The Texas Titans were last seen in the 2015 EYBL where they put up two impressive seasons behind a number of high-major players. The program will look return with a vengeance in 2019, bringing one of the most formidable rotations in the country. The majority of this group has been playing together for years, and while they have a ton of star power, their biggest asset is likely their team chemistry. The Titans feature eight recruits with a 247 Sports ‘star’ ranking, including two top 10 recruits in juniors Greg Brown III and Cade Cunningham. Top-to-bottom, there aren’t many teams that can compete with the Titans on paper.
Titans junior Cade Cunningham (247 No. 8)
Brown (247 No. 4) and Cunningham (247 No. 8) are very different players, but they will create an equal amount of problems for the opposition. Brown, the 13-6A District Most Valuable Player, and an All-State Selection, is a freak of an athlete, and that might be putting it mildly. The 6-foot-9 pogo-stick averaged 33 points, 14.5 rebounds, and 5.8 blocks per game in 2018-19 for Vandegrift, and he was a walking highlight-reel in the process. Brown is super-efficient playing at the high school level; he shot a hair under 55 percent from the floor and converts at a 74 percent clip at the free throw line. Brown plays with a ferocity and competitiveness that won’t find many rivals, and when you combine it with his elite athleticism, length, and skill-set, the result is one of the best prospects in the country. Brown talked about joining the Titans in a feature interview with D1Circuit, and he is ready to roll with his new teammates.
"I felt like they were the best fit for me," Brown said. "We have a close relationship right now and this is before the season, so I feel like we would have an 'unbreakable bond' type relationship once we start playing with each other."
The 6-foot-7 Cunningham is a super-smooth operator, offering the Titans with a long, athletic option in the backcourt. Cunningham is a gifted playmaker for a prospect his size, and he’s capable of defending numerous different types of players with an equal amount of efficiency. Cunningham plays for high school coaching legend Kevin Boyle at Montverde, and you can bet the Boyle has his comb-guard well-prepared for the rigors of the EYBL. Expect Brown and Cunningham to show flashes of dominance in their own way, and expect it to result in a lot of winning for the Titans.
Titans junior Greg Brown III at USA Basketball
Juniors Mike Miles and Rondel Walker will be major playmakers for the Titans. Miles, a 6-foot-3 combo guard from Lancaster (TX), is going to have the ball in his hand frequently. Miles was a District MVP and All-State selection this past high school season, and he supplies the Titans with strong, physical playmaker that’s capable from both the perimeter and attacking the basket. Miles will pair nicely with Walker, a 6-foot-4 junior who excels at scoring and facilitating in traffic. Walker is coming into the EYBL season with some momentum; his final high school game of the season for Putnam City West (OK) saw him put up 48 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists. Walker will operate as the Titans’ only out-of-state player on the roster and will be a relied-upon contributor in the backcourt.
Junior Tyler McGhie is the best shooter on the roster, and the 6-foot-4 guard was impressive for Guyer (TX) during the 2018-19 high school season. McGhie’s role was simple; make shots. He obliged, averaging 11.4 points and 3.5 rebounds while proving to be a valuable asset alongside elite talent. 6-foot-5 guard Karson Stastny rounds out a Titans backcourt that will be one of the biggest on the circuit. Stastny earned Stat Local Media All-Area First Team honors for Celina (TX) while also taking home District MVP. Slowing down the trio of Cunningham, Walker, and Miles will be a difficult task, and when you factor in this supporting cast, headaches will loom for the opposition.
Titans junior Mike Miles
The Titans’ frontcourt features seven players including Brown. JaKobe Coles will play huge minutes for the Titans just as he did a year ago on the team’s E16 team. A teammate of McGhie at Guyer, the 6-foot-7, 230-pound Coles had a strong junior season in which he averaged 15.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists and shot 55 percent from the floor in 34 games. Coles (247 No. 109) isn’t the most athletic prospect in the world, but his hands and feet are elite and his ability to finish in traffic is proven. If he can improve his ability to defend quicker frontcourt players, Coles will improve his stock immensely.
Fellow junior Richard Amaefule will be crucial on the boards for the Titans, and also offers the skillset to knock down the mid-range jumper. Amaefule (247 Composite No. 88) was one of the top rebounders in Dallas and should have one of the best rebounding rates on the circuit. 6-foot-5 swingman Hayden Brittingham will play minutes off the bench for the Titans, as will Highland Park (TX) dual-sport athletes Prince Dorbah (6-foot-4) and Paxton Anderson (6-foot-5). Dorbah (247 No. 229) is as physical as it gets on the basketball court, and the 4-star linebacker recruit will bring toughness and athleticism to the Titans frontcourt. Anderson is a wide receiver on the gridiron for the Scots, and the grandson of Jerry Jones operates as a 6-foot-5 swingman with guard skills on the basketball court. 6-foot-9 junior Eduardo Andre’ rounds out the frontcourt and will see minutes off the bench. The 6-foot-9 big man averaged 12.2 points, 11.5 rebounds and 4.3 blocks per game for Woodrow Wilson (TX).
The Titans enter 2019 with lofty expectations, and if you were to ask them, you’re going to get the same answer; Peach Jam or bust. They have the necessary talent and star power to put together a special season, and if they stay healthy, they should be in contention to win Division B. Expect them to rack up one of the league’s best records while Brown and Cunningham contend for All-EYBL honors.