also has the skillset to pull off an array of acrobatic moves at the rim to go along with his impeccable floater extending out to the free-throw line. He’s a gifted scorer that can create for his teammates, as well, and he will be leading the charge for the reigning champs with high expectations in his senior season.