Thanksgiving Hoopfest: Day Two

DUNCANVILLE, Tex. -- The loaded field at Glenn Smith's Thanksgiving Hoopfest continued to play well on day two. Jordan Mickey was a major standout, as was Matt Jones, Isaiah Austin, the Harrison twins and a host of underclassman.

Isaiah Austin, C, Grace Prep – Late in the summer it was noted that Austin had begun spending more and more time in the paint, rather than floating on the perimeter. This weekend the versatile 7-footer continued his low post dominance. He had two key put backs in the paint on Saturday and spent some time on the glass. Austin finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds in the Grace Prep win.

Phil Forte, PG, Flower Mound Marcus – Against Yates, Forte didn't have the jump shot working until late in the game. On Saturday against Upper Room the 6-foot guard had three-pointers going down shortly after tip off. He finished the first half with at least five three-pointers. He's a leader and a guy that plays a tough brand of basketball.

Juwan Parker, SF, Booker T. Washington – Back-to-back days Parker worked in a bunch of jump shots from 15 to 18-feet, but his range doesn't end there. Parker has turned into a confident jump shooter from three and has expanded his scoring all around ability. An efficient scorer, Parker rarely takes bad shots or makes bad decisions. High majors are aware and beginning to prioritize the Oklahoma native.

Matt Jones, SG, DeSoto – There aren't many wing players in the 2013 class quite as efficient as Jones, a 6-foot-4 guard. In a win over Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler, Jones went 12-for-16 for 29 points. Jones hit three three-pointers and buried a number of mid-range jumpers. Jones is one of the elite shooters in the 2013 class, but he's also rounded out his game and can score more ways than a jump shot.

Jordan Mickey, PF/SF, Grace Prep – On Friday, Mickey showed the perimeter side of his game. On Saturday the 6-foot-7 forward dominated the paint. Grace Prep's game plan was to get Mickey touches down low because of Travis' lack of size and it worked. Mickey went for 29 points and scored them in a variety of ways. His improvement has been evident over the past two days and he's due an upgrade in the 2013 rankings.

Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, SG, Travis – The Harrison twins are flat out dominant at times. Their first quarter was slow, but they turned up the heat on Grace Prep in the second quarter. Both are physically mature and equipped with strong bodies, which allows them to finish with ease through contact. While they can get buckets bullying defenders to the tin, their advanced skill sets and terrific mid to long range jumpers allow them to get shots anytime they want. Andrew went for 21 points and five assists, while Aaron scored 24.

Stevie Clark, PG/SG, Douglass – From a scoring standpoint there aren't many guys that can keep with this 5-foot-10 guard. His range is ridiculous and extends well past the stripe. He hit a trio of threes from 30-feet, but also mixed in pull-ups, floaters and finishes at the rim against Dallas (Tex.) Kimball. Clark pumped in a weekend high 41 points in a loss to Kimball.

Keith Frazier, SG, Kimball – His effort against Douglass was a big one. Frazier, a 6-foot-5 wing, went for 17 in the second half and worked in a bunch of deep threes. His scoring package is impressive, as he can get his points in a variety of ways. Frazier has impressive physical attributes for a two-guard and has the look of an elite scorer in the 2013 class.

Davontae Bailey, PG, Duncanville – Perhaps the surprise of the Thanksgiving Hoopfest was Bailey, a 6-foot-2 lead guard. "Hot Dog" as he's known to most, ran the show for Duncanville and he did it with poise. The feel is there, as he ran the team and made plays from the point guard position. Creating for teammates was his top priority, but the southpaw has a floater and doesn't shy away from driving into the paint.

Omar Sherman, PF, Duncanville – With Bailey handling the point guard duties, Sherman received a number of opportunities to make plays inside and the 6-foot-7 power forward took advantage. Already Shermas has developed a jump hook over his right shoulder and he's capable of stepping out and hitting mid-range jump shots.

Austin Grandstaff, PG/SF, Rockwall – In a game against a quick and athletic bunch, Grandstaff, a 6-foot-3 combo guard, didn't back down. Grandstaff handled ball pressure well and worked in mid-range jump shots at every opportunity. For such a young prospect Grandstaff has impressive ball skills and a nice feel for the game.

Elijah Thomas, C, Rockwall – While Grandstaff was running the show from the perimeter, Thomas held things down in the paint for Rockwall. They didn't begin to get Thomas involved in the game until late, but the 6-foot-8, 240-pound big man is a nice long-term prospect because of his size, length and great hands. He has some ability on the block and nice touch inside.

Matt McQuaid, SG, Duncanville – From the first few possessions of the game, McQuaid made it clear that he must be defended well beyond the three-point stripe. A 6-foot-3 guard with length, McQuaid has a good form, a quick release and deep range. While shooting is his bread and butter, McQuaid is a competitive kid that doesn't back down and has some feel. He hit a half dozen threes in a win over Bowie.

*For the second day in a row Arkansas signee Michael Qualls had a strong outing. While he's known for his athleticism, Qualls has gained confidence in his jump shot and has become a decent shooter when his feet are set.

*Oklahoma commit Jelon Hornbeak hit three three-pointers in Grace Prep's win over Travis. He's added some weight to his frame and had back-to-back solid games at the Thanksgiving Hoopfest.

*Sophomore post prospect Terry Maston is an underclassman to keep an eye on. He's the nephew of Tony Battee. At 6-foot-6 Maston did some damage for DeSoto around the rim.

*Up against a terrific Flower Mound Marcus squad, Rodney Purvis did all he could to keep Upper Room Christian in the game. Purvis scored it going towards the rim and got his usual points in transition.

*Omar Sherman said he's heard from Alabama, Oklahoma State, Marquette, Missouri State and Indiana. Sherman hasn't picked up an offer yet.

*Davontae Bailey said Arizona recently called him. He also mentioned Indiana and UTEP. He said it is still very early in his recruiting him.

Matt Jones said he doesn't necessarily have a list, but he did mention that Texas, UNC, Duke, Florida, Ohio State, Florida and Kansas are all involved with his recruitment.

Scott Drew was the only head coach to stop by Duncanville (Tex.) High. His stud sophomore Perry Jones and an assistant were also in the gym.

Among the assistant coaches we spotted were LSU, Texas A&M, Houston, Sam Houston State, Texas-Arlington, UTEP, Arkansas, North Carolina State, TCU, Colorado State, Texas A&M Corpus Cristi and Louisiana-Monroe.


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