The annual McDonald’s Texas Invitational was underway, and did not disappoint with high level competition on both the boys and the girls side, leading way for some jaw dropping performances and intense match ups between some of the best teams…
The annual McDonald’s Texas Invitational was underway, and did not disappoint with high level competition on both the boys and the girls side, leading way for some jaw dropping performances and intense match ups between some of the best teams in Texas!
Kingston Flemmings 2025 6’3 Brennan High School
Kingston is a defensive nightmare, using his length to dominate on that side of the ball. His long arms allow him to lock up positions 1-3, and use his quickness to poke the ball free. He is great at timing up steals, and even showed an ability to meet you at the rim. There was a play where he flew in to pack someone at the rim, chasing them down on the fast break.
His defensive prowess is nowhere near his best trait, yet I have seen him develop this the most over the last year. Offensively, he is a dynamic weapon who can get to the rim and use his aggressiveness and quickness to bully his way past defenders. He is great at getting the defense to collapse and fire jaw dropping passes out to his shooters on the perimeter. On the fast break, he manipulates the tempo and makes pinpoint passes to lead his teammates right to the rim.
Trent Pane 2025 5’10 Allen High School
Trent is a two way nightmare, who thrives at picking his opponent’s pockets and racing the other way. Every time I see him I am always impressed by his overall instincts on both ends of the court. His aggressiveness and ability to jump passes in the passing lane as well as poke the fall free from unsuspecting ball handlers is at a very high level. This is not to mention his impressive athleticism for his size, and how well he uses that to do the little things on the court. He is a willing rebounder for a point guard, constantly skying to clean up the glass and find second chance opportunities for his team. I was blown away by his non stop motor, and how he used his aggressiveness to go coast to coast and finish in the paint. He routinely snatched defensive rebounds, and used his end to end speed to beat the team down the court to finish or make the right outlet pass ahead.
Offensively, he has an ability to finish at the rim, even against taller and bigger defenders in the paint. I am very impressed by how he uses his aggressiveness to attack the rim and finish with consistency. He is also a sharp shooting guard off the bounce, who can shoot from beyond the arc and in the mid-range, depending on what the defense gave him. His shooting is probably the second best aspect of his game, next to his athleticism and aggressiveness.
Jerrell Barron Jr 2024 6’3 Atascocita High School
Jerrell is a high level combo guard who can be classified as a one or a two, but I believe his leadership allows him to be a true point guard. How he holds himself on the court and the demeanor he plays the game with is respectful yet aggressive. He wants to be involved in any conversation his teammates have with officials, and wants to be the first person an official or his coach goes to to deliver a message to the team or a teammate. How he plays the game is at a special level, and it allows him to show off his natural leadership abilities every time he steps on the floor.
Besides his mentality, his aggressiveness allows him to get to the rim with consistency. He can knife through the defense with his handle, and then make the right dump off pass or a kick out to an open teammate. His leadership is evident as he leads his team within the half court, calling out plays and assignments as necessary. Barron has an ability to become a truly special player, due to his work on both ends of the court, and the maturity in which he attacks the game with.
Jaden Miller 2023 6’1 Dawson High School
Jaden is the definition of a pure point guard, calmly operating his team’s offense and creating out of the pick and roll and within the half court. Dawson has a plethora of smart offensive weapons, each who understand their role and find success doing the little things to find success. He always makes the extra pass from a good shot and find a better one. I was very impressed with his ability to dictate the pace of the game, he has great end to end speed which allows Dawson to play fast and get easy looks at the rim on the break. His ability to consistently make the right reads in the full court sets his teammates up for great opportunities.
He can calmly create opportunities with his passing ability, but also with his handle. He calmly gets to his spots across all three levels, and is now attacking from the coveted fourth level with consistency. He displayed some very consistent shooting off the dribble, and even showed off some impressive off ball movement to give himself some space. Miller is running the show for Dawson and has played really well to start the season, taking down some of the best teams in Houston and Dallas from tournament play.