There is always more basketball in the Georgia area than one can handle during a five day period in July's first live period. You have the national events like the Adidas Summer Championships, Peach Jam and the UA Finals, showcasing America's best talent but then you have the events like the Elite32 that gets a smattering of those teams but also unknowns stocking talent.
I caught some of the action on the weekend and was happy I did. Here are some of the standouts from my viewing:
2018 6-6 SF Miller Kopp (Houston Defenders) - From discussions with UA coaches on the sideline, they can't understand how Kopp is relatively overlooked as a top 50 player, considering he was one of the top scorers on circuit. There is a little concern about foot speed but this kid can flat shoot it, moves well without ball, will post and rebounds.
2018 6-5 CG Elijah Weaver (Team Breakdown) - With an effective pull-up, range to the line and the ability to beat his defender with the dribble, there is no doubt in my mind that Weaver can score when needed. What I like most about him is his willingness to get his teammates involved and defend. He was very good in match-up with Quentin Grimes.
2018 6-4 CG Quentin Grimes (Basketball University) - Grimes was in scoring mode against Team Breakdown. He was good attacking the basket and finishing through contact, utilized his pull-up and drain the long ball when defenders went under screens.
2019 6-7 SF Blake Hinson (Showtime Ballers) - When Hinson gets it going from deep its as if his range extends to half court. He got it going in the game I watched and it didn't matter where he was....spash! Hinson has a big frame but it moves. He does have a tendency to settle for the deep ball but has gotten better using that frame to attack basket.
2019 6-6 SF Jordan Black (DFavor Celtics) was good in transition and quick off the ground. Did a very good job on the glass. 2019 5-9 PG Sahvir Wheeler (Basketball University) was tough defensively, picking his man on a couple of occasions leading to transition baskets. He has a nice pull-up and makable deep ball when set. 2018 6-10 C Emmanuel Dowuona (Team Breakdown) was very active on the glass and protecting the rim. He was a primary target for Weaver when he got in the lane for finishes, 2019 6-2 SG Devin Butts (Team Georgia Magic) has great range on jumper, plays at a good pace and doesn't get rushed. 2018 6-4 SF Cameron Holden (Team Georgia Magic) is what you need to win games. He snatched critical rebounds late in close win, slashed his way to tough baskets and can make spot jumper.
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