July tourneys loom large for Mustangs guard

07/07/2014 3:08 PM

07/07/2014 3:08 PM

July is a very important month for Daniel Eibel.

This is the month when college coaches will evaluate teams at major tournaments over the next three weeks. The Grapevine senior guard (6-1, 170) will be in two of them.

His team SV 5:17 will be playing in Houston this coming weekend and then in Las Vegas two weeks later. Regardless of what division they reside in, college coaches can take notice and learn if Eibel can help them.

“I hope I can get some interest because I’d love to play in college,” Eibel said. “It really doesn’t matter if its Division II schools or JUCOs at these tournaments. I want to show them that I can be a good player.”

If you were to ask him to give a scouting report of himself, it goes as follows: smart player on the court. A guard a coach can trust with the ball in his hands. Solid and improving shooter. Played point guard this summer to improve his ball handling and demonstrate he could play both the point and the shooting guard.

Each of these tournaments should offer Eibel the chance to play in potentially eight-10 games. His play could be measured against potential Division I prospects or other recruits who could be playing at lower levels.

“The exposure is going to be a great opportunity,” Eibel said. “I moved to the point guard this summer to show schools that I could play it and maybe show that a bigger point guard is something they can look at. I just started talking to Abilene Christian and am getting my films together so I can get them out to other schools.”

Although Grapevine missed the playoffs in 2013-14, District 6-5A coaches didn’t forget about him. They named Eibel a first-team all-district selection. He averaged 12.2 points and 2.2 assists. What makes that pretty impressive is that Grapevine didn’t have anyone else average double figures much less seven points per game.

When playing for Grapevine, Eibel felt the duress of double teams on him because opponents viewed him as the main scoring threat. Still, Eibel did so much to keep the Mustangs in the postseason conversation.

It seems the summer has made a difference. While SV 5:17 has its scoring options, Eibel estimates he’s averaging between 14-15 points due to his ability to take the ball to the rim. Strength, vision, experience and confidence can be such a great combination for something like that.

Eibel equally loved basketball and baseball until several years ago when he realized that playing basketball might give him a better chance to play in college.

He will be a three-year starter for the Mustangs and realizes that it will be his final chance to make the playoffs. Dropping to Class 5A should give the Mustangs a chance. They are in District 6-5A along with power Fort Worth Dunbar.

“We all realized after the season that we didn’t want this to happen again,” Eibel said. “We talked about it and wanted to work harder to be in this position. This district gives us an opportunity to have success. But it’s also a new challenge. I want to continue to be a good leader for us so we can get to the playoffs.”

Mustangs head coach Kevin Starnes thinks Eibel is putting himself into position to help his own cause and that of his team.

“I believe when your best players are your hardest workers, the team will be successful, and he has been working extremely hard and I am seeing major gains,” Starnes said. “So I am excited for him and the team heading into the season.”

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