Roughly ten years ago, in the early to mid part of the 2000 decade, names such as Chris Daniels, Ben Uzoh, Trent Plaisted, and Patrick Britton all rose to high school stardom in the Alamo City area and went on to star at the division one level.
More recently, names such as Jordan Clarkson, Jason Brickman, Julian Boyd, Andre Roberson, Jonathan Holmes, and Connor Lammert are just some local prospects who have had or are having success at the next level.
Our recently released Top 10 for 2015 is the deepest talent pool yet, but it might not last long as the Alamo City's 2016 class is heavily stacked. These aren't the official rankings, but more of a snapshot of who we have our eye on and expect to rise when the rankings for '16 do post next year.
The general consensus is that Churchill big man Clevon Brown, who is still growing and developing offensively is in line for the top spot. He's long, athletic and is a force around the rim. He'll be drawing mid to high major looks. Big men are always at a premium and he looks to be the one in 2016 for Greater SA.
Whether it's our own personal evaluation, field reporters, Scout.com National Recruiting Analysts, high school coaches and AAU Coaches, there is a strong sentiment that San Antonio has 3-4 point guards that could be mid-to high major players. That stable consists of Ellis Jefferson (Brandeis), Jordan Burns (Marshall), LeSean Brown (TMI), and Jimmy Brooks (Antonian).
You're splitting hairs when it comes to Jefferson and Burns as complete PG's. Brown and Brooks are bigger type point guards who can use their frame and take the contact in getting to the hoop. Brooks recently suffered a torn ACL and will be rehabbing the rest of the summer in trying to get ready for his junior high school season.
Not to be outdone, there is a group of shooting guards and wings that can hurt you in multiple ways, Dominique Bradley (Home School), Jamell Bradley (Antonian), Jhonathan Dunn (Alamo Heights), Brandon Armstrong (St. Anthony), Demarcus Hartfield (Highlands), and Kijana Love (Steele) are recruits that will all be division one prospects. Dominique Bradley is expected to join his brother Jamell at Antonian for his junior year and Brandon Armstrong is said to be on the move from St. Anthony's to Antonian. That would make the Apaches an extremely talented team for the next few years. The Apaches could have up to 4 division one players (both Bradley's, Brooks, & Armstrong) on their squad.
2016 Watch List (In no particular order)Clevon Brown PF 6'7" (Churchill) Ellis Jefferson PG 5'10" (Brandeis) Jordan Burns PG 5'9" (Marshall) LeSean Brown PG 6'0" (TMI) Dominique Bradley SG 6'5" (Home School/Antonian) Jamell Bradley SF 6'5" (Antonian) Jonathan Dunn SG 6'2" (Alamo Heights) Demarcus Hartfield 6'2" SG (Highlands) Kijana Love 6'3" SF (Steele) Brandon Armstrong SG 6'3" (St Anthony/Antonian) Jimmy Brooks PG 6'1" (Antonian) Dorian Lopez SG 6'4" (Marshall) Jalon Gates PG/SG 6'1" (Clemens)