Big Shots Invades GA
The Big Shots organization has been hosting events for some time now. This spring and summer teams will be traveling to South Carolina, Florida, and DC to participate in the the Schneider family's events. This past weekend teams from Florida, North Carolina, Texas, and Georgia all laced their shoes up at Old Atlanta Recreation Center in Suwanee, Georgia. This summer should be another good one as the talent level over the weekend was just a teaser for whats to come. CourtCred got a chance to get a feel for some new prospects, as well as checking out some players that have a chance to have big summers.
Freshman In The Building
Every time out its always fun taking a look at the underclassmen to see who is capable of holding their own on a high level. There were three freshman over the weekend that proved that they are primed for the summer. On the 17U level 6'4 William Jackson(Athens Christian/Ga) will be testing his talents in the EYBL this summer with the Georgia Stars. There are many who are extremely high on the guard from Athens who has been seeing time at the point all year, but can easily slide to the wing with his play making ability and size. Jackson was used off the bench this weekend but looked more than poised as he pushed the ball every chance he got in transition unselfishly finding teammates in scoring position.
Staying in the Ga. Stars organization is 6'7 power forward Noah Dickerson(Lovett School/Ga). Dickerson was a dominating force on the 15U team that played up an age group. Dickerson is a bruiser and he is showing no signs of changing that up. With his long arms he crashed the glass hard scoring off offensive rebounds and dump offs from guards that penetrated through the lane. The freshman possesses that special skill, a motor that allows him to work non stop. Dickerson must continue to work on his body and develop offensive counters on the block.
One of the most intriguing prospects regardless of class at the event was Dwayne Bacon, a 6'6 wing from Lakeland, Florida. Bacon has a body similar to former All American Lance Stephenson when he was a freshman back at Lincoln HS. Size, athleticism, and the ability to slash make Bacon very dangerous on the offensive end. Throughout the games I saw him compete in he really likes to maneuver on the baseline and he covers a lot of ground without using many dribbles when in attack mode on the wing. I didn't see him in the point guard role much, but judging by his decision making and the correct plays he made the young guy could definitely still some minutes there.
Ga. Stars Have Prospects That Could Emerge This Summer
Last year the Ga. Stars 17U team made it to the Semis of the Nike EYBL Finals at the Peach Jam, with a loaded roster that eventually produced two McDonald's All Americans in Tony Parker and Alex Poythress. Over the weekend they were at full force boasting a roster with a few players that can change their recruitment and their national standing for the better once the live period rolls around. 6'4 Donte Clark(Kennedy Charter/NC), 6'7 AJ Davis(Buford/GA), and 6'9 Jarquez Smith(Jones Co./GA) are three names that Division I coaches will be looking at closely. Smith might have the biggest upside of any player in the Southeast. At 6'9 he can shoot the ball from deep range, play with his back to the basket, and he showed more explosiveness on the floor this weekend. He will be tested early on in the travel season as Smith hasn't really been exposed to the elite level of competition he will be facing, but there is no doubt he has the skill set that can separate him from the pack.
It seems that every time you see AJ Davis take the court you are left with wondering when exactly he's going to explode. The tall, lanky, lefty is polished enough to handle things at the small forward position, but often times his game lacks energy. In two sightings thus far Davis' energy hasn't been questioned, nor has his prowess to attack the rim. With Clark opposite of him the Stars have two wings that are oozing with athleticism in which allows them to excel on offense, but defensively they can both really have an impact on the game.
Best Looking Prospect
Malik Price-Martin 6'9 Jr. PF Team Breakdown/Monsignor Edward Pace HS
The last time we saw Price-Martin he showed us some of his perimeter skills, well its evident that the Florida forward has been putting the work in to polish those skills up. At 6'9, his length screams out at you, once after he dunked I swear his feet scraped the ground as he hung from the rim. He used that length to swat away shots with both hands and gather rebounds that he immediately turned into fast breaks by pushing the ball. Even though he was very consistent from the perimeter I really like him lined up at the four where he can stretch the defense or take his defender off the dribble as the trailer on the break. When he caught the ball with his back to the basket Price-Martin was harder to move off the block than he looks scoring off turn around jumpers or short hook shots that he didn't hesitate to toss up once the leather touched his finger tips. The spot where Price-Martin was most dangerous was when he caught the ball in the high post area, he simply had the defender at his mercy there. When he gets in triple threat bigs literally got caught thinking because he kept them on their heels with the many options he had.
Watch Out For
Jerrin Morrison 6'3 Jr. SG Carolina Hawks/East Mecklenburg HS
The strong guard proved he can score the ball all weekend with his locked and loaded mentality. Playing with a brace on due to a strained MCL earlier in the high school season, Morrison has a strong upper body that he used to create space for his jumper. In transition Morrison always found his spot and if he had room it was guaranteed that he would let it fly. His long ball opened up the drive, where the guard got a lot done off the dribble and in the mid range area. Despite the brace, Morrison looks to be gaining his legs back as he was able to finish at the rim and even exploding to pin a couple of shots to the back board.