#OTRHoopsReport: Georgia’s Elite 8 Classic Top Performers – Nov 14, 2016
Isaac Okoro of McEachern (GA) showed why he is one of the top 2019 players in the county at the Georgia’s Elite 8 Classic. Photo Cred – Ty Freeman
Atlanta, Ga – Whether the players were signed to play for a college program next year or still deciding on which school they will call home, there was plenty of talent at the Georgia’s Elite 8 Classic. Everyone had to execute in order to get a victory. In this recap we look at prospects who impacted their team for a victory in their respective games.
Isaac Okoro – (Powder Springs, Ga) – McEarchern
There aren’t many sophomores that have the combination of size, athleticism, and skill as Okoro. Saturday night he showed an improved jump shot, He hit three’s off the catch and when he spotted up in transition or spacing on the side of dribble penetration in the half court. He is also a good ball handler and passer with the ability to draw and kick to the open man once he draws a second defender. Okoro was the only underclassmen from Georgia to participate in the USA Basketball Mini Camp held in Colorado Springs.
Al Durham – (Lilburn, Ga) – Berkmar
This Indiana signee was able to get to the basket at will, he showed the ability to score at all three levels. He is an athletic slasher that is very effective at getting to the basket and finishing, He can make acrobatic plays in transition. Durham was also effective in pick and roll situations where he consistently hit the deep jumper or found teammates cutting to the basket.
Demiere Black – (Powder Springs, Ga ) – Hillgrove
Black is a combo guard who excels at pushing the ball down the court, penetrating and hitting open teammates with on-target passes. He has good acceleration, including an overdrive gear, which he utilizes to explode to the hoop. Once in the lane, Black showed that he was capable of finishing through contact and making tough shots. Black finished with a game high 19 points to lead Hillgrove to win over Walton.
Jay Estime – (Lilburn, Ga) –Berkmar
Saturday night Estime made it rain from behind the three point line. Estime has the ability to stretch the floor and if he gets hot he can reel off multiple three pointers in a row. That’s exactly what happened Saturday night, Estime knocked down (7) three pointers as Berkmar easily ran away with the win.
Demiere Brown – (Marietta, Ga) – North Cobb Christian
Brown has the size and skill to play on the perimeter and score on the low block. He is quite potent in transition where he knows how to finish at or above the rim. He plays with good energy and can make plays at both ends of the floor. He has the ability to rebound in traffic and lead the fast break and he is quite the gifted passer. Brown showed that he was capable of shooting the deep jumper and attacking the defense to finish at the rim. North Cobb Christian pulled away from Cartersville in the fourth quarter, Brown finished with 34 points.
On the Radar
College programs looking for an under the radar guard have to take a look at Jaylon Pugh of Cartersville, Georgia. The junior guard can make mid-range shots off the catch or dribble with range to about 17 feet and can score big numbers in a short period of time when he is in the flow. He is a scoring guard in a point guard’s body although he can get others a shot when he attacks and the defensive collapses.
Myles Hamilton is another player who caught our staff’s attention Saturday afternoon. He is a combo guard who makes plays for himself and others. He has a solid handle with good court vision, and pinpoint passing ability. He can drive to score or dish and shows good understanding of how to read the defense and make decisions while in attack mode.
At 6-foot-6, Brandon Suggs is a long thin forward that competes and works hard on both ends of the floor. He runs well and get up and down the court at a very good pace. He has a nice touch in tight around the lane and also displayed the ability to step out and hit the open short corner jumper.
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