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GHSA Top100

07/04/2019, 1:00pm EDT
By Horace Neysmith

2020 Players flying under the radar

The depth of guards and wings in the 2020 class was on display last weekend at the GHSA Top100 Camp but it also showed some quality bigs that will be recruited along the the full spectrum of D1 levels. In this article I will focus on some of the players that are underrated or flying under the radar, that played well. 

2020

6-4 CG Caleb Murphy (Grayson) When a couple of college coaches asked about him as if they were seeing him for their first time, he had to be included in this recap. Murphy plays alongside Dwon Odom (Xavier) and Deivon Smith both of which are being recruited or committed by high major programs but still is overlooked. He has good size for a point guard, has an explosive first step, very athletic and finishes through contact. He defends well and rebounds on both ends. Has work to do on his jumper but has shown improvement over the last year.

6-4 PG Jaden Walker (Discovery) He has always showed flashes of who he could be as a player but lacked the aggression you want to see in your point guard leaing to inconsistency in his performance. That seems to be changing as he was very aggressive all weekend. Walker is long, solid athletically and has a good stroke to go along with size for position. 

5-11 PG Caleb Byrd (Rome) Small in stature but big in getting buckets. Byrd can create scoring opportunities with his quick first step and solid handles, as he attacks the lane, shoot it from downtown off the catch or off the dribble. Very good defender.

6-5 CG Brandon Stroud (East Coweta) It’s hard to imagine a 6-5 point guard can be overlooked but that’s the case in the lefty guard. More a shot maker than a shooter, Stroud is ultra competitive, can get to his spots off the dribble, passes it well and rebounds position.

6-5 W Keith Lamar (Eagles Landing) The long wing has a college ready body, played through contact and can shoot out to the line. He is very good at the catch and rip for straight line drives. Solid on defense and rebounded well.

6-9 C Jacob Radaker (Jefferson) High motor big that stayed in motion on both ends. He battled on the glass for rebounds, worked hard to get post position and showed a good touch in the lane and out to 15-feet.

6-7 F Giancarlo Sanchez (Trinity Christian) The Scalabrini type player created match-up problems last weekend. He can step out and down the jumper but will also score on the post. What he lacks in athleticism he makes up with a solid motor.

6-5 W Sam Hines Wheeler) With his strength and athleticism he can guard multiple players, active rebounder and a very good shooter from mid-range area. The one thing you won’t do is outwork Hines.

6-9 C Mohammed Diallo (SW  Dekalb) He is slight of build but has a intriguing game with his soft touch and willingness to battle inside. Very good off side shot blocker and can convert from defense to offense with his running ability. He is still developing as an offensive player but shows promise.

6-5 W Toneari Lane (Grayson) Always one of the better mid-range shooters in the region, Lane has expanded his range to the three point line which has really opened up his game. The lefty is strong, is efficient with his dribble and has improved on the glass.

6-8 F Abu Achor (Greenforest Christian) Watched Achor a few times over the last two weekends and came away impressed with his ability to affect the game on both ends. He can knock down spot three, straight line drive it for buckets, made plays from the high post. Defensively he can guard ball switches, weak-side shot blocker and walls up well on drives.

 

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