Tournament spotlights youth basketball teams

A Grapeland player drives the baseline against Madisonville during Saturday’s Basketball Showcase at the old Crockett High School gymnasium.

By Larry Lamb
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CROCKETT – Twelve area teams participated in the first-ever basketball showcase for AAU/select travel teams Friday and Saturday at the former CHS gymnasium.

The tournament, open to teams of boys aged 10 and over, consisted of three brackets.

Mustang Elite (Madisonville) won Rookie (10-12) bracket, 936 Elite (Madisonville) won NCAA (13-15) bracket, and Crockett Elite won NBA bracket.

Teams from Grapeland, Latexo, Normangee, Buffalo, Calvert and Trinity also competed.

Crockett’s Brandon Johnson and former NBA player Cartier Martin, a Crockett native, hosted the tournament and are already planning to expand it next year. Previous tournaments featured adult teams, but Martin and Johnson wanted to provide a stage for youth teams.

The competing Houston County teams were:

Crockett Legacy Elite

NCAA (13-15 years old)

Jahkeim McKnight, Jacques McKnight, Julian Adams, DeKorian Butler, Nathaniel Daniels, Isaac Hobson, Damarion McCullough, JaKeavion Bruins, Christopher Bell and Jaylen White.

Latex

NCAA (13-15 years old)

Rick Hernandez, Jax Bobbitt, Michael Woodard Jr., Jayden Vickers, Omar Gonzalez, Hunter Allen, John Allee and James Allee.

Crockett Elite

NBA

Nate Ivey, Chase Ivey, Iverson Rischer, Jacorrian Jackson, Jarodrick Holmes, Junior Boston, Arthur Scout, Kalra Kaylan and Ayden Pierce.

grapeland

Beginner (10-12 years old)

Jatavion Scott, Bryce McDaniel, Jay McDaniel, Kydarius Gilmore, Jalen Woods, Allen Walker, Jaderian Reese, Cody Hopkins, Hunter Cooksey, Devin Pace, EJ Howard and Traylon Gaines

Out the Mud (Crockett)

Beginner (10-12 years old)

K’Anthony Epps, Kaeson Montgomery, D’Kobe Hampton, Christian Bell, Jaylan Crow, Kylan Yarbrough, Darrell Creag, Cordae Duncan and Jayrian Cook.

The tournament organizers thanked everyone for their love and support which made this event a huge success.

They also thanked Pastor Leon Wallace of Good Shepherd Church and Devin and Lyndsey Tyer of Tyer Sign & Trophy.

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