Future150 East & West Analyst. Covering East & West high school basketball.
Humble, TX (Future150) -- The Future150 Houston Top 40 Game brought us a second wave of players who are warranting attention on the national level. Seveal of the players were prospects who "came out of nowhere" to make a name for themselves.
The game ended with a scored of 74-56, and here are some names that basketball minds must take notice of in the future...
Corey Wells Jr. - (PG-2014, O.P. Walker) - Corey is a quick point guard that has a knack for scoring. He uses his quick dribbling ability to get to any spot on the floor for a mid-range jump shot. Corey’s quickness also translates to the defensive end where he can be very pesky with his on-ball defense.
Joe Marks - (2014-PF, East Ascension) - Joe was another surprise for us because we never heard of him or saw him in person previously. He wowed us with his ability to run the floor, block shots, and shoot and knock down the three with confidence. He ran the pick-and-roll to perfection time-after-time and may have been the most vocal person at the camp when it came to running his team, especially on defense.
Bryson Lockley - (2015-SF, Woodland) - Bryson is a long, skilled wing who has the ability to score in the post or face up and knock down the mid-range jump shots. Bryson also rebounded the ball very well against bigger opponents and played very tough.
Joshua Samuels - (2014-SG, Cypress Woods) - Joshua shot the ball very well this weekend and that’s what earned him a spot in the Top 40 game. Joshua has a nice mid-range game, and he knows how and when to use it. He also shot the three with consistency and when he got it going, he used pump fakes and jab-steps to get to the rim and finish.
Ryan Pippins - (2016-PF, Parkview) - Ryan used his linebacker-like frame to bully his way through the lane at will, while finishing near the basket. Pippins big body allows him to guard bigger opponents and is a very good rebounder despite his size. His mid range game is also very solid and you have to respect it.
Eric Williams - (2015-SG, EC King) - Eric is a very athletic slasher that plays with a high motor. He is very relentless when attacking the rim on offense and has a knack for finishing tough plays around the rim. He rebounds well from the guard position and has the length and quickness to guard both guard positions.
Tobe Mbanugo - (2015-PF, Yates) - At 6-foot-8, Tobe used his height and weight to block and alter shots all camp long. He rebounded the ball very well and scored when the opportunity presented itself. Tobe has a lot of upside and a chance to expand on the good skill set he already possess.
Corey Alpough -(2013-SF, Channelview)- Alpough is a long gifted player who knows how to play the game. He is super athletic and loves attacking the rim off the break. One of his strongest attributes is his ability to get offensive rebounds due to his jumping ability. Definitely an under the radar guy who can play college basketball.
Robert Eledu-(2013-SG, Cypress Ridge) Eledu is a Future150 Alum from last summer. He is a pure scorer who can play both guard positions. Coming off a bad wheel injury, He was limited in his quickness which made him an all-star game member last year. He still shot the ball well all weekend long and played solid defense.