06/27/2021 ZYDECO HOOPFEST
The first annual Zydeco Hoopfest Powered by Above All Sports came to a
conclusion on Sunday evening, and it was a resounding success. 12 champions
were crowned in 12 different age divisions and 6 th Man from Lafayette swept the
15u, 16u, and 17u divisions. This was a First-class event from the opening
ceremony featuring former NFL star Brian Mitchell to the staff at every venue and
then we get to the competitive games, and talent on display this weekend. I saw
some very good players from Jay Mitchell (6 th Man/St Martinsville HS 2021) to
Bryan Sledge (On Geaux Elite/Woodlawn HS 2021) and also some big-time
individual performances from Brandon Daniels (BST Hoopers/South Lafourche
HS 2023) who had a game of 42p and 15r to the hot shooting of 8 th grader
Jayshaun Johnson who had two 30p games on Saturday. This event will become a
staple in the community of Lafayette for years to come. Here is what happened in
the championship games of the 15u, 16u, and 17u divisions.
6 th Man defeated BST Hoopers 71-41 to complete an undefeated weekend and
take home the 17u championship. The aforementioned Mitchell scored 26p
including 19p in the second half and they cruised to the championship. Mitchell
was good all weekend leading his team to the championship. In fact, he scored
40p in the Off da Hook tournament. Jaylon Wiltz (6 th Man/Crowley HS 2021)
added 12p in the win.
In the 16u championship, 6 th Man used a crazy rally in the last minute to beat BIM
Run-N-Gun by a score of 46-43. Jaylon Domingeaux (6 th Man/Comeaux HS 2023)
and Isaac Doucet (6 th Man/North Central HS 2023) both scored 13p in the win and
Kalen Phillps (6 th Man/N/A) added 11p.
The 15u championship game saw 6 th Man hold off a very good Hub City Elite 56-
51. Montavis Serialle (6 th Man/Ville Platte HS 2025) scored 21p in the win.
Can’t wait for next year because I will definitely be back.
04/08/2021 KINGWOOD LIVE PREVIEW:
This week, the Kingwood Live event presented by JRB will take place at The Gym and when Jim Hicks, Rick Nelson and Brian Jolivette names are on a tournament you know they are going to be first class and well ran with some good competition. Teams in 5 divisions will battle for 3 days for the title of Kingwood Live Champion. Here are some of the teams and players to look for this weekend.
In the 17u division the Beast Elite organization will have two teams playing in the division starting with Beast Elite. They will be led by Johnny Salazar (Northside HS) who is coming off of a very good high school season. Khamani Hayes (Northside HS), Dezmen Richardson (Northside HS) and Donte McCloud (Spring HS) are the other top guys for Beast Elite. For Beast Elite-Black look no further than Ronald Holmes (Northside HS) who is the two-time MVP of district 23-5a and one of the area’s top unsigned seniors. Also watch out for Devondre Moore (Northside HS) and Caleb Richardson (Waltrip HS) as they will be a tough out this weekend. C2C (Come 2 Compete) will bring the electric back court of QueVon Walley (La Porte HS) and Cory Ruben (La Porte) who led their team to the playoffs this past season. Drive Nation Black is led by Trevor Frank (Paetow HS), Trey Miller (Concordia Lutheran HS) and Colby Rasberry (Cy Ranch HS). Drive Nation Red is led by Conner Miller (Atascocita HS) and Tyrell Randolph (Atascocita HS). The Houston Knights always bring a solid team to compete and this year is no different with guys like Hayden Smith (Klein HS) who is as solid as they come. The Rockstarz return with Jakobe Bradford (Humble HS) and Cameron Heard (Furr HS). JL3 Moochie is playing up and is talented enough to win the tournament. Just Play Elite 17u will be led by talented guard Zaire Walker (Westbury Christian HS). Team Future will be led by Justin Rogers (Lutheran South). Also watch for Mylo Sonnier (Clear Brook HS).
In the 16u division Beast Elite, Texas Future featuring Keandre Jones (PA Memorial HS), Team 630 Saints, Drive Nation and Just Play Elite 16u will be fighting it out for the title. In the 15u division watch for Baskets Academy, Drive Nation, Lafayette Celtics and Modern Basketball to be standing on Sunday.
This will be a great weekend of basketball in all 5 divisons so make your way to The Gym for a fun and safe time!
This weekend the annual Off Da Hook tournament hosted by Above All Sports will tip off at The Gym in Humble, Tx. This tournament has a history of being one of the best and most well run tournaments in the state and I’m pretty sure the country. Brian Jolivette and staff do a great job of presenting a very family friendly atmosphere and also having some oF the best talent in the state and region. This year is no different as 49 teams in 6 different age groups will participate in this year’s field. I will highlight some of the players to look for this weekend.
Let’s start in the 17u division where several solid teams will be vying for the Off Da Hook Championship this weekend. Teams like the Houston Rockstarz are always a solid team and always play hard. This year’s edition is led by a talented sophomore Cameron Heard (Furr HS) who is ranked in the top 40 in the Houston area. Also, for the Rockstarz is a talented unsigned senior who could really help a JUCO out and that is Jakobe Bradford (Humble HS). They also have a really solid wing in Keith Marshall (Channelview HS). Houston Top Guns White is led by Tyler Jackson (Nederland HS) is is one of the best available unsigned seniors in the area. Ziyan Ali (A&M Consolidated HS) is a very heady point guard who knows how to play. Jordon Halter (Montgomery HS) is a super solid lefty who can shoot the ball from deep. The North Houston Bandits are led by Mr. Double/Double Willie Williams (Westfield HS) who is a load down low. Top 10 sophomore Kentrell Royston (Nimitz) leads the backcourt and they will be tough to beat. RL9 Elite will be one of the more talented groups in the field led by Jesiah McWright (Cy Falls HS) who is a super solid guard. Jason Clark (The Village HS) is a big wing who can stroke it from deep. Dayvaughn Froe (Katy HS), and Dubem Muoneke (Cy Ranch HS) are also extremely talented. Team Evolution has a kid that just gets things done in Nico Mur (Strake Jesuit HS). A team that always has a tough group is 6th Man out of Rayne, Louisiana.
In the 16u division look for teams like 6th Man, Houston Top Guns 16u, RL9 and D1 Hornets to contend for the title. The 15u championship should come down to Lafayette Celtics, RL9 and Katy Raptors Blanchard.
Make sure if you’re in the area this weekend and want to see some good basketball to make your way to The Gym.