This year’s group of prospects at the camp resembled pre-season All-Conference mid-major players and Georgia Hoops alumni like Kevin Anderson of Richmond, Andrew Goudelock of College of Charleston, James Florence of Mercer, Ben Smith of Jacksonville and Brandon Hazzard of Troy. That’s good company.
Chad Johnson, PG/SG – Talk about a guy on a mission. The 6-3, 205-pound senior from Atlanta Westlake shined in the backcourt with his powerful moves to the basket, ability to feed the post and his leadership skills as a point guard. A great student and a highly competitive kid, Johnson is a sleeper supreme in Georgia. His recruitment is quiet right now but that will likely change. The coaches at the camp all sang his praises and Johnson will likely be rewarded with a line of coaches coming in to see him this season.
Cameron Solomon, SG – His climb continues. The 6-4 guard from Lovejoy High School was one of the top five players at the camp thanks to his explosive offensive game. He can score at the rim, hit the three and fly to the basket. His confidence is soaring right now. Solomon’s climb is similar to Ebuka Anyaorah, a current player at the University of Georgia. Anyaorah really emerged his senior season at North Gwinnett High School and became a high priority for a number of high-major schools. Solomon could go down the same route.
Shane Porchea, SG – Dunwoody High School has always been a must-stop-and-see place for recruiters when in Atlanta. If coaches stop by this year, they’ll get a good look at the well-built 6-4, 205-pound guard. He has a college-ready body. His offense is strong. He can score in a variety of ways and is in store for a huge senior season on a very good high school team. Porchea certainly cemented himself as a Division I guy on Saturday.
Keenan Peterson, PF/C – Keep an eye on him. The 6-8 big man could be a guy that schools make a point to see this high school season. With schools at all levels looking for size, Peterson will have a lot of coaches coming in to get a look. With Courtney Brooks (Dwight Howard’s prep coach) as high school coach, Peterson should only continue to get better. Peterson rebounds and blocks shots quite well.
Henry Brooks, PF – It shouldn’t come as a big surprise that the 6-8 big man from Miller Grove High School was one of the top performers from the camp. He did what he always does – scored at the rim, ran the floor, rebounded in traffic, defended the post and caused mismatch problems.
Ryon Riggins, PF – Looking like he is back to full strength from a knee injury, the long and thin big man was one of the better post players in the camp. He loves to face up and knock down the midrange jumper. That’s his go-to move. Riggins, who is now at North Gwinnett High School, matched up with Brooks and played his fellow post player well on the defensive end, fronting the post and used his length to redirect the entry pass.
Charles Savoy, PF – Meet one of the nice surprises of the camp. The 6-7, 195-pound post moved back to Georgia after a year at a small school in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Now playing for former UCLA star Jrue Holiday’s high school coach Terry Kelly, Savoy could emerge as one of the top post players in the Atlanta area. He has good size, good bounce and a good feel on the low block.
Nathan Harries, SG – He’s in store for a big year. The 6-4 guard can score, can shoot, can play above the rim and can get it done in the classroom. Quietly, the Centennial guard is emerging as one of the top guards in Georgia’s junior class. A number of quality mid-major programs – Utah State and Davidson – are making him a guy that they need to land.
Kyle Meyer, C – It was a nice productive day for the 6-9 center from Northview High School. Meyer ran the floor, scored around the rim and rebounded quite well. Meyer is getting bigger and stronger in the low blocks and looking more and more like a guy that will be playing at a good basketball school. One observer said he’s a clone to Utah freshman Jeremy Olsen.
Justin Touyo, PF – After making an all-night drive home from a trip to Duke’s Midnight Madness with Evan Nolte, a fellow 2012 prospect, the 6-8 big man from Lovejoy didn’t play like a guy lacking sleep. In fact, he seemed to be energized and quite physical on the block. Looking bigger and stronger than he did last season as a rarely used freshman, Touyo should not only play significant minutes he should be a guy that the high-majors want to see in action this year.
Tevin Glass, PF – The big man showed up to camp as a unknown to the camp coaches and left as one of the most talked about post players. The 6-7 forward from Meadowcreek was very fluid and active in the lane. He was a man without a position but a man that got a lot done. Glass should be on the high-major radar after his performance on Saturday.
Nate Sims, SG – The fall is a fun time to watch kids gain confidence and make a move from “he’s a guy to watch” to “he’s going to be a good, productive player.” Sims, a 6-3 guard from Norcross High School, has shined in the fall showcase. He’s a difficult player to defend because of his size and strength in the backcourt. What level is he? That is still yet to be determined but he’s a guy that will certainly produce this season at one of the best high schools in the Southeast.
Justin Seymour, SG – What a good-looking prospect. The 6-3 guard from Campbell High School is a scorer, scorer, scorer. He’s a knock down shooter and a strong guard that plays like an upperclassmen.
Brandon Morris, PF – The 6-7 forward from Miller Grove looks like the next big man from the Lithonia school that will play at the Division I level. He produced quite a bit in the low block. Morris has a nice touch facing the basket and still has a ways to go from being a finished product. A lot of potential here.
A.J. Davis, SF – The son of former NBA big man Antonio Davis is having a great fall. He has shined at every event he’s played in September and October. At the Georgia Hoops Fall Showcase, the Greater Atlanta Christian rookie continues to shine on the wing on offense and defends the post like a veteran. He’s separating himself from the rest of the pack already in the freshman class in Georgia. High-majors will make him a priority this season.
Mill Creek senior shooting guard Kyle Speller is a hot target for the academic schools this fall. It’s easy to see why. He’s big, strong and can really shoot. Colgate is hosting his this weekend for a visit…Paideia point guard Kharon Butcher, a 2011 prospect, has steadily improved his game all the while gotten bigger, stronger and more confident. Should be a guy that makes a splash this high school season with recruiters…
Newton County guard Derrick Henry, a class of 2011 prospect, will be a good college player because he defends, he leads and he makes the right plays…Miller Grove guard Devon Provost, a junior, had a very nice day of work. He can really score the ball.