#OTRHoopsReport: Tournament of Champions Classic Recap – Jan. 2, 2017
The McEachern Indian’s walked away with the National Division Championship.
Marietta, Ga – The Tournament of Champions Classic in its first year has laid the foundation to be one of the nation’s most prestigious showcases, which displayed some of the top programs around the country. These matchups allowed for a terrific showdown over the weekend. The line-up included nationally ranked players such as Collin Sexton, Nick Weatherspoon, Javonte Smart and Khavon Moore. Here is a look at a few individuals who took advantage of the exposure.
Michael Devoe – (Orlando, FL) – Oak Ridge
Devoe has good size and the ability to score from three off the catch and slash to the rim in transition as well as from the wing in the half court. He also loves to attack the rim along the baseline and has the size and strength to finish in traffic. He showed he could defend multiple positions, using his size and length as a big advantage. Florida Gulf Coast, Georgia Tech, LSU, UMass and Miami have offered the junior guard.
Collin Sexton – (Mableton, GA) – Pebblebrook
There may not be a more exciting player in high school basketball than Sexton. He put on a remarkable performance against Norcross. Sexton was 13-of-19 from the field scoring 32 points, leading the Falcons to a FAB 4 title and earning MVP for that division. He got in the lane at will to score with acrobatic layups or finished above the rim. Sexton got into a groove where he knocked down deep three pointers in the corner and connected on mid-range jumpers.
Collin Sexton aka #YoungBull is on fire here at the @ClassicToc. 4th quarter in progress here https://t.co/CY4QE23xTY#TOCClassic#SUVtv pic.twitter.com/NXvLCVKsQ9
— SUVtv (@SUVtv) December 30, 2016
Isaac Okoro – (Powder Springs, GA) – McEachern
Every day Okoro showed up and performed ultimately helping McEachern claim the National Division Championship and earn MVP honors. He is a great transition finisher because of him being such an explosive athlete. He has good size and strength as he attacks the rim with power. In the half court, he takes advantage of opportunities and loves to attack the basket and draw contact against bigger players and has the strength to finish through contact.
Nick Weatherspoon – (Camden, MS) – Velma Jackson
Weatherspoon was simply in attack mode the entire week. He can grab a defensive rebound and go coast to coast where he can score by getting all the way to the rim or with a mid-range pull up when he get the defense on its heels. Weatherspoon can bounce off defenders and hang or clutch in the air for acrobatic finishes.
Isaiah Hart – (Mableton, GA) – Whitefield Academy
Easily the most talked about player during the past week has to be available guard Isaiah Hart. Hart put together multiple big time performances scoring 33 points, 42 points and 29 points. He currently holds an offer from Loyola University but I’m sure that will change in the coming weeks. He is an attacking lead guard that can get into the lane at will. He can also take the outlet pass and be at the rim before the defense recovers. He does a good job of creating space in order to get his jumper off against bigger defenders.
Sr guard Isaiah Hart has no doubt raised his stock this week. Hart willing his teams to victories including a 42pt outburst #tocclassic
— CourtCred (@courtcred) December 29, 2016
Neftali Alvarez – (Miami, FL) – Miami Christian
This skilled combo guard played with a ton of energy and set the tone against a talented Norcross team. He has the ability penetrate, drive, draw and kick and get the ball to teammates where they are in a position to score. He has a great stroke and deep range that forces the defense to stretch, which opens all kinds of driving lanes for his teammates. Alvarez is more of a shooting guard now but he has the tools to play the point and be very affective.
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