#OTRHoopsReport Event Recap: Fall Showcase
ATLANTA, Ga. – Some of the best players from around the state of Georgia geared up for the high school season by squaring off against one another this weekend. Top committed players and up and coming stars alike sharpened their skills in drill stations before squaring off in game play in the afternoon. In the end over 120 campers showed up to compete and helped make the Fall Showcase the fastest growing exposure camp in the Southeast. Here is a look at some of the storylines from this weekend.
COMMITTED SENIORS SET THE TONE
From the time of the announcement of the camp roster until the sounding of the last horn, there was no doubt that Phil Cofer of Fayetteville, Ga. and Devin Mitchell of Suwanee, Ga. were the two headliners in the building. Cofer, a 6-foot-8 power forward, worked as hard as anyone in the building on Saturday morning during the skill stations. The Tennessee commit seems determined to improve his skill set almost daily. Mitchell the Alabama commit, brought enthusiasm and energy to game play immediately. In speaks volumes of the work ethic of both that they were the hardest working players at Holy Innocents on Saturday.
PLAYING FOR KEEPS
There were those at the Fall Showcase like Eric Hamilton of Duluth, Ga. who still feel like they have plenty to prove. The 6-8 forward showed up much like a man on a mission set out to prove that he belongs in the discussion of the top uncommitted seniors left in the state of Georgia. Alongside of Hamilton was Kendall Crute of Marietta, Ga. who built upon his steady play from July with a solid showing this weekend. Devon Dorsett of Lithonia, Ga. proved why several Division One programs are pursuing his talents. The 6-6 athlete seems poised to help lead his Miller Grove High School team to a sixth straight championship.
Although the door for recruiting is nearly closed for the class of 2014, the Fall Showcase provided the stage for the next stars in Georgia. Point guard O’Showen Williams of Macon, Ga. is a must see prospect in the class of 2015. Shawntrez Davis of East Point, Ga. proved that he belongs in the discussion for one of the top 100 prospects nationally in the same class. However, it would be two players in the 2017 class that had the gym buzzing all day. Wendall Carter of Atlanta, Ga. reminds our staff of former Los Angeles Clipper, Howard Thompkins, at the same age. His high school teammate, MJ Walker is a dangerous threat on the wing. That duo is sure to be a lethal combination for years to come.
Jonathan Hemingway is a National Evaluator for the OTRHoopsReport. He is also the owner of Coach Hemingway Basketball. He has been involved in the community since 1996 as a coach, camp director and evaluator. You can reach him via email at JonathanHemingway@PeachStateBasketball.com and follow him on twitter @JLHemingwayPSB
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