The Finals of the Georgia Cup was a great setting to look for players in the high school division and identify sleepers for the upcoming July recruiting period. Here are the five recruiting notes I learned from The Finals.
1. Nathan Curtis is Middle Georgia's next sleeper. The 6-foot-4 wing helped the Warner Robins Express win the 17 and under division of The Finals at the Georgia Cup. The class of 2015 prospect was one of the most consistent players in the oldest division of The Finals and did a fine job of getting into the paint. He was a major player for Warner Robins High School this year and will be a key returnee for the Demons in the fall.
2. Anthony Moore is poised for a blow-up July. Moore was as impressive of a prospect there was in the 17 and under division. The 6-foot-5 wing has all of the physical tools to be a big-time prospect in the class of 2015. He had a terrific junior campaign at Central Phenix City High School in Alabama and it was easy to see why puts up monster scoring numbers. Moore is electric to the basket
3. The 15 and under division was stacked at The Finals of the Georgia Cup. This was the best collection of talent we've had all season in the classification and the action proved that.
The Georgia Kings had to fight tooth and nail to hoist the trophy up at the end of The Finals. Credit the Columbus area kids for getting the job done. We were really impressed with the play of big man Trip Day from Alabama. The 6-foot-7 post was a constant 20-point, 10-rebound producer. Heck of a weekend for the class of 2017 prospect.
4. Liberty County is in good hands. Davion Mitchell and Richard LeCounte were on point for the Coastal Crew Rebels. The Liberty County (Ga.) High School teammates are a terrific 1-2 punch in the backcourt and were just too strong for any team to really contain at The Finals of the Georgia Cup. The duo will make for one of the best backcourts this coming high school season.
Mitchell is the most impressive physical point guard we've seen in Georgia's 2017 class. He's bull tough and undeniable en route to the rim. LeCounte, a major football prospect, is a dynamic scorer and crafty to the basket.
5. The future of Athens basketball is strong. The class of 2017 is starting to come together nicely and as we look ahead to the future, planning future trips to Athens should be in the works.
Georgia Jazz is a fast-paced, up-tempo, put points on the board in a hurry kind of team rich with prospects. Perhaps the most intriguing player is Phlan Fleming. The 6-foot-3 guard from Cedar Shoals High School played his way into the top 20 overall conversation in the state and made a lasting impressive with his play, size, length and production.
QuenJarvis Hall of Team Athens is the other Clarke County player to remember. The 6-foot-3 wing from Cedar Shoals has been the most productive player on his successful team this Georgia Cup season and capped off his time on the Cup circuit with a bang.