Houston, TX – Coach Pete’s Houston Camp was held Sunday, October 14 at the University of St. Thomas. Prospects from all over Texas came to attend the camp that has been a destination year-after-year. Area Codes Basketball was there to evaluate these prospects these are some on the ones who stood out. Their evaluations along with links to their highlight videos (click the name) can be found below in no particular order:
5’6″ Aron Akhtar (Beaumont, TX – Hardin Jefferson 2022) – Akhtar had some very nice assists during camp and showed decent court vision. He was able to find the open man multiple times. He was also able to pull down 12 rebounds despite being one of the smaller players in camp. He’s only a freshman, so he has plenty of time to grow and improve his shot, which needs a little work. His 3.7 GPA is also very impressive.
5’8″ Justin Tennard II (Houston, TX – Bellaire HS 2019) – Tennard II was hustling all over the court during camp. His 18 rebounds were one of the higher totals on the day among the guards. This Bellaire HS product showed an ability to get to the rim and finish. He was also able to find the open man multiple times with some impressive assists. His 3 blocks and 4 steals only add to his “hustler” game.
6’0″ Jax Whittington (Houston, TX – Memorial HS 2020) – Another player who leaves it all on the court, Whittington has active hands, which led to 5 steals on the day. He was also able to collect some nice assists and had a 2:1 assist-to-turnover ratio during camp. His outside shot needs a little work, but he was able to score inside the arc. This Memorial HS product also has a 3.5 GPA.
6’0″ Chris Morris (Houston, TX – Shadow Creek HS 2021) – Morris is a long and lanky player that is able to use his length to his advantage. On several occasions he was able to hit shots over defenders and out-rebound taller players. He was also able to disrupt passing lanes and add 6 steals to his stat line. He is only a sophomore, so this Shadow Creek HS product has plenty of time to improve his shot, which just needs a little fine tuning.
6’0″ Sydney Shipp (Houston, TX – St. Pius X 2019) – One of Shipp’s stronger abilities is getting to the rim and finishing. Shipp shot 16/28 from inside the arc, most of which were strong finishes at the rim. He also had some nice assists and several well timed steals. He can hit the mid-range jump shot, but his strengths are definitely driving the ball and finding the open man. He is also boosted by his 3.38 GPA.
6’3″ Jacob Duran (Cypress, TX – Bridgeland HS 2022) – Duran may be young, but he can play. During camp he showed that he can hit the outside shot, including several from very deep. Even though he was one of the youngest in camp, he did not seem intimidated to go up against the older players. He did a little bit of everything during camp and is only going to get better as he gets older. The Bridgeland HS product has a 3.0 GPA.
5’11” Gaibreal Bell (Houston, TX – Sterling HS 2021) – Bell did some nice things during camp. The Sterling HS product is only a sophomore, but he showed a good feel for the game and had a few nice assists. His toughness was on display as he was able to play through contact and finish at the rim on multiple occasions. He does need to work on his shot, but that should improve as he is still a young player.