If Luke Pluymen’s final game of his sophomore campaign at Westlake High School is any indication of what his season with the Urban ASAK Elite 17U basketball team will be, good things are coming. Squaring off against top-ranked Class 6A Atascocita, the 6-foot guard racked up 17 points, knocking down 4 three-pointers. Pluymen went on to earn recognition as District 14’s most valuable player.
Pluymen was not alone in collecting honors. Teammate Brock Cunningham, Pluymen’s teammate on the Urban ASAK Elite 17U basketball squad, was also honored, receiving first-team recognition with Pluymen in District 14 as well defensive player of the year for the league. Cunningham, a 6-foot-6 sophomore was also named first team Region II. The highly underrated reserve on Westlake’s squad and also an Urban ASAK Elite player, 6-foot-5 junior Alex Neahusan, was named second team all-district.
After leading Class 5A Vista Ridge High School to its best basketball season in school history, the trio of juniors – Aaron Gregg, Brandon Taylor, and Quenton Taylor – received similar honors in their very competitive district. Gregg was named to the first-team, all-district team, while Brandon picked up second-team honors. All three, who were highlighted in this video, are part of the Urban ASAK Elite 17U basketball team.
Killeen Harker Heights Point Guard Jelani Shakir is another player, who will likely earn post-season accolades after a strong sophomore season. Coach Celneque Bobbitt noted recently that he is a leader in the backcourt, capable of doing whatever it takes to get the W. “He does a good job of managing the team and getting us in our sets — and scoring, if we need that,” said Coach Bobbitt about the Urban ASAK Elite player.
Five-foot-eleven shooting guard Antoine James will also rake in the honors after being the heart of soul of a Killeen Shoemaker team that made the regional tournament for the first time in school history after the Shoemaker spent the year ranked in Class 6A’s top ten.
Last, but certainly not least, is the broad-shouldered 6-foot-8 junior from Killeen Ellison Ronald Williams, Jr., one of the state’s most promising big men, whose stock figures to soar, while playing with James and his other Urban ASAK Elite teammates.
Keep your eyes on these pages in the coming weeks as we report on these individual honors.