Written by Corbett Smith
Meet the 2013 boys basketball pre-season all-area team
D.J. Hogg, Plano West
Jr., 6-7, forward
Last season’s SportsDay newcomer of the year wowed scouts with solid showings on the AAU circuit. The small forward — with offers from programs such as Arizona and Baylor — has a polished offensive game, with an effortless jumper and good ball-handling skills. Hogg averaged 16.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists last season.
King McClure, Triple A Academy
Jr., 6-3, guard
McClure has slowly recovered from a dislocated kneecap he suffered in practice in February, missing Triple A Academy’s run to the Class A Division I state title. He’s a powerful combo guard with a soft jumper and plenty of strength to get to the rim. McClure averaged 21.3 points, six rebounds and four assists last season.
Emmanuel Mudiay, Prime Prep
Sr., 6-5, guard
Mudiay is electric on the court. He could be the best guard prospect to ever come out of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. A consensus top-three player nationally, the SMU pledge averaged 14 points and seven assists last season for Prime Prep (37-2).
Elijah Thomas, Lancaster
Jr., 6-9, forward
A last-minute transfer from Prime Prep, Thomas gives Lancaster a legitimate shot to be a force in a stacked Class 4A Region II. The power forward was a double-digit scorer for Prime Prep as a sophomore, playing behind seniors Karviar Shepherd (TCU) and Jordan Mickey (LSU). Thomas has offers from Louisville, Indiana, Illinois and others.
Myles Turner, Euless Trinity
Sr., 6-11, center
Perhaps no one in the nation has seen his stock rise as much as Turner over the last 18 months. A growth spurt combined with a full summer of basketball have helped the slender center go from an intriguing prospect to a consensus top-10 player being courted by college basketball elites such as Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and Ohio State.