Next Level: Day One

FRISCO, TEX. – Friday night, Fieldhouse USA was host to the Next Level Baller Nationals. The action on the floor was outstanding as well as we were able to lay our eyes on plenty of talent including a host of young guys.

Will Ransom, PF, The Firm- We'll need to get more looks at him down the road, but Ransom impressed. A long, active and downright mean 6-foot-7 insider, he seals off defenders, catches passes and then dunks the heck out of the ball whenever he can. He runs the floor, blocks shot on defense and chases rebounds out of his area with zest.

Kyan Anderson, PG, Texas Bluechips- A slick ball handler, Anderson's greatest asset is his speed with the ball in his hands. A willing passer of the basketball and team facilitator, he loves to get into the lane and create for others or himself. He's a guy who has mid to high majors sitting on the fence watching him so he's got a big summer ahead.

Jordan Williams, SF/SG, Team Texas Elite- Wes Grandstaff's crew is stacked with talent and Williams is a fine looking prospect. Standing 6-foot-5, he's capable of electrifying crowds with his open court dunks and ability to rise above the crowd. But, Williams can shoot the ball from distance as well and goes on scoring binges. Still a bit of an unknown nationally, he clearly has high level talent and could explode as he becomes more consistent.

David Kravish, PF, Mo-Kan Elite- Schools are always on the prowl for mobile big men and because of that, Kravish is going to get a lot of attention this summer. He's skinny, but the near 6-foot-9 junior flies up and down the court like a much smaller player and has a knack for making smart basketball plays. He'll fight on the inside, has some touch to 12 feet and has the tools to emerge as a guy who helps out on both ends of the floor.

Isaiah Austin, C/PF, Team Texas Elite- He'll be back with the Compton Magic next weekend, but this weekend he's hitting the floor with his former squad. Blessed with a high skill level, the skinny big man showed some effort crashing the glass for dunks and erasing shots as a defender. There's no denying that he can do things with the ball most guys his size can't, but the key for him will be getting things going early on the blocks and then moving out to face the basket. He's an elite prospect who is in the process of finding his way towards being an elite player.

Perry Ellis, PF, Pray and Play Players- Not many sophomores can match Mr. Ellis' resume. After two seasons of high school ball he's got two state championships and two Kansas state player of the year awards. At 6-foot-7 he can really run the floor, has a knack for getting easy buckets around the rim and plays hard. Working on his perimeter game, he stepped out to swish a pair of left corner three balls during the first half Friday night.

Peter Jok, SF, Kingdom Hoops 15's- Around this time last year, our contacts in the state of Iowa started raving about the long limbed 6-foot-5 wing from Des Moines Roosevelt. We laid eyes on him Friday night and he didn't disappoint during a 31 point outing. He hit deep threes, went to the rim for dunks and willingly shared the ball. Clearly, there's plenty of good reason for folks in the heartland to be excited about him.

Shirmaine Thomas, PG/SG, Dallas Mustangs 2013- A 2nd team All-District selection as a freshman at Dallas Skyline, Thomas is a nice looking player. A 6-foot-2 combo guard who can handle and gets others involved, he's also a fan of the pull-up jumper. Not surprising that he's a bit right hand dominant at this time and he leaves his feet a bit too often for passes, but he's talented and already has good size. Certainly one we'll be tracking down the road.

Recently committed to Kansas, Zach Peters was not on hand with Team Texas Elite. Word is that he's missing the event due to a bout with pink eye.

Dallas Mustangs 2013 insider Soma Edo is an athletic young man. The 6-foot-5 power forward is an explosive leaper who prowls the lane looking for dunks on offense and blocked shots as a defender. … When a kid climbs the ladder and makes a sweet touch pass, we take notice. When he does it again on the next trip and then unleashes a sweet dish in transition shortly after it's hard not to notice a trend and think a guy has a knack for passing the rock. That's the feel we got for The Firm's 6-foot-5 combo forward Brandon Jackson from the class of 2012. … Shirmaine Thomas isn't the only promising looking 2013 guard from Dallas Skyline. Rolling with Urban DFW Elite's 15 and under crew, Devonte Kincaid did some nice things. A lengthy 6-foot-2 shooting guard, he's wired to score and will crash the glass. Loved his spin dribble, step back three pointer. … Playing with the Pray and Play Players, 6-foot-2 point guard De'Onte Hooks has signed to play junior college basketball at Hutchinson Community College. A lean and quick floor general, Hooks can really handle the ball and has some burst getting into the lane. With added strength and consistency from the perimeter, his recruitment should shape up nicely during his two years of junior college. … Texas freshman Jordan Hamilton was in the crowd Friday night. Turns out he was on hand to watch his two younger brothers compete. Playing for Team Texas Elite, brother Isaac is a 2013 shooting guard with a buttery touch from deep and a lanky 6-foot-4 frame. Going down a class, 6-foot-1 Daniel Hamilton is an 8th grader who is in town playing with the Pray and Play Players. Like his older brothers, he's wired to score and likes to let it fly from deep. …

Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon has to be excited to have commitments from 2011 guards Jamal Branch and Jordan Green. He's got to be even more excited that the duo is gaining some valuable chemistry while playing together for Team Texas Elite. Branch is a physical 6-foot-2 point who will likely play on and off the ball in college while Green is a 6-foot-4 scorer who can slide to the rim off the bounce or shoot deep jumpers off of curls. No matter how one slices it, the Aggies have landed themselves a good looking tandem. …

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