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Offers flowing in to Houston-area basketball stars

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The open recruiting period in the world of showcase basketball is wide open and several Houston-area hoopers are starting to pull college offers.

So here’s the scoop…

Former Dekaney star Micah Peavy has been offered by Oklahoma. The Class of 2020 prospect has transferred to Duncanville with his father David Peavy, who is now the coach at the Dallas-area school. He also has offers from Florida and Texas A&M, to name a few.

Elkins’ Donovan Williams is an emerging Class of 2019 high-riser. He has been offered by Arizona State and Virginia Tech of late.

Morton Ranch’s LJ Cryer is killing the recruiting game. The 2020 guard has received offers from Mississippi State, Virginia Tech, St. Louis and VCU of late. He holds an offer from the University of Texas.

Foster’s Duece Fatheree is a bona fide football star. The 6-foot-8 offensive lineman is a Class of 2021 prospect with tons of pigskin offers. The University of Houston has offered Fatheree in basketball as well.

SATCH homeschooler Antoine Davis has committed to Detroit Mercy. He’s the son of Mike Davis, the former head coach of TSU, who is now the head coach at Detroit Mercy.

Former Chris Walker Academy guard Jordan Turner, who transferred to Sunrise Christian (KS), has committed to Baylor.

Milby’s 2021 guard Will Young just pulled a big offer from Houston.

Keon Edwards of Sam Rayburn 6-foot-7 rangy athlete has been offered by TCU. He’s a 2021 prospect. Sam Rayburn’s Jerrell Colbert is a 6-foot-9 Class of 2021 big man, who is getting ready to blow up. He’s been offered by Houston.

Eisenhower guard Ja’Mare Redus has been offered by Hofstra and Oral Roberts. The 2019 guard has a twin brother Ja’Mere at Ike as well.

Down the road at Fort Bend Travis is 2020 guard Justin Hill, who is starting to blow up. He has pulled offers from Lamar and New Orleans.

Private schooler Isaiah Lewis has pulled an offer from UT-Martin. He’s a 2019 guard from Lone Star.

Victory Prep’s Collin Warren has received an offer from Lamar. He’s a 2019 guard.

Concordia Lutheran’s Nathan McClure has been offered by Lamar. He was a TAPPS 6A District 3 first-teamer.

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James Harden was 100-percent exactly right earlier this week when he said the Houston Rockets were "just not good enough."

How could they be? Not when their moody superstar scorer, who makes about half a million dollars per game, shows up chubby, looking like a kielbasa about to explode in the microwave. Hey, some people eat when they're unhappy, it's a defense mechanism. In Harden's case, the only defense he's exhibited this season. At least he had a good excuse for missing pre-season training camp and alienating his teammates - he was busy partying with Cinnamon and Cherish in Atlanta and Vegas without a mask. Worst of all, he went into the tank his last four games in a Rockets uniform, standing around, arms folded, scoring fewer than 20 points each time, all Rockets losses. Fans in the front row were asking him to move, he was blocking their view of players who cared about winning. James Harden sabotaged his own team, a team that offered him $50 million a year to stay. Something that crazy could only happen in professional sports these days.

There's a saying that drives the American labor movement: "a fair day's wage for a fair day's work." It's the motto of the American Federation of Labor. The National Basketball Players Association is not a member. Harden's sulking on the court, cheating the Rockets and their fans, was unforgivable.

Harden, sitting out games while somehow being on the court, forced the Rockets to trade him - and quick - to Brooklyn. The trade, when you ignore the fine print and unindicted co-conspirators Cleveland and Indiana, sent Harden to Brooklyn in exchange for Caris LeVert (immediately flipped for Victor Oladipo), Jarrett Allen, three first-round draft picks and four swapped first-rounders. It's true, when you trade a superstar, you never get back equal value. The other team wins.

If it makes Rockets fans feel any better, the media in New York already has problems with their new problem child. I should say newest problem child. Kyrie Irving plays for the Nets.

"They (the Nets) gave up everybody! There's nothing left now. I just want to cry, It's awful," weeped WFAN Radio talk host Evan Roberts. For those who don't subscribe to weekly Arbitron ratings reports, WFAN is the most powerful, top-rated sports talk station in the Apple.

"You're leading down the road of doom. Harden and Durant could be gone in a year and a half. I'm not convinced this gives them a better chance to win a title. I'm living a nightmare again. They better freaking win."

Circle March 3 on your Rockets schedule. That's when the Brooklyn Nets, with their Big 3 of Kevin Durant, James Harden and possibly Kyrie Irving visit Toyota Center. I hear talk radio salivating over the record jeers that will cascade over Harden's name, although I'm not buying it. Fans don't think like the media does. I'm thinking that Rockets fans will welcome Harden back - one night only - with cheers.

Toyota Center public address announcer Matt Thomas: "Usually when former Rockets come to town for the first time since leaving, I give them a positive introduction. It's up to the fans how to react."

James Harden spent eight seasons with the Rockets. He is a spectacular player who watched other NBA players engineer trades so they could compete for a title. Harden didn't think the Rockets were good enough, and he's right. So he wanted out. We've all been there, a job we didn't like for a company we didn't like, for a boss we didn't respect. Harden wanting to be traded is understandable. How he went about it was deplorable. He hurt his co-workers.

Houston will make Harden pay for his disrespectful departure. He has an upscale restaurant set to open here. The name of the steakhouse will be "13." Harden's business partners may want to change that number ... before the restaurant's telephone number is disconnected. There are plenty of other restaurants in Houston. Rich people who can afford steakhouse prices hold grudges.

Rockets fans searching for a silver lining say, "We got two decent players and a whole bunch of precious first-round picks" for a malcontent who would rather be anywhere (except maybe Sacramento) than Houston." Yes, a bunch of first-round picks does bode well for the future. Anywhere, except maybe Houston.

Houston's draft war room isn't the most successful operation in the NBA. Over the past decade prior to 2000, under the direction of general manager Daryl Morey, the Rockets made 16 draft picks. Not one of them is still in a Rockets uniform, many of them have sought employment outside of America, some outside of basketball. Among their first-round whiffs: Nikola Mirotic, Terrence Jones, Sam Dekker - all out of the league. Best of all, Royce White, who played three whole games in his NBA career and finished with a scoring average of 0.00 points per game.

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