Houston, Texas -- The fourth Annual RCS Sports Season Opener was held at the M.O. Campbell Center and officially tipped off the high school season in the Greater Houston area. The five-game event under the direction of Jim Hicks features plenty of high caliber recruits from talent-rich Houston, with this year’s field including the following marquee games: Kingwood vs. Nimitz, The Woodlands vs. Westfield, North Shore vs. DeKaney, Yates vs. Westbury Christian and the homeschool showdown between HCYA (Homeschool Christian Youth Association) and RCHA (Redemption Christian Homeschooled Academy).
Justin Jackson (Houston/HCYA)
2014, SG/SF, 6-foot-8, 190
Offers: North Carolina, Ohio State, Washington, Arizona, Kansas, Texas and Baylor.
Jackson showed great versatility on the offensive end of the floor and finished with 36 points. He also was terrific on the glass with a few big put backs. Jackson didn't shoot well from 3-point range but was excellent in transition and with his midrange game. He also displayed an ability to finish via a pull-up, floater and with good touch and body control. Jackson did a good job of scoring within the offense, reading the defense and using his length to elevate over smaller defenders.
Josh Friar (Kingwood, Texas/Kingwood)
2013, C, 6-8, 230
Committed to North Texas
Friar is a strong and physical post with a college-ready body. He runs the floor well and puts himself in position to catch and finish on the move for easy baskets. He worked to post deep in the lane and scored with power drop steps through contact and also rebounded the ball well. On defense he will deny the ball inside and move his opponent out of good low-post position. Friar has all the tools to be very productive in the post.
Wesley Iwundu (Westfield, Texas/Westfield)
2013, SF, 6-7, 180
Committed to Kansas State
Iwundu is a long and athletic wing who is a coast-to-coast threat on the break after he pulls down a defensive rebound. He is an unselfish player as well. Iwundu is a good ballhandler and excellent passer in drive, draw-and-kick situations. In the halfcourt, Iwundu uses his quick first step to slash to the basket where he drew fouls and finished pretty well. Iwundu can hit the open midrange jumper off the catch when his feet are set. He is a good rebounder and showed the ability to defend both wing positions.
Jonathan Motley (Houston/North Shore)
2013, PF, 6-8, 205
Committed to Baylor
Motley runs the floor with long strides, which led to at least one easy bucket per half. He did a good job of handling the ball on the move and finding open teammates when the defense collapsed. He scored with quick turns in the low post by simply elevating over smaller defenders after receiving a cross screen. He also made a couple of midrange jumpers of the catch. Motley has a good motor and plays with good energy and effort on both ends. He also uses his tremendous length to rebound and ignite the fast break. He does a great job of contesting shots out of his area and what he doesn't block he changes. Motley does a good job of always having a presence on the floor.
Khadeem Lattin (Houston/RCHA)
2014, C, 6-9, 205
Offers: Arizona, Baylor, Houston, TCU, Texas and Texas A&M.
Strong Interest: Georgetown and Louisville
Lattin has off the charts length that he uses to impact the game on both ends of the floor. He runs extremely well and can catch and finish above the rim with ease. Lattin scored over his left shoulder and or with a turn shot in the post. He is also very unselfish and will not hesitate to hit an open teammate. Right now Lattin's defense is still far ahead of his offense. He contested, altered and blocked shots in and out of his area on a regular basis. Lattin also does a good job on defense of using his length to deny the ball in the low post and he has good footwork to defend the ball on the perimeter. Lattin continues to show signs he is a special player in the making, if he continues to work, it could be sooner than later.