Jared Cook Classic – Monday Impression-Makers
SUWANEE, GA – The annual Jared Cook Classic at North Gwinnett, held over 3 days, brought together another jam-packed field of talented clubs.
Got a chance to take in Monday’s action, here were some Impression-Makers:
By: Keith Agran
Jacob Wilkins | 6-9 | SF | Parkview | 2025
After a strong outing in our OTR Tipoff Classic 2 days earlier back was Wilkins showing off some of the emerging brilliance in his game, certainly the dunks and activity around the basket harken back to his famous dad Dominique but more than that his precision outside shooting from distance has impressed, he’s a willing catch and release guy for a young player and that makes him well beyond his years in the way he attacks the game, lean frame will need to absorb blows this year before he can put on some weight as teams will surely look to bully him to keep from unleashing his vast arsenal, but first they have to lasso him and that is proving game by game to be a tall task.
Cameron Kelly | 6-5 | PF | Buford | 2023
Enjoy watching the forward combo of Kelly, London Williams and hybrid G/F David Burnett go to work for the Wolves, on this night it was Kelly’s elite athleticism around the basket that stood out in a close one with Parkview and their own mobile bigs, Kelly may not be a super-polished product on the hardwood but he has such natural gifts as a mover and such great feet and hands that from 8 feet in it’s a whole lot to deal with as he makes his way to the cup.
Chad Moodie | 6-8 | PF | Grayson | 2023
It’s seemingly always a guard-show with Grayson especially in recent years and this year’s group of Gicarri Harris, CJ Hyland, Anthony Alston, Corey Gatlin and rising 2026 Kayden Allen has been the catalyst for their good start, but you cannot sleep on Moodie’s importance to any deep playoff success as the senior has put the time in on his body and game and can be a real physical force opposite the perimeter options, as rising sophomore Amir Taylor continues his growth Moodie has been assertive making a lot of the tough plays inside and is a serious factor at both ends, he’s off to Alabama A&M next fall.
Chase Clemmons | 6-1 | SG | Etowah | 2023
So much attention and rightfully so is paid to fellow senior and Virginia Tech-commit Brandon Rechsteiner when he has the ball that it’s become apparent that Clemmons can capitalize on extra touches and better looks, he’s always been a skilled scorer with excellent shooting range and a nice burst at the rim, he can take pressure of Rechsteiner by handling the ball more and either be a creator for some other dangerous Eagle options or allow Rechsteiner to peel off screens and get some space for his jump shot, the Eagles are again playing are brutal slate to open the campaign so it should harden them for Region 6-6A play where Clemmons and Co. should be the favorites having dropped back to 6A from 7A, recently re-opened his recruitment after de-committing from Nebraska.
Arrinten Page | 6-9 | PF | Wheeler | 2023
Aside from the frame already built for his soon-to-be home at Southern Cal I’ve been so impressed with how much better the jump shot is from Page and the deepened range that comes with it, for most in-state opponents Page is going to be a handful around the basket as he’s got superb feel as a back to the basket guy and plenty of agility to face-up and put the ball on the floor past less mobile bigs, the shot-blocking too has always been well-timed and a weapon and he appears to be flowing with confidence as part of a nationally-ranked Wildcat squad with talent galore led by fellow future Trojan Isaiah Collier.
Julian Walker | 6-7 | PF | North Gwinnett | 2023
Showed zero back down against the imposing Wheeler frontline and went after chances around the rim and the glass with the kind of activity we saw in impressive spurts over the summer with BCB, his work with that travel org clearly has paid off both in confidence against a frontline the level of the Wildcats and in the available package he can unleash around the basket, certainly as a putback machine and quick catch and dunk guy he can be a key force as this NG team finds its rhythm with a group of hungry seniors alongside Walker like Blake Seitz, Lane Vance, Grant Godfrey and Ethan Washington (when the latter 2 shake off the rust from football).
Keith Agran has lived in Georgia since 2011 and joined OTR as a National Evaluator in 2021. He previously scouted for Prep Hoops dating back to 2019 and has both a championship-coaching background on the HS-level and daily newspaper writing experience, both from New Jersey. You can reach him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @BracketSage.
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