Wheeler Tournament of Champions: Monday Notes
With 14 games on the slate for the second day of the TOC Classic at Wheeler, there was a lot to take in, a lot to discover, and a lot to learn. There were quite a few notable performances by players and teams as well as a rematch of what was the game of the year so far. Here are a few notes from the day:
- Sequoyah 2022 guard Dylan Wolle continues to shoot the ball at a really high level. When he is in rhythm and gets his feet set, he is extremely deadly. He knocked down seven triples en route to a 23-point performance.
- Heritage School 2024 guard Max Skidmore was really impressive against Sequoyah. The 6-foot-2 lefty can play both on and off the ball, and he made terrific reads off the dribble and was a very effective shooter from the perimeter. He will be a player to make note of over the next few years.
- East Coweta 2022 forward Delrecco Gillespie made his mark on Peach State basketball at the TOC Classic. The Michigan transplant has good size and length at 6-foot-7 and is very effective finishing in the paint and hitting the glass. In October, he earned an offer from Eastern Michigan. He will continue to make an impression on Georgia's basketball scene as well.
- Lanier 2024 forward Jayce Nathaniel has a chance to be a really good player in Georgia's 2024 class. He showed really good offensive abilities, passing the ball with effectiveness and finishing at the rim. As he continues to develop, he could become a very effective two-way player.
- Florida signee Kowacie Reeves Jr. (Pictured) has some special offensive abilities. He has grown physically and with that growth comes strength that helps him off the bounce as well as on the glass. We are extremely high on the way his game will translate to the next level and think he has a really high ceiling and will make a big impact in Gainesville.
- Salem senior guard Javen Flowers-Smith put in one of the top performances of the day with 31 points and a number of assists in a win over St. Anne Pacelli. He hit shots from the perimeter and created for himself off the bounce, getting to his spots and pulling up in the midrange. He also told us that his recruitment is still wide open. LM's and D2's in need of a point guard late will for sure want to give him a look.
- St. Anne Pacelli senior wing Travis Harper continues to impress our staff with his offensive play on the perimeter. He was really effective at TOC Classic shooting the ball, hitting a number of threes and totaling 23 points.
- Lithonia senior wing Raheem Swain has had a really good senior season. He plays in attack mode at all times and can get to the rim and finish emphatically. He has created a lot of buzz this season and has flown under the radar as one of the better unsigned seniors in metro Atlanta.
- I really like what I saw from Cumberland Christian 2023 forward Gora Niang. At 6-foot-6, he plays with a relentless motor and rebounds the ball at a really high level. He also showed good offensive signs, scoring the ball in the paint and connecting from the perimeter.
- The rematch between Grayson & North Gwinnett was another one to remember. The two teams traded punches and counter punches down the stretch. UAH signee Brendan Rigsbee was great in the final minutes for NG, but Grayson was able to use big free throws by Clemson signee Ian Schieffelin, who was really solid on the interior all game, to take the win.
- Cross Creek 2023 wing/forward Antoine Lorick will be one of the next good ones out of Augusta. At 6-foot-5 he was able to knock down shots from three as well as cut to the basket and finish above the rim. He's an interesting prospect and one that should attract interest moving forward.