Steve Hamm - Special Contributor 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.
Vernon Bryant - Staff Photographer 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.
Tom Fox - Staff Photographer 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).
John F. Rhodes - Special Contributor 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.
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