CYPRESS, Texas — The 14th annual Cy-Fair Invitational featured some of the best teams Texas has to offer. Here’s a look at just a few of the standouts from a solid weekend of action.
Jasmine Caston (DFW T-Jack): Last spring Caston, who is from Plano, Texas, was a player to watch on a young and talented DFW 2013 team. A year later, she continues to show a level of consistency that makes her a name of note going into another club season. At 5-foot-10, Caston, a true combo guard, has the versatility to run a team for stretches as a primary ball-handler or play off the ball and focus on creating her own offense from the perimeter. This weekend she came off the bench for DFW T-Jack and acted as an offensive sparkplug for one of the country’s best summer teams. Caston has the size and athleticism to get to the rim and finish in traffic and balances her ability to attack the rim with a smooth perimeter shooting stroke that she uses in both catch-and-shoot and off-the-bounce situations. Caston has a lot to offer skill-wise, and when she is dialed in she finds ways to make positive impacts on the game. If she can stay aggressive throughout the summer, expect Caston to be a name of note through July.
Christen Inman (Triple D Hoops): The 5-9 guard is going to bring a lot to the Northwestern backcourt next year. She is an athletic prospect who plays with consistent effort on both sides of the ball. For her Triple D Hoops team, Inman is a glue player that does all the little things that help win games and compete at a high level. This weekend Inman was matched up with some of the best guards in the country, including Tyler Scaife and Diamond Lockhart , and did a good job staying in front of them and trying to limit their scoring opportunities. On the other end of the floor, Inman was asked to help her team score in the half court by creating shots for herself as well as others. One of Inman’s best attributes is her high basketball IQ and overall versatility. Inman has the ability to play taller than her listed height because of her motor and athleticism, two traits that will translate well at the college level.
Destiny Nunley (Cy-Fair Mickens): Athletic post players with developed skill sets are a hard thing to come by at any level of basketball. At 6-2, Nunley, of Richland Hills, Texas, has the ability to make an impact on the game in a variety of ways. This weekend she showed an improved face-up game as she stepped out on the perimeter and connected from distance on multiple occasions. With the added range on her jumper, Nunley has the ability to stretch the floor and force opposing bigs to guard her away from the basket. When she has a size mismatch, Nunley has the athleticism to score in traffic. Her impact was also felt on the defensive end as she put together a couple of solid performances rebounding and challenging shots at the rim. Her combination of length and athleticism makes opposing players think twice before attacking the basket. As a college prospect, Nunley does a number of things that translate well as she has the ability to impact the game on both ends of the floor while playing with a high level of energy that can be infectious.
Lashann Higgs (DFW G-Dub Elite): In basketball, speed kills. The ability to get from Point A to Point B faster than your opponent is an asset that can hold value at any position on the floor. When it comes in the mold of a true play-making point guard, her team is always a play away from an easy basket. Higgs, of Houston, Texas, has the ability to provide a team with this extra dynamic. Above all, Higgs is a promising young point guard prospect who has the potential to be one of the top players at her position in her class. One of the things that has allowed her to excel at an early age is her elite-level athleticism, which allows her to make plays on both sides of the ball. A couple of times Higgs was able to grab a defensive rebound and ignite a fast break just by out-running the opposing team. On another occasion, Higgs split a trap while seeming to just turn on the speed and managed to turn a team’s attempt to press into an opportunity for her to get an uncontested layup. Higgs will have to continue to improve her ability to run a team and be a vocal leader as a true point guard, but she has three more years to continue to season her game. Until then it will be fun to watch everyone try to keep up with her.
Erica Ogwumike (Cy-Fair 2014): While she may be the youngest of the Ogwumike sisters, Erica, of Cypress, Texas, is not afraid to make noise of her own. Like her sisters — Nneka, Chiney and Olivia — Erica is an explosive athlete with very good leaping ability. She has a high-running motor and finds ways to make a positive impact on the game when she is on the floor. The youngest of the Ogwumike girls appears to be the most perimeter-oriented. Ogwumike has the ability to make plays from the wing and shows a high level of comfort with the ball on the perimeter. At 5-9, her perimeter abilities are vital to her success, and if she grows to be the size of her older sisters, watch out. She could potentially grow to be quite the handful with her combination of size, athleticism and skill.