SH Report Spring Showcase – Impression-Makers Pt 2
LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – We headed to Lawrenceville for another iteration of one of the best and longest-running exposure camps in the ATL-Metro.
Headed by Kris Watkins, the SH Report Spring Showcase always attracts a strong field of rising juniors and unsigned seniors as well as underclassmen looking to play well before dozens of coaches and some of the city’s best evaluators.
Some guys who caught my eye, part 2:
By: Keith Agran
Quay Wallace | G | Decatur | 2024 (pictured at top)
Established himself at least to me as one of the real untapped guards in the ATL-Metro market after an often dominant summer 2022 with Promise Elite, now up to 6-4 and looking as strong as ever there’s just still a ton to like about this combo guard, handles the ball so much he appears a natural point and that’s likely his future but he is a devastating scoring threat off the wing with speed, hops and a crafty offensive packages that backs up plenty of deep shooting range, enters the spring and into ’23-24 as a must-see guy.
Ryan Williams | G | North Paulding | 2024
A staple with the Wood Elite travel teams the last 2 years that have performed so well on so many stages and Williams has been rising playing both in his own age group and often playing up as well, add him to the list of guys who puts the size argument to rest mostly because his all-around game as a point guard is so sound, there just aren’t a ton of things to pick apart with Williams especially now as a senior-to be you see the advanced mind and maturing body catching up to each other, have a seat and watch him this spring and you’ll see the college-level tools worth your time.
Logan Blalock | G | George Walton Academy | 2024
Last summer Blalock intrigued me in spots enough for me to follow him into his junior high school season, and now he’s appearing more physically mature to go with a combo guard game that really translates well to the next level, will surely handle the ball more facing the basket as a decision-maker with HoopAtlanta’s 17U team this spring, that adds to a shooting package which is high % and a clever drive game that has picked up on the foot speed, a small HS looker for sure.
Cal Liston | F | Lassiter | 2024
Liston has put so much work into his game and calmed himself down a bit on the floor both of which have paid huge dividends to his overall appeal, at 6-5 and a great body he has steadily moved his game further away from the basket by getting a ton of shots up because the jumper looks better and better each time out and the range is legit 3-land and beyond, but he will still out-hustle you inside and hit the glass like a guy much bigger player, a noticeable summer could be ahead with Wood Elite.
Cole Buker | F | Mt Bethel | 2024
Part 2 with Liston of the East Cobb contingent looking sharp at SH Report was MBCA’s Buker, his game screams old-school appeal as at 6-6 he can back you down to the block and use a smart package of finishes in close, he may not quite have Liston’s range from a step or two past the arc but I love the mid-range ability to step to the elbow and hurt you or ball fake it and put it on the floor to the hole, love his playing with a Georgia Legacy team this travel season that suits his style well and he’s poised to be the main man in the middle for another contending A-D1 Eagles squad next winter as well.
Keith Agran has lived in Georgia since 2011 and joined OTR as a National Evaluator in 2021. He previously scouted for Prep Hoops dating back to 2019, and also spent 3 years as a sports writer at two newspapers in New Jersey. After a championship-coaching background on the HS-level also in NJ, he accepted the Girl’s Basketball Head Coaching position in May 2022 at Mt Bethel Christian Academy and now balances scouting and coaching still with a keen eye on talent around the region. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BracketSage.
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