Texas forward earning his stripes

Brion Stafford says he raises his game against the guys with a big national rep. The 6-foot-7 junior power forward from Heritage Christian had a big game against Darrell Arthur early in the season and at the Atlanta 2K Invitational, Stafford was the bright spot for the team over the weekend.
Stafford, a three-star prospect, has punched his card at the door and put his hard hat on this season. Against Arthur, Stafford scored 23 points and pulled down 12 rebounds against the five-star senior. Over the weekend, the junior was the go-to player for Heritage Christian, including a big game against Genesis One.
"I play my ultimate best because I feel like everyone looks at them as one of the best but I feel like I'm going to prove that I'm better than them," Stafford said. "Like (last week) against (Genesis One's) Michael Washington and Gary Flowers. I went out there and tried to play them the best I could."
Stafford didn't back down to the high-major prospects and showed off a knack for scoring on the blocks but also extending his game out to 15 feet. He's not going to mail in an effort against anybody.
Perhaps it's the genes. The Palestine, Texas native is the cousin of Oklahoma Sooner stud running back Adrian Peterson.
Stafford said he's hearing from Texas A&M, UTEP, Illinois, Miami and Cincinnati and it comes as no surprise that there is one school that he hopes to hear from this season.
"I grew up watching Oklahoma," Stafford said. "He's a wonderful coach. He's going to scream and yell but he wants you to succeed there. That's only going to make you get better."
Stafford said he is still "very open" in the recruiting process and doesn't have any plans on picking a school any time soon.