Event Report: Spring Ice Breaker

HOUSTON, Tex. – The "Spring Ice Breaker" tipped in Houston last weekend and most of the state's top talent was on display. Tournament Director Jim Hicks shared some thoughts with Scout.com from his event.

Information from this report came from Jim Hicks of RCSsports.com. Hicks was the tournament director for the "Spring Ice Breaker."

The top matchup at the Spring Ice Breaker occurred when a pair of Scout.com Top 25 juniors hooked up. Power forward Gary Johnson (Scout.com No. 18) and DeAndre Jordan (No. 23) traded paint with goal of figuring out who is the top senior-to-be in the state. Some feel Johnson is the best player and Jordan could be the better long term prospect.

According to Hicks, Johnson took care of business in the head-to-head matchup. "That should answer some things," Hicks said. "That's amazing. Jordan had 8 points and Gary Johnson had 37! Folks, this case is closed as far as we're concerned."

It's a long spring and summer but Round One goes to Johnson in a knockout.

Brandon Dison, SF – The Westfield senior, displaced by Hurricane Katrina, showed well. If can qualify, someone will benefit from his mid-range game and was the top unsigned senior at the Ice Breaker.

Hasheem Thabeet, C – A member of the T-MAC All-Stars, he's an unsigned senior who could continue to draw collegiate interest as he competes this spring with his AAU team. The dude is 7-foot-2!

Rusty Mosely, SG – The Jersey Village senior, according to Hicks, is a mid-major lock. However, junior college might be in his future.

Gary Johnson, PF – From the sounds of it, Johnson was the big man on campus last weekend. A total energy and effort insider, he's the kind of horse good teams ride a long way. Maybe that's why he's such a priority recruit!

Sei Paye (pictured), SG – We first saw him at the AAU Nationals where he was a scoring machine. Hicks thought he was outstanding during the weekend and you can expect him to begin his spring as a lock mid-major high-profile guy and go from there.

Nate Miles, SF/SG – "Nate Miles impressed me," Hicks said. "Miles moved in from Ohio and he transferred to Cornerstone Christian. He's a 6-foot-7 shooter. Miles, he had 28 against T-MAC."

Ryan White, PG – The 5-9 point guard hails from Texas but is now in California. He, along with Walker, proved to be the big scorers for the Elite. White attends Calvary Baptist in Cali. Hicks thinks he could be a kid whose name you begin to hear this spring.

Willie Warren, SG – Regarded as the best sophomore in the state of Tejas, Warren 30 in one contest on back-to-back 25-foot bombs.

Eddren McCain, PG – Hicks called him an "orchestra conductor." The 5-foot-10 point guard is on the mid-major radar at this point.

Martez Walker, SF – Made it town and laced them up for Houston Elite. He was one of the high scorers for his team every time out.

While playing up two levels in terms of age, G.J. Valarino averaged 11 points in two outings. He's already been to the adidas SuperStar Camp and showed well. "He had like 11 points every game and that's consistent for a freshman making his debut against the 17s and top guards," Hicks said. … … Kendrick Robinson, another freshman, showed well. The 5-10 point guard hails from San Antonio Southwest. … Tommy Griffin, another strong underclassman name from the Houston area, earned the call up by the 17 and under Houston Hoops team. He averaged 22 points a game last season. …

Kodi Augustus, a standout from last year's adidas SuperStar Camp, is going to insert himself into the Class of 2007 as a post graduate. He'll take another spin around the track with the Houston SuperStars this spring and summer. …

"The Icebreaker was the coldest thing on earth!"

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