MMHR went to the 74th Annual Dallas Independent School District/Coca Cola Basketball Tournament and the 56th Annual Whataburger Basketball Tournament in Ft. Worth, Texas December 27 and 28.Top players such as Elijah Thomas(Lancaster HS), Jawun Evans(Dallas Kimball), and Admon Gilder(Dallas Madison) were at the Coca Cola. Over at the Whataburger players such as Myles Turner(Euless Trinity), Elbert Robinson(Garland Lakeview Centennial), and Quentin Snider(Louisville Ballard) highlighted it.
BATTLE OF THE GIANTS
Championship Saturday at the 56th Annual Whataburger Basketball Tournament offered a Battle of the Giants between Lakeview Centennial HS’s(TX) Elbert Robinson(2014), 7’0″ Post and LSU signee, and Euless Trinity’s(TX) unsigned Myles Turner(2014), 6’11” Post and Top 5 national recruit, with a list of suitors such as Duke, Kentucky, Arizona, Oklahoma State, Ohio State, Kansas, and Texas.
MMHR got its first look at Robinson and we were impressed. This lefty has a big body. Robinson moves his feet well. He is a smart defender. Robinson can hit the 12-15 feet jumper with a beautiful stroke. The big fella gets up for thunderous dunks. MMHR got a glimpse of Turner last summer. First observations were he reminded one of a young Kevin Durant. Turner is long and lanky. He runs the floor well. Turner can stretch the floor if the opposing post plays off of him. Then, he faces up and drives around the defense if he has a quickness advantage. Also, Turner finishes strong down low. He is trying to add dribble busting out of a defensive rebound to lead a fast break, but Turner has to learn how to not over dribble and turn it over.
Over the course of this battle, there were many sequences of plays that displayed the NBA potential of Robinson and Turner. Turner would beat Robinson up the floor in transition for a rim to rim dunk. In half court, Turner would face Robinson up on the right short corner and go right around him for a dunk. Also, Turner would use his quickness to position himself for several thunderous tip jams. Robinson would counter with his bulk and strength. He would post a fronting Turner up on the left low block, and take the lobbed pass and dunk it ala Darryl Dawkins. On the offensive glass, Robinson would push Turner so far under the rim that the ball would fall to him and a put back was automatically given. Then Turner would space out and hit the 3 ball. Robinson would comeback and catch the ball at the elbow and hit a 12 footer. Turner ended up winning the battle of points 27-16. But when one takes into account the points scored when they guarded each other, it was dead even. In the stat that counts the most, Lakeview Centennial won 72-64 over Euless Trinity.