#OTRHoopsReport: Sophomore’s on the rise in Georgia – Jan. 30, 2018

Anthony Edwards has had multiple big games this season for Holy Spirit. Photo – Ty Freeman 

Atlanta, Ga – This week we take look into the future by focusing on the class of 2020 in a two part series. The talent from around the nation is deep as numerous prospects from the 2020 class have already made an impact on the national scene. Here is a look at a few of those names from around the state of Georgia. 

Anthony Edwards – Holy Spirit (GA)

There are not many sophomores in the country who have had a more productive season then Edwards. He is a physical wing-type with point guard skills. His jump shot looks smooth out to the stripe and he has the ability to punish his defender by posting him up. He is a tough matchup; his size, length and bounce give him a great advantage over most shooting guards and he finds ways to score without having to always be set up.

Josh Taylor – Columbia (GA)

This 6-foot-7 forward has the ability to collect a double-double anytime he steps foot on the court. He is productive 17 feet and in where he can score on mid-range shots off the catch and get to the rim with power drives and slashes.  Taylor does a nice job fighting for low post position; once he catches he can score going left or right should. Taylor is currently averaging 15 points 14 rebounds this season for the Eagles.

Brandon Boston – Norcross (GA)

There are not many players in the country who can shoot the ball as well as Boston. He does a great job of sprinting the outside lane in order to spot up along the three-point line where he can knock down open threes over smaller or late closers with ease. Boston has a good feel for his strengths with is his perimeter shooting and he knows how to move without the ball to get open.

Sharife Cooper – McEachern (GA)

There may not be another player in the sophomore class nationally who has had a bigger impact on the national stage then cooper. He has great court vision and regularly sees the next pass before it happens.  He passes over and around traps and double teams and he is great at using pass and shot fakes to move the defense out of position. Cooper scores on mid-range pull ups, slashes in the lane and connecting on shots from behind the three point stripe.

Jaden Walker – Discovery (GA)

Walker is lead guard with terrific size, strength, and length for his position. He sees the court and puts immediate pressuring on the defense by advancing the ball with the pass or the dribble. He can make plays in the quarter court by shaking his man to either side and utilizes his size and athleticism to finish around the basket.

Walker Kessler – Woodward Academy (GA)

Kessler is a fundamentally sound basketball player with a high basketball IQ. He scores the basketball all over the floor and is an efficient player in the post. Kessler uses his good hands to score with jump hooks, turn shots and open 12-15 footers with needed time and space. He is a good area rebounder on both ends and defensively he does a nice job of blocking and changing shots.

Shun_Williams_OTRHoopsShun 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 a member of the Naismith National High School Board of Selectors and the Atlanta Tip-Off Club. He is the director of the On the Radar Hoops Fall/Spring Showcases, On the Radar Hoops Invitational, Elite 32 Session I & II, Power 24, Atlanta Classic and Super 6 Showcase.

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