#OTRHoopsReport: OntheRadarHoops.com Invitational Recap – Dec. 5, 2013
Gilbert drove his way past Luella at the OntheRadarHoops.com Invitational.
*Photo by Ty Freeman
Alpharetta, Ga. –
The buzz generated from last weekend’s OntheRadarHoops.com Invitational continues to echo into this week. Scholarship offers, highlight dunks and a number of games that went to the wire kept many people talking about the showcase that took place at St. Francis High School on Saturday night. Here is another look back at several of the performers that helped make the #OTRHoopsInvitational a success.
Alterique Gilbert (Lithonia, Ga.) Miller Grove – 2016
It is safe to say that the ball handling responsibilities for coach Sharman White’s Wolverine team will be in safe hands for the next three seasons. This is because of the outstanding play of his 5-foot-11 point guard. Gilbert showed on Saturday that he will be much more than a game manager at the point, but he proved that he will be a scoring lead guard for years to come. His game high 34 points helped Miller Grove beat Luella in a well played afternoon match-up.
Perhaps the most impressive part of Gilbert’s performance was his ability to knock down the three-pointer. He has been known as a jet in the backcourt with his strength and speed that allow him to bully opponents with the ball. On this night, however, his 6 three-pointers came at critical moments and powered his Wolverine teammates past Luella. Gilbert put himself square in the conversation of top prospects in the state of Georgia in the class of 2016 with this performance at the OntheRadarHoops.com Invitational.
Around the Rim
Shaun Jones of Lawrenceville, Ga. has been a prospect that several coaches and scouts left the gym talking about on Saturday afternoon. The 6-3 guard is strong, aggressive driver who is a tough match-up on the wing. What caught our eye was his ability to rebound from the off-guard position. Look for Jones to help head coach Branden Mayweather to compete in Region 8-AAAAAA in his first year at Central Gwinnett.
Woodward Academy’s comeback attempt versus North Cobb Christian fell short, however Christian Harrison’s effort is one to be applauded. The 6-5 forward helped erase a deficit of more than 15 points and nearly knocked off a talented Eagle opponent. Harrison signed to play at Troy University during the early signing period last month.
Another great dunk that must be mentioned came from Mercer signee Stephon Jelks of North Cobb Christian. His one-handed jam sent the crowd into a frenzy on Saturday afternoon. Check out his highlight here:
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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