Posted On: 03/2/19 8:42 PM
MATCHUP OF STARS
The stars were out and about in the Region II 6A playoff final that featured the Panthers of Duncanville and the Wildcats of Denton Guyer. The game included one three-star prospect and four four-star prospects. All of which will play at the high major Division I level. The matchup was unquestionably as good as advertised. So good that both teams needed an extra four minutes to decide the final outcome. But in the end, Duncanville came away victorious and will advance to San Antonio with a 66-62 win over arguably the regional favorite Wildcats.
JAHMIUS RAMSEY MAY NEED ONE MORE STAR
Two months ago at the Whataburger Tournament, these two teams matched up for the tournament championship. The game ended with a Duncanville win and Jahmius Ramsey leading the game in scoring with 32 points. After his performance this afternoon, he has more than made his case for why he needs his fifth and final star.
Ramsey was extremely dominant on both ends of the floor. He entered the game with the same level of intensity he had for the championship game in late December. Defensively, the Texas Tech signee was simply clamping every Wildcat he had in front of him. He made life incredibly hard on Guyer’s star players. On the offensive end, he was just as locked in. Ramsey torched defenders from all three levels while making the right passes to his teammates for easy scores.
He finished with a game-high 26 points and was without a doubt the best player on the floor in both of his matchups vs. Denton Guyer this season. His superb play has earned him and his team a berth in the UIL state tournament. Pretty remarkable for someone who has never played in a playoff game prior to this season.
WHO IS THE BEST POINT GUARD IN THE 2019 CLASS?
The careers of De’Vion Harmon and Jalen Wilson come to an end after a long, but exciting four years. However, I somewhat feel that it is unacceptable that throughout their time at Guyer, they were not able to get their team over the hump in order to get a breath of San Antonio air.
Harmon has been the starting floor general for the Wildcats since his freshman season after finishing his time on the gridiron. He is a two-time USA gold medalist, Nike Hoop Summit game member, and a four-star point guard who has been labeled (by other services and I) as the best point guard in the state of Texas. However, point guards should be judged by wins and his title is very much in jeopardy after today.
The Oklahoma signee was tremendously aggressive from the jump. He finished the first half with 18 points (most of which were scored in the paint). However, he only scored four points in the second half and overtime, ending the game with 22 points in the loss. The stats may not seem bad, but he left a lot to be desired with some of the decisions he made on the floor. At times where Guyer could have received a great look within the offense through solid ball movement, Harmon either had tunnel vision when attacking the rim or settled by attempting questionable deep three-point jumpers.
One person cannot get to the state tournament by themselves. However for the three of the past four years, Guyer has had all the talented pieces needed to get over the hump and stamp their name in Texas high school basketball history. There are no excuses why this team has not ever reached the state tournament. Nevertheless, there is one state champion point guard in the senior class that has previously gotten his team over the hump (Isaiah Stevens) in 6A. Will he be the number one point guard in our final 2019 player rankings? At this point, he is looking like the appropriate floor general to hold the title.
SOLD ON JAKOBE COLES
In our last ranking update, Jakobe Coles was granted a spot right outside the top five at the number six spot. This afternoon, he proved us right through his efficient scoring and effective passing throughout the full 36 minutes. He was giving Duncanville a lot of problems with his scoring from outside the paint. The three-star forward went to work drilling in mid range face-up jumpers off the triple threat and knocking down a couple threes off the catch.
His skill inside and out gives him a chance to be a very productive player at the high major level. Outside of his current offer sheet, more schools seemed to be impressed with what he brings to the table as Butler, Purdue, Texas Tech, Tulsa, and Virginia have each shown interest. The junior forward ended his junior campaign with a team-high 24 points. Look for him to have a solid summer playing with the Texas Titans on the Nike EYBL Circuit.
… OTHER NOTES
- Four-star wing Micah Peavy came ready to play. He scored 19 points in the overtime victory. Peavy finished most of his attempts inside and converted on good looks from the perimeter. The best part about his game this afternoon was how he was eager to hit the glass and grab crucial rebounds for his team. Peavy has recently cut his list down to five schools: Houston, LSU, Michigan, TCU, and Texas Tech.
- … Tyler McGhie‘s sharpshooting and great decision making was heavily needed in this one. The 6-foot-4 two-guard sat out with an injury, but will be back in action come March for the summer season.
- … Damon Nicholas made winning plays throughout the highly competitive game. He grabbed boards and looked to score in the paint. His toughness and additional scoring will be needed in San Antonio next weekend.