Last weekend was a sensational event for all the West Texas basketball players at Texas Tech’s team camp, led by Head Coach Mark Adams. There were hundreds of games, great intensity and Canyon and Randall both playing in the championship game in the Gold Varsity bracket. I know I watched at least 30 games and here are the top ten players that stood out to me at the camp.
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1 KEMPER JONES
CANYON HIGH SCHOOL
Kemper had an exceptional camp! I got to see him play in three games and he was a pivotal piece of the Eagles team that made noise the entire weekend. Jones’ best performance was in the Quarterfinals against Shallowater where he scored Canyon’s first 14 points and ended up with 32 in their win over the Mustangs. 2 KJ THOMAS
RANDALL HIGH SCHOOL
KJ has the complete package and displayed it all this weekend for the Raiders. He has a quick and accurate release and can also get to the rim and finish anytime he wants to. KJ sees the floor well and can really play great in the screen-and-roll action with his teammates. Expect a lot of offers to come for Thomas soon as he is one of the best prospects in West Texas for 2024’s class.
3 AMAREE GARMON
LUBBOCK-COOPER HIGH SCHOOL
Amaree really raised his stock this weekend at Tech. He can do a lot more than dunk; but he does that well too! I was impressed with his midrange game and his individual defense. The Pirates only had seven players and went undefeated in pool play this weekend including a big win over their rivals from Frenship and Amaree played a big part in that victory!
4 COOPER LUSK
SHALLOWATER HIGH SCHOOL
We all got to hang with Mr. Coop this weekend and we had a great time! He is a perfectionist on getting to the spots he needs to get to in order to score the basketball but also plays some great defense for Shallowater. On Saturday night against Randall, Lusk had four blocks on the night while taking on players that had him by at least three inches the entire game! A quiet assassin: Cooper will fill up the stat sheet fast while not saying too much!
5 MICHAEL MCCLEOD
SAN ANTONIO FINEST
San Antonio came down to the 806 and put on for the 210 while playing some great basketball games! Michael stood out to me because of his quickness, agility and consistent jumper! McCleod is also very fast to the rim and finishes strong in the paint!
6 SURREAL GARRETT
CORONADO HIGH SCHOOL