Georgia Elite Fall League - Week 1
One this is for certain when talking about the “Georgia Elite Fall League”, there is an absolute surplus of basketball talent in the state. From High Major kids and beyond, if you’re a college coach looking for talent, checking in on this league would be a wise move. Below you’ll find a few standout teams and players.
Milton – Milton featured two Top-100 players in their respective classes, Thornton (Bruce 60) EPSN C/O 2022 and Kanaan Carlyle (16) ESPN C/O 2023. They also featured transfers, Broc Bidwell C/O 2021 & Kendall Campbell C/O 2022 that you can expect to play key roles on the team. Bruce & Kanaan will lead the way for Milton as they both showcase elite PG skills, with Bruce’s' ability to attack the paint off the dribble and Kanaan's ability to shoot it off the catch and the dribble.
Sandy Creek – Is led by three seniors in returning starters Jabari Smith, Jr. (5) ESPN C/O 2021 & Deshon Proctor C/O 2021, add a significant addition in 6'2 PG Myles Rice C/O 2021, who transferred over from Eastside. The team gel's very well together as they possess complementary skills that work well on the court. Jabari can shoot the ball from the perimeter and play on the inside; Deshon is a monster on the boards and possesses the ability to finish above. Myles is a great facilitator, leader and operates well in the pick & roll action. Look for Sandy Creek to compete for a state championship this season led by this trio.
Kell – Has one of Georgia's best backcourts with a Scooter Henderson (26) ESPN C/O 2022 and Najhae Colon C/O 2021. Scooter is explosive in the open court and returns to the team with a much-improved jump-shot. At the same time, Najhae is a defensive stopper that will guard the other team's best perimeter player 94 ft, but he's not one dimensional, as he can finish in the lane and knock down the Catch & Shoot 3. Look for these two to carry most of the load for Kell.
Grayson – This may be the most talented high school program in the state of Georgia from top to bottom this year. With at least 5 Division I players and the ability to play a multitude of styles, they can play uptempo in the open court or slow in the half-court. Look for them to be led by Ian Schieffelin C/O 2021, who recently committed to Clemson, and Taje Kelly C/O 2021, who recently committed to Charleston Southern. Accompanying them are three stellar underclassmen transfers in the class of 2022, Tyrese Elliott, Chauncey Wiggins, and Robert Cowherd. This team is long, athletic and, versatile. We expect them to compete for a chance to return to the state championship game.
Pebblebrook – Pebblebrook boasters 3 D1 commitments in the class of 2021 Jamal Clyce (Ga State), Tyler Shirley (South Alabama), and; Danny Stubbs (Ga State); and they added 6'6 wing Aaron Reddish C/O 2021, who transferred from Wheeler to the mix with his ability to score inside and out. Clyce and Shirley were scoring from mid-range and the post. Stubbs does a great job of getting the ball to his scorers. Watch for Nyle Hillmon, who does a great job of getting downhill and scoring in the lane.
McEachern – Arkansas commit Chance Moore (44) ESPN C/O 2021 showed his ability to score at all 3 levels, whether it was finishing above the rim, connecting on mid-range jumpers, and shooting the ball beyond the arc. C/O 21 Randy Brady looked good getting into the lane off straight-line drives and finishing with various moves around the basket. C/O 21 Cam McDowell showed an excellent mid-range game and his ability to get downhill and finish plays. On the defensive in he played well with several steals and rebounded the ball very well.
Wheeler – Max Harris C/O 2021 does a good scoring on the wing as well as connecting on tough finishes in the lane. Kaleb Washington C/O 2021 showed a very nice mid-range game and scored at the basket. He does an excellent job of using his 6'7 frame to rebounds and defends multiple positions. We were impressed by Jaheim Hudson C/O 2021, the 6'7 Forward does a great job of using his big frame to carve out space on the block; he does a good job cleaning the glass. Solid play from Kedric Oliver, AJ Burke, and Isaiah Collier (15) ESPN C/O 2023. Expect Wheeler to make plenty of noise in 6A basketball.
South Cobb – South Cobb could have one of the most lethal backcourt duos in 6A. Zocko Littleton (53) ESPN C/O 2022 and Travis Burrus C/O 2021. Littleton has one of the best strokes in Georgia and has a deadly mid-range game; while learning to develop as a point guard, Burrus had an excellent travel ball summer and has shown his ability to score the ball at a very high clip. I loved the way he attacked the basket against bigger defenders. Add 2021 high flyer Jens Rueckert with a high motor, 6'6 Robert Dix C/O 2022, and Da'Quan Riggins C/O 2021; South Cobb will be a tough out for anybody.
Until next time…