Jacob Valero (Houston Defenders)
The Stars Are Born Tournament took place this past weekend and Basketball Spotlight's Texas scout Paul Miranda was on site for the action. Here's Part 2 of his exclusive report.
Stars Are Born Top Performers Part 2
Jacob Valero #4 Houston Defenders Select 2016
Jake “the Headacke” was just that for all of his opponents. His strength in the paint was visible and undeniable scoring from the post. He used great skill with his body in out-rebounding his man. Ball handling in the open court and flashing several unreal passes to teammates for easy lay-ups were breathtaking. The 6’0” stud knows how to ball in any role.
Tristen Wallace #6 DFW Defenders Select
Remember this name, Boss Wallace, this 6’2” bionic looking young talent kept pouring the points on for his team game in and game out. The ‘Boss was bullying his way to easy buckets and showed that he can hit the midrange and three point shot with just as much ease. Another young raw talent that’s on his way to being one of the most talked about players from the state of Texas.
J.R. Adams #13 Houston Defenders
This youngster was doing it big, game after game, and possession after possession, his presence was felt. He led his team to the final four with a blue collar style of effort on both ends of the court. He came up with loose balls with several dives to floor and in the bleachers. . He handled the ball and dished the ball for easy lay-ups for his teammates. He knocked down several big time shots. Dude did it all for his team, all tournament long.
Tyrone Stewart #13 Louisiana Elite
This young man was fun to watch, he could run the floor and finish for tough shots. Despite his lack of size for his position, he rebounded the ball very well and he defended the post with extreme authority. Young man had nice post moves and dictated everything on the offensive side. Showed outstanding athleticism and proved that he is an up and coming talent from the bayou state.
Courtney Lark #21 Houston Defenders Select 2016
This 6’2” high flier was nothing short of spectacular. He had several dunks that had everyone in the building buzzing about his potential. He was also a huge factor on the boards. His air-walking ability defied all gravity laws even on the defensive end with several blocked shots
Shea Patterson #35 McAllen HoopDawgs
This kid doesn’t look like much when you see him, but when he hits the floor, his game looks a lot like former NBA great Chris Mullins. Kid can score from anywhere. He displayed showmanship from his ball handling to finishing strong inside and outside. I absolutely loved the chip on his shoulder that intimidated a lot of his opponents.
Kelvin Henry, Jr. #12 Louisiana Elite
This PG held his own against some of the elite guards in the tournament. His ability to attack the basket and keeping his dribble alive to find easy scores for teammates or get his own shot off was astonishing. He defends like his opponents owe him money and he’s demanding payment.
Brian Moore #18 Houston Defenders
One of the hardest working young men in the state of Texas. This kid brought it on both sides of the ball. He has always had a reputation of being a tough defender with extreme athleticism, but this past weekend, he unveiled an explosive offensive game. Jump shot was deadly and he knew how to get to basket from any angle. He also displayed a great feel for being a floor general.