The Lemon Street Classic has become one of the go-to events before the Holidays around Atlanta. This year's field featured some great teams that provided big performances. Here is the first part of the top performers from the three days of action:
Jelani Hamilton, Cumberland Christian (Pictured)
Hamilton continues to show he is a well-rounded offensive threat. He scored the ball well from every level of the floor and is a threat to go for big numbers every time out. He shot the ball well from three and was able to find success getting to the rim and was right around the 20-point mark every game out. More high major programs will continue to give him looks, so expect him to be a name you hear more from.
Kyric Davis, Sumter County
Davis is a very versatile, high motor player that made his mark on both ends of the floor. He was active defensively and able to turn that defense into transition offense on the other end of the floor. He was Sumter's go-to guy throughout the event, and he responded very well. At 6-foot-4, he's a multi-positional player and does a little bit of everything. He also defended every position throughout the week. He connected on a game-winning bucket at the buzzer against River Ridge as well.
Frankquon Sherman, Grovetown
At 6-foot-7, Sherman is the epitomy of versatility. Offensively, he played inside-out and was able to find success in the paint as well as on the perimeter, attacking and getting to the rim, where he finished at a high level. He rebounds the ball well and plays multiple spots on the defensive side. He was a key in Grovetown's big win over West Forsyth, playing pressure defense and creating turnovers.
Josh Dixon, North Cobb Christian
The North Cobb Christian freshman guard can really fill it up. He finished the event with 29-point and 18-point efforts and is already one of the players the Eagles turn to when they need someone to make a play or get a bucket. He was huge down the stretch in a close win against Marietta, seemingly making all of the big plays in the big moments and lifting NCCS to a win. He should be a name that you hear a lot of moving forward in Georgia's 2025 class.
Jelani Thurman, Langston Hughes
While Thurman is a Power Five prospect on the gridiron, he was key for Langston Hughes on the hardwood at Lemon Street Classic. He gives Hughes the size and toughness that they needed in the middle and was a huge piece in the Panthers' defensive efforts across three games. He's highly athletic and finished off plays at the rim at a high level and was consistently a high motor player in the paint and on the glass.
Devin Story, Evans
Story is the guy that makes the Evans offense go. He had 25 big points in a win over Marietta and two other performances in double figures. At 6-foot-3, he is very well rounded and can create for himself and teammates off the bounce and score the ball from every level. He shoots the ball well from three and can get hot in a hurry. College coaches will definitely want to continue to keep tabs on him as he is one of Georgia's better unsigned seniors.