Kingwood Classic Day 3: Minor Leads Hoops To Title

KINGWOOD, Texas – One of the few certified major events of the year proved to be one the very best events of the calendar year. Hal Pastner's organized, loaded and well-run Kingwood Classic produced a worthy champion in the Houston Hoops and plenty of prime time performers. Here's a look at some of Sunday's best.

Gold Division Championship: Houston Hoops defeated Ft. Sooy No Limit 83-69. Tack Minor had 34 points, Daniel Gibson had 17 and Ndudi Ebi had 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks.

Final Four, Gold Division: Houston Hoops, Ft. Sooy No Limit, Memphis YOMCA, Team California Elite.

Silver Division Championship: NJ Wildcats defeated Atlanta Prep Stars.

Silver Division Final Four: NJ Wildcats def. Houston Superstars Elite; Atlanta Prep Stars defeated Houston Dawgs.

Kingwood Classic, Day Three

2003 Checklist

Vakeaton Wafer, SF-SG, Arkansas Wings Red: Well, after three days one thing is certain: this is one of the very best wing prospects in the country. On Friday, no one and we mean no one, knew how good this kid was or what to expect of him. Multiple 30-point games later, we think we know. This has to be one the elite wing prospects in the nation. He hit up Memphis YOMCA's gimmick defense for 32 but it wasn't enough for the win. With Tuesday being the final day of the evaluation period, there is a rush to get to Pineville, La.

Tack Minor, PG, Houston Hoops: The power guard got after it on Sunday. He hung 41 points on Belmont Shore. He made 3s, attacked the rim like few guards under 6-0 can and made it happen. For all the scoring he does, and he likes to score, lost in the shuffle is his ability to pass. On more than one occasion, Minor drove the lane, beat his man badly and lofted a sweet alley oop to a teammate. Simple play for him, complicated for the rest of the field. Big time weekend for Tack.

Derek Ravio, PG, Portland Elite Legends: He might be only 6-0 and doesn't weight 150 pounds but he sure gets a lot of out his body. Prior to Sunday, only Portland had offered this young man a scholarship. After a morning performance, which saw him, hit for 34 points and 7 3-pointers, big timers like Stanford were sniffing around. Those around him say that he'll grow because his father, a one-time cut by the L.A. Lakers, hit a late growth spurt. Meanwhile, Derek showed a great stroke, savvy for passing a big time IQ for the game.

Brandon Bass, PF, Belmont Shore: The 6-7 man child scored his team's first 7 points against Louisiana Select and helped in overcoming a big deficit. One of the most powerful players in the class and surefire high-major priority for a lot of schools.

Warren Scott, PG, Mississippi Panthers: It's time to give him his credit. Since we last saw him in December, he's really bolstered his overall game. Instead of straying too much to the perimeter, he's making a concerted effort to get it done inside and it's working. He's playing with tremendous energy and attention on the glass. He's working hard in the paint and utilizing a fine touch for a player his size. He's quickly becoming a priority forward recruit and he's worked hard on his game. Fine weekend.

Brian Randle, SF, Ft. Sooy: He had a fine Sunday in the two games we saw him. In the first game, he hit for 12 points and 10 rebounds. Later in the afternoon he scored 23 points to help lift Sooy to the final four of the event. For a guy who might not have had the best junior year or spring AAU season, he got it done on Sunday. Can handle it some; pass it and nice touch to medium range. Can really make a difference when he rebounds.

Marcus Williams, PG, So Cal All-Stars: Marcus was up against some pretty talented players this weekend. He deserves a lot of credit for keeping his composure and really helping his team win. He generally plays under control, doesn't force and makes shots.

2004 Checklist:

Shaun Livingston, PG, Ft. Sooy: His string of nice spring performances continued in Houston. Livingston is quite a prospect. He's a point guard at 6-6. He loves to shoot floaters and will make the tough assist when needed.

Jason Horton, PG, Team Texas Elite: He was really sticking his outside jumper in the few games we caught him this weekend. The younger brother of McDonald's AA Daniel Horton is a high-major player in his own right.

NOTES – Early this morning North Carolina assistant Doug Wojcik bolted the premises in a big hurry. Wojcik was told that his wife was in labor with the couple's second child. Well, as it turns out the baby didn't come on Sunday and his arrival is expected any day now. ... It's not often a guy like Wafer emerges and so few schools know anything about him. Coming into the tournament, Kansas State, Louisiana Tech and Fresno State were the only schools he even knew were recruiting him. The in-state schools and programs in his region had no idea who he was. Makes sense when you factor in that he comes from a school that has 150 students – K-12 – enrolled. ... Watching Warren Scott's final game in Houston were Rod Barnes of Mississippi, Matt Doherty of UNC, Shawn Finney of Tulane, Stan Heath of Arkansas and assistant coaches from Charlotte, Florida State, Michigan, California and Mississippi State. ...


Scout Hoops Top Stories