Hoopsgiving Recap

HOUSTON -- Jim Hicks' Hoopsgiving event held at Houston (Tex.) Second Baptist on Wednesday provided us with a look at a number of the best players in Houston and Dallas. Justin Jackson put up the biggest scoring total with 38, but JC Washington, Joe Burton, Jordan Hunter and others also had big outings.

Jeff Roberson, SF/PF, Kinkaid – This available combination forward brings effort, energy and toughness to the table. Although his team was outmatched against Atascocita, Roberson was effective around the basket, rebounded well and finished well through contact. Roberson also made his way to the free throw line 11 times and connected on 10 of them. He finished with 23 points and eight rebounds in the loss.

Joe Burton, SF, Atascocita – Burton had just seven points at halftime, but he broke out in the third quarter against Kinkaid hitting four three-pointers and working in a handful of finishes at the rim. He's a very good shooter off the catch and because of his size, strength and length he's a good finisher through contact in the paint. In all Burton finished with 25 points on 7-for-12 shooting, including 5-for-6 from three.

Brandon Jones, PF, Fort Bend Bush – In a loss to Beaumont Ozen, Jones was as productive as anyone on the floor. Jones scored 26 points and reeled in 11 rebounds. An undersized power forward at 6-foot-6, Jones is aggressive around the rim and a very good rebounder. He liked to face up from the free throw line area and attack. He's finished well when he drove it and the Cal State Bakersfield commit found his way to the free throw line 21 times.

Justin Jackson, SF, HCYA – The signature performance of the event came from Jackson, a five-star North Carolina commit. Jackson scored 38 points on 14-for-20 shooting and also added 10 rebounds. Jackson worked the mid-range well, hitting turnaround jumpers, floaters and pull-ups. He was aggressive when he had opportunities to drive and made his way to the free throw line 10 times, hitting nine of them. Jackson is great at letting things come to him and is arguably the most efficient scorer in the 2014 class.

J.C. Washington, PF, Yates – In an up and down frantic style of ball, Washington, a 6-foot-7 power forward, managed to standout above the rest. Washington played with toughness inside, rebounded in and out of his area and protected the rim on defense. He played the role of enforcer and had the Triple A Academy players second-guessing themselves when they got into the paint. Offensively he scored through contact at the rim and had a number of transition finishes. Washington finished with 29 points and 15 rebounds.

Jordan Hunter, PG, Beaumont Ozen – New Mexico did a good job locking up Hunter, a 5-foot-10 guard, early. He has very good speed, handles the ball well and is a very good shooter from both mid-range out to three. He pumped in 28 points on 10-for-17 shooting, including 6 of 10 from three. Overall he appeared to be a good decision-maker and a tough kid that plays hard on both ends of the floor.

E'Torrion Wilridge, PF/SF, Beaumont Central – A tremendous athlete with extreme length at 6-foot-6, Wilridge has the potential to be a very good defender in college. Wilridge can defend both the wing and the power forward spot, but offensively is more of a four-man. Although the official stat sheet listed him with four blocks, I had him for eight. He's quick off his feet and can be a menace on the defensive end. He scored off a post turnaround jumper, hit a three and a had a couple finishes in transition. Hfe finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds to go with the eight blocks.

King McClure, SG, Triple A Academy – Although McClure struggled to get things going from behind the three-point stripe (2-for-10), he still managed to nearly shoot 50-percent from the field (10-for-21) and scored 25 points in the loss to Houston (Tex.) Yates. McClure, a 6-foot-3 strongly built guard, is a very good scorer. The form on his shot is good, he's comfortable pulling up for mid-range jumpers and scores it well through contact at the rim.

DeAaron Fox, SG/PG, Cypress Lakes -- It was an up and down game for Fox, who finished with 27 points, six turnovers, five blocks and four assists in the loss the Dallas (Tex.) Richland. He finished 10-for-24 from the field, but got hot at the beginning of the second half, where he hit a pull-up three, a couple of floaters and made plays at the rim.

Fox is versatile and has the ability to play both on and off the ball. Today he was more effective looking to score. Athletically he's gifted. He has a long, lengthy frame and good overall speed. He used his athleticism and length to chase down defenders in transition for blocks three different times. He also looks quite comfortable from mid-range, as he'll either pull-up or use a floater that he can hit out to 15-feet.

  • Dallas (Tex.) Richland big man Tim Priller has an unconventional, but effective game. The 6-foot-8 big man showed good hands, a nice jump shot that extends to 21-feet and a right jump hook. He scored 28 points on 9-for-17 shooting in the Richland win.

  • Priller's teammate Hayden Hunter had a big outing as well. The Richland guard scored 24 points on 10-for-22 shooting. While he hit just two of his seven threes, Hunter made shots from mid-range and finished off strong drives to the rim.

  • Junior wing Christian James struggled to get things going on the offensive end, but still managed a line of 10 points and 10 rebounds. At 6-foot-5 strongly built wing, James has a nice upside, good skill and has potential as a scorer.

  • Recent Duke signee Justise Winslow scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a loss to Prime Prep. Winslow connected on two of his six three-point attempts.

  • Dallas (Tex.) Prime Prep freshman Paul Washington will be one to monitor. He currently stands 6-foot-6, possibly 6-7, runs the floor well and finishes close to the rim. He was 4-for-6 from the field and scored eight points in their win.

  • Nick Garth said he's heard from a wide variety of schools. He mentioned Abilene Christian, New Mexico, Texas A&M, Marquette, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Oregon.

  • Jeff Roberson said he has scholarship offers from Harvard, Davidson, St. Louis and Rice. He also mentioned Texas A&M.

  • Zach Haney said he has scholarship offers from Stephen F. Austin, UNC-Greensboro and Incarnate Word. He's taken a visit to UNC-Greensboro. He said he plans to decide late.

  • Although he didn't participate in the event 2017 recruit Jarred Vanderbilt was on hand watching the action all day. The 6-foot-8 power forward has already taken unofficial visits to Baylor and Houston. He's also being recruited by Kansas, Syracuse, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Creighton.

  • Roy Williams was on hand for Justin Jackson's monster performance. James Dickey, of Houston, Mike Davis, of Texas Southern, and Dale Layer, of Liberty, were the only other head coaches spotted on Wednesday.

  • To go with the head coaches, there were assistant coaches from South Alabama, Rice, UT-Arlington, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas A&M, New Mexico, Texas A&M and Incarnate Ward in the stands.

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