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Georgia's top 2020's battle in Bob Gibbons Championship

05/22/2017, 8:30am EDT
By Horace Neysmith

Boston, Taylor, Odom and Kessler

Its gonna be fun to watch the class of 2020 grow and develop in Georgia. Sunday's championship game featured four of the current top five players in the state with Anthony "Ant Man" Edwards being the missing piece. The operative word in that last statement is "current". There are a host of others that will challenge that top as they progress in high school. The Georgia Stars, led by 6-5 WG BJ Boston and 6-7 F Josh Taylor led an almost wire-to-wire win over the Atlanta Celtics. Speaking of top five, the two listed above along with 6-1 G Dwon Odom and Walker Kessler round out that list.

Boston was unstoppable attacking and finishing plays as the Celtics had to abandon their customary 3-2 zone and play man to climb back into the game. Boston has the ability to change pace to get to the lane and finishes with both hands. Defensively he reads passing lanes well and his length causes major problems for ball handlers. 

Taylor has shown consistent improvement over the years with his ability to knock down the 15-footer and drive the ball from the high post. On one occasion during the game he was able to get Kessler in the air off a shot fake, then attack the basket for an emphatic dunk. He has a good nose for the ball and is effective as a shot blocker.

The electricity that Odom brings to the game is evident by the crowds anticipation when he attacks the basket....fearless is a word I here a lot when people talk about his game. He is relentless attacking the basket and finishing with his considerable strength and bounce. The thing I like about the growth in his game is he understands the attention he draws and when he attacks he has gotten better finding his kick options. Odom plays both end of the floor and is an excellent rebounder.

The newest name on this list if 6-9 PF Walker Kessler. He has been under-the-radar but you can't help but notice his skill set on the block. Kessler has solid post moves, shows patience in the post and can finish with both hands. The thing that young bigs can struggle with is catching the ball on the move, not Kessler, he has  very good hands and shows that as he's on the finishing end of a fast break lay-up. Lets not forget his ability to drain the deep ball. As he gets stronger the sky's the limit. 

Other 2020's who played well:

I would be neglect if I didn't mention point guard Kadarius Johnson. He played very well and was key in the Stars win. He kept pressure on the defense by staying in attack mode and finding his cutters when the defense stepped over to help. Solid defender and tough. He's definitely one to put pressure on the top five status of the 2020 class.

6-2 SF Chase Ellis (Atlanta Celtics) This is a player that quietly gets it done. He scores in traffic, is tough on the offensive glass and out rebounds bigger opponents. Ellis is very effective attacking from the free throw area with his reliable jumper or driving and scoring in the gut of the defense. He was the high scorer in the championship game with 24 points. 

6-3 SG Chris Youngblood (Georgia Knights) Sweet stroke with catch and shoot or off the bounce ability. Good athlete and solid defender. He's definitely one to watch in this class.

6-4 G Ja'Queze Kirby (Upwards Stars) My first look at Kirby and I'm intrigued by his athleticism, length and solid ball skills.

6-2 CG Brandon Stroud (Georgia Knights) He doubles as the teams secondary ball handler and does that well when the game goes uptempo. When it slows down he goes into scoring mode and can fill it up with his midrange game. 

 

 

 

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