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Elite100 Freshmen/Sophomore Showcase

09/26/2017, 6:45pm EDT
By Horace Neysmith

Sophomore Recap

The Elite100  Freshman/Sophomore Camp had many of  the state's top players showicasing their ability on Sunday. Georgia's 2020 class is very good and many were on their game. This is a first of a two part recap, 2021 to follow. Here is a review of the top performers in the Sophomore class.

6-6 Wing BJ Boston (Norcross) Boston emerged as a national prospect last year, showing an ability to score off of slashing drives, shot making ability and with his length, a very good passing lane defender. During the camp that was all on display, as he gets stronger he'll be a very good rebounder at his position. 

5-9 PG Sharife Cooper (McEachern) The thing that strikes you right away with Cooper, one of the nation's top points, is his vision, he does a very good job of moving his teammates with deliberate intention, creating passing avenues for his cutters and shooters. He has good speed and better quickness which is heightened by his change of pace. One of the better finishers at his position. 

6-1 CG Dwon Odom (St. Francis) A relentless worker on the court, Odom showed a much improved jumper with added arc and consistency. Well known for his highlight finishes, he's making himself a more well rounded guard showing an improved ability to make plays for others. Rebounded well on both ends.

6-7 F Josh Taylor (Columbia) The joy in coaching and evaluating players to see those players improve over time. Taylor is that player. Seen mostly as a post player a couple of years ago, Taylor has added 17-footer and the ability to drive and finish plays with rips and  straight  line drives. He hasn't forgotten his roots as he is still working the blocks, rebounding and sprinting the floor.

6-1 PG KD Johnson (SW Dekalb) KD has an  explosivness that makes it hard for defenders to stay in front and strength to finish those plays in traffic. I see a lot of Eric Bledsoe in his game but Johnson has a better shot at this stage. He can make shots but instead of settling he uses his shot making ability to attack the rim. He is rounding his game out as he's looking to create for others when attacking lane.

6-8 PF Collin Grainger (Lambert) When he you see Grainger you immediately think banger but he has more to his game than that. He can make the trail jumper and is effective in pick and pop situations. He as at his best when he mixes his outside ability with a willingness to bang in the paint. Not overly athletic but finished plays in the paint.

6-7 WF Jalen Myers (Bob Jones - AL) My first time watching the long wing from Huntsville and he was impressive. Meyers gets buckets with slashing drives after he lulls you with his shot making ability from downtown. He was very good grabbing boards and pushing it up the floor and demanding double teams in half court sets. Definitely making case as Alabama's top 2020.

6-2 SG Kendall Latney (Mountain View) Tough, high motor guard. Comes with switch on and it stays on. He is good attacking and finishing with his strength and improved athleticism. He plays with a chip on his shoulders that will serve him well as his high school career progresses.

6-5 F Toneari Lane (Parkview) Seen as a player who is between positions right now doesn't stop Lane from affecting the game on both ends. Lane stays revved up when he steps on the court, hustling for loose balls and rebounds and running floor. That in and of itself is worthy of mention but here's the thing, Lane is showing a consistent jumper to add to his slashing drives to the basket, it wont be long before he sheds that tweener status if he continues to improve handles or adds a couple of inches, no control of the latter.

Next Tier from Sunday's Performance:  

6-4 SG Eugene Brown (SW Dekalb) It  never gets old to say  "there's always  place for a shootet". Brown is that kid. He showed a quick trigger, deep range and is starting to realize he can use his shot fakes to get to his pull-up or into the lane for his two foot floater or as he gets stronger, finishes at the rim.

6-7 F Zondrick Garrett ( Lincoln Academy) The Alabama native is now making his high school home in Atlanta playing for Lincoln Academy. Garrett has quick bounce and it plays well with his offensive rebounding ability. Has some things he needs to polish in his offensive game but I liked his effort Sunday.

6-3 SG Keundre Campbell (Webster County) The kids in South Georgia can get lost in the shuffle, this kid won't. He has a good body that he utilizes to finish plays and a good stroke from the line.

6-3 CG Christian Wright (Milton) Was solid on the day. Is at his best in transition and attacking off of ball reversals.

6-3 SG Alan Breed (McEachern) Attacking guard who has gotten more athletic over the last year. Rebounds position well.

6-4 SG Matt Davis (Northview) Shooter with range and quick trigger. Has the capability to hit 5-6 in a row. Working hard to improve on defensive end.

6-2 CG Quentin McElroy (McEachern) Good athlete, attacking guard with good tools. Gets to the lane with slashing drives and tough finishes. A sleeper in class.

6-6 SG Luke Champion (Lambert) Long shooter with good range and confidence. You want your shooters to have short memories and Champion has that. As with shooters Brown and Davis he needs strength and the want to rebound at his lengthy and position.

 

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