#OTRHoopsReport: Georgia’s Elite 8 Classic Underclassmen – Nov 16, 2016
Freshman guard Sharife Cooper of McEachern (GA) did a good job of managing the team Saturday in a win. Photo Cred Ty Freeman
Atlanta, Ga – At events like the Georgia’s Elite 8 Classic at McEachern High School, it was a good chance to look into the future and see who basketball fans will be following in years to come. This event gave a quality look at underclassmen who will inevitably see their recruitment pick up as the summer months approach.
Sharife Cooper – (Powder Springs, Ga) – McEarchern
In the first game of the season, McEarchern had an early test against defending state champ Miller Grove. Cooper never seemed to get rattled under pressure, he pushes the ball in transition and is a threat to score or draw a second defender and pass a teammate for a wide open shot. He changes speeds and directions on a dime and is a good enough shooter from beyond the arc to keep the defense honest. Cooper has a deadly floater when he attacks the lane which he can do at will or he will bounce into a smooth pull up jumper
Alyn Breed – (Powder Springs, Ga) – McEarchern
Breed is a scorer who can make shots in bunches. He has the ability to shoot from deep, but is also good with his pull-up game and can finish around the basket as well. Breed is unselfish on the break and is always looking for the open man. He’s a pretty active defensive player who has the talent to put pressure on the ball and keep his man in front of him.
Jamir Chaplin – (Lilburn, Ga) – Meadowcreek
Chaplin is an athletic wing that excels in transition and in the half court with slashes between defenders. He is athletic enough to finish above the rim on the break or in traffic. He is a very good baseline driver and has the speed and quickness to beat the help defenders to the rim. Chaplin finished with a game high 26 points in a win
Ebenezer Dowuona – (Newnan, Ga) – The Heritage School
This 6-foot-10 freshman forward has long arms, good athletic ability and an improving skill set around the basket. He has the ability to finish plays in traffic and even displayed a jumper from the high post. He was most effective on the defense where he did a good job of blocking and altering shots around the basket.
Amari Kelly – (Lilburn, Ga) – Meadowcreek
Late in the fourth quarter, Kelly had a stretch where he accounted for 6 points helping Meadowcreek pull away from The Heritage School. Kelly displayed the ability to score in a variety of ways. He can connect on jumpers from the high post or short corner as well as score with either hand around the basket. Defensively, he does a good job of providing help side defensive and rebounds well in his area.
Miller Grove has had a long list of guards come through its program, this year its Tae Hardy’s turn. Hardy has a combination of good size and athletic ability. He has the ability to break down defenders in transiton, from the top of the key or from the wing to get into the lane. Once in the lane he does a good job of finishing in traffic or finishing through contact. Hardy finished with a game high 32 points Saturday night against McEachern.
Footage of Tae Hardy provided by Atlanta Hoops TV
The majority of college programs around the country are in need of players with size, North Cobb Christian has (2) 6-foot-8 players in Will Crumly and Moses Merrit. Crumly He can space the floor by pulling opposing bigs away from the bucket, utilizing his ability to hit jumpers from the wing and from sometimes 3-point range. Merrit makes his mark with his ability to rebound the ball and defend the low post. He has good athleticism and a motor which allows him to score inside from his post moves and second chance put backs.
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