After a long wait for travel basketball, we have finally reached the beginning of the LakePoint Travel Series with the LakePoint LIVE Showcase. With 60 college programs watching remotely, the day was filled with great play and college prospects playing for their chance to earn the attention of onlookers. Here are a few notes from my notebook from today:
Team Georgia Magic’s Dynamic Scoring
Team Georgia Magic made the drive up from middle Georgia and wasted no time to start getting buckets. They were extremely difficult to guard in both of their games this evening, particularly when they went to a five guard lineup filled with bucket getters. Florida commit Kowacie Reeves Jr. went on scoring streaks throughout the night that wowed our staff and anyone else watching. He was joined by 2021 wing Travis Harper, who went for 35 in TGM’s opening game, 2021 guard Emondre Bowles, 2021 guard Jamal Taylor, and 2022 guard Travion Solomon. This is a dynamic lineup that could continue to give defenses problems all weekend.
Georgia’s Most Slept On
After watching him play today, it’s hard not to be really high on Team Forrest 2021 guard Chris Cole. He has recently earned his first few Division I offers and could potentially see an explosion of much more interest and offers. He can play both positions in the backcourt and checks a lot of boxes. If his production can continue to match his talent level and potential, it would not surprise me to see more mid majors and possibly high majors take a close look this weekend.
Game Elite 3SSB Continues To Win
We have come to learn that when the Game Elite 17U team comes to LakePoint, they always come to win. And they did more of that today. They have an tough, balanced group that were led by Robbie Armbrester, James White, Jamel King, and Randy Brady were among their standouts today. Look for more wins for this group as we enter into bracket play tomorrow evening.
Allow Me to Introduce Myself
Game Elite 2023 guard London Johnson is new to the Atlanta hoops landscape, but did he ever make a statement of a first impression today. In two games, he went off for 30 and 25 points in dominating fashion. For me, he was the top performer in a very good 15U Division today, and I’m looking forward to what he can deliver the rest of the weekend.
Other Notes from the Notebook:
· Team Curry 16U 2023 guard Caleb Foster has an exciting future ahead of him. He’s already so skilled and productive that it’s crazy to think how good he can be. With Virginia Tech and Wake Forest offers already in hand, he will be a very sought-after guy over the next few years.
· Aim High 2021 guard AJ White has always had all the tools offensively. But today he proved that he can be a pest of a defender and I loved watching it.
· When it comes to high motor guys, Atlanta All Stars has a relentless inside-out duo in 2021’s Cam Lee and Franklin Almonte.
· Georgia Legacy 2022 guard Dylan Wolle had a fantastic day. It wouldn’t surprise me to see LM’s and DII’s taking a close look at him over the course of the next year plus.
· The Atlanta Celtics 16U have an insane frontcourt of a diverse group of guys in Kaleb Banks, D’Ante Bass, and Chauncey Wiggins. All of them do different things very well and man are they fun to watch.
· ATL Hoops 2021 guard Miles Kelly should see a serious uptick in his recruitment after his play this morning. He went for a smooth 30 points and made it look effortless.
· The sky is the limit for Atlanta Xpress 16U 2022 wing RJ Godfrey. His ceiling is just as high as anyone’s in Georgia’s 2022 class and he will be a name to keep track of on a national scale.
· AC Georgia 2021 guard Mannie Harris will continue to draw a lot of Division I attention. Highly athletic and able to fill the scoresheet in a hurry, the Mitchell County guard has been an eye-opener since play has resumed this month.