#OTRHoopsReport: Player Feature – Drue Drinnon – March 23, 2015
DULUTH, Ga., – The Spring Showcase is becoming one of the featured stops for prospects in the Southeast to make a name for themselves. With national media coverage and top talent in the region, players are able to use this platform to build a reputation heading into the spring evaluation period. Drue Drinnon of Commerce, Ga., did exactly that and established himself as one of the next best guards to come out of the Peach State.
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PLAYER FEATURE: Drue Drinnon – East Jackson HS – Class of 2018
Not every player that comes into a camp with a mountain of expectations lives up to the hype. This was not the case with Drinnon on Saturday. He arrived on time and set out to prove that he belonged among the best in the camp. Drinnon is a killer with the ball in his hands. He can get defenders leaning the wrong way and can score moving in virtually any direction on the court. His ability to get his own shot and score at all three levels explains why Drinnon averaged 23 points and 7 assists per game for coach David Boyd’s East Jackson team this season.
He started quickly in the morning breakdown drills discarding defenders in 1/1 drills. Take a look at one of his highlights below:
— Shun Williams (@OntheRadarHoops) March 22, 2015
Drinnon kept the momentum going into game play as he teamed up with local prospects such as class of 2016 forward Will Springer of Buford High School and class of 2018 forward Chris Parks of Lanier High School to earn wins on the camp stage. What we learned about the 6-foot guard in game play is that his IQ equals his skill set, which cannot be said for every young talented guard. He plays within himself, but more importantly he makes the right basketball play more often than not. He is a willing distributor when he draws the double team.
Watch Drinnon’s game time highlights here compliments of @CoolieBai:
As we look into the future, we asked Naismith Award Selector Brandon Clay about Drinnon’s game and what to expect from him. Clay had a first hand look at the freshman guard’s performance on Saturday afternoon as he coached his team in their final camp game. He said this about Drinnon after the camp concluded, “Drinnon’s skill set at this age reminds me of recent Auburn commit Jared Harper. Like Harper, Drinnon can set the pace of the game, make open shots and use the high ball screen to create shots for his team.”
— Drue Drinnon (@liljosh8) March 21, 2015
Drinnon is off to a great start as a prep. Needless to say he has put himself upon the National Radar with his terrific freshman campaign at East Jackson and now with his performance at the Spring Showcase. You can catch him this summer on the circuit with the Georgia Stars and with his East Jackson High School team during the school year.
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Jonathan Hemingway is a National Evaluator for the OTRHoopsReport. He is also on the Board of Selectors for the Naismith Trophy. He is 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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