Recap: Third Annual MSE Texas Camp

Three Times the Fun


8th grade Zyan Ali (TX)

The 3rd annual Middle School Elite Texas Camp jumped off on Saturday, November 4th, 2017 at Crossover Athletics in Stafford, Texas near Houston.

Dozens of talented youth basketball players from Texas, 5th-through-8th grade, enthusiastically maximized their potential in arduous drill stations and full court games.

Following the event an excited father expressed, “Thanks for the great camp in Houston this morning and my son said ‘it was fire.'”

“You brought the aggression based on confidence out of him [son], something coach and I haven’t been able to do . . .,” testified another satisfied parent.

Here are some preeminent standouts who earned our attention and entertained for spectators.

8th Grade

MVP David Martinez (TX) – 6-1 versatile guard penetrated defensive gaps with an abrupt step-back jumper or a wicked crossover.

Co-MVP Ziyan Ali (TX) – Crashed boards aggressively and ran fast breaks that had defenders on their heels or called secondary-break plays after made baskets.

Jacob Duran (TX) – Sprained his ankle before, and, during camp. But that didn’t distort his ability to outperform anxious competitors.

Quintin Williams (TX) – Shared the rock, and his jumper has proper mechanics. He performed energetic all day.

Austen Hill (TX) – Fundamentally sound two-guard flustered opposers with change of direction moves, hesitation dribbles, and head fakes.

Blake Morrow (TX) – Rugged spot-up shooter caused havoc on, offense and defense, both ends of the court.

8th grade, PG, Austen Hill (TX)

8th grade Austen Hill (TX)

Zachary Gomez-Villanueva – (TX) – Onlookers oohed and ahhed when he drained a silky NBA range jimmy. He brought the house down.

7th Grade

MVP Finley Bizjack (TX) – Phenomenal playmaker and outside scorer. He put on an And-1 exhibition and calculated acrobatic up-and-under layups.

Marquise Morales (TX) – Well-coordinated shot blocker who made put backs and played with his ‘back under and to the rim’.

Aerik Holcombe (TX) – Defended tough scorers vying to tarnish his crown and directed his squad to thrilling wins.

Brycen Matthews (TX) – Played fast paced each possession and smacked defenders away with his off hand to assure no turnovers.

Jayden Jones (TX) – Battled down-low for space. Court presence and powerful upper body enabled him to effect the game without shooting.

Jared Duplechain (TX) – Screened defenders and rolled to the hole for a threaded bounce pass.

6th Grade

MVP Trae Gage (TX) – Facilitated his team’s offense and defended taller shooting guards. He executed the right play at the right time.

MVP 7th Grade Finley Bizjack (TX)

MVP 7th Grade Finley Bizjack (TX)

MacArthur Reed lll (TX) – Scored at will anywhere in the half-court and stretched the defense with his right arm L-shaped.

Malik Johnson (TX) – Absorbed rough body contact while driving in the lane, making layups, and protecting the back court.

Michael Martinez (TX) – If defender’s intensity lapsed, he fired shots. If they collapsed, he instinctively kicked out the pass.

5th Grade

MVP Malachi Johnson (TX) – His baseline quick release jump shot landed once he heated up. He was motivated to polish his skills.

Jaylon Coleman (LA) – Mature floor general who demonstrated swagger, mojo, and game intelligence.

The 4th annual MSE Texas Camp for boys & girls in grades 3rd-thru-8th is on January 6, 2018. To register asap, please contact [email protected] or 973-440-5555.

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