Non-Senior Backcourts Duos – Looking Ahead Pt 5
CUMMING, GA – And we polish off this series with Part 5, backcourt duos we’re going to get to enjoy both still in this postseason and on into next season.
By: Keith Agran
Elijah Fisher and Javonne Williams | both 2023 | Paulding County
Insert fellow 2023 Frantzyr Chardovoine at your leisure here because he fits the bill just as well as his two classmates. What’s so compelling about both Fisher and Williams is the pace at which they play at both ends, seemingly never letting up, a mix of relentless pressure D and merciless attack-minded offense. Fisher can get going on scoring streaks that are game-altering, while Williams morphs between steady lead guard and explosive multi-level scorer of his own at a moment’s notice.
Keishawn Hampton and Zay Wilson | both 2023 | Meadowcreek
Watch for 2024 Daron Sturdivant to possibly crash this party next year making it a super-tough trio, but for right now we’ve got two plenty talented pieces in floor general Hampton and speedy defensive whiz Wilson. Both can score, Hampton has grown and gotten stronger and his game has expanded to become a serious weapon at all levels, he’s one of the true underrated lead guards in the ATL-Metro. Wilson is a gap-penetrating missile at times, using that great burst to break down defenses and act as stopper at the other end.
Yuta Yamamoto and Cameron James | both 2024 | Chattahoochee
Scouts and evaluators make the size argument all the time, and rightfully so, we need to be objective about projections. Yamamoto is yet another one of those guys who falls into that under-6 foot category, yet so often defies the size argument with his heady play. A shooter, distributor, leader, it’s my thought the next 2 years he has all the skills to dispel those worries. He’ll have an uber-talented running mate in James, one of the real pure talents in the 2024 class, set to make a monster breakout move both this summer and into next year with his multiverse of skills.
Josh Dixon and CJ Wallace | 2025 and 2023 | North Cobb Christian
The Eagles turned the ball over to Dixon (pictured above) all the way back in June Live Period camps even with a veteran crew returning and he’s made quite the splash as a young up-and-coming lead guard prospect in a 2025 class that has made a mark around town. The speed with the ball and pure scoring ability is something you can’t teach, it’s game-changing stuff in spurts. And with some of those veteran pieces moving on after this season, Wallace will have the chance to show off more than just his superb on-ball defending and consistent 3-pt shooting for what should still be another strong NCCS bunch in ’22-23.
Micah Tucker and Tyson Pittman | 2025 and 2024 | Mount Pisgah
Speaking of 2025’s who’ve already posted a strong resume, few frosh can exceed the work Tucker has put in during this first year as a Patriot. So advanced, such a high IQ at both ends, such a seamless ability to play either guard spot and score from such varying ranges of shot-making, it’s been quite an impressive ride to evaluate and so much more to come. Pittman joins fellow 2024 Michael Pace as returnees next year for Pisgah, and Pittman can be a key in helping to fill the void left by departing senior MJ Winter.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BracketSage.