#OTRHoopsReport: Weekend overview of the Holiday Hoopsgiving – Nov. 30, 2016
The fourth annual Holiday Hoopsgiving brought together some of the nations best teams for a weekend packed with basketball.
Atlanta, Ga – At events like the Holiday Hoopsgiving at Holy Innocents High School, it is always a good chance to look into the future and see who basketball fans will be following next season and for years to come. This event gave our staff a quality look at some of the best teams from around the country. Here is an overview of the standout performers:
Written by @LocksWay_OTR
Javon Greene- (McDonough, Ga) – Henry County
Future George Mason guard Javon Greene put on a performance that will go down in Holiday Hoopsgiving history books. Playing without New Orleans signee Damion Rosser, Henry County went down by 21 points in the 1st half against a gritty Langston Hughes team, but Greene didn’t lose any confidence as he kept shooting the ball. He shot the ball so well that he dropped a whopping 58 points connecting on (7) three- pointers. That led to major comeback victory in over time.
Donovan Gregory-(Charlotte, Nc) – Carmel Christian
The 6 foot 3 sophomore wing made his presence known early at the Holiday Hoopsgiving. Gregory plays very aggressive and always stays in attack mode. He has good leaping ability to finish over defenders at the rim. Also with his athleticism he is able to rebound on both ends of the floor. Donovan finished with 36 points and 8 rebounds on the first day of Holiday Hoopsgiving. He currently has offers from Winthrop and Appalachian State.
Elijah Weaver-(Oldsmar, FL) -Oldsmar Christian High
The Albany, Georgia native came in putting up big numbers for Oldsmar Christian. The 6 foot 4, lefty scored 37 points grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists on Friday and on Saturday he finish with 10 points and 7 assists. Elijah has a quick first step and is very shifty in transition and in the half court .He plays with a good body control and knows how to control the tempo of the game. Tennessee offered Weaver after his outstanding weekend performance.
Will Richardson- (Hinesville, Ga) – Liberty County
The lean combo guard came and displayed why he is one top players in his class in Georgia. Richardson led the team both days in scoring, dropping 33 points on Friday and following up with a 20 point performance on Saturday. He is very crafty with the ball and just has a knack for scoring. When he is not scoring he is capable of making plays for others.
Kentravious Jones-(Macon, Ga) – Westside Macon
Xavier signee better known as Big Kent put on an impressive display on Saturday. The 6 foot 10 center who lost 30 pounds during the offseason scored 27 points and grab 8 rebounds. He is more mobile and able to get up the floor a lot quicker. Jones was aggressive around the basket and was able to score through the contact. The most intriguing thing we saw is how he is able to knock down the mid rang jump shot with confidence.
Mario Mckinney- (St. Louis, Mo) – Vashon
The sophomore guard played with a lot of confidence against nationally ranked Wheeler High School. He is a tough guard that competes on both ends of the floor. He has good speed and is explosive when attacking the rim. McKinney ended up with 17 points against Wheeler, 15 points coming in the second half to lead his team to a victory. He not only helped win the game but also racked up six offers in the process from the following schools: SLU, Auburn, DePaul, Kansas State, Southern Mississippi, and Tulsa.
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Samone Reed- (Macon, Ga) – Westside Macon
The 5 foot 11 guard out Westside Macon played with a lot energy on both ends of the floor. He is a knock down shooter when his feet are set and given space. Even though they lost Norcross, Reed was able to knock down (6) three-pointers, finishing with 22 points.
Dalvin White – (Norcross, Ga) – Norcross
This junior guard playing on a loaded Norcross team had a very efficient weekend as he showed the ability to make shots off the catch or dribble. He plays with a control pace and doesn’t get rattle. He is able to use his speed and quickness to get into the lane where he can score with a floater or pull up jumper.
Cole Smith- (Atlanta, Ga) – Holy Innocents
Looking at Smith he doesn’t seem he will give you much out there, but looks can be deceiving. Smith is productive all over the floor, diving for loose balls, taking charges, or forcing turnovers. He sees the court well and can find open teammates on offense. He is able to get to the basket with his slick ball handling skills and knock down floaters and layups.
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