I always enjoy watching young kids develop over time. I saw plenty of talent at the RYTES Warriors Winter Slam event, & I wanted to cover the 13U and 14U games. There were several good programs participating, TJ Ford, Hoop City, Rytes Warriors, Gametime Tigers, Houston Flight, Cu Fair Kings, Houston Sonics, and HHBC DJ just to name a few. The Gametime Tigers won the 13U championship, and Houston Elite won the 14U championship. Here were a few of the standouts.
2024 5’11 Zion Pipkin (Wells MS)– I heard about him before the John Lucas camp a few weeks ago, but I hadn’t laid any eyes on him. What he showed me on Sunday was that he was the best player at this Winter Slam event. Highlighted by the 42 points he scored vs Hoop City in the semifinals. Scored any and every way possible for his Houston Flight team, put on an unbelievable performance of 30 points in a 10 point loss to Gametime Tigers in the championship.
2024 6’3 2024 Jakeel Registe-(Woodcreek MS)- is a problem! Super skilled, athletic guard finished 17 points, 12 assists and 7 rebounds one game, and 19 points and 11 rebounds the other game I saw him. Really talented kid, has a huge ceiling.
2023 6’3 Santana Solano (Missouri City MS)- Has been known for having an elite jump shot with range, but this weekend showed he has an above average handle, and can score off the dribble. Very skilled offensively, has the tools to be a great 2 way player. Would like to see him lock in more defensively.