Friday, June 21, 2024

Kimball v W.T. White: 3 Issues We Realized!


To catch a big-time district on a Wednesday is nice to see. It was a big-time College Interscholastic League (UIL) Class 5A matchup when W.T. White (Dallas) and defending Classs 5A state champ Kimball confronted off! W.T. White secured a 63-53 victory over Kimball.

I discovered some issues from my time in Dallas and listed below are my three foremost takeaways:

W.T. White Can Win It All in Class 5A This 12 months
The Longhorns could have the tallest group not solely in Texas, however presumably within the Southwest Area. With a galore of massive males and massive wings, their size and dimension trigger issues for almost all of groups White performs in opposition to. 2025 Isaiah Kalala offers sufficient athleticism, mobility and mid-range taking pictures. 2026 DJ Ogoemeka is 6’11 with a 7’6 wingspan and he alters any shot on the rim and is an issue on the offensive glass. He’s already obtained excessive main affords and I can see why. Ben and Jonathan Value are 6’6 twins that leap out the health club and may defend three or 4 positions in highschool. Their contributions transcend the stat-sheet. Khadim Diongue is a 6’5 wing that’s versatile. I can go on and on with their roster.
The X-factor to me is the backcourt play. Senior Steven Cruz is a fearless shot-taker that’s environment friendly from three. He produced 18 second half factors to guide W.T. White to the win. 2025 Jamison Thrower is a 6’4 guard with some actual shot creating and playmaking substance to him. He hasn’t put all of it collectively simply but, however he goes on runs by himself the place he breaks the defender down, will get to the rim and generates a clear search for himself or others. Senior Maxwell Chambers is a flooring supervisor and a pesky defender. I like his management qualities and he offers a well timed jolt to the squad’s power.

5A is broad open once more this yr and I imagine about seven or eight groups have an opportunity to win it. The Longhorns are in that blend. They’ve the items, simply need to see if the group can peak on the proper time.

Purchase Inventory in Lance Carr
Kimball’s 2025 ahead Lance Carr is an fascinating one to guage. Good dimension at 6’7, athletic, runs the ground, can shoot it from deep and from the mid-range space. He checks a number of containers. He’s not essentially the most bodily of gamers, however I do assume Carr’s a legit wing-forward prospect with large upside. He was blocking dunk makes an attempt Wednesday evening, ending above the rim and flashed his taking pictures, making a catch n shoot three from the wing. Carr can typically float round in video games and I feel if he stayed energetic, he can actually make his presence recognized in video games. I’ve seen noticeable enhancements within the ability because the fall and he’s going to proceed to get higher. I feel Carr has an opportunity to explode this spring and summer time.

Kimball Can Be A Harmful Staff Come Playoff Time
Albeit taking the loss, I do assume the additions The Knights added to the core they have already got, may end up in a playoff run. I talked at size about Lance Carr however the addition of senior Lekendric Taylor will add one other huge that may leap out the health club and be cell. He didn’t play tonight, however I feel as soon as he’s absolutely built-in and locked in, Taylor can present a secure inside presence.

2025 Jaylon Dean-Vines is a 6’4’ish wing with a big-time vertical leap and may make deep threes. He’s a prospect that higher-end D1’s have referred to as about. 2025 Rico Aguilar is a gradual guard that makes the correct play and freshman (2027) Marri Wickware generally is a nationwide degree prospect if he places all of it collectively. He is a mismatch wing-forward with sufficient perimeter abilities. He’s simply adjusting to the varsity velocity and physicality.

Additionally to notice 2026 Jaylin Hancock and Kayden Grey. This Kimball group is principally younger with 3 seniors producing rotation minutes, but when the younger weapons step up their play, they will make some noise within the coming weeks.

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