Houston vs. The Nation: Day Two Rundown

HOUSTON, Tex. – There were a handful of great games, but none better than the Oak Hill Academy versus Yates game, which came down to a last second shot.

Oak Hill had already lost twice, and on Friday they picked up their third loss of the season to Yates, who was led by 6-foot-9 forward Anthony Jones' 22 points.

Although Jones was the leading scorer, it was senior Xavier Roberson that hit the biggest shot of the game. With the game tied at 80, Roberson dribbled from the top of the key to the left elbow and buried a jumper with just 1 second left on the clock.

Roberson finished with 21 points for Yates, while Oak Hill was lead by Brandon Jennings, who went for 31 points on 10-for-19 shooting. Texas native Keith "Tiny" Gallon was a factor in the game as well. He finished 9 of 13 for 18 points.

To top things off, earlier in the day Montverde, who was ranked No. 2 in the country, fell to Cy Springs. The Panthers got big efforts from Phillip McDonald and Erik Williams, as they combined for 49 points.

Dwight Miller, PF, St. Pius X – Blessed with a strong imposing frame, one would expect Miller to battle hard inside and work around the basket, and at times he does, but it's the consistency part that he'll need to work on when he gets to Pittsburgh. The 6-foot-8 forward certainly has the tools, as he runs the floor and maneuvers well around the basket. He finished with 13 points and 6 rebounds in the loss to HCYA.

Jesse Sanders, PG, HCYA – Prior to the event, we were tipped off on Sanders and the 6-foot-3 guard was certainly impressive. He's equipped with a strong body and pretty good handle. He ran the offense for HCYA and did it efficiently, as he not only got them in their stuff, but he also showed that he could score off the dribble with no problem. He's getting some low and mid-major interest and he's definitely worth a look. He finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Chris Iles, PG, Hastings – This was the second day in a row Iles has been impressive. He's probably a low level guy, but he has the tools to run a team and be a factor for at the college level. The 5-foot-9 lead man has a solid handle, is pretty quick and shoots it well out to the three-point line.

McDonald Goes For 26
Phillip McDonald, SG, Cy Springs – The Panthers needed a big time effort from McDonald to get a win over the No. 2 team in the country, Montverde, and they got it. The 6-foot-5 wing caught fire in the third quarter, when he hit four of his six three-pointers to give Cy Springs a big enough lead to hold on and get a 6-point win over Montverde. For the game McDonald went for 26 points on 9 of 18 shooting.

Marcus Capers, SF, Montverde – With Montverde down by double digits heading into the fourth quarter, it was Capers that sparked a run in the fourth. Although it wasn't enough to get a win, it was impressive to see Capers slashing to the basket and snagging boards around the basket. He was 6-for-12 from the field and scored a team-high 16 points.

Demetri Goodson, PG, Klein Collins – Gonzaga got a steal in Goodson. The 6-foot lead man scored 15 points and tossed out 5 assists in Klein Collins' big win over Albany. He's tough for defenders to stay in front, has an impressive handle and he attacks the basket looking to score or get his teammates open looks.

Quintrell Thomas, PF, St. Patrick – The hard working forward headed to Kansas had a big night against Madison. He finished with 22 points on 7-for-9 shooting. He's listed at 6-foot-8, we think he's 6-7 at best, regardless he's an athletic specimen that hits the glass and runs the floor well.

Anthony Jones, SF, Yates – One of the main reasons Yates was able to come back from down 11 points was because of Jones' fantastic play. The talented wing headed to Baylor went for 22 points and shot the ball very well, especially from mid-range. We love his potential, as he's long and reminds us of current LSU freshman Anthony Randolph.

Erik Williams, SF, Cy Springs – Marquette had an assistant in the building checking out their committed junior prospect and he must have left impressed, as Williams went for 23 points on 7-for-15 shooting. The 6-foot-7 wing is long, shoots it well from three and also showed off a nice floater. The Golden Eagles picked up a good one early on.

Royce White, PF, DeLaSalle – White looked more inspired on Friday, but his team still couldn't come out with a victory. The 6-foot-7 face up four did, however, have the best dunk of the day, when he drove the lane and dunked on a defender. White, who had a handful of coaches in to watch him on Friday, caught everything thrown to him and even showed that he can handle the ball a little. For the game he went for 15 points.

Dexter Strickland, PG, St. Patrick – Early on Strickland set the tone. He came out and hit a handful of jumpers and made some nice passes in transition. We knew he was long, but his length really stood out today, as he swatted some shots and hit the glass. He scored 18 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and tossed out 5 assists in St. Patrick's win over Madison.

Tommy Mason-Griffen, PG, Madison – He was solid all game long and is extremely quick and strong. Mason-Griffen hit a handful of threes early on and displayed an impressive handle. The LSU commit finished with 28 points and buried six three-pointers.

Peters Shows Off His Hops
Brandon Peters, SG, Yates – Against Oak Hill, Peters didn't have his best game, but he still impressed us with his high level athleticism. Although he missed the dunk, he caught an oop and nearly dunked on Keith "Tiny" Gallon in the fourth quarter. He slashed to the basket all game and finished with 11 points. Going forward we'd like to see him shoot it, but he certainly is loaded with potential.

Jonathan Evans, GG, Bellaire – Despite losing by double figures, Bellaire is loaded with young talent and among them is Evans. The 5-foot-10 lead man is quick, handles the ball well and showed good range on his jump shot. It's still early, but he looked like a division 1 prospect based on his play today. He finished with 19 points on 7-for-14 shooting.

Papa Samba Ndoa, SF, Montverde – This name has made the rounds among college coaches and we liked what we saw during our first look. He's got great size for a wing (6-foot-8) and is capable of shooting it from deep. He also proved he was efficient from mid-range and has no problem putting the ball on the deck.

Jamel Fields, SG, Albany – Despite losing by double digits, Fields managed to put up big numbers, as he scored 24 points on 9-for-16 shooting from the field. He attacked the basket, but also showed that he could shoot it well from deep. The 6-foot-3 guard is certainly one to keep an eye on.

The HCYA team was a pleasant surprise. HCYA is short for Homeschool Christian Youth Association, and the group of home schoolers were certainly fun to watch. At first glance you wouldn't expect them to push the tempo, but they got up and down the floor and shot the ball well from deep. They were the talk of the event early on and apparently they've already knocked off some of the top schools in Houston.

Montverde's loss to Cy Springs was their first loss in over two years. It was a good run for the Florida based squad. They were down 10 points heading into the fourth quarter and Kevin Sutton's squad made a run late in the game, but it feel short.

After day two Houston is dominating the Houston vs. The Nation format. The only win the "nation" has was St. Patrick's win over Madison. Tomorrow should provide some good entertainment and the St. Patrick/Yates match up will be a good one to keep an eye on.

On Saturday there will be two games televised on ESPNU. The first TV game is Yates versus St. Patrick at 9 and directly following Oak Hill and Madison will square off.

Bellaire has a ton of young talent. We are looking forward to seeing them again tomorrow. To go with Evans, they also have freshman Sheldon McClellan, and sophomores Tobi Oyedeii and Jamel Outler.

Although he didn't get a ton of minutes, it was clear that Michael Gilchrist, of St. Patrick, is a big time talent. He's equipped with extremely long arms and he has a pretty good-looking mid-range game. This is definitely a name high-majors should start tracking.

Dexter Strickland said he's mainly looking at North Carolina and Florida. The 6-foot-2 combo guard also said that the Tar Heels are the likely leader for his services.

Jesse Sanders, who is averaged 14 points, 12 assists and 8 rebounds a game, mentioned Rice, Air Force, Army, Stephen F. Austin, New Orleans, Centenary and Northern Iowa.

With nine games being played at the Campbell Center on Friday, it wasn't a surprise to see college coaches out in full force. Throughout the day we spotted Baylor, New Orleans, Texas, Marquette, TCU, Kentucky, Florida, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, USC, Rice, Kansas and Seton Hall.


  • Saint Thomas 81, Westfield 78
  • HCYA 67, St. Pius X 55
  • Hastings 66, Bellaire 51
  • Kingwood 47, Seven Lakes 35
  • Cy Springs 65, Montverde 59
  • Klein Collins 60, Albany Academy 39
  • Wheatley 64, DeLaSalle 53
  • St. Patrick 79, Madison 67
  • Yates 82, Oak Hill 80

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