#OTRHoopsReport: Hoopsgiving Friday Standouts – November 26, 2018

ATLANTA, Georgia, – The Holiday Hoopsgiving completed the fifth year of elite competition and high profile visibility. National media members from around the country flew into the city to take in the action. The Adidas sponsored event was created by Chris and Tiffany Williams and is hosted at Holy Innocents School yearly. Replays of all the games in both gyms can be found on TheSUVtv.com. For more information on the tournament visit the website HERE. Our #OTRHoopsReport staff was on hand for the Friday featured games. Here are our takeaways.

Article written by Jonathan Hemingway

Eugene Brown III (Decatur, Georgia), Southwest DeKalb HS – 2020

The secret is out: Eugene Brown is an ELITE shooter. He started the night with a 3-pointer from the corner versus the Blue Devil’s zone and did not let up all night. The 6-foot-5 guard has all the athletic tools to play high level collegiate basketball. It is his shooting ability that is the separator for him at this level and the next.  He reminds me of Chris Lofton that played at the University of Tennessee more than a decade ago. He scored 25 points in a win over Norcross, which included seven 3-pointers. He picked up offers from Xavier and Kennesaw State following that performance.

Damian Dunn (Norcross, Georgia), Meadowcreek HS – 2019

The Mustangs took home the GHSA Class AAAAAAA state championship last season and they got better this year. Dunn is a big reason why coach Curtis Gilleylen’s group should be a favorite to repeat this year. The Temple signee is a bonafide scorer. The 6-6 guard has legitimate play-making skills in the back court. He used those ball skills to get his own shot early in often in a match-up versus South Shore HS (NY). He scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds in that game.

Devin Gordon (Mableton, Georgia), Pebblebrook HS – 2019

Gordon should be one of the top targets in the Peach State when the late signing period comes next spring. He has transformed his body since transferring to play for coach George Washington at Pebblebrook. He has kept his accurate shooting touch and is a constant threat to score from range. He scored 21 points and snagged seven rebounds in a match-up versus Morgan County on Friday. He picked up an offer from SIU-Edwardsville earlier this year.

Rodney Howard (Roswell, Georgia), Legacy Early College – 2019

Howard is a 6-10 post player who has the frame and skill set to make waves in the SEC. He is headed to play for Kermit Davis at Ole Miss next season. He showed his ability to seal effectively for lob passes and flush dunks with ease. Most importantly was Howard’s willingness to play with energy and give second effort consistently. He finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and the game winner for Legacy over Huntington Prep on Saturday.

Tyrin Lawrence (Madison, Georgia), Morgan County – 2019

Lawrence will be another hot name this spring for college coaches in the state of Georgia. The left-handed guard displayed outstanding athleticism and scoring ability in a win over Pebblebrook. His ability to get downhill to finish at the rim is notable. However, he keeps a balanced scoring game with his deep range out beyond the arc. He picked up an offer from Charleston Southern over the weekend while finishing with 16 and 22 points in two games at Hoopsgiving.

Chance Moore (Atlanta, Georgia), Holy Innocents – 2021

Moore burst onto the scene early Friday afternoon. He finished with 30 points, nine rebounds and three assists in an overtime win over Therrell. The 6-5 guard placed his stamp as one of the top prospects in the Peach State in this game. He is a threat to score from distance or in the lane. He picked up offers from Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Xavier this weekend.

Kadary Richmond (Brooklyn, New York), South Shore HS – 2019

Richmond is full of next level potential. He displayed a great pull-up game going either direction. His scoring mentality helped set up the rest of his game. The ability to score or being willing to set up his teammates with the pass is unique for a 6-5 shooting guard. He scored 12 points and snatched eight rebounds in a match-up versus Meadowcreek.

JT Thor (Huntington, West Virginia), Huntington Prep – 2021

Thor is a 5-star prospect nationally according to 247 Sports. Standing 6-9, he brings a unique blend of length, skill and athleticism. The separator for him in terms of similar prospects is his shooting range. He scored 18 points in a win over Lincoln Prep on Friday evening, which included several from long range.

Moulaye Sissoko (Suwanee, Georgia), Lincoln Academy – 2019

The Mali-native is a very intriguing basketball player to evaluate. While many coaches are leaning towards post players who can stretch the floor with jump shooting, Sissoko provides bull-like strength in the paint while having ballerina-esque footwork around the basket. The Dayton signee showed all of his skills in an intense match-up with Huntington Prep on Friday evening. Expect to see dozens of double-double stat lines from him in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

Marvin ‘Tre’ Williams III (Wasatch, Utah), Wasatch Academy – 2019

Williams announced his commitment to Minnesota earlier this fall. The 6-5 guard will bring high energy to each end of the floor in the B1G Conference. He demonstrated great athleticism in transition as he proved he could take contact and still finish at the rim. He was equally as effective at scoring from distance. His 19 points led the Tigers in a win over Legacy Early College on Friday.

Photo – Ty Freeman

Jonathan Hemingway is a National Evaluator for the OTRHoopsReport. Hemingway serves on the Board of Selectors for the Naismith Trophy. He is also the publisher of CoachHemi.com. 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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