Posted On: 08/9/19 1:21 PM
The Colorado Titans finished a magical 15-1 Prep Hoops Circuit season with a Hustle Region championship at the end of July. Today Titan players highlight the All Hustle Region Team.
The Titans knocked off the New Mexico Ambassadors 71-70 in the championship in July, defeated Powerhouse Hoops Arizona to win the Bash in the Desert title in May, and lost just one game in the April event. It was a true championship in every sense of the word as the Titans defeated every team of quality that played in multiple events on the PH Circuit out west.
The Ambassadors earned a lot of respect for New Mexico basketball this spring and summer winning 13 of 16 games and coming just one score away from a west coast championship. Ricky Lujan proved to be as real as it gets every showing.
The All-Hustle Region First Team
Nick Bowden of Los Angeles Elite Hollingsworth. Bowden led LA Elite to success on the PH Circuit and the Adidas Gauntlet this year with a fantastic finish coming at the Hard Work Region Finals. LA Elite was 11-3 this year in Prep Hoops Circuit play with Bowden running the show. The 6’1 point defined aggression and feistiness as a leader plus his pick and roll decision making would grade out as high as anybody.
Fallou Cisse of California Select Black. Every place the 6-foot-8 Cisse went this spring and summer opposing coaches and scouting eyes raved about him. Cisse will be a junior this fall with all the physical tools needed to become a player talked about at the high major level (if progress continues). Cali Select was 10-5 on the Prep Hoops Circuit this year regularly competing in the final fours of each event.
Osasere Ighodaro of Powerhouse Hoops. Osasere is a skilled 6-foot-9 forward with a game that makes you say “there is some Tim Duncan there”, not that Ighodaro will be Tim Duncan but that’s his style of game. Ighodaro is a four star level 2020 that recently cut his list to Marquette, Vanderbilt, Texas, and Stanford. He was a first team all UA Rise player and is a first team Prep Hoops Circuit talent as well. One of the biggest stock raisers of the 17u season nation wide.
Owen Koonce of Colorado Titans Gold. Owen Koonce was the most clutch late game player I saw all spring and summer. If the team needed a big play Owen made it time and time again. What he did in the Bash in the Desert quarters, semis, and finals to put the game away I will never forget. He is the definition of a winner, and he’s the most under recruited player in the nation it seems as he went at talented D1 offered players and constantly put buckets in over their heads.
Ricky Lujan of New Mexico D1 Ambassadors. Ricky Lujan, step forward and receive your medal not just for being a first team all PH Circuit player and for leading your team to title games, but for earning respect for basketball in the state of New Mexico! Lujan has a beautiful handle and touch on his jumper plus quickness into every move. Look forward to watching him play division one college basketball in the future.
The All-Hustle Region Second Team
Peter Boyle of Colorado Titans. Boyle was one of the more interesting players I saw in Phoenix and Colorado. His low post fight was vital to wins against some of the best teams and his touch facing up is quality.
Alem Huseinovic of Powerhouse Hoops. Alem has some real juice to his game, and there is a lot of points next to his name in the scorebook. A Nevada commit, Alem’s shooting stroke curling off screens or using a dribble off a screen is a thing of beauty.
Jaren Johnson of The Truth. Jaren Johnson simply sets the tone. Defensive ball pressure, attacking halfcourt offense, transition success, all of it was done with consistency all spring and summer. Johnson led The Truth to an 8-4 record on the Prep Hoops Circuit.
Jalen Page of Colorado Titans. Jalen Page was solid all year for the Titans, one of their regular contributors with 4-5 buckets a game and commonly about 6-7 boards a game. In the Hustle Region title game though, Page was everything. The game MVP.
Matt Rivera of Gamepoint. What Matt Rivera did against Powerhouse Hoops will stick with me as he made tough shot after tough shot against D1 talent to score 20. It turns out, that is what Matt Rivera did all season long for a 9-3 Prep Hoops Circuit squad.
The All-Hustle Region Third Team
Deandre Henry of Powerhouse Hoops. If I needed a low post basket starting with good low post position to enter to, Henry is one of the first players I am looking to.
Jake Hlywiak of Los Angeles Elite. Not many shooters could match what Jake brought to his team game after game.
Sal Naverez of New Mexico D1 Ambassadors. There are times when Sal put his team on his back, like that 27 point performance on championship Sunday.
Tanner Poeschl of The Legion of Hoops. The rim protector and explosive finisher for The Legion. Energy and length are there for Tanner to be a strong prospect.
Zach White of California Select. Toughness with the basketball, the ability to knock down the open look, and a grit leading his team, that is Zach White.
The All-Hustle Region Fourth Team
Christian Johnson of The Truth.
Cade Riley of Gamepoint.
Jack Schultz of Gamepoint Inland Empire.
Garrett Schaefer of Gamepoint Inland Empire.
JT Tan of Los Angeles Elite.