Recap: Cy-Fair Invitational Part I

Recap: Cy-Fair Invitational Part I
Recap: Cy-Fair Invitational Part IBrianna Turner

CYPRESS, Texas -- This weekend we were in town to cover the 15th Annual Cy-Fair Invitational in Greater Houston Area. The event, which features some of the best talent in the State of Texas, has been a regular stop on our coverage calendar for the past three years and never fails to impress. This year we saw a number of talented prospects from the current junior class all the way down to 8th grade. Here is a look at just a few of the names that stood out.

Brianna Turner (Manvel, Texas) – DFW T-Jack – 2014

Every time the class of 2014 forward takes the floor Turner is a marked woman. The 6-foot-3 prospect has been on the national radar since she was in eighth grade, and while she was pinpointed early as a player with very good potential, she has managed to live up to the praise, earning numerous accolades in her first three years as a prep prospect. Included in that are two FIBA gold medals, in the fall of 2012 with the USA U17 national team and another with the 3-on-3 team a couple of months later. Now as the leader of one of the most well-known summer programs in the country, DFW T-Jack Elite, Turner has another bull’s-eye on her back.

This weekend Turner showed that she could handle the “alpha” role and carry the scoring load for her DFW T-Jack team. In the head-to-head match up with Cy-Fair, Turner played well, scoring the ball in the post in addition to stepping out on the perimeter and hitting face-up jumpers. Turner’s ability to draw help defenders and double teams made the game easier for her teammates, and when she was guarded one-on-one, she managed to either score or get to the foul line, a place she shot the ball very well this weekend. Turner is currently the No. 2 rated player in the ELITE 60 and this weekend she made a case for remaining among the best players in the country.


Jada Underwood (Mesquite, Texas) – Dallas Heroes – 2016

The Dallas Heroes are one of the up and coming summer teams in the country. They have a nice following of college’s actively recruiting their players and one of the true gems on their current roster is Underwood, the class of 2016 wing. At 5-11, Underwood is a very good perimeter scorer with the ability to create offense off the bounce and spot up on the perimeter and knockdown a jumper. This weekend Underwood put up a steady flow of offense for her Dallas Heroes team, showing that not only is she a talented young prospect, but she also is consistent with her level of production.

Tana Driver (Irving, Texas) – DFW Gold – 2015

In men’s basketball there is the “under 6-0” line that makes it tough for players that like the “ideal” amount of size to make it at the next level. In women’s basketball that imaginary line seems to be around the height of 5-6. However you cut it, Driver, a 5-1 point guard, may lack an inch or two in height, but she more than makes up for it with her play. The class of 2015 prospect plays with a ton of energy and knows how to run a team. Her ability to get the ball to teammates where they can be effective and control the tempo of the game will have a value to a college coach somewhere.


♦ Cy-Fair has a ton of quality perimeter shooters sprinkled throughout their organization. One that really stood out this weekend was Gabrielle Stanton of Houston, Texas. Stanton, a class of 2015 guard, had a solid weekend as she showed she could knock down shots on the perimeter as well as handle the ball and create at the point.

Moore is the National Director of Scouting for the National Scouting Report. He can be reached at

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