Houston Hoops and Texas PRO will battle for bragging rights in this highly-anticipated friday night matchup. Houston (8-1), ranked No. 3 in the latest D1 Circuit power rankings, ride the high-scoring trio of Justin Jackson (17.1 PPG), Kelly Oubre Jr. (16.2 PPG) and Justise Winslow (14.6 PPG). The three highly-touted prospects score slightly more than half of Houston's points and do it in an entertaining fashion. Outside of their loss to Alabama Challenge to close out the Hampton Session, Houston has been the most dominant team in the Elite Youth Basketball League.
Texas PRO (6-3) is led by 2014 PG Emmanuel Mudiay (ESPN ranked No. 2) and 2016 SG Terrance Ferguson, who will soon be at the top of the rankings for 2016. Mudiay, who hails from Dallas, is the definition of a do-it-all player. The 6-foot-4 guard averages 16.6 points per game, 6.9 rebounds per game and 5.9 assists per game, compiling one of the EYBL's top individual stat lines. Matching the hype behind Mudiay is the sharpshooter Ferguson. Also standing at 6-foot-4, he averages 12.9 points per game and shoots a blistering 40.3 percent from downtown. Combined with PF J.C. Washington and swingman Zach Brown, Texas PRO boasts an extremely talented lineup that can compete with anyone in the EYBL.
Houston Hoops D vs. Mudiay
Scoring hasn't been a problem for Houston, so this in-state matchup will likely be decided on their ability to contain Mudiay. Texas PRO relies heavily on his ability to score, distribute and make plays out of nothing. Houston Hoops will look to control tempo and force him out of his comfort zone. If Mudiay is able to get loose and make plays in the open-floor, PRO should be able to make this a game. Houston will likely rotate defenders on Mudiay throughout the game, having the benefit of superior length, athleticism and depth at the small forward position.
Mudiay and Ferguson keep PRO close, but Houston proves to be too much.