Texas Hot Takes (Volume I)

The summer season in the Dallas-Fort Worth area has been put on a hold for one-two weekends. Looking at some of the standouts from the season thus far, I gave a few opinions on the recruitment and performance of players who have a chance to elevate their stock once their season resumes:

 

A BIG 12 SCHOOL SHOULD PULL THE TRIGGER ON PHELPS

Since the start of the summer season, Zhuric Phelps‘ recruitment has ascended. The 6-foot-3 (pushing 6-foot-4) point guard has picked up offers from DePaul, Louisiana Tech, Oral Roberts, and Tulsa while hearing from other high majors such as Arizona, Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas State, LSU, and Virginia Tech.

 

After looking at his current suitors, Iowa State should be the most confident in what Phelps could do for their program. In an offense relied upon point guards with athleticism, skill, and I.Q., Phelps is more than capable of embodying those qualities. His size and defensive intensity should also be taken into account.

 

Expect for the domino effect to take place after the first Big 12 university offers. Being that Iowa State has been in recent talks with Phelps, his coaching staff, and family, it is likely that the Cyclones program would and should start the trend.

 

WHAT ARE THE ODDS  GRANDBERRY EARNS A NATIONAL RATING?

High. Considering how Zhuric Phelps has great chances of achieving three-star status while leading the offense for Texas Impact 4:13, expect to see the same if Jourdyn Grandberry takes over the reins next summer.

With great size at 6-foot-3, Grandberry already possesses the speed, quickness, athleticism, and ability to change gears to be a special lead guard. Add the fact that he will be under the great tutelage of four-time state champion coach Danny Henderson at Richland High School, and Grandberry has all the tools to be a priority recruit for multiple schools down the road.

If he accepts coaching, combines skill with athleticism, and continues to grasp the nuances of the point guard position, his rating as a national prospect will be an inevitable conclusion. The rising junior already has collected offers from DePaul and Texas-Arlington while Colorado State, New Mexico, Northern Colorado, Sam Houston State, Tulsa, UTSA, and Wyoming have shown interest.

 

DO NOT LET THIS RISING SOPHOMORE SNEAK UP ON YOU

 

Playing for a national powerhouse loaded with Division I talent in Duncanville, many local scouts may not be familiar with the name DaCannon Wickware. The Southern Assault 15U forward starred on junior varsity last year for Duncanville, and his play thus far boasts that he should be making the move to varsity for the upcoming season.

At 6-foot-6, Wickware is an active and athletic forward who is a deflection magnet on the defensive end. His offense is a bit behind his defense, but he does most of his damage in transition or by slashing and scoring through traffic. Playing for a well-ran program in Duncanville, it is more than likely that his skill and I.Q. will catch up and match his eager activity.

It may be a while before he receives the constant buzz, but Wickware is certainly one who should stay on the radars of coaches and scouts.

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