Posted On: 11/21/18 7:00 AM
Yesterday, Rodney Johnson (brother of current UT-Arlington assistant Royce “Snoop” Johnson) held his Massive Monday event at Cedar Valley College. The event featured talented teams, such as: Mesquite Horn, Cedar Hill, and Marion Senior High (AR). Prep Hoops Texas Staff Member Brandon Jenkins was in on the action recapping the best players in attendance.
Zaakir Sawyer / 6’5″ / SF / Mesquite Horn / 2020
Zaakir was way too much to handle for a pretty inadequate Dallas Roosevelt team. He put on a show above the rim in the first quarter. When Zaakir is locked in, he is fun to watch. It will be interesting to see if he keeps the same intensity Tuesday vs. Burkburnett. He finished with 17 in the lopsided win.
The dual-sport athlete came off the bench ready to hoop in his first game back from football. He was at his best when he was attacking the basket. Zakhari has great speed in the open floor and will get to the rim and finish through contact with no problem. The future Division I wide-receiver scored 19 points in his senior debut vs. Dallas Madison.
The Longhorn vs. Trojan matchup brought my attention to a new diaper dandy by the name of Brandon Walker. Outside of his great first name, Brandon possesses great size for his age and good athleticism. The freshman finished nearly everything at the rim and even threw down a big time one hand slam off one foot in the open floor. He is more of a power forward right now; but, he easily could make the transition to the small forward position if he continues to improve his perimeter skills. Brandon had 17 points in the win for the Longhorns.
Jerome was all over the court for Madison. He was their go-to guy offensively. The lefty drilled threes and also lived at the foul line last night. Jerome is aggressive, but he needs to continue to get better defensively and add strength. He is a small guard who is tremendously skinny and it affects him when he is taking bumps while dribbling, attacking, and trying to score in the paint. Jerome led the Trojans in scoring with 17 points.
The unsigned senior out played nationally ranked three-star big man Jonathan Aku. He was very active on the offensive glass and had two impressive putback dunks over defenders. The Arkansas native can run the floor and is always ready to catch and finish high. He is one who has a chance to pick up mid-to-high minuses if he waits late.
Reeves made it look easy in transition vs. Ischool Entrepreneurial. He is an athletic finisher with great body control at the rim. He made the rim pop a couple of times off eye-opening one foot slams. The unsigned senior had 25 in the win and currently holds offers from Arkansas-Little Rock, Arkansas State, and Southern Mississippi.