Written by Michael Florek
Boys basketball player of the week (2/17): Rockwall's Austin Grandstaff
What he did: Grandstaff scored 51 against Wilmer-Hutchins in the Metroplex Challenge on Saturday, as Rockwall went on to win, 81-69. He also scored 15 points on Tuesday as Rockwall come back from a 16-2 deficit and defeated Rockwall-Heath, 56-41, in the final district game. The win moved Rockwall into second place in the district.
Who is he? A 6-5 junior guard.
The stats: Grandstaff is averaging 26.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game this season.
He said it: “Originally I was thinking 40 and then I started scoring more and more. I was look at the (scoreboard) and it said 49, then I got fouled and hit two free throws. … I hit a lot of mid-range pullups and three pointers. I kind of just played my game but it seemed like everything was going in.”
Coach said it: “He can create his own shot, he can come off a screen and shoot a shot, he can pull up off the dribble and get a shot off. So we do a lot of things for him to get him open, but he’s also able to do a lot of things on his own in creating his shot.” — Alan Simmons
Did you know? Grandstaff had previously pledged to Oklahoma State, but recently reopened he recruiting. He’s rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and is ranked as the No. 32 prospect nationally for the 2015 class. … Rockwall plays Sachse in the Class 5A Region II Bidistrict playoffs on Tuesday.
Deon Barrett; Skyline; So.; G; 25 pts vs. Berkner, GW layup at buzzer earned Skyline share of 9-5A crown, 24 pts vs. Carter
Jeremy Combs; Carter; Sr.; F; Averaged 36 points and 10 rebounds in two wins
Admon Gilder; Madison; Jr.; G; 29 points in win over Triple A Academy to ensure perfect district record
Avery Johnson, Jr.; Plano West; Sr.; G; 29 points in two-point win over Allen to clinch second place in district
Elbert Lawrence; Arlington Grace Prep; Jr.; G; 35 points in win over Arlington Pantego Christian
Matthew Merrick; Cistercian; Jr.; G; Averaged 17.7 pts, 3 stls, lead school to third-place finish in SPC tourney
Emmanuel Nzekwesi; Trophy Club Byron Nelson; Jr.; F; 25 pts in win over Denton, which gave school district 5-4A title
Matt Thieman; Garland Christian; Sr.; Averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks in three games.
Elijah Thomas; Lancaster; Jr.; F; Averaged 28.5 points in two games
JF Thomas; South Oak Cliff; Jr.; G; Averaged 19.5 points, 9 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2 steals in two games