District 15-6A will be uber-competitive in 2019

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DISTRICT 15-6A

PRESEASON RANKINGS

The Woodlands

Klein Oak

Klein Collins

Klein

College Park

Klein Cain

Oak Ridge

Conroe

Klein Forest

VYPE's PRESEASON AWARDS

MVP

Tyson Thompson, Klein

OFFENSIVE MVP

Bryeton Gilford, The Woodlands

DEFENSIVE MVP

Dwight McGlothern, Klein Oak

BREAKOUT PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Christian Pack, Conroe

SLEEPER TEAM

College Park

THE PROSPECTUS

When this district was formed at the last UIL realignment, there was a lot of oohs and aahs because of the powerful Klein ISD and Conroe ISD colliding week in and week out . The 2018 season lived up to the hype of this district being really good. Now, looking towards 2019 expect more of the same as the powers will shift a bit, especially in the middle of the playoff race.

The Woodlands Highlanders

Programs come and go, but The Woodlands remains a constant. The Highlanders will be explosive on offense with either Ben Mills or Lake Travis move-in Peyton Janacek running the show at QB. Running back Bryeton Gilford carried the load, rushing for over 1,200 yards and will have solid line with Jett Duncan and Cody Johnson to open holes again. The X-factor will be athlete Kansas-commit Malik Johnson, who is special with the ball in his hands. Baton Rouge move-in Theodore Knox will also help ignite the offense as a national recruit at WR. DT Caleb Fox will anchor the defense along with DB Carter Doucet.


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The Houston Rockets are in the midst of a rebuild. Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr are studs. KPJ just signed a four-year extension with the team. Other guys like Jabari Smith Jr, Kenyon Martin Jr, Alperen Sengun, Josh Christopher, Tari Eason, and Jae'Sean Tate are really good pieces to surround Green and KPJ with. The only issue with this group: they're REALLY young! Tate is the elder statesman at 27 of the young nucleus. Most are barely old enough to buy a drink. Some still aren't old enough! They're a bunch of green bananas waiting to turn yellow to slightly brown and be ripe enough for consumption.

We need to give it time. Just like bananas, they take time to ripen. Coach Stephen Silas is known for developing young players. His most prized student is the star player for that team in South Oklahoma up 45. Number 77 for that team credited Silas with helping him realize his All-Pro potential while Silas was a part of the coaching staff there. To a man, all his former players credit him with being a positive influence on their careers. So why are fans in a rush to get rid of him?

When you look at the Rockets' record over the last few years, it's gross. Sure, they've been a lottery team the last couple of seasons, but that was by design. As part of the Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook trades, they gave away pick swap rights. Had they not been that bad, they wouldn't have been able to draft Green or Smith Jr. Those two guys are building blocks for the future, along with KPJ. Giving those picks away would've put this team further down the totem pole of developing themselves into a contender. Losing pays off when you can hit on high lottery picks.

If you give a chef dirt, bread, ham, molded cheese, and spoiled mayo, can you expect anything else but a nasty ham sandwich? How about if the chef was given a steak that is almost rotten, potatoes with root growth, and spoiled butter? Could you expect a better meal than the sandwich? Yes! However, that meal may still cause a stomachache. Now, give said chef a full complement of gourmet groceries and guess what you'll get?

This is why I say let Silas cook. He's the perfect coach for this group of kids. He can teach them all the fundamentals of the game at this level and help them grow into their full potential. If there's a change to be made on the sidelines, move Silas into a front office role, but DO NOT get rid of him! Guys like him are too valuable. Why do you think Mark Cuban hated losing him, but knew he couldn't retain him because he had a head coach already? Cuban knew what he had in Silas and what Silas did for Luka Doncic. He can do something similar for the Rockets if given the time to work his magic.

Should Tilman Fertita find the need to move on, I'd look for a more experienced coach who can guide them from bottom of the playoff ladder into top four in the West and real contenders. For now, Silas is the head chef. Continue giving him the groceries he needs, and he'll continue giving these kids the lessons they need to develop. Changing the coach now could stunt their growth. Let him cook!

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