Road Report: Wheeler Take 2

We ended our road trip back at Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler for a 6 am workout Friday morning. Ari Stewart, DeQuan Jones and Phil Taylor were all in attendance.

MARIETTA, GA -- We stopped by Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler on Tuesday for an impressive open gym, but Friday morning we made another trip to take in an individual instruction workout by Desmond Eastmond.

Eastmond, who is a coach with the Worldwide Renegades, put six kids through a variety of drills. Among the prospects in attendance were Ari Stewart, DeQuan Jones, Phil Taylor and Bailey Harper.

Led by Taylor, the group did a number of ball handling exercises with two-balls. Following the two-ball drills, they began a series of lay ups and jab moves to warm up.

After the dribbling drills, they began a series of college level shooting drills. Majority of their shots came off dribble, but they also worked on step-in jumpers and their mid-range games.

Throughout the hour and a half workout, Eastmond had the six prospects going hard. It's clear that the 6 am workout, that he puts his players through three times a week, has helped develop his players.

DeQuan Jones' ball handling and jump-shot looks much improved from the summer and he seems to look better every time we see him. Stewart's skill level continues to improve as well and his shot is getting more consistent.

At the open gym on Tuesday we picked up on Taylor's leadership abilities, as the sophomore failed to lose a game. He continued to lead his team on Friday morning, as he led his teammates through a number of ball handling drills.

The youngest prospect in attendance was freshman Bailey Harper, who we saw at the Pangos Frosh/Soph All-Scout camp this past weekend. Harper, or Junior as his teammates call him, is a quick point guard with a good-looking jump shot.

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