Houston vs. The Nation: Day One Rundown

HOUSTON, Tex. Hal Pastner's Houston vs. The Nation event tipped off Thursday and although it was a solid day, it was merely a warm up for the what's to come.

In years past Pastner's post Christmas event was set up in the traditional tournament style, but this time around he decided to mix it up a bit. His new set up will put Houston based teams against some of the best teams in the country.

The out of state teams involved are Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill, Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick, Montverde (Fla.) Academy, Minneaspolis (Minn.) DeLaSalle and Albany (N.Y.) Academy.

Also mixed into the event is a mini-tournament that consists of six Houston teams. The high schools were split up into a pair of pools and the winner of each pool will match up on the final day.

To top it off, on Saturday ESPNU will televise a pair of games. Houston (Tex.) Yates will match up with St. Patrck at 8:00 PM. Then directly following that game Oak Hill and Houston (Tex.) Madison will square off.

On Thursday there were only three games, but we got a chance to lay our eyes on a pair of prospects on Houston (Tex.) Smiley, Augustine Rubbit and Jonathan Simmons. Air Force commit Brandon Provost was also impressive on day one.

Brandon Provost, SG, Seven Lakes – He didn't do much in the first half besides one three-pointer, but he went off in the second session for six triples on his way to 22 points. Overall, Provost was 8-for-15 from the field and 7-for-11 from three. Going forward we'd like to see him work on his decision making when he gets in the lane, but with his ability to shoot the ball he should fit in great in Air Force's system.

Jonathan Simmons, SF, Smiley – There aren't many 6-foot-5 uncommitted wings roaming around with the athleticism and ability to score than Simmons has. Although he often times pressed the issue, he impressed us with his ability to go off the bounce. He didn't have a great day (5-for-16 from the field), but he finished with 14 points and showed some potential. It'll be interesting to see how he finishes out this event.

Augustine Rubbit, PF, Smiley – This 6-foot-7 big man had a big night against Seven Lakes, as he kicked off the Houston vs The Nation tournament with a 32-point, 13-rebound performance. Rubbit took it right at the opposition in the post and he displayed an ability to use both hands around the basket and showed good footwork. He's a bit undersized in the post, but he uses his body and length well and he gets to the foul line. He went to the stripe 19 times and converted on 16 of them.

Royce White, PF, DeLaSalle – Scout.com's 38th ranked prospect has certainly seen better days. His DeLaSalle squad fell to Houston (Tex.) Kingwood by 11 points and they only managed to put up 30 total points. Of the 30, White had 18 of them. The 6-foot-7 forward did, however, show a nice face up game and he managed to get a bunch of buckets by maneuvering in the paint. To go with his 18 points he snagged 7 rebounds.

Augustine Rubbit said he's received interest from a bunch of schools including Tulane, Kentucky and Houston. Jonathan Simmons, a teammate of Rubbit's, said he's heard from Baylor, Marquette and Central Arkansas.

With 9 games being played tomorrow, we expect a big turn out in terms of college coaches. Today we only spotted one division 1 coach and that was an assistant from Auburn.


  • Smiley 74, Seven Lakes 58
  • Kingwood 41, De La Salle 30
  • Hastings 76, Aldine 62

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