Best of the South: Day One

The Best of the South features top teams from within the region, and many of them boast prospects who hold numerous high-major scholarship offers.

Michael Gilmore, PF, Each 1 Teach 1 – Without most of their big guns, Gilmore was relied upon to be the main option and he more than answered the ball. Gilmore was hitting from the outside, finishing with athleticism down low, and also he did a good job rebounding. Beyond all of that he plays with a motor and runs the floor well. There is no doubt that his best basketball is ahead of him, and things look bright. Now he just needs to stay consistent because the talent is clearly there for him to be a lock high-major.

Kobe Eubanks, SF, Each 1 Teach 1 – Eubanks, like Gilmore, benefitted from the added minutes and the expanded role He went for 23 points in the game seen and did it in a variety of ways. Eubanks hit multiple threes, finished going to the rim, and used his strength as well to overpower his defender. Eubanks has good size and is a solid athlete, after an inconsistent spring he took a positive step with his play on Thursday.

Eric Hamilton, PF, Southern Kings – Not many have had a chance to see Hamilton, but he made the most of his opportunity. Hamilton is a good athlete, plays with a high motor, and hit a few mid-range jumpers as well. He is a bit undersized for the position, but Hamilton did a lot to standout for his team.

Devin Mitchell, SG, Southern Kings – Mitchell started off the game strong with a pair of deep triples and then he tried to create offense for himself. Mitchell can over dribble and isn't a point guard, but he has a solid athlete with some quickness. As a shooter Mitchell can do a lot, now he is hoping to round out his game, but he has to watch his over dribbling.

Avery Patterson, PG, Game Elite – A tough floor general, Patterson made some plays down the stretch in a solid win for Game Elite. He hit a few shots, got into the lane, and showed decent floor vision. He needs to show a bit better feel for how to play the position, but Patterson did show his toughness and his winning pedigree.

Jaylen Brown, SF, Game Elite – Brown is simply one of the elite wings in the class. He did anything and everything humanly possible and helped his team win the game. Brown was hitting threes, making passes, rebounding, and getting into the lane and finishing. He is a big time athlete with strength, and Brown showed why he is one of the most difficult players in the country to match up with.

Marcus Sheffield, SF, Game Elite – A diverse scorer, Sheffield showed why he is one of the fastest rising players in the class. He hit shots as always, finished through contact, and scored some off the bounce. Sheffield isn't an elite athlete, but he is a good athlete, and he is capable of defending both wing positions. If he continues this play up his phone will become very busy after the month.

Daniel Giddens, C, Game Elite – After a tough showing on Wednesday night, Giddens rebounded on Thursday morning both literally and figuratively. As usual Giddens dominated on the glass getting double figure rebounds, but he also showed some offense. He was explosive around the rim and finished with dunks and looked more confident and aggressive in the process.

Zach Johnson, PG, Team Breakdown – There is no one who performed better on Wednesday and Thursday relative to their level of recruitment than Johnson. He was spectacular. Johnson is a power guard with high level athleticism, and he used it to his advantage. He gets into the lane at will, and also did a pretty good job of making jumpers. Johnson is now putting it together and has made a statement with his play.

Dwayne Bacon, SF, Showtime Ballers – A versatile forward, Bacon did his usual deal on Thursday. Bacon scored mostly going to the rim using his size, strength, and athleticism, but he did get hot from three hitting several deep jumpers. Bacon doesn't have much wiggle to his game, as he does everything in a straight line, but he is effective and knows how to produce.

Corey Sanders, PG, Showtime Ballers – Not too often does a point guard take the opening tap, but Sanders did, and he actually won it. Sanders is a high level athlete who can score. Now he didn't do a great job of valuing the ball at times, but Sanders got to the rim at will, and finished in the mid-range as well. Once his mental game catches up to the physical skills he will be very difficult to contain.

Tyree Crump, SG, Showtime Hoops – Crump isn't known to many outside of the state of Georgia, but that is quickly going to change. An athletic combo guard, Crump showed an uncanny ability to shoot the ball off the bounce and create space for himself with the dribble. Even though Crump is somewhat slight of build, he can get places on the court and just flat out knows how to score. There aren't going to be many better in the class at putting the ball in the basket than Crump.

Kevon Tucker, SG/SF, Georgia Stars – A wing with good strength and athleticism, Tucker showed considerable ability in a late night game. Though Tucker is already strong for his grade, he made a few jumpers, scored in traffic, and in general looked the part of a kid who will succeed going forward. Already one of the top young players in Georgia, Tucker opened eyes with his play.

Zach Johnson has offers from Wyoming, La Salle, Murray State, FGCU, Florida International, Georgia Southern, and South Florida. Also he listed Florida, UCF, and Florida State as schools showing interest.

Kobie Eubanks claims offers from Miami, South Florida, UCF, Memphis, and Murray State with interest from Florida State and Michigan.

Eric Hamilton has a unique skill list of New Hampshire, Bucknell, Cincinnati, San Jose State, Texas Tech, Tennessee-Martin, and Brown.

Jaylen Brown was tracked by Georgia, Georgia Tech, Texas, Florida, and Florida State.

Kobie Eubanks drew the attention of South Florida boss Stan Heath.


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