Day Two of the Lemon Street Classic at Marietta featured some great matchups, player performances, and opportunities for players to showcase themselves in front of college coaches. After a full six games, there were plenty of thoughts and notes to go through. Here are a few of those thoughts:
- The nightcap game between Evans and Norcross was one of the best games that I've seen all year. The high level back-and-forth was fun to watch. Norcross threw some good punches at the Knights throughout and it seemed like Evans had a counter-punch each and every time.
- Evans guard/wing Rashad King was the player of the day for me. At one point in my notes, I just wrote "Rashad King is really good". At a strong 6-foot-5 he is multi-positional in every sense. He can play the lead guard, he can play off the ball, and he can defend both guards and forwards. He was knock-down from three in the win tonight, but he makes great reads, has a knack for finding teammates, and gets everything in the flow of the offense without forcing. He's a no-brainer Division I prospect.
- Grovetown senior guard Julius Brown was the high scorer of the day with a 40-spot against Heritage. He was a sharp-shooter from three and attacked close-outs to get to the rim and finish as well as get to the line. Impressive performance from the senior guard.
- I love the way Columbia 2022 forward Mason Lockhart rebounds the ball. He is one of the best glass-eaters in the Peach right now. He can instinctually high point the ball and attack it. If there are 50/50 rebounds, he comes down with it every time.
- Discovery guard Ian Davis is tailor made for the modern style of basketball. His ability to shoot the ball and defend his position will get him onto a college floor sooner rather than later. He was a sniper today, and I love how he is unafraid to pull the trigger when he gets his chances.
- Tri-Cities guard and Vanderbilt signee Peyton Daniels played with as much poise as I've seen him play with. He had a calm, collected demeanor and played fantastic. He was never rattled, got to the rim whenever he wanted to, and was really crafty finishing in the paint. I like what the Commodores are getting with him.
- McEachern senior wing Bobby Moore did some really good things tonight in a win over Miller Grove. He provided an energy that got his team going. He hit the glass hard and had some high level finishes in the paint and from three.
- Miller Grove unsigned senior guard Zyair Greene scored the ball really well and had some of the college coaches in attendance buzzing. He shot the ball at a really high level and showed that he can be a floor general while letting his offense come to him. With his scoring and shooting ability, he will be a guard for college coaches to keep track of in the next couple of months.
- Norcross freshman wing Jahki Howard is special. We've seen the athleticism time and time again, but tonight he shot the ball at a good clip and his activity level on the glass was a difference maker for the Blue Devils. As he continues to progress, you will hear his name come up in the national conversation.