The second of three days at the Jared Cook Classic at North Gwinnett featured some of the state's best teams and some very high level play. Here are some notes from the day:
Grayson looks like they're out to make a statement in the early season that they are the team to be reckoned with in 7A. With five Division I prospects across their starting lineup as well as a very talented unit coming off the bench, they blitzed North Gwinnett from the opening tip and didn't look back. Jacob Wilkins provided a highlight reel of dunks with the Rams backcourt of Gicarri Harris, CJ Hyland, Ant Alston, and Laz Mason connecting on perimeter shot after perimeter shot. And you cannot sleep on what senior forward Ahmad Clark gives this team coming off the bench.
Alexander sophomore PG Gregory "Pops" Dunson was very impressive in a comeback win over Mount Vernon. He's very tough and physical off the bounce and scores the ball well from every level. He will be a guy you hear a lot from over the next few years.
Mount Vernon forward and West Georgia commit Xavier Shegog was very impressive against Alexander. With his size, strength, and athleticism, he's tough to contain in the paint and on the glass. His energy and motor were relentless and he continuously found a lot of success finishing plays in the paint.
It's rare that you get two buzzer beaters from the same player in one game. But that's exactly what Walnut Grove senior guard Tyler Jewell did, hitting one at the end of regulation to send the game into overtime and another in overtime to steal the win from Parkview. In a game where not a lot went according to plan for Walnut Grove, they showed a ton of toughness finding a way to win.
Shiloh continued their good start, pushing their record to 3-0 with a win over Etowah. They have an anchor in the paint with Tylis Jordan, who went for 26 points in the win. However, they have a group of guards featuring Juice Cole, Cameron Stephen, Caden Mitchell, and Waymon Bowie among others that can flat out get after it.