PLAYER OF THE DAY: John Ogwuche, 2016, Team Forrest
Explosive is the best word to describe this shooting guard. Ogwuche is a relentless athlete with a will to win.
He is a tough defender with a knack of getting to the basket. The 6-foot-3 guard can also shoot the ball from all levels on the floor. His versatility makes him a matchup problem for opponents on both ends of the floor. He scored 21 points, 17 in the second half, in the teams win over Showtime Hoops 2016.
Ogwuche will be a vital part to the defending Class A state champions Greenforest Christian Academy for the next few years. Georgia has inquired about him after his performance.
#BESEEN PLAYER OF THE DAY: Anthony Moore, 2015, Georgia Kings
When walking into the gym it’ s hard not to see this lanky Kevin Durant looking baller. No, we are not calling him a pro, Moore just resembles the Oklahoma Thunder star because of his body frame. However, there were some things that left you shaking your head.
At 6-foot-4, the Phenix City native, can handle the ball and get to the basket. He also finishes above the rim, while showing tremendous touch from the perimeter. Remember the game of this Alabama prospect.
CRUMP CONTINUES TO GARNER ATTENTION
Since seeing Tyree Crump in the spring, the buzz and interested surrounding the Class of 2016 prospect has picked up.
Georgia, which has offered, and Clemson attended his game while a handful of others have inquired about him as a player. Here is what they all get to see, Crump is a flat out scorer.
The 6-foot-2 shooting guard from Bainbridge High can hit shot after shot on the floor. He is also explosive with the basketball and knows how to keep pressure on defenders whenever possible. A part of his game that is overlooked at times is Crump’s passing ability. He knows how to find teammates in the best scoring opportunity for themselves.
He and his Showtime Hoops teammates will be at the Best of South next week.
PUT THEM ON THE LIST
Justin Ravenel and Devin Huffman are players you may want to put in your database. This Team Forrest 16U backcourt play well with one another and feed off of their strengths.
Ravenel is a volume scorer who can handle pressure and take opponents off the dribble. The Greenforest Christian Academy rising junior can also knock down the open jumper from any where on the floor.
Huffman has poise and leadership qualities at the point, which is essential in running a team. The Norcross High product can also get to the basket and see cutting to the basket.
Expect for this duo to continue growing as players as July winds down and they jump right into the swing of things with their high school teams.
SHINING LIKE GOLD
The Smyrna Stars 16U Gold team is living up to much talked about performance from the spring.
Players like Garrick Dowles, Eric Hines, Justin Jackson, Norman Harris and JaBarrion Glenn have all been catalyst to the teams success. They all play a role within themselves and have an intensity on both ends of the floor.
Look for their team and their stock to rise at the conclusion of July.
PRESSURE! NO SWEAT
Alterique Gilbert and Raylon Richardson understand what its like to be in pressure situations playing for 5-stime state champion Miller Grove. So, when it comes to winning time in July for the Atlanta Celtics Dickerson 15U team it’s just about getting the job down.
The duo along with newcomer Keith Stagg helped the Celtics close out a big 16U Pool play win in Peach State 75-70 over T3 All-Stars. Gilbert scored 25 points, including clutch free throws down the stretch. Richardson added two more free throws, which helped the Celtics pull away and eventually seal the game. Stagg, who recently moved down from Virginia, chipped in with two free throws, his only points of the game.
Celtics teammate Kamar Baldwin was also a catalyst in the teams comeback. The Apalachee High product had 22 points, which included 12 points in the second half.
NOTES FROM THE NOTEPAD
Precious Ayah is a beast on the interior for Team Forest. The 6-foot-7 sophomore power forward is a tremendous rebounder and defender, who is improving on offensive skills. Georgia has expressed interest in him and Class of 2017 point guard Luis Leon Hurtada. … Trey Clemmons is a 6-foot-7 athlete with the Georgia Renegades, who plays so fluid. Look for the Mariana High produc to catch college coaches eye real soon. Renegades teammate Spencer Newman, from Bayside Academy in Mobile, AL, is a shooter with some range. ... Dexter Lawrence is a name you will hear for years to come. The Gardner Road Bulldogs prospect is 6-foot-5 and 295 pounds. He has nibble feet and hands like suction cups, which is why North Carolina A&T and Clemson have offered for football. As a freshman, at Wake-Forest Rolesville, Lawrence had 11 sacks as a defensive tackle. Oh, he’s also not a bad basketball player. … Men with Vision was by far the most impressive team at Peach State for a number of reasons. This team of five – that’s right FIVE players – was disciplined and efficient against teams with more depth or size. They knock down shots and played tight defense despite not having a player taller than 6-foot-1. The Maryland-based organization was undefeated going into Saturday’s final game at Peach State. … Zalan Richards and DeVale Johnson have been tearing it up for the Griffin Grasshoppers. Richards, from Jonesboro High, is averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Grasshoopers who finished second in their pool. Johnson, from Henry County, is averaging 15 points and eight assists during Peach State. … Alabama Elite has had to go through the gauntlet during Peach State playing the Upward Stars Charlotte, the Atlanta Celtics 15U, Birmingham Ice before cruising to a win over Richmond Academy. Ethan Stair, from Hazel Green, is averaging 15 points and six assists during the tournament, which is why High Point extended an offer to him on Friday. Teammates Dalton Barkley, Justin Alexander, Jaquez Johnson and Dominique McNealy are playing well. They will all be at the Best of the South. … Jamarte Mobley showed a lot of energy and effort for Team Truth. Truth teammate Steven Lambert is a relentless rebounder. Both are Class of 2016 prospects to watch. … Brandon Wright was impressive for Birmingham Ice as a 6-foot-1 guard with a lot of energy and an ability to score well around the basket. Isaiah Dortch is an excellent shooter with an excellent touch. AJ Johnson is the teams newest decision who brings athleticism and size to the Alabama program.