#OTRHoopsReport: Post Season Roundtable – A Look Forward – March 10, 2014
Will Jackson led his his Athens Christian Eagles to a Final Four this season, but he still has more work to do next season.
The Post Season Roundtable will cover several topics from this year’s high school season in the state of Georgia. Our panel of writers from OntheRadarHoops.com has been in gym all across the state and will share what they have observed this year.
Which underclassmen are you the most anxious to watch for next year?
Some might not have known Courtney Alexander of Marrietta, Ga. coming into this season. However, after leading his Whitefield Academy to a runner-up finish in the Class A private school, the eyes of the state will be fixed upon the 6-foot-8 forward next season. The lanky left-hander is an intriguing talent as he has the athleticism to defend multiple positions on the floor while also having the spring in his legs to dominate the glass. Alexander also has an offensive skill set that has not completely rounded out as of yet. This is why I am anxious to see how Alexander progresses over the summer. Alexander has already garnered interest from a number of BCS college including Alabama who was at Whitefield Academy’s Final Four appearance last week to watch him play.
– Jonathan Hemingway
Will Jackson of Athens, Ga., patiently waited for a chance to go off as he returned to the Athens Christian lineup mid-season following a knee procedure. For the second straight year, Jackson can point to the Final Four in the state tournament and tell his teammates, “fellas we made it.” Along the way, the 6-5 point guard shined in front of UConn coach Kevin Ollie earning a scholarship in the process. He also had 19 points over Top 100 prospect and Marquette signee Ahmed Hill of Aquinas (GA). Next year, Jackson should have a chance to compete for the Mr. Basketball award as well as lead Athens Christian back to Macon once again. We’ll be here to continue tell the story.
Marcus Sheffield of Johns Creek, Ga. turned the corner this year as he showed marked improvement each week. Although a natural swing forward, the 6-7 athlete took the majority of the ball handling duties for a Chattahoochee team that graduated their primary ball handlers last year. As a result, Sheffield was named Region 6-AAAAAA Player of the Year this year. He then went on to score 40 points in the first round of the Region Tournament, which propelled his team into the GHSA state tournament. If Sheffield carries this play over into the summer, many of the top programs in the country will be beating the door down to land the versatile wing-forward.
Brandon Clay is the Director of Scouting for the OTRHoopsReport.com. Clay is also the owner of Peach State Basketball, Inc., and ProspectsNation.com. Clay has been involved in the community since 2001 as an evaluator, event operator and trainer. You can reach him at BrandonClay@PeachStateBasketball.com
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
Shun Williams is the owner of On the Radar Hoops, Inc. The On the Radar Hoops Report is picked up by Division I and II colleges and universities across the country. He serves as the director of the On the Radar Hoops Fall Showcase, On the Radar Hoops Spring Showcase, On the Radar Hoops Invitational, Elite 32 Session I, Elite 32 Session II and Power 24