The Georgia Hoops family vehicle logged some serious miles this week and overpaid for gas too many times to count in our first full week of work in the
What we learned
The first games of the year are always ugly. Each game we saw had a number of turnovers, bad shots and poor officiating.
Lorenzo Brown stepped up in a big way in an ugly win for Centennial over
Centennial has the pieces of the puzzle now it is a matter of putting it all together. Key returnees Robby Johnson and Alex Coxworth combined for three of 22 shooting from the floor. They need more from them in order to win ball games. The same goes for Patrick Moynihan.
Wheeler has a load of talent but this might be a team that will be hard to really figure out until January. The talent is there. No question about. Dequan Jones and Phil Taylor are the only two players that know what Doug Lipscomb wants from his players.
Ari Stewart has plenty of talent but grasping the Xs and Os of the game is his key to playing time. He didn't play the second quarter of the Whitefield scrimmage. Richard Howell is the team's meat and potatoes guy inside. When he goes from the paint to the perimeter, he also goes from 6-7 to 6-1. Wheeler needs him to be 6-7.
Tahj Tate could be the X-factor. The
The price of playing top level teams will pay off for
The Derrick Favors-Kenny Hall match-up was a disaster. We're calling a mulligan on that one. It was ugly but sophomore guard LaTerrence Carter put his name on the map in a big way for Redan. We loved what he did in the game against
Outside of Carter, the second best sleeper of the week was
Always double check your Mapquest directions and your final destination. If you are planning on going to
You can not beat the hospitality room at the Parkview Thanksgiving tournament. They embody the word there.
The first college coach that we saw in
Week 1 Superlatives
Top player of the week: Lorenzo Brown, PG, Centennial
Top senior of the week: Dequan Jones, SF, Wheeler (MIAMI)
Top unsigned senior of the week: Jacob Pettway, PF, South Cobb
Top junior of the week: Lorenzo Brown, PG, Centennial
Top junior sleeper of the week: Tahj Tate, PG/SG, Wheeler
Top sophomore of the week: LaTerrence Carter, PG, Redan
Top sophomore sleeper of the week: Robert Sampson, SF/PF, Northview
Top freshman of the week: Kenard Bateman, PF,
15 – Centennial, Decatur, Dominion Christian, East Coweta, Heirway Academy, Marist, Mill Creek, Northview, Redan, Riverdale, Sandy Creek, South Atlanta, South Cobb, Wheeler, Whitefield Academy (twice)
Total games: eight
On tap for next week
Nov. 20 – Collins Hill at
Nov. 21 – Dekalb
Nov. 23-24 –