Grayson hosted their New Years Classic to start 2022, which included a slate of five great games as a fun way to start the new year. Here are some notes from the day:
In one way or another, North Gwinnett forward & Clemson signee RJ Godfrey seemingly brings it every single time, with tonight being no different. He does so many things on the floor, that something he brings to the table always stands out. Tonight, it was his ability to score on the interior, especially when it mattered. In the crunch time down the stretch in overtime, he scored it well and made the right plays to lead North to a win. Gritty performance.
Etowah showed exactly why teams in 7A don't want to see them in the postseason. Facing a Cumberland Christian press for a majority of the game, they were able to execute press breaks and get into the open floor and knock down threes. Brandon Rechsteiner was great in all aspects of the game, finishing with 21 points and making plays all over the floor. Jonah Hamilton was a standout shooter, hitting seven threes and finishing with 25 points. In total, the Eagles knocked down 15 triples.
Grayson sophomore guard Gicarri Harris showed why he is one of the notable players in Georgia's 2024 class. He had a great second half in a win over Windsor Forest, shooting the ball well and getting to the rim. He was the Rams leading scorer in the win and a big reason why they were able to pull out the victory.
Eagles Landing junior guard David Thomas continues to impress our staff with his ability to score. He can put the ball in the basket in every way imaginable and in a variety of styles. He scores it from every level of the floor, can use his physicality when he needs to, or finish with finesse. From threes to dunks to and-one finishes, he did it all tonight.
Georgetown is getting a good one with Windsor Forest wing/forward D'Ante Bass. Though he found himself in early foul trouble, he led a huge comeback with his activity level, scoring, and rebounding. He knocked down shots from three, which makes him a very tough defensive assignment as it gives him the ability to attack closeouts and get to the rim.
South Gwinnett 6-foot-6 senior forward Michael Carter did some good things for the Comets in a tough matchup against the Pace frontcourt. He was active, fought well, rebounded hard, had some solid finishes in the paint, and drew a charge.
North Gwinnett senior forwards Dylan Gary & Duke Clayton found a lot of success today in the win over Eagles Landing. Gary scored the ball well from the perimeter, knocking down threes as he usually does. He also attacked closeouts and was able to get all the way to the rim and finish. Clayton fought incredibly on the interior and showed the he can knock down shots in the midrange and make moves on the block. These are guys college programs should know.