Clutch City Control Room wouldn’t be possible without our amazing contributors

Meet the team below


Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin)

A Houston native, Jackson has been an avid fan of the Rockets since before Tracy McGrady sucked the gravity right out of the building. A broadcast journalism graduate from the University of Houston with previous roles at ESPN 97.5 and SportsTalk 790, Jackson is currently the Founder/Managing Editor of Clutch City Control Room and also host of the Locked On Rockets Podcast.


Zach Zola (@zachzola1)

The Assistant Editor and Social Media Coordinator for Clutch City Control Room, Zach Zola — like new head coach Stephen Silas — is a graduate from Brown University. Although he was born and raised in New York, Zach has been a lifelong Rockets fan since Yao Ming came into the league. He believes that James Harden is the only King James in the NBA.


Christopher McGehee (@ChrisMcGMedia)

Chris is a native of Pelicans’ country and consider himself to be behind enemy lines at this publication. He’s a staunch supporter of fun basketball and has no problem with Westbrook’s MVP over Harden. Graduate of the University of Houston with a BA in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science. Correctly predicted that the Pelicans would land Zion mere hours before the draft lottery.


Roosh Williams (@RooshWilliams)

Former microphone mastodon. Host of the Noble and Roosh Show by Ball is Life on Dash Radio. Sports Fanalyst. Rocket die-hard. Houston everything.


Justin Levine (@JustinLev)

Justin Levine is an Author for Clutch City Control Room. In 2020, Justin founded Fadeaway Finance, which is dedicated to marrying business and basketball, with a particular focus on the Houston Rockets. Mr. Levine was previously a writer for Red94, having written extensively about Rockets ownership and business planning. He has also guested on the Locked On Rockets podcast.

Justin has spent his 14-year professional career in various business roles throughout different industries, focused primarily on analyzing and making investments, coordinating financings, and leading corporate development initiatives. He holds an MBA from The Wharton School of Business and Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University.


Itamar Roitman (@Itamar1710)

Better known by his Twitter name of “Disney Gary Clark”, Itamar is a 17-year-old Rockets fan from Israel and a die-hard fan of defensive-minded role players.


Lachard Binkley (@HTOWN4LIFE40)

Assistant Basketball Director for Overtime Heroics, Contributing Writer for Space City Scoop as well as Clutch City Control Room, and creator of the Rockets For Life Facebook group. Most importantly, a lifelong and die-hard Rockets Fan.


David Z. Allen (@DavidZAllen614)

Longtime fan of the Houston Rockets and former writer for RedNinetyFour. Interests: advanced stats, winning percentage added, shot charts. Long live true shooting percentage.


Dex Hinton (@DexHinton)

Born and raised right here in Houston loving all things Houston sports no matter how much they hate me. A marketing professional by day and a writer/podcast host by night who is talking about Houston sports, Baylor, or movies at all times. Check out his work here on CCCR, at OurDailyBears for Baylor sports, and at Full Circle Cinema/The One Take Podcast for movies.


Aqib Gazi (@Aqib_Rockets)

Born and raised in Houston, Aqib grew up a die-hard Rockets fan. He fell in love with the sport after watching Stevie Franchise dribble up and down the court.

Aqib is currently an Industrial Engineer by profession, but enjoys writing about the Houston Rockets. He’s previously written for USA Today’s Rockets Wire and The Lead SMG. He is also an alumnus from the University of Houston. Go Coogs!


Andy Yanez (@AYanez_5)

A University of Houston student covering UH athletics for The Cougar. A Houston native looking to get into journalism and experience the world around through sports and people’s stories.


Tamer Knight (@tknightsports)

Tamer Knight is a sports reporter from Houston, Texas. She is a recent graduate from the University of Houston with a Master of Arts in Mass Communication and Public Relations, minor. Furthermore, she is a Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Alumni with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management and Communications minor.

Tamer has been selected to the ESPNU Campus Connection Team, the recent University of Houston Women’s Basketball In-Game Host for the 2019-2020 season, an ESPN Radio 97.5 (Houston) Intern, a member of Houston Association of Black Journalist and a sophisticated woman of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

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Justin Barbosa (@Jbarbosa_95)

Avid Houston sports fan and local play-by-play announcer who has had a passion for the city’s sports scene since growing up with the Kill B Astros, Stevie Franchise and Yao on the Rockets, the GOAT Andre Johnson on the Texans, and Case Keenum slinging it for the Coogs. Graduated from the University of Houston back in Spring of 2019. Go Coogs!

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Anthony Duckett (@a_duckett)

Site Co-Expert of Space City Scoop. 18-year follower of the Rockets.

Loves to point out the flawed narratives about Harden and Westbrook, while seeking to unite the Westbrook stans and the Harden stans.


Michael Knight (@TheKnight97)

Recent graduate of Baylor University, majoring in Sports Strategy & Sales and minoring in News & Editorial Journalism. Previously the site expert of Space City Scoop from 2017-19 and wrote some for USA Today’s Rockets Wire afterward. Always thinking about the Rockets.


Brittany “Brit” Wilbert (@britrobotista)

By day a freelance information security analyst and engineer, Brit became a Rockets fan shortly before the back-to-back championships, and a die-hard fan when Morey traded Lamb for Harden.

She is a graduate of Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, and a Masters Degree in Information Assurance and Security. Her interests include discussing high level Rockets on-court activities, NBA CBA topics, and other generalities surrounding the Rockets and basketball. She’s also a big fan of robots.


Karthik Prasad (@stanfordkp)

A Houston native and die-hard fan of all Houston sports. Learned math by subtracting Rockets box scores in the early 90s. A big believer that James and Russ will get their title and change their legacies.

A management consultant by day, Karthik is an avid member of #RocketsTwitter on game nights, also guesting on the Locked On Rockets Podcast. Excited to be a part of Clutch City Control Room.

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Tyler Jones (@tjjszn)

Growing up in Baltimore without a local franchise, Tyler often found himself mesmerized by the way James Harden played (and dominated) the game. This fascination with Harden’s game quickly turned into a love for all things Houston sports.

A recent college graduate with a degree in Economics, Tyler is always brainstorming for ways the Rockets can skirt the CBA to bring more starpower to Houston. You can find more of his work at The Trading Card Exchange.


Shaun Shaikh (@sports_shaun)

Houston-native who’s formative years were spent worshiping the Hakeem-led Houston Rockets win back-to-back NBA Championships. Graduated from Texas A&M with an engineering degree and an MBA from Rice.

Shaun has a strong interest in data and analytics in everyday life and it aligns well with his passion for the Rockets. He wants to use data and analytics to answer questions, challenge assumptions, and bring new insight to the discussions in the Rockets community.


Wilfredo Vanegas (@WEVanegas)

Wilfredo Vanegas was born and raised in Houston and has been a Rockets fan since he watched his first game in 2004. Wilfredo graduated from Southwestern Adventist University with a Bachelors in Theology. He is the host of The Casual Fan Podcast.


Keagan Smith (@keag49)

A Southeast Texas native, Keagan is a devoted Rockets fan and disciple of advanced stats & analytics. Currently attending school at Lamar University, he’s pursuing a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism. In addition to Clutch City Control Room, he’s a contributor for The Lead Sports Media and runs their Rockets Lead social branch as well. 


Hayden Gray (@haydenmgray)

A Rockets fan for as long as he can remember, Hayden is thrilled to join the team at Clutch City Control Room. A podcaster, writer and graphic designer, Hayden has a passion for creating new things. You can hear Hayden each week on “Droppin Dimes: A Basketball Podcast” wherever you get your podcasts.


Michael Onyemenam (@HardenLukaMvp)

Originally from Nigeria and currently living in central Europe, Michael has been a James Harden fan since he got drafted, and a Rockets fan since he got traded. He judges the overall game/players from both watching film and an Analytical/advanced stat perspective. His favorite players tend to be offensively gifted with a step-back jumper. 


Drew Middleton (@htx_drew_)

Being born and raised in Houston led to Drew becoming a die-hard Houston Rockets fan. Currently attending the University of Houston and pursuing a finance degree. Loves the Rockets but also appreciates great basketball no matter the team.