Tuesday, November 13, 2007

On tap this week

Georgia Hoops will hit the road this week to start the season of our intense travel schedule within the state. There are a number of great games ready to tip off the year and we are excited to see the action.

Here is what we have on tap this week:

Tues., Nov. 13 – Whitefield Academy at Wheeler (Scrimmage)

What a match-up! Our preseason No. 1 AAAAA team, Wheeler, hosts our preseason No. 1 A team, Whitefield Academy, in what should be a tremendous match-up at all positions.

Wheeler boasts one of the deepest rosters in the Southeast and it will be the first time we see former Central Gwinnett star Richard Howell in a Wheeler uniform. Reports from the Wildcat Nation have also been positive about South Carolina move-in Tahj Tate, a 6-2 guard. Also back for the Wildcats are Dequan Jones (Miami), Ari Stewart (a top 20 national junior) and Phil Taylor (one of the top point guards in the metro Atlanta area).

Whitefield is no stranger to talent either. Leading the way is junior guard Brandon Reed and junior center Collin Reddick. Reed will be one of the top scorers in Cobb County this year while Reddick is one of the top post defenders in the South. Keep an eye on Cameron Baskerville, an athletic 6-6 forward. He missed the season last year with a knee injury. This year will be his breakout season and tonight's match-up is incredibly intriguing. Reddick's twin brother, Charlie, is a versatile and valuable player to Tyrone Johnson's club.

Weds., Nov. 14 - South Atlanta at Redan (Scrimmage)

For our money, this is THE match-up of the preseason. South Atlanta boasts the top player in the state in Derrick Favors. Redan boasts one of the rising stars in the state in big man Kenny Hall. For those that love great big men battles, you might not find a better one than this one. The two juniors are ready for it. As Terrell Owens would say, "Get your popcorn ready."

Fri., Nov. 16 – Heirway Christian Academy at Dominion Christian

We love games like this because it is a chance to see some under the radar talent. Heirway Academy boasts 6-10 junior Levi Barnes, a shot-blocking machine at the small, private school level. We've wanted to see him in action for a while.

Sat., Nov. 17 – Parkview Tournament

The Parkview Holiday has been a staple on the Georgia Hoops calendar for the last six years. It is one of the best run events in the state and the homemade food in the hospitality room is second to none. The folks at Parkview know how to run an event!

This year's field comprises of Parkview, St. Pius, East Coweta, Decatur, Mill Creek, Riverdale, Sandy Creek and South Cobb.