Written by Rickey Rivers
This was the 3rd Annual Big Ball Classic in Dallas, TX at the Park South YMCA. This 2-day event featured middle school talent from local organizations. The Funsport brand has been planted in Dallas and expects some big things to follow in 2017. The one thing you love about the event this weekend was the good people on Saturday entertaining at the entrance and the great food at the concession stand provided by Ms. Janice.
Meanwhile, the talent we witnessed had some serious potential. The primary stud was 6’4” Jonterrian Davis (Class 2020) of Comstock. The left-handed slasher is playing above the rim as the crowd witness him throw down several impressive dunks this weekend. He rebounds the ball well and puts pressure on the defense to penetrate. He has toughness with his game that will keep him competitive but needs more skill development to meet his potential. The next player who peaked our attention was 6’3” Skyler Stutts (Class 2020) of Dallas Mustangs. Skyler recently rejoined the team so his minutes were limited but he showed enough for us to know he was the most skilled player on the court. The kid has inside and outside game to compete against the best of them. He made plays look effortless and I can tell if the talent increased his game could rise to the occasion.
As for the championship, the Texas Kings got to the championship game thanks to the 3pt heroics from Zavien Henderson. Their OT win against Comstock put them in position. On the other side was the dominant Dallas Mustangs who was defending the organizations title from last year. In the end, Dallas Mustangs would prevail 55-49 led by MVP performance by Ben Braden (Class 2020) with 18pts and Skyler Stutts with 14pts. Antonio Hall (Class 2020) was great in a losing effort with 20pts followed by Coltyn Collins (Class 2020) with 15pts.