Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Offers, Interest Pouring in For Dominic Magee

Dominic MaGee at LeBron James Skills Academy
Photo Courtesy of 247Sports
As many of you know, March through July are huge months for a kids recruiting, one kid taking advantage of that is New Orleans, LA (Helen Cox) PG Dominic MaGee. The 6'4" athletic lead guard has had a huge spring that is transferring into a huge summer. Playing his travel ball with Baton Rouge based Louisiana Future, MaGee has raised his stock a ton. Coming into the summer as a virtual unknown nationally, the rising 2014 PG has definitely seen his stock rise. After a 1st round exit of the playoffs during his junior year, MaGee has since been working on his game and traveling the country against the top players nationally. A strong, physical PG that is explosive and can score, MaGee is a high major player that when he limits his turnovers, will be one of the top players in the country next season. With fellow New Orleans player Craig Victor departing St. Augustine HS, MaGee is considered the #1 player in Louisiana now. With that target on his back, he will be out to prove that he deserves this title. Below is a Q&A that Dominic and Louisiana Basketball Report had yesterday.

LBR: What schools have officially offered?
DM: LSU, UCLA, Alabama, Oklahoma, Houston, Memphis, Louisville, Louisiana Tech, Tulane, Tulsa, Minnesota, Auburn, Oral Roberts, Arizona and Texas A&M

LBR: If you have a top 10 list of schools, who are they and why?
DM: I don't have a top 10. I want to enjoy the process.

LBR: When will you make a decision?
DM: I am not sure, just weighing all of my options.

LBR: What schools are recruiting you that haven't offered, but you would like to get an offer from?
DM: Kansas, Kansas State and Texas

LBR: Who are the best players you have faced?
DM: Rashad Vaughn(Top 15 Recruit Nationally), Josh Perkins(Top 30 Recruit Nationally) and Jaylin Lindsay(Top 50 Recruit nationally and new Providence Commit)

LBR: What is your current GPA and ACT?
DM: GPA is 2.8 and my ACT is 17 but I will be taking it again in September.

LBR: How big of an influence is your mom and who will be helping with your decision?
DM: My mom is my #1 fan, she is my heart. With my decision, my family will be helping me.

LBR: What are some things that people don't know about Dominic Magee that you want them to know?
DM: I am a fun loving kid, who loves to have fun, I am coach able, I want to learn more about the game, I want to get better and I don't want to learn from a coach that wants to put me down or hates on me.

LBR: What do you want to accomplish this season at Helen Cox?
DM: I want to take my team past the 1st round and win state.

LBR: What camps have you been to this summer?
DM: I have been to the Reebok Breakout Camp, LeBron James Skills Academy and the Deron Williams/Kyrie Irving Skills Academy.

LBR: What did you learn from these events?
DM: I learned to be a smarter PG, how to play more smoothly and that I need to be more patient on the pick and roll as well as being a more vocal leader/floor general.

We would like to personally thank Dominic for his time and we look forward to seeing how he does the rest of the month with Louisiana Future.

Also, follow Dominic on Twitter @YounginDnic and follow us on twitter at @LA_BBALLREPORT and @CoachB_Sibley


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Spring Showdown I



Who: 12U & 13U Boys

What: 3 games guaranteed. Top team from each pool advance.

Price: $150 per team

Where: Baton Rouge Community College.

201 Community College Drive Baton Rouge, LA 70806

When: April 19-21, 2013
Scouting Services will be in attendance taking pictures

Age Group
Spring Showdown 1

Thursday, February 28, 2013

March 23, 2013 4th Annual Unsigned Senior Showcase at Baton Rouge Community College

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4th Annual Unsigned Senior Showcase
Baton Rouge Community College
201 Community College Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Saturday March 23, 2013
8:30 to 9:30 A.M. Registration
COST: $50.00 Pre-Registration
$60.00 Cash at the door

JUCO Coaches from all over the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Texas and Arkansas will be in attendance. Also, NAIA and NCAA Division 1 and Division 2 Coaches may be in attendance as well!! Come and maximize your opportunity at playing in front of several college coaches and scouts. See you there!

FREE admission for ALL college coaches!
This showcase is open to ALL class of 2013 seniors, high school graduates, as well as JUCO or college transfers from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas, Tennessee and Florida who are interested in an opportunity to be seen by college coaches. If you have yet to sign a scholarship to play collegiate basketball on the Division 1, Division 2, Division 3, NAIA or Junior College levels, this is the showcase for you. This showcase will provide you with the right exposure, to help get you an opportunity to play at the next level.  In the previous 3 Showcases, we have had over 45 kids sign.


Each game will be two 15 Minute Halves (running time)


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Colleges Committed (Updated 2/28/2013) :
Navarro College
Baton Rouge Community College
Lamar State-Port Arthur
Pearl River Community College
Talladega College

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

2013 Jarell Martin from Baton Rouge with big time Dunk

2013 Jarell Martin
Baton Rouge, LA
Madison Prep Academy
(photo courtesy of rivals.com)
It has been an amazing summer for the 2013 stud from Madison Preparatory School in Baton Rouge, LA, Jarell Martin. The 6'7" 210 lb. small forward has really blown up over the past few months. We have been told about this kid for a year now. First by his high school coach, Jeff Jones. Coach Jones told us he had a kid that was very raw(with ability) that could shoot and was very athletic, and coach was right as always. Another person, EJ Avery, one of Martin's first AAU coaches and kind of a close mentor, said Martin was not too strong but talented. He was right as well. So, after several months of wait, we finally got our first peak of the rising star at a tournament in Baton Rouge back in late March.

The first game he played was against La. Tech signee Michael Kayser. Jarell was very impressive, scoring on post moves, mid-range jumpers, 3-pointers, and transition dunks. The next game was the same as they played a highly talented team from Mississippi featuring 6'8" Jamal Hester (C/O 2012 Madison Ridgeland HS) and Twymond Howard (Rivals.com Top 100 player for 2012). Martin continued to do work in his 2nd game of the night as he had close to 30 points and 15 rebounds in a close loss. The 3rd game he played was the one that really caught our attention as he was playing against the Dallas Mustangs-Booker featuring top 10 Keith Frazier in the 2013 class. As the game started, you could see Martin was about to go off. He opened with a 3 deep, followed by some key blocks, rebounds and nice assists. As the 1st half went on, Martin was just amazing, looking at my notes from that day, he had 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks in the 1st half to go with 3 steals and assists. In the second half and overtime it was Martin vs. Frazier. The unknown star went even with and more often than not got the best of Frazier. The two traded deep 3's, mid-range pull-ups, dunks, including a Martin dunk on top of the Mustangs 6'6" post Soma Edo. In consecutive possessions, Frazier hit a 3 over Martin, Martin then returned the favor with a corner 3 over Frazier, Frazier followed with a miss and Martin then hit the go ahead triple over Frazier. Martin's team got the win, while Martin got what he wanted, somebody with credibility to get his name on the national radar.

As the game was going on, we tweeted Martin's fantastic game. Tweets were sent to rivals.com analysts Jerry Meyer and Eric Bossi, scout.com's Evan Daniels and Brian Snow, ESPN's Dave Telep and Van Coleman of Top 100 Hoops. All responded in awe and all asked for Martin's summer schedule. After the game, we spoke with Martin and coach EJ Avery. Both told us to do what we had to do to get him known. To say the least, we believe we did. The credit doesn't go to us, but to Jarell, Coach Avery, Coach Jones and to Brandon Bass Elite founder Scooter Owens. Three weeks later, Jarell got invited to the Nike Top 100 camp, had an article on rivals, scout, Top 100 and ESPN. A month later, was nationally ranked by Rivals at 89. With all the accolades coming to Jarell, he was so humble when we asked how he did. He said, "Coach, I just did ok. I was coming off an ankle injury and I kind of struggled. I did show athleticism and my shot off though." Martin is such a humble and hardworking kid. After his performance in Arkansas at the Real Deal in the Rock, Martin's next stop was the Memorial Day Classic in New Orleans where he led the New Orleans Elite to a championship finish with wins over the Houston Defenders(they have 3 top 50 players, Aaron and Andrew Harrison and 6'9" Shaquille Cleare), ATL Celtics and a few others. The team features Javan Felix(2012 PG with tons of high major offers), Craig Victor, one of the top 2014 players nationally and Martin. During that weekend, Martin avg. 17 and 8. Following this event, Martin was featured in a Slam Magazine Online article.

His next stop was his biggest and most important, it was the NIKE top 100 event in St. Louis, MO. The two weeks leading up to the event, we got to watch Martin in summer league action with his HS team. It was a nice change of pace for Martin as he was put on the low block because he was his teams biggest player. He didn't look too comfortable down there but he was still able to score on turnaround jumpers and hook shots. In transition he was amazing as one game he threw down a windmill and on the next possession a dunk on top of a kid. After the last game we saw him play, we spoke with Martin on being aggressive, not taking plays off and being able to dominate no matter the competition. It sometimes seemed like that in HS basketball he was being complacent, instead of being the aggressor. Also, when he got to camp, he had to be the aggressor too, defensively and offensively and not be passive. He must have taken the advice because in the next scout.com 2013 rankings Martin was placed in the top 40 at 37. A major jump for an unranked kid. Since the event and the release of the rankings, Martin has continued to excel. He went up to the Adidas Invitational with Brandon Bass Elite and did well again and on Friday of this past week, he had perhaps the dunk of the summer as he went between the legs in transition. The proof, well it is below, thanks to the website Yay Area's Finest and BallisLife for both capturing this dunk. 

It was simply amazing. The sky is the limit for this kid out of Baton Rouge, LA. He is humble, hungry and a hard worker. He is Jarell Martin!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

1st Annual Workout with the Stars

Garrett Temple(left) Tyrus Thomas(center) Glen "Big Baby" Davis (Right)

On July 5th Elevated Heights will be hosting its 1st annual Workouts with the Stars program. This is the opportunity to give kids around Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas, an inside look on what it takes to play on the highest levels of basketball in the world. The workouts will feature some of Baton Rouge’s best athletes that are on display every year to the entire world. Some athlete’s that will be attending these workout are 2008 NBA Champion Glen Davis, the Charlotte Bobcats Tyrus Thomas and Garrett Temple and many many more. This will give the kids an opportunity of a lifetime to learn from professional athletes that love the game of basketball with a passion. Workouts will start at 9am until 12pm. Then the players will break for lunch and come back to play some pick up games from 4pm to 7pm. The places these workout will be held will vary. Don’t mess this opportunity that many of us never got a chance to be a part of!

For more information email Shawn Bridgewater at coachbridge@gmail.com or call (225)733-8240.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

We're Back!!!

After taking a few months off just evaluating talent and doing a lot of other projects, the Louisiana Basketball Report is back!! We are excited to announce that the LHSAA has again provided us with media credentials to cover the final Top 28 that we have grown to know and love that included semi-finals and finals for the boy's in all classifications. As sad as it is that the 28 will no longer be the same, it could still be a great success in Shreveport! With that said, it is going to be another great Top 28 in Lafayette, LA at the Cajun Dome! We are super excited to see all the teams and top players in the state. Should be a great week!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Top 150 Camps Coming Soon

Do you want to get noticed, scouted by the top national HS media outlet in the country, play against the best players and more importantly have a shot to make your name and get ranked amongst the best in the country? Well then go to the site below and attend the Future 150 Camp! Scouts from rivals.com will be in attend...ance as well as other media. Last year over 40+ kids who attended were nationally ranked including top 10 2012 Jarnell Stokes of Memphis and top 25 from Baton Rouge Brian Bridgewater(pictured). Everybody from Louisiana Needs to attend. August 14th-15th.


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Overcoming All Odds

Joseph Charles is a heck of a basketball player, but as good a player as he is, he is an even stronger person. After overcoming a lot of odds by making it out of Sunset, LA to play college basketball Dodge City Communuty College in Dodge City, KS, but Joe has overcome a near death experience as well in tragic accident back on October 24th of 2008. Below is a story done by Travis Webb of KATC 3 in Lafayette on the miraculous comeback of Joe. Joseph Charles is one of the hardest working players we have ever seen and came across. He has overcame so much and he will be a great asset to coach Brady Trenkle and the Dodge City Community College basketball team. After a two year stint at Dodge, expect Joe to have accomplished some great things at DCC as well as making his dream come true of being a Division 1 basketball player. The Louisiana Basketball Report wants to thank everybody who has helped Joe along his way whether it be the coaches at Carencro, Coach Steve Rachal from Acadiana Prep and Isaac Fontenot-Amedee who visited  Joe when he was in the hospital, to the Louisiana D-1 Ambassadors organization and Coach Max Ivany of the Texas D1 Ambassadors as well for helping Joe get back to an elite player or to his high school coach Roy Young at Beau Chene. Everybody was instrumental in Joe's success. Good luck at Dodge City Joe, they are getting a great kid.

Please Play the video Below to See his Story by Travis Webb KATC 3 in Lafayette, LA

Overcoming the Odds Story

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Introducing Class of 2012 Louis Dabney

Player Profile: Louis Dabney
HT: 6'3" WT: 185 lb. Pos.: Point Guard
High School/AAU: Riverside Acad./La. Select
Hometown: LaPlace, LA
College List: LSU, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, Tulane
Offers: Ole Miss, Tulane
Player Analyis: Athletic, strong, physical
tough point guard, who is a lock-down defender
with a very good upside and talented scorer.
"I take pride in my defense. I want to be known as a lockdown defender and a pure point guard"- Louis Dabney

Athletic, strong, physical, tough and a lock-down defender are the attributes you think of when you think of the 6’3” 185 lb. Louis Dabney. Not only is Louis a tough defender but he is very good penetrator and talented passer. An athletic guard, he can also score the basketball in a variety of ways with his strengths being getting to the rim and a 12 foot jumper.

“I am working on it” Dabney said of his shot. “I get in the gym and put up shots and it helps that coach(Timmy Byrd) is pushing me.”

Not only is Dabney working on his shot, he is also working on becoming the best defender in the state. “I take pride in my defense. I want to be known as a lockdown defender and a pure point guard.” Dabney said.

He is close to that, last weekend at the Baton Rouge Community College team camp, Dabney was not just guarding the other teams best defenders but he was locking them down. In the two games we saw, Dabney’s defense was on point. Not only did he keep the opposition in check, but he made them settle for jumpers because of his ability to guard the basketball. To go with his defense, Dabney showed a great ability to run a team.

“Ed McCain(former Reserve Christian star and Ex-Bradley player) and Tweety(former Reserve Christian and Baylor star) helped me out a lot. You know Tweety was a shooter so that helps me and Ed, he was the best.” Dabney said. “Ed took me under his wing and has really helped develop my passing skills.”

With a lot of work being put in, Dabney is slowly putting his name on people’s radars. In a early season tournament in Shreveport in November, one Division 1 coach told us “Dabney was the best player for Riverside tonight” That included nationally known Ricardo Gathers and Southern Miss signee Cedric Jenkins. That was a big time compliment for a then sophomore guard who has received interest from LSU, Ole Miss, Tulane and Georgia Tech. Dabney also claims to have offers from Ole Miss and Tulane.

To stay up with the latest information and the schedule of Louis Dabney for the rest of the month and in July, just contact us at: louisianabasketballreport@gmail.com.

Special thanks to Louis Dabney and Coach Timmy Byrd for allowing us to do this interview.
Extra Questions with Louis Dabney:

Louisiana Basketball Report- What was it like to bring the 1st state title to Riverside Academy?
Louis Dabney- Means a lot to bring it to Riverside, they have never had it before, it meant a lot to the people and fans because they never had basketball success.

LBR- Where will you be playing at in July?
LD- I know I will be at the NIKE Peach Jam with Louisiana Select but not sure where else as of now.

LBR- What does it mean to play for Coach Byrd?
LD- Means a lot, he took me when I was a knucklehead and made me a better player.

LBR- With Ole Miss, LSU, Tulane and Ga. Tech recruiting you, who is your favorite? Why?
LD- LSU is my favorite because it’s close to home. I am a home body. I also like Coach Trent Johnson. I feel he can make me a better player.

LBR- What is the difference between playing at Riverside and Reserve?
LD- Well at Reserve we were more a 3-point shooting team because we had a lot of shooters. This year at Riverside we turned into a inside out team because of Rico(Ricardo Gathers)

Monday, June 7, 2010

1st Annual Baton Rouge Community College Team Camp a Success

Pictured Below: Ricardo Gathers(Riverside) top Left, Gervaughn McGhee(Redemptorist) Top Right, Louis Dabney(Riverside) bottom left and Darius Johnson(Istrouma) Bottom Right.

In what was a great first year showing for the Baton Rouge Community College team camp, head coach Todd Foster and his staff really put on a great 2 day event that included several talented players and teams. The Louisiana Basketball Report wasn't in attendance on friday, but on saturday we saw some very good young players and teams. Let's start with some teams that surprised us.

After losing a host of seniors, The Dunham School of coach Johnathon Pixley has a young team but will be very competitve next season. They have a nice young point guard and a couple of other solid role players with decent shooters that can give a few teams fits next year. We didn't get to catch up with coach Pixley but as soon as we get this pg's name we will let you know it. Another team that looked promising were the Dutchtown Griffins. Ductchtown has a solid PG in senior Jordan Biagas and also a talented scorer in Terrance Cushinberry(who was absent this weekend) as well as a 6'5" sophomore post that will be a factor once he gets some strength and toughness to his game. After defeating Dunham, the Griffins ended the camp with a heartbreaker loss to Covington.

Speaking of Covington, they will be a solid team again next year as long as senior guard Jordan Bickham can follow the scoring prowess that was left by the graduation of BRCC signees Phillip Bickham(his brother) and Jordan Bedford. Another solid 5A team on the day was the 5A runner-up this past year Scotlandville. Scotlandville has a pair of division 1 prospects in 6'1'" senior Levie Wright and 6'8" junior post Zarif Basil. Potential low D1 guards Deshawn Washington and Thaddeus Fortune, also juniors looked very good handling the ball, defending and also making open shots. Wright, showed very good quickness, a knack for scoring off the dribble, with a mid-range jumper and also deep 3 balls. Basil, a little raw offensively, but really rebounds very well, catches the ball in traffic and scores at will when given the opportunity. Scotlandville has all the makings of another potential Top 28 run.

One of the more surprising teams of the day were the Redemptorist Wolves led by junior 6'4" guard Gervaughn McGhee. McGhee, the younger brother of Ronald McGhee(a North Texas signee) showed potential to be better than his brother. Not as good of a shooter, but he can knock down the 3, the mid-range or score on smaller or taller posts with very good post moves. Not only can he score, but he is a very talented passer. With improved strength and quickness, he can be a mid major D1 prospect. Also making a good showing were the Istrouma Indians led by junior PG Darius Johnson. A quick and efficient guard, Johnson ran the show, defended at a high level and showed deep range. With a hard to defend crossover, Johnson was a tough guard for opposing defenders including one of the top defenders in the state in Louis Dabney of Riverside.

The final two teams that played in the event were Christian Life and Riverside Academy, both defending state champions and both well-known powerhouses with good performances on the weekend.. After losing 7 seniors that included 3 division 1 signees, the top 28 MVP, and 5 of the state's top 50 seniors, CLA showed a lot of promise. Led by sophomore Frank Bartley and a solid duo of freshman in Will Jones and Johnathon Stove, the Crusaders may take some bumps and bruises this summer and early next season, but don't count them out. If the freshmen can mature quickly, the Crusaders can make their 5th straight Top 28. Now, the best team of the event with the top player of the event in Ricardo Gathers, the Riverside Rebels looked very strong. While losing a nice group of seniors in Southern Miss signee Cedric Jenkins, Ed Gallina, Kyle McClue and Franklin Francois, the Rebels looked very strong as they easily dominated Redemptorist and Istrouma. With several highlight dunks by nationally known Ricardo Gathers and tenacious defense by Louis Dabney and Lucas Martin, the Rebels looked every bit of one of the top teams in Louisiana next year along with Bossier and St. Augustine.
In what was the first event of its kind for BRCC, the 1st annual team camp was a great success. We want to personally thank head coach Todd Foster of BRCC and his assistant James Rix for hosting a great event that was first class. Also want to thank all the teams and coaches for attending. Everybody had nothing but great things to say of this event. Speaking with Coach Foster saturday he had this to say "It was a great day yesterday(friday) and the matchup of Basil and Gathers was fut to watch." Foster said. "All the coaches were impressed with our facility and said they would love to come back. I expect this event to grow next year and we expect maybe 20 teams or so in the future."
Top Players at the Event:
1. Ricardo Gathers- Riverside Academy LaPlace, LA 6’7” 225 lbs. Junior Forward
2. Gervaughn McGhee- Redemptorist HS Baton Rouge, LA 6’4” 180 lbs Junior Guard
3. Louis Dabney- Riverside Academy LaPlace, LA 6’3” 185 lbs. Junior Guard
4. Darius Johnson- Istrouma HS Baton Rouge, LA 6’2” 180 lbs Junior Point Guard
5. Levie Wright- Scotlandville HS Baton Rouge, LA 6’1” 170 lbs Senior Guard
6. Frank Bartley- Christian Life Baton Rouge, LA 6’2” 185 lbs. Sophomore Guard
7. Jordan Bickham- Covington HS, LA 5’10” 165 lbs Senior Guard
8. Zarif Basil- Scotlandville HS Baton Rouge, LA 6’8” 240 lbs Forward
9. Johnothan Stove- Christian Life, Baton Rouge, LA 6’2” 180 lbs Freshman Forward
10.Lucas Martin- Riverside Academy, LaPlace, LA 6’2” 180 lbs Sophomore Guard

Friday, June 4, 2010

Baton Rouge Community College 1st Annual Team Camp

The 1st annnual Baton Rouge Community College classic will be kicking off today and whil feature two defending state champions and a state runner-up. Riverside Academy and Christian Life will both be taking the floor today as defending champions. Scotlandville HS will be in attendance as well with the majority of their 5A runner-up team back minus 5A MVP J-Jay Thomas. Some of the top players to watch are:

Christian Life: Jr. Frank Bartley(Pictured below) and Freshman Will Jones and Johnathon Stove

Riverside Academy: Jr's Ricardo Gathers(below left), Louis Dabney(below right), Lucas Martin and Donald Thomas
Scotlandville: Sr. Levie Wright(pictured below left) and Jr's DeShawn Washington(bottom), Thaddeus Fortune(below center) and Zarif Basil(pictured below right)

Redemptorist: Jr. Gervaughn McGhee
Central: Senior LaQuin Turner
Istrouma: Senior Joel Jackson and Junior Darius Johnson(below)




6:20-7:05 BELAIRE VS. CLA


12:30-1:15 CLA VS. DUNHAM

10:00-10:45 CLA VS. BRUSLY


Sunday, May 16, 2010

Louisiana's Final Top 50 Class of 2010 Players

With the 2009-10 season now in the books, Louisiana Basketball Report and Louisiana Prep Insider has decided to list the top 50 players in the senior class. In what has been long awaited and much needed list, we have officially released what we feel is a list of the top 50 players in this years 2010 class. In the coming days and weeks, we will also list the top 20 for the 2011, 2012, and 2013 classes. We will also introduce the top 10 for next years crop of freshman for the 2014 class. So enjoy, and stay tuned. Now it is time for the rankings.

In a class that has had several Division-1 players sign this year, none stood out more in 2009-10 than Peabody’s Markel Brown. The 6’5” 180 lb senior and Oklahoma State signee really made his presence felt this year as he led the Warhorses to a 40-0 record and the 4A state title. With two highly impressive games in the Cajun Dome in March, Brown was clearly the best player at the Top 28 and all season as he led Peabody with a 32.5 ppg scoring average as well as a 41-0 record.  Brown is a super-athletic combo-guard that can handle the ball very well, defends, gets to the rim and finishes very well with acrobatic dunks and has a developing and very good 3-point shot. Brown was also named 4A State Player of the Year as well as the Louisiana Mr. Basketball winner as well as ESPN Rise All-American 2nd team.

The state’s #2 rated player is Christian Life Academy’s Langston Galloway from Baton Rouge, a St. Joseph’s (PA) signee. What really separated Galloway, a 6’3” 185 lb guard from the rest of the top five players is his ability to make his teammates better and the fact the he does all the little things so well that helps his team win. Yes, Galloway is an elite scorer and very good defender, but what he does when his shot isn’t falling is special. His ability to defend the basketball is impressive. He can score almost at will and can get to the rim with the best of them, but to dive on floors for loose balls, take a key charge, make the extra pass and also make the big shot, that is what makes him the state’s second-rated player. For the season Galloway averaged 26 ppg as well as 6 rebounds and 4 assists as he helped CLA and himself to get the Crusaders 4th state title in five years.

Coming in as the #3 rated player is LSU signee Matt Derenbecker from Metairie Park Country Day in Metairie. Derenbecker is a 6’7” 195 lb sharp-shooting guard that can flat score the basketball. At 6’7” his ability to look over the defense and pass the ball is really one of his strong points. He also handles the ball well enough to play the point at times. A two-time winner of the Gatorade Player of the Year award in Louisiana, the lefty led the 2009 Cajuns of Country Day to the state title along with current LSU player Eddie Ludwig. One of Derenbecker’s best skills is the way he gets his teammates involved. Everybody knows he can score but when he is doubled and tripled teamed, he passes the ball to open teammates extremely well. An underrated ball-handler, he can also get to the rim and finish as well. For the season Derenbecker averaged 25.5 ppg in his senior season.

The 4th rated senior in this year’s 2010 class is one of the state’s most successful players in terms of win/losses and state titles. Cedric Jenkins, the 6’2” 180 lb. scoring machine from LaPlace and Riverside Academy led the Rebels to their first state title in basketball in 2010. The Southern Mississippi signee helped lead a team that also boasted the state’s top rated sophomore Ricardo Gathers. Jenkins is a kid that battled through several injuries during high school and still had great seasons while at Reserve Christian and now Riverside. Coach Timmy Byrd called Jenkins “one of the best players I have ever coached” after the senior led his team to the state title. Besides being able to shoot the basketball, he can also handle it, defend it and is an underrated passer as well. With unlimited range on his shot, he was also defended tight, which allowed him to show his improved athleticism. Cedric really improved his stock this year. Always considered a top 10 player he really proved in the Cajun Dome that he is worthy of the #4 spot. On a team that had several talented players Jenkins averaged 19.9 ppg and 6 assists.

Rounding out the top five is another Oklahoma State signee in Brian Williams from Glen Oaks High School in Baton Rouge. Williams is an athletic wing that can really get up and down the court and isn’t afraid to make a highlight reel dunk or take a big shot. The 6’5” 200 lb guard is definitely going to be a great fit for the Cowboys of OSU and coach Travis Ford.  A bouncy kid, who can score the basketball with the best of the state, Williams was battled with injuries this year, which may have kept him from being a top 3 player. Even with a stress fracture in his shin, Williams still averaged 18.0 ppg and led his team to its 2nd straight Top 28 berth.

For the rest of the top 50 click here

For Our Scout.com Article click here

Monday, April 26, 2010

Unsigned Senior Showcase May 22nd at Baton Rouge Comm. College 10:00 A.M.

SATURDAY May 22, 2010


FOR MORE INFORMATION OR QUESTIONS PLEASE CALL 225-216-8043 OR EMAIL fostert@mybrcc.edu Or contact Bobby Sibley of the Louisiana Basketball Report at louisianabasketballreport@gmail.com or 225-400-5209.

Friday, April 23, 2010

New Orleans' Jarvis Ray signs with TCU

Jarvis Ray 6'6 " 180 lbs. 
New Orleans, Louisiana
O. Perry Walker High School)

Ray comes to the Frogs from O. Perry Walker High School where he led the City of New Orleans in scoring average - 21.6 points per game - during his senior campaign. The 6-6 guard capped off his final prep season with second team All-Louisiana Class 4A accolades in addition to a first team selection to the Times-Picayune All-Metro squad.

The newly-inked Frog played AAU ball with Fleur de Leis All-Star that finished third overall in the Louisiana State Tournament. In addition, Ray also guided his prep team to a 5-1 record in the Super Elite Summer League where he finished with a team-high 10.0 points per game.
"I really felt comfortable on my visit, hanging out with the players and talking with the coaching staff. I felt that TCU was a place that was going to take care of me, and I'm excited about that opportunity. I really consider myself a team player, and I like to get everyone involved on the floor. I'm excited to work with Coach Christian, and he told me that I need to get stronger, but that he really liked my all-around game," said Ray.

"TCU really did an excellent job in recruiting Jarvis. I'm not only excited for Jarvis, but I'm excited for TCU because they are getting one of the top-five players in Louisiana. In addition to being a very athletic player, Jarvis is very skilled, versatile and can play multiple positions," said O. Perry Walker High School basketball coach Brian Gibson.

"Jarvis is a long, athletic wing and has a lot of upside and potential. He is another multi-faceted guard who can dribble, pass and shoot. He is very explosive and possesses very good range," said Christian.

Courtesy of Go Frogs.com

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Two Players set to Sign Today

With the signing day set to begin today with two kids that are expected to sign today are Istrouma’s Ronald McGhee with North Texas, Cedric Jenkins of Riverside Academy with Southern Miss. McGhee’s ceremony is set for 1:00 p.m. today at Istrouma High. Jenkins will sign at 12:15 today in a ceremony at Riverside.

McGhee is a 6’5” sharpshooter who really saw his stock skyrocket as a result of playing with the Texas D-1 Ambassadors last summer of Coach Max Ivany. Along with a stellar senior season this year in which McGhee brought Istrouma to the quarterfinals where they lost to eventual champion Peabody, he has really improved his all around game this year. Thought of prior to last summer as just a shooter, McGhee improved in all assets of his game. McGhee has now shown that he can defend at a high-level as well as get to the rim and finish. McGhee, the former University of New Orleans commit also had interest from Tulane, Louisiana-Lafayette, Nichols State, Wright State, Murray State, Western Carolina, Western Illinois, Moorehead State, Xavier (LA), and Texas State also since Jan. UCLA has came to watch him once as well.

Jenkins is 6'2" Shooter that can run a team as a point guard and is similar to Memphis guard Roburt Sallie but with a more consistent shot and better feel for the game. That is a big time comparison for the guard from Reserve, LA. Jenkins is a proven winner as he has won 4 state titles in High school along with being a 4-Time all state player. Three years which were at Reserve Christian and this year at Riverside Academy. Jenkins, who’s career has been plagued with several key injuries including the most recent one this past summer in which he tore his ACL, is better than ever. He is a more complete player that can really shoot the basketball, run a team, defend, athletic and is very unselfish. He chose Southern Miss over University of New Orleans,Tulane, Baylor, Texas-El Paso, Louisiana Tech and Virginia Tech.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Cedric Jenkins Commits to Southern Miss

Yesterday we were the first to announce that one of the state's top shooting guards and most successful player to have ever played for Coach Timmy Byrd at Reserve Christian and now Riverside Academy, Cedric Jenkins has officially verbally committed to Southern Miss coach Larry Eustachy.  He is a 6'2" Shooter that can run a team as a point guard and is similar to Memphis guard Roburt Sallie but with a more consistent shot and better feel for the game. That is a big time comparison for the guard from Reserve, LA. If you remember, Sallie is the Memphis guard that scored 31 points in their 1st round NCAA tournament game in 2009 and had 8 3's in that game. Southern Miss is absolutely getting a steal that will be one of the top guards in the C-USA for the next 4 years. After having time to adjust to college ball, Jenkins will be a all-conference player when it is all said and done. Jenkins now joins a class that includes Mississippi Mr. Basketball Rashad Perkins of Starkville HS and Mississippi Mr. Basketball Runner-Up Trency Jackson of Wingfield HS. 

"I am very excited to attend Southern Miss" an excited Jenkins told us. "I am glad I found a place that fits my personality. Southern Miss reminds of myself. Very laid back, straight forward, good enivornment and I love the town of Hattiesburg,MS and its people."

Question and Answer Session with Cedric Jenkins
1. How excited are you on signing with Southern Miss? I'm very excited, I'm glad I found a place that fits my personality.

2. In your opinion, what makes Southern Miss the right place for you? Southern Miss reminds of myself... Very laid back, straight forward, good enivornment and I love the town of Hattiesburg,MS and it's people.

3. What set Southern Miss apart from the rest of the school's recruiting you? They were very honest and straight forward.

4. What school's recruited you and did you have offers from? UNO,TULANE,BAYLOR,UTEP,LA TECH, VA TECH,

5. What do you think of Coach Eustachy, Coach Heiar(G.H.) and the Southern Miss family? Coach Eustachy has the same qualities as coach Timmy, G.H. was really nice and I appreciated him showing us around campus. And the guys were very cool and I enjoyed being around them and like always I will continue to work hard.

6. What has being at a programs like Reserve and Riverside done for you and your recruiting if anything? If it wasnt for me attending those programs, who knows where I would be, I'm very thankful for the opportunities that I've been given.

7. What has it been like playing for a great coach in Timmy Byrd?Coach Timmy is responsible for transforming me into an all- around player, leader and not just a three-point shooter.

8. Who do you want to thank for supporting you through your career at Reserve and Riverside? God first, My mom, Coach Timmy, Coach Ronnie Byrd, My friends and family.. St John and St Charles recreation, Louisiana Select, Lake Ponchatrain Elementary and the Students, teammates and parents of both Riverside and Reserve Christian.

9. What are your expectations for your career at Southern Miss and how do you plan on helping them win? Also, how do you see yourself contributing as a freshman? My expectations are to continue my career of winning and touching every person I meet in some kind of way... I see my self contributing as a freshman by accepting my role and giving 110% by working hard towards my degree and by being a positive teammate and USM student on and off campus

10. What will you miss most about being in HS and the recruiting scene?  I will miss all the fans and parents that I have come in contact with in the last four years and also my teammates.

11. What has it meant to you being around a couple of great guards that played RCS in Tweety Carter(Baylor) and Ed McCain(Bradley)? I looked up to those guys, they were a big part in helping me develop my leadership skills.

12. What do you want the S. Miss fans to know about Cedric Jenkins, the player and the person? Honest, hardworking, positive, dedicated, with outgoing personality, with a winning attitude, and with God I know that all things are possible!

13. What family members or coaches or other people have really influenced you and helped you throughout your 4 years of HS?There's a million answers to this question, and I dont wanna leave anyone out but a few names are: My Mom Crystal Jenkins, My AAU coach Mike Theus, Coach Timmy Byrd and Ronnie Byrd

14. What do you want to tell your teammates who you have played with over the last 4 years? I want them to know I love them and they can ask me for anything they need or call me anytime and I will never forget them.

15. What is your expected major at USM? Im still undecided.

16. Give me all your accolades while in High School: 1st All-State 4 times, 4 time all-district, 2008 Mvp of state title game, 4 time top 28 all state, 4 Time State Champ

17. What schools did you visit? Tulane, Southern Miss

18. Favorite food: Gumbo
      NBA player/College player: Joe Johnson and Tweety Carter
      pre-game ritual: Focus, Clown and pray with my teammates
      favorite rapper/singer: Young Jeezy
      favorite TV Show: anything on ESPN
      favorite thing to do in your free time: Chill and Relax

Thank you for your time Cedric and good luck in your future at Southern Miss. God Bless and Stay Humble!! -Louisiana Basketball Report