The Hawks showed a lot of fight in their game against Archer, staying even through three quarters. Junior wing Trey Shepherd looked the part at about 6-foot-4 with the ability to knock down shots from the perimeter. Senior forward Caleb Humphries also played very well, finishing plays off on the interior and playing strong in the paint on both ends of the floor.
Be on the lookout for a lot of mention of Tigers junior wing Kahmare Holmes. He has all of the physical tools of a Division I prospect at 6-foot-4 with a strong build. His ability to put the ball on the floor and get to the rim was very apparent in the win over Hillgrove, and when he gets to the rim he's extremely difficult to stop with his physicality. He also showed that he can knock down perimeter jump shots.
Sophomore forward Jacob Wilkins was probably the top overall performer on the day. He makes so many plays that you rarely see from an underclassman and he's got a great skill set with the size and length to match at 6-foot-9. He had more than a couple of highlight reel dunks and stretched his range well beyond the three-point line and knocked down shots consistently. He's a name to remember nationally in 2025.
It's hard to replace what the Wolves lost in the offseason, but they did well as a team and showed that they shouldn't be taken lightly this season. Seniors David Burnett and Cam Kelly give the Wolves plenty of athleticism and presence on both ends of the floor. Junior guard Brennan Wansley also played very well on both ends, showing the ability to score the ball from multiple levels as well as play athletically and guard his position.
Junior PG CJ Hyland had his second straight game of carrying a big part of the Rams' offense in the second half and down the stretch of the game. He had 17 points in the fourth quarter on Saturday and followed it with a 20-point performance on Monday, 18 of which came in the second half. He's a very savvy player and knows how to get to his spots and convert.
Etowah's trio of Virginia Tech signee Brandon Rechsteiner, Mason Etter, and Chase Clemmons all showed up in their own way against Grayson. Rechsteiner was great distributing the ball and making reads out of ball screens. Etter showed how much of a glue-guy he is, knocking down shots, drawing charges, and playing with toughness. Clemmons was able to find success shooting the ball from the perimeter and using the bounce to get into the paint.
Senior forward Julian Walker had the most electrifying game of the day. While his skill set is still developing on the offensive end, he makes a huge impact on the game with his athleticism, motor, rebounding ability, and fearlessness. He had a big double double against Wheeler, throwing down a number of huge dunks. With his athletic ability at 6-foot-7, college coaches will want to know his name.
The Wildcats are treading a little lightly in the early season, trying to figure out which lineup combinations and strategies work the best for them. What was very obvious on Monday was how much of an impact senior big man and USC signee Arrinten Page had. He's got elite level size with a skill set to match and he's going to be a difficult matchup for any team this season. He had a couple nice moves on the block finishing with hook shots, he knocked down a three, he had some big finishes from the dunk spot, and he protected the rim well.