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2000 Texas Basketball Recruit Bio Page
Thanks to horn1 for putting this together

Brain Boddicker
Royal Ivey
Jason Klotz
James Thomas
Brandon Mouton
Fredie Williams
Chris Wright

Brian Boddicker: 6-9 230 lbs. Power/Combo Forward--Duncanville HS Boddicker, a three year varsity starter from Duncanville HS, is a solidly built combo forward playing mostly power forward and center during his HS career. Is an excellent inside/outside threat and will probably start his career at the power forward spot, while perhaps seeing some time at small forward later in his career.Best compared to somewhere in between a Brian Cardinal/Troy Murphy type of player. Sore knees prevented him from practicing most of the time during his senior year.

Senior Year: Led his team (32-6 record) to the State 5A Semifinals averaging 23.8 ppg, 9.2 rpg & 2.2 bpg. Shot 57% from the field, 80% from FT line, 38% from 3pt land.

Honors: District 7-5A MVP, TABC/TSWA First Team All State, McDonald's All-American, 3rd Team Parade AA, Dallas Morning News Area POY.  Is tied for the top HS prospect in the State by Mike Kunstad's Texas Hoops.Rivalnet ranks Boddicker as the #14 rated power forward prospect in the Nation.Scored 8 points, 9 rebs in the McDonald's AA game and had 20 points and 6 rebs in the Roundball Classic AA game (less pup'eb McDonald's equivalent)

Junior Year: Led his team to the state 5A Championship game averaging 19 ppg and 9 rpg.Earned MVP honors of the State Tourney; Team record 36-2

Honors: First Team All State (TABC, TSWA), Dallas Morning News Area POY.Ranked the #18 prospect in the nation by Bob Gibbons before his senior year.  Prepstars had him a national preseason ranked of #64.

Strengths: Tough hard-nosed physical player who never backs down. Has an excellent spot-up jumper and can nail the 3 from time to time.Is a great passer and does the little things to win basketball games.Has excellent court awareness. Good, but not great rebounder--knows how to use his body to get rebounds.Has an excellent weight-room work ethic (290 bench)

Weaknesses: Isn't the greatest athlete/leaper in the world--however--his sore knees may have had something do with that. Needs to work on quickness and ballhandling.At times Boddicker seemed to become "bored" with HS play.

Links/References:

Rivalnet profile:
http://insidersreport.rivals.com/default.asp?sid=184&p=3&sp=2&pl=-1478

Dallas Morning News POY link:
http://dallasnews.com/sports_day/highschools/othersports/63382_12hsbhoops.html

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Royal Ivey: 6-3 180 lbs. Combo Guard—Blair Academy (NJ), via Cardoza HS (Queens, NY)

Ivey is a late spring signee who was offered a scholarship to fill the vacancy of SG Lawerence Williams. This late-bloomer can play either guard spots and is a tenacious defender who is more of a penetrating threat than a shooter. Ivey was qualified to play Division I basketball straight out of HS, but chose to attend prep school hoping to increase his stock. His gamble paid off with an offer to Texas. He chose the Horns over Providence, Clemson, Boston University, Marist and others.

Prep Year: Led his team to a school record 19-4 finish while averaging an impressive 21 ppg, 8 reb, 6 asts, and 3 steals. According to an Inside Texas interview, "Ivey is the ‘best defensive player (Mantegna) has ever coached.' Ivey's skills aren't limited to the defensive end of the court, though. Mantegna says Ivey's strengths offensively are his slashing, penetrating and finishing in transition. According to his prep coach, Ivey also has intangibles that could make him a standout at the college level--an unbelievable competitive streak that pushes him to be the best. I (Clendon Ross) heard that very thing from Ivey himself. When I asked him his top trait as a basketball player, Ivey immediately said his ability to defend. ‘I go after people and try to wear them down,'

Senior Year: Helped lead his Cardoza HS (record 24-5) team to it's first ever PSAL state title by averaging 14.8 ppg and 9.8 rebs. Ivey was awarded 1st Team All-Queens team and Honorable Mention All Tri-State. Was a teammate of top URI recruit Brian Woodard.

Strengths/Weaknesses: According to reports, Ivey has excellent quickness and is the superior defender that Rick Barnes loves. His offensive game is descibed as a slashing/penetrating type, while his outside shot could use some work. His prep coach says Ivey has a good shot but not a great one yet. Like most incoming freshman, Ivey also needs to get stronger in the weight room.

Links/References:
Official UT Press Release
AAS Article
New York Daily News Article

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Jason Klotz: 6-10 235 lbs. Center--Klein Forest HS

Klotz is a mobile big man who really stepped up his game during the playoffs of his senior year to lead his team to the State 5A Finals.Has a rock solid frame that will easily hold 30 lbs of more muscle.Klotz's game compares favorably to a Chris Mihm/Michael Doleac type and, in my opinion, his game is slightly ahead of Mihm's at similar points in their careers.

Senior Year: Led his team to a 32-5 record and a State 5A Finals appearance averaging 17 ppg, 10 rpg, & 2 bpg for the year.During the playoffs, Klotz averaged over 20 ppg and 11 rpg within a guard oriented offense.

Honors: District MVP, TABC 1st Team All State, TSWA 2 nd Team All State, 2 nd Team All Area Houston Chronicle.Ranked as the #5 prospect in the state by Mike Kunstad's Texas Hoops.Rivalnet ranks Klotz as the #14 center in the nation.

Junior Year: Averaged 12 ppg, 11 rpg, & 2.0 bpg as a junior.Going into his senior year, recruiting guru Bob Gibbons ranked him as the 76th best prospect in the nation.  Prepstars had him ranked as the #149 prospect in the nation.

Strengths: Klotz has an excellent touch around the basket and has a very good turnaround jumper.He has an excellent frame and is very close to having an intimidating body--his weight room work ethic is supposedly great (300+ lb. bench).Is a good rebounder, but not a great one.Runs the floor well for a big man, but doesn't jump out of the gym.

Weaknesses: Tends to stand around sometimes and just "use" his 6-10 height.Needs to learn to become a little more aggressive for the rebound and use his body to block out.Not real effective past 15 feet out--feet too far apart with his set shot.

Links/References:

Rivalnet profile:

http://insidersreport.rivals.com/default.asp?sid=184&p=3&sp=2&pl=-1645

Pic of Klotz dunking!

http://dallasnews.com/sports_day/highschools/basketball/46756_11hsbkbduncan.html

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James Thomas: 6-8 220 lbs. Power Forward--Hargrave Military Academy (VA)

Thomas is a very athletic big man who has been compared favorably to a young Kenyon Martin and Jerome Williams (Detroit Pistons).  Has a nice frame and is an explosive leaper and rebounder. Nine other players on his team earned Division I scholarships, while two others earned Div. II scholarships.Reports are that Thomas is just shy of a qualifying test score and will be UT's partial qualifier if necessary.

5th Year Prep School: Averaged 18 ppg, 13 rpg, & 3 bpg while leading his prep team to a prep title by scoring 22 points, 12 rebs & 6 blocks in the championship game.Is ranked as one of the top 5 prep players in the nation by Bob Gibbons; ranked #23 in the nation by Prepstars coming into his prep season.  Had an impressive performance at the ACC/USA All-Star Classic scoring 21pts and grabbing 12rebs on 7-11 shooting and 7-9 shooting from the FT line.Thomas earned the "Mr. Team" award for his efforts in the game.  Rivalnet has him ranked as the #17 best power forward in the nation.Brick Oettinger of The Sporting News ranked Thomas as the #2 best HS/prep "skywalker" in the country.

High School: Averaged 14 ppg, 12 rpg, and 2 bpg as a senior at Milford Academy in Connecticut.

Strengths:Is extremely agile/athletic and surprisingly strong for his weight.Reported to still have somewhat of a "lanky/wirery" build, Thomas is a ferocious rebounder/shot blocker and can jump out of the gym.  Everyone that has seen Thomas play has come away extremely impressed with his athletic ability.

Weaknesses: Is the lightest of UT's three "power" recruits, thus Thomas needs to hit the weight room and gain some muscle and strength.Reports say that his offensive game has become a lot more polished, but still needs some work on some offensive moves.

Links and References:

Rivalnet profile:

http://bobgibbonsreport.rivals.com/default.asp?sid=410&p=3&sp=2&pl=-1190

ACC/USA all-star Classic player reports:

http://bobgibbonsreport.rivals.com/default.asp?sid=410&p=2&StId=184674

 

Hargrave Wins Title!

http://bobgibbonsreport.rivals.com/default.asp?p=2&sid=410&stid=153042

Pic of Thomas (buying hotdogs?)

http://www.DeaconSports.com/hargrave.html

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Brandon Mouton 6-5 210 lb. Guard-ForwardųSt. Thomas More HS (LA)

Is an athletic and versitile swingman/guard type who has excellent scoring ability, both inside and outside.Has developed a nice frame with great leaping ability.Reminds some of a Kris Clack type of player with more of an offensive game.Prepstars reports say that Mouton is still just short of a qualifying test score, but is very close to making it.

Senior Year: Led his team (32-5 record) to the Regional Finals of the state playoffs by averaging 24 ppg, 8 rpg, & 2.5 bpg.  Was selected LSWA first team 4A All-State for the third year in a row.Is ranked nationally the #13 small forward prospect by Rivalnet.Was ranked the #32 prospect in the nation by Bob Gibbons going into his senior year.  Prepstars gave him a national preseason ranking of #68.Brick Oettinger of The Sporting News lists Mouton in the „honorable mentionš category of the best highflying leapers in the nation.

Junior Year: Averaged 21.1 ppg, 9.8 rpg while earning 1 st team All-State honors (was also 1 st team as a soph.). Led his team to a runner-up finish in the state finals that year as well.  Had an excellent summer playing with the New Orleans Jazz AAU team, scoring 33 points in the title game to win the Big-Time Tourney in Vegas.

Strengths/Weaknesses (from various reports):Is an extremely atheletic scorer and gets his points in a variety of ways.Can shoot the three, but is more effective closer to the basket.Has a good solid frame and can rebound. Will probably have to work on his ballhandling and shooting on the college level, although he does already possess a decent jumper.

Links/References

Rivalnet Profile:

Link

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Fredie Williams 6-1 185 lb. Point Guard Mississippi Delta JUCO (Morehead, MS)ųvia Evans HS, Augusta, GE

Williams is a true point guard that has excellent ballhandling, passing, and defensive ability.He will be expected to come in right away and contend for the starting PG position.Due to lack of JUCO recruiting information, Williams comes in as the least known of all of the 2000 recruits, but he may prove to make the most impact.He will have two seasons of eligibilty to compete at Texas.

JUCO Career:Finished his season at MDCC averaging 19.8 ppg, 9 rpg, and 4 apg.During his first game of the season, Williams scored 24 points and dished out 14 assistsųhoweverųhe sustained a broken jaw that kept him out a couple of weeks.He is ranked as the #33 JUCO prospect in the country (#5 PG) prospect by Prepstars, and Bob Gibbons ranks him as one of the top 25 JUCO players in the nation.  During his freshman season at MDCC, Williams averaged 14 ppg and 5.7 apg.Rick Ball, of Ballstar JC Camps, ranked him as the #6 PG in the nation after freshman season.His stock reported shot through the roof after an impressive summer tour of camps/tourneys.

High school career:Williams had an őon and off‚ HS career at Evans HS (class 4A) limited by foot injuries and academic troubles.Senior stats are unknown--his season was cut short when he broke his foot coming down wrong on a dunk early in the year.Despite the injury, Williams still made the 3rd Team All-Area Team in Augusta, Georgia.Williams averaged 16 ppg, 6 rebs, and 5 assists as a junior after coming back from a broken foot he injured playing football.As a sophomore, he averaged 17.5 ppg, 8 apg and 6 rpg.

Strengths/Weaknesses: Williams reportedly has excellent quickness and ballhandling ability.  He is more of a penetrator scorer, but does have an improving three point shot.Is a good defender and has excellent court awareness/passing ability.  Like most JC transfers, there will be an adjustment period to the Div.I level.

Links/References

Excellent HS article on Williams (pic included!):
http://augustachronicle.com/stories/021997/spo_williams.html

Signing Article on Williams:
Article

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Chris Wright 6-10 220 lbs. Center--Redwater HS (Junior commitment)

An athletic big man, Wright committed to Rick Barnes before his junior year and had an excellent season during his first playing year at Class 3A Redwater HS. He had to play JV his sophomore year after transferring from nearby Liberty-Eylau HS. He made the varsity team as a freshman while at Liberty-Eylau. Wright was close to leading Redwater into the playoffs until he suffered an ACL tear during one of the last games of the season. Reports are that he should be ready to play by this July. Wright’s father is 7 feet tall, so he may not be finished growing.

Junior Year:Wright averaged 20.6 ppg, 12.8 rpg, and 7 bpg while leading his team to a record of 22-8. Wright also shot an outstanding 77% from the free throw line converting 119 of 153 shots. He was named TSWA 1st Team 3A All State and TABC 1st Team Region 2. Wright was also earned 1st Team All District and was his district’s Offensive POY. Prepstars ranks him as the #95 prospect in the nation regardless of position. During a win against Linden-Kildare HS, Wright registered a quadruple double with 29 points, 22 rebounds, 11 blocked shots and 10 assists.

Strengths/Weaknesses: Wright has an excellent touch, shooting range and ballhandling ability for a big man. He is a good athlete, has good jumping ability, and is an excellent FT shooter. Weighing only 220 lb., Wright needs to get stronger in the weight room and gain some weight. Also, level of competition could be a concern.

Links/References

RivalNet Profile

AAS Injury Update Article

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