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070722 Grapeland MadisonvilleA Grapeland player drives the baseline against Madisonville during the Basketball Showcase on Saturday in the old Crockett High School gym.

By Larry Lamb
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CROCKETT – Twelve area teams competed in the first-ever Basketball Showcase for AAU/select travel teams Friday and Saturday in the old CHS gym.

The tournament, open to 10-and-up boys teams, consisted of three brackets.

Mustang Elite (Madisonville) won the Rookie bracket (ages 10-12), 936 Elite (Madisonville) won the NCAA bracket (ages 13-15) and Crockett Elite won the NBA bracket.

Teams from Grapeland, Latexo, Normangee, Buffalo, Calvert and Trinity also competed.

Brandon Johnson of Crockett and former NBA player Cartier Martin, a Crockett native, hosted the tournament and are already planning to expand it next year. Previous tournaments featured adult teams but Martin and Johnson wanted to provide a stage for youth teams.

Houston County teams competing were:

Crockett Legacy Elite

NCAA (ages 13-15)

Jahkeim McKnight, Jacques McKnight, Julian Adams, DeKorian Butler, Nathaniel Daniels, Isaac Hobson, Damarion McCullough, JaKeavion Bruins, Christopher Bell and Jaylen White.

Latexo

NCAA (ages 13-15)

Rick Hernandez, Jax Bobbitt, Michael Woodard Jr., Jayden Vickers, Omar Gonzalez, Hunter Allen, John Allee and James Allee.

Crockett Elite

NBA

Nate Ivey, Chase Ivey, Iverson Rischer, Jacorrian Jackson, Jarodrick Holmes, Junior Boston, Arthur Scout, Kalra Kaylan and Ayden Pierce.

Grapeland

Rookie (ages 10-12)

Jatavion Scott, Bryce McDaniel, Jay McDaniel, Kydarius Gilmore, Jalen Woods, Allen Walker, Jaderian Reese, Cody Hopkins, Hunter Cooksey, Devin Pace, E.J. Howard and Traylon Gaines

Out The Mud (Crockett)

Rookie (ages 10-12)

K'Anthony Epps, Kaeson Montgomery, D'Kobe Hampton, Christian Bell, Jaylan Crow, Kylan Yarbrough, Darrell Creag, Cordae Duncan and Jayrian Cook.

Tournament organizers extended special appreciation to everyone for their love and support that made this event a huge success.

They also thanked Pastor Leon Wallace of Good Shepherd Church and Devin and Lyndsey Tyer at Tyer Sign & Trophy.

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