Mar 22, 2022
Doug Brown (VYPE)
The Grizzlies bring back some firepower as reigning back-to-back District 13-6A MVP Bree Riley (Jr. PG) returns.
Riley averaged 16 points per game a year ago. The only hitch for Grand Oaks is that Riley is their only returning starter for Shiakiea Carter’s crew.
However, the Grizzlies went 27-7 a year ago and a perfect 16-0 in district play, so their reputation precedes them.
Another player to watch for is Amariah Burns (Sr. C).
Carter enters her fifth season leading the program (83-39). Keys to success, according to Carter, include being a“defensive-minded team, confidence, experience at the point guard position, hard work and playing as a team.”
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29 Nov, 2023
How about this focus group poll?
When you think of Great Houston basketball, what is the first name that comes to mind? That really depends on how old you are, right? Are we talking girls or boys?
Having covered high school sports for over 20 years in Hoopston, I feel like I have a pretty good perspective. Let’s do a Mr. Rushmore of boys and girls for the VYPE-era, shall we? Ladies first.
Nimitz legend Brittany Griner has to lead the way. I’ve seen her bring the Aldine Campbell Center to its feet in a playoff game as she flew downcourt with a two-handed slam. Can an entire family count as one? The Ogwumike foursome – Nneka (first pick in WNBA) and Chiney (first pick in WNBA), Olivia (Rice) and Erica (Rice) – are the first family or womens’ basketball on a national level. Barbers Hill’s Charlie Collier was also the No. 1 pick in the WNBA coming out of the University of Texas. The fifth of the Mr. Rushmore is Brianna Turner, who led Manvel to a State Title in 2014 and won an NCAA Title with Notre Dame in 2018. She was drafted No. 11 in the WNBA draft in 2019.
Now that is a list. Let the arguments begin in 3... 2... 1.
How about the boys?
Sterling High’s Clyde Drexler was a little too far back, so let ’s stay more recent day. Willowridge’s TJ Ford, Elsik’s Rashard Lewis and Madison’s Tommy Mason Griffin are still a little before our time.
This is where it gets into a grey area.
It has to start with De’Aaron Fox of Cypress Lakes, who went on to Kentucky and was the No. 5 overall pick by the Sacramento Kings. He is growing into a star in the NBA. Quentin Grimes of College Park makes the monument. Grimes was a McDonald’s All-American, the AAC co-Player of the Year for the University of Houston which went to the NCAA Final Four and was the 25th pick in the NBA Draft in 2021.
Aaron and Andrew Harrison were spectacular twins at Fort Bend Travis, before staring at Kentucky. They won a State Title with the Tigers, before advancing to the NCAA Final Four with the Wildcats.
The last one is tough... VYPE chisels Atascocita star, Carsen Edwards, into the monument. Edwards made Atascocita basketball a super-power during his tenure, before making Purdue relevant in the NCAA Tournament in 2019. He won the Jerry West Award for the top shooting guard in the nation and was a consensus All-American. He was drafted in the second round of the NBA Draft and has bounced around the league, the G League and Europe.
The real question is, who is next?
With that... Welcome to the 2023-24 VYPE Basketball Preview, the guide of the Who’s Who of Hoopston.
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Bradley C. Collier (VYPE)
Langham Creek reached the Regional Quarterfinals a year ago before falling to Cypress Springs to finish the season with an overall record of 23-13.
Team captain Heather Baymon (Sr, G) will be the straw that stirs the drink in 2024, returning as the team’s leading scorer. She averaged 16.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, four steals and 2.4 assists per game for the Lobos.
Other key returners include Brooke Prevost (So. F), who averaged 6.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, and Jade Prevost (Sr. G), who averaged 5.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.
This program has been a perennial playoff team and one can expect that again this season.
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