"I think, and people think I'm crazy, but this is going to be the best Team Texas team I've ever had," Grandstaff gushed. "Next year's [team] will be even better than this one. If I had to say I'm hurting at a spot, it'd be at the point guard. At 2-3-4-5 I think we match up with everybody in the county. This team is deeper than the one with Bracey Wright and Bryan Hopkins."
In case you forgot, in 2001 the Wright-Hopkins crew won the Peach Jam and Super Showcase.
Grandstaff's team this year this features a pair of guys that folks are anxious to see. Calvin Miles, a 6-6 winger out of the same high school that Larry Johnson attended, could wind up being one of the biggest risers on the traveling team circuit.
"I think that if he has a good spring and summer he could be a McDonald's All-American. People are going to like him that much when they see him. He got seen just by luck in a few tournaments and people love him. "
As good as Grandstaff feels Miles is, he's not sold that Terrell Harris, another winger, won't be just as good. "Terrell Harris is going to be big time. He's a slasher; he can go hard and pull-up. He plays hard and he's long. He's kind of freaky athlete. He's going to hit the circuit running this year, you'll love him. A lot of bigger schools are just starting to see him. If he played with us the last two years, he'd be off the chart."
See, Grandstaff is extremely excited about his 2004 crew.
Miles and Harris will occupy two of the five starting positions. The other three spots are filled with guys who can score the basketball.
"Michael Prince really played well and Austin Johnson from had six or seven 20-point games this season. I think he had one game with 24 points in the first quarter. He averaged two dunks a game in high school this year. That's another kid people don't know about that can help himself.
"Bryan Davis, the sophomore, a lot of people are saying he's not far behind Durrell Arthur [a Top 10 sophomore]. He's very athletic but still a little raw."
In short, Team Texas has a bunch of guys that are worth seeing and following throughout the spring.
Team Texas (Dallas, Tex.)
Assistant Coaches Calvin Miles, A.J. Johnson
Projected Starters SG/SF Terrell Harris (6-4/180, JR), SG Austin Johnson (6-3/165, JR), PF Michael Prince (6-6/200, JR), SF Calvin Miles (6-6/200, JR), PF Bryan Davis (6-8/215, SOPH)
Others PF Kevin Rogers (6-8/215, JR), SG Chris Cooke (6-2/185, JR), PG Aram Adams (5-11/165, JR), SG Jeramy Price (6-1/170, JR), SG Walker Delatour (6-4/185, JR), SF Jerel Hastings (6-4/185, JR), PF Bamba Fall (6-11/185, JR), PF Brad Taylor (6-4/210, JR)
Top Prospect Miles or Harris
Famous Alum Bracey Wright
First Tourney Texas Tip Off (April 2-4); Boo Williams (April 7-9)