OTR Hoops – Georgia Hoops Interstate Classic – January 14, 2024
ATHENS, Georgia, – The third annual Georgia Hoops Interstate Classic took place on Saturday at Cedar Shoals High School. Seven games matched up several up-and-coming teams in the state of Georgia and even featured a heavy hitter from outside the state. We took notes and compiled the top performers from the event. Here is the first rundown of top performers from last weekend.
By: Jonathan Hemingway
Dimitri Angelakos – Etowah High School – 2024
Angelakos is a 6-foot-3 shooting guard who scored 24 points in a win over Central Gwinnett in the third game of the day. He is a well-built athlete who is headed to Georgia Tech next fall to play baseball. However, he is a proven force on the hardwood as well. He reminds me of former Atlanta Hawk Marco Belinelli. The comparison is rooted in Angelakos’ ability to shoot the ball coming off screens and be an effective scorer in the midrange. The Eagles are set up for a postseason run if Angelakos continues to play as he did on Saturday.
Trey Rhodes – Cedar Grove – 2026
Rhodes recently joined the Saint roster and is making an immediate impact. The sophomore combo guard is a terrific athlete with superb size for the position. Listed at 6-4, he uses his length and strength to score in traffic and impact on the defensive end. He finished with 15 points in a win over Walnut Grove, which included three triples in the contest.
Xavier Perry – Victory Christian – 2024
Perry wowed the crowd in the first half of Victory Christian’s game on Saturday evening. He went into the locker room with 12 points, all on 3-pointers, which he delivered in slick fashion. He is a natural point guard. He leads his teammates to a shot with anticipating passes. And he gets the offense rolling by leading the break with confidence. Of all the uncommitted seniors that played at the event, Perry’s name was mentioned the most often by media members.
Isaiah Dennis – Baldwin High School – 2024
Dennis first got onto the radar last spring at the Birmingham Classic (story). He brought the same energy and production to the floor with his Baldwin High School squad as he did in March. He is a dead eye shooter who does not need a lot of time to get his shot off. He plays the game with tremendous confidence with the ball in his hands. And colleges that are looking to add more shooting to the roster should consider the senior out of Milledgeville. He finished with 24 points and with four 3-pointers.
Michael Robinson – Greenforest Academy – 2024
Greenforest is typically known for their size along the frontline, but this season the Eagles have a pair of smaller guards leading the way for coach Rory Griffin. Senior guard Elijah Lewis has been lights out this season, but on this night, it was his back court partner, Robinson, who did the most damage. The Eagles were in a mire of frustration due to Baldwin’s sticky defense. Momentum appeared to change when Robinson sank a 40-foot buzzer beater at the end of the 3rd quarter. This plus some timely playmaking and defensive stops by the guard helped propel Greenforest to a quality win over a tough Baldwin team.
Nile King – Union Grove High School – 2024
King delivered in the important moments of his team’s match-up with Cedar Shoals to seal the win. The host team went into halftime with a double-digit lead and appeared to have all the momentum locked up. King turned that around with a few paint finishes and midrange jumpers. He finished with a team high 18 points on the night. The 6-5 prospect projects to be a versatile threat at the collegiate level. He has the athleticism to be a highflyer on the break and able to impact as a versatile defender. He has the face-up skill to stretch taller defenders past the arc.
Jonathan Hemingway has been a National Evaluator for On the Radar Hoops since 2013. He has been involved in the basketball community since 1995 as a coach, camp director and evaluator. You can reach him at JLHemingway@gmail.com and follow him on twitter @JL_Hemingway.
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