#OTRHoopsReport – Sweet 16 Recap – May 8, 2014
Thomas showed how he is transitioning his game at the Sweet 16. *Photo by Nakita Hemingway
Marietta, Ga. – The Sweet 16 proved to be a success this year. Players from around the Southeast converged on Suwanee Sports Academy Cobb and competed in front of dozens of college coaches.
Davion Thomas, (Columbus, GA)-Northside-Columbus HS-2016
Thomas is an elite level athlete who is now making the transition from power forward to wing forward, the position he is best suited to play in the future. He has great length along with quick hops that make him an effective finisher on the break and a good shot blocker on the defensive end. He is an athlete with good lateral speed that can defend multiple positions. He gets after the offensive glass and showed his ability to make spectacular plays at the rim on put backs. In both the half court and in transition he can put the ball on the floor and get it to the basket to finish emphatically.
Rhysante Ellis, (New Bern, NC) New Bern HS-2016
This 6-foot guard is elusive in the open court where he was able to get into the lane at will. He has good quickness with the ball and a quick first step. He scores off the catch and the bounce on the perimeter. He also possesses good court vision to distribute the ball to his teammates. His terrific feel for the game allows him to finish at the basket and with contact.
Miami Suns Elite class of 2016 power forward Patrick Eugene averaged 16 points per game along with 12 rebounds helping the Suns go 4-0 at the Sweet 16. Eugene was active on the boards on the offensive and defensive end of the floor. He will be a player to watch in the 2016 class.
Class of 2016 forward Zachary Knecht of Douglass, Fla. had a strong showing for the Taylored Athletes Vipers. The 6 -7 forward runs the floor well while also sporting a nice back to the basket game. His versatility also allowed him to knock down shots facing the basket.
ATL Swish were led by class of 2016 lead guard Isaiah Howard who was effective attacking the basket where he was able to find teammates for easy baskets.
Class of 2018 point guard Trevin Wade of Georgia Phoenix impressed our On the Radar Hoops Staff over the weekend. This young guard was crafty in transition pushing the ball either way all the way to the rim or finding teammates to finish the break.
2016 SF Nicholas Cunningham of North Georgia Elite was lights out from behind the arc, he had multiple of games of (4) or more three pointers. Cunningham has the ability to stretch the floor and is automatic if left open.
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