"They can defend," Mustangs coach Tony Johnson said. "They're very quick and very athletic. We also can shoot it. That's something that we couldn't do before. People used to get into zones because we could get to the basket at will. Now, they can't do that because we can shoot it. We've got some size now."
Last year, this same team competed together at the 16 and under level. In fact, these guys have been together for a long time. "The core of them has been together since like 4th or 5th grade. They won two AAU Nationals."
A huge part of the nucleus of this team is point guard Byron Eaton. The powerful guard is the headliner on this team and the guy that will get most of the attention. However, there's a strong supporting cast.
"Outside of Byron, Austin Jackson, Terrance Garrison and Booker Woodfox, I expect a lot of things from Wesley Johnson and Steffon Wiley," Johnson said. "Byron and Austin will probably be the most talked about kids. This year, Wesley and Steffon's stock will rise. When they get a load of Wesley this summer they'll be impressed. He shoots it just as good as Booker but is 6-6 and can handle the ball."
Johnson is excited about the group. Talent wise, college recruiters will have them on a must see list early this spring.
"We can shoot it, rebound and our big people can run the floor like little guards."
Dallas Mustangs Blue (Dallas, Tex.)
Head Coach Tony Johnson
Assistant Coach Allan Lewis, Grady Dale, Albert Johnson, Shyrone Titus
Top Prospect Byron Eaton
Projected Starters PG Byron Eaton (5-10/190, JR), SG Austin Jackson (6-1/170, JR), SG Booker Woodfox (6-0/165, JR), SF/PF Gary Flowers (6-8/200, JR), SG Steffon Wiley (6-1/170, JR)
Others SF Chris Lewis (6-8/200, JR), PF/C Terrance Garrison (6-8/215, JR), C Justin Howerton (6-9/225, JR), SG Wesley Johnson (6-6/170, JR), PF/SF Jeremy Buttell (6-8/215, JR), SG John Nolan (6-4/175, JR), PG/SG Aaron Jackson (6-1/170, JR)
Famous Alum Sean Williams (2004)
First Major Tourney adidas Pearland Classic (April 9-11)