Future Aggies showcased in Houston

Want to catch a glimpse of future Aggie basketball stars? Aggie Websider's David Sandhop has the latest on who is set to attend the "Houston vs. The Nation" tournament in Aldine this weekend. Aggie Websider will have coverage from the tournament this weekend.

While the college football bowl season and college basketball are in full swing, the holiday season also brings several prestigious national tournaments to the forefront of high school basketball. One of these tournaments is taking place at the Aldine Campbell Center in north Houston, aptly named the "Houston Versus Nation".

20 teams are coming together for the three day event which runs through Saturday and features such national powerhouse programs as Oak Hill Academy (VA), Montverde Academy (FL), DeLaSalle (MN), and St. Patrick (NJ) playing the top Houston area teams such as Cy-Springs, Yates, Madison, Klein Collins, and Bellaire to name a few.

The tournament also showcases some of the best talent in the country, and the Aldine Campbell Center will be filled with college basketball staffs, recruiting services, and recruiting junkies to see such signed talent as Philip McDonald (New Mexico), Steve Tchiengang (Vanderbilt), Brandon Jennings (Arizona), Anthony Jones (Baylor), and Quintrell Thomas (Kansas).

Aggie fans can get a look at the future as point guard signee Dashan Harris will be running the court at 3:00 pm Thursday with his Montverde Academy (FL) teammates.

Harris, a consensus Top 100 national prospect, recently signed with coach Mark Turgeon in the November signing period for the class of 2008 and will be in maroon next fall.

There will be a handful of Texas A&M targets for future classes also in the event this weekend.

The Bellaire Class of 2010 duo of Jamel Outler (6-foot-3, 175) and Michael "Toby" Oyedeji (6-foot-7, 190) will play today at noon.

Both players are considered national Top 100 prospects, and both have already unofficially visited Texas A&M in the fall.

Houston Yates point guard Brandon Peters is considered by some services to be the best basketball player in the state of Texas.

The Class of 2010 prospect will be leading Yates as they battle national power Oak Hill tonight at 9:00 pm. Oak Hill is a who's who of national basketball prospects, but of particular interest is mammoth center Keith "Tiny" Gallon who is originally from Humble, Texas and has been to Aggieland for a basketball camp and has the Aggies on his long list of favorites.

Two up-and-coming local prospects who appear to have caught the attention of Texas A&M are HCYA (homeschool team)Class of 2008 guard Jesse Sanders (6-foot-3, 185) and Klein Collins Class of 2009 wingman and post Justin Wesley (6-foot-8, 190).

Sanders is a product of his father's dominant home school program and is a pure scorer. His older brother plays on the Garner-Webb team that last month stunned Kentucky. With the Aggies currently full, Sanders appears to be a long shot to get an A&M offer, but with several roster spots in question (Deandre Jordan going pro)A&M will be keeping a watchful eye just in case.

As a pure post last season, Wesley wasn't considered a hot commodity for major D-1 programs. However, Wesley worked extremely hard on his game in the offseason and made the transition to wing for the summer AAU season. The switch paid off as Wesley is considered one of the fastest-rising 2009 prospects in the area who uses his 6-foot-8 frame to his advantage going up against much smaller guards. He certainly has the attention of several D-1 programs, including the Aggies.

If you are interested in getting a look at the possible future of Texas A&M basketball, a quick trip this weekend over to the Campbell Center in Aldine should prove very entertaining.

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