This year's Hard In The Paint featured some of the best teams in the Peach State in some very good matchups throughout the day. Here are some notes from Saturday:
Grayson and Sandy Creek played a game that had serious postseason feel, proving that both teams are very tough and already look in midseason form. Grayson gutted out a tough win behind a late and-one from Western Carolina commit CJ Hyland and a bucket in the final seconds from UGA commit Jacob Wilkins. On the other side, Sandy Creek senior guard Amari Brown played very well, proving that he's a guy college coaches need to be tracking. He was great both on and off the ball, getting to the rim and finishing through contact and shooting the ball from three.
Newton is a tough group that earned a hard fought win against Riverwood duo Karris Bilal and JR Leonard. The Rams were able to fend off a comeback from big performances by Davin "Ted" Neal and Tim Prather, who went for 16 point apiece. Sophomore PG KJ White and senior big & Belmont commit Jabez Jenkins also had great moments in the win.
Woodward Academy proved that they could be a team to be reckoned with in 6A. They have a lot of talent in their backcourt with guys that can really shoot the ball and make plays. Senior PG Brandon Peters and junior wing Deke Cooper Jr. were both standouts in the win, both shooting. it well from three. Juniors Payton Waites and Zachary Foster are also very good shooters and playmakers as well. Their talent in the backcourt could take them a long way this season.