With the 2021-22 Texas UIL season fast approaching, Prep Hoops Network previews several players in Region 3 of the 6A conference for this next season. This article focuses on wings and bigs in the senior class. 6A seniors’ player previews:…
With the 2021-22 Texas UIL season fast approaching, Prep Hoops Network previews several players in Region 3 of the 6A conference for this next season. This article focuses on wings and bigs in the senior class.
– 6’7″ – SF – Fort Bend Elkins – Houston Hoops E16
Fields is an all-around forward with elite strength and athleticism from his time as a WR/TE prospect with the Fort Bend Elkins varsity football team. He has virtually no weakness and can do everything on the court that a coach asks of him. He can guard 1 through 5, anchoring the defense down low or locking down the ball handler on the perimeter. He can run the offense and bring the ball up, play in the post and control the paint, or play off the ball, setting screens, making timely cuts, and roaming the perimeter. His strength and good technique make him very effective on the boxout and he fights on the boards, going after every rebound and loose ball. He has a quick recovery and second jump, making it very difficult for opponents to score down low. He has good vision and IQ to make the right extra pass when necessary. His strength allows him to finish through contact on the drive and he is a solid shooter, with the ability to hit off the dribble and on catch-and-shoot attempts from midrange and beyond the arc. Fields continued to focus on developing his all-around talent this offseason and he wants to increase his aggression down low, looking to “dunk everything around the rim.”
– 6’7″ – PF – Fort Bend Elkins – Houston TTG
Wilson is a big bodied rebounding machine that pairs well with his aforementioned teammate,. He has excellent technique when boxing out opponents, with the strength to go toe-to-toe with taller bigs, and secures defensive rebounds consistently, rarely giving the opposition a second opportunity off a miss. He has a soft touch around the rim and good post control, with an effective pump fake and up-and-under move, providing a strong inside presence and reliable drop pass for driving teammates in the paint. He uses his strong, wide frame to set hard screens on the perimeter and dives to the paint with good timing, making him an effective pick-and-roll option. Wilson is a brick wall on the defensive end with a strong base, making it very difficult for opposing bigs to back him down, and when combined with his good lateral movement, can cause issues for any player trying to get passed him on the perimeter. He may not have elite athleticism, but he has the IQ and awareness to keep his long arms straight up on opponents in the paint, maintaining the verticality rule, and disrupting or blocking any inside shot or when helping on an opponent’s drive to the basket.
– 6’7″ – SF – Fort Bend Travis – Houston Defenders UAA 2022
Crockett is a defensive menace with an impressive skillset to score from all three levels. His shooting seems to be his greatest offensive attribute, with the ability to hit from range off step backs, with a hand in his face, and on the move, but he is much more than purely a 3-and-D talent. He has the length and strength to finish through contact at the rim and has an effective floater. He has very good ball handling for a player of his size, creating good shots for himself and his teammates. He is a talented offensive player, but it’s his defense where Crockett hangs his hat. He causes complete havoc on that end of the court, utilizing his length, timing, and IQ to position himself properly on the ball or off the ball, and come away with multiple steals and blocks in any given game. He can lock up perimeter players, using his speed and agility to stay with them at all times, and can hold his own in the paint with good hands and timing on blocks. With his natural defensive talent, this offseason Crockett put a special focus on his strength and shooting, looking to become an even more dangerous scorer and complete 2-way player.
– 6’6″ – SG – Katy Tompkins – Houston Hoops
Knight is an absolute sniper from 3-point range and an extremely athletic guard/wing. His shooting mechanics are quick and nearly impossible to defend, making him one of the most dangerous catch-and-shoot threats in the senior class. He is relentless with his movement off the ball, finding seams and lanes to cut through and utilizing screens to get just enough space to receive and release the ball within a split second. He is very good at establishing his base on his shots, as well, with Kyle Korver-like mechanics, sprinting at any angle to the 3-point line, aligning his feet perfectly with the basket, and squaring up with his hips and shoulders all in a single motion. He’s quick on his feet and has the ball handling talent to create his own shot, creating space for lethal midrange shots or attacking the basket, exploding to the rim for an athletic finish, and using his length to dunk over opponents or perform various acrobatic moves to finish around opponents.
. – 6’6″ – SF – Shadow Creek – JL3 Elite
Jones is an aggressive and athletic 2-way slasher that can play all three perimeter positions. He has the handles and passing IQ to play point guard, leading a fast break or running the half court offense. He moves well off the ball with good speed and agility and is an extremely effective catch-and-shoot threat making him a reliable perimeter wing. His primary scoring threat comes on his drives, though. His strength and aggression when penetrating the defense into the paint creates opportunities for athletic finishes that few defenders can stop. Opponents will even clear the lane at times if Jones has a full head of steam, attacking the basket like a freight train and looking to demolish anyone that gets in his way. His aggression is put on full display on the defensive end, as well. He uses his quick footwork to stay in front of any and all perimeter players and bodies his assignment without fouling to frustrate them into mistakes or tire them out. He then uses his long arms to snatch the ball and force turnovers, sprinting down the other end for the fast break.