The Urban ASAK Elite basketball program has had a very successful May, racking up victories at the Great American Shoot-Out (GASO) in San Antonio on May 14-15 and at the Adidas Houston tournament on May 21-22.
17U Squad Captures Title in San Antonio
Urban ASAK Elite’s 17U squad secured its first tournament championship of the year, beating Lockdown 57-54. Leading the way in the final were Killeen Shoemaker’s Devyn Brewton and Matthew Glaze, who combined for 33 points in ASAK’s championship victory. Brewton, a 6-foot-6 wing ranked 70th among members of the class of 2017, finished with 17 points, while Glaze, a 6-foot-4 wing who also graduates in 2017, added 16 points. RIvals.com scouts noted that it was a matter of time before Glaze cracks the top 50 in his class.
In other news involving the 17U squad, Austin Westlake’s Brock Cunningham, a 6-foot-7 post and the 26th-ranked player among the 2018s in the state of Texas, will take unofficial visits to Texas A&M University, Texas, and Oklahoma State University (OSU). Rivals.com’s Sam Lowe said that wings Brandon Taylor and Quenton Taylor, both of whom attend Vista Ridge High School, are “rebounding machines and rim protectors.” The Taylors (Brandon is ranked 54 and Quinton is ranked 76 in the state) finished with monster dunks or multiple occasions.
Meanwhile, the Urban ASAK Elite 16U squad reached the semifinals of the GASO, beating the Houston Defenders along the way. Among the team’s leaders are Will Baker, a 6-foot-10 post who will graduate in 2019, and Keonte Kennedy, a 6-foot-3 combo guard set to graduate in 2018.
Baker is turning heads by averaging a double-double in points and rebounds as well as being a strong rim protector. Rivals.com recently praised his skill set, noting that he will “get position inside the paint and work to get on the boards, and he runs the floor. Baker scores around the rim and steps out to the arc and hits the three. Baker is an intriguing prospect that TexasHoops/GASO staffers will be watching.” Like Cunningham, Baker will take unofficial visits to Texas, A&M, and OSU.
Kennedy has also impressed Rivals.com, which noted that he “has a nice game slashing to the basket as well as hitting his outside shots.” Kennedy will join Cunningham and other Urban ASAK’ers, Luke Pluymen and Alex Neahusan, at Austin Westlake High School this fall.
Urban ASAK Elite founder Craig Carlton added that his organization takes great pride in finding “gems” like Glaze and Baker, who “are finally starting to get the recognition they deserve.”
Urban ASAK Elite’s 15U and 14U squads also had strong showings in San Antonio, reaching the semifinals.
15U Squad Wins Championship in Houston
The accomplishments of the 15U squad set the stage for an even more impressive performance the next weekend at Adidas’ Houston tournament, which they won. Based on that achievement, they became the first Urban ASAK Elite team to qualify for Adidas’ national event in South Carolina.
“All 10 players on that team play with a sense of urgency,” said Carlton. They flat will tear your head off. They have talent, but their intensity and work habits set them apart.” In particular, Carlton singled out Brian Batts, Tyrone Perry, Melijah Wesley, and the 6-foot-8 Eddie Burgess for their stellar play.
Urban ASAK Elite’s other teams also played well in Houston with the 16U squad and 14U squads each reaching the semifinals. Jamal Shead continued his impressive play on the 8th grade team, as the point guard earned high marks from scouts in attendance.
Cunningham and Baker on the Verge of Attracting Top 100 Camp Invites
On a side note, former Arizona State University Coach Brian Merritt was in attendance in Houston, representing the prestigious Top 100 National Camp for evaluation purposes. Coach Merritt told Carlton that both Cunningham and Baker were on the verge of earning an invite.