Suwanee, Ga – Sunday – 10/21/2018 – Suwanee Sports Academy was the site of the 2018 Fall Preview. Walking into the gym today was a bit overwhelming as there were so many players everywhere. I did my best to find Justin Young, the Editor-in-Chief at HoopSeen. I walked into his office he handed me a player list and a scheduled he then gave me a bit of advice, he told me to straddle the line of two of the courts and that way I would see at least ¾ of the players as the shuffled from court to court for games.
My biggest takeaway from the event outside of the fact that there are a lot of really good players in the state of Georgia is that Southwest Dekalb High School is going to be really good this season! They are loaded at the guard and wing positions. Starting with 6’6 G/F James Glisson c/o 2019 – I believe he is a match-up nightmare with his combination of size and skill. If you put a big on him, he will take them out to the perimeter where he has a nice handle & decent stroke; if you put a small on him, he will take them to the post and put them in the basket. Next up is 6’4 Combo G Dajon Dancil c/o 2020 – Who I would consider a do it all Glue Guy. He is an above average athlete, with extremely long arm who plays the passing lanes very well, can defend multiple positions, knock down open 3’s and can create for himself off the bounce. Lastly, there is 6’3 PG Kadarius “KD” Johnson c/o 2020 – Who arguably was the best player at the Fall Preview. He can score at all three levels with the ability to create for himself off the bounce to get into the lane or for the pull-up jumper. He has very good court vision to find open teammates, and he is physically strong enough to guard multiple positions. However, my favorite thing about him is he seems to have a nasty streak and talks a bit of TRASH!
A few other noteworthy players were Shiloh HS c/o 2020 6’5 SG Toneari Lane, The Heritage School c/o 2020 6’10 PF/C Ebenezer Dowuona, Newnan HS c/o 2019 6’7 F Tay Watson, Northview HS c/o 2020 6’6 SG Matthew Davis, Dacula HS c/o 2019 6’3 PG Brendan Tucker and Whitefield Academy c/o 2020 PG Myson Lowe.
Toneari plays with a physicality and great poise; he did most of his damage in the mid-post and in the paint. He used an array of shot-fakes and jab-steps to get his defender off balance to get to his spots. He also got a few bunnies/dunks in early PnR action.
Ebenezer ran the floor well, getting a few easy buckets on straight-line rim runs. He pulled down rebounds at a high clip and immediately had his eyes up the court looking for the outlet to start the fast break. He also displayed some decent footwork on the block creating shots for himself on the interior.
Tay is super athletic and bouncy; he seemed to try to get in the paint every time he touched the ball so he could catch a body. He has elite level length and great feet to guard on the perimeter. I believe he could be a late steal for a Mid-Major program.
Matthew displayed that he is much more than just a shooter. He got out on the break and finished well in transition through contact. He also displayed a good handle to create for himself and get into the lane. And of course, there is the Stroke, his release is quick with clean mechanics.
Brendan is simply explosive!!! Whether it is off the bounce in the half-court or with a full head of steam in transition. He got to basket at will and absorbed contact in the air to finish at the rim. He is by far one of the best athletes in the state.
Myson is a true floor general; he controlled the pace of the game. He picked his spots to find teammates and when to look for his own shot. His ability to change speeds with the body control to stop on a dime for pull-up mid-range jumpers was impressive.
Overall, having the ability to evaluate some of the top players in the Peach State, I can safely say we got what you need. From High Major, Mid-Majors, JUCO's down to DII, DIII, and NAIA. Until next time.....
Listed below are the top 35 players I saw at the Fall Preview in no particular order, please take into account that I was not able to see everyone.
Cam Armstrong - South Paulding HS - C/O 2019
Toneari Lane - Shiloh HS - C/O 2020
Jamari Smith - Success Unlimited Academy (AL) - C/O 2020
Maxwell Calloway - Newton HS - C/O 2020
Ebenezer Dowuona - The Heritage Academy - C/O 2020
James Glisson - Southwest Dekalb HS - C/O 2019
Hunter McIntosh - Greater Atlanta Christian - C/O 2019
Lamar Oden - Greenforest Christian Academy - C/O 2020
Tay Watson - Newnan HS - C/O 2019
Quincy Ademokoya - Dacula HS - C/O 2020
Dajon Dancil - Southwest Dekalb HS - C/O 2020
Devin Evans - Duluth HS - C/O 2020
Christian Fussell - Greenforest Christian Academy - C/O 2020
Ahmir Langlais - Holy Spirit Prep - C/O 2019
Jordan Meka - Mt. Bethal - C/O 2020
Jacobi Coleman - Warner Robins HS - C/O 2019
Ryan Mutombo - Lovett HS - C/O 2021
Matthew Cleveland - Cambridge Academy - C/O 2021
Matthew Davis - Northview HS - C/O 2020
Sion James - Lanier HS - C/O 2020
Ibrahima Jarjou - Holy Spirit Prep - C/O 2019
Myson Lowe - Whitefield Academy - C/O 2020
Brandon Green - Buford HS - C/O 2019
Mekhail Bethea - Dacula HS - C/O 2019
AJ Hopkins - Whitefield Academy - C/O 2020
Jerquez Miller - Griffin HS - C/O 2019
Winston Davis - Tallulah Falls School - C/O 2020
Jehloni James - Lanier HS - C/O 2019
Kendall Latney - Mill Creek HS - C/O 2020
Tyrin Lawrence - Morgan County HS - C/O 2019
Brandon Deravine - Campbell HS - C/O 2019
Brendan Tucker - Dacula HS - C/O 2019
Kadarius "KD" Johnson - Southwest Dekalb HS - C/O 2020
Kendall Lewis - Shiloh HS - C/O 2019
Kamar Robertson - Cambridge HS - C/O 2019