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La Porte boys basketball G Cory Ruben voted SBLive’s Texas High School Athlete of the Week

Congratulations to La Porte boys basketball guard Cory Ruben for being voted SBLive’s Texas High School Athlete of the Week for Jan. 3-9!
Cory Ruben

Congratulations to La Porte boys basketball guard Cory Ruben for being voted SBLive’s Texas High School Athlete of the Week for Jan. 3-9!

The senior led La Porte to a pair of victories over Baytown Sterling (83-43) and Santa Fe (78-68) with back-to-back 22-points games. He also added 5.0 steals and 3.5 rebounds per game.

Ruben received 52.08% of the vote, beating out Caddo Mills' Brady Wasurick who finished second with 36.2%. Calvert's MJ Thomas finished third with9.06% and Mansfield Timberview's Jared Washington finished fourth with 1.76%. There were over 15,000 votes tallied this week! 

If you would like to nominate an athlete, please email athleteoftheweek@scorebooklive.com or message us on Twitter or Instagram at @sblivetx.

Here are the other athletes who were nominated for Jan. 3-9:

BOYS BASKETBALL

Austin Nunez, San Antonio Wagner PG

Nunez led Wagner to back-to-back District 27-6a victories this week over Cibolo Steele (71-68) and San Antonio East Central (86-67). He dropped a game-high 35 points against East Central and averaged 24.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game to extend the Thunderbirds’ active winning streak to six.

Chancellor White, Richmond Foster PG

White kicked off 2022 with a bang, helping Foster down Fort Bend Willowridge 68-54 and Angleton 64-56 with back-to-back double doubles in a pair of wins. He scored 29.5 points per game on 18-of-35 shooting and added 15.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 3.0 blocks and 2.0 steals per contest.

Ray De Leon, Edinburg Economedes G

De Leon stayed red hot for Economedes scoring 31 and 43 points on 78% and 68% shooting, respectively, in blowout District 31-6A victories against La Joya Juarez Lincoln (90-42) and Mission (79-40). He averaged 36.5 points, 12.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists, 5.5 steals and 5.0 blocks on 71.7% shooting for the week.

Jaylon Pritchett, San Antonio Jay PG

Pritchett shined in a pair of losses to San Antonio Warren and San Antonio Brennan this week for Jay, averaging 32.5 points on 48.0% shooting in addition to 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game.

Kenneth Lewis, Houston Booker T. Washington SF/SG

Lewis scored 25.5 points per game on 24-of-45 shooting to lead Booker T. Washington a pair of wins over Houston North Forest (98-68) and Mickey Leland College Prep (73-54), against whom he posted a 22-points, 13-rebound double double.

Wesley Yates, Beaumont United SG/SF

Yates starred on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor during tournament play for United, helping the team tally a 4-1 record with wins over Baytown Lee, Ridge View (South Carolina), Wright (Louisiana) and Port Neches-Groves and a loss to Newton (Georgia) in the Sugar Bowl Classic in New Orleans. He averaged 18.8 points on 40.6% shooting — reaching double figures in all five of the Timberwolves’ tourney games — with 3.4 rebounds and 3.8 steals.

Zuby Ejiofor, Garland C/PF

Ejiofor played a nearly perfect game in Garland’s only contest of the week, a 50-37 win over Sachse, with an 18-points, 20-rebound double double. He also tallied six blocks and shot 72.7% from the floor in the Owls’ victory.

MJ Thomas, Calvert G

Thomas posted back-to-back double doubles with a 23-point, 16-rebound performance in a 90-28 win against Round Top-Carmine and a 21-point, 19-rebound game in a 46-44 victory over Dime Box. He shot 85.0% for the week and also averaged 4.5 assists, 3.5 steals and 3.0 blocks per game.

Kanon Gibson, Wink PG

Gibson shot the lights out for Wink with back-to-back double doubles in wins over Forsan (51-41) and Compass Academy (81-68), topping 60% shooting in each victory. He averaged 21.0 points per game on 14-of-23 shooting to go along with 13.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists.

Dre Cole, Dallas White F

Cole led White to back-to-back blowout wins against Dallas Adams (66-46) and Carrollton Creekview (80-34) behind the strength of his efficient shooting and rebounding. He posted consecutive double doubles by averaging 20.0 points and 13.5 rebounds per game on 79.2% shooting.

Jaylen Crocker Johnson, San Antonio Warren SF

Crocker Johnson tallied two straight double doubles to lead Warren to a pair of victories over San Antonio Jay (81-61) and San Antonio Holmes (68-48). He averaged 20.5 points per game on 16-of-22 shooting to go with 12.0 rebounds per contest.

Nathaniel Dumes, San Antonio Marshall F

In Marshall’s only game of the week, a 78-67 loss to San Antonio Harlan in district play, Dunes impressed by scoring 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting with 14 rebounds and eight blocks.

Brady Wasurick, Caddo Mills G

Wasurick shined in Caddo Mills’ 55-54 victory over Farmersville with a 24-point, 19-rebound double double on 11-of-21 shooting. He also tallied 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting to go with nine rebounds and five blocks in a 49-47 loss against Mabank.

Vicente Cantu, Dilley PG

Cantu’s big game against Poteet helped Dilley roll to a 48-29 victory to kick off 2022. He scored 17 points on 6-of-15 shooting with seven steals, six rebounds and three assists to give the Wolves their fifth straight win.

Anthony Black, Duncanville G

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